Garner grabs the Vase glory

Phil Banyard FA VASE & RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Stuart Garner's 83rd minute strike sent Dereham through to the third round of the FA Vase at the expense of nine-man Kirkley & Pakefield at Walmer Road.

Phil Banyard

Stuart Garner's 83rd minute strike sent Dereham through to the third round of the FA Vase at the expense of nine-man Kirkley & Pakefield at Walmer Road.

Kirkley saw Daniel Tacon dismissed for a second yellow card and then lost skipper Justin Fox, sent off for a foul on Adam Smith. Dereham took full advantage as Ollie Willis' cross was only half-cleared to Garner, who struck a 20-yard left-footed drive beyond home keeper Robert Woodcock and into the net.

Last season's finalists Lowestoft entered the competition on Saturday and eased past Tiptree with a 2-0 victory at Crown Meadow.


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Darren Cockrill gave the Blues the lead on 51 minutes and Jamie Godbold wrapped up the win on 87 minutes to send Lowestoft into today's third round draw.

Leiston and Needham Market also made it through, after 1-0 wins over Debenham LC and Northampton Spencer respectively.

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In the Ridgeons League Premier Division, Norwich United slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Histon Reserves, Andrew Tidswell and John Kennedy securing victory for the visitors within the first 25 minutes.

James McManus was sent off late on for Wisbech in their 3-0 home defeat to Harwich & Parkeston.

McManus was given a straight red for an 89th minute foul as goals from Martin Calver, Scott Page and Darren Bethell ensured a comfortable win for the visitors.

In Division One, Fakenham recorded their first win of the season in impressive style as they beat Long Melford 4-0.

Nick Haynes put the Ghosts ahead on 38 minutes and second half strikes from Jason Day, Mark Critten and Jason Hooks rounded off the scoring.

Great Yarmouth had to settle for a point at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Godmanchester.

Jake Reed put the Bloaters ahead in the first half, but the visitors pulled level six minutes after half-time.

Diss were beaten 3-1 at home by leaders Newmarket.

Lee Salmons opened the scoring for the Jockeys but Ben Deacon equalised as the two sides went in level at the break.

David Grainger restored Newmarket's lead two minutes after the restart and a Jamie Thurlbourne penalty made it safe.

Gorleston picked up an excellent 3-2 win at Brantham Athletic, while Swaffham dropped to the bottom of the table after losing 3-1 at Hadleigh.

Greg Devlin and Lee Brewer scored Thetford's goals in a 2-1 win at home to Saffron Walden, while Downham had Matty Garrod sent off in a 3-1 defeat to Halstead.

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