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Late strike earns Framlingham Town away point while Debenham's winning run comes to abrupt halt and Diss Town set to return to action

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Jack Lawrence struck a late equaliser to earn Framlingham Town a 2-2 draw away at Needham Market Reserves, in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North on Tuesday night.

The Castlemen went into the break leading 1-0, courtesy of top goalscorer Danny Smith’s 24th goal of the season, before hosts Needham struck twice in the second half to go 2-1 in front.

But with five minutes to go, Lawrence helped salvage a point for the visitors, opening his account for the season for Liam Abraham’s side on the road.

AFC Sudbury reserves v Framlingham Town - Framlinghams Jack Lawrence.Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (30793203)
AFC Sudbury reserves v Framlingham Town - Framlinghams Jack Lawrence.Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (30793203)

The draw pushed Fram up one place in the First Division North table and up into 15th spot, with a trip to King’s Lynn Town Reserves (18th) next up tomorrow (3pm).

Fram’s scheduled home clash with promotion-chasing Lakenheath last Saturday was postponed, with a new date for the fixture set for Tuesday, April 21.

* Meanwhile, Debenham LC’s recent winning run came to an abrupt halt, as they were beaten 5-1 away at high-flying Downham Town on Tuesday night.

After trailing 1-0 at the break, Jack Watling’s 10th goal of the campaign had got the Hornets back on level terms, but Downham then ran in four unanswered goals to claim all three points and move up to second in the table.

Guy Hayes’ men, who sit in ninth spot, face a trip to seventh-placed Sheringham tomorrow (3pm).

Saturday’s postponed home game against bottom side Wisbech St Mary has been rearranged for Tuesday, April 21.

* Diss Town (10th) will be looking to return to action in the First Division North when they visit Haverhill Borough (17th) tomorrow (3pm).

Newly-appointed manager Steve Eastaugh’s first home game in charge sees the Tangerines entertain AFC Sudbury Reserves (14th) next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Last weekend’s cancelled home clash with Needham Market Reserves will now take place on Tuesday, April 21.

* In the Thurlow Nunn Youth League East, Diss Town Under-18s fell to a second successive defeat without scoring, as they lost 3-0 away at Beccles Town Under-18s on Thursday last week.

Lewis Casey’s 10th-minute opener, followed by a brace from Ethan Clements in the second half, secured the points for the hosts, who bellied their second-from-bottom position in the table.

Diss (2nd) finish their league fixtures with a trip to Kirkley & Pakefield Under-18s later this month, on Thursday, March 26.

Great Yarmouth Town Under-18s hold a two-point lead at the top, and also have two games in hand on Diss.

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