Depleted Dereham suffer setback

Injury-hit Dereham Town dropped valuable points in the Ridgeons League Premier Division title race when they went down 3-1 at CRC on Saturday.

The Magpies are still top, two points clear of Wroxham who were on FA Cup duty - and have two games in hand.

There was a winning start for new Great Yarmouth manager Mike Derbyshire as the Bloaters picked up their first three-point haul of the campaign, while there was some respite from recent concerns for both Diss and Kirkley & Pakefield.

Dereham were bang on course to stretch their lead when they went ahead after just five minutes through Scott Roberts. Jack Eades levelled just after the half-hour mark and Liam Hurst put them ahead by the break.

Eades grabbed a second in the 65th minute to put the game beyond Dereham's reach.

Dereham are back in action tomorrow night, at home to Great Yarmouth Town, who picked up their first win of the season on Saturday. A brace from Glen Spooner, one from Lee Roscoe and an own goal gave Yarmouth the points in a 4-3 win over Brantham, although they were behind inside a minute.

The led 3-1 at half-time, but Brantham scored a minute after the break before Yarmouth added a fourth. Brantham pulled a goal back in the closing stages but the Bloaters held on.

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Diss were impressive 4-1 winners at Felixstowe & Walton United, with two goals each for James Pipe and Danny Partridge, who between them have scored nine of the Tangerines' 10 goals this season.

K&P beat Wivenhoe Town 3-0 at Walmer Road, thanks to a hat-trick from Ryan Crisp, to end a run of four games without a win and give new boss Paul Tong victory in his first league game in charge.

An injury time header by Ross King earned Norwich United a dramatic 3-2 win at Hadleigh.

The hosts went ahead in the second half before Thomas Mustapha equalised after 62 minutes. King put United ahead after 76 minutes but it was level soon afterwards. Hadleigh's Liam Jennings was shown a straight red card before King's late winner.

In the First Division Thetford made it a stunning six wins out of six with a 5-2 win over visiting Ipswich Wanderers, with goals from Matt Dixon, Liam Bolton, a brace from Sean O'Donnell and an own goals.

But there was disappointment for two other Norfolk sides: Downham were beaten 2-1 at home by Brightlingsea Regent while Fakenham lost 3-0 at home to Debenham LC.

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