Promotion-chasing Aylsham drop out of top two after painful away defeat


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Aylsham's hopes of promotion to the top flight of the Anglian Combination suffered a setback at the weekend when they were beaten for only the third time this season.

They travelled to Attleborough Town in a position to move level on points with leaders Bradenham, whose scheduled fixture was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.

Karl Pask (2) and Jay Webb were the Attleborough scorers as Aylsham dropped a place to third, with Hellesdon overtaking them on goal difference following a 3-0 victory over Loddon.

With Bradenham having two games in hand and Hellesdon and fourth placed Beccles - who are just a point behind - one Aylsham need to put the disappointing defeat behind them quickly, starting with Saturday's home match against Bungay.

North Walsham's scheduled home match at Beccles was one of a number of fixtures to fall foul of the weather but the derby between Holt and Sheringham did go ahead, with the visiting Shannocks recording a comfortable 3-0 win.

A Jordan Rocastle brace and a goal from Winston Matthews settled the issue, with the Owls remaining at the foot of the table as a result.

The good news for Holt was that fellow strugglers Dersingham, the side immediately above them, also slipped up, going down 4-3 at home to Mundford.

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The West Norfolk side therefore remain just one point above Holt, having played a game more, so all is not lost by a long stretch, especially as only one side will go down this season following the mid-season demise of Foulsham.

The region's two sides in the top flight were both left clicking the heels, with Cromer Town's scheduled home clash with Caister and Stalham's fixture with Mulbarton Wanderers being called off.

Weather permitting the two north Norfolk rivals will come face to face at Cabbell Park on Saturday (2.30pm), with the hosts, who remain on zero points, having another chance to record that elusive first win of the season against mid-table opponents.

In Division One North Walsham host Dersingham, Holt travel to Wymondham Town and Sheringham are without a fixture.