FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town hit back from the sending-off of their goalkeeper and going a goal down to Anglian Combination opposition to reach the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Wednesday.

Playing in heavy rain on a bog of a pitch, a second-string Lynn side eventually won 3-1 at Gorleston against Caister, despite Luke Pearson’s dismissal. Allen Barrett had already put the underdogs ahead but stand-in goalkeeper Robert Palmer kept a clean sheet after picking up the gloves in the 30th minute.

It was one-way traffic in the second half with Chris Ward firing home the equaliser. Liam Fryatt put the visitors ahead following nice play between Luke Biles and Nelson Moriera. Moriera completed things with a fine individual goal.

A superb rearguard battle was not enough to earn Downham Town progress on Saturday. They went down 3-1 at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Gorleston but took their hosts into extra-time.

A shock looked on the cards when Matt Calvert put Town ahead after 15 minutes but they were undone after 61 minutes when Harry Porter was sent off for handball. Keegan Middleton scored the penalty and Scott Woodgate put them ahead eight minutes into the extra period.

Nathan Russell completed the scoresheet but man of the match was Downham goalkeeper Joe Clements who pulled off a string of saves in a game that saw the hosts post a 26-5 shots advantage.

Dersingham had a day to forget, crashing 4-0 at lower ranked Scole.

In the Thurlow Nunn League, Lynn Reserves rattled up a 5-1 victory over Leiston Reserves, courtesy of Jack Frohawk 2, Gino Livoti, Nelson Moriera and Alan Burch. The Linnets are at Downham tomorrow, 3pm.