Hilton issues warning to rivals
Ridgeons Premier champions Wroxham start the defence of their crown today against Histon Reserves at Trafford Park.Yachtsmen boss Damian Hilton is promising his rivals the club will not give up their title without a fight after bolstering his squad during the close season.
Ridgeons Premier champions Wroxham start the defence of their crown today against Histon Reserves at Trafford Park.
Yachtsmen boss Damian Hilton is promising his rivals the club will not give up their title without a fight after bolstering his squad during the close season.
“Having won the title it's not going to be easy for us,” he admitted. “Every team will be aiming to bring us down. However, we have put together a pretty formidable squad with the majority of last season's players and some new ones.
“Apart from hoping to retain the championship we want to go further than last season in the FA Cup and Vase as well as regain the Norfolk Senior Cup.”
Striker Paul Atkins is not expected to feature. Defender Gavin Pauling is poised to start ahead of agreeing a new deal.
Lowestoft chief Micky Chapman could hand competitive debuts to teenage duo Adam Rix and Adam Mills at newly promoted Swaffham.
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Jamie Godbold and Marcus Saunders are ruled out and keeper Andy Reynolds is a major injury doubt. Wideman Reece Hunn (dislocated shoulder) is set to miss the opening five weeks of the campaign. Chapman also has injury concerns over Craig Lewis, Darren and Dale Cockrill, Matty Potter and Ryan Bloomfield.
“It's not what we wanted 48 hours before the kick off,” said Chapman. “We're definitely without three players, another is unavailable, while seven have injuries.”
Kirkley & Pakefield host Soham Town Rangers. Nick Shorten could hand league debuts to Dereham recruits Nathan Pauling and centre forward Jordan Blyth. Former Lowestoft stalwart Jamie Stokeld and Beccles hitman Alan Remblance also moved to Walmer Road during the close season.
Wisbech co-manager Ian Jones is upbeat ahead of his side's opener at Haverhill after a positive 2-2 midweek draw against Boston United in their pre-season finale.
“The team have set the standard with the Boston game,” he said. “A lot of our players have limited experience at this level but they now know what kind of performance I will expect every week.”
Stuart Ablett and Stuart Brown are on holiday.
Fakenham caretaker boss Chris Evans is in charge for the Ghosts' Division One trip to Godmanchester. Former manager Kevin Rowark left the club following a midweek committee meeting. Vice-chairman Paul Wright described the split as 'amicable'.
Downham head to big spending Diss boosted by the recent award of FA charter standard status - a nationally-recognised quality benchmark.