Late goals seal points for Kirkley & Pakefield

Kirkley & Pakefield scored twice in the final eight minutes against visitors Norwich United to claim their second 2-1 victory of the festive period in the Ridgeons League Premier Division.

Kirkley & Pakefield scored twice in the final eight minutes against visitors Norwich United to claim their second 2-1 victory of the festive period in the Ridgeons League Premier Division.

United took a 30th minute lead with a simple header from a corner by defender Steve Shipley.

The Royals got their act together after introducing substitutes Russell Stock and new signing Andy Key.

Stock rose high to head in a Grint centre and then the 20 goal Nathan Stone wrapped up the three points after a solo run at goal, with the visitors appealing in vain for a foul.


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The Planters did not lay down and die and Paul Atkins' last minute cross was headed goalwards by new signing George Wilson, only for the injured Robert Woodcock to pull off a tremendous save diving to his left.

From the corner Shipley was denied, with Woodcock blocking once more to preserve the home side's lead.

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Planters manager Paul Chick was in a philosophical mood after the game.

“it's a frustrating game,” he said. “We played the better football, the lads did the club proud but we switched off twice at the end and then Woody has pulled off a tremendous save at the end. I thought the two boys in central midfield, Tom Jeal and George Wilson played very well, especially George on his debut.”

Leaders Needham Market retained their two point advantage as they won 4-2 atWalshamLe Willows. But CRC, who have three games in hand, are still breathing down their necks following a 2-1 derby victory over Histon Reserves.

It was an afternoon to forget for Wisbech, who were thrashed 6-1 at Mildenhall.

Dereham Town will be looking to push into the top half of the table this evening when they take onNewmarket at Aldiss Park.

InDivision One Diss Town claimed their first win since early November after a controversial finish at Team Bury.

Stuart Garner converted an 85th-minute penalty to put Diss 2-1 up after George Watts-Sturrock had been judged to have had his shirt pulled.

And deep into injury time the home team were convinced they had equalised when Nick Davy headed in - only to have his 'goal' disallowed for pushing.

The action climaxed a second half which also saw Bury's Ryan Clarke sent off following an incident involving Craig Skipp.

Peter Hooks had fired Diss into a fourth minute lead after two shots had been blocked following a corner but Davy equalised in the 15th minute.

Clacton are now just four points behind leaders Great Yarmouth, who are due to play Thetford Town tonight, following an impressive 5-1 victory at Cornard.

Down at the bottom Fakenham still have just three points to their name after losing 2-1 at Downham Market.

Last night's scheduled fixture between Gorleston and Swaffham atEmerald Park was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

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