Thurlow Nunn round-up: Greens see off strugglers at home

Gorleston boss Ricci Butler.

Gorleston boss Ricci Butler.

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Gorleston maintained their title challenge but they had to grind out all three points over bottom-of-the-table FC Clacton at Emerald Park.

The Greens moved up into third place, 14 points behind leaders, Mildenhall, who have played three games more than Ricci Butler’s side.

It looked like Gorleston were going to be frustrated in their attempt to keep pace with Mildenhall, who ran out 4-0 winners over Swaffham Town on Saturday.

They had to be grateful to goalkeeper Taurean Molloy for keeping the home side on level terms as Clacton impressed in the opening period.

Michael Brothers came close for the visitors early on but Molley produced a fine stop and the pair came face-to-face again before half time. Brothers broke free of the Greens’ defence and, in trying to round Molloy, was brought to the ground. The referee pointed to the spot despite Molloy’s claims he had got a hand to the ball.

Kevin Coyle stepped up but Molloy pulled off an excellent save low to his left.

Gorleston made the most of their reprieve to score the winning goal early in the second half.

A free kick wide on the right was taken deep by Keegan Middleton. Peter Oldham collected and knocked it back into the box where Yusuff rose above everybody to head goalwards. The ball struck the bar but fell to Ingram, poaching a yard out, and he forced it over the line.

Great Yarmouth Town maintained their fine run of form with an impressive 2-0 win at high-flying Newmarket.

After a goalless first half, the Bloaters hit the front in the 48th minute when nice interplay between Connor Deeks and Tom Cullumbine released Mitch Forbes, who fired home.

It got even better for Yarmouth moments later when they doubled their lead. Cullumbine was the provider once again as he picked out Charlie Bartram on the edge of the area and the midfielder struck a fierce shot past Nower.

Kirkley & Pakefield enjoyed a 1-0 win at Ipswich Wanderers whilst Godmanchester beat Thetford 2-1 – Robbie Priddle getting the Brecklanders’ goal.

Fakenham were beaten 1-0 by Brantham Athletic – Kieran Lawler getting the only goal of the game.

Diss Town are up to sixth in the First Division after a 1-0 win at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves as Jason Armes got the winner.

Wisbech St Mary fought out a goalless draw at home to Leiston Reserves and Downham had to settle for a point at home to Debenham.

Dereham Reserves were well beaten at Holland and King’s Lynn Town reserves were held at home to Coggeshall.

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