FA Vase wins for Downham and Fakenham while King's Lynn Town Under-21s hit five
It was an afternoon to remember for West Norfolk representatives in the FA Vase on Saturday with both Downham Town and Fakenham Town progressing to the next stage.
Downham Town produced one of the results of the round by disposing of higher-league Ely City 3-0 at the Memorial Field, while Fakenham Town accounted for 1993/94 winners Diss Town 1-0 at Brewers Green Lane.
A late Josh Youngs header was good enough to see the Ghosts progress against the Tangerines but it was the performance of Downham that caught the eye in the first qualifying round.
After a goalless first half in their derby, Downham turned on the style after the interval with Matty Calvert, Simon Bird and Joe Jackson all finding the back of the net.
Joint boss Dale Stokes was full of praise for his side.
Stokes said: "If we'd ended up scoring five or six then I don't think it would have been harsh on Ely.
"We absolutely battered them after the break, it was one of those displays where every player performed really well.
"As a collective unit it was probably our best team performance for a long while.
"The only danger from them came from set-pieces but that was a result of us conceding some silly free-kicks on the edge of the box."
The pressure from the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side had started to build after Josh Townshend was forced to deny Joe Jackson having rounded Ely goalkeeper Harry Reynolds on 15 minutes.
Reynolds then dithered on whether or not to claim George Watts-Sturrock’s free-kick, which was flicked wide of the post.
Downham's first goal arrived when Matthew Calvert weaved a left-footed shot into the far corner past a helpless Reynolds, before Simon Bird prodded home from a free-kick two minutes later.
Top scorer Jackson sealed Ely’s fate with his third goal in five games in all competitions this season, and a first defeat for their visitors.
In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Swaffham Town were beaten 2-0 by league leaders Kirkley and Pakefield in a game that saw Kieran Shipp sent-off for picking up two yellow cards.
In the First Division North, King's Lynn Town Under-21s blew away Cornard with Joe Taylor (2), Flo Tsagium, Joe Gascoigne and Tom Mucklin all on the scoresheet in a 5-2 win.
Manager Joe Simpson said: "It was one hell of a win, we really did play well.
"It was pleasing to see the response of the players after the previous Saturday. They stood up against a strong, physical Cornard side who can also play a bit.
"There will be good weeks and bad weeks but it's pleasing to get a win on the board and it will give the young players a lot of confidence for the journey ahead."