Shocks in Ben Smith Cup

Most of the League programme was taken up with the third round of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, the league's premier cup competition where the first division teams entered for the first time.

It was not an altogether good afternoon for some of them with several going out at the first hurdle.

Methwold Rovers from Division Three claimed the biggest scalp, beating Shipdham by the odd goal of five. Cockers were soundly beaten 6-1 by Division Two leaders Castle Acre Swifts while Bunwell also went down to second division opposition, losing 5-1 at Northwold S&SC. The other upset was at Rockland United where the home team lost 3-1 to Morley Village.

In all-first division clashes, bottom team Cranworth belied their lowly position with a 4-1 home win over Swaffham Town A, Gressenhall beat Tacolneston 6-0 and Thetford Rovers Reserves were leading 3-2 at Hingham Athletic when the game was abandoned.

The other first division successes were achieved by Dereham Town A who came from a goal down at half-time to beat Feltwell United 6-1, by Bridgham United who ran out 3-2 home winners over Mattishall A and by Narborough who defeated Necton by the odd goal of three.

Three further teams from Division Two made progress. Nostro won 4-2 at Bawdeswell, Sporle had a 4-1 home win over Gressenhall Reserves and Yaxham beat Colkirk 3-1. Wendling kept the third division flag flying, beating North Elmham 3-2, and Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves did likewise for Division Four, with a 5-2 victory at Scarning United.

There was just one match in Division Two, leaders with West End completing a quick double over bottom team Hingham Athletic Resserves courtesy of a 3-0 home win.

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In Division Three, Thurton & Ashby move up to scond place after their 5-1 home win over Narborough Reserves. Breckland Wanderers won by the same scoreline at Great Cressingham, Marham Wanderers beat Splitz United 6-0 at home and Rockland Reserves. won 3-0 at Stoke Ferry.

In Division Four, Beetley United continued their climb up the table as a result of their 2-0 win at Nostro Reservves and Tacolneston Reserves climbed out of the bottom two places following their 5-1 home win over bottom club Dereham Cockers United.

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