Planters' joy at draw

Norwich United netted a good Ridgeons League Premier Division result on Saturday, drawing 1-1 with Stanway Rovers.The city side, which is languishing near the foot of the table, fought back with a good second-half performance to earn a point against the fourth-placed visitors.

Norwich United netted a good Ridgeons League Premier Division result on Saturday, drawing 1-1 with Stanway Rovers.

The city side, which is languishing near the foot of the table, fought back with a good second-half performance to earn a point against the fourth-placed visitors.

Planters boss Paul Chick said: “It was a good point for us - they are a very good side. We've now had four games unbeaten.

“All in all, it was a fair result although we had two extremely good chances in the last ten minutes saved by the goalkeeper.


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“He made a great reaction save from a header by Paul Atkins from a cross by Lee Hunter.”

United trailed at the break after an encouraging start yielded few chances and Stanway had taken full advantage and opened the scoring through Liam Coleman seven minutes before the interval.

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Chick said: “We were caught on the break for their goal, they broke and caught us napping which was a bit disappointing.

But then Andrew Claydon's 57th-minute goal evened the scoreline.

Steve Shipley did well under pressure to find Hunter on the right and the winger's pin-point cross to the far post was headed home by Claydon from close range.

“It was a super header,” said Chick. “And he was just a boot stud away from scoring late in the game.”

Bad news for United was that defender Warren Preston re-injured his knee which means Chick will have to make changes for Saturday's Norfolk Senior Cup game against Cromer.

In other Premier Division games, Dereham hosted Histon Reserves and won 2-1 with goals by Danny Beaumont and Nicky Howell.

After Histon opened the scoring Beaumont struck a blistering shot which rattled the bar and he fired home following a goalmoth mel�e.

The Magpies wrapped up victory with Howell firing home from close range following Beaumont's cross from the left.

Youth team striker Kenny Reeves was included in the starting line-up and put in a fine performance and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

Ely City picked up some welcome points in beating their hosts, bottom team Harwich & Parkeston, 5-0.

Kirkley & Pakefield travelled to mid-table Haverhill Rovers and returned with a point from sharing two goals. Wisbech notched up a 3-2 win over hosts Debenham LC while Walsham-le-Willows beat visitors Woodbridge 2-1.

The other scheduled games in the Premier Division - CRC v Felixstowe & Walton, Leiston v Hadleigh United, Wivenhoe v Mildenhall - were all postponed.

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