Ryman North Wroxham wary of struggling Great Wakering Rovers’ threat

Andy Howell, right, is missing for Wroxham after suffering a nasty head inury in the week. Picture:

Andy Howell, right, is missing for Wroxham after suffering a nasty head inury in the week. Picture: SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Wroxham boss Stewart Larter claims it's still all to play for in the Ryman North play-off race as they prepare to host Great Wakering, writes Thomas Crabb.

The Yachtsmen have somewhat stumbled through their last two games – with a 2-1 defeat to mid-table Waltham Abbey followed up with a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Romford on Wednesday. And the Wroxham manager admits the unpredictable nature of the league proves that anything can happen in the final seven games of the season.

'The thing about this league is that you can't look at anything on paper,' Larter said.

'The form book goes out of the window quite often and that has shown in our last two games.

'I felt we had enough chances to win two or three games against Romford but that's football for you. The way things are going I think it's going to go down to the wire; it's all to play for and we're just pleased to be in this position and still have it in our own hands.'

Wakering are languishing in 18th, with a seven-point cushion separating themselves and the relegation places. However, Larter points out that teams down the wrong end of the table mustn't be underestimated.

He said: 'The teams we've got left to play, with the exception of Needham Market, are mainly in the bottom half of the table but this doesn't make them easy games. Some of them are still fighting for survival and while Great Wakering are practically safe, they're not totally in the clear and probably need another win or two. This makes them dangerous.'

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The Yachtsmen will be without influential skipper Andy Howell – who had to have nine stitches following a nasty collision against Romford – although Ben Price returns, as do goalkeeper Elliot Pride and winger Kyle Baker.