Wroxham well prepared

All Wroxham eyes will be on the weekend weather forecast with hopes that Saturday's home FA Vase third-round tie with St Ives can be played.

If a replay is needed it will be on Tuesday, at the expense of the Norfolk Senior Cup fourth-round home clash with Cromer Town.

The Ridgeons League area saw only two games at the weekend, at Hadleigh where Wivenhoe lost 3-0, and at Woodbridge where Debenham LC were beaten 2-1 in the Premier Division.

If a fixture backlog does start to build up – the traditional period for the weather to hit hard is after Christmas – then David Batch feels his Wroxham will manage better than most, despite being involved in the league title race, FA Vase, Norfolk Senior Cup and League Cup.

'To be honest, I think we are probably the best-positioned club in the league to cope with it,' said the Yachtsmen's boss.


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'We have played a lot of games already. We have played 22 of our league games. We played our 22nd Ridgeons game last season on March 10. We have got experience of what backlogs are like.

'But this season we are miles further ahead in terms of the league games we have played, and we have a miles-deeper squad.

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'I have a squad of 22. If fixtures pile up, unless we have a major injury crisis, I would be able to rotate players around.

'Last campaign we played half our league games, a quarter-final of the League Cup and a two-legged semi-final of the FA Vase in six weeks. That was ridiculous. No team could cope with that.'

The weather also affects training schedules where teams rely on conventional grass surfaces.

Wroxham have an artificial surface available, although it cannot be used with snow on it, but the club is also negotiating to use indoor facilities.

Batch also had a word for club administrators who have to re-arrange postponed matches. 'Last year it was an absolute headache for us. It's not an easy job to do.'

Thetford Town were one of the few clubs to beat the freeze, reaching the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup with a 1-0 home win over Hempnall.

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