Thurlow Nunn League
Stowmarket 1 Downham 3
Downham Town stretched their unbeaten league run to three matches on Saturday following an impressive victory, wrotes Ed Colman.
The Memorial Field outfit started the day level on points with Stowmarket but ahead of their mid-table rivals on goal difference, but are now just five points behind ninth placed Halstead.
Downham started slowly on a testing pitch and just two minutes in Josh Cheetham drilled the ball into the far corner of Joe Clements’ net.
Downham’s response was just what the doctor ordered 60 seconds later when Mark Smith latched on to an accurate through ball before firing past Max Planck in the Stow net to pull his side level.
Karl Tansley thought he had given Bob Warby’s men the lead after 34 minutes, however he had strayed into an offside position and after an even first half both sides went in deservedly level at the break.
Stowmarket enjoyed the better of the play in the early stages of the second half with Bradley Austin forcing Clements into action as his side started to gain momentum.
Tom Bradlaugh went closest to making the hosts’ pressure tell after 79 minutes, but another good save from Clements ensured the score line remained level, as Stowmarket’s frustration began to show.
After weathering a storm for large spells of the second half Tansley turned the tables on Stow, when he headed home from a corner the hosts failed to clear with four minutes left to play.
Tansley then made sure of the victory in added time, after a late brace from the Downham striker set them on their way to their ninth victory of the 2014/15 campaign.
Downham: Clements, Ogden, Sharp, Dickson (c), Yates, Sykes, Porter, Calvert, Smith, Tansley, Cross. Fisher, Low, Stokes, Jarvis.
Referee: Mr. M. Oakley. Attendance: 42.
Debenham LC 2
Lynn Town Reserves 2
Robbie Palmer continued his rich vein of form in front of goal as Lynn came back from 2-0 down to claim a point.
Palmer took his tally to six goals in two games to keep Lynn’s second string sixth in spot. His first came from the penalty spot as Lynn passed the 50 league goal mark.
Lynn: Pearson, McLeish, Spittlehouse, Burch, Palmer, White, Biles, McQuaid (Setchell), Fryatt (Dougal), Stannard, Frohawk (Daw). Booked: Stannard.
Swaffham Town 3
Needham Mkt Res 0
Swaffham Town maintained their push for promotion at Shoemakers Lane.
Man of the match Alex Vincent opened the scoring as he continued to grab the headlines, with several higher level clubs being linked with the player.
Joe Jackson then played in Vincent for his second goal, and Jackson completed the scoring as he found the back of the net for himself late on, making for a good day at the office for Paul Hunt and his side, who jumped up to third in the table following the result.
Fakenham Tn 2 Gorleston 2
Fakenham manager Wayne Anderson was left with mixed emotions following his side’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division draw with Gorleston on Saturday.
The Ghosts led twice and created plenty of chances to have sealed the game but were pegged back on both occasions and had to settle for a share of the points.
“We played really well and were 2-1 up at half-time. Robbie Harris had scored a great goal to put us 1-0 up, but I feel it was two points dropped,” said Anderson. “We could have walked off with a 4-1 or 5-1 win as we had chance after chance but they have only had a couple of opportunities and scored twice.
“I don’t think Tommy Rix had to make a save and that’s the difference in this league. Teams are a lot more clinical and we have to take that on board.
“We have got some real good quality in the camp so we perhaps need to work on our shooting more and being more ruthless around the goal.”
Harris opened the scoring in the 15th minute only for Chris Sandford to level on 43, but Alex Walpole restored Fakenham’s advantage two minutes before half-time.
Nathan Russell equalised again on 75 but Gorleston’s Jack Whatmough was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers, including a wonder-save to deny Dion Frary in stoppage time. The result leaves Fakenham eighth in the table.
Premier top eight
Norwich United 21 19 0 2 57
Godmanchester 22 16 2 4 50
Hadleigh United 25 13 6 6 45
Kirkley 24 13 5 6 44
Felixstowe 24 12 7 5 43
Newmarket T 23 11 10 2 43
Stanway Rvs 20 11 7 2 40
Fakenham T 25 10 5 10 35
Division One top 10
Long Melford 25 17 4 4 55
Saffron Wn T 22 16 5 1 53
Swaffham T 20 14 3 3 45
G Yarmouth T 21 14 3 4 45
Debenham LC 26 13 5 8 44
Lynn T 21 13 2 6 41
March TU 23 13 2 8 41
Haverhill 21 12 4 5 40
Halstead T 24 11 6 7 39
Downham T 24 9 7 8 34