Ridgeons League: Spanish-bound champions Wroxham looking to end season on high

Wroxham skipper Graham Challen is looking forward to an all expenses paid holiday to Spain this summer.

With the Ridgeons Premier Division title wrapped up with three games to spare and Step Four football to look forward to next season – manager David Batch is going to reward his players by taking them to Benidorm.

'There will be a few nights out to celebrate and then a trip to Benidorm,' said Challen. 'Batchy's (David Batch) putting his hand in the pocket – the set play bus and we're all going to Benidorm at his expense for a little party and a few drinks will be consumed I'm sure.'

Challen is demanding Wroxham do not rest on their laurels and pick up maximum points from their remaining games.

The Yachtsmen comfortably beat Wisbech Town 2-1 on Tuesday night thanks to first-half goals from Paul Cook and Matt Daniels and they travel to Stanway Rovers this afternoon for their penultimate game of the season.

Challen said: 'We will enjoy our moment, as winning the league doesn't happen very often, but we want to finish really well by winning the remaining games and keep the goals against to under 30.

'We have scored the most goals and also conceded the least and if you get that sort of record you're not going to go far wrong.

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'We have dominated the league this year and that's credit to all the players. So we're going to enjoy winning the league, win the games we have left and finish on a high.'

The former Dereham Town defender is hoping fans will pack out Trafford Park next season as Wroxham prepare to leave the Ridgeons League for the Ryman League.

He said: 'I hope the gates improve with the neutrals that are going to come along when Norwich aren't playing we'll hopefully get some more supporters across. We really do need to increase the gates – I think the quality of football we play deserves that and hopefully next season the gates will improve.'

Steve Appleby's Wisbech - whose six-game unbeaten run was ended by Wroxham in midweek - will be looking to bounce back by beating Walsham-le-Willows at their Elgood's Fenland Stadium.

A victory would keep alive the Fenmen's slim hopes of improving on last season's fourth-placed finish and would set up a final-day showdown for third spot with Brantham Athletic.

Appleby said: 'It would be nice to take it to the last game.

'I have made it pretty plain to the players that some people are still playing for their places for next year.

'If there's a lack of motivation now, they won't be around next season. I think we all know we could have done better. We are all a bit disappointed that we didn't push on when we had the chance.

'But at the end of the day we weren't quite good enough this year, and that's the brutal honest truth. I think the game (against Wroxham) just summed up our season. We are nearly there but not quite. The good thing is we realise that.

'You could see why Wroxham have still got results when they haven't played the greatest football. You could see why they are top and we are fourth.The difference is consistency and a bit of nous - knowing how to win scrappy. That's what Wroxham do and you have to take your hat off to them.'

Captain Paul Cousins is suspended for the game while defender Anthony Reeve and midfielder Matt Lunn are both injury doubts.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Dereham Town host Haverhill Rovers, Diss Town welcome Hadleigh United, Gorleston are at home to FC Clacton while Paul Tong's rejuvinated Kirkley & Pakefield are at home to Brantham. Norwich United travel to Woodbridge Town.

Mark Scott's Thetford Town can win the First Division title on the league's final day of the season if they better Godmanchester Rovers' result - or win by at least four goals more than they do. Thetford host mid-table Long Melford while Goddy welcome third-placed Whitton United.

A point at Halstead Town would see Brett Whaley's March Town United secure a fourth-placed finish - their highest in the league for more than a decade.

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