CSKA Emneth celebrate their Sunday Senior Cup victory.Picture: Courtesy of Norfolk County FA.

FOOTBALL: The King’s Lynn & District Sunday League might be no more but one of its former members is flying the flag for West Norfolk.

The league folded in 2019 but champions CSKA Emneth were determined to play on and switched to the Spalding Sunday League.

They retained their Norfolk registration and entered the county Sunday Senior Cup.

After byes in the first and second rounds, they won 3-1 at Silver Fox in the quarter-final and then beat Farmhouse twice in the semi-finals. They won the first tie 4-0 but the result was expunged due to a breach of rules. 

However, they won the replay on penalties to secure a place in the final against Acle Rangers.

Again the match went to penalties and once more it was CSKA who prevailed, winning 4-3 in the shoot-out after a 2-2 draw to lift the trophy at the FDC Field of Dreams in Norwich.

CSKA were beaten in the 2017 final but made no mistake this time after taking a first-minute lead through Jake Miller with a sweetly hit volley into the top corner from 20 yards.

A fast-paced match saw multiple chances with a resolute CSKA defence repelling the Broads side.

The teams went in
all-square at the break after Acle levelled just before the interval through Tom Cullumbine.

Acle held the balance of power in the second half but, against the run of play, CSKA regained the lead when Ben Jimson directed a powerful header into the back of the net from Danny Setchell’s free-kick.

CSKA goalkeeper Luke Pearson pulled off a string of fine saves but was beaten in the second minute of stoppage time when Cullumbine smashed home his second goal.

That was the cue for Pearson to step forward to claim the man of the match honours in the penalty
shoot-out decider. He not only saved the fifth Acle penalty but also scored one of his own.