(Michael Sommerfield faces a late fitness test)
Wroxham will be looking to put things right following two defeats in the last 7 days. A 1-0 defeat at Southend Manor in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round last weekend was followed by a 3-1 home reverse against Norfolk rivals Great Yarmouth in the league.
Despite those results, the Yachtsmen travel to Wivenhoe in good heart. Manager Tom Parke commented that he was happy with the progress shown so far and that the results will come. On a similar note, fellow Manager Ross Potter was looking forward to this weekend’s game after two frustrating matches. “After creating a number of chances including two penalties turned down, we went down to a late goal”. Reflecting on Tuesday’s game “We were shading it at 1-0 before a red card turned the game on its head. Both games are games I believe we will win once we have spent significant time together but difficult games for the new group.”
Wivenhoe were given a reprieve from relegation last season so will be looking to make the most of it this season. Potter feels that “Wivenhoe is a tough place to go, with a decent crowd that congregate behind the goal. Our job is to silence them with a good performance”.
The Yachtsmen are likely to be missing Adam Smith who went off injured at Southend, whilst Michael Sommerfield faces a late test after picking up a knock on Tuesday. On the positive side, the Norfolk side are buoyed by the news that Payton Swatman and Craig Bussens both came through Tuesday’s game having been out since pre-season.
Photograph & Report by Adrian Gowling