Willows have to stay on roll

PAUL Smith has urged his Walsham-le-Willows side not to undo all their recent good work by thinking tomorrow’s Ridgeons League Premier Division clash at Newmarket Town (3pm) will be easy.

The Willows have picked up seven points from a possible 12 to lift themselves out of the relegation zone — the most recent point coming at home in a 2-2 draw with FC Clacton on Saturday.

Walsham could move four points clear of the drop zone and still hold as many as four games in hand over the teams below them with victory over a Newmarket side who lost 8-1 to Brantham Athletic at the weekend.

“Newmarket got stuffed on Saturday so I’m hoping our players don’t get complacent having seen that result,” said Smith, whose side beat Brantham 3-0 just three weeks ago. “If we can get our heads right in the changing room before the game, we should be okay.”

Smith is also confident his side can pull clear of the bottom three and move up the Ridgeons Premier table with the current sides in danger — Wivenhoe Town, Newmarket and Great Yarmouth Town — many people’s favourites to drop down to the First Division at the end of the season.

Walsham’s chief — who will have striker Will Brown (hamstring) back, but defender Tom Fenner suspended — added: “We’ve got a good atmosphere going, which is a big part of our upturn in form — I’m confident we will have no problem in pulling away from the bottom and moving up into mid-table.”

Smith was left happy with a point against FC Clacton at Summer Road on Saturday, with James Tatham, bagging a second-half equaliser.

Walsham looked good on the counter-attack, only for the final ball from the forward-thinking Ollie Hughes to let them down.

Clacton went close, but it was Hughes who gave the Willows the lead shortly after against the run of play.

Trevor Newman whipped a ball to the far post where the onrushing attacker blasted in from a tight angle.

Mistakes all over the pitch allowed Clacton back into the game and two sloppy goals were conceded.

First, Fenner did not clear the ball and Foster poked home before a mistake in midfield allowed a breakaway for an easy Clacton tap-in from eight yards.

After half-time, Paul Musgrove had a superb volley tipped away before Lee Sim teed up Tatham for the leveller.

Walsham may even have earned all three points, but several good chances went begging, with Sam Diaper being guilty of guilt edged chances.

Man of the match: Jonny Lambert.