Wroxham set for vital clash with Dereham

Wroxham will need to be at their very best on Tuesday night when they visit Dereham Town, one place below them, in a crunch Ridgeons Premier Division game.

The Yachtsmen's hopes of keeping in touch with leaders Leiston took a knock on Tuesday night when they were held 0-0 at lowly Ely while the Premier Division pace-setters were beating Kirkley & Pakefield 1-0.

The results saw Leiston, who have played four games fewer than Wroxham, open a five-point gap on their nearest rivals.

Wroxham, who don't have a game at the weekend, had taken advantage of the top two sides dropping points on Saturday to rise one place to second after beating Newmarket.

Leaders Leiston had drawn 3-3 at Brantham and Dereham shared two goals with hosts Walsham-le-Willows.

Wroxham 2, Newmarket Town 1

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On a very wet surface, Wroxham quickly found their passing game. Gary Gilmore's pass found Jamie Atkins on the right whose first-time cross was met by Danny Bloomfield and his header was just too high. Wroxham had a shout for hand-ball when the ball appeared to have struck a defender's arm but referee Tyne waved play on, only for the next challenge to be given as a hand-ball on the edge of the Newmarket area but Gavin Lemmon's shot struck the wall.

On 18 minutes Wroxham scored the goal their play deserved with good work on the left by Damian Hilton whose ball into the box was met by Bloomfield who poked a shot at goal, only for the ball to fall kindly into the path of Jamie Atkins who slotted home from six yards.

Ben Thompson then had a one-on-one with the Newmarket keeper but his shot went just wide of a post under challenge.

Newmarket's best chance came when Stephen Bell found space on the left and his shot was just wide of Scott Howie's post.

The equaliser came on 35 minutes with Bell again involved, lashing home a great strike.

Wroxham had to hit back quickly and did exactly that after Gilmore's fine ball out to the wing and Gav Lemmon was on hand to put the Yachtsmen back in front again after 40 minutes.

In the second half Lemmon linked up well with Damian Hilton for the striker to get in a snap shot which was wide.

Later on in the game, Wroxham's Lemmon and Hilton both had efforts just go past a post but Wroxham secured an important three points.