Race for the Sterry Cup is heading for a thrilling finish

Monday, April 30, 2012
4:20 PM

Acle United closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Cromer to just two points with a 5-0 demolition of Beccles.

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Nathan Thompson scored twice and further goals from Daniel Foreman, Harry Maddison and Adam Hipperson completed a convincing win.

Cromer’s match at home to Loddon was postponed, leaving the top two both with two games left to play. Acle will go top if they beat Norwich St John’s tomorrow.

Blofield’s late title charge suffered a setback when they were held 1-1 at home by relegation battlers Wymondham. Ben Morgan scored for the hosts, but David Ramsbottom was on target for Wymondham.

Blofield also have two games remaining and now trail Cromer by four points – with their penultimate match away to the leaders this weekend.

At the bottom, Hempnall’s hopes of climbing out of the bottom two were dealt a fatal blow when they failed to beat bottom side Wells.

The match finished 3-3 – the Seasiders’ first draw of the season – with Wells’ goals coming from Joseph Harrison, Scott Sutherland-Gray and Adam Dagless. Rafal Szalek, James Daniels and Ryan Haynes scored for Hempnall, who have now completed their fixtures.

Roy Bevis netted twice as Spixworth won 3-2 at home to Norwich St Johns. Jamie Hunton was also on target for the hosts, while Aaron Kay and Lloyd Greening found the net for St Johns.

The matches at Mattishall and North Walsham were also postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

In Division One, Watton picked up a point at Poringland Wanderers – but it was not enough to prevent them finishing alongside Sprowston Athletic in the relegation zone.

Fellow strugglers Bradenham Wanderers can now breathe easily for their final fixture, despite losing 2-1 at Stalham on Saturday.

Lawrence Cheese and Darren Patterson got the goals for the hosts, who guaranteed a top four finish and could yet secure runners-up spot behind champions Dersingham.

Ryan Seabright scored for Wanderers, who remain a point above the drop zone, with all three sides below them having completed their fixtures.

Hindringham made sure of their own safety by winning 3-2 at Hellesdon.

Darren West, Ian Bulley and Tristan Defew registered for the visitors, with Lloyd Quinton and Robert Bunn hitting the target for Hellesdon.

There were 10 goals at Brandon, where the hosts triumphed 6-4 against Holt, who finished one point above Watton.

Long Stratton face a waiting game to see if they will finish as runners-up – but they did all they could to seal second spot with a 4-1 win at home to Corton.

Sam Page bagged a brace and further goals from Ross Potter and Kelvin Willimott ensured victory, with Alexander Gregory replying.

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