Thurlow Nunn league round-up: Norwich United take chance to enjoy home comforts
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Norwich United enjoyed their return to Plantation Park by beating managerless Diss Town.
The Planters have had a run of seven away games in league and cup and didn't play a single home match last month.
Jamie Speller got the goal that keeps them in third place, level with Brightlingsea and five points behind leaders Hadleigh, who have played two games more.
For Diss it was their first game since Richard Daniels left the club last week, and defeat leaves them just below mid-table, with a nice run of three consecutive home league games coming up.
Things are looking up for Kirkley & Pakefield – after just one win in their first half a dozen games they made it two in a row on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Thetford Town.
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Gorleston made it three league games without a win when they drew 1-1 at Mildenhall, to drop to fifth. Greens boss Stewart Larter shook things up, with six changes, but his side needed a controversial last-minute equaliser – Joe Clark got it, but Mildenhall were furious that it had come from a throw-in taken from behind the barrier surrounding the pitch. Their protestations earned Ben Coe a red card.
In Division One there were wins for Great Yarmouth and Swaffham, but defeats for Fakenham, Downham Town and Dereham Town Reserves, while March Town United were held to a 1-1 home draw by Debenham LC.
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Third-placed Swaffham were the big hitters, smashing Stowmarket Town 7-1 – having beaten Gorleston in the Red Insure Cup in midweek.
Man of the match Joe Jackson netted four times, with Mark Allibone getting a brace to add to his two in midweek and Rory Harper adding the other.
Pete Oldham's header early in the first half at Yarmouth secured a tight victory over league newcomers Haverhill Borough in front of a crowd of 103, the Bloaters' biggest in the league this season.
The result meant Yarmouth rise to second place in the table, leapfrogging Borough in the process. It also extends the Bloaters' unbeaten run to 10 matches.
Fakenham lost ground when they were beaten 1-0 at leaders Halstead. Downham Town's problems continue after a 2-1 home defeat by AFC Sudbury Reserves, their fifth straight league defeat. Dereham's second string lost 2-1 at Whitton.