Ten-man Dereham stay on top

Dereham maintained their two-point lead at the top with a 2-1 win at Brantham despite losing Gary Starling to a ninth-minute red card and conceding the first goal. Wroxham stay second, two points behind, after beating Wisbech 3-1 at Trafford Park.

Dereham's Starling was sent off after the referee adjudged him to have been the last defender as he fouled a forward. From the resulting free-kick, Dereham keeper Shaun Marshall made a fine save to deny David Grimwood.

Brantham's Ollie Mann struck a post from close range in the 23rd minute before he put his side ahead after 34 minutes when he tapped home Grimwood's low cross.

The Magpies equalised in the 42nd minute when Ryan Foster nodded home Danny Beaumont's long throw.

Dereham scored what turned out to be the winner in the 71st minute. Man of the match Steve Harley slid the ball home following Adam Smith's through-ball.


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Kirkley & Pakefield crashed 4-1 at home to a reviving Woodbridge.

Sam Banya struck first for the Woodpeckers before Ian Dawson curled a shot just over the visitors' bar. Woodbridge scored again just before the break. A corner pin-balled about the goal-line before Banya scored.

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Woodbridge scored against the run of play when Thomas Trevivian converted a penalty. Joe Jefford pulled a goal back when the keeper failed to hold an Ian Dawson free-kick, but Paul Berry, after hitting a post, made it 4-1.

Norwich United lost out by the odd goal of three at Newmarket despite Matty Robinson giving them a first-half lead. They felt aggrieved at two significant late decisions that went against them.

With three players already out, the Planters had three call off with flu and one through work. Aarron Taylor of the under-18s made his debut at full-back.

United took the leaad in the 33rd minute when Ross King's cross found Robinson, who marked his full return to the side after being out since January. Within a minute James Lane equalised from the edge of the area.

Somewhat against the run of play, the Jockeys took the lead 12 minutes from time. The Planters were appealing for a foul out wide when a cross went to the far post for Jason Lynch to head the winner. United were denied a penalty when King appeared to be held back.

Manager Paul Chick commented: 'We played them off the park second half and another day it could have been four or five. The boys felt it was a foul leading up to the winner, so I'm really disappointed, but there were a lot of positives to take from what was a bit of a scratch side.'

Great Yarmouth Town were happy with their point from a 1-1 draw at fourth-place CRC.

Michael Hilton made an important early save but CRC took a seventh-minute lead through Samuel Naiwo.

Kevin Howes, with Dominic Smith making his 100th appearance, saw a header saved and a Scott Woodcock volley was saved under the bar before the Bloaters got a deserved equaliser on the half-hour. Gavin Norman took a thorugh-ball and beat two defenders and the keeper to poke the ball home off a post.

In the First Division, Diss were beaten for the first time since the opening game of the season, 4-1 at fellow promotion hopefuls Stowmarket, where there were three penalty kicks.

Stow are now just one point behind the second-placed Tangerines with a game in hand. Leaders by a point Cambridge University Press were also beaten and will be at Brewers Green Lane on Saturday.

After Rob Canfer had hit a post for Stow, they took the lead in the 25th minute. After Diss gave the ball away there was a scramble in the penalty area which ended with Ross Myhill scoring from two yards.

The first penalty was awarded in the 33rd minute, to Stowmarket. Canfer hit the bar but Lee Drummond netted the rebound.

Twenty seconds into the second half came a Diss lifeline when Luke Catchpole was tripped and Stuart Garner converted the spot-kick for 2-1.

The third penalty came from a Jordon Rocastle foul, but Diss keeper Matty Webster saved James Graham's effort.

In the 70th minute Marc Wake scored from close range from a cross, and the scoring was completed two minutes from time when Wake was given the time and space to head in.

Gorleston improved their promotion chances with a 5-1 win over a Downham side now fourth from bottom. The Greens, who went close to going up last campaign, are fifth, three points off the leaders with two games in hand.

Fakenham recorded their first league win for eight games with a 2-1 victory over Long Melford at Clipbush Park, but again suffered from lack of a cutting edge.

The Ghosts led 2-0 at the break, a scoreline which could have been doubled, then missed more chances second half as Melford clawed a goal back when keeper Tom Rix spilled the ball over the line as he fell under pressure taking a cross. First-half home marksmen were Matt Gilchrist and Karl Pask.

Swaffham are second bottom after suffering a 5-0 home defeat by Whitton, whose strength and experience were too much for the young Pedlars.

Whitton led 2-0 at the break following goals from a corner and a goalmouth scramble. Second half there were good early efforts from Will o'Brien and Richard Cornwall before the killer goal in the 64th minute following a mis-hit clearance.

Another mistake led to the fourth goal and a penalty to the fifth, Matthew Parkinson seeing the red card for a last-man tackle.

Thetford lost 4-0 at home to Saffron Walden.

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