Guard survive an upset to stay top
Home Guard held on to the lead of Division One in the Glasswells St Edmundsbury League after surviving a scare against struggling Barons in a hastily-rearranged fixture on Saturday, writes Bill Tinkler.
Callum Brown, Clayton Dyrer, Dean Myers and Andrew Tobin scored for the unbeaten Guard in their 4-3 triumph, while Ben Tooke (two) and Richard Burlingham were on target for Barons.
Westbury United leapfrogged St Edmunds 1965 into second with a 3-1 triumph at their rivals.
Adam Cornish’s brace and Jamie Blythe’s solitary strike handed the points to United, while Sam Whiting replied for the Saints.
Owen Brady and Mitch Gooderham guided AFC Hoxne A to a 2-1 victory over Great Barton.
Division Two leaders Ram Meadow hammered basement side Beck Row in a 14-goal thriller.
Andrew French hit a hat-trick and Ben Mayhew got one, while Jordan Marlow, Justin Farrow and Tom Cox each bagged a brace for the table-toppers.
Luke Cole (two), Richard Shaw and Dave Howlett were on target for Beck Row.
There were 10 more goals when Thurston Reserves defeated Wortham 7-3.
Brett Gooch got four for Thurston, while Dylan Peskett, Liam Jolly and Ben Jolly also netted.
Tom Mayhew, Alan Boon and Dave Miller replied for Wortham.
Second-placed Barton Reserves got back to winning ways thanks to a 5-1 defeat of Bury Rovers, with Ross Locke leading the way with a hat-trick.
Kieran Lawrence and Martin Mayne were also on target, while Jamie Maxwell netted the Rovers consolation goal.
With Division Three leaders Cedars Park A without a game, second-placed AFC Black Boy were hoping to close the gap with a home fixture against Walsham-le-Willows B.
However, it was not to be, with the Bs winning this match 4-1 thanks to goals from Carl Alexander (two) and one goal each for substitutes Carl Jackson and Kieran Tibble.
Connor Vince was the Black Boy goalscorer.
Ram Meadow Reserves finally won a league game as Gareth Hollands handed them a 1-0 triumph over Bury Wanderers at Northumberland Avenue, but they remained bottom.