Thurlow Nunn League preview: Midfielder rejoins Premier Division title favourites Norwich United

Norwich United, yellow, in action against Wisbech Town earlier this term. Picture: BILL SMITH

Norwich United, yellow, in action against Wisbech Town earlier this term. Picture: BILL SMITH

Norwich United have strengthened their Premier Division title tilt by bringing a familiar face back to Plantation Park.

The city outfit have enjoyed a sensational campaign so far with a more-than-decent run in the FA Cup as well as opening up an eight-point lead at the summit. Manager Damian Hilton is refusing to rest on his laurels though and has decided to beef up his squad ahead of their quest to make it 13 league wins out of 14 when they welcome struggling Ely City this afternoon.

A statement on the Planters website said: 'We welcome back to Plantation Park experienced midfield player Ryan Foster who has signed for us from Mildenhall Town. Ryan made 15 appearances for us back in season 2010-2011 and is a tenacious player that will add competition to the midfield department.'

United's Norfolk counterparts Diss Town will be hoping there's a home victory in Norwich as they look to leapfrog Ely and move off the foot of the table.

Mike Derbyshire's Tangerines are level with the Cambridgeshire club on six points, having played a game more, and are aiming to close the gap on third-from-bottom Walsham-le-Willows – the side they face today. A Diss triumph would see them move just three behind the team they take on this afternoon.


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Elsewhere, Gorleston, fifth, host Whitton United, Kirkley & Pakefield, eighth, visit mid-table Brantham Athletic and Thetford Town face a trip to a side 10 places above them in the shape of Godmanchester Rovers, third. Wayne Anderson's Fakenham Town are holding their own following promotion but will need to go some to add to their 22-point tally at second-placed Newmarket Town.

In the First Division, Downham Town – looking for their third manager in little more than a year – visit Saffron Walden Town.

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Outgoing boss Mark Reeve, who had steered the usual strugglers to 12th, said: 'There hasn't been any fall out. I'd probably been thinking about the direction of where the club and myself were going since pre-season. If you spoke to anyone within the club, like players, they probably would have found it a shock. But if you asked a couple of friends outside the team they'd probably say I've been talking about it for a couple of weeks now. It was just a case of; how long do you leave it before you actually make the decision?

'That was it really. I just decided I needed to make the decision sooner rather than later for myself and the club.'

Committee member George Dickson thanked Reeve for 'helping the club move forward' and said Town 'have already had applicants' for the vacant position – which they hope to fill within the next few weeks.

In other action, Swaffham Town host March Town United and King's Lynn Town Reserves travel to Long Melford.

To hear the full interview with Reeve – and a preview to Sunday's Adie Hayes memorial game at King's Lynn – listen to West Norfolk Sports Podcast Episode 48 at www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp

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