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Bumper crowds for Thurlow Nunn League Groundhopper Day
FANS turned out in force for the Thurlow Nunn League’s first Groundhopper Day.
Spectators had the chance to watch three different matches on Saturday afternoon.
The games had staggered kick-off times at WIVENHOE TOWN, FC CLACTON and BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT, with the latter up against north Essex rivals STANWAY ROVERS.
And there were impressive attendances at all three, with fans flocking from as far as Wales, Dublin, the Midlands, Manchester and even the Netherlands.
Wivenhoe, who gave away memento certificates that could be signed at all three grounds, had their highest league attendance for more than two years, of 137.
However, things didn’t go as well on the pitch as the Dragons suffered a 3-1 defeat in their high noon showdown against Felixstowe & Walton.
Clacton had their best-ever premier division attendance of 197 but the Seasiders crashed to a 4-1 defeat in their 3pm kick-off against Newmarket.
Last up, at 6pm, was arguably the clash of the day between neighbours Brightlingsea and Stanway, which Regent won 2-1.
The hosts gave away special match day programmes and cups of tea to the bumper crowd of 250.
In division one, there were 1-0 victories for both HALSTEAD TOWN – now top of the table - and BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES.
For a full league round-up and more non-league coverage, see Monday's Daily Gazette.
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