Felixstowe in seventh heaven after win

FELIXSTOWE & Walton United were in seventh heaven after picking up their first Ridgeons League Premier Division points of the season last night, while elsewhere Needham Market and Halstead Town both hit five goals without reply.

FELIXSTOWE & Walton United were in seventh heaven after picking up their first Ridgeons League Premier Division points of the season last night, while elsewhere Needham Market and Halstead Town both hit five goals without reply.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Felixstowe & Walton 7 Harwich & Parkeston 1

FELIXSTOWE hauled themselves off the foot of the table in style last night as they collected their first points of the season by putting neighbours to the sword.


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A double strike from Dwayne Edwards scoring direct from a corner in the 10th minute and heading Philips cross beyond Wooten two minutes later put the Seasiders on their way.

The home side's approach play had the Harwich defence at full stretch, and on the half hour Philips made it three, firing in from the tightest of angles.

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Townes gave his side hope just before the break with a low shot wide of Cudworth to pull a goal back but it was shortlived with the home side completely dominant after the break.

Hetherington made it four in the 48th minute and a sublime chip from Scopes added the fifth just after the hour.

Bell powered home Smy's corner in the 71st minute, and substitute Tourney-Godfrey rounded off an excellent display with the seventh goal ten minutes from the end.

Needham Market 5 Norwich Utd 0

NEEDHAM powered into a four-goal half-time lead after a slow start.

Craig Parker opened the scoring on 20 minutes, set up by the skilful Nathan Szyszlyk, who added the second five minutes later.

Parker scored again and Tom Smith added a fourth on the stroke of half-time.

James Evans's thunderous free-kick completed the scoring.

Ipswich Wanderers 2 Woodbridge 3

DEEP into injury time Jon Bickers hammered home from six yards, latching onto Lee O'Neill's powerfully struck cross, to give Woodbridge all three points in what was a very evenly and hard-fought contest.

Wanderers took the lead after two minutes when Ronaldo Wright chased a loose ball and got his toe to it before Marcus Garnham on the edge of the area. The ball rolled a full 20 yards and nestled in the back of the net.

After 36 minutes Paul Berry set up the Woodbridge equaliser with a diagonal run from his own half, spreading the ball wide to Ben Seaman inside the full-back, and he finished well from close range. Lewis Driver put Wanderers back into the lead a minute from half-time, side-footing home a rebound off the post after Wright had again chased down a loose ball and shot from the edge of the area.

The second half continued at no less a pace than the first. Allicion Blake finally got the equaliser on 79 minutes that Woodbridge had been fighting so hard for, picking up a poor clearance and shooting past two defenders and the keeper, before Bickers' late winner.

Lowestoft 2 Leiston 2

TWO goals in each half by two of the leading strikers in the division saw the scores finish at 2-2.

Lowestoft went into a 2-0 half-time lead with Gary McGee on the mark twice.

On 71 minutes McGlone pounced to make it 2-1 and he equalised from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh 0 Tiptree 1

TIPTREE continued their fine start to the season but were given a tremendous fight by a determined Hadleigh side.

The game was decided after 21 minutes when Bradshaw scored with a cross-shot from the right. Hadleigh's best moment came in stoppage time when Myhill fired against the underside of the bar.

Halstead 5 Long Melford 0

TWO goals apiece for Rob Bethell and Carl Metson paved the way for a comfortable Halstead win over neighbours Melford.

There was a welcome back from injury for Halstead goalkeeper Rutherford but injury still ruled out Streetley and Abrahams.

Bryan's low cross was well saved by Melford keeper Rulton but there was little to choose between the sides until two goals in the last five minutes of the half put Halstead in the driving seat. Pollard headed the opener following a corner by Bryan then the latter shot hit the post and Bethell banged home number two.

The second half opened with the unlucky Melford losing Wifin with an ankle injury.

Both sides brought on their substitutes but it was Halstead who gained from this when Metson guided home No. 3. Metson again completed scoring with the Melford defence in disarray. There was a flurry of bookings in the later stages as Halstead ran out comfortable winners.

Whitton 0 Stowmarket 0

A VERY fast-paced and energetic game was played off between these two local rivals. Both sides had early attempts but thanks to memorable saves from Moyes for Whitton and Charters for Stowmarket, nothing came of them. Time and again it looked like the home side would be able to break the deadlock with Crane and Williams at the forefront of their attacks, but a superb Stowmarket defence had their measure.

Cracknell and Taylor-Holt for the visitors had similar difficulties, and in the end the draw was a fitting end to an epic battle.

Diss 2 Thetford 0

DALE Vince struck the bar in the first half but Diss went ahead a minute into the second half when Lee Norfolk's free-kick hit the bar and Craig Skipp eventually turned the ball into his own net.

Liam Smith released Mark Angel for the decisive second goal.

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