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Norwich Central Baptist Church go nap to record another league and cup double

PUBLISHED: 15:15 17 April 2018

Norwich Central Baptist Churchafter winning Bishop Maurice Woods Cup final. Picture: Keith Morris

Norwich Central Baptist Churchafter winning Bishop Maurice Woods Cup final. Picture: Keith Morris

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Norwich Central Baptist Church put on a five-star performance to win the Norfolk Christian Football League’s Bishop Maurice Woods Cup final – securing a league and cup double for the second year in a row.

Action from Norwich Central Baptist Church's Bishop Maurice Woods Cup final. Picture: Keith MorrisAction from Norwich Central Baptist Church's Bishop Maurice Woods Cup final. Picture: Keith Morris

They beat St John’s Cathedral 5-0 in the final at the Football Development Centre’s Field of Dreams in Bowthorpe in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 60 people.

NCBC started off in positive fashion in a physical encounter and referee Darren Syder had to use his yellow card on several occasions for both teams.

Ben Jervis put NCBC ahead in the seventh minute with a shot from outside the box into the top-right corner, leaving St John’s keeper Johnson Howard with no chance. St John’s kept battling, but Daniel Jervis doubled the lead with a low shot in the box after 20 minutes, and added his second, and a third for NCBC, with a header after 34 minutes to take control of the game.

Into the second half, and not to be outdone, Ben chipped the keeper from outside the box after 50 minutes to make it 4-0. On 65 minutes, Daniel chipped the keeper himself only to see his shot rebound off the crossbar, denying him a hat-trick.

Action from the match between Stalham Baptist and Sprowston Radicals in the Wroxham Road Shield final. Picture: Keith MorrisAction from the match between Stalham Baptist and Sprowston Radicals in the Wroxham Road Shield final. Picture: Keith Morris

Substitute Michael Sargeant made it 5-0 to NCBC on 82 minutes with a header from a cross to finish the game off.

League chairman Jim Green said “The game was very well contested and played in the right spirit.”

The medals and cup were presented by Sue Stapleford, whose husband Tim, was a former league chairman.

Daniel Rust of St John’s was also presented with the league top scorer trophy for his 29 goals.

In the afternoon Stalham Baptist took on Sprowston Radicals in the Wroxham Road Shield final.

Kyle Appleton put Sprowston ahead with a well-taken goal after 20 minutes. Stalham began to get back into the game and in the last minute of the first half equalised through Chris Bolden. Stalham’s winner came from Peter Timothy with a hotly disputed goal, Sprowston claiming several players were offside.

Ron Skivington, who played for Stalham for several years, presented the teams with their medals and Stalham with the shield.

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