Fakenham pay penalty in Norfolk Senior Cup exit

Captain Dean Miller, full concentration on the game in hand. 051215 STFC
Captain Dean Miller, full concentration on the game in hand. 051215 STFC
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Norfolk Senior Cup

Gorleston 3

Fakenham Town 2

Despite equalising twice, Fakenham Town went out of the cup to a last-minute goal after missing a second-half penalty in this rearranged tie on Tuesday.

The hosts soon took the lead in the 23rd minute from Peter Lambert following a Joel Watts corner.

Then Kyle Plumb, who also scored during last weekend’s 3-1 home success over Long Melford, provided the Ghosts’ equaliser on the half-hour mark.

Matty Dye was allowed to cross from the left and Plumb stooped low to head into the home net from six yards out.

A mere five minutes later the visitors had a glimmer of a lead when a free kick from the right was headed goalwards by Matty Gilchrist, but the ball skimmed off the top of the woodwork. Then Ghosts keeper Tommy Rix tipped over a Watts strike.

But five minutes before the break Gorleston netted again to make the half-time score 2-1: another Watts corner caused scrambled mayhem before Liam Brown struck it home for his first goal in Gorleston colours.

In the second half came a red card for Gorleston, when Plumb was clean through on goal before he was brought down by Conna Harris. As the last man, Harris was given his marching orders. However Plumb blazed the resulting penalty over the bar.

Fakenham Town levelled for the second time in the tie with three minutes left on the clock, when a Plumb effort was cleared off the line but Lee Day converted the loose ball.

Nevertheless Gorleston had the final say in the dying moments. Dead ball specialist Keegan Middleton sent a free-kick into the top corner of Rix’s net.

Ten-man Gorleston thus did the treble over their fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier outfit the Ghosts and set up a Quarter-Final tie at home to Thetford.

Fakenham: Rix, Gilchrist, Dye, Harvey (c), Youngs, Day, Garner, Brooks, Plumb, Harris, Wiseman. Subs: Glendinning, Claxton, Dunger.

Tomorrow in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Fakenham Town travel to Whitton United.

l Tomorrow Swaffham Town have a long Thurlow Nunn Premier journey to Felixstowe and Walton to contend with, a game which will not be easy looking at the home side’s recent form.

The Pedlars Reserves felt the pinch away to Freethorpe, in a 5-1 defeat, Alfie Brindle scoring for the visitors. Tomorrow in Almary Green Anglian Combination Division Three they entertain Costessey Sports at Shoemakers Lane.

The Under 18s’ final fixture before Christmas will be away to Fakenham on Monday.

Swaffham Veterans’ game away against North Walsham Town Old Boys was postponed due to an unfit pitch.