Chicks lads present United front

Norwich United boss Paul Chick was delighted with his side's back-to-back victories in the Ridgeons Premier Division, sealed with a 3-0 home victory over Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich United boss Paul Chick was delighted with his side's back-to-back victories in the Ridgeons Premier Division, sealed with a 3-0 home victory over Walsham-le-Willows.

It was not just the performance that pleased him, but also the way his side played so well despite missing key players.

He said: “We had to make three changes from last Saturday's win, so it was pleasing to record our first back-to-back league wins of the season, the only disappointment is that it wasn't over by half-time.”

The Planters were two goals to the good at half-time thanks to Paul Atkins and Steve Shipley.


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Then Atkins saw a penalty saved by Willows' keeper Duncan McAnally, before Andrew Claydon wrapped up victory six minutes before the end.

“The penalty save gave Walsham renewed hope and we had to cope with a bit of pressure, but we defended admirably, Danny Tacon (in for the injured Darren Coe) did really well given that was his first first-team game for ages,”

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added Chick.

Mildenhall hosted second-place Needham Market and were in the lead through a goal by Ryan Foster but the visitors fought back and pocketed the points after an own goal and a cool finish by Daniel Thrower.

Mildenhall almost got back on level terms late on but Danny Gay somehow managed to tip John Sands' goal-bound looping header over the bar.

In a shock result, leaders CRC lost to lowly visitors Woodbridge 2-1 but the result does not alter their respective league positions.

Wroxham were 1-0 winners at Haverhill and they go up two places to ninth as a result.

The Yachtsmen, who are busy preparing for the FA Vase semi-final against Whitehawks next Sunday, claimed a deserved three points from this game despite having a much-changed team - and had their keeper to thank for a series of top saves.

There was no score until the 60th minute when Wroxham scored an outstanding goal. Lemmon started the move, passing to Durrant who beat several players. Self did likewise before hitting a great shot home.

Wroxham keeper Howie made four top-class saves in the last ten minutes to make sure his side took the points back to Norfolk.

Meanwhile, Wisbech's Scott Cubberley netted to earn a 1-1 draw with hosts Hadleigh, while Ely returned home from Wivenhoe

with a 1-0 win thanks to an Owen Kessack penalty.

Kirkley & Pakefield were clear 3-1 winners over Newmarket to stay in fourth place. Ally McKenna volleyed home a free-kick which had been half-cleared.

Goal two came from a good move between Russell Stock and McKenna with Liam Harvey-Cooper netting from close range.

McKenna scored K&P's third,

side-footing home after a good David Tarrawalli pass.

Other results saw Debenham LC lose 2-1 to visting Felixstowe and Walton and hosts Stanway Rovers beat Histon Reserves 3-0.

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