Wroxham pay penalty as title dream fades
Phil Banyard Ridgeons League: Wroxham's faint hopes of retaining their Premier Division title suffered a near-fatal blow as they lost at home to Haverhill on Saturday.With leaders Soham and second-placed Needham Market both picking up wins, the Yachtsmen can ill afford any more slip-ups if they are to beat their rivals to top spot.
Ridgeons League: Wroxham's faint hopes of retaining their Premier Division title suffered a near-fatal blow as they lost at home to Haverhill on Saturday.
With leaders Soham and second-placed Needham Market both picking up wins, the Yachtsmen can ill afford any more slip-ups if they are to beat their rivals to top spot.
Wroxham had found Haverhill hard to break down during a 2-1 victory back in August and once again the Suffolk side proved obdurate opponents. The visitors went ahead after just three minutes, when Marc Abbott's free-kick was headed in by Paul Shaw.
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Haverhill held the lead until the 57th minute, when Wroxham substitute Matty Eves fed Danny White to notch the equaliser.
The visitors responded and, from a corner, Andy Key put the ball into his own net.
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Wroxham had a golden chance to get back on terms when White was hauled down in the area, but Gary Gilmore's spot-kick was saved.
The Yachtsmen can, however, claw back some ground this Thursday as they travel to Needham Market for a fixture which is crucial to both sides' title aspirations.
Needham's 2-1 victory on Saturday came at the expense of King's Lynn Reserves, after Dan Buhlemann had put Lynn ahead.
FA Vase finalists Lowestoft picked up their first league win since February by beating Felixstowe & Walton 1-0. Darren Cockrill hit the post in the first half for the Blues, but they got the goal their dominance deserved when substitute Ali McKenna headed home from Carl Poppy's free-kick.
Matty Henman enjoyed his second successive win as Dereham boss as the Magpies won 3-1 at struggling Ipswich Wanderers.
But they had to come from a goal down, after Lee McGloem had fired the hosts into a first half lead.
Olly Willis equalised on 50 minutes and five minutes later, Dereham were in front through Danny Beaumont. Daniel Cullington wrapped up the points for Dereham five minutes from time.
Billy Smith scored the winner for Wisbech in their 2-1 win at Walsham-le-Willows.
Darren Edey lobbed the Walsham keeper to put Wisbech ahead on 18 minutes, but the hosts drew level just after the hour mark.
Smith seized on a through ball and produced a calm finish to net the winner three minutes later.
Kirkley & Pakefield's five-match unbeaten run in the league came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at home to lowly Harwich & Parkeston.
Scott Page put the visitors in front on 25 minutes, although Nathan Stone levelled matters with a header two minutes later. But Jimmy Chatters' late strike left the hosts empty-handed.
Norwich United and Woodbridge are locked level on points after their game ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Planters went ahead in the first minute when Steven Shipley's shot was deflected past the keeper and they held the lead at half-time. But Woodbridge struck a similarly early goal in the second half when Craig Roberts turned the ball into his own net.
Woodbridge then went ahead on 57 minutes through Paul Heart, but the Planters got their equaliser seven minutes from time when Paul Atkins slotted home a Nathan Page cross.
Swaffham travelled to Leiston and came away with a creditable 1-1 draw.
In Division One, Fakenham's recent revival came to a shuddering halt when they lost 7-1 at Whitton. The Ghosts had won their previous two games, but suffered a repeat of the drubbing inflicted on them by Whitton earlier in the season.
Stuart Roach netted twice for Great Yarmouth, but an injury-time equaliser meant they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Long Melford.
It is now nine games without a win for Downham, who crashed 6-0 at Debenham.
Gorleston were beaten 3-1 at second-placed Ely City, but there was joy on the road for Diss, who moved up to fourth with a 4-1 success at FC Clacton.
Thetford lost 2-0 at home to Halstead.