Stone sinks Tiptree to lift Kirkley up to second place
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Nathan Stone's late strike sent Kirkley & Pakefield up to second in the table as they beat Tiptree United 2-1 at Walmer Road. The hosts had fallen behind to a first half penalty converted by Lee Underwood, but drew level just before the break with a spot kick of their own.
Nathan Stone's late strike sent Kirkley & Pakefield up to second in the table as they beat Tiptree United 2-1 at Walmer Road.
The hosts had fallen behind to a first half penalty converted by Lee Underwood, but drew level just before the break with a spot kick of their own. Chris Henderson was fouled in the box and Kirkley keeper Robert Woodcock stepped up to equalise from the spot.
It remained that way until eight minutes from time, when Henderson set Stone free down the left and he slotted the ball home. Kirkley now stand nine points behind local rivals Lowestoft, who were on FA Vase duty.
Wisbech continued the miserable start to Julian Dicks' managerial career as they beat Wivenhoe 3-0.
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Having lost their first match under Dicks 4-0, Wivenhoe held out for 71 minutes at The Nest, but goals from Stuart Cobb and Billy Smith, along with a Stuart Ablett penalty, gave the hosts a comfortable win.
Norwich United, who lost three points as a result of Whitton's withdrawal from the league, quickly made up the deficit by beating Harwich 2-1 at Plantation Park.
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Darren Bethell gave Harwich a fourth minute lead, but Steve Shipley levelled matters before half-time.
The Planters then sealed victory 10 minutes from time when Lee Howlett's strike was adjudged to have crossed the line, despite protests from the visitors.
Wroxham crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Mildenhall.
After a goalless first half, David Worthman put Mildenhall ahead on the hour, before James Paterson doubled the lead and Worthman notched his second. Shaun Wones grabbed a consolation for Wroxham 10 minutes from time but it was too late to initiate a comeback.
Goals from Lewis Osborn and Kyle Nicholls gave King's Lynn Reserves a 2-0 win at home to Woodbridge.
In Division One, Yarmouth slipped off the pace at the top following a 2-1 defeat at Hadleigh, Stuart Roach netting for the visitors.
Just behind the Bloaters, in sixth, are Diss, who drew 1-1 with Saffron Walden, Ben Deacon netting a second half equaliser for the Tangerines after Walden had gone ahead on 15 minutes.
Mark Betts and Mark Critten were on target for Fakenham - but their problems were at the other end of the field, where visitors Brantham crashed in nine goals.
Another struggling team, Thetford, went ahead at March when Danny Tanti netted - but the hosts turned the game on its head with two second half goals.
Downham were heavily beaten, 5-1 at Cornard, but Swaffham picked up a valuable three points by winning 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers, Stuart Seales netting the winner.