FOOTBALL: Hopes of early season silverware were dashed for AFC Walpole at March on Wednesday.

They conceded a goal to underdogs Buckden in the opening stages of the final of the Cambridgeshire County League’s Kershaw 30-Year Intermediate Cup. That proved to be the only goal of a hard-fought game, in which the Honey Badgers missed a penalty.

Scott Drewery, Brendan Burton and an opponent found the way to goal for Walpole in Saturday’s Senior B Division 3-1 win at Swavesey Institute.

The nets bulged for West Norfolk sides in Division 4C. Micah-Joe Baxter, William Ketteringham and Antonio Matos all got a couple of goals in Walpole Reserves’ 6-2 win against AFC Ely.

Outwell Swifts saw off Benwick Athletic Reserves 5-2, or rather Adan-Jay Lewis did. He scored all five for the hosts.

Heacham Reserves remain a point clear at the top of Division One of the MG Building Maintenance North West Norfolk League thanks to a 7-2 win at Snettisham.

The visitors put their beleaguered hosts to the sword in the first half, opening a 5-0 lead. Snettisham rallied in the second half with George Green pulling two back, to match another two from the leaders. Aiden Doughty ended up with a hat-trick. The other goals came from Curtis Morais, Ryan Scrivens, Fletcher Toll and Jody Lane. Stuart Deadman’s non-stop effort earned him the home man of the match award. 

A 4-2 win against Dersingham Reserves keeps Watlington in second place. Ben Baxter-Hunt, Ben Fenn, Harry Morton and Josh Ford got their goals.

Birchwood doubled their win tally for the season with a 10-4 romp against Gayton United A. Sean Wilson put three goals against his name with a brace coming from Daniel Kerry to go with singles from David Liddell, Dion Evans, Mark Hoppe, Adam Williams and Bradley Wilson. Chris Smith 2, Joel Monteiro and William Scott replied.

Marshland Saints were winners at Denver, coming from behind at half-time to win 4-3, courtesy of goals from Bradley Foxwell 2, David Abbott and Alan Jex. Nathan Powley, Mark Smith and Jesse Tierney were the home marksmen.

It was all square at Upwell Town, where six goals were split evenly against KLSC. The hosts had Thomas Diggines and Darren Rawthorn sent off but the nine men earned a point thanks to goals from Sam Cubberley, Jamie Leet and Ricky Mason. Thomas Wagg 2 and Callum McDermid got the away strikes.

Eight was the order of the day in Division Two, where three teams secured big away hauls. Leaders Ingoldisthorpe were 8-1 victors at The Woottons with Shakur Casaleiro helping himself to a treble. Reffley remain second after Charlie Edgley hit a treble in an 8-3 win at Weeting Saxon.

Clenchwarton secured the biggest margin, beating Heacham Social Club 8-0.

There was also an eight-goal total at Docking Reserves, but that saw the hosts share them equally with Terrington Tigers.

The remaining two games rolled in an aggregate of eight goals, both ending in 3-1 wins for the visitors; Castle Rising at Dersingham Development and Watlington Reserves at West Winch William Burt.

It was an afternoon of firsts in Division Three. Ingoldisthorpe Reserves and Marshland Saints Reserves clocked up their first wins, at the expense of Weeting Reserves and Docking Development respectively, while the reserves of Terrington and West Winch shared a first draw.

Charlie Stroud and Nathan Wright scored twice each for Feltwell United in their 6-1 win at Watton United Reserves in Division One of the Barnes Print Central & South Norfolk League. William Bales and Chris Long got the others.

No joy for Castle Acre Swifts Reserves though, they fell 4-0 at Briston Reserves.

Downham Town went down 4-2 at Cringleford Old Boys in Division Two West of The One Broker Norfolk Veterans League

Tom Allen got a hat-trick in CSKA Emneth’s 10-0 win at Jubilee in the Spalding Sunday League.

λ King’s Lynn Town booked a home draw with Cambridge United in the third qualifying round of the Vitality FA Women’s Cup. 

It takes place on October 24, 2pm, and comes thanks to a 5-1 win at Brett Vale at the weekend. Their nap-hand came from Rachel Skinner, Alexa Hunter, Amy Magnus, player of the match Oksana Imanalijeva and Aimee Ford.

KLSC made it two wins out of two at the start of their first season in the Norfolk Women’s League. They romped home 12-2 in Division Two on their home debut against Reepham-based Red Rose. 

Ellie Panks led the way with a four-goal haul. Jordan Turner netted a hat-trick and Kesley Ramm scored twice. The other goals came from Mille Bareford, Rhian Ellis and Tilly Sands.