Dereham cruise past rivals to bolster Thurlow Nunn title challenge
16:50 11 February 2013
Dereham moved above faltering Walsham-le-Willows into second spot after a 3-0 victory at their Premier Division title rivals from Suffolk on Saturday.
Goals from Nicky Howell, Aaron Kay and Luke Tuttle secured the points for the Magpies, who are now just one point behind leaders Mildenhall, with two games in hand.
Walsham-le-Willows have now taken just one point from their last three games and have slipped to fourth in the table.
With morning leaders Brantham involved in the FA Vase – where they were beaten 4-1 by Shildon – Mildenhall regained top spot after winning 1-0 at Wivenhoe.
Gorleston remain in the title shake-up after extending their unbeaten league run to 11 games with a 2-0 win at struggling CRC.
Bradley Hough returned to the Greens’ starting line-up and made an immediate impact as he opened the scoring on 12 minutes.
Six minutes before half-time, Christy Finch doubled the advantage and that was how it stayed, with CRC hitting the post in the second half.
Luke Catchpole hit a late winner for Norwich United as they recorded their third league win in a row with a 1-0 success at Thetford Town.
The goal stretched Thetford’s losing run to six games, and they have taken just one point from the last 36 available.
Wisbech played only their second league game of the year when they hosted Haverhill, and the Fenmen’s title hopes suffered a setback with a 2-2 draw.
Adam Millson gave Wisbech the lead after 27 minutes, before the visitors equalised on the hour mark.
Neal Spafford restored Wisbech’s advantage, only for Haverhill to strike an equaliser in injury time.
Elsewhere, Godmanchester thrashed bottom side FC Clacton 6-1, Stanway Rovers won 1-0 at Felixstowe and Ely drew 2-2 at Woodbridge.
In the First Division, Fakenham recorded their biggest league win of the season as they beat Long Melford 5-0 at Clipbush Park.
First half goals from Kyle Plumb and James Tricks put the hosts in charge before Sam Garner, Liam Somerton and Ashley Jarvis netted after the break.
Downham’s misery continued as they slipped to a seventh straight league defeat with a 2-1 loss at home to Ipswich Wanderers.
Great Yarmouth Town moved into the last four of the First Division Knockout Cup with a 3-1 win at home to March Town United.
Goals from Josh Thomas, Joel Watts and Mitch Forbes secured the Bloaters’ semi-final place.
Swaffham were unable to join them as they lost their quarter-final at home to Brightlingsea Regent 2-0, with both goals coming late in the first half.