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Harleston Town stay 10 points clear at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North after big win over Needham Market Reserves

By Sport Diss

Harleston Town maintained their 10-point lead at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North standings with a 6-2 win over Needham Market Reserves on Saturday.

Nathan Stone did much of the damage for Adam Gusterson’s team, helping himself to a hat-trick to take his goal tally for the season to 13 in 14 appearances.

Kyle Baker, Scott Roberts and Nathan Russell also added their names to the scoresheet to round off the comprehensive victory.

Football - Harleston v Mattishall. Nathan Stone. (5089680)
Football - Harleston v Mattishall. Nathan Stone. (5089680)

The table-toppers have now found the back of the net 48 times from their 14 league matches – the joint sixth best return of all Step 6 sides across the country.

Tomorrow Harleston will travel to AFC Sudbury Reserves (3pm) – one of just two teams to have taken points off the leaders this term.

In August the sides played out a 2-2 draw, with Baker and Roberts scoring for Harleston.

That is followed on Tuesday by a trip to bottom-of-the-table Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves in the third round of the First Division Knockout Cup (7.45pm).

* Diss Town’s big win over Wisbech St Mary last time out proved to be a false dawn as they lost 2-1 at home to Ipswich Wanderers.

The hosting Tangerines took a one-goal lead into the break thanks to Virgilio Leitao, who was alert enough to turn the ball in after Will Goulding’s initial headed effort had been parried clear.

However, rather than build on their lead, Diss were lacklustre in the second half and conceded an equaliser on the hour mark when Sam Cheetham beat Jake Hayhoe from the edge of the box.

And it got worse in the last minute when Ipswich broke forward and claimed all three points courtesy of Sam Gorwood’s header.

Jason Cook’s Diss (15th) will aim to bounce back tomorrow when they travel to seventh-placed March Town United (3pm).

* Debenham LC played out their first 0-0 draw in more than a year at home against Fakenham Town on Saturday.

The result has left the Hornets, who were last involved in a shut-out on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign, 10th in the table with 16 points to their name.

Leon Moore’s team are due to return to action tonight on the road at sixth-placed Ipswich Wanderers (7.45pm).

They will make the trip to Humber Doucy Lane without the services of Craig Jennings, who has left the club.

The striker arrived at Debenham from Felixstowe & Walton United in January this year, and has scored two goals this season.

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