Thurlow Nunn round-up: Norwich United move closer to title glory

Norwich United took a giant step towards retaining the Premier Division title with a 4-0 win at home to Brantham Athletic.

Goals from Adam Bennett (two), Andy Eastaugh and James Page did the damage as the Planters moved 11 points clear of second-placed Stanway Rovers, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Walsham-le-Willows. Norwich have also played a game less than Rovers and it now seems only a matter of time before the Plantation Park side are crowned champions once again.

Third-placed Godmanchester, who beat Whitton United 3-1 at the weekend, are 16 points behind the Planters, who have played a game more. Thetford Town eased their relegation fears thanks to a late winner from James Buhlemann at Ipswich Wanderers. The Brecklanders are now in 17th place after leapfrogging Swaffham Town, who were without a game.

Fakenham Town remain in trouble despite gaining what could turn out to be a valuable point in their battle against relegation in a 0-0 draw with Kirkley & Pakefield.

Gorleston were well beaten at Long Melford as braces from Jamie Griffiths and Scott Yearling secured a 4-0 win.

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In Division One Great Yarmouth Town's promotion hopes suffered a dent after a 2-1 defeat away at King's Lynn Town Reserves.

Yarmouth, who had won nine consecutive league games going into the match, took the lead thanks to a penalty in the 15th minute when Robin Anderson was bundled over and Mitch Forbes made no mistake with the spot-kick.

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The lead didn't last long though as three minutes later the visitors failed to clear their lines and Eoin McQuaid popped up to score from close range. The winner came just before the break thanks to a superb 35-yard strike by Tom McLeish.

Ben Fowkes was on the scoresheet for Diss but couldn't stop the Tangerines going down to a 3-1 defeat against Leiston Reserves whilst Downham Town secured a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Needham Market.

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