Sheringham joy in Senior Cup

Sterry Cup winners Sheringham, who have been struggling this season in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, finally had something to smile about on Saturday.

Sterry Cup winners Sheringham, who have been struggling this season in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, finally had something to smile about on Saturday.

They claimed the scalp of higher-league Swaffham in the Norfolk Senior Cup third round with a 4-2 scoreline.

It was good news for the Shannocks who have only won two league games this season and are third from bottom after losing a lot of players to Wroxham in the close season.

Kristian Gleave, Andrew Hooker, Daniel Tanti and Billy Edwards netted for Sheringham.


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Scorer Gleave, who is also the club's chairman, said: “Obviously bearing in mind the tough start to the season with our league form, it was a good result for us.

“This year has been a rebuilding season and hopefully we can keep things together and try to take some form into the league and get to a good stage in the cup competition.”

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Ridgeons Division One side Swaffham had netted first with Andrew Hunter winning the ball in midfield, beating two players and putting Matthew Kenny in to round the keeper.

Sheringham soon equalised and then headed in another goal from a free-kick which was headed in over the keeper.

Sheringham's third came following a long clearance and a cross/shot to the far post. The home side got their fourth in the 80th minute before Stuart Seales scored a late second for the Pedlars in the 90th minute.

Other surprise cup results were Loddon United, in the bottom half of the Anglian Combination Premier Division, beating Ridgeons Division One side Downham 3-1, and Spixworth from the same division halting the progress of Ridgeons Division One side Thetford Town 4-2.

Loddon's goals were scored by Matthew Sadler, Daniel Andersen and Steven Wise while Danny Foulsham hit Downham's consolation.

Spixworth's Damian Didwell lived up to his name with a hat-trick and Lee Askew scored the other to beat Thetford Town.

In the other cup games an all-Anglian Combination Premier Division clash saw Mattishall hit Watton for six with just two goals

in reply.

Mattishall's Simon Wooden scored twice and there was one apiece for Adam Higgins, Daniel Palmer, Jason Cole and Chris Hall. Watton's goals were scored by Kevin Bloomfield.

Scole United, from Anglian Combination Division One, won 2-1 thanks to a Thomas Bell brace to knock out St Andrew's (Adam Brock) from the division above.

Ridgeons Division One side Great Yarmouth had a few scares in the first half-hour against Dersingham Rovers, who are propping up the Anglian Combination Premier Division table.

Dersingham, without a win this season, took a shock early lead through Daniel Jezeph but the Bloaters eventually got their act together to win the game 4-1 with Martyn Magee netting a penalty after Fernando Vide was felled, Stewart Roach, Jake Read and substitute Mark Thompson on the scoresheet .

Diss Town had a potentially tricky game against Anglian Combination Premier leaders Acle United but won through with the only goal of the game. Ben Soanes shot home after the Acle defence had blocked shots from Sam Bryant and Jason Hunt.

Mark Shadrack and Soanes hit the crossbar as Diss tried to increase their lead. At the other end Matt Webster made a fine save from Lewis Holdsworth and Jonny King cleared off the goal line.

Gorleston beat Norwich St John's 3-2 with Luke Goreham scoring a brace and Steve Taylor netting for the Greens and the two in reply being scored by Matthew Racher and Martin Owen.

Cromer Town and Sprowston Athletic will have to replay after their game was still a goal-less stalemate after extra time.

Fakenham Town, who are having a miserable time this season at the bottom of Ridgeons Division One, were 1-0 winners over spirited Anglian Combination Premier side Hempnall 1-0 but only after playing extra time.

The Ghosts' Sean Cooper made a series of fine saves to keep them in the match and joint-manager Mark King came on as a substitute to score the only goal to seal Fakenham's first win of the season.

Both sides had hit the crossbar before King forced the winner home.

North Walsham booked their place in the next round by beating visitors Wells Town 3-1 on Friday night with Anthony Davies, Lee Clarke and David Hinton on target for the hosts and Philip Frary netting for the coastal side.

The cup game between Blofield United and Reepham Town was postponed.

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