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Surprise win could mean survival

PUBLISHED: 11:52 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 07:20 01 August 2010

GRAND National day saw four Notley's Lowestoft and District League teams not even make it to the races.

For the fixtures between Hearts of Oak v Carlton Rangers and Pot Black v Spexhall were both called off due to player unavailability in the Carlton and Pot Black ranks.

GRAND National day saw four Notley's Lowestoft and District League teams not even make it to the races.

For the fixtures between Hearts of Oak v Carlton Rangers and Pot Black v Spexhall were both called off due to player unavailability in the Carlton and Pot Black ranks.

This meant that Norton Athletic would be using up their game in hand on the leaders, and despite stuttering over the fence they managed to stumble to a 2-1 win over third-place Wrentham with Ryan Hills and Danny Hoadley (penalty) scoring.

Stuart Holland scored Wrentham's, also from the spot.

This sets up the mouth-watering clash as Normanston Park this week with Hearts holding a two-point advantage.

The shock result of the day was at Southwold Common where a strengthened Sole Bay United Reserves scored a 2-0 win over a Kirkley & Pakefield A.

One would think that now sees Sole Bay survive in the division.

The other fixture saw Waveney Youth run out 4-1 winners at Oxford Arms with Ray Winney netting a hat-trick and taking his personal tally past the 20-goal barrier for the campaign.

The second division sees Hearts of Oak Reserves red-hot favourites following their 5-1 win over White Horse Seltic and Barsham's 2-1 reverse at Oulton Broad & Notley's Reserves.

In fact, Barsham slip to third as Blundeston Magpies recorded a 3-1 victory at Royal Standard - however Barsham have two games in hand.

Caxton Reserves stay in with an outside chance as they beat Crusaders 4-2. Norton Athletic Reserves were forced to play the entire game at Pakefield Re-United with 10 men but they battled on gamely and netted a point with a late Michael Collins strike.

Waveney Gunners netted all the points after their 4-1 win over basement boys Lacon Arms and they remain sixth.

The third division saw results go to form as Ole Frank netted an 8-2 win at Oxford Arms. Hopton White Hart were narrow 2-1 winners against Spexhall Reserves to stay second.

Blundeston Plough ran out 6-1 winners over Westhall, who are now guaranteed a bottom two finish in their debut season.

Bungay Town A won by the odd goal of 5 against Factory Arms whilst CDS Waveney Reserves collected the three points in a 2-0 success at LIFC.

Finally, Earsham won 5-3 at Blundeston Magpies Reserves.

Finally the league would like to welcome application from new teams wishing to enter the league for the 2008/09 season.

Interested clubs should phone league secretary Mike Johnson on 01502 565518 as a matter of course.

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