Dereham boss wants more of the same

Dereham boss Robert Taylor wants more of the same from his improving side today in a Ridgeons Premier Division tussle at Lowestoft.

Dereham boss Robert Taylor wants more of the same from his improving side today in a Ridgeons Premier Division tussle at Lowestoft.

The Magpies stunned champions Wroxham with a 3-0 midweek victory wrecking the Yachtsmen's previously unbeaten start to their title defence.

“It was a superb display by the lads, a real team effort,” said Taylor. “All of the players stuck to their roles well in a disciplined performance but we'll be expecting a tough game.”

Daniel Cullington is an injury doubt with Brendan Foley suspended. Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman expects a response from his underperforming squad after the Blues' recent upturn was derailed at lowly Stanway.

“The boys know what is exactly required of them and they need to look at themselves,” he said. “They let everyone down on Saturday. They let themselves down, each other down, me and Ady down and all the supporters that travelled. It was an uncharacteristic performance, but we've had too many of them this season.”

The club's 4-1 Stanway horror show came days after knocking out reigning Suffolk Premier Cup holders Ipswich Town Reserves.

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“We want to be successful,” said Chapman. “Players sign for the club to win things, but we're not working hard enough at the moment as a side - and that's something that has to change.

“If it does not, there will be changes as we don't accept performances like that and we will do something about it. Saying that, the players are looking to get back on track against a very good Dereham side. It will be tough as they are on a good run - but we've not become a bad side overnight, and we're stressing to the boys that their hunger, desire to do well, work hard and get the attitude right is a must.”

Andy Reynolds and Craig Lewis are available after coming through a reserve outing unscathed.

Kirkley & Pakefield boss Nick Shorten welcomes back teenage county trio Ian Dawson, Bodie Carter and Scott Manning for the trip to struggling Wisbech.

New Town boss Roy McManus is looking for inspirational leadership from returning veteran Steve Appleby.

“Steve's experience could prove invaluable,” said McManus. “He wants to get into management and he has a lot to learn in that department. I've told him to start by taking responsibility and being my manager on the pitch and to help ensure the stability that this club needs.”

Norwich United have injury doubts over Ryan Haynes, Adrian Ager and Nicki Young for the home game against Haverhill.

The Planters are currently recruiting for an assistant first team boss and a qualified physiotherapist. Interested applicants can contact manager Gary Butcher on 01603 716802 or in writing to Plantation Park, Blofield, Norwich, NR13 4PL.