Planters and Wroxham win
A hat-trick from Jordan Blyth helped Norwich United rise two places up the Ridgeons Premier Division table on Saturday.The Planters are now 16th after beating visitors Debenham LC 4-1.
A hat-trick from Jordan Blyth helped Norwich United rise two places up the Ridgeons Premier Division table on Saturday.
The Planters are now 16th after beating visitors Debenham LC 4-1.
The top four in the division (CRC, Needham Market, Leiston and Kirkley & Pakefield) all won so leaders CRC maintain a five-point advantage over Needham.
It was Norwich United's first-ever game with Debenham LC at Plantation Park.
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United manager Paul Chick was pleased with the win, achieved with an unchanged team, a real rarity this season. "We caught them on the back foot early on and took full advantage.
"I was disappointed we conceded straight after the break but I'm delighted with the four goals and the three points," he said.
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Steve Shipley's header was netted byBlyth from close range for the opening goal in the first five minutes.
It was two after seven minutes when Blyth's first shot was saved by Debenham keeper Louis Johnson but the United marksman followed up from an acute angle.
In first-half stoppage time the Planters made it three when extended their lead when Hunter's free-kick from the right was met by a great header from Paul Atkins.
Debenham notched one back when a disputed free-kick was headed back across goal by Shaun French and met by Ian Gedny.
But Blyth completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute when Hunter's
cross from the right found Atkins whose shot was blocked but Blyth pounced on the ball to tap home.
Ben Nower had to make several stops, included a terrific reaction save after Neil Gooderham's
shot took a deflection off Gedny,
who had other chances frustrated by the keeper.
Meanwhile, Wroxham finally returned to league action as they
had a free weekend from their
FA Vase exploits, beating visitors Mildenhall.
In the 45th minute they scored the only goal of the game when Gary Gilmore found the net just before the half-time whistle. The Yachtsmen's keeper Howie made some good saves.
This victory will buoy Wroxham up for Saturday's Vase quarter-final with Ridgeons rivals Needham.
It was a bad afternoon for Dereham Town who returned home from Leiston without any points after a
They just couldn't find the back of the net whereas the hosts took their chances - with Chris Sillett heading home Michael Brother's cross from the left, and Brother later having a shot deflected in for number two in first-half added time.
Dereham keeper John Higgs had made a fine save to deny David Head from point-blank range in between these goal.
Kenny Reeves missed a great chance for the Magpies to get on the scoresheet.
In the second half Dereham were twice denied by home keeper Jamie Stannard, palming away Adam Gusterston's header from a free-kick then saving Danny Beaumont's penalty after Gusterston had been felled in the box by defender Mark Goldfinch.
Sillett made it three with a header from a cross in the 75th minute.
Kirkley &Pakefield beat visitors Wisbech Town 3-2 , with Joe Jefford, Nathan Stone and Chris Henderson on target, while leaders CRC entertained Hadleigh and won 2-0.
Second-placed Needham Market travelled to Stanway Rovers, three places below them, and won 2-1 in front of a crowd of 182, Stanway's highest of the season.
Walsham-le-Willows beat visitors Haverhill Rovers 3-1 while Woodbridge lost 3-0 at home to Newmarket. Postponed fixtures were Ely City v Felixstowe & Walton and Wivenhoe v Histon Reserves.