Yachtsmen's seventh heaven
Michael Bailey Wroxham 3, Sheringham 1: Wroxham avoided a major upset last night with a hard-fought Norfolk Senior Cup final victory over Sheringham at Carrow Road.
Wroxham 3, Sheringham 1
Wroxham avoided a major upset last night with a hard-fought Norfolk Senior Cup final victory over Sheringham at Carrow Road.
Gavin Lemmon gave a captain's performance - scoring one goal and setting up another before missing a late penalty - to ensure the Yachtsmen avoided being on the wrong end of a shock against their Anglian Combination opponents in front of more than 1,600 people.
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But the Shannocks gave their all and left-back Stuart Barker scored a wondergoal to give his side hope just before half-time.
However, the Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit put the game beyond their grasp thanks to Lemmon's strike to lift the cup for the seventh time.
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Wroxham got off to the best possible start with only seven minutes on the clock as they cut Shannocks apart with a slick move.
Gavin Pauling and Ben Thompson combined well before Gary Gilmore's low centre from the left was dinked in by Danny White away from the flailing arms of keeper Mark Camidge.
The Yachtsmen were well in control by this time and could have had a penalty on 12 minutes but referee Glenn Hambling adjudged that Shannocks keeper Camidge made contact with the ball before taking out Thompson.
Wroxham, however, didn't have long to wait for their second goal.
Two minutes later Lemmon's low driven free-kick from the right had Sheringham in all kinds of trouble, and as the ball whizzed across the six yard box Leighton Miller was on hand to prod the ball in at the far post.
If it looked a tall order for Sheringham before kick off their task looked far harder now but the Shannocks regrouped and had the better of the rest of the first half.
Striker Karl Fox failed to connect with Barker's cross from only six yards out while Olly King could only drill the ball over after Pauling's woeful back pass.
But on the stroke of half-time, Sheringham put themselves squarely back in the match with a wonder strike from Barker.
Shannocks captain Kristian Gleave's first-time cross from the right hung high in the air and as it dropped 15 yards out on the opposite corner of the penalty area, Barker swung his right foot to send a peach of a volley past Wroxham keeper Robert Woodcock.
Wroxham looked to regain their two-goal advantage at the start of the second half and Thompson had a glorious chance to do just that only two minutes in, but the striker skied the ball over from almost under the crossbar.
Wroxham continued to press and just before the hour mark Thompson found himself through again, but this time he found the far post in the way, after he had taken the ball around Camidge.
Both sides made changes to try and force the match in their favour.
Sheringham introduced Roy Bevis to the delight of the Shannocks' fans who had made the trip from the north Norfolk coast, while Wroxham's replacements included former Norwich City striker Alex Notman, back on familiar turf.
On 72 minutes, Wroxham all but put the game beyond their opponents when Lemmon timed his run from deep to perfection as Sheringham's defence was left square, and he rounded Camidge before side-footing the ball into an empty net.
It proved to be the game's killer blow and Wroxham controlled the rest of the match.
Indeed, they were only denied a fourth goal when Lemmon sent his injury time spot kick crashing against the bar after he had been felled by Camidge.
Wroxham: Woodcock, Pauling, Furlong, Miller, Carus, Key (Notman), White, Lemmon, Thompson (Cook 85), Gilman (Harley 74), Gilmore. Subs: Howes, Self.
Sheringham: Camidge, Banham, Barker, S Jordan, A Gleave, Eastaugh (Bevis 64), Timm (Walton 64), Amis, King, Fox (Tanti 68), K Gleave. Subs: M Jordan, Parker.
Referee: Glenn Hambling.