Hornets buzzing as home win has them looking up

HOME TRIUMPH: Debenham LC players mob defender Tom Fenner after he scores the opening goal in Saturdays 3-0 victory over Needham Market Reserves
HOME TRIUMPH: Debenham LC players mob defender Tom Fenner after he scores the opening goal in Saturdays 3-0 victory over Needham Market Reserves

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Debenham LC 3

Needham Market Reserves 0

Three second-half goals on Saturday secured Mark Benterman a second victory since taking charge of Debenham.

The Hornets created a number of chances during the first half against Needham’s second string, but they were unable to find a way through.

That changed in the second half, though, when centre-back Tom Fenner forced the ball over the line to break the deadlock.

Another defender — Chris Brock — was the scorer of Debenham’s second goal with a volley that found the bottom corner.

The goal marked a cause for double celebration for Brock, who was named Debenham Player of the Month.

The scoring was completed by Tom Harrod. whose volley flew into the top corner of the net.

Debenham, who have moved up to 15th position, travel over the Cambridgeshire border tomorrow to face March Town United (3pm).

The Hares are currently 18th, two points adrift of Debenham.

That is followed on Tuesday by a return to Halstead Town for Benterman, who managed the Essex side for four years prior to his January exit (7.45pm).

n Framlingham Town extended their unbeaten league run to five matches courtesy of Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Wisbech St Mary.

The Castlemen took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Jake Taylor’s strike.

Simon Poacher made it 2-0 after the restart, before the hosts cut that deficit in half.

However, the points were made safe when Framlingham’s leading goalscorer Danny Smith found the back of the net.

The result saw Mel Aldis’ men gain an element of revenge of Wisbech, having beaten in the First Division Knockout Cup by them early last month.

Framlingham (fifth) will play host to Whitton United (10th) tomorrow (3pm).

n In the Almary Green Anglian Combination Premier Division, Harleston Town made it eight wins on the bounce with a 2-0 victory over St Andrews.

Harleston started the game well and made their early pressure tell when they took the lead inside five minutes through the returning Nathan Russell — the league’s leading scorer — who headed home his 24th goal of the season.

Brendan Burke saw red in the second half, but Harleston were still able to secure the points with a Scott Roberts goal.

Roberts was also on target during Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Wroxham Reserves, with Nick Howell netting the other two goals.

Tomorrow, Adam Gusterson’s side host Long Stratton (2.30pm).

n Harleston Town Reserves slipped to a 3-1 defeat to title favourites Great Yarmouth Town Reserves.