Ridgeons: Mildenhall restore gap

Wroxham's relentless pursuit of Ridgeons League leaders Mildenhall briefly stalled on Saturday as they were held 0-0 away to the third team in the title mix - Needham Market.

Wroxham's relentless pursuit of Ridgeons League leaders Mildenhall briefly stalled on Saturday as they were held 0-0 away to the third team in the title mix - Needham Market.

Mildenhall's 2-0 home win over Ipswich Wanderers allowed them to re-establish a six-point margin at the top of the Premier Division, so redressing the balance a little following their 5-0 crushing at the hands of defending champions Lowestoft seven days earlier.

But the Yachtsmen, with three games in hand, still have things under their own control - and there was no sign of them running out of steam in front of Needham Market's best gate of the season (220).

Home keeper Liam Jones was the man of the match after a series of saves denied Damian Hilton's men - most notably a brave block at the feet of Andy Key.


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Of the teams immediately behind the top three, Leiston, Soham and Lowestoft were all frustrated by waterlogged pitches while Kirkley missed a chance to move up to fourth when they were beaten 2-1 at Newmarket.

That was another case of 'new manager syndrome' for Kirkley following the appointment of former Cambridge United boss John Taylor, who moved to the Jockeys from Long Melford last week.

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He had only two minutes to wait before having a goal to celebrate from Matthew Lilley. Kirkley swiftly equalised through Highfield, but Newmarket stole the points with a late header by David Werthmann.

Diss seemed to be heading for another crucial point in their bid to pull further away from the relegation dog-fight when Wisbech snatched an 82nd-minute winner at Brewers Green Lane.

Keeper Joe Welch, on loan to the Tangerines from Southend United, made a fine save to concede a corner, then added another to keep out Stuart Cobb's header - only for the ball to rebound into the net off the head of Diss defender Josh Hull as the home defence appealed in vain that Welch had been fouled.

Diss have a swift chance to make amends when Clacton are the visitors tomorrow.

CRC are nailed firmly to the foot of the table - two points behind the inactive King's Lynn Reserves - after losing 5-2 at Felixstowe.

In Division One Ely City and Walsham-le-Willows took full advantage of the postponement of Swaffham's game at Godmanchester.

Ely beat Yarmouth 2-0 while Walsham-le-Willows won 2-1 at Gorleston. Both are now two points behind the Pedlars with Ely having a game in hand.

Fourth-placed Saffron Walden also edged closer to the promotion places after a 2-1 win at Cornard.

Fakenham left it late to seal the points in their Clipbush Park derby against Downham. Mark Smith put the visitors in front on the half hour only for Jason Pease to equalise eight minutes later.

Just as Downham looked to have earned apoint Robbie Palmer snatched a last minute winner

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