Stock injury a Vase semi worry for Blues
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Lowestoft Town continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards the Ridgeons League title with another emphatic home victory, this time 4-0 against Mildenhall.
Lowestoft Town continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards the Ridgeons League title with another emphatic home victory, this time 4-0 against Mildenhall.
The scoreline did not come close to telling the whole story as Mildenhall were comfortably the equals of the runaway leaders for most of the game.
After Reece Hunn gave the Blues the lead the visitors put them prolonged pressure, twice hitting the woodwork and bringing a couple of fine saves from Andy Reynolds before Jamie Godbold scored the second against the run of play just before the interval.
Ross King struck immediately after the break to kill the game off and Damion Hilton completed the scoring to leave the Blues with a massive 17 points lead over their nearest rivals.
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The only cloud on Town's day was an injury which forced them to take off striker Russell Stock - hopefully as a precaution with Saturday's FA Trophy semi-final first leg at Whitley Bay in mind.
Before that Town have another home game tomorrow, against Wivenhoe.
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CRC are now the closest challengers, having won 1-0 at King's Lynn Reserves to reach the highest position in their brief history.
Dereham are two points behind but from two more games after beating Walsham-le-Willows 3-1 with first half goals from Adam Smith and Nicky Howell and a second half tap-in from Danny Beaumont.
The victory came at a price as full-back Daniel Buhlemann had to be stretchered off.
Sam Newson dented Kirkley's hopes of completing an all-Lowestoft top two this season when he scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Stanway Rovers.
But Wroxham are still in the hunt for the runners-up spot after beating Tiptree 1-0 with a spectacular left foot strike from Danny White in the dying minutes.
Wisbech were held in a goalless stalemate by bottom club Haverhill yet climbed out of the bottom six as a result of a defeats for Harwich (3-1 at Needham Market) and Wivenhoe (3-2 at home by Histon Reserves). Norwich United did not have a game so remain second bottom.
Newmarket have a six-point gap at the top of Division One after beating bottom club Fakenham 3-1 while rivals Halstead beat Thetford 3-2 - after being pegged back from 2-0 to 2-2 by goals from Crawshaw and Bryant.
Five clubs are in the hunt for the third promotion spot, with Yarmouth doing their chances no harm at with a 4-0 thumping of Brantham at The Wellesley.
Olly Savage, Stewart Roach, Mark Thompson and Scott Woodcock scored the goals which keep the Bloaters seven points behind third-placed Halstead with three games in hand - and home and away games against their Essex rivals to come.
Fourth-placed Clacton are four points behind Halstead with four games in hand, but lost 4-2 at Godmanchester on Saturday. Gorleston's slim chances probably evaporated with a 2-1 defeat at Saffron Walden while Diss crashed 4-0 at home to Debenham. But Swaffham beat Stowmarket 2-0.