Wisbech and Wroxham keep up early Ridgeons form
In-form Wisbech Town flew to the top of the Premier Division table for the first time in more than 20 years with a superb win at Clacton.
The Fenmen were 4-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Liam Nimmo, Callum Reed and Chris Bacon's brace. Reed added another after the interval to make it 5-1 and 10 goals from two games – setting up an enticing clash with third-place Dereham tomorrow night.
Four wins from four put Wisbech three points ahead of Wroxham, who made it three wins from their opening three games with a 2-0 win over Stanway Rovers at Trafford Park. Ben Thompson and Ross Durrant earned the points and left manager David Batch happy with his side's efforts.
Dereham prepared for their trip to Wisbech with a 3-1 win over Felixstowe and Walton.
The Magpies ended their run of two defeats in style. The returning Joe Marsden drove home the opener after just nine minutes, before Ben Cranfield picked himself up to score from the spot minutes before the break.
However, Adam Smith who went on a mazey run on the hour before unleashing a 20-yard drive that was deflected into the net to deservedly restore the Magpies' lead, before Marsden headed home the clincher.
The former Lowestoft man saw his late spot kick saved to deny him a hat-trick, but by then the hard work had been done.
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Premier new boys Diss Town remain unbeaten after a goalless draw at winless Newmarket Town, while Norwich United continue to impress – recording a 2-1 win over Woodbridge Town.
Two goals from Louis Cutajar either side of the break gave the Planters a second straight victory and pushed them up to eighth – one place behind Mildenhall, who had Owen Paynter's late winner to thank for a 2-1 win at Wivenhoe after Andy Wood's opener had been cancelled out.
A combination of poor defending and failing to take chances cost Gorleston in their 2-1 defeat at home to Ely City.
Ali McKenna gave the Greens the lead on the hour, but Ely responded well and Adam Murray headed home an equaliser with 18 minutes remaining before scrambling a winner home in the second minute of injury time.
Kirkley & Pakefield will be disappointed they did not come away with all three points after a 2-2 at Haverhill Rovers.
The game came alive when the visitors took a quick-fire two-goal lead after the restart – Zak Clarke unleashing a spectacular 20-yard volley on 69 minutes before Joe Bell's free-kick caught out the goalkeeper three minutes later.
Marcus Hunt headed Rovers back in contention on 77 minutes and, with 87 minutes on the watch, Greg Strong volleyed home to salvage a point for the hosts.