Norwich United looking to hit the heights in season finale
PUBLISHED: 08:55 22 April 2017
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Norwich United travel to Haringey Borough knowing that a play-off place is finally out of reach.
The Planters’ ambitions were ended following their hosts’ 2-0 victory at Waltham Abbey on Easter Monday.
But United will still be looking for all three points as they bid to finish the season in as high a position as possible.
They are guaranteed to finish no lower than their current ninth position but a win could push them up as high as sixth. Whatever the result today, Steve Eastaugh and his team can be proud of their achievements in the club’s first season at Step Four.
It won’t be easy today, though, with the hosts still needing a minimum of a draw to guarantee their place in the play-offs and they will be looking for a positive result to take into what would be a tricky play-off semi-final away to Maldon & Tiptree on Wednesday.
The Planters will be looking to extend an unbeaten run to five games and will be heartened by a strong second-half performance against Wroxham on Monday. Before Monday’s game long-serving Steve Shipley picked up the Spectators’ Player of the Year trophy, whilst ever-present Sam Watts won the Players’ Player of the Year award.
Dereham Town are facing up to the prospect of life without manager Matt Henman.
Henman announced during the week that his nine-year reign would be over at the end of the season.
An announcement on his successor is imminent, according to the club, but in the meantime it’s business as usual, with Henman preparing his team, for the home game against Tilbury.
There is a little to fight for apart from pride and a decent farewell to Henman: Dereham are 16th in the table, Tilbury are 12th.
Relegated Wroxham need to beat third-placed Thurrock if they are to guarantee finishing off bottom spot.
It will be tough for Wroxham today: Thurrock need to win to guarantee third place and the Yachtsmen are without a win in their last 15 league games.
They will be looking over their shoulders at bottom club Great Wakering Rovers – both teams are on the same points, but Wroxham have a much better goal difference. Great Wakering are at home to 11th-placed Bury Town