Bloaters march on, Greens slip
Norwich United manager Paul Chick was frustrated both by his team and the referee after their 3-2 home defeat by Mildenhall.“No excuses: we didn't start well, we were disjointed before the break, but having got in front we lacked concentration.
Norwich United manager Paul Chick was frustrated both by his team and the referee after their 3-2 home defeat by Mildenhall.
“No excuses: we didn't start well, we were disjointed before the break, but having got in front we lacked concentration. But surely their keeper had to go?” he said after the visiting keeper received a yellow card for bringing down a home forward for a penalty.
The Planters lost despite two second-half penalties from Lee Hunter. Andrew Claydon earned the Planters' first spot kick in the 51st minute.
Within five minutes the Planters were behind, Dave Werthmann heading home from a free-kick and Ryan Foster scoring.
The Planters were level after a 63rd-minute penalty. Claydon was put clear, knocked the ball past keeper Pope, who brought him down.
The decisive goal came on 74 minutes when Foster grabbed his second from distance.
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United are now seventh from bottom, Mildenhall ninth from the top.
Dereham had a 2-1 win at Woodbridge.
In a goalless first half the Magpies' keeper John Higgs made a super save from Robert Smythes, tipping his 30-yarder over the bar.
Chances came at both ends, Woodbridge's Thomas Treviviean hitting a post with Stuart Williams clearing Ben Godden's follow-up off the line.
Early second half Dereham took the lead through Scott Roberts' low drive following a cross from Craig Terrington.
In the 55th minute Joel Brien drove home the Magpies' second after superb play by Ollie Willis.
Ben Seaman drove a 65th minute Woodbridge penalty high over the bar but Joshua Mayhew pulled one back in the 85th minute.
The win sees the Magpies in 12th spot.
Wisbech, in fifth place, had a 4-1 (S Cubberly 2, R Harper 2) win at home to Haverhill.
First Division leaders Great Yarmouth easily beat fourth from bottom Downham at the Wellesley despite manager Paul Tong having to make changes with players unavailable. Untried youth player Craig Lambert went in goal, newly-signed Jonny King from Diss made his debut at right back and Alan Darby returned to defence.
Liam Bartley opened the scoring after 17 minutes of Yarmouth domination with a superb first-time finish from Olly Savage's pass. Roberts made it two just before the interval, heading home Scott Woodcock's corner.
Bartley scored his second after 49 minutes, from a Woodcock cross, and Gavin Norman completed the Bloaters' eighth consecutive league win, scoring after a Bartley shot had hit a post.
Gorleston lost 2-0 at March, the Hares in fifth spot widening the gap between themselves and the Greens one place lower.
Diss Town drew 1-1 at home to Godmanchester. There were few chances with both goals coming from defensive errors. Brendan Foley headed past Matt Webster for a 67th minute own goal from a harmless looking Goddy cross.
Godmanchester were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when Martin Ray collected his second yellow card. Two minutes later Diss equalised when Jordan Connor dropped a free-kick from Mark Shadrack and Dave Adams put home the loose ball.
Swaffham's depleted squad lost 2-1 at Long Melford. They conceded in the second minute but equalised in the 44th minute through an own goal. Melford scored the winner in the 70th minute, a long through ball picked up and slotted past Lee Brooks.
Thetford, with goals from M Dixon, S Mann and D Escorco, won 3-0 at home to Saffron Walden.