FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper James Dougal proved to be a cup hero not once but twice for Watlington Sports & Social Club.
The long-term MG Building Maintenance North West Norfolk League leaders have missed out on the Division One title on goal difference to KLSC but gained consolation with victory in the Division One Cup final at Fakenham Town on Friday.
They followed that up with a win in the George Graver Cup on Tuesday to earn a quarter-final slot in that competition.
The man they had to thank on both occasions was Dougal.
Friday’s final was deadlocked at 0-0 and 4-4 after the first four penalties of the shoot-out decider when Dougal guessed right to save KLSC’s fifth effort, low to his right.
It was left to Matty Bussens to step forward and keep his nerve to complete a 5-4 spot-kick win, hammering home the ball down the middle of Thomas Hughes’ net, watched by hundreds of followers on a live Twitter feed.
Dougal then saved three of Marshland Saints efforts from the spot after the teams had drawn 2-2 in midweek. Not content with that, he then slotted home the winning penalty himself to secure a 4-3 passage to a last-eight tie at Dersingham Rovers Reserves.
A crowd of more than 350 had witnessed a nip and tuck encounter at Fakenham as the league’s top two went head to head.
Despite defeat, it was KLSC’s Callum South who claimed the man of the match honours.
Match ball sponsors were Double G Clothing.