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Big changes are on the horizon for Spixworth this summer, with a new home and even a potential change of name being considered.

The title race could still go to the final day in the Almary Green Anglian Combination Premier Division after title rivals Spixworth and Harleston both won.

Steve Eastaugh has been rewarded for steering Norwich United to their best ever season with an extension to his current contract.

Congratulations are in order for Riverside Rovers, who retained the Norwich Sunday League Premier Division trophy after getting the point required against Dilham Cross Keys.

Fakenham Town started life after Wayne Anderson with an impressive 3-0 win at Wivenhoe.

A late winner from Ralston Gabriel condemned Norwich United to a last day defeat.

Matt Henman took charge of Dereham Town for the last time after nine years but it was not a happy send-off, on the field at least, as the Magpies went down to a 3-2 defeat.

Spixworth recovered from last week’s defeat with a 1-0 win over Mulbarton Wanderers thanks to a goal from Matt Doyle.

It will be a case of no slip-ups this afternoon as the top two continue their title chase.

Fakenham Town begin life without Wayne Anderson this afternoon as they head to Wivenhoe in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Darren Huckerby is on cup duty tonight as Cringleford Vets take on their Thetford counterparts in the Norfolk Veterans Cup showdown.

Fakenham Town stalwart Neil Jarvis is to take temporary charge of the Ghosts following the departure of Wayne Anderson.

Wayne Anderson feels “hurt” at being deprived of the chance of leading Fakenham Town out in the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road.

Wayne Anderson has quit as manager of Fakenham Town, just weeks before an appearance at Carrow Road in the Norfolk Senior Cup final.

Matt Henman insist he “won’t jump into anything else” after calling time on his nine-year spell as manager at Dereham Town.

Gorleston took the east coast bragging rights and arrested a five-match losing streak in the process after seeing off Great Yarmouth Town 3-0.

Norwich United eventually claimed all three points with an improved second half display against near neighbours Wroxham at Plantation Park.

Dereham lost their last away game of the season to Ryman League North champions Brightlingsea Regent.

The Anglian Combination Premier Division title race took a swing in Harleston Town’s favour as Adam Gusterson’s side closed the gap on leaders Spixworth to just eight points.

The Bank Holiday Monday Broadland derby between Norwich United and Wroxham would seem to have no more than local pride at stake, with the Planters hopes of reaching the play-offs still no more than a faint hope.

Wroxham went down at home again, despite a stirring comeback and a grandstand finish.

Local bragging rights will be up for grabs on the east coast on Monday as Great Yarmouth Town head to rivals Gorleston with more than a strong gust of wind in their sails.

All eyes will be on the Division One promotion battle today, with the big two in the Premier League having a rare Saturday off.

Norwich United host relegation-threatened Heybridge Swifts this afternoon with both sides in need of the three points.

Gorleston’s hopes of a top-three Premier League finish could be over today if they fail to arrest an alarming slump in form.

An opportunity to spend more time with family was the main reason behind Shaun Turner leaving the Norfolk Football Association, the outgoing chief executive has revealed.

As the season begins to wind down in most divisions, a glorious morning saw some clubs with plenty at stake record vital results.

Shaun Turner has resigned as chief executive of the Norfolk Football Association.

Dereham Taverners made history when they won the Norfolk Primary Cup for the third successive year.

Paul Hunt has agreed to carry on as Swaffham team manager next season.

Wroxham’s hopes of a relegation reprieve received a boost as the Yachtsmen drew at Tilbury.

A second-half hat-trick from Tim Henery gave Norwich United victory from an entertaining game and keeping their faint play-off hopes alive.

Dereham threw away a two-goal lead but still gained a useful point against a team second in the table – a point which ensured the Essex side a place in the play-offs.

Luke Tuttle helped himself to a hat-trick as Spixworth continued their charge towards the Premier Division title.

Norwich United entertain VCD Athletic at Plantation Park this afternoon.

Paul Cook and Luke Tuttle will continue their personal goalscoring battle today when Spixworth continue their bid for Sterry Cup honours.

Non-league football is continuing its popularity and as the season draws to a close, there is plenty still to play for in leagues up and down the country.

The Norfolk Primary Cup – one of the oldest county cup competitions – takes place on Friday night with reigning champions Dereham Taverners taking on Castle Acre Swifts Reserves.

Schoolhouse and Norman Wanderers will meet in the final of the Norwich Sunday League’s 2016/17 League Cup.

Gorleston will be looking to bounce back from their mini-slump recently when they host Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions-elect Mildenhall this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

North Walsham Town put in a gritty second half performance to secure Sunday Intermediate Cup success with goals from Charlie Skipper, Dale Wilton, Aaron Hyland and Ryan Beeson to turn around a 2-1 deficit at half time.

Gorleston’s recent blip continued as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Wroxham remain rooted to the bottom of the Ryman League Division One North table after a 3-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Maldon & Tiptree.

Dereham conceded four goals for the second week running as they slumped to defeat against play-off chasing Bowers & Pitsea.

Spixworth maintain their lead at the top of the Anglian Combination Premier Division with a 7-1 win over lowly Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves.

Moving on from a thoroughly disappointing 6-0 midweek defeat will be the aim for Gorleston when they make their longest trip of the season.

A 75th minute strike from Phoenix striker Michael Power saw the visitors move into the Ryman North play-off positions while severely denting the Planters’ own hopes.

The first of 10 Norfolk cup finals got under way with Drayton Dazzlers lifting the Sunday Junior Cup.

Norwich United will be looking to bounce back after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Hornchurch, when they take on Phoenix Sports at Plantation Park this evening.

Gorleston know they must win this evening at second-placed Felixstowe & Walton to maintain any realistic Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title hopes of their own.

Gorleston saw their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title hopes suffer a huge dent as a late equaliser denied them all three points at home to Stanway Rovers.

Wroxham have been relegated from the Ryman League Division One North after defeat at home to Aveley.

Norwich United play-off hopes suffered when they lost to two second half strikes from AFC Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy, writes Norman Bygrave.

Dereham lost out by the odd goal in seven in a match that contained a combination of excellent goals and errors.

Spixworth’s leading scorer Luke Tuttle is now averaging more than a goal a game in the charge for the Premier Division title.

Norwich United travel to third-placed AFC Hornchurch today sitting in eighth place, but just five points behind fifth placed Haringey Borough and with a game in hand on the team they play on the final day of the season.

Gorleston are gearing themselves up for two tough games in the space of four days that could make or break their Premier Division title challenge,

The first of Norfolk’s 10 county cup finals gets under way this evening when the Sunday Junior Cup is contested at the Football Development Centre in Norwich.

Former Norwich United striker Matt Blake has followed his heart and not his pocket, after opting to stay with Leiston and turn down a big-money move to Ryman Premier Division rivals Billericay Town.

Fenland Park is a mess. It’s overgrown; the former home of Wisbech Town Football Club is not so much weedy as a jungle.

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