Ridgeons League round-up - April 11

Match reports from Saturday's games in the Ridgeons League Premier Division and First Division.



by Stuart Baker

There was an incredible start to this Ridgeons League Premier match with Kirkley scoring from two penalty decisions in the first 15 minutes. On 12 minutes a vicious foul tackle on Kirkley livewire Chris Henderson by Anthony Reeve who was booked sent him crashing to the ground.

The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Kirkley's usual penalty taker, keeper ROBERT WOODCOCK, netted from the spot.

Then play was held up for a full five minutes while the trainer attended to an injury to Wisbech captain Stuart King who was replaced by Simon Oakley. Almost instantaneously the ball went into the home box again and Ian Dawson was pushed in the back and another penalty was awarded.

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Up stepped keeper WOODCOCK again who was enjoying his afternoon and with a thunderous effort smashed the ball past home keeper Alex Street to put Kirkley 2-0 in the lead.

A great cross by Henderson nearly found an unmarked Nathan Stone on the half-hour mark. Wisbech's build-up play was mostly aerial, hoping to find the striking partnership of Jimpson and Cubberley and Woodcock was troubled with punch-outs a couple of times as the half progressed.

An overhead flying scissor-kick by Lewis Thompson sent the home crowd into raptures all of a sudden again from another long-ball clearance.

Nathan Stone had a great chance to wrap up the match for Kirkley in added on injury time, but the home keeper brought off a reflex save with his legs.

Half-time: Wisbech Town 0, Kirkley and Pakefield 2

With 53 minutes gone it was

3-0, a superbly weighted left-wing cross by Justin Fox fell onto the head of leading scorer NATHAN STONE who had the simply task of scoring at the far post. Kirkley's fourth came after a run by Robert Horton which brought a well-timed save by Street and the ball came out to IAN DAWSON who rammed the ball into the far corner of the net.

A good move by Kirkley's Scott Manning saw him race down the left-hand side and put in a hard low cross for sub

JORDAN BLYTH to connect with on 71 minutes and side-foot home for a 5-0 score line.

A foul on Robert Horton as a free-kick was about to be taken on 79 minutes by Wisbech's Richard Harnwell saw him receive his marching orders and sent off for an early bath.

Finally when the kick did take place SCOTT CUBBERLEY headed cleverly over the head of Woodcock for a consolation.

Result: Wisbech Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 5

Wisbech Town: A Street, L Cook, K Doherty, J Pease, A Reeve, R Harmwell, L Thompson, S King, D Jimpson, S Cubberley, B Smith.

Subs: D Edey, P Cousins, Sam Cubberley, S Oakley, G Setchell.

Kirkley and Pakefield: R Woodcock, D Tacon, S Manning, J Jefford, J Cole, I Dawson, R Horton, J Fox, N Stone, T Grint, C Henderson. Subs: L Harvey-Cooper, L Blois, J Blyth, R De-Coteau.

Ref: Mr D Flannigan, Bedford.


by Rene Kendal

Dereham threatened first with Ollie Willis playing a one-two with brother Sam before crossing from the right, but the ball was just behind Beaumont, who hooked it over.

Spriggs' corner for Mildenhall was flicked on by Coe to OWEN PAYNTER, who netted in the fifth minute.

Howell burst from the halfway line and after squeezing the ball around Pope, the visiting keeper did well to block his attempted cross.

A pass from Youngs dissected the home midfield, with Paynter finding JOHN SANDS in the box, who turned and slotted home with a low drive.

Dereham reduced the deficit when Ollie Willis made a run into the visitors' box and was going nowhere until Sands tapped his heel.

DANNY BEAUMONT made no mistake from the penalty-kick.

It was all square when Ollie Willis spread play wide to brother Sam, who delivered the ball into the box, where Barrett flicked on to NICKY HOWELL, who found the net from close range.

Play remained open and lively. Shortly before the break, the Magpies went in front from a penalty.

Ollie Willis was brought down just inside the box and again BEAUMONT slotted home the spot-kick.

t Half-time: Dereham Town 3, Mildenhall 2

Both sides made changes at the break with Brien replacing Sam Willis and Robinson replacing Coe.

Brien released Olly Willis down the right but the full-back drilled the ball into the side netting after homing in on goal. As Mildenhall looked to restore parity Williams made a fine tackle to thwart Sands on the edge of the Dereham box before defensive partner Eastoe-Smith made another good challenge to deny Paynter.

As torrential rain began to fall both teams continued to battle as play remained fluid. Olly Willis robbed defender Werthmann and after entering the box keeper Pope did well to save his low drive.

Howell broke through the centre and found Brien who was up-ended by Cooper 22 yards out. A Beaumont free- kick rounded the wall but lacked enough pace to trouble keeper Pope.

