Walsham are still in trouble

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WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS will look to put their league troubles behind them in a bid to repeat their best ever run in the FA Vase by winning at Ridgeons Premier high-fliers Wisbech Town tomorrow (3pm).

The Willows reached the second round stage last season before bowing out to two late goals at Essex Senior League outfit Witham Town.

The Vase will be a welcome break from league action for manager Paul Smith, who saw his side fail to get out of the Ridgeons Premier’s bottom three with draws against in-form Stanway Rovers and fellow-strugglers Newmarket Town.

Smith said: “The Vase is in my heart because I played in the final for Sudbury.

“I know how important it can be for a club to go a good distance in it – that’s one of the best competitions the boys can play in.”

Although on the face of it, Walsham’s point at upwardly-mobile Stanway was a good result, they conceded a sloppy equaliser to cancel out Charlie Robinson’s strike, and had similar problems holding on to the lead against Newmarket four days later.

Sam Diaper and Jack Brame twice fired the Willows ahead, but they conceded a leveller on each occasion to remain in the drop zone.

“I’m not very happy,” said Smith, who re-signed striker Will Brown from Stowmarket Town this week. “The Newmarket match is the sort of one we have to win to start climbing the league, but we just didn’t perform very well. We have to show the same sort of commitment we did when we played against Bury Town last week in every game.”

n There is more cup action for Walsham when they visit Norwich United in the Ridgeons League Cup first round on Tuesday (7.45pm).