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Anglian Combination round-up: Harleston Town make it two wins from two while Scole United and Long Stratton taste defeat

Harleston Town made it two wins from two at the start of the new Anglian Combination Premier Division season on Saturday.

They defeated visiting UEA 2-0 at the Recreation Ground, with both goals coming during the first half.

Summer signing Ryan Swift got the ball rolling when he broke the deadlock in the 15th minute before Nathan Stone settled matters 20 minutes later from the penalty spot.

Harleston overcome UEA on Saturday. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston overcome UEA on Saturday. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The hosts were also thankful to goalkeeper Ross Bilham, who made a handful of important saves to keep Harleston in the ascendancy.

Town – jointly managed by Nicky Howell and Jon Abbott – will be at home again on Saturday, this time against Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers (2.30pm).

The newly-merged opposition have also won both of their league matches in 2020/21.

* After last week’s impressive opening-day victory, Scole United suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Blofield United.

Robbie Fryers’s goal, which was scored early in the first half, was enough for the home side to claim all three points.

Fourth-placed Scole will aim to return to winning ways on Saturday when the play host to Mattishall (2.30pm).

* Long Stratton sit bottom of the early-season standings after Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Mattishall.

Goals from Ricky Bevis and Orren Oliver put hosting Mattishall in control, and rendered Sam Page’s effort for Stratton as little more than a consolation.

Adam Burroughs’ men will aim to halt their losing start to the campaign on Saturday when Norwich CEYMS will be their visitors (2.30pm).

* Charlie Smith, Brad Rivett and Liam Kindred all got their names on the scoresheet as Attleborough Town defeated Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves 3-1 in Division One.

The result means Attleborough have collected four points from the first six on offer ahead of Saturday's home clash against Watton United (2.30pm).

* Despite Shaun Hunsdon scoring for a second week running, East Harling suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Stalham Town.

Former Harleston striker Lawrence Cheese and Ryan Beeson did the damage for Stalham, who have gone above their opponents in the table.

On Saturday Stacey Lawrence’s charges will be on the road at Aylsham (2.30pm).

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