Woodrow in fitness race for Vase tie
Chris Lakey Lowestoft midfielder Richard Woodrow could be a doubt for Saturday's big FA Vase semi-final after hobbling out of the derby defeat by Kirkley & Pakefield at the weekend.
Lowestoft midfielder Richard Woodrow could be a doubt for Saturday's big FA Vase semi-final after hobbling out of the derby defeat by Kirkley & Pakefield at the weekend.
Woodrow fell heavily after challenging K&P keeper Nathan Pauling and finished the game being treated on the touchline, with joint managers Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher hoping the former Canaries youth team player will be available for the first leg against Whitley Bay.
The management team clearly had one eye on the Crown Meadow clash, making six changes to the side that lost at Leiston in the midweek Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final - most notably Adam Rix starting in goal for Andy Reynolds.
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And they paid the price, going down 4-0 at home to their nearest rivals in front of a bumper 634 crowd - although aside from local bragging rights it meant little to the mid-table Blues.
A first-half brace from Chris Henderson helped the visitors seize the advantage, with Jordan Blyth making it 3-0 at half-time and Nathan Stone wrapping it up 11 minutes after the break.
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Wroxham's titles hopes are still alive - and they can thank two fellow Norfolk teams for providing a helping hand.
The Yachtsmen thrashed Stanway Rovers 5-0 in front of just 72 fans at Trafford Park, while the top two suffered surprise defeats. Leaders Soham, now 10 points clear, were beaten 2-0 at Dereham Town, while Needham Market went down 5-2 at home to Swaffham Town, who are just one place off the drop zone.
Ben Thompson underlined what Wroxham have been missing since his departure to Oxfordshire, scoring a first-half hat-trick. Lee Gilman put the result beyond any doubt on 78 minutes and then added a second for good measure, five minutes from time.
Dereham caretaker manager Adam Gusterson did any job claims a power of good with the win over Soham.
A second-half own goal by Simon Flanz put the Magpies ahead, with Robbie Harris sealing the points.
King's Lynn Reserves went down 1-0 at home to Harwich & Parkeston, while neighbours Wisbech suffered a 2-0 defeat to Walsham-le-Willows at Fenland Park.
Mildenhall's hopes of catching Wroxham took a knock when they could only draw 0-0 at Leiston, but Norwich United ended a run of three defeats on the trot with a 2-0 win at Ipswich Wanderers, who are struggling to find a way out of the relegation zone.
Craig Roberts gave United a half-time lead, with Nathan Page adding the second.
In Division One, bottom side Fakenham managed just their third victory of the season after beating mid-table Saffron Walden 1-0 at Clipbush Park.
Third-placed Diss slipped up, going down 2-1 at home to Halstead. Downham drew 1-1 with Clacton, but Gorleston lost 3-2 at home to second-placed Ely City. Great Yarmouth went down 2-1 at Hadleigh and Thetford lost 3-1 at home to Debenham LC.
Diss were ahead on 15 minutes through Danny Partridge, but Chris Bryan levelled just before half-time and then sealed the win three minutes from time, dusting himself off after being felled in the area by Steve Best to tuck away the penalty.