New Wroxham chief wants to see Yachtsmen steer course through leagues

New Wroxham chairman Lee Robson. Picture: Wroxham FC

New Wroxham chairman Lee Robson. Picture: Wroxham FC - Credit: Archant

New Wroxham chairman Lee Robson believes the Yachtsmen should be a Ryman League Premier side within five years.

Wroxham were relegated from Ryman League Premier Division One last season after flirting with the drop for a couple of years following promotion from the Eastern Counties League in 2012.

Robson was installed as chairman earlier this month to replace the outgoing Kevin Attree, who stepped down due to work commitments. And Robson hopes a fresh outlook can instigate a revival in Wroxham’s fortunes.

“Wroxham is a strong and stable club but perhaps they have taken their eye off the ball in recent years and it just needs freshening up,” said Robson. “We are working on a plan at the moment and we must not over-stretch ourselves. But I see no reason why in the near future we can’t get back in the Ryman and kick on from there. I would hope to be in the Ryman Premier within five years.”

Robson has had success in the past with Monmouth Town who, with the 54-year-old presiding over a rise up the Welsh divisions, won the Gwent County League Division Two, gaining promotion to the Welsh League for the first time in their history. Monmouth continued their rise up the Welsh pyramid, winning successive promotions in 2011 and 2012 before winning the Welsh League Division One in 2014. Robson hopes he can help bring the feelgood factor back to Trafford Park just as he did in Wales.

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“It’s also about creating those little moments along the way in cup competitions or winning leagues – that’s what makes a football club. Those moments in the FA Vase or the early rounds of the FA Cup – football is still a glory game.”

Ross Potter and Tom Parke are the new joint managers but Robson expects it will take a year of consolidation in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division before the club can really kick on.

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“If we could get in the top half next season then I think that would be a realistic aim,” he said. “The season after we would be looking to challenge for promotion. There’s no magic wand, but there’s a lot of slack at Wroxham that we can pick up to make us more competitive. We know what a competitive budget is at Ryman Premier level and I think we can achieve that.”

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