Wroxham boss counting on new firepower

Strikers Ross Gilfedder and Matt Blake are set to make their Wroxham debuts today with David Batch urging his hitmen to fire the Yachtsmen to the double.

Ridgeons Premier Division table-toppers Wroxham enjoy a break from the pressures of the title race by hosting Norwich United in the League challenge cup semi-final (3pm).

Colchester United loanee Gilfedder appears to have shaken off an ankle injury while Blake, to the delight of Batch, has joined from Thetford Town.

'Ross scored 12 goals in 11 games while on loan at Woodbridge Town - he's the most prolific striker in the league,' said the Wroxham boss.

'We've been tracking Matt for more than a year and now we've finally got him. We've got plenty of options up front which is good because since Christmas we've been struggling for bodies up front.

'Good competition for places should hopefully bring out that extra 10 to 15 per cent out of all of our strikers. We need goals.

'Even though ours have been spread out this season ultimately you need forwards banging them in to do well. With Ross, Matt, Ben (Thompson) and Jordan (Rocastle) we've got a good chance of doing that.'

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Paul Cook and David Hinton (both knee) are unavailable but are nearing their returns for Wroxham - who were runners-up in last year's Ridgeons League Challenge Cup. Batch's side have beaten Norwich United 1-0 twice in the league this season.

Planters boss Paul Chick, who will definitely be without Adrian Agar (cup tied) and Andrew Claydon (injury), said: 'I can't believe we got nothing from the two games but we know we have a good chance to make it to the final if we play to our ability.'

The winners will face either Dereham Town or Stanway Rovers in the final.

Matt Henman's fourth-placed Dereham will travel to second-placed Brantham in the pick of the weekend's Premier Division matches.

'A win would give us an opportunity to get a bit closer to them and we're looking forward to it because we've got a fully-fit squad,' said Henman.

'We went their last season and won 2-1 so I don't see why we can't do it again. Ollie Mann is the best striker in this league in my eyes so I'll be challenging our defenders to go out and prove they're as good as him.

'Our confidence is growing and this gives us a great chance to gauge where we're at. We need to lay down a marker for next season.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, struggling Great Yarmouth Town host Wisbech Town.