Ridgeons League round-up

PUBLISHED: 12:12 25 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 September 2010

Downham's goalkeeper Nathan Nicholls is at full stretch. He was a busy man during the 3-1 defeat by Gorleston at Emerald Park. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Downham's goalkeeper Nathan Nicholls is at full stretch. He was a busy man during the 3-1 defeat by Gorleston at Emerald Park. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Lee Gilman sparked Kirkley and Pakefield's Premier Division campaign into life with a four-goal blast against lowly Haverhill. Man of the match Gilman netted four times in a row after Chris Henderson had given the hosts an early lead on their brand new playing surface, with Paul Highfield making it six in the dying moments.

Lee Gilman sparked Kirkley and Pakefield's Premier Division campaign into life with a four-goal blast against lowly Haverhill.

Man of the match Gilman netted four times in a row after Chris Henderson had given the hosts an early lead on their brand new playing surface, with Paul Highfield making it six in the dying moments.

Wroxham continue to find themselves in turbulent waters in their early stages of their battle to regain the Ridgeons Premier Division title as they slumped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Leiston.

The Suffolk outfit continued their 100 per cent record to go third, leaving Wroxham hovering above the basement zone with one win in three games.

Wroxham had a dream start with a scrambled goal which went in off a visiting defender following an Alex Notman corner but they found themselves under frequent pressure with goalkeeper Duncan McAnally in inspired form to keep out the visitors.

He was eventually beaten by a curling free kick, before being forced to withdraw just before the break suffering from concussion. Wroxham's replacement keeper Andy Jackson was powerless to prevent Tes Bramble and Shane Wardley from scoring the decisive second half goals.

Norwich United's battling comeback from two goals down clinched a point at Tiptree who were in the driving seat early in the second half.

Inspired substitutions sparked United's fightback with two goals from Warren Preston, the second from an 85th-minute penalty after Shaun Bamment had been fouled, securing a point.

Dereham put their first Premier Division win on the board in powerful fashion as they swept aside bottom-of-the table Whitton United 4-0, Nicky Howell (2), Simon Mowbray and Craig Terrington hitting the target.

In Division One Diss goalkeeper Mark Cammidge performed first half heroics including a penalty save, before his side took the lead in added-on time against March when Brendan Foley headed in a corner.

But the Tangerines had to settle for a point after James Richardson's 89th-minute equaliser.

There were morale-boosting wins for East coast neighbours Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Stewart Roach bagged a brace as the Bloaters swept aside Ipswich Wanderers 4-0, with Darren Lamb and Dominic Smith also on target. Yarmouth's job was made easier after Wanderers goalkeeper Foster was sent off for handling outside the area and denying Roach a clear goalscoring opportunity early in the second half.

Gorleston are just two points behind leaders Godmanchester after a 3-1 home win over pointless Downham.

Ricci Butler, and an own goal secured maximum points with Doy on target for the visitors.

Thetford Town suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 3-1 at Hadleigh United.

Kwame Johnson scored a second half equaliser with his third goal of the season for the Brecklanders, who then went behind from a goal after a hotly-disputed corner.

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