Kirkley fail to build on their early lead

RIDGEONS LEAGUE/ANGLIAN COMBINATION: Kirkley and Pakefield were able to beat the weather but not their opposition after they had to settle for a point against Stanway Rovers at Walmer Road.

Kirkley and Pakefield were able to beat the weather but not their opposition after they had to settle for a point against Stanway Rovers at Walmer Road.

With only a handful of matches beating the weekend's freezing conditions, second place Kirkley were one of only six sides to get a game in the Ridgeons League on Saturday.

And they made an ideal start on their freshly laid pitch against the Essex side. After only five minutes, James Cole saw his superb header cleared off the Stanway line by Angelo Harrop, before Liam Harvey picked up the rebound and placed a shot that took a small deflection past the Rovers keeper to give K&P the lead.

Chris Henderson's 18-yard shot clipped the outside of the post on the stroke of half-time but the start of the second half saw Ross Thorne clean through for Rovers, until Cole saved the day with a fine interception.

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However, the visitors did not have much longer to wait for their equaliser as, on 48 minutes, Al Drennan rose at the far post to neatly head in Jermaine Harewood's cross from the left.

Kirkley could not change their position in the Premier Division table, with leaders Lowestoft and third place Dereham due to be in FA Vase action before the weather intervened. But the

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1-1 draw will not have done Nick Shorten's side any favours.

Norwich United picked up an excellent 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Harwich and Parkeston.

The Planters took the lead in the second minute when Adam Ferguson released Nathan Page down the left wing and as he ran into the area, he was brought down by Martin Calver and Keith Hetherington tucked away the penalty to Nathan Munson's left.

The home side had their chances but were reduced to 10 men with nine minutes remaining when Shaun Bammant was brought down from behind by Martin Calver, who was duly shown a red card. Two minutes later the game was beyond doubt, as substitute Tom Jeal calmly slotted home, before Matt Carmichael was shown a red card for violent conduct in injury time. United move up to 18th.

In the Anglian Combination, Brandon Town drew level on points with Premier Division leaders Sheringham after an excellent win at Loddon United; Shane Leach and Roy Peckham getting the goals.

But Acle United could not follow suit and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Hempnall. Warren Nichols scored for Acle and Simon Jackson for the visitors as the sides sit third and fourth in the table respectively.

Paul Cook scored the only goal in Wroxham Reserves' win at Beccles Town, while in Division One, Caister won a five-goal thriller against Scole United. Thraine Hacon, Daniel Heller and Chris Salmon hit the target for the home side while Kevin Goldsmith and Gary Hurren scored for Scole.

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