Wroxham fail to turn screw on pacesetters

Wroxham stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games, but missed a chance to gain good ground on the leaders after twice relinquishing the lead in a 2-2 draw at Soham Town Rangers.

Wroxham stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games, but missed a chance to gain good ground on the leaders after twice relinquishing the lead in a 2-2 draw at Soham Town Rangers.

It's four games in hand on top team Mildenhall and 10 points to make up for the Yachtsmen, who would have jumped into third spot with a win.

They have another chance to make up the deficit tomorrow when they entertain Newmarket, with Mildenhall making an awkward trip to Wisbech.

Wroxham went ahead at Julius Martin Lane after just 13 minutes with a good solo effort from Lee Gilman.


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Soham equalised through Keke St Hilaire before the break, with Wroxham going ahead for a second time on 70 minutes when Gavin Lemmon chipped the keeper from the edge of the box.

But two points were lost five minutes later when former Peterborough United striker Andy Furnell headed past Robert Woodcock for his 23rd of the season.

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Sixth-placed Kirkley were held to a 1-1 draw at Wisbech. Liam Nimmo broke the deadlock with a header just before the break. Chris Sillett was introduced for an eventful afternoon on 55 minutes, scoring the equaliser with a low shot 10 minutes later and then missing a penalty by quite some distance.

Scoring honours for the day went to Norfolk Senior Cup finalists Dereham, who hammered Felixstowe 8-4 at Aldiss Park - the 10th time this season Robert Taylor's side have scored three or more in a league game.

But there would have been more than one or two angry looks from Taylor as the Magpies went from 6-0 ahead to 6-4 in the space of 20 second-half minutes.

Nicky Howell started the rout in the opening minute, with Jordan Blyth adding two more before half-time.

Danny Beaumont added one soon after the break, with Danny Wright and Sam Willis also getting on the scoresheet.

When Danny Phillips pulled one back on 67 minutes, it seemed purely academic, but Dwayne Edwards got a second for the visitors, and Phillips completed his hat-trick two minutes before time to turn the match almost on its head - only to see Blyth complete his own hat-trick in time added on and Willis add goal number eight.

No such luck for fans at Plantation Park, where Norwich United were held to a goalless draw by Woodbridge.

The Planters are third from bottom, goal difference keeping them a place behind King's Lynn Reserves, who went down 2-0 at second-placed Needham Market.

In Division One, Swaffham went top after beating March Town 3-1 at Shoemakers Lane, overtaking Ely, whose game at home to Downham Market was postponed.

Fakenham's game at Whitton was also postponed, while Thetford lost 2-1 at Tiptree.

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