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Crown Fire Central & South Norfolk League

The Division One leaders Thetford Rovers Res were held to a 1-1 home draw by Gressenhall.

This allowed second-placed Dereham Town A to reduce the gap at the top to just two points following their 7-1 win over Great Ryburgh.

Swaffham Town A stay third after beating Tacolneston 3-1 at home and Bridgham Utd stay fourth after their 3-1 home win over Hingham Athletic. Shipdham are fifth on the same number of points after their 3-0 win at Rockland Utd. Bunwell beat Narborough by the odd goal of five and, in the meeting of the bottom two, Cranworth ran out easy 8-2 winners over Cockers.

The top six in Division Two all won. Leaders Castle Acre Swifts secured three valuable points with a 3-0 home win over Morley Village while second-placed Hethersett Athletic won 4-0 at Hingham Athletic Res. Necton in third place won 2-1 at Yaxham and Feltwell Utd stay fourth after their 2-0 home win over West End.

Shropham Utd are fifth after beating Saham Toney Res 4-0 at home and Nostro remain sixth as a result of their 3-0 home win over Northwold S&SC to take away their opponents’ League unbeaten record. In the other match, Wymondham Town A won 3-0 at home to Sporle.

The Division Three,leaders Methwold Rovers dropped two points in being held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke Ferry. North Elmham in second place maintained their 100 per cent record with a 2-0 home defeat of Rockland Utd Res and Thurton & Ashby stay third following their 7-3 home win over Breckland Wanderers.

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Marham Wanderers ran up the highest score of the day in crushing bottom team Shipdham Res 10-0 and Great Cressingham have slipped into the relegation places as a result of 7-0 away defeat at the hands of Gressenhall Res. Bawdeswell won by the only goal of the game at Narborough Res and Wendling beat Splitz Utd 7-1.

Mulbarton Wanderers Res are the new leaders of Division Four after beating former leaders Shropham Utd Res 3-0 and Diss Town A are up to second spot following their 5-3 home win over Rampant Horse, although they were pushed hard to secure the three points with a spirited second-half comeback by the visitors.

Beetley Utd in fourth place were beaten 4-1 at home by North Elmham Res while fifth-placed Mattishall A were held to a 2-2 draw by Nostro Res. Scarning Utd enjoyed a good 7-2 win at Colkirk, Weasenham Wanderers won by the odd goal of seven at Tacolneston Res and Tugas Utd beat bottom team Dereham Cockers Utd 3-1.

John Turner