Gayton United through to last eight of Norfolk Junior Cup
Norfolk Junior Cup
North Walsham 1 Gayton United 4
Gayton United booked a quarter-final meeting against Holt United the Junior Cup quarter-finals thanks to an excellent away display in the rain at North Walsham.
On the scoresheet were Alex Forth, Matty Prudence, Keiran Nurse and Chez Rust.
The game got off to a frenetic start with the conditions playing a massive part. Gayton took an early lead when a deep free-kick from Forth went all the way in.
The lead lasted barely five minutes as North Walsham’s number 10 pounced on a defensive error to lob into the net from distance.
This spurred Gayton on and from then on they dominated the game and were soon back in front.
The excellent Prudence skipped through three nasty challenges to eventually win a free-kick, which he fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
The away side didn’t have to wait long for their third and it came from another set piece, this time it was the left foot of Nurse that found the top corner to give Gayton a 3-1 lead at the break.
After the break, Gayton’s back three of Ashley Page, Hill and Forth stayed strong and limited the home side to only a few half chances while goalkeeper Jacob Gyton was solid between the posts.
Gayton thought they’d settled it ten minutes after the restart, but a controversial offside decision denied Rust a second goal.
Walsham twice hit the crossbar in a matter of minutes, but, this aside Gayton managed the game superbly.
Gayton made certain of their passage through to the quarters with five minutes to go, when the same defender who’d twice struck the woodwork deflected home Rust’s free-kick.
After the game Gayton manager Stephen Curson-Pope praised the effort and attitude of his squad.