Smith sets sights on a four-some success

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WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS need to win four of their last 10 matches to stand a chance of staying up and one must be tomorrow’s home clash against Kirkley and Pakefield.

That is the view of manager Paul Smith, whose team suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday to remain in the Ridgeons League Premier Division relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.

The Willows host fellow strugglers Kirkley at Summer Road tomorrow (3pm) as they begin their crucial 10-match run-in.

“We are playing quite well and not getting results,” said Smith. “We now have only 10 games left and we need to win at least four of them.

“With Wroxham and Wisbech Town still to play away from home, that leaves us eight games and Saturday has to be one of those four wins.

“The boys up front are doing well, they are just lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal.”

The Willows’ third consecutive defeat came at Norwich United’s Plantation Park on Saturday, with Charlie Robinson netting Walsham’s consolation in their 2-1 loss.

Also in the Ridgeons Premier, Mildenhall Town take on Dereham Town at Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm).

Meanwhile, in the Ridgeons League First Division, Thetford Town went back top of the league on Tuesday night and manager Mark Scott has challenged his players to stay there.

“We’ve put ourselves in that position before and had our little wobble, which was entirely down to us,” said the Brecklanders’ boss.

“We’ve put that right, are back on track and promotion is ours to lose in my opinion.

“The camaraderie is there, the players are on form and we just can’t wait for the next game.”

Thetford won 4-1 at Stowmarket Town on Saturday before seeing off Cambridge University Press 2-0 on Tuesday night with strikes from Bruno Tavares and Matt Dixon, the latter’s 21st league goal of the season, earning them three points.

Although Luke Bailey and Liam Bolton could both return to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Debenham LC (3pm), Town will be without the services of Martin Carter, Steve Davies, Tom Cusack and Dave Richards.

Elsewhere in the Ridgeons First Division, Team Bury and Stowmarket Town clash at Ram Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Before that local derby, the Blues host March Town United and Stow travel to title-chasing Whitton United on Saturday (both 3pm).

Team Bury lost 4-0 at Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday in the Ridgeons League First Division, hitting their hopes of finishing in the top 10 and therefore qualifying for next season’s FA Cup.

Manager Ross Wilding, who welcomes Perry Moody back this week, said: “We need to target three points in every game from now on if we want to get that 10th spot – I think it’s going to go right down to the wire.”