Hempnall open up three-point lead

Hempnall made it five wins from six to open a three-point at the top of the Anglian Combination Premier League.

Hempnall made it five wins from six to open a three-point at the top of the Premier League.

Tony Shipley and Mark Whitmore scored the goals which earned them a 2-1 win at Lowestoft Town Reserves, whose goal came from Liam McMartin.

Sprowston Athletic are fourth, five points behind, after Shane Whiley and Neil Renaut scored the goals which beat lowly Brandon Town, whose goal came from John Waites.

Halvergate are eighth after a 4-1 home win over Beccles. Two goals from David Lawrence, plus efforts by Stephen Taylor and Ricky Knell won the points, with Lee Pike scoring for the visitors.

Mattishall and Hindringham drew 0-0.

In Division One, Kirkley & Pakefield's second string missed a chance to go top when they were beaten 4-2 at Holt United. Two goals by Kevin Moore and one each from David Thompson and Colm McGilway earned Holt the points, with Luke Catchpole and Dale Gowing scoring for Kirkley, who remain a point behind Dereham Town Reserves, who were without a game.

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Gary Summons scored a hat-trick as Loddon increased the pressure with a 5-2 win at Gayton United. It was Loddon's fourth win in four and leaves them a point behind the leaders with a game in hand. Richard Summons and Hadlee Wright also scored for Loddon, with Gary Bush and Neil Goodrum on target for Gayton.

Stalham (Peter Skivington and an own goal) were held to a 2-2 draw at Long Stratton, whose goals came from Shaun Flint and James Barnes. Watton were held by the same scoreline at Sprowston Wanderers, whose had Nathan Moore and Luke Southgate to thank for their goals. Kevin Bloomfield scored for the host, with an own goal helping their cause.

Fakenham Town reserves were on the sharp end of a 4-0 home defeat by Sole Bay, for whom Samuel Oliver scored a hat-trick, with Matthew Barbrook adding the extra.

(.) The Anglian Combination League's representative side ran out 3-1 winners away to Northampton in the FA Carlsberg National League Cup. Danny Brown put them ahead on 25 minutes and eight minutes later Daniel Forman added a second. The hosts pulled one back before half-time through Nathan Smith before Foreman added a second on the hour mark.