Round-up: Swaffham on the chase, Dereham distraction and Caister eye return to top
PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:48 15 April 2019
Swaffham will be looking to close the five-point gap on leaders Harleston Town as they look to take advantage of their two games in hand firstly at Ipswich Wanderers this afternoon.
Harleston looked to have the title in the bag for large spells of the season, but Swaffham have showed great determination to chip away at their lead and if they do go on to lift the title they will have done it the hard way.
In the Premier, Great Yarmouth Town will be looking to move further away from the bottom three when they head to FC Clacton, while Kirkley & Pakefield go to Long Melford and Norwich United visit third-placed Godmanchester Rovers.
Yarmouth beat Thetford 1-0 last time out, on the back of a fine performance from keeper Charlie Beckwith.
Joint manager Adam Mason said: “We had to ride our luck a bit along with relying on Charlie Beckwith to have an outstanding game in goal to give us a chance. Some of the saves were literally world class.”
Gorleston are without a game, giving them a chance to regroup after a miserable run of seven straight defeats.
Dereham Town boss Adam Gusterson admits he has one eye on the Norfolk Senior Cup final.
The Magpies are safe in terms of the league, but have an April 30 date against Thetford at Carrow Road.
Having lost 4-0 at Bowers & Pitsea a week ago, Dereham head to Witham, a team they beat 2-0 at Aldiss Park in September with second-half goals from Danny Beaumont and Ashley Jarvis.
The Essex side are one place and six points ahead of Romford, who currently occupy the second relegation position.
“I think it was a good lesson for us against Bowers and we will be better for it,” said Gusterson.
“Today's game will be very tough against Witham for different reasons as they are fighting for their lives and I'm sure they'll be looking at it thinking it's a winnable game.
“We are without five players but it gives others an opportunity to come into the side. It is important we try and get back to winning ways and finish the season positively in preparation for our Senior Cup final so there's no way we can afford to let up and the lads know that.”
Matt Castellan, Jamie Forshaw, Joe Gatting, Lewis Johnson and Owen Murphy are all missing for the Magpies.
Caister are the only one of the top three in action, with a trip to struggling Hellesdon.
Leaders Sheringham and third-placed Long Stratton have a day off, so Caister know that a win would take them back to the top by a point - although they will then have played two games more than the Shannocks.
Long Stratton will remain third, whatever happens, with a seven-point margin over Waveney who have a trip to Norwich Ceyms.
Elsewhere, Beccles welcome Acle, Wroxham Reserves go to Mattishall and Norwich United U21s host Wymondham Town.
The big match of the day in Division One is at second-placed Mundford, who face the team directly below them, Bungay Town, defending a two-point advantage.