Hadleigh penalty denies Fakenham Town before Norfolk Senior Cup semi

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Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Hadleigh United 2

Fakenham Town 2

Hadleigh converted a 90th minute penalty to deny The Ghosts the three points before tomorrow’s big Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final versus Harleston Town (7.30pm kick-off, at the FDC Norwich).

Matty Dye had fired the visitors back in front on 82 minutes from 25 yards out. 2-1

Ashley Jarvis after 14 minutes broke the deadlock as Fakenham Town bossed the early stages, and after 57 minutes Hadleigh made it 1-1.

Fakenham: Rix, Gilchrist, Dougal, Franks, Youngs, Williams, Garner, Dye, Glover, Jarvis, Jackson. Subs: Akers, Plumb, Abbott, Harvey, Colman. Att: 74.

Godmanchester Rovers 7 Swaffham Town 1

A further heavy defeat for Swaffham Town in a game where a very young team performed well but luck and opportunity avoided them.

An early chance came for new signing Alan Woodcock, with Alex Vincent’s cross just beyond his stretch. Godmanchester took the lead in the 24th minute, the Pedlars equalising six minutes later, Jake Slender striking from 16 yards across the box to net in the bottom right hand corner.

Rovers retook the lead in the 37th minute, but the real blow came on the stroke of half time, the home-side’s third, but Luke Reed retiring after colliding with the post with a nasty impact injury to the knee.

Godmanchester added four more in the second half, including a contentious penalty award where the Pedlars were adamant Danny Tindall played the ball and that the incident was not even in the box.

Next weekend’s home fixture against Haverhill Rovers is a massive three points at stake to salvage any chance of beating relegation.

Attendance: 85.

First Division

Downham Town 3

Team Bury 0

Town took the points to end a sticky spell with goals from Pat Yates, Matty Bussens and Jack Gould at the Memorial Field, which gives them hope of a top ten finish.

Gould finished well in the 22nd minute to open the scoring for the home side.

In the second half Bussens doubled the advantage.

The productive Bussens then sent a free-kick into the box with skipper Yates meeting it with his head to cap the game off for the hosts.

Downham: Clements, Bailey, Yates, Sykes, Cross, Calvert, Bird, Gould, Wilmott, Bussens, Fenn (Landin). Att: 42.

King’s Lynn Town Res 0 Stowmarket Town 3

Stowmarket Town hot shot George Bugg tormented Lynn Reserves with a hat-trick for the leaders at The Walks on Saturday.

Attendance: 94.

l Back at Shoemakers Lane, the Swaffham Town Reserves continued their winning ways with a 3-1 Almary Green Anglian Combination victory against Redgate Rangers.

The visitors had two players seeing red cards and others were booked.

This was a welcome return to playing for Luis Duarte, his first game since surgery following fracturing his wrist in the first team’s opening game of the season against Saffron Walden Town, way back on July 30, 2016.

Duarte marked his return with a goal, Korben Willis further adding to his season’s tally, and the third a Redgate own goal.

Next weekend the Reserves have an away derby at Fakenham Town Reserves.

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Fantastic action shots again by Eddie Deane from the Reserves against Redgate Rovers:

Pictured: A welcome return to the ’Lane, as Luis Duarte rises high. Photo: Eddie Deane

INTRO: NEW KL team manager DA wants the Stars to be competitive again following two fallow seasons.

Important to get team finalised quickly.

“When Rob stepped up to the role he’s doing and when I stepped up to be the team manager, the first priority was to make sure we were competitive and to put KL back on the map.”

Allitt added: “When you build a team you look at the dynamic and the individuals who make up the team.

“It’s apparent that a lot of riders get on personally behind the scenes; certainly Lewis (Rose), Troy (Batchelor) and Chris (Holder) spend quite a lot of motocrossing and all sorts of things similarly.

“We’ve got a team that’s packed full of potential. You can only build a team that you feel can challenge for the play-offs.

“Once you get there, anything can happen. We’ve seen that at all levels, with other teams and with ourselves when we’ve been very dominant and then something happens.

“Your first port of call is always to make sure you try and get into that top four. We’re no different to that.

“We feel we’ve put together a team that is more capable of trying to achieve that.

The biggest change is at No.1 where CH replaces Niels-Kristian Iversen who has been with the club since 2011.

NKI-CH: “People always want to make comparisons. Niels has been fabulous at the club over the last few years but it was quickly obvious with the rules in Poland that you can only do three leagues.

Although Niels wanted to do the UK and lives in Peterborough locally and is always a pleasure to deal with, it was always obvious his home league was Denmark where he had to ride.

“I don’t think CH is the next best thing. He has been 2012 world champion, he’s won everything, he finished fourth in the GP.

“Last year one could argue he had a better season than Niels. But he’s not Niels-Kristian Iversen, he’s CH, and brings his own team with him.

“They are different personalities and are two different characters. When you think there’s only one world champion past and present riding in the British Premiership this year and that’s CH and he’s riding at KL - that’s a massive coup for the club.

Nicklas Porsing: “He can make the step-up.

“He showed glimspes of what he can do towards the end of last year but got a freak injury.

“It was quite ironic, really - had he done more meetings, I think he would have ended up with a higher average which would have changed things anyway for the team.

“That shows what he can do. He’s more mature, a little bit older, generally he is based in Downham Market with David Wootton (manager) which is a big, solid base. He’s got good people around him.

“Nick is certainly at the right age at the right time of his life, more settled, to be able to push on.

“There is no reason why he can’t be challenging other riders for the high end of the team.

At Premiership level, this is the first time Lewis Rose has had consecutive seasons at one club. Allitt commented: “He desparately wanted to force his way into the top five which he has done.

“When we spoke to him in the back end of November he was one of the first riders that we spoke to.

“Lewis is very easy to deal with, as always. We’re committed to him and he’s committed to us. It could be a great season for Lewis.

“He could really push on this year and establish himself in both the leagues in this country and be a stand-out rider this year.”

Kai Huckenbeck: “With Kai you’ve got to look at the big picture. The format this year is completely different to last year. Last year he always had to ride in the one-to-five, never at six or seven, because of the way the team had to be set up - the Fast Track riders and that type of thing.

“We talked about Kai. There were other options, but we took the pain last year at times with him. The big key there is he is going to start at reserve for us.

“I shows what a strong reserve we will have, the way the team has been built, all the time, whether it’ll be Kai, Lewis, Nick - Josh Bailey will be there as well - it could swap around.

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