FOOTBALL: A 66th-minute penalty from captain Matty Calvert proved a winning strike as Downham Town kept their first away clean sheet of the Thurlow Nunn League Division One season at Stowmarket Town.

The hosts finished with just nine players after captain Ben Garnham was sent off for dissent after 87 minutes and then Sean Rea was shown the red card for an off the ball kick at Calvert two minutes later.

Downham goalkeeper Alex Jarvis made two good one-on-one blocks in the first half but had no other saves to make, while the only meaningful action for his opposite number was to pick the ball out of the net from the penalty.

Dersingham Rovers’ hopes of Anglian Combination title success received a huge boost in midweek when rivals Spixworth lost 2-1 at Cromer Town.

That came after Rovers had dropped points against the same opposition in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Rovers found themselves trailing 2-0 at half-time but Tommy Anderson reduced the arrears and Scott English equalised before Liam Davies saved Aaron Proctor’s last-minute penalty to stop Dersingham winning.

Downham Town Reserves finished their Division Three season in style with a 5-0 hammering of bottom club Hempnall Reserves with goals from Lee Oatham, Zak Merrishaw, Duane Hesford and Andy Willmott 2.

Redgate Rangers need to beat closest rivals Hingham Athletic tomorrow to secure the Division Five title after beating St Andrews 5-0. Matt Prudence hit a hat-trick with Adrian Hill and Jordan Penty also on target for Rangers.

Feltwell United also grabbed a nap-hand with Joe Allen netting four in a 5-2 win over Bradenham Wanderers Reserves. Roy Peckham scored the other.

Gayton United face a possible Division Six title decider at Mulbarton tomorrow. They warmed up with a 2-1 win over Foulsham with Darren Wood’s penalty the decider after an own goal had opened their account.

Dersingham Reserves beat Corsham Seltic 4-1, thanks to goals from Alex Collison, Dan Dean, Lloyd Drewery and Jack Johnson.