Thurlow Nunn League round-up: Swaffham Town and Great Yarmouth Town kick on in First Division
- Credit: Ian Burt
Two Norfolk sides increased their chances of gaining promotion from the First Division with excellent results.
Swaffham Town moved up to second – one point behind table-topping Long Melford having played two games less – by winning 3-0 at morning leaders Saffron Walden Town, who dropped to third after seeing their 24-game unbeaten run brought to an end. Joe Jackson, Alex Vincent and Matthew Castellan found the net for Paul Hunt's in-form Pedlars as they shone in front of a bumper crowd of 462. The Shoemakers Lane outfit have now not been beaten in 11 matches.
Sitting just outside the top three and leading the hunt to break into the promotion places are Ricci Butler's Yarmouth who remained on the charge by recording a fine 2-0 win at King's Lynn Town Reserves. Despite Kyle Ingram being sent off for two bookable offences in the first half, the Bloaters still triumped at The Walks thanks to strikes from Jason Thompson and Nick Bailey.
The seaside club, undefeated in eight, are the sane number of points behind Walden with two matches in hand. Elsewhere, Dereham Town Reserves beat Halstead Town 1-0 while Downham Town lost 1-0 at home to March Town United.
In the Premier Division, Norwich United's dominance continued as they saw off Mildenhall Town 2-1. Andrew Cusack and Andy Eastaugh were on the scoresheet for the Planters – who have a 13-point cushion over the chasing pack. It is Stanway Rovers, not Godmanchester, who lead the best of the rest after they won 2-0 at relegation-threatened Diss Town.
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Peter Lambert's strike was not enough to prevent Gorleston from slipping to a 4-1 home reverse against Walsham-le-Willows. And Fakenham Town, going through a slight dip in form themselves, also lost. The Ghosts' defeat came at Kirkley & Pakefield who had Ross King's finish to thank for their single-goal victory.
Thetford Town, 15th, played out a goalless draw at 14th-placed Haverhill Rovers. Both sides will be looking to kick on towards a mid-table finish in the final few weeks but will be happy to currently have 11 points more than third-from-bottom FC Clacton.
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