Time for Norfolk's big two to get started

Last season's top two Norfolk clubs in the Ridgeons League have made stuttering starts to the new campaign. But both are hoping to get things kick-started this afternoon.

Last season's top two Norfolk clubs in the Ridgeons League have made stuttering starts to the new campaign. But both are hoping to get things kick-started this afternoon.

Dereham Town, who finished fourth as well as having their best run in the FA Vase, have yet to win after three Premier Division games.

But Magpies boss Matty Henman is boosted for the home game against Harwich today by the news that Danny Beaumont, Robbie Harris, Ollie Willis and Sam Willis have all shrugged off niggling injuries while Nicky Howell and Paul Atkins return to the squad.

Adam Smith (knee) and Graham Barrett (ankle) are, however, both still missing as the Magpies try to bounce back from their midweek setback against Norwich United.


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Norfolk Senior Cup winners Wroxham, meanwhile, visit unbeaten Premier Division newcomers Newmarket with some fresh problems as they seek to make it third time lucky in the league after, like Dereham, advancing in the FA Cup last Saturday.

Dave Batch is without key midfielder Gary Gilmore - who is best man at the wedding of clubmate Ben Carver - Gavin Pauling and Danny Self. Steve Spriggs comes back into the Yachtsmen's squad after missing the last game through illness, as does Olly King who has recovered from a thigh strain. Former Ipswich midfielder Matt Daniels is included.

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Mildenhall top the table on goal difference from Needham Market after three wins - the latest 3-1 at Wisbech in midweek, John Sands getting all three goals.

Diss and Gorleston have both made impressive starts to their Division One seasons. Early leaders Diss are at home to Brantham today while Gorleston go to Halstead.

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