Franklin is Hempnall’s goal star

Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination: Paul Franklin ended the year with a four-goal haul as Hempnall kept up their chase for Sterry Cup honours with a home thrashing of Sprowston Athletic.The 4-0 win leaves them six points behind leaders Wroxham Reserves and just one behind Norwich Union - with a game in hand on both.

Paul Franklin ended the year with a four-goal haul as Hempnall kept up their chase for Sterry Cup honours with a home thrashing of Sprowston Athletic.

The 4-0 win leaves them six points behind leaders Wroxham Reserves and just one behind Norwich Union - with a game in hand on both.

The Yachtsmen's second string beat Sheringham 2-1, their goals coming from Jack Deeley and Shaun Wones with Andrew Easthaugh on target for the visitors.

Norwich Union were 3-2 winners at Halvergate United. Two goals from Lee Cosgrove and one from Sean Brown were enough to take the points, with David Lawrence and Lee Knell scoring for Halvergate.

Acle United slipped a place to fourth after going down 2-1 at home to Blofield United. Gavin Bland scored for Acle, with Chris O'Brien's double ensuring last season's champions finished the year on a high note. Acle are still relatively well-placed, having played only 14 games, three games fewer than the leaders, who have a nine-point advantage. Blofield are in seventh and will have to put a spurt on to retain their title.

Cromer Town were 3-1 winners over North Walsham, David Hardwood, Darren Terrington and Jamie Hunton getting their goals, with Craig Knowles replying for the visitors.

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Dersingham were 3-2 winners at Mattishall, whose goals came from Stephen Jones and Simon Wooden.

There was only one draw - a goalless effort between Brandon and Hindringham.

In Division One, there were defeats for two of the top three sides, with Dereham Town Reserves now top of the pile.

The Magpies beat visitors Attleborough 3-1 with goals from Steven Wright, Luke Adcock and David Munro. Glen Sharp scored for Attleborough.

Loddon slip to second, a point behind but with three games in hand, after losing 2-0 to Long Stratton, whose goals came from Kelvin Willimott and James Barnes.

Holt failed to make up ground and stay in third, a further four points back, after losing 4-2 at Gayton United. Neil Goodbourn's hat-trick and one from Matthew Bunting earned the west Norfolk side the points, with Jamie Gilbert and Toby Blowers on target for Holt.