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FA Cup/Thurlow Nunn round-up: Magic of the cup is alive and kicking for Gorleston and Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 18:07 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:07 20 August 2017

Lee Roots celebrates his winner against Basildon for Great Yarmouth Town. Picture: Great Yarmouth Town FC

Lee Roots celebrates his winner against Basildon for Great Yarmouth Town. Picture: Great Yarmouth Town FC

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Gorleston and Great Yarmouth will both be in the hat for today’s FA Cup first preliminary round draw after the east coast pair bagged impressive wins at the weekend.

Lee Roots scores the winner for Great Yarmouth Town against Basildon United. Picture: Great Yarmouth Town Lee Roots scores the winner for Great Yarmouth Town against Basildon United. Picture: Great Yarmouth Town

Gorleston had to endure late drama before prevailing 3-2 at Southend Manor whilst Lee Roots got the only goal of the game for the Bloaters, who saw off Basildon United.

Ricci Butler’s Greens fell behind early in the second half but Jack Garrod levelled matters before Connor Deeks put them ahead from the penalty spot after Garrod had been upended.

The tie looked to be over when Southend’s Alfie Lindfield was shown a straight red card after clashing with Luke Goreham but the Essex side gained an unlikely equaliser three minutes from time.

It looked all set for a replay until Garrod got his second of the afternoon, latching on to Jay Turner’s cross-cum-shot.

Action from Wroxham's 2-2 draw against Stanway Rovers on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division. Picture: Sonya Duncan Action from Wroxham's 2-2 draw against Stanway Rovers on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Yarmouth left it late themselves as substitute Roots proved the hero of the hour in a cagey affair at the Wellesley.

Roots showed a predator’s instinct to prod home from close range after Ady Ager had nodded Sean Perfect’s corner into the six-yard area.

Swaffham bowed out of the cup despite a creditable display at Bedford - Paul Hunt’s side going down 3-1. Blake Stangroome got the Pedlars’ late goal.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Wroxham twice came from behind to secure a point against Stanway Rovers.

Wroxham came from behind to secure a point at home to Stanway Rovers. Picture: Sonya Duncan Wroxham came from behind to secure a point at home to Stanway Rovers. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Stanway got their noses in front in the 12th minute thanks to a fine finish from Jordan Blackwell but Payton Swatman put the Yachtsmen back on terms with a 30-yard effort.

Stanway thought they had got the winner 15 minutes from time when Owen Akpiama netted from close range but Craig Bussens ensured a share of the spoils with a header. Stanway almost snatched the points late on but Will Viner produced a fine save to deny Taylor Bannister.

Thetford Town made it four wins out of five after a 2-0 win at FC Clacton. Goals from Robbie Priddle and Tanner Call gave the Brecklanders all three points and moved them up to second in the table.

Kirkley & Pakefield are still searching for their first win of the season after a 2-2 draw at Histon whilst Fakenham lost their fourth game on the spin after a 2-1 defeat at home to Wivenhoe - Stuart Garner getting the goal for the Ghosts.

In the First Division King’s Lynn Town Reserves beat Holland 4-0 and Norwich United Reserves lost 3-2 at home to Needham Market’s second string.

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