Sanders at the double for ‘outstanding’ Bloaters
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Great Yarmouth Town eased their relegation worries with a big win over Thurlow Nunn Premier Division high-fliers Walsham-le-Willows.
The Bloaters have found the going tough this season, but boosted their confidence with a 5-2 win at The Wellesley.
'We were outstanding today,' said joint manager Adam Mason. 'The hunger we showed won us the game with some real quality at times too. If they had won they would've gone third, as it turned out we won and went up a place to third from bottom that is typical of this division, and should be motivation for us that there are points available from any fixture.'
Aaron Sanders put Yarmouth ahead on five minutes, but the visitors' pressure was rewarded when Karl Saffrey bundled the ball home in the 29th minute, only for Sanders to flick home a Josh Glover shot before the break.
Lee Roots made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute and although Walsham pulled one back through Lee, Yarmouth wrapped up the points with two goals from substitute Sean Perfect, who has missed most of the season through injury.
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Neighbours Gorleston took the honours in the all-Norfolk clash at Wroxham, winning 3-1, despite finishing the game with 10 men.
The Greens went ahead in the 29th minute through Joel Watts, celebrating his 200th Gorleston appearance.
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Sonny Carey hit the bar for Wroxham, but it looked like the game might swing in their favour with 37 minutes gone when full-back Angus Mackie, having been outpaced by Nathan Stewart, lunged into a challenge and caught the Wroxham player high from behind, studs showing – earning a red card from referee Sannerude.
Wroxham piled on some early pressure after the break, but seven minutes into the half Gorleston gave themselves some breathing space when Connor Ingram made it 2-0 and it was virtually game over when Peter Lambert headed home.
Wroxham pulled one back with six minutes remaining.
Thetford were 2-1 home winners over Ely City, two goals from Nathan Clarke in the final five minutes clinching the points.
Norwich United and Kirkley & Pakefield shared the points with neither side able to break the deadlock. Luke Pearson made two key saves to deny a Miguel Lopez free-kick and Cameron Russell's penalty whilst Planters skipper Andy Eastaugh saw his header hit the Royals' crossbar.
In Division One North, there were some surprises at the top end – leaders Harleston went down 1-0 at home to Fakenham Town, who moved into third above Swaffham, who went down 4-1 at Lakenheath. Second-placed Mulbarton are three points behind after a goalless draw at Norwich CBS.
Dereham were outplayed as they went down 3-0 at a young Maldon & Tiptree side.
The hosts went ahead in the 24th minute when Matthew Briggs drilled home a superb left-foot drive. Dereham keeper Jake Cox was forced into action to keep out Jorome Slew's low 20-yarder and Slew went close again when he hit a post.
The Magpies went close just before the break when keeper Ben McNamara made a fine save to keep out Adam Hipperson's fierce 20-yarder, but Maldon made a great start after the break when Liam Hope bundled home Briggs' left-wing cross in the 47th minute. Briggs made a strong run from inside his own half into the Dereham box before being denied by keeper Cox, who then made a superb save to keep out Laste Dombaxe's 20-yard drive. David Hinton cleared off the line and Cox saved again from substitute Eddie Dsane.
Jamie Forshaw dragged a left-foot shot wide as Dereham looked to get back in the game. Maldon hit the woodwork again, and Cox made another great save to deny Dombaxe before conceding a penalty, which Jack Cawley fired home in the 84th minute.
Sheringham's title challenge shows few signs of easing up after a 4-1 away win over Norwich Ceyms. Jim Rogers (2), Tim Carey and Jamie Nelson were on target, with the reply coming from Darren Smith. The Shannocks are six points behind leaders Caister, 2-1 home winners over St Andrews thanks to goals from George Barnden and Ashley King. Goals from James Bemrose and Sam Page gave Long Stratton a 2-0 home win over Wymondham.