Smith eyes a victory double

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WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS manager Paul Smith wants his side to take six points from the Easter weekend programme following their narrow 2-1 defeat at table-topping Wroxham on Saturday.

James Tatham put the Willows ahead in the first half, but ended up on the losing side, the result putting Wroxham back on top of the Ridgeons Premier while Walsham remain in 18th spot, four points clear of the relegation zone.

The Willows take on FC Clacton tomorrow (3pm) before hosting 15th-placed Diss Town (3pm) in a local derby on Easter Monday.

Paul Musgrove will return to the squad, with manager Smith having no fresh injury concerns.

After his side’s good performance on Saturday, Smith is confident the Willows can get back-to-back wins over the Easter weekend.

“I think we played well,” he said. “We went 1-0 up in the first half and then conceded a soft goal before half-time.

“In the second half I think we were the better side with the better chances, we hit the crossbar and we just couldn’t get that goal we needed, but they didn’t trouble our goalkeeper.

“We were playing a top of the league team and you wouldn’t have thought there was that much of a difference, but it sets us up for the Easter weekend games.

“I would like to get six points from the two games.”

Saturday’s opponents Clacton are on a run of five straight defeats, while Diss have won six of their last seven league matches.

Smith was especially hopeful of avenging a 3-2 Boxing Day defeat away at the Tangerines earlier in the season, a game in which he felt his side did not perform.

“Diss is a local derby and we let ourselves down badly on Boxing Day,” he said. “I hope the boys are up for that one.”