Thurlow Nunn League/FA Cup round-up: Kirkley & Pakefield edged out of cup by improved Wisbech Town
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Wisbech Town boss Dick Creasey got the response he demanded as the Fenmen squeezed Kirkley & Pakefield out of the FA Cup.
Creasey was furious after his side were thrashed 4-1 last time out by Thurnby Nirvana, calling it one of the worst Wisbech performance he's ever seen. So he'll be as happy as anyone connected with the United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division outfit that they put in a better showing to win Saturday's preliminary round encounter against their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division opponents.
Gary Williams struck a post inside 30 seconds for the Royals who started impressively after their long journey from Suffolk. Ten minutes later they got the reward their fine opening deserved when Kyle Baker slotted home a penalty after Jack Herbert had been hauled down inside the area.
Stuart Cobb equalised in the 29th minute before highly-rated hitman Josh Ford got his name on the scoresheet just three minutes later.
That's how the scoreline remained for the next 45 minutes – even though both clubs had a man sent off. Nathan Horne was given his marching orders for a straight red while Kirkley's Jordan Haverson was dismissed for two bookings. Wisbech pocketed £1,925 for their progress and will travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier Norwich United – who won 3-0 at Thetford Town on Friday evening. Elsewhere, Boston Town stunned much-fancied Holbeach United 4-2 to set up a first-qualifying round fixture at King's Lynn Town's Walks ground on September 14.
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In Thurlow Nunn action, Diss Town's wretched start continued with a 2-1 home reverse to promoted Fakenham Town. The Tangerines' loss was their fifth in as many matches while the Ghosts' win showed they have adapted more than comfortably to top-flight football.
Sam Garner's cross was headed home by Robbie Harris in the 38th minute before Dion Frary struck on the stroke of half-time from 20 yards to double his side's advantage at Brewers Green Lane.
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Ady Ager and Jordan Rocastle tried their best to take chances to bring Mike Derbyshire's men back into it. The latter smashed home a wonder goal from 35 yards with about half-an-hour to go to give them hope of picking up their first points of the campaign. However, it wasn't to be as Fakenham weathered some late pressure and held on to complete a fourth victory on the bounce, much to the delight of their boss Wayne Anderson.
It was also a good away-day for Gorleston as they triumphed 2-1 at Stanway Rovers. Max Kirby put the Greens in front before Ally McKenna won it in the 80th minute.
In the First Division, Downham Town recorded back-to-back draws, an improvement on their slow opening to the campaign, holding out for a 1-1 result at Braintree Town. Dereham Town Reserves won 1-0 at Leiston Reserves.
King's Lynn Town Reserves were unable to halt Halstead Town's 100pc record as they suffered a 2-1 defeat. The young Linnets took the lead through Nelson Moriera but the scores were level at the break. Although the Humbugs were reduced to 10 men they went on to score the decider from the penalty spot.
Finally Swaffham Town kept up their own impressive early-season form by disposing of Team Bury 5-2 at Shoemakers Lane.
Paul Hunt's Pedlars now have four wins from four and have only tasted a loss to higher-level Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.
Swaffham's goals during their five-star display came from the boots of Jack Redhead (two, one a penalty), Joe Woods (two) and the pocket rocket himself, speed demon Alex Vincent.