Ridgeons League round-up

THE Ridgeons League programme was again decimated by the weather as Friday's storms took their toll with five of the eight scheduled fixtures having to be postponed leaving just three games.

THE Ridgeons League programme was again decimated by the weather as Friday's storms took their toll with five of the eight scheduled fixtures having to be postponed leaving just three games.

At Cricket Field Road 12th-placed Newmarket entertained third-placed Leiston and the match went to form as the visitors took the points. An early penalty miss did not deter Leiston who were ahead at the break through Calver and added two more in the second half through McGlone and Cunningham to extend their unbeaten run to eight and winning run to four.

The points were enough to climb above Needham Market into second place although the Marketmen, who were losing their Vase quarter-final, have three games in hand with the sides meeting at Bloomfields on Tuesday evening. The loss saw the Jockey slip one place to 13th on goal difference.

Sixth-placed Mildenhall went goal crazy at Rec'Way smashing nine past basement club Wivenhoe while conceding three. It was an amazing afternoon as three different players hit a hat-trick, with one of them, Mildenhall's Turner netting four times.


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The sides looked to be going into the break all square after Rogers had cancelled out Turner's early strike but three goals in the six minutes before the break saw the home side in control. Turner went on to score four and Sands three while Wivenhoe's Rogers also grabbed a couple more to notch up his hat-trick.

The win saw the 'Hall remain in sixth place but just four points adrift of fifth-placed Stanway Rovers while The Dragons, scoring three times in a league game for the first time in 11 months, still find themselves adrift at the bottom of the table.

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The only other fixture to survive was on the East Coast where Felixstowe & Walton grabbed the points with the only goal of the game against a spirited Hadleigh United. Hetherington's shot on the turn just after the half hour was the one bit of quality in an otherwise lacklustre game with the home side looking desperately short of match practice having played just three games in the last month.

The win lifted the Seasiders two places into seventh while Hadleigh remained in 17th place.

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