Lowestoft boost Ridgeons hopes

KEITH PEEL Hot-shot Lowestoft Town have given their Ridgeons League Premier Division title hopes another boost.


Hot-shot Lowestoft Town have given their Ridgeons League Premier Division title hopes another boost.

They beat King's Lynn Reserves 5-1 at The Walks on Saturday to move up to third on goal difference from Needham Market, who lost 3-0 at Soham.

With a game in hand, the Blues stay within six points of pacemakers AFC Sudbury, the only top flight team to have scored more goals.

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Sudbury beat Woodbridge 3-1 (David Head 2 and Paul Abrahams) and, from a game more, stay two points ahead of Bury, beat Harwich 5-1.

Gary McGee (2), Russell Stock (2) and Jamie Godbold scored for Lowestoft before Simon Bush headed a late consolation goal for Lynn, who had Dean Miller sent off for fouling McGee.

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Wisbech Town stay sixth after a 3-2 defeat by 10th-placed Diss Town at Fenland Park.

The Fenmen led 1-0 and 2-1, with Liam Harrold scoring both goals, but Diss took the points with strikes by Jake Berry, Gary Ingram and Matty Wright.

“We were twice in front and threw it away, so we have got to learn how to defend properly and learn very quickly,” warned Wisbech boss Dick Creasey.

Diss manager Robert Fleck said: “We deserved the win on our second half performance. Considering we hadn't scored for five matches, to come here and get a result is terrific. Not many teams win here.”

Kirkley are 15th after an 8-3 spree at Halstead in which Glen Fletcher (3), Leon Harewood, Paul Highfield, Lee Humphries, Nicky Stokeld and Nathan Stone were their marksmen.

Swaffham Town slip to third in Division One, behind Tiptree on goal difference, after losing 4-1 to them at Shoemakers Lane.

Gorleston lost 6-2 to Fulbourn Institute at Emerald Park, while Downham Town drew 1-1 (Ricky Toll) at Whitton. Thetford are second from bottom after losing 3-0 at Saffron Walden, with Yarmouth bottom after a 3-1 defeat at Cornard.

t Newmarket have been reinstated in the FA Vase after fourth round opponents Welwyn Garden City were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in their 2-1 replay win.

The Jockeys visit competition favourites Winchester City next Saturday, when other fifth round ties include AFC Sudbury v Bury Town and Hillingdon Borough v Mildenhall.

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