Wroxham’s Trafford Park given FA green light to host Ryman League football next season
Wroxham 2, Walsham-le-Willows 1: Wroxham enjoyed a fine weekend, on and off the pitch, as they returned to the top of the Ridgeons Premier Division.
Trafford Park has been given the green light to host Ryman League football next season after passing yesterday's stringent FA ground grading inspection.
While on Saturday Gavin Lemmon's second half winner put Wroxham in pole position in the title race as morning leaders Ely City crashed 6-0 at Woodbridge.
The Yachtsmen now lead Ely, having played a game less, by two points with six games left to play.
Wroxham manager David Batch said: 'This could well prove to be a momentous weekend, but we are still under pressure to get every win we can – as are Ely and Brantham.
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'We are pleased with how the results have gone our way, but what we are not going to do is jump up and down too much. There is still 18 points left to play for, and we have just got to do our best to win every remaining game.'
Batch praised the work of the club's committee for getting Trafford Park ready for Step 4 football.
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He said: The ground looks fantastic. A lot has happened in a short space of time and this is an absolute credit to everyone behind the scenes at the club – they have all worked really hard to make this happen.'
Lowly Walsham-le-Willows scored against the run of play to take a shock 30th minute lead through captain James Tatham's close range strike.
The relentless waves of Wroxham pressure finally paid dividends when striker Paul Cook, back from injury, finished well from Ryan Oakley's cross to level the scores.
Eight minutes into the second period Ben Thompson was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, and midfielder Lemmon made no mistake from the spot – sending goalkeeper Duncan McNally the wrong way.
Batch said: 'First half we were superb it was just a shame our finishing wasn't. We should have been four or five goals up before half-time. The amount of chances we created was excellent and the team were really on script.'
• Wroxham: Howie, Self, Howes, Carus, Challen, Eastaugh, Oakley (Durrant 73), Lemmon, Thompson, Cook, Gilmore (Jones 69). Subs not used: Hilton, Gordon, Blake.
Yellow cards: Self.
Goals: Cook 38, Lemmon pen 53.
• Walsham-le-Willows: McNally, Lambert (Soanes 82), Cusack, Fenner, Newman, Robinson, Sim, Foster, Hughes, Tatham (Brown 78), Brame (Diaper 85). Sub not used: Bryant.
Goal: Tatham 30.
• Referee: Euan Goodman
• Attendance: 134