Impressive Wroxham close gap on leaders

Wroxham took advantage of Dereham's absence from Ridgeons Premier Division fixtures on Saturday to cut the gap to five points.

The Yachtsmen were in impressive form against visitors Wivenhoe, winning 2-1, delighting manager David Batch ahead of their tough Norfolk Senior Cup tie against King's Lynn on Tuesday.

'It was a 2-1 thrashing,' he said. 'We totally dominated and could have been six or seven-nil up at half-time – new signing Danny Bloomfield scored four goals but had three dubiously disallowed, we hit the post and the keeper made some good saves. It was like a whirlwind. We moved the ball about as good as I have seen it, great interlinking and great football.

'Probably our last two games we have played some of the best football this season. We are confident, we have signed a couple of good players. Competition is hot, everyone wants to play, and wants to win. It's an exciting time.'

Damian Hilton scored Wroxham's other goal and Batch reserved particular praise for 16-year-old Ben Jones, saying he was 'outstanding'.

Yarmouth won their second consecutive home league match in dramatic fashion against Brantham, 3-2. After leading scorer Jake Reed gave the Bloaters the lead. Keeper Michael Hilton was dismissed just before the interval for a push.

Midfielder Dominic Smith took over in goal and produced an amazing second-half man-of-the-match performance that helped win the game. Chris Duffy, with his first senior goal, extended the home lead via a bullet header from Scott Woodcock's free kick but Brantham made it 2-2.

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Six minutes from time Scott Woodcock took a surprise shot from way out right and the ball ended up in the back of the net via a defender's toe as he vainly attempted to clear.

Mildenhall drew 2-2 at Debenham LC with J Sands netting a brace.

CRC were 3-0 winners over Walsham-le-Willows and FC Clacton put two past Haverhill without reply, Hadleigh and Leiston drew 1-1 while Newmarket beat Stanway Rovers 2-1.

Woodbridge hosted Felixstowe and Walton Utd and won 3-0. The other games in the division, Kirkley and Pakefield v Ely City and Wisbech Tn v Histon Reserves, were postponed.

Meanwhile, in the first division Swaffham gained derby bragging rights over Downham with a 4-2 win thanks to a hat-trick by J Jackson and one from S Voutt. Diss beat visitors Long Melford 2-0 with S Bryant and D Partridge neting while Gorleston beat hosts Halstead 1-0.

Cambridge University Press beat Godmanchester 3-2, Cornard were defeated 1-0 by visiting March.

Thetford drew 2-2 with Ipswich Wanderers (S Mann, B Tavares).

The games between Stowmarket v Fakenham and Team Bury v Saffron Walden were postponed.

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