Ridgeons clubs braced for make-or-break Easter spell

The Easter break is often recognised as the time when the football season reaches its climax.

It is the most important time of the season, when every point, every goal and every goal line clearance could be the difference between success and failure. Football is just as much part of Easter to some people as chocolate and egg hunts. Legendary manager Alex Ferguson famously called the period between the Easter holidays and the end of the season 'squeaky bum time'.

This is true regardless of whether you are competing for the top prize in British football or simply to survive in the Ridgeons League, Premier Division.

The Premier Division title has been well and truly sewn up by runaway leaders Leiston. Despite this, local pride is at stake between Norfolk duo Dereham Town and Wroxham as they battle it out for second spot. The later is currently one point ahead, although the former does have a game in hand, so Dereham will feel they are the favourites to make second place their own with only five games remaining.

As for the relegation battle in the Premier Division; Histon Reserves and Debenham LC look doomed whereas Newmarket will need at seven points from five games to guarantee survival and send down Wivenhoe United.


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At the top of the Ridgeons Division One, four teams are locked in a promotion scuffle. Whitton United, Diss Town, Cambridge University Press and Gorleston are all fighting for the three promotion places and the opportunity to progress one more rung on the non-league ladder.

Gorleston are currently in the driving seat - three points clear with three games in hand - and they are clear favourites for the title.

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Only two points separate Cambridge University Press and Diss Town in second and third place respectively, although Diss have four games remaining and Cambridge University Press have only two left. Whitton United are an outside bet for promotion as they are currently five points behind third-placed Diss Town, but do still have an incredible seven games to play.

So, even though the top award in the Ridgeons set up has already gone to the outstanding Leiston, there is still so much to play for.

This is any fan's favourite time of the season, where one slip up can be the difference between success and failure.

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