Magpies to test Bacon for cup clash

Dereham striker Chris Bacon is an injury doubt for the Magpies' Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final tie today against underdogs Thetford at Aldiss Park. The bustling frontman will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle problem that forced him to miss the club's festive 2-1 Ridgeons Premier League defeat at home to his former club, King's Lynn Reserves.

Dereham striker Chris Bacon is an injury doubt for the Magpies' Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final tie today against underdogs Thetford at Aldiss Park.

The bustling frontman will undergo a late fitness test on the ankle problem that forced him to miss the club's festive 2-1 Ridgeons Premier League defeat at home to his former club, King's Lynn Reserves.

Magpies' boss Matty Henman has drafted back-up striker Simon Mowbray into his squad. Ben Furlong is also available but midfielder Adam Smith is suspended.

King's Lynn's second string face Anglian Combination Loddon United. The young Linnets have passed up home advantage with the club's first team hosting AFC Telford in a re-arranged Blue Square North fixture at The Walks.


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Wisbech boss Gary Setchell wants to bounce back from the Fenmen's recent 2-0 home defeat to Histon Reserves when they entertain Mildenhall in the Ridgeons Premier.

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"It was definitely a game we were looking to win and it's a case of three points dropped," he said. "We were below our usual level and didn't deserve to get anything. I see January and February as crucial months for us and I'm confident we can turn things around, starting, hopefully, with a win against Mildenhall.

"They are a strong side but I can't see why we can't beat them. Apart from Lee Day, who is recovering from a knee injury, we will be at full strength. We still have a lot of quality and self belief in the squad."

Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman is braced for a titanic clash when his league leaders visit third-placed Leiston.

"All the pressure is on them as they are at home and they're playing catch up," he said. "We don't fear Leiston - we've beaten them at home and they've also beaten us at The Meadow. We know they are a good side and we're in for a tough encounter."

Jamie Godbold is unavailable. Neil Plaskett is unlikely to be risked but Marcus Saunders has been passed fit. Carl Poppy and Matty Potter step up their injury comebacks with a reserve outing.

Downham duo Marcus Fendley and Ashley Smith are doubtful for Town's First Division trip to Godmanchester. Fakenham striker Karl Pask (calf) is ruled out of the Ghosts' trip to March.

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