Quarter-finals go to form

It was League Cup day in the Optic NEN League and although the Smallburgh Division One quarter-final went roughly to form, lower down there were a few upsets.

Holders Corpusty booked their semi-final place following an odd goal win of three at Briston and they will now be hosts to Ludham who won on their travels recording a 3-1 success at North Walsham Old Boys.

Coltishall entertained Aldborough and, thanks to goals from Richard Neave and Joe Woodcock, went through 2-0 to meet Gimingham who were taken to extra-time and penalties at home by Runton, the game ending 2-2 and finishing 5-3 on penalties. This result now means that these two clubs will face each other two weeks consecutively in different semi-finals.

The Rivett Motors Division Two League Cup provided some shocks, the top two front runners in the table both went out, current leaders Worstead by the odd goal of five at Mundesley, who will play host to Lyng after they beat Haisboro Athletic 4-2 at home thanks to goals from Charlie Render (2), Darrin MacDonald and Levi Lee.

Holt ‘A’ recorded a 4-1 away win at Felmingham to set up a home tie against Aylsham ‘A’ who won 4-1 thanks to goals from James Oliver (2), Phil Read and Sam Phillips at Erpingham with Scott Halliday netting for the hosts.

In the Walcott Lighthouse Division Three League Cup, Mundesley Reserves produced an upset with a solitary goal win at Cawston and they will now travel to Glaven Valley in the semi-final after they won their home tie against Sutton Rangers 5-3.

Blakeney, with goals from Toby Blowers (2), Paul Massingham and Matthew Burrell, saw off Holt Colts 4-1 with Freddie Jackson scoring for the Colts. They now visit East Ruston Reserves who received a walkover due to Briston Reserve’s withdrawal.

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In the league, East Ruston won 7-3 at Hickling in the Slater and Frith Division One and Cromer Youth Old Boys won the Wayford Nurseries Division Two against Corpusty Reserves 4-0