Caister get season up and running
Caister put their disappointing start to the new league season behind them by recording one of the surprise results in first round of the Anglian Combination's Mummery Cup competition.
On paper Saturday's clash at Sheringham was a home banker, with the Shannocks having won two of their three top-flight games – while their visitors had lost both their matches in Division One, while conceding eight goals.
But the formbook was turned upside down as Caister booked their place in the second round with a 1-0 victory, Nicky Crawley getting the all-important goal.
Fellow Division One outfit Reepham Town also claimed a Premier scalp as they beat newly-promoted Wymondham Town 3-1 at Stimpson's Piece. Robert Dodd, Mark George and Stephen Drake were on target for the home side while Jamie Butler replied.
There were few surprises elsewhere, although Hindringham went close in a tight encounter with near-neighbours Wells Town. The tie finished 1-1 after 120 minutes, with Nicholas Haynes scoring for Hindringham and Scott Sutherland-Gray on target for the visitors, and it was Wells who prevailed 5-4 on penalties.
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Biggest winners of the day were Spixworth, who travelled to Long Stratton and returned home with a thumping 8-2 victory, with Craig Ritchie netting a hat-trick and Jason Armes, Sean Brown, Ben Welham and Craig Vincent also scoring. Shaun Moss and Kelvin Willimott got the consolation goals.
Blofield also hit the goal trail, beating Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves 5-0 (Chris Holmes 2, Ben Morgan, Joseph Manning and Daniel McKail) while Holt hit five in a much closer game, beating Wroxham 5-3 after extra-time. Joshua Dixon scored a hat-trick for the Owls, with Jonathan Davision and Shaun Steed also on target, while Jordan Southgate, Ashley Mitchell and Samuel Harty replied.
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There was a five-goal thriller at Brandon, Acle winning 3-2 with Nathan Thompson (2) and Adam Hipperson cancelling out a brace from Mark Winston, while St Andrews won 3-1 at Hellesdon (Charlie Bartram, Matthew Pilgrim, Nasser Madi, Conor Charlesworth replying) and Sterry Cup holders Cromer were pushed hard before winning 2-1 at Horsford (Paul Winterbone, David Harwood, Scott McKinney replying).
In other ties Beccles won 2-1 at Dersingham (Alan Remblance, own goal), Mattishall won 2-0 at Loddon (Gary Harbour 2), Norwich CEYMS scored the only goal against Bradenham (Owen van der Hoeven), Norwich St Johns beat North Walsham 3-1 (Luke Tuttle, Lloyd Greening, Matthew Lucas) and Stalham came away from Sprowston Athletic win a 2-0 win (Lawrence Cheese).
In the one match played under lights on Friday evening Watton saw off Poringland 4-1, Mark Allibone and Xavier Huckle scoring two apiece and Tom Vandenburgh on target for Wanderers.