Fenmen sent packing by Kirkley blitz

Phil Banyard Ridgeons League & Norfolk Senior Cup: Kirkley & Pakefield went on a goal spree at Walmer Road to demolish Wisbech 6-1 in the Premier Division.It took the hosts just 83 seconds to open their account, with Paul Highfield curling a free-kick into the net.

Phil Banyard

Ridgeons League & Norfolk Senior Cup: Kirkley & Pakefield went on a goal spree at Walmer Road to demolish Wisbech 6-1 in the Premier Division.

It took the hosts just 83 seconds to open their account, with Paul Highfield curling a free-kick into the net.

Jordan Blyth made it two midway through the first half and matters got even worse for Wisbech as Davy Shephard received a straight red card for a two-footed tackle.


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Kirkley made a similarly blistering start to the second half and again it was Highfield who was quickly off the mark to find the net from another free-kick.

Grant Ryder pulled a goal back for the visitors, but Nathan Stone snuffed out any prospect of a revival with Kirkley's fourth.

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Substitute Danny Stokeld added the fifth on 75 minutes and Blyth rounded off the scoring with five minutes remaining.

Kirkley moved above King's Lynn Reserves, who lost 2-0 at home to fourth-placed Mildenhall.

Lowestoft's up and down form continued as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Ipswich Wanderers.

Swaffham, meanwhile, took a creditable point from their trip to Felixstowe with a 1-1 draw.

In the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals, Norwich United, Sheringham and Dereham joined Wroxham - who beat Cromer on Friday - in the last four.

Norwich faced Anglian Combination Premier Division high-flyers Hempnall and had to wait until the 51st minute to go ahead, through Nathan Page.

The Planters had chances to increase their lead but failed to take them and Hempnall equalised through Mark Whitmore in the 89th minute to send the tie into extra-time.

But Adrian Ager saved Norwich's blushes with the winner three minutes into extra-time.

It was a nine-goal thriller at Brewers Green Lane as Ridgeons Premier Division Dereham, the cup holders, edged past Division One Diss 5-4.

Diss took a shock lead through Danny Partridge, but Dereham hit back with goals from Craig Terrington and Nicky Howell.

Diss drew level just before half-time with a penalty, converted by skipper Dale Vince and soon after the break Partridge put the Tangerines back in front.

Dereham's grip on the trophy looked to be slipping, until skipper Adam Gusterson conjured an equaliser on 88 minutes.

Olly Willis then put Dereham in front in the first period of extra-time, only for Diss to respond again, this time through Steve Best, to make it 4-4.

Then, in the closing stages of the match, Dereham's Nicky Howell was upended in the box and Gusterson scored the winner from the spot.

Anglian Combination side Sheringham produced the upset of the day, beating Ridgeons Division One Gorleston 2-0.

Olly King put the Shannocks ahead on 35 minutes and the same player scored again midway through the second half. Gorleston had Dale Cockrill sent off with three minutes remaining, while the Greens' assistant manager Jon White was sent from the dug-out as Sheringham went through.

In the First Division, Great Yarmouth and Thetford started the day level on points, but that soon changed as the Bloaters were thumped 5-0 at home.

Karl Pask, Andrew Wood, Simon Mann and Pat Armes (2) were Thetford's scorers.

Downham Town continued to falter as they lost 1-0 at home to Debenham and Fakenham were thrashed 7-1 at Stowmarket.

Saffron Walden are fourth after beating March 3-1, with goals from Ben Riches, Richard Chadwick and Matt Danbury after Luke Weston had put March ahead.

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