Thurlow Nunn round-up: Gorleston leave it late to see off Wivenhoe

Action between Diss Town (tangerine) and Norwich United football. Adam Bennett for Norwich, against Danny Easlea, front, and Jacob Brown for Diss. Picture: Denise Bradley Action between Diss Town (tangerine) and Norwich United football. Adam Bennett for Norwich, against Danny Easlea, front, and Jacob Brown for Diss. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, February 24, 2014
6:43 AM

Gorleston left it late to claim all three points at Wivenhoe and move up to third place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division in the process.

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The Greens had to absorb some pressure from the home side in the first half and had goalkeeper Elliott Pride to thank for keeping a fine Ben Parkin effort out.

However, six minutes before half-time Wivenhoe gained the lead when Parkin’s shot ran into the path of Tim Dennis on the edge of the box and he fired home.

Gorleston began to show their superiority in the second half although both Bradley Hough and David Hinton were guilty of bad misses.

However, Stewart Larter’s men kept banging on the door and eight minutes from time they got their reward. A long ball forward gave Nathan Stone something to chase and the striker showed great determination to force the ball home under pressure from several Wivenhoe defenders.

It got even better for Gorleston in the 87th minute when Christy Finch was on hand to get his customary goal to ensure the Greens have tasted defeat just once in their last eight games.

Norwich United cruised to an impressive 3-1 victory at Diss Town thanks to an excellent all-round performance.

Andy Eastaugh put the Planters 1-0 up before the break before Paul Cook put the result beyond doubt in the second half. Adam Bennett fired home a third to confirm United’s superiority although Diss did gain a late consolation through Matt Dixon.

Jamie Godbold’s young Kirkley & Pakefield side continue to show progress as they saw off Haverhill Rovers at Walmer Road courtesy of goals from Nathan Russell and Jack Herbert.

Struggling Thetford Town gave Premier Division leaders Hadleigh a scare but ultimately went down to a 2-1 defeat.

Great Yarmouth Town boss Lee Hackleton started his reign as Bloaters chief with an impressive 6-0 win over March in Division One. Hackleton, who has taken over from Mike Derbyshire, who was sacked earlier this month, presided over a superb performance from his side. Scott Woodcock opened the scoring in the eight minute before a Mitch Forbes double either side of the break put Yarmouth firmly in charge. A fine solo effort from Connor Deeks made it 4-0 before substitutes Dan Lonergan and Bradley Nelson completed the scoring.

Goals from Mark Allibione and Joe Jackson were not enough to stop Swaffham Town slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Haverhill Borough whilst Dereham Reserves lost 3-1 at home to Saffron Walden.

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