Football round-up: Canaries experience paying off for Wroxham and Norwich United
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Wroxham and Norwich United are benefiting from experience at the very highest level of football this season.
At Plantation Park, former Norwich City midfielder Cedric Anselin is enjoying his first taste of football management in charge of Norwich United.
Anselin - who made 26 appearances for the Canaries between 1999 and 2001 - was appointed in December, 2018 having already laced up his boots for the side, as well as having spells with King's Lynn, Lowestoft and Dereham.
The 42-year-old Anselin has turned things around. Norwich United finished a respectable 11th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table and, this season, are sitting more than comfortably in second place after a dozen games, eight points behind Stowmarket Town.
The bid to prevent a one-horse race for the title takes a break today when United entertain Peterborough Northern Star in the FA Vase first round proper.
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The table has a pleasing look for Norfolk football fans, with two of the county's sides in the top three.
Wroxham are just two points behind their great rivals, but have two games in hand - and the managerial team of Jordan Southgate and his assistant, former Canaries captain Adam Drury, is working wonders. It does help, of course, when you can name ex-team-mates Simon Lappin and Grant Holt in your side.
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The managerial pair - who work with the Elite Football & Education Programme at the Community Sports Foundation - replaced Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds days after they left for Lowestoft in May, last year. Wroxham's challenge today comes in the Vase at home to Baldock Town.
Kirkley & Pakefield are also in Vase action, away to Northampton ON Chenecks.
The pause in league proceedings probably hasn't come at the best time - Stowmarket have a league game, at sixth-placed Godmanchester, and could open that gap even further. It is one of only three Premier Division matches, with the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup also interrupting the programme. Swaffham have a tasty-looking home derby against Downham, First Division North Norwich CBS go to struggling Thetford and another top-flight team in difficulties, Gorleston, head to Anglian Combination Division One Yelverton.
Just two Anglian Combination Premier League games are scheduled, with the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup taking centre stage.
Leaders Norwich Ceyms have a cup date at home to fourth-placed Mundford, who are enjoying life after promotion last season.
Second-placed Harleston Town have a tough home game against Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Sheringham while third-placed Mattishall also face higher league opposition when they travel to Diss Town.
In other games, Blofield United host Stalham Town, Bradenham Wanderers are at home to Attleborough Town, Acle United travel to East Harling, UEA host Hellesdon and winless St Andrews have a trip to Wymondham Town.
In the league, Waveney can go top with a win at Long Stratton. Waveney are fifth, three points off top spot, but already have the best goal difference in the division. Beccles Town host Scole United.
In Division One, Gorleston Reserves host Bungay while Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves are at home to Sprowston Athletic.