A mistake by Eastoe-Smith nearly let in Paynter with Higgs bravely diving at the striker's feet. As play switched ends Pope made a vital stop to keep out Williams' low drive that looked to be heading inside his near post. Dereham held out to record another victory as they look for a top- three finish. On Monday the Magpies entertain Harwich & Parkeston, 3pm.

Result: Dereham Town 3, Mildenhall 2

Dereham: J Higgs, O Willis, S Garner, S Williams, J Eastoe-Smith, D Beaumont, N Howell, A Smith, S Willis, G Barrett, C Terrington. Subs: A Gusterson, J Brien, J Hadley, N Simmonds, M Powley.

Mildenhall: J Pope, P Cooper, L Baillie, D Werthmann, D Coe, M Harvey, S Spriggs, S Karrie, J Sands, O Paynter, T Youngs. Subs: M Robinson, J Patterson, L Riley, M Turner.

Ref: Mr M George (Dilham).


by Roy Webster

Wroxham's bid to consolidate a position in the top five seemed likely to prosper against a struggling Wivenhoe outfit. The Yachtsmen went into the break with a deserved two-goal lead - a just reward for their passing game and the effort of Dan Bensley, who scored twice.

DAN BENSLEY opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he fastened on to a through-ball, made 10 yards, and coolly fired into the back of the net beneath advancing keeper, Reid.

Wivenhoe continued gamely and Wright received in space from Rymer, but was far too slow off the mark, allowing White to tackle back.

Cook spotted the keeper off his line, but the custodian managed to gather the ball while toppling backward.

Wroxham then won a series of corners, which ended with Cook firing wide and the same player was fouled by the keeper, but the free-kick came to nothing.

The Yachtsmen added to their score in the 38th minute with a pretty move involving three players. Howes delivered the ball to Cook, who breasted it through a clutch of defenders to BENSLEY, who picked his spot.

Half-time: Wroxham 2, Wivenhoe 0

Wroxham came within a few coats of paint of scoring a third goal, but this great header dipped onto the bar and out of play. The visitors then raised their game and Manuel made space for himself only to fire directly at Smith and then Wright, under no pressure, contrived to fire wide.

Wroxham secured the points with a third goal in the 85th minute when Bensley completed his first hat-trick in Wroxham's colours.

Result: Wroxham 3, Wivenhoe 0

Wroxham: Smith, Halliday, Howes, Challen, Carus, Bensley, White, Lemmon, Cook, Self, Gilmore. Subs: Pauling, McCabe, Miller, Wines.

Wivenhoe: Reid, Sibbons, Evans, Amass, Gould, Rymer, Manuel, Springett, Wright, Parsons, Gregory, Griggs. Subs: Rymarc.

Ref: Mr M Bampton.


by Norman Bygrave

The Planters started the stronger and Shaun Bammant turned his defender well, but was well tackled.

Haverhill's first attack of any note came when Ryan Kent's cross caught on the wind and Nathan Pauling had to push over. Later, Nathan Page's cross from the right was cleared only as far as Lee Howlett, who shot wide.

Haverhill took the lead when RYAN KENT latched onto a long ball forward and rounded Pauling before netting.

Ryan Haynes' free-kick was headed behind for a corner and as the kick came over the keeper pushed it behind. Then another strong run from Page set up Tom Jeal, whose 20-yard shot was well saved low down by Ed Campbell. Ferguson did well and after combining with Haynes found Page with a cross-field ball, but as Page raced into the area his cross was cut out by Campbell. A cross into the Planters' box spun off a defender and hit Pauling and as the ball spun towards the line Pauling pushed it away. Keith Hetherington set up Haynes whose shot was saved low down by Campbell. Then Heth-erington headed over from Jeal's corner.

Half-time: Haverhill 1, Norwich Utd 0

Haverhill started the second half the stronger and Richard Heller had two shots blocked from 15 yards out within the first minute. In the 53rd minute, Bammant's chip was only cleared as far as Howlett, whose shot was deflected for a corner.

Haverhill's early second-half pressure told when LOUIS HARPER hit a 25-yard shot across Pauling and into the far corner.

Two minutes later, Frost's free-kick was headed goalward by Hetherington before being knocked behind. Despite having much of the possession, United failed to create any clear chances and it was Haverhill who looked the more threatening on the break, Heller being denied by a last-gasp tackle from Warren Preston, and Shaun Banham hitting the side netting.

With time fast running out, Jeal's header across the box found Frost, whose shot was blocked and fell to Hetherington, whose shot was deflected wide for a corner.

In the first minute of injury time Haverhill extended their lead, with substitute Joe Harvey finding space on the right and his shot beat Pauling.

The Planters still had another chance with a free-kick just outside the box, but Frost's shot was tipped over by Campbell.

