Pope punished for making rare error

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RIDGEONS LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Ely City 1 Mildenhall Town 0

A RARE goalkeeping error by Josh Pope settled a tightly-contested derby as Ely maintained their unbeaten home record.

The winning strike came 10 minutes from time when Pope misjudged a long-range cross which then ricocheted off Richard Chadwick’s head.

The home side started the game powerfully but Hall withstood the pressure and only allowed one clear opportunity which Stuart Walker blazed over.

The visitors began to make the running and created four good chances in quick succession but Steve Holder. Wayne Proctor and Andrew Wood could not find the net.

Shortly before the break, Town had a strong penalty appeal for handball turned down.

On a sapping, heavy surface, the second half was an uneventful affair.

Mildenhall Town 5 Stanway Rovers 4

MILDENHALL twice came back from behind to beat mid-table rivals Stanway Rovers last Friday evening.

In poor conditons, Hall’s Michael Harvey had already struck a post when the visitors took the lead after three minutes through Michael Fitzgibbon’s crisp finish.

Rovers extended their lead from a corner through Josh Gould before half-time but a second half revival saw Steve Holder head in Craig Skipper’s corner after 53 minutes before Andrew Wood equalised from the peanlty spot 15 minutes later.

Lee Townrow then stole in to volley Stanway back ahead but Holder rammed in another header, this time from a James Paterson delivery, to spark a frantic finale.

On 88 minutes, Stanway were caught on the break and Wood released Proctor to finish with Wood adding another in stoppage time before Ray Turner struck to reduce the deficit.