Dereham go top of Ridgeons League

Dereham Town moved into pole position in the Ridgeons League Premier Division while two of their main rivals were occupied by FA Cup commitments.

The Magpies beat Wivenhoe Town 2-0 at Aldiss Park to move two points clear of Mildenhall, who were 3-0 winners at Kirkley & Pakefield.

Wroxham and Wisbech - both playing in the cup - stay third and fourth respectively, three points behind the leaders.

Dereham were looking to continue their good form against their struggling Essex opponents. Nicky Howell headed home from close range to give his side the lead in the 17th minute, with the second coming five minutes after the break, when Gary Starling struck another one of his special free-kicks that gave visiting keeper Grove no chance.

Diss Town and Woodbridge Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Brewers Green Lane. The Tangerine went ahead on 56 minutes through Danny Partridge, but a minute from time Josh Mayhew levelled it, with Partridge wasting a good chance in the dying seconds.

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Norwich United shared four goals at CRC, where Yacine Gnahore gave the hosts an early lead before Ross King equalised with a close-range header. Rowan Cooper put CRC back in front before Kieran Doherty missed from the penalty spot after a clear handball. Andrew Claydon equalised after the interval to claim a share of the points.

In Division One, Richard Cornwall's 25th-minute header earned Swaffham three points in an entertaining encounter away to Team Bury.

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The hosts attacked immediately, Swaffham keeper Dean 'Rocky' Mayes needing to make a good stop following a long through ball which beat the Pedlars' back four.

Jack Redhead went close in the 15th minute, after a free-kick by Dwayne Hockton was chested down by Cornwall and, the volley cleared the bar by inches.

There was a fright for Swaffham in the 23rd minute, when a long through ball from the Bury keeper freed the number 10 to lob Mayes, the ball bouncing over the bar. The break came when Redhead, driving forward, fed Jackson, whose chipped cross was met by Cornwall's head, beating the keeper at his near post.

The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute for a foul by Mayes, who was adamant there was no contact – but justice, for him, was restored when the penalty was missed.

The win moves Swaffham up to sixth place in the table and sets them up nicely for their FA Vase encounter against Felixstowe & Walton United next weekend.

Downham Town are fourth from bottom, but they will be heartened by the point they brought after a 1-1 at second-placed Whitton.

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