Norwich promoted with Hadleigh win

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Hadleigh 0 Norwich United 2

NORWICH went into this Division One match needing just one point to guarantee promotion to the Premier Division. By half-time this had been all but achieved as two goals by Jamie Hunton had given the visitors an advantage which they maintained without too much trouble.

Hadleigh went close early on when Gaston volleyed inches over the bar but Hunton made his decisive breaks after 19 and 22 minutes.

Cracknell missed narrowly with a header for Hadleigh just before the interval but the second-half remained largely uneventful until stoppage time when a header by Norwich's McIntosh was brilliantly saved one-handed by Godbold.

Leiston 3 Stanway Rovers 2

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LEISTON moved into joint second following a deserved home win over Stanway Rovers, although they endured a nervous last quarter.

The visitors started brightly and Saffer neatly made room before firing wide. The home side were slowly finding their feet when they took the lead. Tucker weakly punched away Kirtley's corner and Judd Chenery thrashed home his 26th of the season.

It took Stanway only two minutes for a response when Saffer smartly headed in Curtis' left-wing cross. Ten minutes before the break Carl Chenery cleverly controlled Dineen's free-kick before lifting the ball over Tucker to restore the lead.

Stanway's chances were not helped when Sapey was red-carded and midway through the second-half Jennings showed great composure before lobbing Tucker after earlier being denied by a flying save from point-blank range.

Leiston then took their foot off the pedal and Goodwin scrambled in a second for the 10 men. A few anxious moments followed but Leiston held out and must now defeat Halstead tomorrow and hope results go their way if they are to gain promotion.

King's Lynn Res 0 Haverhill Rovers 3

HAVERHILL came back from Norfolk with all three points and a three better goal difference after a convincing display that kept the pressure on for the final promotion spot.

The opening goal came in the 39th minute, Cogger poking the ball forward to Jenkin, who took his time before blasting the ball inches wide of the advancing Nobes in the King's Lynn goal.

The second came 14 minutes into the second half, a 25-yard shot from Cogger bouncing in front of Nobes and leaving him unable to divert the ball away despite his best intentions, and his fingertips, attempting to do so.

The final goal arrived in the 63rd minute, a good move down the right culminating in Jenkin lifting the ball into the six-yard box for an unmarked Brandt to sidefoot the ball home from close range.

Warboys 1 Halstead 1

HALSTEAD ended their away programme with a point at Warboys to move up a place in the table, yet it could have been all three points.

Holding their slender lead until 20 minutes from time, they saw Warboys down to 10 men when John Setchell was dismissed for dissent, yet still the home side managed to grab the equaliser soon after.

It followed a real lack of concentration after winning a corner at the other end, while right at the death Andy Taylor might have clinched victory but he blasted over from five yards.

There was little to enthuse about for the first 20 minutes, with Warboys apparently satisfied to defend for their last game of the season.

But on 35 minutes Halstead grabbed the lead when Tony French dribbled through and set up Steff Kendall to blast home.

The pattern of play continued its scrappy course after the break with neither side possessing a player capable of stamping any authority on the game, while corners at either end brought no reward.

After 70 minutes Warboys had Setchell dismisssed and Julian Young booked for adding his version of events, however Halstead failed to take advantage.

Indeed within minutes they were caught out completely when one of their corners was quickly cleared down the left and Dave Aarons crossed for Tom Gallagher to net the equaliser.

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