Four-midable start for the Yachtsmen

Chris Lakey Wroxham signalled their intentions for the new season with a thumping 4-1 win over Felixstowe & Walton in the Premier Division. But there was disappoint-ment for Norfolk's other sides Dereham, Norwich United and King's Lynn Reserves who all lost.

Chris Lakey

Wroxham signalled their intentions for the new season with a thumping 4-1 win over Felixstowe & Walton in the Premier Division.

But there was disappoint-ment for Norfolk's other sides Dereham, Norwich United and King's Lynn Reserves who all lost. Wisbech were beaten in their first game under new management - although highly-fancied Mildenhall had the result of the day, beating Whitton United 8-2.

In Suffolk, Lowestoft were 2-0 winners over promoted Ely, while neighbours Kirkley & Pakefield lost 2-1 at CRC.


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The Yachtsmen went ahead through Paul Cook's header, although Danny Phillips lvelled from the spot. Alex Notman hit a cracking 25-yard shot then Andy Key hit a second-half double.

Dereham have high hopes for the new campaign but were beaten 3-0 at home by fancied Leiston. Mark Lowe and a Stuart Broadley penalty put them in control and although they lost full-back Wardley for punching Dereham's Graham Barrett, Dereham were unable to get back into the game, and Daniel Cunningham hit a 90th-minute penalty.

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Alex Vincent put King's Lynn Reserves ahead against Stanway Rovers but they conceded four goals.

Norwich United were beaten by newcomers Wivenhoe at home, their goal coming from Paul Atkins - while Wisbech have now gone a decade without an opening-day win, after losing to promoted Tiptree. Kirkley slipped up in Cambridge, despite hauling themselves back into the game when Gilmore scored his first goal for the club - only for Lewis Carr to score a scrambled winner for CRC.

At Mildenhall a hat-trick by Robbie Harris helped them to an 8-2 victory over promoted Whitton. Last season's runners-up, Needham, were 4-1 home winners over Haverhill.

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