Acle United 0, King’s Lynn 3
Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round: King's Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell hopes painful memories of last season's final will inspire his side to Norfolk Senior Cup glory next May.
And on Saturday the Linnets took their first step to another Carrow Road final - overcoming a dogged Acle United thanks to strikes from Stephen Spriggs, Robbie Harris and Nelson Moreira.
While promotion from the United Counties League remains the main priority; success in the Senior Cup will be welcomed by Setchell.
'We will show this competition the respect it deserves by playing our strongest side available,' he said. Lynn crashed to a 4-1 defeat to Dereham in the final last season and Setchell added: 'A few of the lads would like to put that right, so if we can go back (to Carrow Road) and win it this season without hampering our league campaign - then that would be great.'
First team regulars Alex Street, Pat Bexfield, Dan Buhlemann, Spriggs, Harris, Danny Beaumont and Jamie Thurlbourne all returned to the team after being rested in mid-week for the UCL Cup match with Raunds Town.
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Acle United, of the Anglian Combination Premier Division, gave a good account of themselves and made a bright start to the game. First Adam Hipperson curled a fine effort over the crossbar and then A's front man Harry Maddison stung the palms of Street within the opening ten minutes.
'I expected Acle to start well and as underdogs you have nothing to lose - similar to when we went to Tamworth in the FA Cup and ran them close, but credit to Acle they gave it a real go and made it very difficult for us,' said Setchell.
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However, the Linnets soon found their stride netting two goals inside the space of six minutes with both coming from Jamie Thurlbourne's cunning corners. Spriggs, lurking at the back-post, headed a 22nd minute opener - then Harris connected with a neat back-flick as Acle, once again, failed to deal with a Jamie Thurlbourne corner.
The quality of Jamie Thurlbourne effectively crushed the hopes of Acle causing a major upset and Setchell enthused: 'Jamie has a great left foot which is hard for any team to defend against.
'We adapted well to the windy conditions and put in a solid performance, but Jamie has got us out of jail again with that left foot.'
Linnets striker Beaumont, a Senior Cup winner with Dereham last season, struck a post eight minutes into the second period after being played in by Rob Hughes.
The hosts held firm to keep further Lynn attacks at bay, but at the same time hardly threatened Street in the visitors goal.
Six minutes from time, in a rare attack forward, United nearly made things interesting as Simeon Randall forced a good save from Street, and Nathan Thompson was unlucky not to follow-up on the rebound with an acrobatic effort.
But a minute from time substitute Moreira sealed the Linnets place in the quarter-finals with a fine lob over Scott Foreman.
Acle United's joint first-team boss Martyn Sinclair said: 'I am very proud of my lads, they worked tirelessly throughout the match and we created some good chances against a very sharp King's Lynn side.'
• Acle United: Scott Foreman, Colk (Nobbs, 81), Daniel Foreman, Oldham, Hodds, Palmer, Randall, Goreham, Maddison (Harman, 81), Thompson (Faulkes, 88), Hipperson.
Subs not used: Goodwin, Short.
• King's Lynn Town: Street, Fryatt, Bexfield (Yong, 61), Wall, Buhlemann, Hughes, Spriggs, White, Harris (Moreira, 69), Beaumont, Jamie Thurlbourne (Coe, 69).
Sub not used: Luke Thurlbourne.
Goals: Spriggs (22), Harris (28), Moreira (89)
• Referee: Nathan Kennedy