Home is where the heart is for Wroxham manager Stu Larter

Stewart Larter in his Wroxham dugout. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Stewart Larter in his Wroxham dugout. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Wroxham manager Stewart Larter admits his side are looking forward to returning to Trafford Park as they prepare to host Waltham Abbey this afternoon.

The Yachtsmen have played their last three games on the road – most recently a 3-1 away win at Mildenhall Town last weekend in the FA Cup – with Larter admitting he and his players are pleased to have a game in front of their own fans again.

'We've done well at home so far this season and after a few games away in a row it's nice to be back,' he said.

'We said pre-season that we wanted to make Trafford Park a bit of a fortress with teams fearing us a little bit at home; we've started well in that respect being unbeaten so far and we want to keep that going against Waltham Abbey.'

Larter was also very pensive on how much his side have gained from an extra few days rest, with Tuesday night's scheduled match against local rivals Dereham Town being postponed due to The Magpies' FA Cup replay against St Neots.

'I think we'll find out Saturday how good it has been! ,' the boss said with a smile.

'As a player you want to play games and as a manager you want to manage them.

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'It's nice for the lads to get a rest but you never know with these things; we've been on a good run recently and we want to keep that going but looking at it, I think it has worked in our favour.'

The Ryman Division One North chief also added how pleased he has been with his side's attacking prowess in recent weeks – spearheaded by his strike pairing of Jamie Forshaw and Christy Finch – with 14 goals between them helping Wroxham to a healthy number in the goals for column.

'Towards the end of pre-season I said to the boys that we needed to show a bit more going forward and we showed flashes of it in the first two games, but since then we've been doing great,' he added.

'Jamie and Christy have got a good partnership going together – which is going really well at the minute – and our goalscoring form has come in tandem with that really.'

Joint top goalscorer Finch will miss the visit of The Abbotts - as will midfielder David Hinton – although Andy Howell and Jack Garrod both return for The Yachtsmen.

Wroxham sit seventh which shows how well they have started the term after needing a relegation reprieve to remain in the division last term. Waltham Abbey arrive sitting down in 16th.