Forncett adventure ended by Coltishall

Norfolk Cup giant-killers Forncett have finally fallen at the semi-final stage – but only after pushing Bure League giants Coltishall all the way before losing just 26-22 on aggregate over two legs.

In the first leg at Coltishall the home side built up a commanding 17-7 points lead after a maximum six points from former England players Carol Aggas, Jean Barnett and Margaret Harman.

Willie Jefferies and Les Harman skipped their triples to two wins apiece while John Aggas picked up three points. Top Forncett triple on the night were Joan Rumsby, David Girling and Dennis Rumsby, who beat Willie Jefferies by 7-4 and John Aggas by 5-3.

In the second leg Forncett faced a huge task in trying to overhaul the big Coltishall lead, but began in determined fashion. After winning five of the opening six games Forncett were just two points behind on aggregate and when Peter Lock's triple beat John Aggas by 7-2 and Merv Boulter's triple drew 5-5 with Les Harman, in a dramatic fourth session, the scores were tied at 20-20 with four games to play.

Forncett now looked firm favourites to reach the final, with Coltishall having picked up just three points from a possible 16. But if there is one thing Coltishall possess in abundance it is the ability to dig deep when the chips are down.


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Forncett's hearts were broken as Carol Aggas, Jean Barnett and Margaret Harman achieved a 9-3 win, their first points of the night, against Dennis Rumsby's triple while Mally Catchpole, Brian Bunting and John Aggas beat Merv Boulter's triple 6-0 to gain their first points after two defeats.

This put Coltishall 24-20 up on points with a session to play, but even if Forncett won both games to level the match on points the game was effectively over as Coltishall possessed a massive shot advantage. As it was the teams shared the final session to leave Coltishall celebrating a 26-22 points win and a place in the final against Breckland League giants Connaught A.

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Forncett can look back with pride on a tremendous cup run in which they have conjured up some real cup magic to mesmerize both Hempnasll and Kirby Bedon as well as taking Coltishall to the wire.

In the Bure League, East Tuddenham's title hopes suffered a massive blow in a shock 8-2 home defeat against Anglian Windows. The visitors had won only two games all season in the Bure, but produced a gutsy performance against the title chasers. Coltishall's push for the title was kept on course with a maximum 10-0 win at Horsford BC.

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