Magpies put in a bid to rise up pyramid

Dereham Town have applied to go up a league if they finish in the Ridgeons Premier top three – and ahead of Leiston who have also put in a bid.

'The deadline for applications has run out,' explained Magpies' manager Matt Henman. 'You have to apply for it at this stage of the season.

'From our point of view, we would like to be in the position of going up a league. You apply and then put it on the back burner.'

But Dereham are not getting ahead of themselves, knowing there is a lot of hard work to come before being in a position to make the leap.

'We have to finish in the top three. We have given ourselves a good chance but we are only halfway through the season,' said Henman.


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'Leiston have applied too so it will be whichever team finishes highest who goes up. It's just one team.'

Meanwhile, Wroxham are hoping to take advantage of Dereham's involvement in the Norfolk Senior Cup this afternoon to make up ground on the runaway Ridgeons Premier leaders.

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The Yachtsmen host Wivenhoe who are in the bottom half of the table. It will be another game under their belts for Wroxham before the big Norfolk Senior Cup game against King's Lynn Town on Tuesday night.

Fifth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield are set to entertain Ely who are in the bottom half of the table.

Mildenhall are aiming to return from lowly Debenham LC with all the points and mid-table Wisbech host second-from-bottom Histon Reserves.

Great Yarmouth are due to host Brantham Athletic, hoping to get a game in after two postponements in the past week.

Other Premier Division fixtures today see Cambridge side CRC host Walsham-le-Willows, FC Clacton entertain Haverhill Rovers, Hadleigh face Stanway, Stanway visit Newmarket and Felixstowe & Walton travel to Woodbridge.

Meanwhile, in Ridgeons Division One there is a Norfolk derby between Downham Town and visitors Swaffham Town who are involved in a relegation zone battle. Swaffham rose above their rivals after beating bottom team Cornard with a seven-goal blitz last weekend.

Fourth-placed Diss are free to concentrate on the league after the disappointment of being knocked out of the Norfolk Senior Cup by Thetford on Tuesday night. The Tangerines face Long Melford who are in the bottom half of the table.

Gorleston travel to Haltseaed, who are just two places below them in the table, though they have played many more games than the Greens.

Fakenham were due to have a tough task on the road to second-placed Stowmarket but the game has now been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Thetford are due to host the third-placed team Ipswich Wanderers.

Leaders Camberidge University Press entertain mid-table Godmanchester Rovers with a 2pm kick off

Other games in the Division One see Cornard United host March Town and Team Bury host Saffron Walden.

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