Title race is blown open as lacklustre Hadleigh lose at home and lowly Wivenhoe pick up a crucial home victory
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Hadleigh United 2 Godmanchester Rovers 4
Lacklustre Hadleigh were deservedly beaten by fellow high-flyers Godmanchester who completed the double over the Brettsiders.
Hadleigh went near early on when Matt Downing fired against the post but it was the visitors who were scored after 27 minutes when Hadleigh’s defence failed to deal with a set-piece and Tom Sparkes scored.
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Three minutes later Hadleigh were level as Duane Wright fired home a free-kick.
In the 43rd minute a corner from the left was punched clear by ‘keeper Fred Howe but again Hadleigh’s defence failed to do its job allowing Nick Stavinas an easy goal.
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On the stroke of half-time a low cross from the left was converted at the far post by Wright to make it 2-2 at the interval.
The visitors regained the lead after 65 minutes as yet another corner-kick proved costly for Hadleigh and Stavinas netted.
In the closing stages Hadleigh chased the game but Jamie Blackwell broke away to score number four in the 85th minute.
Mildenhall Town 0 Felixstowe & Walton United 1
Rhys Barber’s injury time clearance off the Felixstowe goal line enabled the Seasiders to retain their slender lead and claim maximum points.
Ryan Clark scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute, accurately steering a long ball over the advancing home ‘keeper from the edge of the area into an empty net.
With slope and wind advantage after the break ‘Hall applied pressure on the visiting goal with Crump called into action to claim the ball from Steve Holler following Turner’s deep cross and then to hold Blake’s shot from distance.
Stanway Rovers 0 Haverhill Rovers 1
The game seemed destined for a draw after the first half, Haverhill having more chances but Stanway going closest with a low 30 yard drive by captain Brothers.
The winner came a minute from time when Robinson made it to the by-line before crossing the ball. Substitute Strong popped up at the far post to head home.
Wivenhoe Town 2 Kirkley & Pakefield 1
An exciting match ended with Wivenhoe claiming only their second home win of the season thanks to an 85th minute goal.
On 37 minutes, a ball over the top from Callum Rogers was chased and flicked past Hayden Rogers by Goldie-McSorley to give the Dragons the lead.
The game changed on 65 minutes when Godbold received the ball 30 yards from goal and fired past Haxell.
Callum Rogers slammed home a loose ball home with just five minutes left.
Ipswich Wanderers 5 March Town United 0
Another Remi Garrett hat-trick set Wanderers on their way to a comfortable victory to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The hosts took the lead after two minutes when a pass from Read found Garrett who struck low beyond ‘keeper Barwick.
Wanderers doubled their advantage when Read found Myhill who cut inside the box before laying the ball back for Garrett to net.
The hosts’ lead was increased again on 55 minutes when the tireless efforts of Jennings saw him brought down in the penalty area. Garrett completed his hat-trick from the spot. A minute later Wanderers were 4-0 up when Jennings found Beech and he slotted past the advancing Barwick.
Zehnn Young completed the scoring from close range two minutes from time.
Debenham LC 0 Halstead Town 3
Third placed Halstead Town looked every bit the promotion-chasing side while Debenham found the visitors too hot to handle.
On 17 minutes a free-kick near to the half way line for Halstead was hoisted into the Debenham penalty area by Lee Hurkett. ‘Keeper Sam Chilvers failed to read the flight of the ball and it sailed onto the far corner. Jordan Palmer grabbed Halstead’s second in the 44th minute and it was Palmer again who grabbed his second and Halstead’s third in the 65th minute.
Braintree Town Res 1 Long Melford 3
Braintree went ahead with a bizarre goal
After 12 minutes both teams paused expecting the referee to signal a free-kick to Melford but Braintree defender Harry Seal had other ideas and fired over the head of ‘keeper Sam Mansfield into the net.
On 30 minutes Melford levelled the when Ross Waugh thumped the ball into the net.
Just two minutes before half-time Melford went ahead, a Waugh header coming back off the bar for Sam Bayliss to net.
On 74 minutes Melford increased their