A truly historic day for the King’s Lynn Sunday League in the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup at the weekend.
Chilvers faced Windmill on September 21 and the game was abandoned. The game was replayed at the weekend and Chilvers took on last year’s Carrow Road runners-up for a place in the second round.
Faced with playing an experienced team of semi-pro players and a vociferous crowd approaching 100 people, late in the first half a pin-point cross was nodded home by the visitors. The game certainly wasn’t for anyone of a nervous disposition with good, hard tackles flying in.
Windmill doubled their advantage and Chilvers seemed to be heading out but with 12 minutes left Kevin Leggett netted and the momentum had truly swung and when James Tricks equalised the home crowd went wild.
Extra time couldn’t separate the sides and penalties went into sudden death, and Chilvers emerged 4-3 on spot kicks.
They now play their second round match v Norman Wanderers on December 7.
England’s Hope, arguably, had the tougher fixture as they hosted the current holders of the Senior Cup, AFC Wanderers in this Round Three tie.
Hope, it seems, have finally come of age, after years of being the nearly men.
Hope have overcome their defensive troubles of recent years and restricted AFC to barely a shot on target of any note.
Couple that with a strike force that encompasses the top three scorers in Division One and Hope must surely be the new favourites after this 1-0 win, in which Joe Whyborn was the only scorer.
CSKA Emneth, based in Cambs, although registered to Norfolk FA, made the delightful 81.3 mile trip down the Acle straight to Gorleston, where they made an overnight stay. Gorleston scored seven, with Dave Abbott notching their only response. CSKA will be proud of their run.
FANG came up against probably the only team now capable of stopping Chilvers or Hope, Riverside Rovers. Riverside sit second in the Norwich Premier Division (behind Farmhouse who are out) and showed their worth by brushing aside FANG 6-1, with Michael Wood offering FANG’s response.
Again, making the third round of such a prestigious competition should be congratulated.
Only Tilney Green Lions and Farmers Arms remained, and unluckily, both bowed out at the third round stage to strong opposition.
Farmers made the long trip to Yarmouth to take on Memphis Belton and crashed out 3-1 in extra time, Jamie Flores scoring. Tilney lost 3-2 at home to Lichfield Arms, with Jason Chilton scoring both their goals.
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Heacham Reserves, our only representatives, made the trip to Marlborough and their under-19 side and squeezed past them, 2-3. Tom Hawkins, George Patience and Martin Gibbs netted.
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Wisbech Town Social in the second round crashed out 9-4 to a competent Guyhirn side, who despatched March Saracens in the previous round. Richard Hunt got 2, with Kenzie Carter and Jamie Cobbin also scoring.
Clenchwarton bagged their first league win at the sixth time of asking, beating Long Sutton 5-2, Matty Prudence 3, Josh Thurston and Chris Scammell scoring. Clenchwarton raced into a three-goal lead before two set pieces dragged Sutton back.
Burt got their first win in a month, 6-3 against Horsepigs. John Murphy bagged a brace, with Paul Richardson also scoring. Burt wrapped up the game through Oliver Cox 2, Shaun Giles 2, Sam Hewitt and Rowan Smith.
Flitcham won a thriller at home to Tydd St Mary, 5-3. Terry Quick, twice, and an own goal scored for Tydd, but the Winking Owls made it four league wins in six games thanks to Danny Child 2, Jordan Lown, Lee Godsell and James Brennock.
CR Eastern had an emphatic 9-2 win over March Saracens. Curtis Morais (7), Ashley Proper and Daniel Kerry netted. Ash Taylor and Jack Stockbridge scored for Saracens.
Fleet brushed past Elm 3-0 in a confident performance, Damien Hardy 2 and Marcus Gilbertson scoring.
Bottom side Watlington continue to battle bravely for that elusive first win, after a 5-1 reverse at River Lane. Cameron Mitchell scored for Watlington but Jack Moy 3, Michael Gilbert and Scott Jarman saw ‘Lane home.
FANG were awarded the West Norfolk Scaffolding Team of the Month for October after winning all four games. CSKA Emneth won the Fair Play Award. Both will receive match balls in due course.
Fixtures Sunday, Division One: C.S.K.A Emmeth v Burt, England’s Hope v Clenchwarton Victory, F.A.N.G. v Long Sutton, Horsepigs v Chilvers.
Division Two: CR Eastern Province v Sutton St James, Tilney Green Lions v March Saracens, Wisbech Town Social v Farmers Arms.
Division Three: Dersingham Social Club v River Lane, Fleet v Heacham Res, Watlington v Elm, West Lynn Wanderers v Horsepigs Res.