Lower league teams reach Ben Smith Memorial Cup semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 17:25 27 February 2012
Two teams from outside the top Division booked their places in the semi-finals of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, the league’s premier cup competition. Litcham in their debut season in the league had a convincing 5-0 home win over Wendling while Nostro from Division Two travelled to First Division Shropham United and won 4-0.
The only First Division winners in the fifth round were Feltwell United who beat Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. In the outstanding fourth round match, Bridgham United beat Yaxham 2-0 and will now meet Morley Village in the fifth Round.
In Division One, second placed Dereham Town A won by the odd goal of five at Shipdham to close the gap on the leaders, Feltwell United to just one point. The other two matches ended as 1-1 draws. Third placed Morley Village were held by Thetford Rovers Reserves and bottom team Narborough took a welcome point from their home draw with Gressenhall.
The Division Two leaders Sporle were held to a 4-4 draw by near neighbours Necton and Castle Acre Swifts are up to second spot as a result of beating Thurton & Ashby 2-1 at home. At the other end of the table, bottom team Gressenhall Reserves were beaten 2-1 at home by Saham Toney Reserves, a result which lifts Saham Toney out of the bottom two. The teams now below them both took a point. Cockers held Hethersett Athletic to a 1-1 draw while West End shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw with Methwold Rovers.
The top two in Division Three both won - leaders Scarning United won 6-1 at Colkirk while second placed Bawdeswell went one better with a 7-1 home win over bottom team Narborough Reserves. In the other match, Tugas United beat Splitz United 4-2.
The top two in Division Four met and leaders Watton United A came out on top beating Shropham United Reserves 4-0 to inflict a first league defeat on their opponents. Beetley United beat Nostro Reserves 3-1, Methwold Rovers Reserves enjoyed a 6-0 home win over Dereham Cockers United and Weasenham Wanderers won 4-1 at Methwold United.
The rest of the programme was given over to the Dick Davey Ambulance Cup. In the last first round match Rampant Horse beat Rockland United Reserves 5-1. In the second round Tacolneston Reserves had a good 5-1 win at Hingham Athletic Reserves while Swaffham Town A proved too strong for Mattishall A, beating them 4-0. North Elmham beat Yaxham Reserves by the odd goal of five and Rockland United ran out 2-1 home winners over Marham Wanderers. Tacolneston beat Stoke Ferry 6-0 while Walsingham United progressed as a result of an only goal of the game win over North Elmham Reserves.