Another home win for Thetford as Hayden sinks Diss

Monday, February 3, 2014
8:21 AM

Home wins for Thetford Town appear to be like London buses - you wait ages for one then two come along at once.

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Having broken a duck stretching back to March of last year when they beat Stanway a fortnight ago, the Brecklanders have now made it two in a row at Mundford Road, after a 1-0 win over Diss Town – a victory that was perhaps even sweeter given they are close neighbours and Thetford now leapfrog Diss in the Premier Division table.

A single goal from Matt Hayden on 73 minutes was enough to wrap up the points for Thetford, in front of a healthy crowd of 122.

The cupboard was a little bare for Norfolk’s other clubs, with Norwich United going down 3-1 at home to Brightlingsea Regent, Matt Blake on target for the Planters

Gorleston suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Felixstowe & Walton United, while Kirkley & Pakefield let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 away to Newmarket Town.

Bradley Hough saw a 20-yard effort go into the side netting before Felixstowe took the lead in the 11th minute. Zak Clarke fouled Jordy Matthews in the box and Ben Cranfield stepped up to score his 22nd goal of the season, slotting the penalty to Elliot Pride’s left.

Gorleston could have equalised straightaway when Joe Bell’s cross was met by a powerful Peter Lambert header but Danny Crump pushed it over the bar, while at the other end Pride saved a penalty from Cranfield.

Christy Finch produced a save from Crump after 63 minutes then, two minutes later, came the equaliser. Hough’s attempted overhead kick fell to Finch in the box and he fired it into the roof of the net for his 22nd of the season.

But the sides were only level for six minutes. A deep cross from the Felixstowe left picked out Miles Powell on the right and he fired into the net.

Player manager Jamie Godbold and Ricci Butler put Kirkley in command after just 17 minutes at Newmarket, but were forced to settle for a share of the points when the Ollie Snaith, with his first senior goal, equalised in the 90th minute.

In the First Division, there was just one game and it a rare victory for Downham Town, now under new management, who beat Long Melford 3-0 – their first clean sheet of the season – with goals from Matty Calvert, Craig Dickson and Ben Longmuir.

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