Gorleston hit six

Gorleston, 6-1 winners at Downham, moved up to third place in the Ridgeons First Division. A sixth successive league win tomorrow (Tuesday) night at home to Diss will see them move above the Tangerines into second spot.

Thetford did their Norfolk neighbours a favour by drawing 2-2 at home to section leaders Cambridge University Press, who have 44 points from 22 games. Diss, who did not play, have 39 points from 19 matches, to the Greens' 37 from just 17.

Gorleston dominated Downham from the off, Ali Mckenna seeing a shot deflected by a defender onto a post, Bradley Hough denied by the keeper's legs and Steve Taylor volleying over from the rebound.

On 14 minutes Taylor crossed from the right for Hough to stoop and head home the opener.

For all the Greens' dominance, the score was still only 1-0 with Gorleston looking to walk the ball in the net.

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Five minutes before the break the Greens scored from a great move. Kyle Howell burst down the right, passing to Williams. He set up Richard Woodrow who in Hough to stab home. On the stroke of half-time a Hough header bounced up onto a post.

But two minutes after the re-start it was 3-0. Woodrow slid a defence-splitting pass through for Williams to pull back for an unmarked Mckenna to score.

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Downham's consolation goal came two minutes later when Neil Goodbourn won and converted a penalty.

Gorleston's fourth came on 55 minutes when another Woodrow through-ball left Taylor one-on-one with the keeper.

Within three minutes of Danny Mitchell coming on he was celebrating a goal, from a Hough pull-back. In time added on Mitch Forbes pulled the ball down with his right and smashed it into the goal with his left.

Swaffham beat derby visitors Fakenham 4-1, with Pedlars' manager Paul Hunt pleased with the way his team is making progress.

'When I came to the club there were only three first teamers left from the season before,' he said. 'It has been a bit of a slog getting a squad together and get them working together each week.'

Goals from Dave Spalding, Craig Burton, Joe Jackson (penalty) and an own goal gave Saturday's win in a bottom-six encounter.

'We have a great bunch here now, we work hard, and that is now coming into play,' said Hunt.

He was short of five regular players. 'For me it was very pleasing seeing the lads coming in from the reserves, taking it on and getting straight into it.

'The reserves and A teams won and met back at the clubhouse where there was a tremendous atmosphere.

'There are a lot of young players coming through. We have an under-18 team which helps bridge the gap to senior football. There are so many good people who are really club-orientated. We have a lot of people making sure behind the scenes that everything is going as it should be.'

Against Fakenham, a 13th-minute Jack Redhead corner forced an own goal. Then it needed good defending by skipper David Spalding, Ben Durrant and keeper Dean Mayes to keep out the Ghosts.

The Pedlars' second came in the 41st minute. a corner whipped across goal was headed back by Burton for Spalding to head home his first of the season.

After Fakenham pulled a goal back, in the first minute of the second half, Jackson converted a home penalty.

Will O'Brien and Burton went close before the final goal in the 78th minute. Great play between O'Brien, Jackson and Burton released Burton to score. In the final minute Jackson clipped a post.

Two goals by Matt Dixon gave Thetford a share of the spoils against Cambridge University Press.

Thetford have suffered only one defeat in their last 12 games and tomorrow visit King's Lynn Town in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

In the opening minutes Dixon hit a post with a penalty after being fouled.

Cambridge were 2-0 up after 20 minutes. but Town pulled a goal back on 25 minutes when a free-kick from found Dixon, who guided home a header.

Town came out in the second half playing some nice football and controlled long periods. On 85 minutes Dixon headed home the equaliser.

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