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Saturday's local football round-up: Lakenheath make Eastern Counties League history, Mildenhall Town's Bostik League North Division survival chances take a hit while AFC Sudbury jump up to sixth




Lakenheath made Eastern Counties League history this afternoon by romping to a 15-0 victory on the road at First Division North basement side Wisbech St Mary.

New signing Shaun Avis and Kelvin Enaro both bagged five goals apiece, with Aaron Turner (2), Sam Hawley and an own goal completing the rout in the fens.

The winning margin was the biggest ever for an away side in the Eastern Counties League, while it equalled the largest ever triumph in the First Division.

Lakenheath v Wisbech Ben Cowling Picture Mark Westley. (7661875)
Lakenheath v Wisbech Ben Cowling Picture Mark Westley. (7661875)

It leaves Ben Cowling's team fifth in the table and they will have the chance to move at least one place higher next Friday when they host fourth-placed Fakenham Town, who are currently two points better off.

That match will be extra significant given that it will be the first match Lakenheath have played under floodlights on home soil.

Meanwhile, in the Bostik League North Division, Mildenhall Town's survival chances took a big hit as they lost 2-1 at bottom-of-the-table Romford.

Second-from-bottom Mildenhall, who started the day seven points from safety, begun brightly but disaster struck in the 18th minute when leading goalscorer Evans Kouassi was given a straight red card for retaliation.

Ayo Olukoga fired Romford in front three minutes later but Mildenhall continued to carve out chances despite their depleted numbers and they eventually got themselves level in the 62nd minute.

Recent arrival Stuart Zanone was the scorer, drilling in a free-kick for what was his first goal for the Recreation Way-based side.

However, with six minutes remaining Romford regained the lead via George Woodward's deflected effort and on this occasion there was no way back for Mildenhall, who ended the game with nine men following the dismissal of captain Luke Butcher.

Ricky Cornish's team – with just four league wins to their name this term – are now eight points from safety with only eight games remaining.

AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island - Ross Crane..Pic - Richard Marsham. (7661422)
AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island - Ross Crane..Pic - Richard Marsham. (7661422)

Higher up the table, AFC Sudbury have leapfrogged Suffolk rivals Bury Town into sixth place thanks to their 3-0 home win over Canvey Island.

Reece Harris netted a double for the hosting Yellows with young full-back Liam Bennett scoring the other goal on a positive day for Mark Morsley's team.

As for Bury, their slender play-off chances were ended at fifth-placed Coggeshall Town – the Essex side running out 2-1 winners.

Tanner Call netted his first goal since mid-September but by that point the Blues – now 14 points adrift of the top five – were already two goals down.

AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island - Liam Bennett..Pic - Richard Marsham. (7661515)
AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island - Liam Bennett..Pic - Richard Marsham. (7661515)

Elsewhere, it is now just one win in eight in all competitions for Soham Town Rangers after they went down 2-1 at home to Barking.

First-half goals from Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Alexander Teniola put the 16th-placed Greens on the back foot and rendered Lewis Clayton's goal after the restart as nothing more than a consolation.

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division there are now just three points between fourth-placed Stowmarket Town and Woodbridge Town in second after Rick Andrews' team beat the Woodpeckers 4-2 at Greens Meadow.

In front of a crowd of 373, goals from Josh Mayhew, Sam Nunn, George Quantrell and Ryan Clark did the business for the Old Gold & Blacks. It was also a memorable outing for Anton Clarke who was appearing for Stowmarket for the 100th time.

FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Godmanchester Joe Bennett sent off for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7661196)
FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Godmanchester Joe Bennett sent off for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7661196)

Despite playing more than a half with 10 men, Newmarket Town continued their positive home form this term by recording a 1-0 victory over third-placed Godmanchester Rovers.

Joe Bennett was the man that saw red before the break, while the three points were sealed courtesy of Tom Newman's strike.

It secured a ninth home victory of the campaign for the ninth-placed Jockeys at the Bloorie.com Stadium – only league-leading Histon have a better record on their own patch.

After a worrying run of four games without a win, Walsham-le-Willows (5th) got back on track with a 3-0 home triumph at Whitton United's expense.

Football action from Walsham-le-Willows v Whitton United..Matt Collins..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7660820)
Football action from Walsham-le-Willows v Whitton United..Matt Collins..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7660820)

Andrew Cusack was among the goals for a Walsham side that ended the game with six of the club's under-18 players on the pitch.

Towards the bottom it was an afternoon to forget for struggling Ely City, who were thrashed 6-1 at home by Norwich United.

New Norwich striker Ben Fowkes scored four times to help inflict a defeat that leaves the Robins just one place and two points outside of the relegation zone, having also played two games more.

Long Melford jumped above Ely on Friday night by overcoming Brantham Athletic 4-2, while Haverhill Rovers were unable to trouble the scoreboard during their 2-0 loss at the hands of champions elect Histon and Hadleigh United moved a step closer to safety with a 0-0 draw at FC Clacton.

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers v Histon FC..Pictured: Jamie Judge ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7661344)
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Rovers v Histon FC..Pictured: Jamie Judge ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7661344)

Meanwhile, fresh from booking themselves a Carrow Road date in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup, Thetford Town returned from their trip to Gorleston with a 4-2 win in tow.

Robbie Priddle (2), Luke Bailey and substitute Harry Hutt netted the goals for Danny White's team, who occupy 15th place.

It was also a positive day for basement boys Framlingham Town after they beat Great Yarmouth Town 2-1 – a result that leaves them nine points from safety.

In the First Division North Harleston Town's lead at the summit is now four points after they played out a 1-1 draw at Downham Town.

FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Godmanchester Tom Newman scores for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7661195)
FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Godmanchester Tom Newman scores for Newmarket Picture Mark Westley. (7661195)

There was late disappointment for Cornard United after they shipped an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time to draw 3-3 at Fakenham Town.

Michael Schofield, Lewis Blanchett and Sean Bartlett all found the back of the net for the 12th-placed Ards, who nevertheless stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.

It is now four defeats on the bounce for AFC Sudbury Reserves following their 6-3 loss at Norwich CBS, while in the First Division South Halstead Town are up to second after their 5-1 win over Holland FC.

Liam Whipps, Joe Morris, Chris Harris, Jordan Pavett and Kane Munday all netted for the Humbugs, who are six points behind table-topping Hashtag United with a game in hand.

As for Step 3 outfit Needham Market, they are still without a win in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central since January 29 as they lost 3-1 at home to Tamworth – Dan Morphew scoring for the Marketmen.

* For reaction to all of these results – plus a look ahead at what is to come next weekend – see our upcoming print editions on Thursday and Friday.



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