Heacham celebrate their cup win

FOOTBALL: Nathan Davies and John Flanagan took their combined goal tally to 68 for the season as Heacham put the seal on a league and cup double.

Davies took his total to 44 with one goal in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Swaffham Town Reserves, which made sure of the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Division Three title.

Louis Gaughran, Conor Easey and Royce Rawlings got the others, while Davis, Flanagan and Lewie Gaughran 2 found the net in last Thursday’s 4-1 win against Loddon United in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final at FDC Bowthorpe.

Assistant manager Ross McNeil was delighted to see the team make sure of the title with two games in hand and having remained unbeaten with 22 wins and two draws so far. 

“We won the cup against a team from a higher level and then sealed the championship,” he said.

The cup final was a tight affair with Davies putting Heacham ahead after 20 minutes and Loddon levelling just after the hour mark. No more goal were forthcoming in the 90 minutes.

McNeil said: “We bombarded their goal but hit the woodwork four times and their keeper made two or three great saves.” 

Extra-time saw Heacham show their class with Gaughran making it 2-1 after 100 minutes and adding a second just before the break. Flanagan completed things five minutes into the second half of extra-time.

Gayton United hit the goal trail to launch a late dash up the Division Two table. 

They followed Saturday’s 8-1 win over Martham with an equally emphatic 7-0 demolition of Mattishall Reserves on Tuesday. Liam Somerton and Chez Rust weighed in with doubles in the first game and Joe Malby, James Miller, Stewart Scott and Jordan Turner also found the way to goal. 

Somerton matched his tally in the follow-up but Rust went one better with a treble to take his season’s total to 27, one more than his strike partner. Malby and Jamie Burgess were the other scorers. 

Division Four champions Castle Acre Swifts moved five points clear with two games still to play after a 3-0 win at Blofield United Reserves. 

Ben Carlton, Josh Carlton and Jason Fell got the goals that confirmed the title after nearest rivals Attleborough Town Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw by Gayton United Reserves. Graham Moss was the Gayton scorer. 

A swift return saw Attleborough win 4-0 at Gayton on Monday.

Celebrations continue to flow for Outwell Swifts in the Cambs League. A hectic finale has seen Swifts racking up the silverware with the John Ablett Cup already under their belts.

On Thursday they beat Harston Bostocks 3-0 to lift the Cambridgeshire FA Lower Junior Cup at Histon. Luke Plumb was the hero with a treble.

There was little chance to celebrate because on Saturday they were back in action with Plumb again at the centre of the celebrations, this time netting seven times in a 9-2 win against March Academy in Division 3B. Ben Jimson got the other two.

To round off an incredible six days, St Ives Rangers Reserves were despatched 4-0 on Tuesday. Plumb got one to reach 58 goals for the season with Richard Mills, Ross Beart and Ben Longmuir also on the scoresheet.

Swifts need seven points from four games to take the title.

In Division 4C, Sam Cubberley 2 and Jack Huseyin Erkin earned Outwell Reserves a 3-1 win at Benwick Athletic Reserves.