Blues bid for overdue league win

Premier Division champions Lowestoft bid to jump-start their title defence today against King's Lynn Reserves at Crown Meadow.

Premier Division champions Lowestoft bid to jump-start their title defence today against King's Lynn Reserves at Crown Meadow.

Micky Chapman's men are targeting an opening league win of the campaign after last weekend's FA Cup success over Witham Town clinched a first qualifying round away tie at Canvey Island.

Chapman is without suspended duo Carl Poppy and Jamie Godbold, along with Bradley Hough (unavailable). Marcus Saunders is an injury doubt, but Craig Lewis stepped up his return to fitness with a late FA Cup outing.

For Lynn, Lee Hyde is out until the New Year after smashing his kneecap and damaging ligaments in the 2-1 defeat to CRC last week.


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Unbeaten Wroxham host Soham boosted by a midweek FA Cup giant-killing 2-1 win at Aylesbury.

"If we go out with the same attitude against Soham, I expect the team to be rewarded with three points," said a delighted Yachtsmen boss Damian Hilton. "We performed with a great sense of purpose and dedication. I felt we ran out worthy winners."

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Defensive pair Graham Challon and Dale Cooper miss out through injury. Ben Carver and midfielder Gavin Lemmon are on holiday, while right-back Gavin Pauling is rated doubtful.

Wisbech boss Dick Creasey is set to include on loan St Albans midfielder Dane Harper at Stanway. The teenager played in the Fenmen's Fenland Park friendly against Peterborough - former Norwich marksman Danny Crow on the mark twice in an 8-0 stroll.

Lewis Brooks signed for Unibond Premier Grantham earlier this week after featuring in Town's FA Cup victory over Mildenhall.

Dereham hope to continue their good run of form when Clacton visit Aldiss Park. The Magpies are unbeaten since their opening day defeat at Needham Market, winning their previous four matches. With Jordan Blyth still unavailable and Danny Wright continuing to rest his injury, manager Rob Taylor adds highly-rated youngster Dan Beaumont to his squad.

Fakenham joint bosses Kevin Boon and Paul Tong face a welcome selection dilemma ahead of Tiptree's First Division visit to Clipbush Park.

Skipper Stuart King, Robbie Palmer, Jame McManus and Ben Darby were suspended for the Ghosts' 4-1 FA Cup defeat at Canvey Island. Strikers Simon Bush, Kevin White and Nicky Haynes also missed the trip due to work commitments.

"The boys who came in did well," said Tong. "For an hour we gave them a fright and there was some accomplished performances. After that we tired and then it was damage limitation, but they can be proud of what they did."

Swaffham go head-to-head in a battle of the form sides at Haverhill. Skipper Gary Setchell (hamstring) faces a late fitness test while Andy Ashby (foot) is doubtful.

Downham are boosted by the return of Sam Darlow for the trip to Saffron Walden, Gorleston host Long Melford and Yarmouth bid for their first home win of the league campaign against Thetford.

Kirkley boss Nick Shorton takes his depleted squad to Felixstowe & Walton in a FA Vase first-round qualifier. Rob Horton, Daniel Tacon, Lee Humphries and Adam Rix are unavailable.

In-form Diss target man Benny Murray is seeking to add to his tally of four goals for the campaign at Holbeach United, while Norwich United entertain Ipswich Wanderers.

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