Rivals off to good start

East coast rivals Great Yarmouth and Gorleston got off to winning starts in the First Division on Saturday. Paul Tong's Yarmouth side hit four goals without reply at Cornard, while their neighbours beat promoted Brantham 3-1 at Emerald Park.

East coast rivals Great Yarmouth and Gorleston got off to winning starts in the First Division on Saturday.

Paul Tong's Yarmouth side hit four goals without reply at Cornard, while their neighbours beat promoted Brantham 3-1 at Emerald Park.

Stewart Roach put the Bloaters ahead on 32 minutes, stabbing the ball home at the near post, at Cornard, but the day belonged to Nick Crawley who grabbed a stunning second-half hat-trick.

Gorleston were behind inside half an hour at home to Brantham, but Ricci Butler equalised and on half-time Steve Taylor converted from close range to put Gorleston ahead, with Butler applying the finishing touches early in the second half.


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Diss were beaten 2-0 at fellow promotion favourites Newmarket - former Tangerines skipper opening the scoring on 28 minutes. Robbie Lawrence missed a good chance to level early in the second half, and on 70 minutes Diss cleared a long free-kick only as far as Tony Becks, who fired it back in from 25 yards.

A trio of Norfolk rivals all lost - Swaffham were thumped 4-0 at home by Hadleigh, Downham went down 3-0 at Halstead and Fakenham were beaten 2-1 at Long Melford.

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