It’s crunch time for Ryman League Division One North strugglers Wroxham

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Wroxham play their final home game of the season against Cray Wanderers, writes Adrian Gowling.

Their future in the Ryman League is, however, still in the balance. Currently one place and one point above the Division One North drop zone, it looks like the final relegation place will be taken by the Yachtsmen or current incumbents Waltham Abbey.

Heybridge Swifts and Witham Town could theoretically be dragged into it but they have a two and three-point advantage over Wroxham respectively. Swifts also have a game in hand.

Abbey travel to high-fliers Thurrock this weekend and finish their season at home to already relegated Redbridge. Wroxham finish their season away at Romford next weekend.

Today's opponents Cray sit in the play-off positions and will be looking to put in a performance to show their rivals what they could expect in the end-of-season lottery as they aim to join champions AFC Sudbury in the Premier Division next season. The corresponding fixture finished in a 3-1 defeat for the Yachtsmen in Kent.

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Manager Damian Hilton is looking for a much improved performance from Saturday when he watched his Wroxham side succumb to an abject defeat as the club's nemesis Jason Hallett ran riot in a 3-0 home loss to Cheshunt.

He said: 'Having had a tough run of games, Sudbury (away), Aveley (away), Cheshunt (home) and Cray (home), it's been a difficult period. We could have got something from the two away games but (we) were well beaten last weekend. We have to get something from our last two games but it will be a tough call. We just need a bit of luck.'

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Matt Halliday, Jamie Forshaw and Tom Cullumbine are all available for selection but Nick Davey will be absent.

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