Saturday's local football round-up

HOME DEFEAT: Lewis Whitehead goes for goal during Newmarket's defeat to Stanway. Picture: Mark Westley
HOME DEFEAT: Lewis Whitehead goes for goal during Newmarket's defeat to Stanway. Picture: Mark Westley
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The goals flowed in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this afternoon as Stowmarket Town and Haverhill Borough helped themselves to four apiece, while Newmarket Town conceded the same amount in their home defeat to Stanway Rovers.

Having gone three league matches without a victory, Stowmarket made the trip to third-placed Brantham Athletic one position below their hosts.

DEADLOCK BREAKER: Ryan Weaver opened the scoring for Haverhill Borough at Walsham. Picture: Mecha Morton

DEADLOCK BREAKER: Ryan Weaver opened the scoring for Haverhill Borough at Walsham. Picture: Mecha Morton

However, a fine 4-2 comeback win has seen Rick Andrews' men leapfrog Brantham, leaving them five points adrift of Coggeshall Town in second spot.

An Ace Howell goal sent Stow into the break level at 1-1, before the home team regained the lead five minutes from time.

The visitors dug deep, though, and late goals from Dave Cowley, Ollie Brown and George Bugg earned them a dramatic three points.

Haverhill Borough were also in clinical form at Walsham-le-Willows, where they rattled in a quartet of goals during a blistering opening 45 minutes.

SHORT-LIVED CELEBRATIONS: Newmarket celebrate Simon Swinton's opener. Picture: Mark Westley

SHORT-LIVED CELEBRATIONS: Newmarket celebrate Simon Swinton's opener. Picture: Mark Westley

Ryan Weaver slotted in the first, before he won a penalty that was successfully converted by Rory Bone.

Jarid Robson then took centre stage, powering in a header in the 40th minute and then smashing home from distance in first-half stoppage time.

Jack Brame pulled one back for Walsham with a back-post header early in the second half, but the damage had long been done, with a professional second-half Borough display seeing them play out a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the troubles continue for Newmarket after they lost 4-1 at home to Stanway.

Simon Swinton handed the hosting Jockeys the lead, but they were 3-1 down at the break and shipped a fourth goal late on to make it just a 11 points collected from the lost 30 on offer.

Staying with the goal theme, Thetford Town ran out 6-2 winners over visiting FC Clacton, while in-form Ely City won by the odd goal in five at Hadleigh United.

That was a sixth win in a row for the Robins and also their 13th of the campaign - they only put 12 victories on the board during the whole of last season.

Elsewhere, player-manager Marc Abbott fired Haverhill Rovers into the lead against Wroxham but ultimately they had the settle for a 1-1 draw and it was not to be for Long Melford, who became the 23rd side to lose to table-topping Felixstowe & Walton United, going down 3-0 on the Suffolk coast.

In the First Division, Tanner Call had a debut to remember in Debenham LC colours as his brace helped to secure a 4-1 win at Downham Town.

Shaun Hunsdon and James Watling were also on target for the Hornets as they move up to seventh position.

Bottom-placed Needham Market Reserves picked up just their third win of the season with a 3-2 triumph over March Town United, but there was away defeats for Cornard United (2-1 at King's Lynn Reserves) and Diss Town (3-1 at Whitton United).

As for AFC Sudbury Reserves, they played out a 0-0 draw on the road at Holland FC.

In the Bostik League Premier Division, Needham Market are just five points off the bottom after they were beaten 2-1 at Merstham.

A 39th-minute goal from Jack Simmons drew the Marketmen level at 1-1, but Sean Bennett-Johnson struck 11 minutes from time to earn the home team all three points.

In Division One North, Bury Town picked up a credible 1-1 draw away at a Heybridge Swifts side that recently reached the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup.

Cemal Ramadan's 16th goal of the season put the Blues in front early in the second half, but they were pegged back by Kreshnic Krasniqi's 59th-minute effort.

It is now no win in 12 league outings for Mildenhall Town, though they did show some character to battle back and claim a point at home against Brentwood Town.

A Matt Price penalty gave the visitors from Essex a 1-0 lead at the break, yet the hosts responded in the second half through Jake Kerins' strike from distance.

New signing Ian Miller made his debut for AFC Sudbury, but the experienced defender could not prevent his new side from being beaten 2-1 at home by Haringey Borough.

Chris Benjamin put the away side two goals to the good, before Joe Whight scored a consolation for Sudbury from the penalty spot.

Postponed games: Cheshunt v Soham Town Rangers, Halstead Town v Swaffham Town, Team Bury v Woodbridge Town and Wisbech St Mary v Framlingham Town

* For reports and reaction to this weekend's matches, plus a look ahead to the next round of fixtures, see the upcoming print editions on Thursday and Friday.