Dereham take full advantage of break

Central & South Norfolk League: There was a much smaller programme than usual this week with several clubs opting to take advantage of the Christmas and New Year break and not have fixtures on Saturday.

There was a much smaller programme than usual this week with several clubs opting to take advantage of the Christmas and New Year break and not have fixtures on Saturday.

Dereham Town A are up to fourth in Division One following their 5-3 win at Mulbarton Wanderers and are closely followed by Saham Toney, who beat Hingham Athletic 3-0 and North Elmham who came from

2-0 down to win 3-2 at Dereham Posties.

At the other end of the table, East Harling Reserves beat Swaffham Town A 5-0.

Tacolneston are the new leaders in Division Two after their 3-0 home win over Morley Village Reserves and Bridgham United are back up to third spot after winning by the same score at Wymondham Town A.

Shipdham and Attleborough Town A took a point each from a 1-1 draw and are fourth and fifth respectively. At the other end of the table, Yaxham Reserves beat Saham Toney Reserves 2-1 to move out of bottom spot.

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In Division Three, Brandon Town A won 5-3 at Cockers and move up to second in the table. Swanton Morley proved far too strong for West End and beat them 7-1 to move above them into sixth place.

Wendling won by 3-2 at Toftwood United Reserves to retain fifth spot and Hingham Athletic Reserves and Gressenhall Reserves shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw.

In Division Four, Bradenham Wanderers Reserves beat Thurton and Ashby 4-1 to stay in fourth place but Hindolveston in fifth spot were beaten by the only goal of the game at Great Cressingham. In the other game, Garboldisham won 5-0 at bottom team Bunwell Reserves

During the week, the league suffered its first withdrawals of the season. Stoke Ferry withdrew both its teams and Mattishall A also withdrew. Both clubs blamed shortage of players and a lack of loyalty as the main reasons for their withdrawals.

The under-16 ban which came into effect this season has also been mentioned as a possible cause for teams having difficulties in finding sufficient players.