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Oxford Arms are new leaders of Lowestoft Saturday League

PUBLISHED: 07:16 13 October 2017

Suffolk FA Chairman Phil Lawler, centre, presents FA 50-Year Service medals to Gary Steed, left, and David Porter - a well known figure in Lowestoft area football -, right, on the Portman Road pitch. Turn inside for more details. Picture: Nick Garnham

Suffolk FA Chairman Phil Lawler, centre, presents FA 50-Year Service medals to Gary Steed, left, and David Porter - a well known figure in Lowestoft area football -, right, on the Portman Road pitch. Turn inside for more details. Picture: Nick Garnham

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Oxford Arms went top of Division One of the Lowestoft & District League sponsored by Lauren Lou Cancer Fundraising UK after beating Southwold 3-2.

Mutford and Wrentham drop to second place despite beating Kirkley & Pakefield A 5-0 away.

Oulton Broad are in third place after beating Barsham 8-0, with S Allen, J Attidge and J Batley all scoring twice.

First and Last beat Stanford 3-2 away while Spexhall picked up their first win of the season by beating Hearts of Oak away 3-2.

In Division Two Beccles Caxton Reserves stayed top after drawing 2-2 at Hopton, Waveney A moved up to second place after beating Carlton Colville Town away 1-0.

Ellingham seem to have now got their season into gear by beating Norton Reserves 5-3 at home while Bungay A and Kirkley & Pakefield B shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Spexhall Reserves crashed 8-0 at home to Crusaders.

In Division Three Celt Rangers stayed top despite having no game ahead of second place East Coast who beat Redwood 4-3. Gentleman’s Club shared the points after a 4-4 draw with Carlton Town Reserves, Mariners thumped Hempnall Reserves 5-1, Art Eternal lost 3-2 at home to Loddon Reserves while Stanford Reserves beat AFC Oulton 6-1 to move up to seventh in the division.

Meanwhile Suffolk FA stalwart David Porter’s contribution to the game has been recognised with the presentation of 50-Year Service award.

The 66-year-old received the award from Suffolk FA Chairman Phil Lawler on the Portman Road pitch prior to Ipswich Town’s Sky Bet Championship match against Bristol City.

Porter, who was born in Eye, moved to north Suffolk at the age of nine and has lived in that part of the county ever since.

He started playing at the age of 14 in 1965 as a centre half and turned out for Barsham, Beccles Youth, Beccles Town and Lowestoft area sides Athletico 67 and Europack, before hanging up his boots at the age of 38.

He then took up the whistle and became a Class 1/Level 5 official.

Between 1968 and 1989 he was treasurer of Athletico 67 and secretary of Europack, and from 1983-2009 was involved with the Lowestoft Sunday League.

He has been involved in a county administration since 1988, taking on a number of roles, and is a former chairman of Suffolk FA.

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