Norfolk Senior Cup Semi-Final
King’s Lynn Tn Reserves 1 Dereham Town 3
The ten-man Linnets side fell to the Magpies, who booked themselves a spot at the home of the Canaries in the final against Norwich United in May.
Liam Fryatt was sent off in injury time for picking up his second yellow card of the match.
The Ryman League visitors had three good chances to take the lead in the opening half. Away forward Ryan Crisp blazed over from eight yards under pressure from James Spittlehouse, Luke Tuttle’s shot was well blocked by Alex Street, while winger Rhys Logan fired wide.
In the second half a strong looking Lynn side began getting into the game. Sam Mulready – one of a half-dozen first team squad members who started – couldn’t connect with Kevin White’s cross, and Dylan Edge scuffed a shot.
A last-ditch tackle from Spittlehouse denied Sam Borrer a goalscoring opportunity at the other end.
Lynn took the lead when Matty Castellan’s long ball was latched onto by Edge who, despite the attentions of Matt Howard, found the bottom corner of keeper Will Viner’s goal.
Ex-Reserves boss and Dereham manager Matt Henman was sent to the stands following protests of offside over the goal.
That seemed to galvanise Dereham into action. Tom McLeish was penalised for a foul on Borrer which appeared outside the box and a penalty was awarded. Tuttle sent Street the wrong way.
Minutes later the visitors took the lead. First team stopper Street denied Jake Anema but Crisp converted the rebound via a deflection that wrong-footed Street.
Street was penalised for bringing down Crisp, but Street dived to his right and saved Tuttle’s spot-kick.
The away side sealed their place at Norwich City’s Carrow Road with 11 minutes reamining when Borrer headed home from a Tuttle free-kick from wide of the area.
Lynn: Street, Bird, McLeish, Castellan, Spittlehouse, White (McQuaid 77), Zielonka (Gillies 84), L.Fryatt, Edge, Mulready, Hilliard. Not used: Shipp, Setchell, Pearson. Goal: Edge 61. Sent off: L.Fryatt. Attendance: 235.
Thurlow Nunn League
Swaffham Town 0
Norwich United 2
Swaffham lost to runaway leaders Norwich United who ensured they enjoy a 10-point lead at the top of the table following this midweek win at Shoemakers Lane.
The sixth from bottom Pedlars have no respite tomorrow when they travel to second-spot Stanway Rovers, while Fakenham Town host Ipswich Wanderers in a crucial clash.
The Ghosts are second from bottom and Wanderers are fourth from bottom.
In the First Division, third from bottom Downham Town entertain second-spot Great Yarmouth Town, while fourth-place Lynn Res have no fixture.