Derby win sets up repeat final

Norwich United set up a repeat of last year's Norfolk Senior Cup final when they comfortably saw off the challenge of underdogs Blofield in the one remaining third round tie.

Norwich United set up a repeat of last year's Norfolk Senior Cup final when they comfortably saw off the challenge of underdogs Blofield in the one remaining third round tie.

Saturday's clash between the Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit and their near neighbours from the Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination went very much to the form-book, with the visitors coming away with a 3-0 victory.

United now face a quarter-final encounter with Dereham Town, the side who denied them a chance of silverware at Carrow Road last season courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 success.

United took the lead in impressive fashion midway through the first half when Adam Sivell, son of former Ipswich keeper Laurie, rounded off an excellent move by firing home from well outside the penalty. Paul Chick's side added to their lead before the break through Shane Whiley and made it 3-0 midway through the second period when Aidy Ager hit the target.

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The game was over as a contest when that one went in and United saw out the game to book a trip to Aldiss Park on January 6.

Back in the league Cromer Town took advantage of Blofield's cup commitments to move above them into second place in the Premier Division table. The Crabs were too strong for visitors Lowestoft Reserves, winning 4-1 with goals from David Harwood, Tom Davies, Liam Davies and Darren Terrington. Daniel Mitchell netted a late consolation for the visitors.

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Cromer remain six points behind local rivals Sheringham, but with two games in hand, after the Shannocks recorded their 11th league victory of the season at home to Halvergate. Stewart Barker and Darren Nicholls were on target for Sheringham with Jamie Long replying for the United.

Sprowston Athletic were the biggest scorers of the day in the top flight, hammering North Walsham 5-1 (Allan Kennedy 2, Rikki George, Lee Howard, Jason Armes) while Dersingham Rovers were also in good form as they got the better of Norwich Union 4-1, with Nelson Modeira scoring twice and Gary English and Alex Scott completing a comfortable win.

There was some encouragement for the chasing pack in Division One when leaders Hindringham were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw at Stalham, who are struggling at the wrong end of the table. Ben Soanes and Karl Barnard scored for the hosts with Jonathan Clipston and Mark King netting for the high-flyers.

Hindringham retain their six-point lead at the top after nearest rivals Holt were held to a goalless draw by improving Wymondham Town who, with four games in hand on the top two, could yet feature in the promotion shake-up. Mundford and Southwold closed the gap on the top two after beating Dereham Town Reserves and Sprowston Wanderers respectively. Craig Cooper and Nicky Quantrill were the scorers in Mundford's 2-1 victory while Ben Hunting (2) and Shaun Doig were on target in Southwold's 3-0 success.

At the bottom there was a welcome boost for Scole who returned from Wells with a 1-1 draw (Ben Cussons). Carl Neale scored for Wells.

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