FOOTBALL: Snettisham put their poor league form behind them to romp to a 10-0 victory in the Norfolk County FA Junior Cup.
The village side are bottom of Division One of the North West Norfolk League with just three points to their name from nine games but made light work of their visitors and awful conditions to book a home tie against Wells Town Reserves in the third round.
Snettisham manager Mark Sainty had the rare benefit of a full team and Rocklands were under pressure from the start.
George Green enjoyed a profitable afternoon with a four-goal haul. Joe Green and Reece Wells, on his debut, both scored twice with manager Sainty and man of the match Will Irvine chipping in with a goal each.
Two more of the league’s clubs are also through to the last 32 after pulling off giant-killing wins over teams chasing promotion from Division Three of the Anglian Combination – three levels higher in the county football ladder.
A last-minute winner completed a 4-3 comeback victory for Denver at Aylsham Reserves. They trailed 2-1 at the break but held their nerve to progress thanks to goals from man of the match Mark Smith 2, Matthew Wolfe and Darren Thorpe. Their reward is a home tie against Watton United Reserves on December 11.
It was even tighter at Long Stratton Reserves, where Docking Rangers won a penalty shoot-out 3-2 after a 1-1 draw.
Goalkeeper Aaron Howell pulled off some terrific saves but the man of the match honours went to Alfie Cator, with Tom Hawkins getting their goal. A home tie against Tacolneston awaits them.
Also through are Castle Acre Reserves, who won 5-1 at Norwich CEYMS Reserves courtesy of braces from Daniel King and Danny Manning. Josh Carlton also scored to book a home tie against either Hickling or Dersingham Rovers, who play their tie tomorrow.
First-half goals from Chez Rust and Jordan Turner earned Gayton United a 2-0 win at Easton Reserves and means they will travel to Reepham Town in the third round.
Heacham Reserves’ cup hopes were ended with a 5-2 defeat at East Harling, while Marshland Saints also slipped out, going down 5-4 on penalties after a 4-4 draw against Earsham.
KLSC took full advantage of a depleted MG Building Maintenance North West Norfolk League programme to catch up on a game in hand and hurtle up the Division One table. Thomas Wagg scored four times in an 8-0 win over Gayton United A with Tom Hillard, Callum Hughes, Elliot Prentice and Connor Walker also on the scoresheet.
There was no action in Division Three but in Division Two, both games finished emphatically in favour of the home team.
Castle Rising were 5-2 victors over KLSC Reserves with Jack Rake 2, Luke Gooding, Chris Hunt and Matthew Pearson rattling up the nap-hand. Both the visitors goals came in the first half, courtesy of Jack Davidson and Jacob Bromfield.
Jack Cropley 2, Charlie Dungey and Andrew Wood got the goals for Reffley in their 4-0 win over Weeting Saxon.
Ingoldisthorpe have been named Double G Clothing Team of the Month award winners for September/October.
Divisional cup draws, first round
Div 1: Docking Rgrs v Dersingham Res, Marshland Sts v Heacham Res, Snettisham v Gayton Utd A.
Div 2: Clenchwarton v Dersingham Dev, Docking Res v Weeting, Terrington v KLSC Res, W Winch v Ingoldisthorpe.
Div 3: Marshland Res v Docking Dev, Upwell Res v AFC Lynn Napier Res.
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