Positive signs for Wroxham boss Ross Potter

Wroxham boss Ross Potter. Picture: Nick Butcher

Wroxham boss Ross Potter. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Wroxham will be looking to build on their opening win of the new season when they entertain Stanway Rovers.

The Yachtsmen’s return to Eastern Counties League football was looking anything but plain sailing until last weekend’s 4-0 win at Wivenhoe, which followed a draw and a home defeat.

Ross Gilfedder got off the mark for the season with a brace a week ago and manager Ross Potter was delighted for the striker, who has been playing catch-up with his fitness.

“Gilfedder getting off the mark is a big positive,” said Potter.

“Ross missed a lot of pre-season, which is why he hasn’t had as many minutes as he would have got otherwise and that’s good for him.”

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Today’s visitors have won once and lost the other four games from their five matches. They can call on a number of players familiar to Wroxham, having appointed Kemal Izzet as player-manager during the summer – the former Needham Market and Colchester midfielder has brought in players from a higher level, including prolific marksman Jamie Guy.

Wroxham will have to do without the services of Adam Plumstead, who serves a one-match ban following his dismissal in the home defeat to Great Yarmouth, whilst Mark Shadrack is also unavailable. Adam Smith may be available after missing last week’s game due to injury, but today may be too early for Michael Sommerfield to make a starting return.

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In the First Division, Kings Lynn Town Reserves are at home to Holland FC, Wisbech St Mary travel to Leiston, March Town United welcome Debenham LC, Norwich United’s second string are at home to Needham Market and Downham town visit early leaders Woodbridge Town.

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