Ronnie out to scupper Sven's dream

WHITTON United player-manager Ronnie Mauge could help put an end to England's World Cup dreams.He has been appointed part of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation for this summer's tournament in Germany.

WHITTON United player-manager Ronnie Mauge could help put an end to England's World Cup dreams.

He has been appointed part of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation for this summer's tournament in Germany.

The outsiders from the Caribbean are in the same group as England - and Mauge says that he will be rooting for Leo Beenhakker's side.

Since becoming one of the first English-born players to represent Trinidad, the former Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Fulham, Bury and Manchester City midfielder has built up a friendship with Trinidad official and FIFA vice chairman Jack Warner.

And this has led to Mauge being included in the official party for Trinidad's first World Cup finals.

“I broke my leg playing against Mexico in 2001, and Jack took a special interest in my welfare,” said Mauge. “Since then we have become friends.

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“I am not sure what my duties will be but I will be involved with the team as part of the delegation.

“We have a warm-up match against Iceland - if that is possible - and then head for Germany. I was born in Islington but both my

parents are from Trinidad and I will be doing my bit to gain a victory over England.”

Referring to Whitton matters, Mauge says that he is enjoying his first season in charge of the Ridgeons League First Division side.

He moved to the club as assistant to Ruel Fox, but is now firmly entrenched in the Whitton hot seat.

Mauge added: “What we are achieving this season bodes well for 2006/7. We have made progress and I am looking forward to moving up a gear or two next season.

“There is bags of potential at Whitton, and we are on course to fulfil this.”

Whitton are at home to Downham tomorrow, while Walsham-le-Willows will want to recover from Wednesday's home defeat to Swaffham when they visit leaders Stanway.

Will Clacton Town break their duck at Mildenhall Town tomorrow - or will they become the first team to lose every game in a season but still not be relegated?

So far the Essex side has lost 26 consecutive Premier Division games with a goal difference of minus 100.

With half a dozen clubs showing an interest in moving up to a newly-formed level four league in 2006/7, the chances are that at least three will make the jump.

And if so there is unlikely to be any relegation.

Manager Dave Thompson is fielding a Clacton side that mainly comprises youngsters from the club's Under-18 squad.

This is after a pay dispute between the club and players that led to a mass exodus of players last summer - plus manager Alan Dilloway.

Clacton had to start from scratch with a zero budget - and it is showing.

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