Early momentum under new manager Damian Hilton lifts survival hopes at Wroxham

Jordan King has returned to Wroxham after a brief stay at Gorleston. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Jordan King has returned to Wroxham after a brief stay at Gorleston. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

After a run of defeats going back over four months to October, the appointment of Damian Hilton to the Wroxham managerial hotseat has produced an instant reaction.

Two wins in two games this week is more than many would have hoped for since his switch from Norwich United.

The former Yachtsmen player and manager has overseen wins against Thamesmead Town and Tilbury which has lifted his side out of the bottom three and boosted hopes of avoiding the drop at the end of the season.

A number of players have followed their manager from Plantation Park with Josh Carus, Ben Jones, Tom Cullumbine and Joel Potter all pulling on the blue shirts in these two games, with Gorleston skipper Aaron Taylor also coming in. Also rejoining the side has been Nick Davey for a second time this season from Wisbech. The powerful striker has shown what the Yachtsmen attack had been missing in recent weeks as he put in a man of the match performance on Saturday and bagged a brace, including the late winner, against Tilbury.

Wroxham travel to AFC Hornchurch today looking for an improved result to the home fixture. In October the Urchins ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners at Trafford Park, including a George Purcell hat-trick. This fixture against a side looking for promotion will be a sterner test for Hilton's side but with the boost of two wins, is not a foregone conclusion.

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Jackson Ramm is a definite absentee as he sits out the second of his four-game suspension and captain Andy Howell is a long-term injury victim. However, midfielder Jordan King has returned after a brief stay at Gorleston.

Wroxham are also on the road on Monday night when they travel to 13th-placed Aveley, who won 5-2 at Trafford Park in September.

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