Thompson strikes for table-toppers

Wroxham are edging ever closer to the Premier Division title, but it took an injury-time goal from Ben Thompson to earn them the spoils against Harwich & Parkeston at Trafford Park.

Wroxham are edging ever closer to the Premier Division title, but it took an injury-time goal from Ben Thompson to earn them the spoils against Harwich & Parkeston at Trafford Park.

The Yachtsmen struggled to break down the visitors in the opening half and, much like the reverse fixture just three weeks ago, left it late before striking the decisive blow.

Danny White and Thompson had gone close before home keeper Robert Woodock brought off a double save from Lee Underwood to preserve the clean sheet as the clock ran down, but five minutes into stoppage time Thompson weaved his way through to fire home through a forest of legs.

The Yachtsmen travel to Woodbridge this afternoon with a six-point lead and a game in hand on Mildenhall, who were 3-1 winners over Histon Reserves but face a tricky trip to Leiston today.

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton could be without striker Gary Gilmore, who needed lengthy treatment after a collision.

Champions Lowestoft's hopes of a top-three finish were boosted by a 3-0 home win over Felixstowe and Walton United, while third-placed Needham Market were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at home by Norwich United. The Blues are seven points adrift, and 19 behind Mildenhall, but have five games in hand on both teams.

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However, they have a tough match this afternoon when they travel to close neighbours Kirkley for a noon kick-off in front of what should be a four-figure crowd at Walmer Road.

Kirkley consolidated sixth place with a 1-0 win at Halstead on Saturday, thanks to a Tom Austen own goal soon after half-time, the full-back turning Nathan Stone's low cross into his own net.

Halstead sub Will Morris was shown a straight red for kicking out at Luke Catchpole and the game ended 25 minutes late after home player Lee Norfolk, who had suffered a neck injury, was taken to hospital by Essex Air Ambulance.

Dereham were 2-1 winners at Stanway, Jordan Blyth putting them ahead on 13 minutes when he stretched to poke Nicky Howell's cross home. It was level three minutes later when Ray Turner was given far too much space in the Dereham box and after beating two men netted from 12 yards.

But Dereham, who travel to Clacton today, took the points on 76 minutes when Blyth rounded the keeper before coolly slotting home his second goal of the afternoon.

Norwich United took the lead at Needham Market through Eddie Thompson just before half-time, but were denied victory by Ben Deacon's 72nd-minute equaliser.

Wisbech Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Woodbridge, while struggling Diss drew 1-1 at home to King's Lynn Reserves, a result which did little to help either side in their fight against relegation.

However, it was enough to see Diss move off the bottom of the table, above Halstead, who are a point behind with four games in hand.

Diss took the lead in the 30th minute when a cross from Jake Berry was headed in from close range by Lewis Broomfield. A 20-yard shot from Mark Heath-Preston in the 68th minute levelled the game.

The Diss relegation fight continues today with a trip to Norwich United.

In the First Division, Swaffham stay third after a 2-1 home win over Whitton United, but Fakenham slumped to a 3-0 defeat at second-placed Haverhill.

Gorleston were 5-1 home winners over Godmanchester Rovers, but Yarmouth were beaten 1-0 at Saffron Walden. Thetford beat Long Melford 2-1.