Shannocks close gap

JONATHAN REDHEAD ANGLIAN COMBINATION: James Bulman was the star of the show as Sheringham clawed back Premier Division leaders Brandon Town.


James Bulman was the star of the show as Sheringham clawed back Premier Division leaders Brandon Town.

While the Suffolk side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at mid-table Sprowston Athletic, Scott McKinney getting the only goal, Bulman helped himself to a hat-trick as the Shannocks beat Acle United 3-0.

The results saw Brandon's lead at the top of the table cut from five points to two, although the north Norfolk side have played a game more than their rivals.

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Cromer kept up the pressure in third with a 3-1 win at Mattishall, Stephen Jones scoring twice. Fourth-placed Blofield had a 2-1 win at bottom-club St Andrews thanks to goals from Neil Maguire and Ben Morgan.

Beccles Town and Wroxham Reserves shared six goals. Zac Colman, Nicholas Day and Lee Pike scored for Beccles with a Matthew Eves brace and a Paul Cook goal in reply. Norwich Union beat North Walsham 1-0 (Kristian Jones).

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In Division One, Hempnall extended their lead at the top to two points after goals from Mark Whitmore and Paul Franklin gave them a 2-1 home victory over Stalham.

Gayton United moved up to second after beating Loddon 6-3 with braces for Chris Bunting and Adam Elden. Simon Bush and Philip Hurr got the other goals.

Hindringham continued their recent poor run with a 4-1 defeat to struggling Watton, whose goals came from Ben Lomas, Damion Rudling, Richard Taylor and Carl Alibone.

Dersingham Rovers will face Gayton in the final of the Mummery Cup after a 4-3 extra time semi-final win over Halvergate United - Alex Scott (two), Stuart Able and Gary English getting the goals.

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