Town leave it late to save their blushes
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Lowestoft Town's perfect home record was dented in the most surprising fashion - by the team at the bottom of the Ridgeons League Premier Division. There are 56 points between the runaway league leaders and Haverhill.
Lowestoft Town's perfect home record was dented in the most surprising fashion - by the team at the bottom of the Ridgeons League Premier Division.
There are 56 points between the runaway league leaders and Haverhill. But the visitors came within seconds of pulling off the shock of the season as it took a scrambled injury-time equaliser by substitute Jamie Stokeld to save the Trawlerboys' blushes.
Haverhill, who are still nine points adrift at the bottom, went ahead through Louis Harper midway through the second half after Town had missed a succession of chances - Jamie Godbold going closest when he hit the bar.
Ironically the dropped points couldn't stop Lowestoft tightening their grip on the title race as Leiston, with four games in hand their only realistic challengers, lost for only the third time this season.
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Kirkley & Pakefield celebrated the announcement of their new management team by beating Needham Market with a brilliant solo goal from Nathan Stone - who cut inside from the left wing to curl a glorious shot into the far corner after 29 minutes. After 10 years in the hot seat manager Nick Shorten is handing over the reins to former Kirkley players Stu Larter and Jon Reynolds, though he will be staying on in the new role of adult football director.
The new bosses inherit a very healthy situation - Saturday's win keeping Kirkley second in the table behind their near neighbours.
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Dereham were missing several key players but won with a sweet left-foot volley from Sam Willis 10 minutes from time to leapfrog both Leiston and Wroxham into third place.
Wroxham dropped to fifth after a shock 3-0 home defeat to strugglers Woodbridge.
The Yachtsmen clearly missed their four suspended players as Aaron Churchyard, Lewis Driver and Jordan Seaman scored second half goals to lift Woodbridge out of the bottom two at the expense of Norwich United.
The Planters lost 2-1 at CRC, who won the game in the last minute when Adam Marriott claimed his second goal of the game following Keith Hetherington's second half equaliser.
Wisbech made sure they weren't the ones to slip back into trouble by winning 1-0 at Harwich & Parkeston with an injury goal from substitute Stuart Cobb.
King's Lynn Reserves also had a late goal from a substitute - Robert Carrick. But in their case it was little more than consolation as they were beaten 3-1 by Tiptree, who also missed a penalty.
In Division One Gorleston and Yarmouth both saw their promotion hopes dented. The Greens were held 1-1 at home to March while the Bloaters were beaten 4-1 at Clacton, despite a 17th goal of the season from Stewart Roach.
There were defeats for both Diss (2-1 at home to Cornard) and Thetford (2-0 at Stowmarket). But bottom club Fakenham kept their hopes of escaping the drop alive in a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Ipswich Wanderers.
At the top of the table Hadleigh missed the chance to draw level with leaders Newmarket when they lost by the only goal at Debenham.