Dereham lose but stay five points clear

Dereham Town suffered only their second league defeat of the season, 2-1 at Mildenhall, but remain five points clear of Wroxham at the top of the Premier Division.

Dereham included loan signing from Lowestoft Craig Bussons. Danny Beaumont ballooned over the home bar from 14 yards then saw a goal-bound header from a Sam Willis cross tipped over.

Mildenhall missed several chances in the first half and it was no surprise when they scored in the 50th minute. An unmarked John Sands hammered home at the far post from James McCabe's cross from the right.

Adam Gusterson and Scott Roberts went close for Dereham before Mildenhall increased their lead in the 65th minute. Captain Carl Murkin slotted home from close range after Willis had cleared off the line. Murkin then struck a post from 20 yards.

In the 86th minute Shaun Marshall in the Dereham goal pushed a shot onto a post before Gusterson was dismissed for dissent.

The Magpies were awarded a penalty for hands which Steve Harley converted for 2-1, then pushed in vain for an equaliser their performance did not deserve.

Norwich United had a fine 3-0 win at FC Clacton.

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After only 10 minutes Tom Jeal played the ball down the right to Matty Robinson and the Planters' midfielder crossed for Ross King to strike a great shot into the bottom right corner of the Clacton goal.

Norwich extended their lead in the 38th minute when Andy Key on the left found Lee Hunter on the right flank with a delightful cross-field pass and the Norwich winger sent in an inch-perfect cross for Andy Claydon to score from close range.

A third goal came on 59 minutes. From a corner by Lee Hunter, Robinson chipped a delightful ball to Claydon at the back post, who coolly headed it in past Rutherford.

Clacton were reduced to 10 men on the hour after Coyle was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Hunter.

Great Yarmouth Town suffered a nap hand blitz as they went down 5-2 at Felixstowe and Walton United. The Bloaters had the better of the first half, with two goals from Gavin Norman after an excellent strike from Jack Severy opened the scoring. Yarmouth had dominated with Woodcock, Smith, Howes, Fell, Roberts and Norman all missing good chances.

Mathews equalised on 47 minutes after poor defending. Yarmouth wasted more good chances before Felixstowe did the same. On 83 minutes Adam Hampson produced a great Felixstowe finish for a deserved fourth on 88 minutes through substitute Blake, and Matthews scored his second a minute later.

In Division One, Diss are third thanks to their 6-1 demolition of March on their own pitch.

Swaffham Town delivered on the promise they have shown in recent weeks with a 2-0 home win over Halstead.

Joe Jackson scored in the 57th minute, cutting in after a run down the right. The second came with 20 minutes left, a flicked header by Aaron Clifford from a Jack Redhead free-kick.

Fakenham Town again wasted chances in a goal-less first half at home to Ipswich Wanderers, then conceeded two goals which gave the Suffolk side the points in the five minutes following half-time. Wanderers were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute.

Thetford drew 2-2 at home to Stowmarket while Downham drew by the same score against visitors Team Bury.

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