Thetford Town boss is dreaming of Carrow Road
Thetford Town 2, Wroxham 1: Thetford Town manager Mark Scott is dreaming of a Carrow Road final in May.
The Brecklanders sent Ridgeons Premier Division leaders Wroxham spinning out of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday to book their place in the semi-finals.
Tom Cusack's second half free-kick proved to be the winner after Andy Eastaugh had cancelled out Matt Dixon's 35th minute opener.
Wroxham bombarded the Thetford goal to try and force extra-time, but the First Division pacesetters prevailed thanks to some heroic defending.
'We don't fear anybody especially at home,' enthused Scott, whose side made it to the last four last season. 'That was the target set – to go one step further than last season. I believe that we can, but I just hope the draw is kind to us and we make the final as I believe we deserve it.'
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Thetford's win over higher league opposition was even more remarkable when you consider they were missing key players such as Luke Bailey, Liam Bolton and Bruno Tavares through injury – and were only able to name two substitutes.
'Wroxham came here 10 points clear at the top of the Ridgeons Premier and we have turned them over with some key players missing. To have achieved this result certainly proves we can compete at that level and that's where we want to be next season,' said Scott.
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Both teams were guilty of sloppy passing in the first half with too many short passes in the midfield area going astray.
A front three of Dixon, Matt Blake and Valta Rocha gave the Yachtsmen defence plenty to think about all afternoon. And it was ex-Needham Market striker Blake who had the first decent chance on goal – shooting narrowly past a post after being picked out beautifully by Rocha.
In Wroxham's first real opening Ben Thompson fluffed his lines when shooting tamely at the goalkeeper after being played in by Gary Gilmore.
Dixon broke the deadlock as he cleverly directed Blake's initial shot past Scott Howie for his 24th goal of the season.
But straight from the kick-off Wroxham tore through the Thetford defence for an immediate equaliser. Good work on the byline from Damian Hilton presented Eastaugh with the simplest of finishes from close-range.
The decisive moment of the game arrived when centre-half Paul Cousins left Arron Joseph in a crumpled heap 22-yards from goal. From the resulting free-kick, Cusack drilled a shot goalwards and it took a wicked deflection of Eastaugh's knee to divert the ball past a helpless Howie.
Skipper Sean O'Donnell epitomised the spirit of the Thetford players when throwing his body on the line to deflect Gilmore's goalbound effort on to the crossbar.
Wroxham boss David Batch said: 'Thetford earned their luck on the two deflected goals, and we didn't earn any luck in their box.'
Diss and Gorleston will replay tomorrow night after their 2-2 draw at Brewers Green Lane.
Saturday's tie was the fourth time the two sides have met this season and it was Gorleston who took the lead in the 12th minute. Andy Howell crossed from the left and Ally McKenna headed home.
Christy Finch hit the bar for the Greens, but their lead was doubled on 39 minutes when the striker broke clear and lifted the ball over the keeper.
Diss pulled one back two minutes before half-time as Jamie Speller's effort found the net.
The equaliser arrived in the 65th minute as Speller's cross struck Gorleston defender Adam Thurtle and bounced into the net.
Extra time failed to separate the sides who must now meet for a fifth time this term, at Emerald Park.
Norwich St Johns will be the Anglian Combination representatives in the last four after beating fellow lower tier side Bradenham Wanderers 3-1.
Luke Tuttle put St Johns ahead but Wanderers equalised before half-time through Dean Vann.
Tuttle restored his side's lead on 57 minutes before completing his hat-trick 15 minutes later to send St Johns through.