Thurlow Nunn round-up: Kirkley & Pakefield move up to fifth
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Kirkley & Pakefield beat the weather as well as Saffron Walden to move up to fifth place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
On a very wet weekend, which saw many matches postponed, the Royals took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to move up the table.
Second-half goals from Ross King and Kyle Baker were enough to secure all three points for Gaven Tipple's side, who moved above Long Melford following the win.
It wasn't such a good day for Gorleston though as they were soundly beaten at home by Mildenhall. The Greens fell behind in the 13th minute when a mix-up between Sam Ellis and George MacRae gifted Chris Bacon the opening goal for the visitors.
However, six minutes later they had drawn level after Keegan Middleton picked out Connor Ingram on the left side of the box and he drilled a shot across the keeper and into the net.
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Two minutes later Middleton could have increased the lead but keeper Josh Pope was out quickly to block. However, Gorleston did take the lead before half-time thanks to a nice piece of improvisation by Peter Lambert. Ingram's shot was deflected into the the path of the Gorleston man, who cheekily back-heeled his effort past the goalkeeper into the net. Within five minutes of the restart Mildenhall were level though when Matt Green turned home from close range. With 14 minutes remaining Dan Brown unlocked the Gorleston defence to slot past MacRae and edge the visitors into the lead. Gorleston had no choice but to push forward which left them exposed at the back and further goals from Bacon and Cooper sealed victory.
Fakenham thought they were well on the road to an impressive victory at Hadleigh when goals from Danny Williams and Matt Franks gave the Ghosts a two-goal lead. However, the Suffolk side rallied and claimed a point as Danny Thrower (penalty) and Sam Sharp levelled the scores.
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Great Yarmouth maintained their promotion challenge in the First Division thanks to a 5-2 win over March Town.
The Bloaters hit the front in the 17th minute when Chris Holmes held the ball up well before laying off to Mitch Forbes, who finished well.
The visitors deservedly equalised and, on the stroke of half-time, a good move on the left was finished by Jackman. An Ady Ager double got the Bloaters back on track before goals from Payton Swatman and Forbes confirmed victory.