Big chance for Ryman League North strugglers Wroxham and Barkingside

Stewart Larter. Picture: BILL SMITH

Stewart Larter. Picture: BILL SMITH

Two sides bereft of confidence meet at Trafford Park this afternoon, writes Adrian Gowling.

Wroxham, who lie 20th, play Barkingside, who are two places and four points below them in the Ryman League North table.

Both clubs have been going through difficult periods and are without a league win since October. It's hoped that the pitch remains playable but if it deteriorates then the Yachtsmen intend to have a 9.30am inspection to prevent the visitors from setting off from north London.

Wroxham's management and players are chomping at the bit to get back into action following their exciting 3-3 draw against Brightlingsea Regent on January 2, after last Saturday's trip to Aveley was postponed.

It is hoped that a home game against a team in the relegation zone will give the club a welcome boost.

Barkingside have also not played since the start of the month and the Sky Blues have lost 10 of their last 12, drawing the other two.

The latest postponement for the Yachtsmen was Tuesday night's Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final tie with King's Lynn Reserves. They will hope that the weather improves enough for the game to be played on Tuesday night at Trafford Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

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Barkingside will be without their leading goalscorer Tyrone Scarlett who moved on to Heybridge Swifts last month, having scored nine goals in 14 games. Luke With is the highest goal-scorer currently still on the books at Side with four league goals to his name this season.

The lack of games has meant that Ashley Jarvis has recovered from his dead leg and Stewart Larter can recall him to the Wroxham side.

Wroxham Reserves are scheduled to make the trip to fellow Anglian Combination Premier Division strugglers Mattishall, kick-off 2pm.