Wroxham on the up after derby win

Wroxham further closed the gap on the Ridgeons League Premier Division pacesetters yesterday with an impressive 3-0 win at Kirkley.

Wroxham further closed the gap on the Ridgeons League Premier Division pacesetters yesterday with an impressive 3-0 win at Kirkley.

In front of Kirkley's highest crowd of the season - 288 - Wroxham were every bit as convincing as the scoreline suggests.

And, having moved up to third-place with only one defeat in 19 games, the ease with which they saw off high-flying Kirkley will have served as a warning to leaders Mildenhall that the Yachtsmen are on the march.

Damion Hilton's men now trail Mildenhall by six points - but have three games in hand.


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Wroxham should have been in front inside six minutes when striker Ben Thompson was clean through - but a breathtaking reaction save by Tom Banger kept the scores level.

Banger, Kirkley's third choice keeper, then went from hero to villain when he spilled a Justin Fox free-kick to allow Lee Gilman to put the Yachtsmen ahead.

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On 39 minutes there was more woe for Banger when Thompson's shot slipped under his body to give Wroxham a 2-0 interval lead.

Visiting keeper Robert Woodcock, meanwhile, continued to have one of his quietest afternoons of the season as Wroxham wrapped up victory with a curled free-kick by Shaun Howes.

Dereham bounced back from Saturday's 4-1 defeat at the hands of leaders Mildenhall by beating King's Lynn Reserves by the same margin.

All of their goals came in the second half after the Linnets led at the interval - a home defender turning in a shot from Self on the half hour.

The fightback began on the hour, when Paul Atkins equalised. Atkins then set up the second for Danny Wright before a bizarre own goal made it 3-1 - keeper Hyde miss-kicking an attempted clearance over his own line.

The fourth goal was a cross-cum-shot from Danny Beaumont.

The victory was just the boost the Magpies needed before continuing their defence of the Norfolk Senior Cup with a quarter-final against Norwich United on Saturday.

Wisbech Town also swiftly returned to winning ways after losing on Saturday, responding to a 2-1 reverse at Lowestoft with a 3-1 win over Histon Reserves at Fenland Park.

In Division One a thrilling West Norfolk derby saw struggling Downham Town put a potential spoke into the title rivals of neighbours Swaffham in a 3-3 draw.

That result was good news for both Ely City, who won 2-1 at March to move into second place, and Walsham-le-Willows.

Ely are now a point behind the Pedlars with a game hand while Walsham, who will draw level on points with Swaffham if they win at Hadleigh tonight, have played three games less.

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