Norwich United can be proud of their first Step Four campaign

Lee Mason will be looking to find the target against VCD Athletic again today. Picture: Denise Bradl

Lee Mason will be looking to find the target against VCD Athletic again today. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Norwich United entertain VCD Athletic at Plantation Park this afternoon.

The Planters will be looking to get back to the winning form that briefly catapulted them into the play-off race.

However, just one point from their last three games makes a season extension very unlikely for the Planters, who are now eight points off the all-important fifth place with just four games remaining.

Goals from Lee Mason and Christy Finch had put the Planters on the verge of victory last Saturday before Cheshunt netted late to get an equaliser that they didn't really deserve.

However, Steve Eastaugh's men can be proud of what they have achieved this season, and a win today would guarantee them a top-half finish in their first Step Four campaign.


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Despite the Planters winning 3-0 at VCD in early January, through goals from Mason, Finch and Shaun Wones, today's game looks like a tough one. VCD are unbeaten in seven games, a run which has helped them pull away from the relegation zone, and on Tuesday night they returned from play-off hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea with an impressive 1-0 win, which almost guaranteed them survival.

Cassimiro Datocampol, Andy Eastaugh and Matt Brown are all injury concerns ahead of today's game.

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Dereham Town will be hoping to cut out the defensive errors when they visit second-placed Maldon and Tiptree, who still have a slim chance of winning the title.

The Magpies shipped four goals for the second week running when they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at play-off chasing Bowers & Pitsea last weekend.

Matt Henman's men have just one point from their last four games, and have slipped to 15th in the table. Today's opponents had a convincing 3-0 home win over Wroxham last weekend.

Wroxham are, technically, relegated, although they may yet earn themselves a reprieve. The Yachtsmen have a trip to 13th-placed Tilbury and will be desperate to try and overhaul the side immediately above them in the table, Great Wakering Rovers, to give themselves a chance of a third successive reprieve from the drop.

Great Wakering travel to Ware, who are third from bottom, albeit 17 points ahead.

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