Norwich United were victorious at Carrow Road last night, winning the Norfolk Senior Cup 4-2 in extra time at the expense of Downham Town
Downham, who play two levels lower than the Planters, took the lead in just the
third minute after Matt Bussens’ back-heel was cleared off the line, only for
top scorer Ben Baxter-Hunt to sweep the loose ball into the net.
Wones headed just wide as Norwich responded well and took control of
proceedings, with Nathan Stewart their driving force, with Wones heading down
his free-kick from the right in the ninth minute and Sam Watts firing over from
keeper Matt Capes superbly tipped a deflected Stewart shot around his post in
the 21st minute, who soon after teed up Sonny Carey, who could only fire
against the keeper’s legs from 15 yards.
Carey took centre stage with two goals in four minutes to send Norwich into the
break with a deserved lead. The first came from fine play on the right from
Stewart, whose cross was flicked on by striker Liam Jackson to allow Carey to
bundle in at the back post in the 40th minute. Stewart’s lovely back-heel then played
Carey into the box and the midfielder finished calmly into the bottom-left
corner to turn the game around.
keeper Andy Wilton made a superb diving save to deny Bussens in the 65th minute
as Downham rallied, with Simon Bird bringing them level in style four minutes
later, lashing a low shot home from 20 yards.
was enough to take the game to extra-time, when the final was settled in superb
style after 13 minutes. Town defender Pat Yates was booked for bringing down
Stewart and the Planters livewire dusted himself down to bend a fine free-kick
into the top-left corner off the underside of the bar from 25 yards.
earned his second yellow soon after for bringing down Stewart, before the
attacker teed up Jackson in the 111th minute to make sure of the win and ease
the disappointment of dropping back into the Eastern Counties League.
Thank you to local Architects Chaplin Farrant for being the official Player of the Match & match ball sponsor of this year's Norfolk Senior Cup Final.
Downham: Capes; Sykes (C), Pritchard, Yates; Cross
(Gould 78), Dougal (Tansley 106), Hunt (Calvert 51), Bird, Oughton;
Bussens, Baxter-Hunt. Unused subs: Jardine, Willmott
United: Wilton; Applegate, Wones (C), Watts,
Rose (Brown 73); Jones, Mackie (Probert 63); Stewart, Carey (Pollock 72),
Hipperson; Jackson. Unused subs: Mokake, Johnson
Player of the Match sponsored by Chaplin Farrant: Nathan Stewart
Match report by David Freezer (EDP) you can see a
gallery of EDP photographer Ian Burt’s photos from the final here.