Planters continue bid for play-off spot while Wroxham look to avoid the drop
PUBLISHED: 08:15 25 February 2017
Norwich United travel to Essex, looking to continue the excellent form that has propelled them up the table and given them a real chance of making the end-of-season play-offs.
The trip to relegation-threatened Brentwood Town gives the Planters a good opportunity of three points ahead of a potential play-off six-pointer at Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday evening.
Brentwood have struggled this season and currently sit four points behind Soham Town Rangers, who occupy the all-important 21st position. The Planters will have to be wary though as Brentwood have managed two wins in their last three home games, over Romford and promotion-hunting Thurrock, although they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Ware in their last encounter at The Arena.
Steve Eastaugh will be looking for the type of performance that saw a 4-0 victory over today’s opponents when they met at Plantation Park, a performance which launched the Planters’ assault up the table, moving up from 18th position to seventh in the process.
Tuesday night saw the Planters record an impressive and resolute 1-0 win over a tough Aveley side thanks to Christy Finch’s 10th goal since his December signing from Leiston.
New Wroxham boss David Coyle makes his home bow when the Yachstmen entertain promotion-chasing Haringey Borough.
Since replacing Damian Hilton until the end of the season, Coyle has overseen two away defeats, 2-1 at King’s Lynn in the Norfolk Senior Cup and 2-0 at Phoenix Sports in the league.
Wroxham didn’t disgrace themselves in either game, but desperately need to start winning – and winning soon – to stand any chance of avoiding the drop. They are currently 12 points adrift of the safety mark, with a game in hand on Soham.
Dereham Town will be looking to extend a curious sequence of results when they visit Cheshunt, a side who currently occupy the fourth and final play-off position.
The mid-table Magpies are currently on a seven-match run of following a defeat with a win, stretching back to January 7, and need three points from today’s away match to maintain the record. They were beaten 3-2 at home by Thamesmead Town last time out.
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