Plain sailing for Yachtsmen in Vase

Wroxham proved just too good for lower-division Halstead as they won their FA Vase replay 3-1 with some excellent football.They will now travel to Buckinghamshire side Flackwell Heath, of the Hellenic League (the same tier as Ridgeons), in the third round on December 5.

Wroxham proved just too good for lower-division Halstead as they won their FA Vase replay 3-1 with some excellent football.

They will now travel to Buckinghamshire side Flackwell Heath, of the Hellenic League (the same tier as Ridgeons), in the third round on December 5.

Wroxham boss David Batch said of the all-Ridgeons clash: “In the first half we played very well and looked very professional and disciplined.

“The second half they got a goal back and it raised their spirits but it didn't take long for us to score again.”


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He praised Halstead for battling hard but said his team had played very well and he had expected to win.

“I'm most pleased that the other night, when we were down to ten men for 105 minutes, the players worked hard and did their jobs and kept in the tie.”

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Halstead came close to scoring first when a cross ran straight across the goal but no-one could net the ball.

The Yachtsmen opened the scoring when Steve Spriggs went on a run and tucked the ball into a corner of the net.

Halstead fought back and Scott Howie had to be in fine form to pull off some good saves.

Wroxham added another when Spriggs passed to Owen Paynter whose fierce shot from close range rebounded off the keeper and Paul Cook netted it.

Halstead came out for the second half in determined form and their pressure paid off when a long ball reached the home forward who went on to score.

After end-to-end play Wroxham's Spriggs scored his second after a good move from Gilmore set him up.

Meanwhile, in Ridgeons League games Felixstowe and Walton hosted Kirkley and Pakefield and it ended honours even 1-1, with Nathan Stone heading in K&P's goal.

Wisbech and visitors Hadleigh were unable to score and ended up with a point apiece while Mildenhall hosted Debenham LC and lost 4-2.

In other results Cambridge side CRC beat Needham Market 4-1, Newmarket drew 1-1 with Stanway Rovers, Walsham-le-Willows beat Harwich and Parkeston 1-0, Wivenhoe and Leiston scored one each, and Woodbridge Town lost to Histon Reserves 2-1.

Great Yarmouth strengthened their position at the top of Ridgeons Division One with a comprehensive 4-0 win over lowly Long Melford while close rivals FC Clacton and Saffron Walden could only get a point each for a 2-2 draw.

Despite being without injured leading scorer Stewart Roach, Yarmouth hit two goals in each half.

Jake Reed received a throw from Bernardo Junior and then crossed for Gavin Norman, and Craig Roberts added another, with a powerful header from a Scott Woodcock corner.

Soon after the break Melford were reduced to ten men but battled well before Yarmouth wrapped up victory with two more goals through substitutes Vida Formoso, who headed in a long throw from Adam Sewell, and Mark Thompson.

The latter rattled in a tremendous shot after being set up by Olly Savage.

Hosts March Town United went two places up the table to fifth after beating mid-table Thetford 3-1, with Matt Dixon netting a penalty for the visitors.

Swaffham Town hosted Downham Town in a local derby, won by the visitors 2-1.

A goal from a deflection and one by Daniel Foulsham put Downham in a winning position with David Spalding netting for the hosts.

Whitton and Godmanchester battled to a 3-3 draw for a share of the points.

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