Lowestoft let it slip in seven-goal thriller
Michael Bailey RIDGEONS LEAGUE: This afternoon's derby between Kirkley & Pakefield and Lowestoft Town is interestingly poised after Saturday's results. In arguably the biggest fixture in the Ridgeons League programme (12pm), leaders Lowestoft will be smarting from their surprise 4-3 home defeat to Stanway Rovers - Town's first loss at Crown Meadow this year.
This afternoon's derby between Kirkley & Pakefield and Lowestoft Town is interestingly poised after Saturday's results.
In arguably the biggest fixture in the Ridgeons League programme (12pm), leaders Lowestoft will be smarting from their surprise 4-3 home defeat to Stanway Rovers - Town's first loss at Crown Meadow this year.
In a thrilling game, Rovers were two-up within 12 minutes through Jermaine Harewood and Luke Callander, before substitute Darren Cockrill's 78th minute spot kick and Gary McGee's bundled effort two minutes later levelled matters.
Town looked like they had secured another late win as right-back Carl Poppy drove a 30-yard stunner home with just three minutes left, but there was a sting in the tail as the final minute saw Callander hit a second and prolific striker Sam Newson earn Rovers a deserved three points.
K&P will return to Walmer Road today in buoyant mood after hitting five at Wisbech, as they continue to press for a top-three finish.
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Goalkeeper Robert Woodcock's penalty brace gave the visitors a 2-0 lead after only 15 minutes; firstly after a tackle on livewire Chris Henderson by Wisbech's Anthony Reeve and then for a push on Ian Dawson.
Nathan Stone, Dawson and substitute Jordan Blyth added to the scoreline before Richard Harnwell saw red for a challenge late in the game, Scott Cubberley giving the home side a late consolation.
Leiston took advantage of second place CRC's free Saturday to close the gap, beating King's Lynn Reserves 2-0 at Victory Road.
Wroxham and Dereham remain close behind after winning their respective fixtures at home to Julian Dicks' Wivenhoe and Simon Charlton's Mildenhall.
Dan Bensley's hat-trick sealed the points for the Yachtsmen at Trafford Park, while ex-Norwich defender Charlton saw his first game in management end in disappointment at Aldiss Park.
It had started brightly for Mildenhall, Owen Paynter and John Sands scoring early on before Danny Beaumont reduced the arrears from the spot. Nicky Howell levelled things before Beaumont scored his second spot kick.
Norwich United lurched from bad to worse with a 3-0 defeat at the only side below them in the Premier Division, Haverhill Rovers.
Yarmouth Town are still in the hunt for a third place finish in Division One, after a 5-0 win at Downham; Jake Reed's brace and a poached Mark Thompson effort helping them on their way.
Gorleston were too strong for struggling Thetford with a 3-1 win at Emerald Park and are now clear in seventh, while Diss hit six at home to sixth place FC Clacton with Jason Hunt grabbing his first goals for the club.
Swaffham left Stowmarket Town with a 2-2 draw, while Hadleigh United moved to within three points of leaders Newmarket, who had a free weekend, with a 2-1 win at bottom club Fakenham.
Karl Pask's late penalty looked to have earned the Ghosts a deserved point before a last minute Chris Williams strike sealed their fate.