Norfolk teams rise after wins
It was a good day for three Norfolk teams on Saturday when they rose up the Ridgeons Premier Division table after wins.Wroxham returned from Woodbridge with a 4-3 win to take them from tenth to eighth while Norwich United beat hosts Harwich & Parkeston 4-0 to leap three places to ninth and Dereham went up two positions to 14th after beating visitors Mildenhall 3-0.
It was a good day for three Norfolk teams on Saturday when they rose up the Premier Division table after wins.
Wroxham returned from Woodbridge with a 4-3 win to take them from tenth to eighth while Norwich United beat hosts Harwich & Parkeston 4-0 to leap three places to ninth and Dereham went up two positions to 14th after beating visitors Mildenhall 3-0.
The Dereham result pleased Magpies' boss Matt Henman who said: “We scored three times in the first half hour, it was a good performance.
“It shows the boys have got a lot of character to put in a performance like that, bearing in mind results we have had recently. A lot of effort, a lot of quality. We are now getting a reasonably settled team and hope to get a bit of continuity.”
Graham Barrett netted Dereham's first after the Mildenhall keeper punched clear and the ball came back in for the marksman to flick it over the keeper.
Goal number two came when Robbie Harris was played through and chipped the keeper, and the final one was scored by Nicky Howell who got on the end of a cross from the left at the far post.
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Wroxham finally got the points after a battle at Woodbridge, winning 4-3.
Against the run of play, Craig Stuart opened the scoring for the visitors before the Yachtsmen equalised when Steve Spriggs slipped the ball past the keeper.
In the second half Wroxham added two more after excellent build-up play. First, Owen Paynter scored then came a
very well-taken goal by Ollie King.
But Woodbridge battled back with two of their own through Ben Seaman and Daniel Morphew. Wroxham's winning goal came through sub Colin Wines.
The Norwich United win was achieved with Damian Hilton having a hand in all four goals.
A fine move saw Damian Hilton and Jordan Blyth combine then Lee Hunter's cross was headed in by Matty Robinson.
Soon after, Hilton's touch released Blyth who crashed home a shot off the underside of the bar.
Early in the second half Hilton flicked on a corner to the far post where Jamie Wilson was waiting to side-foot home.
Hilton scored the Planters' fourth when he rose to head in a Robinson free-kick.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, United held onto their clean sheet.
Leiston had lost top spot midweek after Needham Market's 6-0 win at Woodbridge but they regained it on goal difference on Saturday after a 4-0 win at Hadleigh as Needham only beat Kirkley and Pakefield 3-2.
Other Premier Divsion results saw King's Lynn Reserves lose to visitors Felixstowe & Walton United 3-1, Ely City share the honours 2-2 at Walsham-le-Willows and Wisbech draw 1-1 at Stanway. Debenham LC hosted CRC and lost 2-0, while Histon Reserves went nap against visiting Wivenhoe without reply.
Meanwhile, the big surprise of the day in Division One was lowly Thetford Town matching leaders FC Clacton.
Thetford, sixth from bottom, battled well to draw 1-1 with the table-topping visitors.
And Great Yarmouth are now just three points behind in second place after hitting Halstead for six, with no reply.
Thetford boss Mark Scott was “very pleased” with the draw: “Hats off to all the lads,” he said. “It was a good performance, everyone played hard and battled hard. We didn't expect to win but nearly did in the last couple of minutes when the ball was cleared off the line.”
Thetford's Matt Dixon scored first, only for Clacton to hit straight back with a header then, late on, Matt Howard's effort was cleared off the line.
Yarmouth boss Paul Tong described his team's performance as “awesome” as they destroyed Halstead with three goals in each half.
Man-of-the-match Scott Woodcock scored twice and almost made it a hat-trick but his shot was parried and Stewart Roach pounced on the rebound before Liam Bartley scored a fourth and Roach made it 5-0.
Halstead fought back but found Michael Hilton in top form in the home goal, and then Joe Bell made it six with a wonderful free-kick.
Diss beat Long Melford 5-1 with goals through a Brendan Foley, Steve Wright, Xavier Huckle, Ben Soanes and George Watts-Sturrock - with Adam Flack adding the consolation.
Swaffham completed the double over Ipswich Wanderers with a well-deserved 4-1 away win. Paul Shafer opened the account for the Pedlars before the hosts levelled. Richard Cornwall hit back twice for Swaffham before Tim Kavanagh netted on his debut.
Visitors Saffron Walden beat Cornard 3-0, Gorleston beat hosts Downham Town 2-1, Brantham Athletic beat Godmanchester Rovers 4-0 on their travels, and Whitton hit five goals against March Town United with two in reply.
Team Bury continued Fakenham's win-less misery by gaining a 1-0 home victory.