Thetford and Fakenham both nap happy

Thetford Town bounced back from their midweek 5-1 Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final defeat at King's Lynn in style.

They extended their unbeaten Ridgeons League First Division run to six games with a convincing 3-0 victory at title-chasing Stowmarket Town.

Matt Blake put them ahead after four minutes and only a string of fine saves by Kevin Bugg prevented Thetford adding to their tally until Simon Mann doubled their advantage after 56 minutes.

Liam Bolton and Dan Jones both struck the woodwork before Blake added his second after 64 minutes.

Also going nap on Saturday were Fakenham Town who pocketed three valuable points from a 5-1 win over bottom team Cornard.

Ben Coe scored a penalty to get the ball rolling and in the second half he added another, again from the spot.

Sam Garner, Lee Hyde and 17-year-old Ed Skinner completed the final scoreline, with one in reply by Cornard.

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The victory pleased the Ghosts manager Wayne Anderson. 'It was a good result,' he said. 'The boys did well for me and worked hard.

'We could have won 13-1, we missed so many chances. 'It was nice to see U18 player Ed Skinner score.

'He's got lots of pace, he drove inside and hit it past the goalkeeper with a good finish. He's been in the first team for a few weeks and looks a good prospect. The youngsters are being given a chance to feature in the first team. They are proving they are just as good as the rest of the lads who have been in Ridgeons football for a few years,' said Anderson.

He added that Liam Bowley, signed recently from North Lynn Discovery, had been a good addition to the team, and provided the pass for Garner to score.

It wasn't such good news for Diss Town in a third versus fourth clash. They lost 2-0 at home against Whitton, who jumped two places over Diss and Gorleston into second as a result.

A Whitton corner from Anton Clarke was headed in by De'ath. Diss claimed a penalty when Danny Partridge went down but the ref ruled it out. The visiting keeper was forced off with an injury.

This seemed to give Diss ten minutes to rescue a point but De'ath made it 2-0 with a well-struck free-kick.

Saffron Walden paid a visit to March and got a 3-1 win. All other first division games were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

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