FOOTBALL: The Norfolk County FA Primary Cup is heading further west than it has ever been before after Upwell Town won Saturday’s final at the FDC Bowthorpe in Norwich.
They won 3-2 in a thrilling encounter against fellow North West Norfolk League side Watlington Sports & Social Club to give the trophy a new home in the Fens.
Upwell twice hit back from behind and had to overcome the second-half dismissal of Michael Chow before lifting the 4Work Primary Cup.
Goals from Michael Chow, Joe Whyborn and Sam Cubberley were enough to seal victory after Ben Fenn and Lewis Hewitt had given Watlington 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
Watlington’s Dan Harpley had an early strike ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag but the villagers soon went ahead when Hewitt set up Fenn to curl the ball into the Upwell net.
Chow levelled when he capitalised on a Watlington error but the Blues went in at half-time 2-1 to the good after Hewitt surged into the penalty area and poked the ball past Dean Jimson in the Town goal.
Watlington pushed to kill off the game with a third goal and went close when Hewitt found the side-netting. However, against the run of play it was all square when man of the match Whyborn battled past the Watlington defence and sent a shot past James Dougal.
Chow was then sent off for an elbow on Watlington captain Harry Morton but the Town defence held firm under increasing pressure and rode their luck when Will Harris’ effort was ruled out for offside.
After soaking up relentless pressure, Upwell hit the winner. A free-kick was delivered into the danger area and Cubberley was on hand to toe poke the ball into the net with only six minutes left to play.
Joe Causton fired a shot narrowly wide and, in a last-gasp push, Watlington goalkeeper Dougal blazed over from a corner as his team pushed forward in vain with referee Rob Bunting bringing their dreams to an end when he blew the final whistle.