Wroxham ready to lay Brentwood ghost to rest

Michael Hilton is available for Wroxham's trip to Brentwood this evening.

Michael Hilton is available for Wroxham's trip to Brentwood this evening. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/phcimages.com

Wroxham boss David Batch finally has the chance to put to bed the most embarrassing performance of his Yachtsmen reign at Brentwood Town this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

Wroxham suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against tonight's opponents in the FA Cup in September with the match providing a watershed moment for Batch this season.

Several players were let go in the wake of the loss and Batch hopes his side can right some of the wrongs of that afternoon.

'That was the worst performance that I've ever seen from a Wroxham side that I've managed,' he said. 'We parted company with one or two players after that game and I think in some ways it helped us because we have moved on since.

'We obviously want to show we're better than that and I think we have since. I would just like to get a bit more consistency into our game – we've been so inconsistent for most of the season and we haven't got any excuses anymore.'

Wroxham were left frustrated without a game on Saturday as their clash against Aveley at Trafford Park was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

After trouncing Romford last Tuesday Batch is glad of the chance to build on that momentum this evening.

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'Whenever you win you want to play again as soon as possible so it was a bit frustrating but we haven't had to wait long for another match to come around,' he said. 'To be honest it could have been a few more (against Romford) – we missed three or four very good chances. But we played very well and we looked a bit more like our old selves.'

Batch acknowledged that it offered a glimpse of what might have been for the Yachtsmen this season had they not been hit by injuries and player unavailability earlier in the season.

'You can never say for definite that we would be in a better position had certain players been available but you would like to think that we would,' he said. 'We've had horrendous issues with player availability and injuries but you have to just deal with it. You can only play with what you've got and it's good that we've got a few coming back now. We've only two or three lads not available instead of nine or 10.'

Goalkeeper Michael Hilton is available this evening and Batch admitted he faces a dilemma whether to plunge the goalkeeper straight back into first team action or stay loyal to Jake Jessup, who is on loan from Lowestoft Town.

Gavin Lemmon and Angelo Harrop will come into consideration whilst long-term absentee Paul Cook will continue his comeback with the reserves before being considered for the first team.

èWisbech Town have signed striker Joe Jackson from Swaffham Town. Jackson has been at Shoemakers Lane for three years and was this season's top scorer with 19 goals.