Gilmore wins it at the death for Yachtsmen

Michael Bailey FA CUP & RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Gary Gilmore's stoppage time winner kept Wroxham on the road to Wembley after a seven goal thriller at Grantham Town. The Yachtsmen made a disastrous start to their first qualifying round FA Cup tie, conceding a Billy Stubbs header inside five minutes and although Josh Carus equalised, his afternoon was over on the half-hour mark when he brought down Jason Turner.

Michael Bailey

Gary Gilmore's stoppage time winner kept Wroxham on the road to Wembley after a seven goal thriller at Grantham Town.

The Yachtsmen made a disastrous start to their first qualifying round FA Cup tie, conceding a Billy Stubbs header inside five minutes and although Josh Carus equalised, his afternoon was over on the half-hour mark when he brought down Jason Turner.

Carus received his marching orders and Jason Turner put away the resulting spot kick, but despite being a man down, Wroxham were back on terms before half-time thanks to Paul Cook's header.


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Jamie Gyoury-Hales restored Grantham's lead but a challenge on Cook led to Steve Harley restoring parity from the spot and after 72 minutes, parity was restored on the pitch as well, when Grantham captain Terry Fleming was sent off for taking a swing at Harley.

And although the tie looked destined for a replay, Gilmore turned up with a mesmerising run to slot home Wroxham's fourth in the seventh minute of added time, booking the Yachtsmen's place in today's draw.

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Lowestoft Town could not follow their Ridgeons League Premier Division rivals into the next round after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Cambridge City.

Richard Woodrow had a first half penalty saved and the Blues were made to pay minutes later when Ramon Calliste's shot flew across 'keeper Andy Reynolds.

The second half belonged to Lowestoft but the tie was lost on 70 minutes, after Scott Neilson hammered home.

Further Ridgeons League representation in the draw will come from Leiston, 5-0 winners at Cornard United, while the day's all-Premier Division tie saw Stanway Rovers win 3-1 at Tiptree United. Needham Market will be in the hat after coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Yaxley.

FC Clacton lost 4-1 at Billericay Town, Mildenhall Town came up short at Lincoln United and Saffron Walden Town suffering a 2-0 defeat to AFC Hornchurch.

With a reduced Ridgeons League programme, Dereham Town were the big winners in the Premier Division, moving up to fifth with a 6-2 win at Wisbech Town.

Wisbech took the lead on 18 minutes through Scott Cubberley but Nicky Howell bagged an equaliser at the start of the second half, before a Danny Beaumont penalty, Howell's second strike, Jason Hunt's double and Craig Terrington earned the win.

Cubberley's second completed the scoring.

Bottom of the table Whitton United stunned Kirkley & Pakefield with a second minute opener from Chris Williams and although K&P recovered with a Nathan Stone header, Jamie Stokeld saw his late penalty saved to leave the visitors eighth. Norwich United and King's Lynn Reserves played out a goalless draw.

In Division One, Stewart Roach scored all four goals as Great Yarmouth Town won a Brewers Green Lane thriller to leap-frog Diss Town into fourth. Osiris Gomes gave Diss the lead, with Roach equalising before Andy Moody restored the home side's lead and Ben Deacon made it 3-1.

But a Roach rampage saw him poach three goals in 21 minutes and wrap up victory for the Bloaters.

Newmarket Town remain top with a 2-1 victory at Stowmarket Town.

Gorleston had an afternoon to forget, going down 4-0 at Hadleigh United who move up to third, while Swaffham picked up their first points with a 2-1 win at home to Ipswich Wanderers, thanks to a Plumb double.

Fakenham Town were on the end of a 9-0 thrashing at second-placed Halstead Town, while Downham Town prop up the table after a 2-0 home defeat to Debenham LC.

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