Gorleston FC manager quits as boss - and then changes his mind

Gorleston Town FC (green) V Kirkley and Pakefield FC (blue) at Emerald Park.Boxing Day football.Ricc

Gorleston Town FC (green) V Kirkley and Pakefield FC (blue) at Emerald Park.Boxing Day football.Ricci Butler.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Ricci Butler is still in charge at Gorleston after going back on his decision to resign as manager.

Following the Greens' 2-1 home defeat by Newmarket on Saturday Butler took to his personal Twitter account to say: 'Due to unforeseen circumstances and with a heavy heart I announce that I have resigned as manager of Gorleston FC.'

But some 24 hours later he had a dramatic change of heart, tweeting: 'After a positive meeting with @gorlestonfc chairman, I have withdrawn my resignation! Business as usual, prepare right for Tuesday!'

Butler has been in charge at Emerald Park since May last year, having left Great Yarmouth Town to take over the role vacated by Richard Daniels. Gorleston's defeat left them 11th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table. The Greens led at the interval through Joel Watts' 11th goal of the season, before a brace from Jamie Thurlbourne sealed the win for the Jockeys.

Fakenham Town moved out of the relegation places for the first time this season after two goals from Ashley Jarvis and one from Kyle Plumb eased them to a 3-0 victory over Hadleigh United in what was Robbie Harris's last game in charge as manager. He will be replaced by Wayne Anderson and Neil Jarvis.

There is no change at the top with the top four all winning.

Leaders Norwich United left it late before Andy Eastaugh scored in the 90th minute to seal a 1-0 victory at Haverhill Rovers while second-placed Felixstowe & Walton United beat Walsham-le-Willows 2-0

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Thetford Town were thumped 5-0 by Stanway Rovers, who remain third, while fourth-placed Godmanchester Rovers won 4-1 at FC Clacton, Long Melford and Kirkley & Pakefield swapped fifth and sixth places following the Villagers' 1-0 home win.

Swaffham Town eased their relegation worries with a 3-1 home victory over Brantham Athletic.

The Pedlars took the lead in the 22nd minute, Joe Jackson lashing home from the edge of the area. Athletic pulled one back, five minutes from the interval, against the run of play, but in the first minute of the second half Luis Duarte stabbed home and Jackson bagged his brace with seven minutes remaining with the goal of the match. Picking the ball up 30 yards out, he took on and beat two opponents before slamming the ball in from 18 yards.

With the First Division's top two in KO Cup action, third-placed Great Yarmouth Town failed to make up any ground after losing 2-0 at Woodbridge Town. The teams fourth and fifth in the table, AFC Sudbury Reserves and King's Lynn Town Reserves, played out a goalless draw.

Diss Town went goal crazy in their home fixture with Braintree Reserves running out 9-2 winners with four goals from Jamie George. Downham Town lost 5-0 to Debenham LC.

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