FA Vase round-up

Kirkley and Pakefield marched on in the FA Vase after hitting five goals past Suffolk rivals Walsham-le-Willows with no reply in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

Kirkley and Pakefield marched on in the FA Vase after hitting five goals past Suffolk rivals Walsham-le-Willows with no reply in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

But it was not good news for Wisbech and Norfolk teams Fakenham, Thetford and Norwich United, who were all knocked out.

The Norfolk derby between Gorleston and Wroxham ended scoreless and will go to a replay tomorrow night, while also playing again will be Diss Town and Ely City who drew 2-2.

Kirkley comfortably beat Walsham-le-Willows despite there only being three places between them in the Ridgeons Premier Division table.


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Russell Stock was the star for in-form Kirkley, having a hand in all five goals. He flicked on a throw-in for Chris Henderson to score, then added two goals of his own before setting up full-back Tarin Grint to smash the ball home.

K&P keeper Robert Woodcock, who had not been very busy up to that point, saved a penalty.

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The fifth goal saw Stock tap to Justin Fox, who jinked the ball past the keeper to complete the nap hand.

Kirkley's co-manager Stewart Larter said: “It was a really good result, obviously pleased to get through the next round - it was a difficult tie on paper. It was a very good team performance, everybody had a good day, and it probably could have

been more.”

In the next round Kirkley will face Newmarket, who beat St Neots 2-1.

Kirkley's win will spur them on for the biggest day in the club's history on Saturday when they visit Hinckley in the second round of the FA Cup.

Larter said: “We're very much the underdogs so there is no pressure on us, and we're confident we can get a result.”

It's still all to play for as Gorleston and Wroxham's derby encounter in the Vase ended scoreless on Saturday.

The Greens, who play in Ridgeons Division One, more than matched their Premier Division opposition and deservedly earned a second chance to try and progress.

The match went to extra time after few chances. Wroxham keeper Scott Howie produced a finger-tip save from a Mitch Forbes header in the first period of extra time.

Defender Martin McNeil then went close for Wroxham, hitting just over, while Gorleston's Adam Thurtle nearly secured victory with a shot that just cleared the bar late on.

The winner of the replay will travel to play Northampton Spencer who knocked Wisbech out 1-0.

Ridgeons Division One side Diss Town and Premier team Ely will also be battling it out again tomorrow night for the chance to host Eynesbury, who beat Ipswich Wanderers 3-0.

Diss manager Rob Taylor had lost keeper Matty Hill due to suspension then Matt Webster was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheek bone early on. Mark Camidge, who had planned to retire at the end of last season, went between the sticks.

There was no score until just before half-time when Stuart Garner netted with a fine shot for Diss, but it was soon level when Nick Impey scored.

Ely looked destined to progress to the next round when they scored in the second half but a superb shot from Tangerines hotshot Xavier Huckle, who has scored six goals in three games, meant it will go to a replay.

Thetford knew they had a tough challenge but they went into the game against Daventry with new confidence and promising new signings.

It started well as they scored first through Henry Scott but Daventry hit back with six goals after equalising with a penalty.

Fakenham suffered a goal blitz by visitors Haverhill Rovers, who hit nine without reply.

Norwich United's game against Long Buckby went to extra time but they eventually lost an entertaining game

3-1.

It was the second time this season that the UCL side had knocked the Planters out of an FA competition.

Long Buckby took an early lead through a header before the Planters equalised when a lovely move down the left ended with Youngs playing in Hunter, who curled a 20-yard shot inside the far post. But two goals in extra time by Long Buckby sealed United's fate.

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