Thurlow Nunn Premier Division: Norwich United move into second spot

Action from Great Yarmouth Town's draw with March Town at the Wellesley. Picture: James Bass

Action from Great Yarmouth Town's draw with March Town at the Wellesley. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Norwich United are on the coat-tails of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders as the balance of power shifted at the weekend.

With morning leaders Hadleigh held to a home draw by Kirkley & Pakefield, Godmanchester took advantage to move into pole position – with the Planters level on points, but with games in hand after a 3-1 home win over FC Clacton.

Hadleigh slipped to third, while Gorleston missed an opportunity to move level with the leading pair on points after a 3-3 draw at Thetford, who are enjoying something of a purple patch after last season's troubles.

There was disappointment for Fakenham Town, beaten 2-1 at home by Felixstowe & Walton United, but joy at last for Diss Town, who picked up their first points of the season after 10 defeats in a row.

Plantation Park is proving a happy hunting ground for Norwich United, whose only defeat in six home appearances was in the FA Cup.


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But they had to come from behind on Saturday, with Matt Blake equalising before an own goal put them ahead and Adam Bennett added a third to wrap up a vital three points.

Gorleston left it late to take a point at Thetford, having taken the lead on the half hour mark through Keegan Middleton.

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But two goals in the space of eight minutes either side of half-time put the hosts in the driving seat.

A Thomas Daniels own goal levelled it and eight minutes into the second period Elliott Smith headed Thetford into the lead.

Ten minutes later it was 3-1 as Max Kirkby inadvertently kicked the ball into his own goal.

Middleton despatched a penalty with 10 minutes remaining, but Thetford had Ashley Thompson dismissed for a second yellow before sub Lee Roots bundled home the equaliser in time added on.

Diss were indebted to a pair of goals, the first a penalty equaliser at Ely, while Fakenham's goal was scored by Robbie Harris.

In the First Division, Swaffham stay top after a 5-2 home win over Braintree Town Reserves, who finished with 10 men. The Pedlars' goals came from Joe Woods, Joe Jackson (2), Rory Harper and Mike Thompson.

Dereham's second string went down 5-1 at home to Haverhill Borough, while Great Yarmouth Town drew 1-1 at home to March Town United, thanks to a late equaliser by Pete Oldham.

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