Gorleston suffer hiccup while Norwich United draw

Gorleston slipped up in the Premier Division title race when they suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at home to Godmanchester Rovers at the weekend.

A combination of the Greens' worst performance of the season and Godmanchester's best condemned Stewart Larter's men to their first loss in the league this season.

Gorleston drop to fourth, behind leaders Hadleigh, Brightlingsea Regent and Norwich United, who were held to a goalless draw at Stanway.

Diss Town lost their second league game in a row – after a spell of three wins on the trot – when they went down 2-1 at home to Felixstowe & Walton United.

Just over the border in Suffolk, Kirkley & Pakefield picked up only their second win of the season when they beat fellow strugglers Wivenhoe Town 2-1 at Walmer Road, with goals from Kyle Baker and new signing Ricci Butler.


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At Gorleston two early goals in four minutes gave Rovers a lead from which they never looked back. Christy Finch pulled one back from the penalty spot just before half-time, but another brace of goals in the space of two minutes killed the home side off, with Carl Poppy hitting a terrific free-kick from 20 yards into the bottom corner to give the Greens vague hope of a comeback.

Nathan Stone's frustration got the better of him when he picked up a yellow card for dissent two minutes from time then and, not heeding that warning, gained a second yellow for the same thing in injury time to get himself sent off.

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Diss were 2-0 down going into the latter stages when Tom Dew converted Adam Burroughs' cross and in time added on visiting keeper Danny Crump produced a double save to deny the Tangerines.

Coming on as a sub for Felixstowe was Danny Thrower, who returned to his former club, from Diss, last week.

'He is a big loss, as he has started to settle in and play well,' said Diss boss Richard Daniels.

'We wish him all the best and we move on. We are currently in negotiations with a Ryman League player and both myself and (assistant manager) Chris (Tracey) are hopeful of two new additions in the next week.'

Mitch Forbes just can't stop scoring for Great Yarmouth Town in Division One.

The in-form marksman scored the only goals of the game as the Bloaters ran out 2-0 victors against Braintree Town Reserves, taking his tally to 13 in nine games.

The result means the Bloaters remain unbeaten for September with a run that spans six wins and two draws – and sit in third spot, just a point behind leaders Haverhill, albeit from two games more.

Looking to make it three wins in three, the hosts started the brighter and after a quiet opening quarter-an-hour Forbes came close to opening the scoring. The frontman outpaced Thabit Asdaulah to reach Joe Bryanton's lofted ball forward, but the striker was unlucky to toe-poke wide of the target.

Forbes opened his account as Formoso's lofted cross-field ball found the striker in space and he shrugged off the attentions of a defender before slotting under visiting keeper Matthew Walker.

Joel Watts came close to opening his account of the season in spectacular style as the striker rifled a right-footed volley that rattled the right upright, rolled across the goalline and wriggled the wrong side of the other post.

With 10 minutes to go Forbes made the result safe as his low shot from the edge of the box squeezed through the Walker and into the bottom corner after some good work on the right side.

There was disappointment for two other Norfolk teams: Downham Town were thumped 4-0 at home by Halstead, while Swaffham went down 3-0 at Saffron Walden.

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