Bloaters cruise to eighth win in a row

Yarmouth 4, Downham 0: First Division leaders Great Yarmouth easily beat fourth from bottom Downham at the Wellesley, despite manager Paul Tong having to make changes with players unavailable.

Yarmouth 4, Downham 0

First Division leaders Great Yarmouth easily beat fourth from bottom Downham at the Wellesley, despite manager Paul Tong having to make changes with players unavailable. Untried youth player Craig Lambert went in goal, newly-signed Jonny King from Diss made his debut at right-back and Alan Darby returned to defence.

Liam Bartley opened the scoring after 17 minutes of Yarmouth domination with a superb first-time finish from Olly Savage's pass. Roberts made it two just before the interval, heading home Scott Woodcock's corner.

Bartley scored his second after 49 minutes, from a Woodcock cross, and Gavin Norman completed the Bloaters' eighth consecutive league win, scoring after a Bartley shot had hit a post.


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Gorleston lost 2-0 at March, the Hares in fifth spot widening the gap between themselves and the Greens, one place lower.

Diss Town drew 1-1 at home to Godmanchester. There were few chances with both goals coming from defensive errors. Brendan Foley headed past Matt Webster for a 67th minute own goal from a harmless looking Goddy cross.

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Godmanchester were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when Martin Ray collected his second yellow card. Two minutes later Diss equalised when Jordan Connor dropped a free-kick from Mark Shadrack and Dave Adams put home the loose ball.

Swaffham's depleted squad lost 2-1 at Long Melford. They conceded in the second minute but equalised in the 44th through an own goal. Melford scored a breakaway winner in the 70th minute.

Thetford, with goals from M Dixon, S Mann and D Escorco, won 3-0 at home to Saffron Walden.

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