Thurlow Nunn League round-up: Norwich United strengthen title bid with Hadleigh win

Ben Thompson scored twice for Norwich United against Hadleigh United. Picture: Simon Finlay

Ben Thompson scored twice for Norwich United against Hadleigh United. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Free-scoring Norwich United extended their lead at the top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division to nine points with a 5-0 thumping of reigning champions Hadleigh United.

Ben Thompson got Norwich off the mark with a tidy finish before Matthew Blake doubled the advantage. Thompson then grabbed his second of the afternoon and Matthew Daniels effectively sealed the points with a fourth. There was still time for Paul Cook, on as a second half substitute, to complete the rout as Damian Hilton's men consolidated their status as title favourites. The Planters have scored 16 goals in their last four games, conceding just one in the process against Diss last month.

Gorleston and Diss had to settle for a share of the spoils at Emerald Park after a 0-0 draw.

Peter Lambert had the best chance of the afternoon for the Greens after he was set up by Nathan Russell, but he side-footed over with the goal at his mercy. It wasn't to be Lambert's afternoon with the striker having an effort chalked off 11 minutes from time as the referee had already blown ofr an earlier infringement.

Kirkley's clash at Newmarkey and Fakenham's match at Stanway both were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Downham's match at home to Great Yarmouth Town in the First Division survived the weather and both sides served a goals feast at Memorial Field.

Downham took the lead after five minutes but two goals from Dale Cockrill ensured Yarmouth went in at half-time in front.

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The former Lowestoft Town midfielder completed his hat-trick in the second half before Mitch Forbes added a fourth.

Downham pulled another goal back but it wasn't enough as they suffered their first home defeat of the season. Yarmouth's win puts them up to seventh in the table with games in hand on most of the sides above them.

Third-placed Swaffham fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw with leaders Long Melford at Shoemakers Lane.

The visitors started strongly and took the lead after six minutes and they doubled their lead before half-time.

Swaffham responded in the second half as Matthew Castellan pulled one back before substitute Matthew Parkinson ensured a share of the spoils.

In the closing minutes it could have been three for the Pedlars, Alex Vincent grazing the crossbar with a free kick from 25 yards and the visiting keeper having to make two good stops to deny Swaffham.

Dereham Reserves' match at Needham Market Reserves and King's Lynn Reserves' clash at Woodbridge both fell foul of the weather.

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