Wanderers make club history to reach last eight
Bradenham Wanderers pulled off the shock of the Senior Cup fourth round as they thrashed Loddon United 4-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Wanderers, currently 12th in Anglian Combination Division One, comfortably defeated Premier Division Loddon to reach the last eight for the first time in their history.
Club chairman Dale Brown was delighted, but not surprised by the achievement: 'We know what the team is capable of when they play well,' he said. 'In the league the players seem to be feeling the pressure a bit because we finished third last season and we feel as though we should be doing better this season. But in the cup we're playing without any nerves and just going out and enjoying ourselves. We look a lot more relaxed.'
As for who Wanderers would like to face in the next round, surprisingly Norwich City – who are playing all of their ties away from Carrow Road – are not top of the list for Brown: 'I would have to say we'd like King's Lynn or Dereham at home,' he said.
'Unfortunately if we got Norwich we'd have to play it at another ground and it wouldn't have the same feeling.
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'From this point onwards we are always going to be underdogs, but there's no point going out there if you're not going to give it a go. If we can get a home draw we have a real chance.'
Wanderers took the lead on 35 minutes on Saturday when Richard Melton fired home and three minutes later Ricky Forder extended the lead. Chris Hancy headed in the third on 67 minutes before Loddon finally began to respond, hitting the bar and then winning a penalty. However, Bradenham keeper Jamie Butters saved low to his right to preserve his clean sheet and substitute Ryan Seabright completed a memorable day for Wanderers with their fourth goal.
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Norwich St Johns are the other Anglian Combination representatives in the last eight after their 5-0 demolition of fellow Premier Division side Blofield United.
St Johns' scorers were Luke Tuttle (2), Lloyd Greening and Aaron Kay (2).
Thetford Town also progressed with a 3-2 win against Holt.
Gorleston manager Richard Daniels is ready to go all the way in the competition after the Greens rode their luck against local rivals Great Yarmouth on Friday night.
The Greens, producing arguably their worst display of the season, needed extra-time to edge past the battling Bloaters 4-2.
'We can't play any worse than we did against Yarmouth and by the time the quarter-finals come around we will have up to eight first team players available again,' said Daniels, who had to make do without the likes of Darren Cockrill, Jamie Godbold, Richard Woodrow, Bradley Hough, Chris Sandford and John Bell against Yarmouth.
'On our day we are good enough to beat anybody and the Senior Cup represents a realistic chance of silverware for us this season, but we must work hard and play much better.'