Acle Rangers put three past AFC Wanderers to win cup
AFC Wanderers took the upper hand in the early stages of Sunday's Copy IT League cup final at the FDC as they looked to atone for missing out, barring a mathematical miracle, on the Premier Division title to Marlborough.
It came as a surprise when Acle grabbed an unexpected lead via a penalty on 13 minutes, when Julian Bussell was deemed to have been fouled inside the area and from the resulting spot kick, captain Peter Nobbs fired home.
Acle's Richard Durrant had a header tipped over the bar by Duane Smith, but this only delayed the inevitable, when from the corner, Julian Bussell headed in at the far post. Wanderers looked to get back into the encounter and had an effort turned over the bar by Foreman in the Acle goal.
Acle began to gain the ascendancy and on 32 minutes Daniel Foreman, one of three brothers in the team, produced a shot that just fizzed over the bar. A Hyde shot brought another excellent save from the Wanderers 'keeper.
Ward was the next player to bring another stop from Smith and Forder further tested the Wanderers 'keeper as Acle finished the half on a high.
Wanderers came out looking to repair the damage and on 48 minutes Vincent had a decent effort tipped over and from the resulting corner they had another effort which went narrowly wide. Acle's Hyde produced another effort which was just off target.
On 64 minutes Wanderers' task was made that much more difficult when Vincent was sent off for a second bookable offence, reducing them to 10 men. Wanderers were still looking for a way back into the game and Foreman in the Acle goal had to produce another superb save as they kept their 2-0 lead intact. With the game entering its final stages Acle sealed the win as James Foreman picked the ball up on the edge of the area and cracked a vicious volley from 20 yards which entered the net via the upright to make it 3-0. To compound AFC's woes they were reduced to nine men on 87 minutes when Shaun Brown was dismissed by referee Choate for dissent.
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• In league matters Norman Wanderers moved a step closer to the Division 1A title with a 2-1 win at Aslacton, whilst Spixworth Sunday turned in a great performance to beat PL Rangers 4-2, a result that almost certainly sees them avoid the drop.
In 1B, Unicorns completed their season with a 5-1 (Oli Smith, Neil McGreevy, Louis Brown, Andrew Hawes and Ross Branigan) victory over Earlham United.
Congratulations to Riverside Rovers, who collected their third title in a row by thumping The Cottage 8-1 and move up to senior football. Mad Moose have taken the runners-up spot.