Spot-on Palmer toast of Ghosts

KEITH PEEL Fakenham Town produced the only surprise in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals. The Ghosts, tenth in Division One of the Ridgeons Football League, won 2-1 on Saturday against King's Lynn Reserves, who are tenth in the Premier Division.

KEITH PEEL

Fakenham Town produced the only surprise in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals. The Ghosts, tenth in Division One of the Ridgeons Football League, won 2-1 on Saturday against King's Lynn Reserves, who are tenth in the Premier Division. Hopes of an upset by a Lovewell Blake Anglian Combination side were dashed as Cromer and Sheringham both lost to Ridgeons League teams, respectively by 2-1 to Norwich United and 5-0 to Dereham Town. The other semi-finalists are Wroxham, who beat holders Diss Town 4-0 on Friday night. Robbie Palmer converted two penalties for Fakenham, in the 18th and 57th minutes, after Liam Forshaw had fired Lynn into a 13th-minute lead.

Goals from Jamie Hunton and Paul Cook in the last 10 minutes earned Norwich United victory at Cabbell Park, where Nicky Mace had given Cromer the lead from a 10th-minute penalty.

“It was a very difficult game, as it always is against Cromer, because they're a very good side with a lot of experienced players,” reflected United manager Paul Franklin.


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“I felt we were the better team in the first half, although we came in 1-0 down. We had two or three chances before they scored, but didn't take them, which has been the story of our season so far.

“We told our players at half-time they had to score goals to prove they were the better team, and eventually the pressure told.”

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Skipper Graham Barrett (2), Chris Bacon, Nicky Howell and Danny Wright netted for Dereham after Sheringham keeper Will Frazer had been sent off for a foul.

Dereham are winning many admirers as they re-emerge as a potent force playing fluent football, and manager Rob Taylor said: “We have a good, young squad of players, who are all learning.

“They all listen and take things on board, so future prospects look promising.”

The draw for the semi-finals will be made on BBC Radio Norfolk between 6.30 and 7pm on Friday.

Lowestoft Town, meanwhile, beat Woodbridge 3-1 at Crown Meadow to keep the pressure on fellow Ridgeons League Premier Division title contenders.

Gary McGee, Matty Potter and Russell Stock scored for the fourth-placed Blues, who, with three games in hand, are a dozen points behind leaders AFC Sudbury.

Goals from Tom English (2), Darren Bethell, Andrew Claydon, Tommy Noble and an opponent earned Sudbury a 6-0 win over Cambridge City Reserves.

From two games more, they are now five points ahead of closest rivals Needham Market, who drew 1-1 with Newmarket.

Third-placed Bury Town, who won 1-0 at Wisbech, are eight points behind Sudbury with three games in hand.

Andrew Woods scored in the 86th minute for Bury, leaving Wisbech manager Dick Creasey to lament: “We bossed the game for 75 minutes and then switched off.

“You don't get many chances against a side as good as Bury, and those you get you have to take. We didn't - and got punished.”

Leiston beat Harwich 2-1 and Ipswich Wanderers won 7-1 at Halstead in other top-flight fixtures.

Swaffham Town stay third in Division One after a 1-1 draw at Downham Town.

Yarmouth Town are fourth from bottom after a 1-0 defeat at Debenham, for whom Ian Gedney scored in the 73rd minute.

Lowestoft have been drawn against Sudbury, and Leiston against Newmarket, in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals. The games are on March 21 at grounds to be decided.

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