Runton’s dreams is over as Mundford head to Carrow Road final
Runton United will turn their attentions to 'domestic' matters after their hopes of a Norfolk Junior Cup giant-killing were ended on the windswept cliffs of north Norfolk.
The 'Dawgs' went down 2-0 at home to Mundford, who will now play East Harling, 3-1 winners at Gayton, in the Carrow Road final.
Runton have been all-conquering in the North East Norfolk League, racking up 12 wins out of 12, and a clash against a team from Anglian Combination Division Two was seen as a good test of their credentials.
But on the day, it was Mundford who deservedly came out on top, thanks to goals from Ben Coe and a late screamer from Jim Walters.
'They were a good team,' said Runton boss Jim Abbs.
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'They moved the ball well going forward so credit where it's due. We just couldn't get out second half.
'We are disappointed, but we need to build for next year and pick ourselves up for the rest of season.'
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Mundford had the best of the early exchanges, but Runton grew into the game, although they were indebted to goalkeeper Grant Young for a magnificent save just before the break. But the visitors were in control for much of the second half in a game played in front of a big crowd.
'Maybe the pressure put us off our game a bit,' added Abbs. 'But I won't take anyything away from Mundford – they were deserved winners.'
In the Anglian Combination Premier Division, there was no change in the top four positions.
St Andrews remain top after a 2-0 home win over Mattishall, thanks to goals from Hayden Davis and Ross Dawson, whilst a 3-1 away win for Spixworth at Mulbarton sees them a point behind. Spixworth scorers were Jordan Rocastle (2) and Shaun Wones with James Hyde replying for Mulbarton.
Norwich Ceyms also had a 3-1 away win, at Reepham, with Stephen Drake scoring for the hosts and Darren Smith (penalty), Joe Woodcock and Daniel Mace for Ceyms, who remain third.
Sam Whiting, Ricky Forder and Aaron Saunders scored for Acle in a 3-2 win over Caister, whose goals came from Kieran Hack.
Goals from Jamie Smith, Ben Morgan and Daniel Wynn saw Blofield beat Long Stratton 3–0. Blofield have jumped to fifth. Cromer drew 1-1 with Wroxham Reserves – Carl Horton scored for Cromer and Jordan Attree for the Yachtsmen.
In the south Norfolk derby, Scott Roberts and Scott Woodcock were on target for Harleston as they beat Scole United 2-1, Ben Cousins scoring for the visitors.
The top clash in Division One saw second-placed Stalham win 3-1 at Waveney. Sam Shepherd scored for Waveney and in reply Stalham's Darren Patterson scored a hat-trick.
The Suffolk border derby saw Beccles Town lose 2-1 at home to neighbours Bungay. Harley Pluck scored for Beccles whilst Liam Harvey-Cooper and Scott Barnard were on target for Bungay.