Davis on the spot as Great Yarmouth see off leaders Mildenhall
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Great Yarmouth Town pulled off their biggest result of the season – and gave neighbours Gorleston a helping hand.
The Bloaters beat Premier Division leaders Mildenhall 1-0 at the Wellesley, courtesy of a penalty from Haydn Davis on the hour mark.
Yarmouth are sixth and while their title bid is only a dream, they are exceeding many expectations following promotion last summer. It was a fourth defeat in eight games for Mildenhall, and came after some careful planning.
'Considering Mildenhall are top we had to be cute with our approach,' said joint-manager Adam Mason. 'We set the team up in a formation that was hard to beat. We asked the players to work hard and stay solid and rely on the counter-attack.
'The lads executed the plan perfectly. They didn't get behind us once, we defended superbly for our second clean sheet in consecutive matches against two top sides. Personally I am delighted and I feel that is our best win since we have been here.'
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The winner came when Holmes juggled the ball in order to evade a challenge and the ball popped up and hit a defender's arm. Without regular penalty taker Mitch Forbes on the pitch, up stepped young Davis and he calmly sent the keeper the wrong way.
Worse was to follow for the visitors, who were reduced to 10 men when former King's Lynn and Wisbech striker Chris Bacon was sent off after receiving a second yellow.
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Fourth-placed Gorleston saw their game at FC Clacton postponed, but the gap between them and the top spot is still 15 points – and the Greens now have six games in hand.
Thetford are seventh after a 3-1 home win over Felixstowe & Walton United, who drop to third. Thetford went ahead on 27 minutes through Cameron King, with Cruise Nyadtaya adding a second before half-time. Sheridan Driver pulled a goal back on the hour mark but Ryan Fuller made sure of the points six minutes later.
Kirkley & Pakefield are eighth after a 1-0 home win over Ipswich Wanderers.
In the Norfolk Senior Cup, Fakenham and Harleston are into the semi-finals. Fakenham won 1-0 at Diss, thanks to Kyle Plumb, while Harleston beat Norwich Ceyms 2-1 with goals from Scott Roberts and Matt Howard.