Thompson double keeps pressure on
The big guns in the Ridgeons Premier Division are refusing to budge after all but one of the top eight won at the weekend. Soham were the only losers, toppled 2-0 by leaders Mildenhall who are now seven points clear at the top.
The big guns in the Ridgeons Premier Division are refusing to budge after all but one of the top eight won at the weekend.
Soham were the only losers, toppled 2-0 by leaders Mildenhall who are now seven points clear at the top.
But Wroxham lead the chasing pack and, after a 3-1 home win over Stanway Rovers on Saturday, are clearly in no mood for giving up the chase.
There was another three points for Micky Chapman's Lowestoft to make it six victories in a row for the defending champions, while Diss picked up their first point under new manager Richard Carter to move off the bottom.
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Dereham's unbeaten run ended at nine when they went down to Newmarket, but Wisbech Town were 2-1 winners at Felixstowe.
Wroxham were two goals up by the break against Stanway, Ben Thompson opening the scoring on 14 minutes after good work with Gary Gilmore before twice being denied by keeper Emmerson's heroics.
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Two minutes before half-time, Thompson doubled his tally and confirmed the Yachtsmen's superiority, Gilmore again the creator.
Wroxham player manager Damian Hilton set up Gilmore for a third before Ray Turne pulled one back for the visitors after a fumble by goalkeeper Woodcock.
A crowd of 264 saw Lowestoft's 4-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers at Crown Meadow, which came courtesy of a Ross King treble and one from Richard Woodrow.
Dereham, who included new signing Matthew Wright from Diss, spurned a chance to take the lead at Newmarket when skipper Barrett missed from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after Danny Wright was fouled. The miss proved costly as the hosts went on to score three times before half-time.
Sub Jordan Blyth missed a chance to get Dereham back in the game soon after the resumption when he headed wide and it took Dereham until 10 minutes from time to get on the scoresheet. It was almost worth the wait, Wright picking the ball up in midfield, turning his man and taking two strides before hitting a 35-yard shot in off the underside of the crossbar.
Blyth added a second two minutes later, rounding the keeper before slotting home, before he saw another effort cleared off the line as Dereham piled on the pressure in vain.
Diss ended a run of six successive league defeats with a fine performance at Histon. They led 1-0 at the break through a 30th-minute Dale Vince goal before Dave Richards turned a 52nd-minute Mark Coulson cross into his own net.
Wisbech, who allowed Lee Hudson and Andrew Stanhope to leave the club in midweek, went ahead after 16 minutes at Felixstowe, Martin McNeil heading home. Les than two minutes later it was all square, only for Darren Jimson to score what proved to be the winner with just 21 minutes on the clock.
King's Lynn Reserves' game at Clacton was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
In Division One, Swaffham lost the battle of the leaders - and top spot, when they went down 3-2 at home to Debenham LC to drop to second spot.
Mid-table Fakenham were 3-1 home winners over March Town at Clipbush Park, where the visitors went ahead through a Paul Andrews own goal. Stuart Jenkinson levelled it before half-time before two goals from new signing Colin Wines wrapped up the win.
Great Yarmouth drew 2-2 at Cornard but were guilty of letting their hosts back into the game. Keiron Hack's first goals for the senior side had put Yarmouth in control midway through the first half, but Cornard levelled before the break.
Gorleston were thumped 6-0 at Ely City, Thetford lost 1-0 at home to Saffron Walden while Downham Town notched a surprise 2-1 win at Whitton United.