Wroxham 2, Dersingham 1
Dersingham manager Robbie Back hailed his side’s “monumental effort” after his village team side came so close to pulling off a Norfolk Senior Cup shock at Ryman League Wroxham. Only a late goal robbed the visitors of taking the game into extra time in a match where they will also feel mightily aggrieved at the award of the first-half penalty for the hosts.
Dersingham had carved the first genuine chance of the match when Paul English hit a great chance into the side netting in the first two minutes. But after that it was the Yach tsmen who took charge and only the brilliance of the outstanding Matt Hails in the Dersingham goal prevented the hosts going ahead. It was ex-Linnet Jamie Forshaw who was inflicting much of the threat as the rain teemed down at Trafford Park.
Ben Thompson had a goal rightly chalked off for offside for the home side on 26 minutes but just seconds later, referee Andy Tyne confounding Dersingham supporters by awarding a penalty after the same player was challenged from behind at the edge of the box. It looked a very soft penalty but Angelo Harrop stepped up to make it 1-0 from the spot.
Wroxham should have gone 2-0 up late on in the but Roscoe Hipperson missed a sitter just yards out from a corner and the visitors clung on to go in just a goal down at the break.
In the second half, Hails continued his good form to deny Ross Durrant but then came the moment the considerable Dersingham contingent in the crowd had travelled for. A break down the left, a killer cross from Aaron Procter and a fine finish from Matt Blake and incredibly, Dersingham were holding the side three steps higher in the non-league pyramid.
It was not undeserved and just for a moment it looked as if Dersingham might be on course for a spot of giant-killing. But Wroxham steadied and got back on top with trhe introduction of their Matt Blake, who looked just as menacing as his West Norfolk namesake.
Only a last-ditch intervention by Tim Kirby prevented Wroxham’s Matt Blake scoring and then Hails denied him too.
The pressure was building though and eventually Durrant grabbed that second goal after 82 minutes when he skipped through the heart of the defence and slotted home.
Dersingham never looked as if they could come back from that to force extra time and so it proved but it was a good effort.
Afterwards Robbie Back said: “We were immense... it was a monumental effort. There was 15 minutes there we were on top if we could have got another goal I don’t knwo how it could have gone. Matt Blake threatened with his pace throughout and Matty Hails was absolutely fantastic. As a manager I am so proud of the players. It was absolutely first class. It showed we have so much more we can achieve this season in the league.”
Back said the players had T-shirts made in which they warmed up in to pay tribute to Chris Jenkins, who broke his leg last week. “We did it for Jenko,” he said.
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Sunday 19 May 2013
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Temperature: 9 C to 15 C
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