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Five-star Downham Town remain top of Thurlow Nunn League Division One North

Robbie Priddle struck a hat-trick as five-star Downham put last season’s Anglian Combination Champions to the sword at the Memorial Field.

The victory keeps Downham, who fell behind in the second minute of the game, top of Division One North.

Downham, who were without club captain Jon Sykes and striker Ben Baxter-Hunt, levelled when George Watts-Sturrock restored parity with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Dean Miller attempting to contain the Long Melford defence. Picture: Eddie Deane. (22456557)
Dean Miller attempting to contain the Long Melford defence. Picture: Eddie Deane. (22456557)

A frenetic start saw the hosts go ahead after nine minutes, Matthew Calvert setting Priddle free to notch the first of his three goals.

Downham continued to dominate and Isaac Bloodworth found Priddle with his back to goal before the frontman’s sharp shot on the turn handed the hosts a 3-1 advantage going into the break.

Both sides played some good football to finish the half with no shooting opportunities created.

After the interval, Ben Fenn squared the ball for Priddle to complete his treble before the busy Bloodworth picked out Luke Plumb to complete the scoring six minutes from time.

It was the tale of two Harry’s as Fakenham Town continued their recent good form with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cornard United at Clipbush Park.

Harry Exley opened the scoring for the Ghosts, who went into the break level, before Harry Atkins clinched the points for the host outfit in the second half.

Elsewhere, King’s Lynn Town Reserves suffered a 5-0 reverse at Diss Town.

In the Premier Division, new boss Alex Vincent saw his reign in the hot seat start with a 2-1 home defeat to Long Melford, who are having one of their best seasons in their history.

A scrappy opening goal left home goalkeeper Tommy Rix with little chance before the visitors doubled their advantage just before the interval.

Ryan Pearson scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for the Pedlars who host Norwich CBS in the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup tonight.

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