Aylsham’s promotion dream appears to be fading fast

Luke Tuttle scores the third Spixworth in their 4-1 defeat of Stalham Town on Saturday. Photo: Nick

Luke Tuttle scores the third Spixworth in their 4-1 defeat of Stalham Town on Saturday. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Aylsham's dream of promotion from Division One of the Anglian Combination suffered a potentially fatal blow on Saturday.

Having taken just one point from their previous three fixtures they desperately needed a positive result against fellow contenders Beccles to get their challenge back on track but it wasn't to be as they suffered a costly 3-0 home defeat.

Luke Bailey, Kieran Bale and Liam Harvey-Cooper were the scorers at Youngs Park, with the result seeing the hosts slip four points adrift of second placed Hellesdon, having played one more game. They are also now three adrift of the side who beat them at the weekend, again having played an extra match.

Aylsham at least got a favour from neighbours North Walsham who held an in-form Hellesdon side to a highly creditable 3-3 draw. Kieran Patel scored a brace for the Angels, with Matt Dunning also on target.

There were no surprises as relegation threatened Holt United travelled to leaders Bradenham Wanderers, with the home side running out 5-2 winners, There were braces for Tom Spalding and George Watts-Sturrock, with Scott Sutherland-Gray also on target, while Marcus Holt and Olli West were the Owls' scorers. The good news for Holt was that Dersingham Rovers also lost, meaning they remain off the bottom of the table on goal difference with a game in hand.

Jordan Rocastle lived up to his reputation as one of the top strikers in the Anglian Combination by scoring all four goals as Sheringham won 4-2 at Scole to maintain their promising finish to the season.

Saturday's games (2.30pm): Mundford v Holt, Beccles v North Walsham, Sheringham v Attleborough. Tuesday evening: North Walsham v Aylsham (7.30pm).

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In the Premier Division Cromer Town lost 5-2 at home to Blofield - and their relegation will be confirmed on Saturday if they fail to win at Mulbarton Wanderers, or third from bottom Reepham beat St Andrews. Ben Cissell and Lewis Amos scored for the Crabs while Robbie Fryers scored four times for the visitors, with Steve Davis also on target.

Stalham went down 4-1 at leaders Spixworth, who have dropped just two points all season, with Lewis Crosby getting the consolation goal. They visit Long Stratton on Saturday.