Gilfedder’s double keeps Wroxham on top of Ridgeons League
Ross Gilfedder struck twice to keep Wroxham a point clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Wivenhoe.
The Yachtsmen piled the pressure on their struggling hosts and took a 15th minute lead when Gilfedder deflected debutant Matt Blake's shot into the net.
Gilfedder, on loan from Colchester United, doubled the lead when he latched on to Matt Daniels' perfect through ball and lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out
Wroxham keeper Scott Howie made two good saves as the hosts threatened briefly at the start of the second half, but the visitors were soon back on top and Gilfedder and Daniels both went close to making the scoreline more convincing.
Brantham kept pace with the leaders as they won 1-0 at Mildenhall, while third-placed Ely beat Walsham-le-Willows 2-0.
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Diss Town recorded their first league win since Boxing Day as they won 2-0 at home to Dereham. After a spell of early Dereham pressure, Diss took the lead in the 26th minute. Veteran striker Stuart Jopling, making his debut for the Tangerines in his second spell at the club, headed a cross from the left firmly into the net. Stuart Garner's free-kick for Diss hit the crossbar, but they made the game safe in the 73rd minute when James Pipe fired home a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.
Wisbech could not make it three wins in a row as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by FC Clacton. The Fenmen took the lead on 65 minutes when Scott Johnson fired home the rebound after Chris Bacon's shot was parried. Clacton equalised 10 minutes later and Wisbech were denied a late winner when Bacon's shot hit a post and the hosts' penalty claims were waved away as the striker was bundled over in his attempt to follow up.
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Gorleston survived a late fightback from hosts Woodbridge to come away with a 2-1 victory. The Greens took an early lead when Gary Williams sent Christy Finch clear on the right and he cut inside before beating the keeper. Woodbridge failed to trouble Gorleston keeper Elliot Pride in the first half, but they improved after the break.
Gorleston, however, should have doubled their lead on 71 minutes when a Williams cross was deflected onto the post by a defender and Ally McKenna failed to convert the rebound from close range. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Bradley Hough hurried the home keeper into a poor clearance. Steve Taylor collected the ball 10 yards inside the Woodbridge half and, with the keeper stranded, he curled the ball into the unguarded net. Allicion Blake hit the crossbar for Woodbridge before having a goal disallowed, but he finally got on the scoresheet with nine minutes remaining. That set up a tense finale, but Gorleston held on to record their first league win since November 19.
Jon Lovelock's injury time equaliser salvaged a point for Norwich United in a 1-1 draw against CRC at Plantation Park. After a goalless first half, CRC opened the scoring two minutes after the break through Yacine Gnahore. The Planters pressed hard for an equaliser, which finally arrived in the third and final minute of injury time. Carl Poppy's free-kick found Lovelock who headed home from close range.
Great Yarmouth edged closer to the relegation trapdoor with a 3-0 home defeat against Haverhill. The visitors broke the deadlock at the end of the first half and scored twice more late in the second period.
Kirkley & Pakefield were beaten 2-0 at Stanway Rovers.
Thetford Town gave their goal difference a massive boost with a 10-0 hammering of bottom side Cornard in the First Division. Town's goals came from Matt Dixon (4), Bruno Tavares (2), Nick Szyslyk, Steve Harley and Pedro Rocha.
Their title ambitions were helped further by Norfolk rivals Fakenham, who stretched their unbeaten run to seven games as they held leaders Godmanchester to a goalless draw at Clipbush Park.
Swaffham Town won 3-1 at high-flying March Town United, the Pedlars taking the lead when Jack Redhead's lob hit the bar and bounced in off the keeper. Alex Vincent scored twice for the visitors before March got one back.
Downham lost 3-0 at Team Bury.