Bloaters and United fight back for draws
A sterling second-half comeback, for the second week running, earned Great Yarmouth a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Premier Division leaders CRC.The visiting Cambridge side dominated the first half and keeper Michael Hilton had to be at his smartest to keep out the hitherto free-scoring youngsters.
A sterling second-half comeback, for the second week running, earned Great Yarmouth a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Premier Division leaders CRC.
The visiting Cambridge side dominated the first half and keeper Michael Hilton had to be at his smartest to keep out the hitherto free-scoring youngsters.
It was therefore a shame for the Bloaters stopper that he should concede the penalty from which CRC took the lead in the 26th minute when he brought down Liam Hughes on the edge of the Yarmouth area.
Luke Berry easily scored from the spot, and below-par Yarmouth could not muster a single shot on target in the half.
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The half-time talk from Paul Tong must have been inspirational as the Bloaters came out all guns blazing for the second half and leading marksman Jake Reed, who had a quiet first period, came alive.
Yarmouth eventually equalised after 67 minutes when Craig Roberts headed home from a pin-point Olly Savage cross. Hilton still had to be alert to a couple of good chances which saw him make excellent catches but Yarmouth looked the more likely to score again and could have won all the points but for two great saves from ex-Coventry City keeper Martin Davies in CRC's goal.
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Norwich United twice came from behind to share a six-goal thriller at Plantation Park with Wivenhoe.
The Planters trailed at the break through a 13th-minute own goal, but the game really came into life just after the interval.
Jordan Blyth beat the offside trap to lift over the goalkeeper and then Ross King scrambled home from close range to put the Planters ahead within five minutes of the half-time break.
Wivenhoe were given a lifeline with a penalty against Gareth Simpson for hand-ball, with the Planter faithful wondering how he could have got out of the way.
Wivenhoe then retook the lead soon after, only for Lee Hunter to square once more from the spot after Blyth had been fouled in the area.
The Planters pressed for the winner but had to settle for a point.
Wroxham travelled to Histon Reserves but returned without any points after a 2-1 defeat, P Cook scoring for the Yachtsmen.
In other Premier Division results, Kirkley & Pakefield beat hosts Woodbridge 3-1 (Decoteau, Jefford and Stock), Debenham LC were 3-0 winners over Felixstowe & Walton and Leiston beat FC Clacton 3-1 on the Essex coast.
Meanwhile, in Division One Swaffham returned from Team Bury with a 2-0 win, Cambridge University Press put four past visitors Halstead with no reply and Downham were 3-1 winners over visitors Godmanchester.
Swaffham's goals were both scored by Joe Jackson, who shot over the keeper for the first and netted a penalty after he was brought down from behind. There was fine keeping by the Pedlars' Craig Titmarsh.