Ryman League North Wroxham finally get their Pride back

Elliot Pride has a reason to smile today, he can play football again!

Elliot Pride has a reason to smile today, he can play football again! - Credit: Archant

Wroxham have been handed a major boost in time for this afternoon's clash with Romford, writes Adrian Gowling.

The news that goalkeeper Elliot Pride has returned to fitness following a shoulder injury is cheering to his manager Stewart Larter. Since being out injured, the Yachtsmen have conceded 19 goals in five games and results have not gone the way of the Ryman League North Trafford Park side.

A number of other players have returned to the matchday squad over the last couple of weeks including Jack Garrod and Stephen Taylor and the improvement shown over the games against Sudbury and Cheshunt has been tangible.

A 3-3 draw at Cheshunt on Saturday could so easily have been a victory as Wroxham led 3-1 after 65 minutes. Goals from Michael Sommerfield, Nathan Stone and an own goal looked like the Yachtsmen could have had a boosting win but prolific Cheshunt marksman Jason Hallett completed a hat-trick to gain a draw against the brave visitors.

Romford sit one place above Wroxham in the table in 17th and the Yachtsmen will be hoping to make up ground against their rivals.

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Their form over the last four games is only slightly better than Wroxham's with two points gained to the Yachtsmen's one.

The Trafford Road pitch has suffered with the wet weather recently. Currently the condition ahead of today's game is playable but the match referee may be inclined to call an inspection given its recent issues.

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Wroxham will be hoping today's match, and Tuesday's Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie with Great Yarmouth Town, beats the weather. The latter has already been postponed three times, with a back-up at Yarmouth pencilled in on Wednesday should it be called off again.

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