United edge closer to safety
KEITH PEEL Norwich United may only have managed a 1-0 victory over doomed Clacton on Saturday at Plantation Park, but the three precious points represented another milestone along the path to banishing their own relegation worries.
Norwich United may only have managed a 1-0 victory over doomed Clacton on Saturday at Plantation Park, but the three precious points represented another milestone along the path to banishing their own relegation worries. United went into the new year second from bottom of the Ridgeons Football League Premier Division, with only 15 points from the first half of their 42-match programme. Now they're fifth from bottom, a run of four wins and a draw from their last five fixtures having helped boost their points tally to 30 from 31 games. “There's still a long way to go and we're by no means out of danger yet,” cautioned Paul Franklin, joint manager with Bruce Cunningham. “But if we can get to 37, 38 points, I'm fairly confident we will stay up and then hopefully go on to improve our position next season.” Second-placed Lowestoft Town's game against Mildenhall was postponed because their Crown Meadow pitch was unfit. With a game in hand, the Blues are now nine points behind AFC Sudbury, who beat Leiston 4-1, with Andrew Claydon (2), Neil Calver and Lee Owen their scorers. Blake Saker netted Leiston's late consolation goal.
Wisbech Town are fifth in the table after beating Cambridge City Reserves 4-2 at Fenland Park.
Liam Nimmo gave the Fenmen an early lead, but Tom Pell equalised in the 18th minute. Goals from Liam Harrold (57th and 73rd minutes) and an opponent (63rd) put Wisbech 4-1 up before Pell netted again on 88 minutes.
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“It's another three points and we march on,” said Wisbech manager Dick Creasey.
Diss Town are ninth after extending their unbeaten league run to seven matches with a 2-2 draw at Newmarket.
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The Tangerines twice led through Ricci Butler goals, in the 20th and 51st minutes, only to be pegged back first by a 24th-minute Stuart Jenkinson own goal and then by a superb Darren Coe strike after 56 minutes.
Dereham Town are 10th, just above Wroxham, after their games were both postponed. Kirkley are 14th, one place above King's Lynn Reserves, after the teams drew 2-2 at The Walks.
Liam Forshaw put Lynn ahead from a penalty just before the break, but Leon Harewood equalised on 55 minutes.
Simon Bush restored Lynn's advantage, but Carl Chenery struck Kirkley's second goal in injury time.
Swaffham Town are sixth in Division One after a 6-3 (Kevin Leggett 2 and Gavin Norman) defeat by Whitton.
Gorleston moved up to fifth from bottom with a 4-0 victory at Cornard, where their goals were scored by Jonny Watt (26th and 46th minutes), Louwrens Louw (9th minute) and Tom Norman, in the 70th minute.
The Debenham LC v Thetford Town, Tiptree v Fakenham Town and Yarmouth Town v Long Melford matches were all postponed.