Diss beat Ghosts in derby, Gorleston hit seven

Diss Town won the eagerly-awaited Ridgeons Division One encounter with old rivals Fakenham Town by the game's only goal.

It was a narrow victory despite the fact that the Tangerines are having a good season and are currently second in the table while Fakenham are fifth from bottom.

The three points maintains the pressure on leaders Cambridge University Press whom Diss entertain in a fortnight's time.

Rob Taylor's Diss side had pretty much the lion's share of chances against the Ghosts in both halves.

Stefan Gilding probably had the best chance of the first period when a whipped-in free-kick by the impressive and influential George Watts-Sturrock was headed over from close in when he should have at least made the keeper work.


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Jordan Rocastle nearly unlocked the door as Matt Webster's goal kick was headed on by Dan Wynne and helped on by unsung midfielder Jon Abbott for the striker to try his luck with a chip which only just cleared the bar.

The second half was very much as tight as the first as Fakenham contrived to mix it and make things hard for the Tangerines. However, cometh the hour cometh the man, as a stunning move started by a timely tackle by Ryan MacFadden on Jake Betts led to four players combining to set up Luke Catchpole. He made no mistake from 12 yards, blasting home in the 56th minute.

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Meanwhile, it was a goal bonanza at Gorleston who hit seven against visiting Swaffham with two in reply, though this doesn't truly reflect the game.

Nathan Cross and Jake Platten netted for the Pedlars but the Greens gained a comprehensive win with a hat-trick for Mitch Forbes, a Danny Mitchell brace, a Liam Bartley penalty and a first goal for the club from Bradley Hough.

Gorleston manager Richard Daniels was delighted: 'We played very well. The league is paramount this year – our main objective is to finish in the top three and get promotion. We have got a couple of hard cup games coming up with King's Lynn and Dereham,' he said, adding that if good league form continued they would be able to enjoy the cup games.

And it was also a magnificent seven goals from table-topping Cambridge University Press, with hosts Downham Town unable to gain a consolation.

Thetford Town lost 4-1 at Whitton United with S Mann netting for the visitors.

Other results in the division saw Godmanchester Rovers return from Halstead with all three points from a 2-1 win, and Long Melford beat visitors Team Bury 4-2. Hosts March Town United scored just one goal to Stowmarket's three, while Saffron Walden shared four goals with visiting Ipswich Wanderers.

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