Blues see double red but Stock seals points
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Lowestoft survived having two players sent off at Ely to win 2-0 and maintain their six-point cushion at the top of the Premier Division. After Gary McGee had given the Blues a 36th minute lead, Lowestoft's Ross King and Ely's Peter Hinde clashed following a challenge and both players were sent off.
Lowestoft survived having two players sent off at Ely to win 2-0 and maintain their six-point cushion at the top of the Premier Division.
After Gary McGee had given the Blues a 36th minute lead, Lowestoft's Ross King and Ely's Peter Hinde clashed following a challenge and both players were sent off.
Russell Stock doubled the visitors' advantage on 67 minutes, but 12 minutes from time Jamie Stokeld also saw red. Nine-man Lowestoft then comfortably held on to their lead to claim the points.
Dereham kept up the pressure with a 3-2 win at Walsham-le-Willows.
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Adam Smith headed the Magpies in front on 17 minutes and Nicky Howell made it
2-0 just past the half-hour mark.
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Walsham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Dereham keeper John Higgs had brought down a Walsham player, but Daniel Buhlemann's powerful header restored the visitors' two-goal lead before the break.
Walsham grabbed a second on 75 minutes when Ryan Foster scored, but Dereham held firm in a tense finale.
Wisbech suffered their fifth straight league defeat as Stuart Boardley's 68th minute strike gave Leiston a 1-0 home win.
Wroxham came away from Harwich & Parkeston with a 1-0 victory, an own goal proving enough for the Yachtsmen.
King's Lynn Reserves were ahead after just two minutes at Felixstowe & Walton - and they went on to win 2-0.
Ross Kelly caught former Lynn keeper Ben Nower off his line to give the visitors the lead and Lewis Osborn wrapped up the points after 73 minutes.
CRC completed the double over Kirkley & Pakefield with a 3-1 win at Walmer Road.
Blain Hudson put CRC ahead before Nathan Stone levelled matters on 40 minutes. But second half goals from Jordan Patrick and Luke Berry condemned Kirkley to defeat.
In Division One, Diss moved up to sixth with a 3-2 win at home to Halstead.
The visitors took the lead after just 90 seconds through Chris Bryan's free-kick, before Steve Best pulled Diss level from close range on 31 minutes.
The Tangerines then went ahead five minutes before half-time as Andy Moody headed in after an assist from Best. Six minutes after the break, Diss extended their lead in comical fashion. Danny Partridge's shot was blocked and the ball looped towards Ben Soames, whose tame shot was fumbled into his own net by Halstead keeper Paul Wood.
Best's afternoon turned sour when he was sent off 10 minutes from time after conceding a penalty. Diss keeper Matty Hill turned the spot-kick around the post, but from the corner Ed Cussons handled and another penalty was awarded. This time, San Lee scored, but Diss were not to be denied their victory.
Swaffham remain in the bottom two after a 5-0 humbling at Cornard, while two goals in the last 20 minutes saw Fakenham lose again, 2-0 at home to Debenham LC.
Fifth-placed Great Yarmouth could only draw 0-0 at home to Stowmarket, while Gorleston were beaten 1-0 at leaders Newmarket.
Thetford lost 2-1 at Long Melford on Friday, with Ryan Haynes netting for the visitors after skipper David Richards had been sent off in injury time.
Downham were beaten 2-1 at home by third-placed Brantham.