Big names enter fray in Carter Cup

The competition heats up in the Carter Cup this weekend as the five East Anglian Premier League teams enter the fray, along with three leading Alliance Premier Division sides.

Under new competition rules, the five EAPL sides – Great Witchingham, Horsford, Norwich, Swardeston and Vauxhall Mallards – join the competition at the second round stage. They are joined by last year's winners, Fakenham and the top two from the Alliance Premier last season, Downham and North Runcton, along with the eight first round winners.

Fakenham must repeat their semi-final success over Swardeston last year if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. There is another re-run of an upset from last season as Alliance Premier Division Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers travel to Brundall to face EAPL leaders Vauxhall Mallards, who they beat at the same stage in 2010.

The Lady Mary Trophy competition, for sides beaten in the Carter Cup first round, starts on Sunday, with just two matches, as two sides – Cromer and Sheringham – failed to fulfil their first round Carter Cup games and were withdrawn from the competition.

Carter Cup second round draw (11am): Acle v Stow, Beccles v North Runcton, Downham v Horsford, Fakenham v Swardeston, Mattishall v Hethersett & Tas Valley, Old Buckenham v Norwich, Sprowston v Great Witchingham, Vauxhall Mallards v Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.

Lady Mary Trophy: Hardingham v Swaffham, Diss v Dereham. Bungay and Bradenham both receive byes.

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