Greens win promotion, Diss aiming to follow

Gorleston are back among the big boys after securing promotion from the First Division on Saturday.

An 84th-minute goal from Gary Williams was enough to secure a 1-0 win at promotion rivals Cambridge University Press and ensure the four-time ECL champions will play in the top flight again after a six-year absence.

The Greens will now be targeting a trophy double, having already lifted the First Division KO Cup – although Diss Town will be right on their tails after coming within a win of joining them in the top flight next season.

Greens boss Richard Daniels, indeed, will now be rooting for the Tangerines to make it a Norfolk promotion double, saying: 'I've said all along that if we go up I'd like to see Robert Taylor and Diss go up with us.

'Rob knows they've got our full backing and hopefully next year Thetford will join us, because they've been also been very good and the more Norfolk clubs in the Premier the better.'

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Daniels added: 'I've been the lucky one, along with Mike Derbyshire and my management committee. But over the years so many people have put a lot of effort into achieving this aim, and all of them, previous managers included, have played their part.'

A 2-0 win over Thetford means Diss will go up if they beat Godmanchester on Saturday. A Stuart Garner penalty and a second-half effort by Danny Partridge won it for the Tangerines, with Thetford down to nine men by the end after Cary Clayton and Dave Richards were sent off.

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'It has been a long old season for the young boys that we have got and they have done very well,' said Taylor. 'If we can get them in Saturday to ensure we are up then we can relax for the last two games. Promotion is the biggest thing for us, for the club. If they'd said to us at the beginning of the season that we would get promoted this year people would have said we hadn't got a chance.'

Three Norfolk sides are in the bottom four, occupying the places above Cornard: Downham were hammered 5-0 at home by Whitton, Swaffham were held to a 2-2 home draw by Godmanchester (home goals coming from Joe Jackson), while Fakenham lost 2-0 at Team Bury.

Title business in the Premier Division is concluded, although champions Leiston suffered only their second defeat of the season when they went down 1-0 at home to Dereham, where Adam Gusterson secured the points.

Injury-hit Wroxham secured the points at home to Ely 10 minutes from time when an excellent cross by Gavin Lemmon was met at the far post by Josh Carus. Mildenhall maintained their bid for second place with a 2-0 win over Histon Reserves.

Wisbech's hopes of a top-three finish may be slim, but they retained their grip on fifth place with a 2-0 victory away to Debenham LC thanks to second-half goals from Ash Stevens and Darren Jimson. Norwich United drew 0-0 at CRC, while Ryan Crisp's brilliant 73rd-minute strike ended Kirkley & Pakefield's five-game losing run with a 1-0 home win over Wivenhoe. Yarmouth drew 1-1 at home to Newmarket, Dominic Smith on target.

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