Thurlow Nunn League round-up: Gorleston crash to heavy loss but Diss Town claim excellent win
Gorleston crashed to a 5-0 defeat at promotion rivals Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday after a poor performance from the Greens.
Stewart Larter's men confirmed their application for promotion to Step Four next season but they will have to improve on their weekend showing to have any chance of being in the title shake-up at the end of the season.
Terry Rymer's hat-trick put the hosts well on their way to victory with Scott Yearling and Warren Joseph also getting on the scoresheet.
Norwich United are struggling to take their form from the FA Vase into the league campaign as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Haverhill. A Scott Woodgate own goal put the Planters on the back foot in the eighth minute after Jack Wilkinson's cross had caused alarm in the home side's penalty area.
Haverhill's lead was doubled in the 38th minute following a well constructed break down their left.
Andrew Ofosu's cross came out to Dan Cornwell, who chested the ball forwards and Dan Jeffrey took the chance to fire home via the post giving goalkeeper Ben Nower no chance.
Norwich almost came back into the game two minutes later, Paul Cook having the goal in his sights but 'keeper Jamie Greygoose made a good one-handed save down to his left.
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The hosts turned the game around in the second half but, despite chances for Ian Hunter and substitute Ben Jones, who hit the face of the bar with a well-hit strike minutes after coming on, they weren't able to peg a goal back. Diss Town claimed an excellent 3-1 win at CRC as they bounced back from their defeat to Kirkley & Pakefield last time they were in league action.
The Royals also claimed all three points with a 2-1 victory against Stanway Rovers at Walmer Road. They had to come from behind to do it though as they went into the break a goal behind.
An own goal early in the second half put Jamie Godbold's side back on to level terms and a superb Matty Brown free-kick from 20 yards settled the match.
Thetford were well beaten by league leaders Hadleigh, who extended their lead at the top to 10 points.
A first-half hat-trick from Tes Bramble gave Theford a mountain to climb and although Matt Dixon pulled a goal back before the break they were reduced to 10 men in the second half when Steve Harley was dismissed for two bookable offences. This allowed Hadleigh to take control of the game and restore their three-goal advantage late on through Ollie Canfer.
Great Yarmouth Town thought Joel Watts' goal 10 minutes from time had given them victory in the First Division but they were pegged back late and had to settle for a draw.
Fakenham were deprived of victory in injury time by Saffron Walden, who struck late to secure a 3-3 draw. Kyle Plumb, Matt Gilchrist (two) got the goals for the Ghosts.
Alex Vincent and Aaron Porter were on target for Swaffham Town but it didn't stop the Pedlars slipping to a 4-2 defeat at Debenham whilst Dereham Town Reserves beat Long Melford 2-0 at home.
David Jackson's brace secured a 2-1 win for March over Sudbury Reserves whilst Downham beat Needham Market Reserves 5-1 at home.