Gorleston stay on top after another Finch treble

Norfolk clubs are leading the way at the top of the table.

Leaders Gorleston were involved in the game of the day – unless you are a defender – when they drew 4-4 at Felixstowe & Walton United, enough to keep them a point ahead of Norwich United, who were 3-1 winners at Wivenhoe Town.

That may all change tomorrow night though, when United face the Greens at Plantation Park.

Thetford battled to a 2-2 draw at neighbours Newmarket Town and Diss were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Haverhill, but it wasn't all good news – Kirkley & Pakefield were thumped 7-0 at Hadleigh United.

Gorleston fought back from two goals down to level it through Nathan Stone and Christy Finch (pictured, below), but their good work was undone two minutes before the break when the hosts went ahead. Stone scored from the spot to level it on 73 minutes and the Greens went ahead for the first time three minutes later when a long punt forward was flicked on into the path of Finch and he buried it low into the corner to complete his second hat-trick inside five days.

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But the game had another twist as Felixstowe levelled with two minutes remaining.

Matt Blake put Norwich United ahead after just 12 minutes at Wivenhoe, before Gavin Lemmon doubled the lead from a free-kick. Heavy rain made conditions almost unplayable, but the city side added to their lead on 70 minutes when Adam Bennett converted a penalty. Josh Grimes added a penalty for the hosts in the final minute.

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Adam Burroughs opened the scoring for Diss, but Dan Cornwell equalised soon after to earn Haverhill a point – although it could have been all there had he not missed a late penalty, which had earned Eddie Thompson a red card for Diss.

Kirkley have a home game tomorrow against Thetford, who led twice, through James Pipe and Sean O'Donnell but had to settle for a share of the spoils at Newmarket.

In the First Division, Fakenham Town hit eight without reply past Cornard United at Clipbush Park. Robbie Harris and James Page grabbed a brace apiece, while Ricky Claxton, Sam Garner, Kyle Plumb and Jake Wiseman were also on target.

Swaffham maintained their 100pc record with a 2-0 home win over Ipswich Wanderers and sit in third, a point behind the top two. Alex Vincent scored the Pedlars' goals.

Great Yarmouth Town went down 4-2 at Halstead Town, Vida Formosa pulling it back to 2-1, and at 3-1 had another chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty, which saw two players, including Yarmouth's Pete Oldham, red-carded. The spot-kick was saved, but Shaun Bartley headed home to reduce the arrears, only for Halstead to restore their two-goal cushion on 82 minutes.

Dereham Town Reserves won 3-1 at AFC Sudbury.

Wisbech Town lost 4-0 at home to Huntingdon in the UCL Premier Division.

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