Result: Haverhill 3, Norwich U 0

Haverhill Rovers: E Campbell, G Thomas, L Hughes, N Hammond, S Holmes, J Challis, L Harper, M Hunt, C Cutts, R Heller, R Kent. Substitutes: M Westcott, S Banham, S Kingham, J Harvey, L Sharp.

Norwich United: N Pauling, S Shipley, A Ferguson, L Howlett, C Roberts, W Preston, N Page, T Jeal, K Hetherington, S Bammant, R Haynes. Substitutes: M Magee, G Frost, J Hull.

Ref: Mr P Barnes.



by Tony Collins

There was a lengthy delay after just three minutes following a clash of heads between Mark Shadrack and Dan Smith, both went to hospital.

Diss took the lead when Jake Berry played the ball beyond a full-back and found DANNY WHITE, who stepped inside and shot home.

Three minutes later, a corner from Ed Cussons was headed in by JASON HUNT for his first goal for Diss.

Diss were having more of the play against promotion-chasing Clacton and came close to increasing the lead when Gareth Dunkley turned a cross onto his own post.

After a superb passing Diss scored. George Wilson and Steve Wright linked up and a low cross from near the goal-line by Wright allowed HUNT to shoot in from five yards out.

Clacton's best chance of the half came in added time, but Sean Hillier mis-hit his shot. A minute later, Mark White was just high with a shot.

Result: Diss Town 6, Clacton 2

Diss: Hill, Shadrack, Cussons, J Wilson, Adams, G Wilson, Jenkinson, Berry, Partridge, Soanes, Hunt.

Subs: Jones, Minshul, Wright, Thaxton.

FC Clacton: Rulton, Gibson, Dunkley, Heighway, Ribchester, Smith, Pereira, P Hillier, White, S Hillier, Waters.

Subs: Coyle, Noble, Barrett, Marvell.

Ref: Mr M Coxall, Thetford.


by Gerry Brown

After an unremarkable opening in which Woodcock had the ball in the net but was called back offside, Yarmouth suffered a blow when Roach was substituted with a thigh injury. But his replacement was instrumental in Town taking the lead.

Lawrence's pass was taken in his stride by Reed who went round one defender and then beat keeper Snell with a well-placed shot.

Two minutes later Reed doubled the Bloaters' tally. He beat the offside trap and although the keeper got a hand to his first shot, Reed slotted home the rebound. Yarmouth went further ahead when a good turn by Reed in the box saw Lawrence shoot. The keeper partially saved this but Thompson slammed the loose ball into the net.

Reed, having a storming game, won a corner off which Woodcock's header won a second which Snell clawed down well.

Half-time: Downham Market 0, Great Yarmouth 3

Two goals in a minute midway through the second half wrapped up a thumping win for the Bloaters.

Bryanton, who replaced Thompson after 73 minutes, scored with his first touch. Moments later Lawrence made it a nap-hand with a tremendous shot from 25 yards out.

Hilton was forced into two tremendous late saves. Yarmouth fully deserved this win.

Result: Downham Market 0, Great Yarmouth 5

Downham: M Snell, D Thwaite-Smith, M Calvert, M Fendley, L Gunns, S Garner, B Coe, M Garrod, T Dickson, T Kavanagh, T Doy. Subs: A Smith, B Yates, J Jenner, M Saddleton, J Dolland.

Great Yarmouth Town: M Hilton, J Watt, A Sewell, T Gorbould, A Ager, A Darby, S Woodcock, G Palmer, S Roach, J Reed, M Thompson. Subs: D Lawrence, J Bryanton, C Squire.

Ref: Mr D Stobbart from Bury.


by John Cushion

Fakenham's Mark Betts might have done better with a shot which Daniel Crump saved easily. At the other end Chris Cracknel pushed a close-range shot round a post.

Hadleigh's CRAIG PAYNE took advantage of slack play in the home defence to cut into the box on the right and put a low shot across the keeper for the opening goal on 14 minutes.

Fakenham wasted two corners and a free-kick 22 yards out.

Half-time: Fakenham 0, Hadleigh 1

Fakenham's hopes rose in the 49th minute when U16 player Jake Betts got round the keeper, but his shot sailed high over the open goal.

KARL PASK earned a 78th minute penalty which he converted low to the keeper's left for the equaliser Fakenham's efforts deserved against promotion certainties.

Chris Williams scrambled a last- minute winner for Hadleigh.

Result: Fakenham 1, Hadleigh 2

Fakenham: Cracknell, Tagg, Jensch, Woodhouse, Bamford, Bryant, Haynes, Cole, Pask, Mark Betts, Jake Betts, Substitutes: Raisbury, Day, Felton, King.

Hadleigh: Crump, Mills, Wade, Garnham, Crawford, Leys, Tournay-Godfrey, Calver, Payne, Williams, Dennett. Substitutes: Knott, Whitwell, Rose, Myhill, Sadler.

Ref: Mr. M Burroughs.