FOOTBALL: Four years of hurt were overturned as Gayton United Reserves proved West is once again best in the Norfolk County FA Primary Cup.
The Anglian Combination Division Four side beat Celt Rangers 2-1 at The FDC on Friday to bring the trophy back to West Norfolk for the first time since Old Hunstanton in 2010, ending a run of four consecutive final defeats for teams from the area – Springwood, The Woottons, Marham Wanderers and Castle Acre Reserves.
Second-half goals from Corey Brady and Ash Smith put Gayton 2-0 up and, despite a stoppage-time strike from Connor Alford for the Gorleston side, that was enough for victory.
The Lowestoft Leaguers made a strong start and Matthew Nurse pulled off a fine save to deny Matthew Anderson.
Gayton gradually got into the game with Richard Cunliffe and Jack Bradley going close and Freddie Pezzella was then denied in a goalless first half.
The deadlock was broken after 50 minutes when a Gayton corner was punched clear to Bradley and he drilled the ball back into the danger area where Pezella was on hand to tee up Brady to fire home. It was 2-0 with 15 minutes to go when Pezzella played in a perfectly weighted ball for Ash Smith to run on and score.
Chad Pillar hit the Gayton woodwork before Alford set up a frantic finale with a diving header to make it 2-1.
A second yellow card saw Darren Beckett sent off and with him went Celt’s hopes of an equaliser as Gayton hung on for glory.