Atkins at the double for rampant Dereham
Phil Banyard RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Dereham turned on the style to fire five past fellow high-flyers Wivenhoe at Aldiss Park on Saturday. The visitors arrived just one point behind second-placed Dereham in the Premier Division - but left with their tails firmly between their legs after a comprehensive drubbing.
Dereham turned on the style to fire five past fellow high-flyers Wivenhoe at Aldiss Park on Saturday.
The visitors arrived just one point behind second-placed Dereham in the Premier Division - but left with their tails firmly between their legs after a comprehensive drubbing.
Paul Atkins put the Magpies ahead from close range on 13 minutes as Dereham totally dominated proceedings. But they were unable to make their superiority tell in the first half and a clumsy challenge from Dan Buhleman gave Wivenhoe a penalty, which was converted by Karl Andrade.
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Ben Furlong restored Dereham's lead seven minutes after the break with a header and Nicky Howell pounced on a rebound to make it 3-1 on 58 minutes.
Atkins grabbed his second four minutes later as Dereham took complete control and Danny Beaumont wrapped up the 5-1 win six minutes from time.
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With Lowestoft's game at home to Whitton postponed, Dereham now stand 10 points behind the leaders.
Kirkley & Pakefield picked up a 2-1 victory in foggy conditions at Ely City.
Ian Dawson put the visitors in front in the first half and Allicon Blake doubled the lead after the break.
With conditions worsening, Kirkley keeper Robert Woodcock was beaten by Tom Pell's free-kick and, although Martyn Magee was sent off, the visitors held on to their advantage.
Wisbech fought back from two goals down against Walsham-le-Willows - but a late goal saw the Fenmen beaten 3-2.
James Attwood and Gary Ross put Walsham 2-0 up by the half-hour mark, but strikes from Paul Cousins and Stuart Cobb made it 2-2 at half-time.
It stayed that way until eight minutes from time, when Ross' header gave Walsham the points.
In Division One, Diss grabbed a controversial winner in a 2-1 success at Godmanchester.
The hosts had taken the lead through Neil Morris, before Osiris Gomez levelled matters on the hour.
Godmanchester were reduced to 10 men on 72 minutes as former Diss goalkeeper Ally McAnally was sent off for bringing down Danny Partridge just outside the area.
Then came the crucial moment, as Gomez was brought down by Ashley Richards and although the referee initially awarded a free-kick, he changed the decision to give Diss a penalty. Amid protests from the home players, Adie Hayes kept his cool and slotted home the winner from the spot.
Great Yarmouth came from a goal down to win 3-1 at home against Ipswich Wanderers.
Callum Moran put Ipswich ahead in the 14th minute soon after coming on as a substitute, but another early sub, Yarmouth's Adam Sullivan, equalised on 28 minutes.
Five minutes later, defender Adey Ager put the Bloaters ahead and Scott Woodcock added the third in first half injury-time.
Thetford were beaten 2-1 at home by Brantham Athletic, Simon Mann scoring late on for the hosts.
Andy Chatters and Robert Howling were on target for struggling Swaffham in a 2-2 draw with Saffron Walden and Gorleston enjoyed a 4-1 win at Long Melford.
n There was no respite for Ridgeons Division One basement boys Fakenham as they crashed out of the Norfolk Senior Cup, beaten 5-1 at home by Anglian Combination side Loddon.
Goals from Alex Brown (2), Robin Anderson, Richard Simmons and Samuel Oliver accounted for the Ghosts, who only had a Carl Pask strike to show for their efforts.
Loddon must wait to find out who will host them in the quarter-finals, after Norwich United and King's Lynn Reserves drew 1-1 on Saturday.
They will replay on Wednesday night at The Walks.