Eastaugh strike preserves Yachtsmen’s lead

Andy Eastaugh's late winner on Saturday kept Wroxham's noses in front at the top of the Premier Division as they beat Hadleigh United 3-2 at Trafford Park.

Eastaugh had given the Yachtsmen a fourth minute lead when he headed home a corner from the right.

Six minutes later, a corner on the opposite side was headed in by Paul Cook as the hosts took charge.

Scott Howie's magnificent save denied former Lowestoft striker Lee McGlone, but he was unable to stop Danny Allen reducing the deficit two minutes before half-time.

McGlone's deflected shot made it all square on 75 minutes, but Eastaugh pounced on a rebound to net the winner seven minutes from time.


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Gavin Lemmon was sent off in the dying minutes, but Wroxham's 10 men held on to stay one point above Brantham, who beat Mildenhall 4-0.

At the other end of the table, Great Yarmouth's hopes of registering their second win of the season, against fellow strugglers Newmarket, were washed away in a 6-1 humiliation.

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The Jockeys had moved into a 3-0 lead before Neil Hurren gave the Bloaters hope on 52 minutes. But Jake Wayne completed his hat-trick as Newmarket re-asserted their dominance to leave Yarmouth eight points adrift at the bottom.

Dereham's slide gathered pace as they crashed to a 5-1 home defeat against CRC.

The Magpies handed John Fox a first team recall in goal, with Shaun Marshall injured and Chris Horton unavailable. CRC went ahead on 44 minutes and added three more after the break, before Andy Cusack pulled one back from the penalty spot for Dereham. But CRC added a fifth just before full-time.

Liam Harvey Cooper scored but was later sent off as Gorleston drew 1-1 at home to Stanway in a feisty encounter.

The Greens were awarded a hotly contested penalty six minutes into a lengthy period of first half stoppage time and although Harvey-Cooper's spot-kick was saved, he fired in the rebound.

On 61 minutes, Harvey-Cooper saw red following a melee and straight from the restart Stanway conjured an equaliser.

Norwich United ended Ely City's 15-match unbeaten run to move up to third in the table with a 2-0 win at Plantation Park.

The Planters went ahead on 22 minutes when Ely full-back Lewis McDonald diverted Ian Hunter's header into his own net.

The hosts added a second three minutes after half-time as Thomas Mustapha broke into the box, allowing George Wilson to fire an unstoppable shot into the net.

In the First Division, Thetford maintained their perfect record with an 11th consecutive win, thumping Brightlingsea Regent 4-0.

Luke Bailey, Matthew Dixon, Matthew Howard and Bruno Tavares were on target for Thetford.

A disastrous second half saw Swaffham lose 5-1 at home to March after leading 1-0 at the break.

Richard Cornwall put the Pedlars ahead, but they conceded five times in a 20-minute horror spell after half-time.

Fakenham ended a run of six consecutive defeats to beat Long Melford 3-0, with goals from Ade Hayes, James Page and Karl Pask.

Downham Town were 2-1 winners against bottom of the table Stowmarket.

Matthew Calvert and Luke Plumb secured the points for Downham in the second half after they had gone behind in the first period.

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