One-way traffic after delay at Wroxham

Wroxham launched the defence of their Ridgeons League title defence more than half an hour late after Histon Reserves were held up in traffic on their way to Trafford Park.

Wroxham launched the defence of their Ridgeons League title defence more than half an hour late after Histon Reserves were held up in traffic on their way to Trafford Park.

But once there it was business as usual for Damian Hilton's team as they won 4-1 to leave no doubt that they will again be the team to beat this season.

It took the Yachtsmen only ten minutes to break through, Gavin Lemmon finishing off a neat three-man move with a stunning swerving volley.

But they were caught on the break by an 18th minute equaliser. A throw-in back to the keeper was not cleanly cleared and a through-ball left Adam Bensaud with a clear run to draw the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net.

Wroxham restored their lead in the 27th minute when Gary Gilmore delivered a pin-point cross for Josh Carus to head down past the keeper.

And they held out under some protracted Histon pressure in the second half until erasing any nerves or any late embarrassment with late goals from Hilton and substitute Colin Wines.

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Next up for the champions is Lowestoft Town, at Crown Meadow tomorrow - and that promises to be an early-season hum-dinger following the Blues' 5-0 away thrashing of Premier Division newcomers Swaffham Town.

Darren Cockerill and Russell Stock put the Blues two up at the interval and a stroll in the sun was completed after the interval by Neil Plaskett, Ross King and Danny Mitchell.

Swaffham must pick themselves up tomorrow at Dereham, who themselves will be seeking their first points after going down 3-1 at Leiston.

New Magpies keeper Shaun Marshall was beaten after just 12 minutes by Lee McGlone. But Dereham soon equalised when Sam Willis followed up after a header by Barrett had rattled the crossbar.

Dereham were still celebrating when Danny George put Leiston back in front with a crisp left footer.

And the same player made sure it would be a frustrating afternoon for Robert Taylor's men when he beat the offside trap with ease before rounding Marshall and slotting home in the 67th minute.

Kirkley & Pakefield were denied an opening day home victory over Soham by a headed equaliser at the very death by Scott Carter. Kirkley had gone in front after 51 minutes when Jordan Blyth had been fouled at the end of a jinking run and Paul Highfield tucked away the penalty.

Next up for Kirkley is Norwich United, who gave new manager Gary Butcher the perfect start with a 3-2 win at Newmarket.

Last season's Premier Division runners-up Mildenhall Town started with clinical display of finishing in a 4-1 win at Felixstowe

Danny Phillips put the seasiders in front midway through the first half but two goals from Hammond turned the game round before Baillie and Harrold wrapped things up.

There was a miserable start for Wisbech, who lost 3-1 to a Haverhill Rovers side marking the club's return to the Premier Division after a ten year absence.

Abbott and Richard Heller put Haverhill in charge before Scott Cubberly pulled one back mid-way through the second half. A Marcus Hunt penalty ended any chance of a Fenmen fightback.

King's Lynn Reserves won 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers with a 27th minute goal from Bowden.