The newly opened Harrod Sport Arena played host to its first County Cup clashes earlier this week, with the Ashtons Legal Senior Cup Semi-Finals taking place. Both games generated a fantastic atmosphere, and we hope all spectators in attendance enjoyed the experience.
Wroxham FC 0 – 2 Mulbarton FC
Official Attendance: 283
Mulbarton FC: Wright, Smith, Doggett, Page (C), Oliver, Easton, Nyadzayo, Self, Thompson, Jones, Henery Subs: Fancett, Beaumont, Altay, Matthews.
Wroxham FC: Sutton, Yun, King, Skipper, Keeley, Black, Miles, Olpin, Hayden, Taylor, Spooner Subs: Forshaw, Brasero, Doddsworth, Pointer
On Tuesday’s Semi-Final, both teams saw a fair share of possession and chances throughout the game with The Yachtsmen looking the more likely to score early on. Ultimately, it was the Wanderers who took their chances in the end.
An exciting finish to the first half saw a disallowed goal for Ben Thompson and then a close range finish from Timmy Henery to give Mulbarton the lead. This goal just before the half-time break was a decisive marker in the game. The scoreline was doubled early in the second half as Cruise Nyadzayo calmly slotted home a penalty after Thompson was fouled in the box. This proved enough to secure Mulbarton’s spot at Carrow Road.
Dereham Town 1 – 0 Fakenham Town
Official Attendance: 400
Dereham Town: Bort, Frary, Tarpey, Hinton (C), Castellan, R. Jarvis, Barton, Johnson, Bammant, Hilliard, Hipperson Subs: Linford, Rider, Fisk, Marshall, Thurston
Fakenham Town: Coombe, Guyton, Walpole, Franks, Youngs, Hazell, Robinson, Sturman, A. Jarvis (C), Brain, Watts Subs: Rasberry, Beazer, Henman-Mason, Akers, Whitely
The second Semi-Final saw the Magpies and the Ghosts face-off for the other spot at Carrow Road. A close game was kept inseparable during the first half with each team pushing for a goal to break the deadlock.
After 47minutes, it was Dereham Town who snatched the lead at the start of the second half with Rossi Jarvis’ thunderous effort from outside the box finding the back of the net. Despite the setback, the Ghosts were not going down without a fight, as they came close to equalising on several occasions. However, it was Dereham Town who booked their place at Carrow Road.
It will be the Magpies facing the Wanderers at Carrow Road on Monday 23 May.