Ridgeons League: Wroxham boss Batch insists Ely City clash is not a title showdown
Wroxham boss David Batch has urged his table-topping side to treat today's crunch Premier Division clash at Ely City like they would any other.
Third-placed Ely can go within three points of Batch's Yachtsmen with a win at the Unwin Ground. However, the Wroxham manager is refusing to treat the game as a title showdown and insists it is no more important than any of his side's other remaining league games.
Batch said: 'There's 14 league games left and that's 42 points to play for. 'Every game between now and the end of the season is a big one. The three points up for grabs on Saturday are worth as much as the three points next Saturday. We're focusing on one game at a time.
'We can't affect everything, we can only affect what we do. We're concerned only about our performance and focusing on the kind of things we do well - if we do that we'll have a really good chance of getting a positive result.'
Colchester United loanee Ross Gilfedder may make his first start for Wroxham after receiving treatment on an ankle injury. Ryan Oakley returns after missing last weekend's game through work commitments but Paul Cook and David Hinton (both knee) are still a couple of weeks from being fit.
Fourth-placed Dereham Town host Haverhill Rovers with Magpies boss Matt Henman admitting two wins during the last seven days has seen confidence return to his improved squad.
The Dereham manager admitted he will have a 'nice selection headache' on his hands with Jay Eastoe-Smith, Sam Willis, Luke Hannant and Scott Woodgate all available for selection. Gary Starling (hamstring) will have a late fitness test.
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The league's last remaining FA Vase representatives Wisbech Town - who exited this season's competition after a 3-1 fourth round replay defeat at Dunston UTS last Saturday - face a long trip to Felixstowe & Walton United.
Fenmen manager Steve Appleby is set to hand returning captain Paul Cousins, who left his hometown side last summer to join fierce rivals King's Lynn Town, his first start since rejoining the club from Wroxham.
Appleby said: 'Paul's a leader. With all due respect we've got a very young side, apart from Chris Bacon and Scott Johnson, and he will bring that leadership to the side by his style of play.
'It spurs people on and that's what we need now. We don't want to suffer a hangover from the Vase because there's still a lot to play for.
'We can take a lot of positives from our run and the fact we matched Dunston in both games but we need to focus again, starting today.'
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Kirkley & Pakefield are at home to second-placed Brantham Athletic, Diss Town host FC Clacton, Gorleston entertain Mildenhall Town, while struggling Great Yarmouth Town welcome Newmarket Town.
First Division promotion hopefuls Thetford Town are looking to send a title message to March Town United - by beating them in the First Division Knockout Cup Quarter Final.
Brett Whaley's March ended the Brecklanders 13-game unbeaten league run in December and Thetford boss Mark Scott - whose side have dropped from first to fourth in the table since the turn of the year - wants his side to avenge their defeat as they look to reach their second consecutive league cup final.
Fakenham Town, unbeaten in five league games, and Swaffham Town are both without a game.