Planters boss eyes survival
Norwich United boss Paul Chick labels today's Ridgeons Premier Division battle against Ely City as 'must win' for his relegation-haunted side.United go into the Plantation Park clash five points adrift from safety with just four fixtures left.
Norwich United boss Paul Chick labels today's Ridgeons Premier Division battle against Ely City as 'must win' for his relegation-haunted side.
United go into the Plantation Park clash five points adrift from safety with just four fixtures left.
Harwich & Parkeston occupy the final survival spot having played two matches more.
“It's a tough call but we are still in charge of our own destiny,” said Chick.
“This is a must win game, the club's Ridgeons Premier Division survival depends on our last four games.”
Chick hopes to have striker Nathan Thompson and midfielder Neil Bugdale back after the duo missed last weekend's sorry defeat against bottom side Haverhill.
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Wisbech boss Gary Setchell has hit out at league officials with the struggling Fenmen now enduring a 12-day lay off after four fixtures around the Easter period. Town currently sit eight points clear of the Planters but can only watch their relegation rivals this afternoon.
“It's bizarre really and I'm pretty angry about it,” said Setchell.
“I've had to play games with severely depleted squads. We had to make a 180-odd mile round trip to Wivenhoe and back on Bank Holiday Monday and these holiday matches are always supposed to be local. My guys should have been able to spend time with their families. I suppose the fact that we've lost our last two games has made me feel a bit more bitter.”
Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman backs his weary leaders to bounce back at home to Histon Reserves after consecutive league defeats.
“The reality is we looked tired after playing a lot of games recently,” he said.
“We've played more games than most teams have in recent weeks because of the FA Vase run and it's taken a lot out of us mentally and physically. We've earned the right to be where we are and now the aim is to stick together as we want to finish the job. We've still got the league and Suffolk Premier Cup to go for - so there's lot still to play for.”