Shock win for Hempnall

Hempnall provided the surprise in the weekend's Norfolk senior cup fourth round ties, as they beat Ridgeons League side Downham Town 2-1.

Hempnall provided the surprise in the weekend's Norfolk senior cup fourth round ties, as they beat Ridgeons League side Downham Town 2-1.

Currently second in the Ridgeons League first division, Downham found themselves 2-0 down after less than an hour after Paul Franklin scored a first half penalty and sealed victory on 57 minutes with a classic header. Despite a consolation goal from Tim Kavanagh for Downham, Anglian Combination premier division Hempnall ended Downham's interest in this year's competition.

Holders Dereham Town began their cup defence with a 1-1 draw against King's Lynn reserves at Aldous Park. The injury-depleted home side looked to be heading out of the competition when Stephen Spriggs gave Lynn the lead from 35 yards with only four minutes remaining. However, Dereham equalised immediately from the penalty spot after Howell had been upended in the box. Captain Adam Gusterson kept both his cool, and Town in the competition.

Lynn's Heath-Preston was sent off late on for a second booking following a scuffle, but extra time didn't separate the sides who will do it all again at the Walks on December 12.


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Anglian Combination premier sides Sheringham and Cromer Town both progressed after comfortable afternoons. Sheringham recorded an excellent 4-2 victory at premier rivals Mattishall, thanks to a hat-trick from Tom Eastaugh. Mattishall's goals came courtesy of Simon Wooden and Jeremy Briggs.

Cromer were emphatic 5-0 winners at home to St Andrews from Anglian Combination division one, with Ryan Honeyman, Karl Horton, Nicholas Mace and a brace from Darren Terrington all on the scoresheet for Town.

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The day's all Ridgeons League premier division tie saw Wroxham progress with a good performance at Swaffham Town. Wroxham's first half pressure led to Andy Key side-footing home in the 38th minute, and they extended their lead straight from the following kick off when impressive work from Damian Hilton created the chance for Gavin Leamon to head in. Kieran Doherty was sent off for Swaffham in the second half as the game finished 2-0.

Ridgeons League division one's Gorleston and Diss Town kept their cup hopes alive as they beat their Anglian Combination division conterparts.

Gorleston coasted to a 5-1 win over Long Stratton, who's first visit to Emerald Park ended in a heavy defeat. Dale Cockrill, Luke Goreham and Lee Hunter gave the Greens a three-goal lead, before Stratton's James Barnes scored with a lob on the hour mark.

Gary Todd and Lee Hunter's second goal of the game ensured the Greens' place in the hat for the next round.

Diss Town joined them after they triumphed 2-1 at home to Loddon United. Ben Deacon gave Town an early lead, which Gary Summonds cancelled out, before Gavin Norman bagged the winner for Diss late on.

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