Diss hope to make it ten
After taking their unbeaten run to nine matches with a fine win at Halstead, Diss Town next host Ipswich Wanderers hoping to make it ten.The Reserves visit their Gorleston counterparts.
Harleston Town 2, Aylsham 0
HARLESTON bounced back from a 4-1 defeat at Hempnall Reserves by beating a resolute Aylsham side with a goal in each half to jump up to fifth place in Anglian Combination Division Three.
Harleston started the game well, looking confident and relaxed as they passed the ball about in the April sunshine. Harleston looked to attack at every opportunity as they knew Aylsham would be a hard team to breakdown as the visitors looked to protect the best defensive record in the division. Dan Burrett and Kieran Passey both going close for Harleston in the early exchanges. As the half wore on Harleston began to apply more pressure as they looked for the opening goal. The goal arrived on the half hour mark, when David Norman won the ball from the Aylsham centre half before spotting the Aylsham keeper off his line and lobbing him superbly from 25 yards out. Harleston continued to dominate for the remainder of the half but had to settle for a one goal lead at the break.
The second half started in much the same way with Harleston on the attack. Jake Imrie and Kieran Passey were dominating the midfield and bossing the game, whilst Noavak and Burrett were causing problems to Aylsham from the flanks. Dan Burrett fired wide following a good move as Harleston looked to double their advantage. Harleston continued to push for the second goal, knowing that a 1-0 scoreline could lead to a nervous end of the game. Substitute Bubby Dade began carving out openings from the left on his return to the side from injury. Harleston got a deserved second goal with 15 minutes left to play.
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Fionn Goodwin Wright finding space on the left before delivering a great cross to pick out his strike partner David Norman, who coolly steered the ball into the far corner of the net to seal the points for Town.
Man of the match: Kieran Passey - an energetic display in the middle of the park and was involved in every good Harleston move.
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Marlingford 0, Harleston Town 5
HARLESTON travelled to Marlingford for this tricky-looking midweek encounter, and produced an excellent display, inspired by the in-form David Norman who helped himself to four goals.
Harleston started the game quickly, immediately on the front foot and soon found themselves ahead with only a few minutes on the clock. Fionn Goodwin Wright fed David Norman, who despite a hint of off side, held off his marker well to power his way into the box and finish coolly into the bottom corner to give Town the perfect start.
With barely 10 minutes played, Town doubled their lead. Marc Pearce connecting well with his head from a corner and his goalbound header was cheekily turned in on the line past the keeper by Norman for his second.
As the half wore on Marlingford began to get a foot hold in the game, however, they rarely threatened the Harleston goal.
On the hour mark Harleston got the killer third goal as Norman sealed his hat-trick with a special goal, as he picked the ball up with his back to goal before flicking the ball up, deceiving his marker, and hitting an unstoppable 25-yard volley into the far corner of the net.
Ondrej Novak delivered a great cross straight on to the head of Norman who duly converted his fourth of the game.
In the closing moments of the game Fionn Goodwin Wright completed the scoring when he kept his cool to fire in Town's fifth. MoM: David Norman.