Ryman North: Home chance for Norwich United to secure fourth consecutive victory

Norwich United manager Steve Easthaugh. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich United manager Steve Easthaugh. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Norwich United are looking for their fourth win on the spin when they host struggling Thamesmead Town at Plantation Park this afternoon.

Jamie Speller's late winner earned a 1-0 win at Phoenix Sports last weekend, typifying the will to fight to the last in recent weeks with late strikes not only earning an additional three points but also taking the Senior Cup tie at Dereham into extra-time and an ultimate victory.

The Planters welcome back Tim Henery into the squad after the winger missed the trip to Kent through unavailability.

The Mead currently sit second from bottom and since their 4-1 victory over Wroxham in early November they have lost three straight Ryman North games, the latest a 3-0 home defeat by AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday evening. They do however have games in hand on those teams around them as well as a 100pc record against teams from Norfolk this season, also beating Dereham 5-2 at home in October.

The Planters have also secured the signature of youngster Nathan Stewart, who joins from Wroxham.

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Dereham start the day a point better off than Norwich ahead of but face a trip to in-form Heybridge Swifts, who have won three straight league games.

The Magpies beat the Essex side 3-0 at Aldiss Park in early October but look set to face a rather different challenge this time.

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Matt Henman's side have let three-goal leads slip in their last two league games and have drawn five of their last seven matches in Ryman North.

Wroxham are also away and face one of the other lowly sides when they take on Great Wakering Rovers.

The Yachtsmen thrashed VCD Athletic 4-0 last weekend but lost 2-0 at Soham in midweek.

Wakering, who drew 0-0 at VCD on Tuesday and are unbeaten in three matches, are just five points better off than Damian Hilton's team.

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