Mixed fortunes for Norfolk’s Ridgeons contingent
In a weekend were the only real winner in the Ridgeons Leagues was the probably the weather, it gave me a chance to cast my eye over the season as a whole so far and the performances of the Norfolk sides involved as they gear up for one final push.
At the top of the Premier Division both Wroxham and Dereham Town have both had stunning seasons. The only reason they are not battling it out for top spot is purely down to the unbeatable Leiston Town, who have only failed to win ix games all season. Both David Batch and Matty Henman's side's will be hot on the heals of Leiston till the final ball is kicked.
Dereham Town's league performance has been almost completely eclipsed by their amazing run to the Norfolk Senior Cup Final which included a notable 2-1 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Norwich United also had the same distraction, but failed to overcome their city rivals in their tie. Paul Chick's men currently sit sixth, nine points adrift of fifth-placed Mildenhall Town.
Currently sitting in eighth place, two points behind Norwich United are Wisbech Town, who have enjoyed a solid campaign so far, losing only six games so far this season. The stability from having a new stadium has clearly spread across the team.
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Great Yarmouth Town have had a very good maiden season in the Ridgeons Premier Division as Paul Tong's men sit in a comfortable 13th position, with no danger of relegation, largely thanks to the goals of Jake Reed.
Dropping down to Ridgeons Division One, Norfolk sides are strongly involved at both ends of the league.
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Gorleston are currently hot on the heals of leaders Cambridge University Press. Richard Daniels' side are four points behind the pace-setters with five games in hand and with their new signing Richard Woodrow on board look a very good bet for promotion to the Premier Division.
Close behind them are Diss Town in fourth and Thetford in fifth. Robert Taylor's men are also having a very good season and will be keen to seal their place in the final top three with Thetfor's young side also reaching the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals before bowing out to King's Lynn Town at The Walks.
Unfortunately, the rest of the Norfolk-based sides in the Ridgeons Division One are involved in a battle simply to stay in the division and avoid a potential drop down to the Anglian Combination.
Paul Hunt's Swaffham side are currently the side in the most comfortable position, sixth off the bottom. Thanks in no small part to a 4-1 mauling of relegation rivals Fakenham Town.
The Ghosts, who are only a point behind Swaffham, will also believe they have enough to get out of the mire, with two out of the bottom three still to play and they already have a comfortable seven point cushion between them and the bottom two.
The side that are really in trouble are Downham Town. Having only avoided defeat in eight games this season, Town are currently two points away from third bottom Team Bury having played four games more.