Wroxham boss eyes Ridgeons progress

Wroxham boss David Batch feels strength in depth could hold the key to the Yachtsmen's Ridgeons Premier Division title chances ahead of today's <sat>latest test against Mildenhall at Trafford Park. (3pm)

Batch's men moved into second after a midweek win at Yarmouth without the club's three injured leading strikers. The Wroxham chief has drafted in ex-Burnley and Doncaster frontman Ian Duerden as a temporary fix to maintain the Yachtsmen's recent upturn.

'He's a big lad, capable of holding the ball up front and he just gives us another body in that area,' said Batch. 'It's a short term thing to help us out. There are no expectations beyond that. He came on at Yarmouth and he hasn't played for a few years but he is training for triathlons, so keeps himself fit. He can definitely play. He has a goalscoring record five leagues higher than us of about one in two so you can't argue with that.

'We're missing Damian Hilton, Paul Cook and Claudio Langlois but we've managed to pick up results despite having a fresh spate of injuries. Hilts and Claudio will hopefully be available next week and we're just waiting on Cook who might have cracked his ribs. That has put a bit of strain on us but it's why we have tried to build the squad.'

Batch is urging caution with his evolving group of players despite one defeat in 11.

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'The Stanway defeat was my fault,' he said. 'We wouldn't have got beaten if we went there tomorrow. I did something wrong that day I wouldn't do again. We'll keep our heads and we won't make any bold predictions or promises. We'll just keep on winning games and concentrate on our own performances. I know if we play well teams at our level will struggle to beat us. It's all about us. If we do and a team beats us, they have been exceptional because of the quality we have not just in the team but the club. We have a lot more pace, a lot more physical presence about us this season and I can select six or seven 6ft plus players but they are all athletic types.'

Batch insists Wroxham's emerging talent is a cause for optimism.

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'We knew they were coming through last season and we have given them a chance and they have made the most of it,' he said. 'Ross Durrant has scored more from midfield already this season than the whole of our midfield last season. To be honest last year we were one dimensional. We were limited. Our ball retention is ten times better, whereas we had to be quite direct. But as I say it's after 16 games. We still have 30 left. This time last year Leiston had won 15 on the trot and still finished third in the league. We know the league table as it stands now means nothing. We know where we want to be in April and May. That's the important time. We just have to dig in now and come Christmas make sure we are in and about it.'

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