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Derby day thriller in prospect today

PUBLISHED: 08:57 13 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:54 06 July 2010

TODAY'S derby between Kirkley & Pakefield and Lowestoft Town is interestingly poised after Saturday's results.

With what is arguably the biggest fixture in the Ridgeons League programme this afternoon (kick off at noon), leaders Lowestoft will be smarting from their surprise 4-3 home defeat to Stanway Rovers - Town's first loss at Crown Meadow this year and only their third defeat of the season.

TODAY'S derby between Kirkley & Pakefield and Lowestoft Town is interestingly poised after Saturday's results.

With what is arguably the biggest fixture in the Ridgeons League programme this afternoon (kick off at noon), leaders Lowestoft will be smarting from their surprise 4-3 home defeat to Stanway Rovers - Town's first loss at Crown Meadow this year and only their third defeat of the season.

In a thrilling game, Rovers were two-up within 12 minutes through Jermaine Harewood and Luke Callander, before substitute Darren Cockrill's 78th minute spot kick and Gary McGee's bundled effort two minutes later levelled matters.

Town looked like they had secured another late win as right-back Carl Poppy drove a 30-yard stunner home with just three minutes left, but there was a sting in the tail as the final minute saw Callander hit a second and prolific striker Sam Newson earn Rovers a deserved three points.

K&P will return to Walmer Road today in buoyant mood after hitting five at Wisbech, as they continue to press for a top-three finish.

Goalkeeper Robert Woodcock's penalty brace gave the visitors a 2-0 lead after only 15 minutes; firstly after a tackle on livewire Chris Henderson by Wisbech's Anthony Reeve and then for a push on Ian Dawson.

Nathan Stone, Dawson and substitute Jordan Blyth added to the scoreline before Richard Harnwell saw red for a challenge late in the game, Scott Cubberley giving the home side a late consolation.

Leiston took advantage of second place CRC's free Saturday to close the gap, beating King's Lynn Reserves 2-0 at Victory Road.

Wroxham and Dereham remain close behind after winning their respective fixtures at home to Julian Dicks' Wivenhoe and Simon Charlton's Mildenhall.

Dan Bensley's hat-trick sealed the points for the Yachtsmen at Trafford Park, while ex-Norwich defender Charlton saw his first game in management end in disappointment at Aldiss Park as the Magpies proved too strong.

It had started brightly for the visitors, Owen Paynter netting after only four minutes before John Sands made it two with a low drive.

Sands turned villain when he brought Ollie Willis down in the box for Danny Beaumont to reduced the arrears from the spot, before Nicky Howell found the net from close range to level things and Willis earned a second penalty for the home side at the break; Beaumont doing the trick again.

Norwich United lurched from bad to worse with a 3-0 defeat at the only side below them in the Premier Division, Haverhill Rovers.

In Division one, Yarmouth Town are still in the hunt for a third place finish after an excellent 5-0 win at Downham.

Two Jake Reed goals and a poached effort from Mark Thompson saw the Bloaters comfortably lead at half-time, before Bryanton and Lawrence sewed up the points in the second period.

Gorleston were too strong for struggling Thetford with a 3-1 win at Emerald Park and are now clear in seventh, while Diss hit six at home to sixth place FC Clacton.

Danny Partridge opened the scoring before Jason Hunt grabbed his first goals for the club.

Partridge completed his hat-trick either side of Gary Heighway's reply, and Dave Adams also scored before Kevin Coyle completed the scoring with Clacton's second.

Swaffham left Stowmarket Town with a 2-2 draw, while Hadleigh United moved to within three points of leaders Newmarket, who had a free weekend.

The title challengers winning 2-1 at bottom club Fakenham thanks to Craig Payne and a last minute Chris Williams strike.

Karl Pask's late penalty looked to have earned the Ghosts a deserved point.

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