Ridgeons League round-up

Dereham were held to a 0-0 home draw by Newmarket, leaving manager Matt Henman asking for more hunger and desire from his squad.

The Magpies still have second place in the Ridgeons Premier as their target, higher than the club has ever achieved, and a Norfolk Senior Cup final against King's Lynn Town to look forward to.

'I would have thought they would be working harder than ever to try and get into that team. I just think we have lost a bit of hunger and desire, which is not acceptable.'

He said against Newmarket, Dereham had 75pc of the possession and seven or eight good chances. 'Definately two points dropped, we should have won.'

The Magpies have won just three of their league games in 2011.


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Wroxham are two points behind them from a game more after a 3-1 win at FC Clacton.

They overcame an injury crisis which on Friday night looked like leaving manager David Batch with just one defender available in the whole club. 'We patched a couple up to play but I still counted up that nine players were missing.'

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He said the tactic was 'to go for it, get the ball down their end and keep it there.' And he got a performance of character and maturity. 'They played really, really well and 3-1 flattered Clacton. Our forwards looked really dangerous.'

Clacton took the lead but it lasted just five minutes, Ben Thompson equalising. With 20 minutes to go Danny Bloomfield made it 2-1 from a corner, Thompson wrapping up the points from a Gary Lemon free-kick 10 minutes from time.

Batch said Thompson could have claimed a hat-trick. 'After being out for a whole season with injury he is starting to show his old form.'

Wisbech drew 1-1 Felixstowe & Walton, failing to convert some good football into goals.

The Fenmen were caught by a counter-attack to fall a goal behind but were quickly on terms when Lewis Thompson fired home from the edge of the area. The second half failed to match the quality of the first, when Wisbech were hit on the counter-attack by Felixstowe.

Kirkley & Pakefield were crushed 7-0 by visitors Brantham Athletic.

In the ninth minute Sean Gunn opened the scoring. Kirkley adapted to combat the threat as Alex Holmes switched flanks from right to left and Toby Kerslake moved into a wing position.

On 39 minutes Oliver Mann hammered into the corner from just outside the area for 2-0. A minute later Keiran Calver's speculative long-ranger found the net with Dave Attridge back-pedalling.

Three minutes after the break Mann scored his second. As Kirkley looked to salvage some pride Mann completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes. David Grimwood converted a penalty and Lee Grimwood robbed keeper Attridge on the edge of the area and scored.

Great Yarmouth had a 5-2 win at lowly Debenham LC. Two close-range goals from Scott Woodcock were sandwiched by a Stuart Jopling strike. On the half-hour Luke Fell finished clinically during a great period of play for Yarmouth.

In the final five minutes Debenham converted a penalty before midfielder Dominic Smith fizzed in a thunderbolt.

Wisbech drew 1-1 Felixstowe & Walton, failing to convert some good football into goals.

The Fenmen were caught by a counter-attack to fall a goal behind but were quickly on terms when Lewis Thompson fired home from the edge of the area.

The second half failed to match the quality of the first, when Wisbech were hit on the counter-attack by Felixstowe.

Gorleston suffered their first defeat of the year, losing 4-3 at home to Cambridge University Press in their top-of-the-table clash at Emerald Park.

It put CUP back on top of the First Division by one point, but the Greens have three games in hand over them. They are a point ahead of Diss, 3-0 winners at Long Melford, but have two games in hand over the Tangerines.

Chris Sandford fired Gorleston ahead but with half-time looming CUP led 2-1 and the Greens had seen Thomas Daniels get a red card. Sandford, however equalised.

In the second half, CUP regained the lead and were 4-2 up before Darren Cockrill pulled a goal back with a late header.

Diss continued their promotion push with a fourth successive 3-0 win, at Long Melford. The score could have been much bigger had the Tangerines taken some excellent early chances.

Matty Webster made only one save in the match, in the 25th minute when he dived low to his right to push away a volley.

A free-kick led to Sam Bryant scoring his fifth goal of the season. Ten minutes before half-time Jordan Rocastle blasted in his 20th of the campaign. After Melford had a man sent off Diss completed the scoring through Danny Partridge.

An early goal from Simon Mann after a couple of minutes set up Thetford's 3-0 win at Downham, where manager Mark Scott felt his team could have won by a bigger margin.

After nine minutes Mann set up Matt Blake for his first goal. 'We then had five or six chances and Blake could have had a hat-trick.

'We were very creative first half and should have gone in four or five up,' said Scott.

Downham were reduced to 10 men by a sending off just before half-time, forcing them to defend second half and rely on counter-attacks.

Scott felt his side lacked their creativity of the first period, the third goal coming from Blake, a solo effort in which he cut in from the left and scored from 18 yards.

For the third successive fixture, Swaffham lost 4-1, this time at Godmanchester.

Swaffham conceded in the third minute when they were caught napping.

Attempts from Nathan Clarke, Will O'Brien, Nathan Cross and Joe Jackson brought no reward.

The second half saw a deserved equaliser headed in by Scott Voutt from an O'Brien free-kick.

Rovers' second came in the 70th minute from a long ball into the box. With two minutes to go, a long clearance from a Swaffham free-kick led to Godmanchester's third and a mis-hit free-kick on the penalty spot, provided the fourth goal.

Fakenham suffered their second successive away defeat when they went down 3-0 at Halstead, conceding all the goals in the second half.

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