Wisbech look to bounce back
Wisbech look to get their top six push back on track against FC Clacton today in the Ridgeons Premier Division.
The Fenmen lost 3-1 at title-chasing Wroxham last weekend but assistant boss Chris Dear is confident of a positive reaction. Captain Paul Cousins is pushing for a recall to the starting line up after a second half return at Trafford Park to a Wisbech side that was also missing key midfielders Luke Kennedy and Matt Lunn.
'He came through 45 minutes of football very well last weekend,' said Dear. 'We are hoping to have him because he does bring us that presence in the back four - knowing Paul he will play. The mood in the dressing room is still buoyant. We have people there who have experience of winning leagues and having good cup runs.
'We have to be realistic in that it's a very new squad - sometimes it takes a period of time for a squad to settle in and play consistent football. We have picked up too many draws so far this season. What we need to do is convert home games against bottom half sides from one point to three.'
The Fenmen are also looking to bolster their squad with a seven day approach for highly-rated Grantham Town midfielder Adam Millson.
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Leaders Dereham travel to Haverhill buoyed by a midweek derby success at Norwich United after a brave comeback win at Brantham maintained their lead over nearest challengers Wroxham. Matty Henman's side were a goal and a man down at Athletic before Steve Harley's match winner preserved the club's recent unbeaten run.
'Good sides develop the habit of finding ways to win and that's exactly what we had to do,' he said. 'Unfortunately we started the game a little sloppily and were not prepared for Brantham's direct style if play. They definitely out-worked us in the first 15 minutes and we had to regroup when Gary Starling was sent off.'
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Adam Smith and Olly Willis have handed the Magpies a major boost after agreeing a contract extension to the end of the 2011/12 season. Olly Thomson returns to the squad after a one game suspension. Nicky Howell and Craig Terrington are poised for a reserve run out and Kenny Reeves is also back from university.
Wroxham bid to keep up the pressure at Felixstowe with Kirkley also on the road at Hadleigh and Yarmouth looking for their first home league win of the season against Wivenhoe. Norwich United manager Paul Chick returns to the technical area for Stanway's visit after serving a three match ban. The Planters' chief has a fitness concern over Darren Coe who was withdrawn at half time in the midweek defeat to leaders Dereham.
Matty Robinson is back in contention and Tom Jeal could also return to the squad. In Division One, Diss host leaders Cambridge University Press in an early title showdown. Fakenham visit Cornard with Downham at Saffron Walden, Swaffham travelling to Stowmarket and Gorleston away to Whitton ahead of their FA Vase tie against King's Lynn.