Yarmouth rise to top of table

A key game in Ridgeons Division One saw Great Yarmouth Town beat Whitton United to go top of the table with a 1-0 home win.The last time Yarmouth topped their division was Christmas Day 1996 when they were in the Ridgeons Premier under Paul Chick.

A key game in Ridgeons Division One saw Great Yarmouth Town beat Whitton United to go top of the table with a 1-0 home win.

The last time Yarmouth topped their division was Christmas Day 1996 when they were in the Ridgeons Premier under Paul Chick.

The poor weather conditions dictated the play.

The only goal was scored after just six minutes when a Stewart Roach back header was squeezed home by Scott Woodcock between keeper Jack Foster and his left-hand post.


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Woodocck might have had a second after 20 minutes but his inswinging corner rebounded off the inside of the far post.

In lulls in the conditions Yarmouth had further chances, the best in the second half but Gavin Norman's goal-bound acute-angled shot was deflected for a corner, and substitute Liam Bartley met Woodcock's fine centre with a flying header only for the ball to just clear the bar.

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A frantic final few minutes around the Yarmouth goal brought no reward for a talented Whitton side thanks to some steely defending led by Craig Roberts.

It was also a good day for Yarmouth's coastal rivals Gorleston, who rose from eighth to fifth after returning from Godmanchester Rovers with a 1-0 win.

The mid-table clash between Thetford and Swaffham ended up 0-0 after a battling display.

Incident and accident all played their part in a weather-affected fixture which included the replacement of an assistant referee through injury, a penalty save by Swaffham keeper Lee Brooks and a controversial sending-off after two yellow cards for his team-mate Simon Jones.

Diss Town climbed one place to third after drawing at home 2-2 with March Town United, and Fakenham Town are still without a point after losing to fellow strugglers Long Melford 4-1.

Cornard Utd v Brantham Athletic, Ipswich Wanderers v Downham Town, Stowmarket Town v Saffron Walden Town were all postponed because of the weather.

Meanwhile, in a Premier Division fixture list depleted by the FA Vase games for Kirkley & Pakefield, Wroxham and Dereham, several games were abandoned or postponed. The Walsham-le-Willows v Mildenhall Town game was abandoned, while Debenham LC v Norwich United, Haverhill Rovers v Wivenhoe were both postponed.

In the games actually completed, Felixstowe and Walton United hosted Newmarket Town and won 2-0 while King's Lynn Reserves travelled to Harwich and Parkeston and lost 1-0.

In Ridgeons Reserve Teams North Division, Dereham Town beat visitors Stowmarket Town 4-0. All other matches were postponed.

And in the Chell Trophy, Gorleston Reserves went on a goal spree, beating visitors Thetford Town Reserves 10-2.

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