Castle Acre tame holders Catfield to reach county cup final

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Norfolk Junior Cup

Semi-final

Catfield 0 Castle Acre 4

Castle Acre Swifts landed the prize of playing at Norwich City FC in the final on May 16 after taming holders Catfield who were unbeaten at home since 2005.

The game started with the Swifts goalkeeper Jamie Butters struggling to get his goal kicks out of his own half against a very strong wind.

Catfield were making the most out of the their advantage getting off a few shots from long range.

The away defence cleared two shots off the line before in the 30th minute Swifts’ Daniel King drove his shot low and hard into the bottom corner of the net.

Within two minutes David Weaver-Pope grabbed another from inside the penalty box and this knocked the wind out of the opposition’s sails.

The second half kicked off and it only took five minutes for King to bag his second of the game one-on-one with the Catfield keeper.

Craig Warnes could have made it four from King’s low-ball cross but hit the upright.

Catfield struck the upright with a free kick.

However, with 10 minutes to go Craig Burton put the game to bed with a superb finish in the top corner of the net.

Joint manager Lucian Hodkinson said seven of the players live in the village, adding that Acre had become the first club from the Crown Fire Central & South Norfolk League to reach this county cup semi-final, let alone the final.

Castle Acre will meet Sprowston Athletic, who knocked out Anglian Combination local side Redgate Rangers, at Carrow Road.

In the Norfolk Primary Cup, Springwood were denied a final spot after they were knocked out by Dereham Taverners 1-0.

Dereham will meet North West Norfolk League side The Woottons, who beat Lyng United in the semi, in the final at the Norwich FDC on April 10.