Claydon is Planters’ hero
Norwich United's Andrew Claydon single-handedly destroyed his former club Felixstowe & Walton United with four goals and an assist as the Planters secured a 5-1 win.
As a result, United rose two places up the Premier Division table.
Claydon was modest after the game saying: 'Everything came off today, but the boys were tremendous. We all played really well.'
Claydon added to his first-half hat-trick shortly after the break and then laid on the fifth for Tom Jeal after the Seasiders had been reduced to ten men, ex-Planter Ben Garnham being dismissed for a second yellow card.
Meanwhile, Dereham battled to a 0-0 draw at Stanway after being reduced to ten men after half an hour, and their keeper Shaun Marshall saving two controversial penalties.
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Magpies' boss Matt Henman was pleased with the performance and clean sheet ahead of the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Norwich City tomorrow night.
'It was a fantastic performance and superb commitment,' he said. 'We had ten men in the second half – it was a really gutsy performance and a great away point. We were looking for a good reaction after last week's loss and it felt like a win for us.
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'Ian Morgan got a red card for a tackle, a really, really harsh decision. We dug in and created a couple of chances.'
Lowly Brantham caused a Premier Division shock by putting five goals past fourth-placed Wroxham on Saturday, the Yachtsmen's worst result of the season so far.
Brantham broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a well-worked goal.
Against the run of play a good ball was played through and Oliver Mann beat the offside trap to slott the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Mann was involved in Brantham's second goal when he saw a hard shot well stopped by the keeper.
But he could not hold the ball and the rebound was hit home low and hard by Lee Grimwood.
In the second half the first breakaway saw Brantham extend their lead.
Some good play in midfield between Gunn and Lawler saw the ball pushed through to Marc Lowe who hit the ball on the run from well outside the area and it went like a rocket into the near corner.
David Grimwood then dinked the perfect ball into the area for Lee Grimwood to run onto and finish off in style. Wroxham's Tomas Mustapha was showing good pace down the right and, as Brantham seemed to sit back a bit, his cross found Gavin Lemmon to stab the ball home.
Wroxham gave themselves a chance to get back in the game when Lemmon was again on target after receiving the ball from Danny Bloomfield, and with a quick look up he saw the keeper off his line and struck a great dipping shot from 20 yards to give the scoreline some respectability.
But as Wroxham were pushing forward, Brantham added number five when Howie and Carus collided and Ollie Mann was the first to react for a simple tap-in.
Meanwhile, Yarmouth secured a rare clean sheet with a 4-0 success over Debenham LC, their third home league win in succession. The goals came from Gavin Norman, a brace from Jake Reed and Scott Woodcock.
Wisbech rose two places to seventh after a comprehensive 3-0 win at Hadleigh United.
They led 1-0 at half-time with a penalty from Simon Flanz after Scott Johnson was tripped in the area.
In the second half Andy Furnell fired in a goal from a tight angle and Lewis Thompson completed the scoring for Wisbech.
Ely City had a 3-1 at home against CRC with R Mason, J Wallis and D Wilson getting their names on the scoresheet. J Sands hit a hat-trick to see Mildenhall to a 3-1 win over visitors FC Clacton.
Hosts Kirkley & Pakefield beat Newmarket 2-1 in a game held up for just under an hour for an injury.
Ryan Crisp rounded the keeper to net the first goal and Zak Clarke curled a brilliant free-kick round the wall before the Jockeys replied.
Other results saw Haverhill Rovers beat Wivenhoe 1-0, leaders Leiston beat hosts Histon Reserves 4-0, while Walsham-le-Willows drew 2-2 with visiting Woodbridge.