Blofield boost in glory chase
KEITH PEEL Odds on Blofield retaining the Lovewell Blake Anglian Combination Premier Division championship have shortened considerably. The Beavers won 3-0 at Attleborough on Saturday, while big rivals Cromer could only draw 2-2 with Brandon at Cabbell Park.
Odds on Blofield retaining the Lovewell Blake Anglian Combination Premier Division championship have shortened considerably.
The Beavers won 3-0 at Attleborough on Saturday, while big rivals Cromer could only draw 2-2 with Brandon at Cabbell Park.
From two matches more, that leaves Blofield seven points clear of the Crabs, whose next two games are against fourth-placed Sheringham on Wednesday and third-placed Acle three days later.
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Simon Blowers, Stevie Smith and Colin Wines scored for super-consistent Blofield, who have lost only two league games over the last two seasons.
Ben Thompson and Paul Timms were on target for Cromer, with Matthew Bellingham and Kevin Sobiechowski replying for fifth-placed Brandon.
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Adam Hogg and Lee Rathbone netted for Acle, who stay eight points behind Blofield with a game in hand. Jason Hawkins was Sheringham's marksman.
Halvergate are sixth after losing 5-2 (Chris Fielding and Lee Knell) to Sprowston Athletic, for whom Rikki George (2), Scott McKinney (2) and Sean Brown hit the target.
North Walsham picked up three precious relegation battle points from a 2-0 (Colin McGilway and Oliver Rudd) defeat of fellow strugglers Wroxham Reserves at Trafford Park.
Walsham are now third from bottom, with a goal difference advantage over Gorleston Reserves, who lost 3-0 to bottom team Watton at Emerald Park.
Kevin Bloomfield (2) and Scott Lock were Watton's scorers.
St Andrews and Lowestoft Town Reserves fought out a goalless draw.
Sprowston Wanderers' hopes of promotion from Division One were given a double boost when they beat bottom team Mulbarton 5-0, while fellow contenders Mattishall lost 1-0 (Nathan Ferguson) to Dereham Town Reserves.
Adrian Newby (2), Stuart Fisher, Greg Lawrence and Gilmore Saaiman scored for Sprowston, who, with a game in hand, are now second, ahead of Mattishall on goal difference.
Dersingham Rovers, the leaders, were without a fixture.
Fourth-placed Southwold won 3-0 (Rory French 2 and Craig Stammers) against Holt, while fifth-placed Wells beat Hindringham 3-0, with James Frary (2) and Joe Harrison their marksmen.
Goals from Paul Duncan (2), Chris Hayes and Danny Tarr earned relegation battlers Horsford a 4-2 win over Aylsham Wanderers, whose scorers were Sam Bryant and Jamie McCann.
Horsford are now two points ahead of inactive Stalham Town, but have played four matches more.
Scole and Hempnall drew 1-1, with Simon Nichols and Matthew Cawston their respective scorers.
Mundford will celebrate their centenary year by playing in senior football for the first time in their history after beating Long Stratton 1-0 (Jody Loram) to clinch promotion from Division Two.