Wroxham move 11 points clear at top of Ridgeons League

Monday, April 23, 2012
5:28 PM

Champions Wroxham moved 11 points clear at the top of the table with one game left to play as they drew 2-2 at Stanway Rovers while second placed Ely City were being hammered 4-1 at Wivenhoe.

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Josh Carus put Wroxham ahead in the 12th minute with a header from a corner and the visitors should really have added to their lead before Stanway drew level 10 minutes before the break.

The hosts went 2-1 up on 70 minutes but the Yachtsmen were far from finished and equalised 10 minutes from time when Matty Daniels slotted home from the penalty spot after the referee had spotted a handball in the area.

Gorleston won an amazing 11-goal thriller against FC Clacton at Emerald Park on Saturday – but the three points may have come at a cost.

The Greens’ joy at eventually prevailing 6-5 was soured by the second half dismissal of Adam Thurtle, who could now miss next month’s Norfolk Senior Cup final against Thetford Town as a result.

Thurtle saw red late on after bringing down Clacton’s Adam Whycraft, with Kevin Coyle’s resultant penalty bringing an end to the scoring in the 82nd minute.

The Greens started well and were 3-1 up at the break, with a Matt Cupps own goal and efforts from Liam Harvey-Cooper and Chris Sandford putting them in control.

But Clacton, who had briefly been on level terms after Kevin Coyle netted, hit back strongly after the break and were soon right back in it courtesy of efforts from David Coyle and Lee Peacock.

The goals continued to come thick and fast after that, with Gorleston going ahead through Josh Armes and then scoring twice more through Sandford and Christy Finch after Aaron Condon had pulled another one back.

A hat-trick from Chris Bacon helped Wisbech Town to an emphatic 5-2 home win over Walsham le Willows. The game was also notable for Denny Escorio’s first goal in Wisbech colours while Jon Fairweather scored the Fenmen’s other goal.

Kirkley and Pakefield maintained their excellent end-of-season form when they beat high-flying Brantham Athletic 1-0 at Walmer Road. A goal from Scott Manning was enough to make it five wins out of six for Paul Tong’s in-form side.

A late goal from Nicky Howell helped Dereham Town to a 2-1 victory over Felixstowe and Walton.

The visitors went ahead in the 21st minute when Marc Abbott’s low free-kick was deflected into the net by Dereham’s Luke Hannant, with keeper Matt Powley wrong-footed.

Dereham equalised in the 35th minute when defender Michael Somerfield leapt well to head home a Gary Starling cross from the right. After the break Dereham pressed hard and had a number of opportunities to take the lead before Howell fired home a loose ball in injury time to settle the issue.

Diss Town were beaten by the only goal of the game for the second match running as visitors Hadleigh took the spoils.

The decisive moment came on the half hour mark when Michael Steward was penalised for hand ball 20 yards out and Liam Jennings hit a perfect free-kick past the wall and high into the left hand corner of Matty Webster’s net.

Brendan Foley rose to smash a header against the bar for Diss in the second half while Garner struck the post with a low free-kick late on.

Norwich United were beaten 4-2 at Woodbridge with Jordan Blyth and Andrew Claydon scoring what proved to be consolation goals.

In Division One Thetford had to be content with going up as runners-up after rivals Godmanchester won their final match of the season 5-0 against visitors Whitton to secure the title on goal difference.

Town also won, beating Long Melford 3-1 at Mundford Road, but ended up losing out by a six goal margin, with their 2-0 defeat at Godmanchester in midweek proving ultimately decisive.

Swaffham Town closed their season with a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Team Bury defeat. Swaffham did everything except score with Will O’Brien and Jamie Buhlemann both hitting the woodwork but two second half goals saw the visitors take the points.

Fakenham Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Stowmarket.

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