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Wroxham title bid still alive

PUBLISHED: 10:15 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 13 July 2010

Wroxham had chances galore against Newmarket, just two put away but by the end it was another three vital points for the Yachtsmen, who are keeping their Ridgeons title hopes alive… just.

Wroxham had chances galore against Newmarket, just two put away but by the end it was another three vital points for the Yachtsmen, who are keeping their Ridgeons title hopes alive… just.

The Jockeys who have fallen at 20 of the 27 fences they have encountered so far in the Premier Division, remain firmly pinned on the bottom of the table and that's how they performed in a game where the Yachtsmen spent the greater part of 90 minutes around their hosts' penalty area.

Manager Damian Hilton drafted in last season's leading goalscorer Lee Gilman but played him wide in place of the suspended Gary Gilmore.

Promising reserve Bradley Hoffman also received an encouraging debut in the first XI on the opposite flank and the strike force consisted of Paul Cook and Andy Key.

In the early minutes the Suffolk side were out to cause trouble when Watson was stopped by Carus in the six yard box then keeper Woodcock who was seriously exposed way off his line by slapdash defending was fortunate to be located in the flight path of Bell's effort towards an empty net.

It was at that point the Yachtsmen took charge. Key beat two defenders only to scuff his final effort into Paynter's arms who then pulled down a Carus header from under the crossbar.

But after Cook pulled another effort wide from White's assist, the burly striker made amends in the 25th minute with a header concluding an excellent five-man move involving Lemmon, Hoffman, Pauling and White.

In the second period play was all one way with Key, Lemmon, White, Miller and Gilman all missing opportunities to put the result beyond doubt.

Wroxham's extravagance in front of goal seemed to give the Jockeys full rein for staging a comeback and for 10 minutes Hilton's men had their backs to the wall.

With a couple of minutes remaining the anxiety was over for the travelling faithful with Andy Key heading home Howes' corner.

Thus the title holders remain in with a chance but still four points adrift of Soham Town Rangers and Needham Market with the latter enjoying the benefit of two games in hand before they visited Kirkley and Pakefield last night (Wednesday).

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