FOOTBALL: The North West Norfolk League has three teams through to the last four of Norfolk County FA cup competitions but three more fell in the quarter-finals.
AMA Lynn and Lynn North End ensured maximum success in the Junior Cup and the league was guaranteed a semi-finalist in the Primary Cup at Lynnsport with a derby between Springwood and Birchwood but there were defeats on the road for Castle Rising and Thornham.
AMA needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Central & South Norfolk League side Morley Village after the sides were tied at 2-2 after extra time.
The visitors went ahead from a scramble just before half-time but AMA were level when Alex Clunan’s corner went straight in.
Ed Tann’s headed the hosts ahead but they conceded a sloppy equaliser with two minutes to go when a long punt set up Morley for a second goal.
Extra-time brought no further scoring and even penalties struggled to add to the tally. Smart Windows and Conservatories Man of the Match Jordan Jenner saved three of Morley’s efforts with one more skied. AMA did little better but James Moore did find the target and Clunan also converted to make it 2-1.
Lynn North End pulled off a superb victory at East Harling to progress at the expense of a side from five rungs higher on the county’s football ladder.
North End dominated the first half and went 1-0 up through a rare headed goal from Simon Bush. Shaun Gurney hit the bar and Neil Goodbourn forced a great save before Bush’s long-range effort made it 2-0.
Harling pulled one back with a free header. North End’s man of the match was Ty Wilson
In the Primary Cup, it looked good at half-time for Thornham at Great Yarmouth Town Hall Reserves, where they led 2-0 after Andy Stabler and Gary Groom put them clear.
But their long trip ended in disappointment as they ran out of steam and the hosts fired back for a 3-2 win.
Castle Rising were also ahead on the east coast in their tie at Prostar Windows. Danny Clarke put them in front but the home team levelled before half-time.
Rising forced the pace after the interval but were caught on the break with a second from Prostar. Hopes of forcing extra-time were dashed in the closing stages when defender Scott Berry rifled a shot just over the bar from the edge of the box.
With River Lane waterlogged, Springwood switched their derby tie against Birchwood to the 3G surface at Lynnsport and were rewarded with a 5-4 extra-time victory after the teams shared six goals in 90 minutes.
Alex Oughton effort for Springwood was the only goal before half-time but the game burst into life in the second half. Birchwood goal machine Andrew Wood equalised before Lewis Osborn’s corner went straight into the net to restore the home advantage. Within a minute Wood struck a penalty and it looked all over with five minutes left when he completed his hat-trick. But with the last kick of normal time, Osborn scored again from a corner to force extra time.
Kenny Diggins put Springwood 4-3 up only for Wood to sink his fourth with five minutes left. With penalties looming, substitute Jake Seekings won a 50-50 with the goalkeeper to send the ball rolling into the net for the winner.
λ The King’s Lynn Sunday League’s proud run of success in the Sunday Cup is at an end.
After seeing their teams in a final every season since 1996, they will be absent this time after the last representatives fell at the penultimate hurdle.
Three late goals from New Buckenham sent Clenchwarton Victory home empty handed from south Norfolk.
Adrian Hill had given them hope with an equaliser.