Contrasting fortunes for Sheringham and Cromer in Norfolk Senior Cup

Action from the clash between Acle and Beccles (yellow). Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Action from the clash between Acle and Beccles (yellow). Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk rivals Sheringham and Cromer both went head to head with top flight opposition in the first round of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday - and the outcomes could hardly have been more of a contrast.

An in-form Sheringham side turned on the style against Anglian Combination Premier Division visitors Blofield to claim a superb 6-3 victory while down the coast at Cabbell Park Cromer were humbled by Caister, losing 10-1.

The Shannocks, who are leading way in Division One after taking 16 points from a possible 18, turned in a fine performance for manager Chris Wigger to book their place in round two.

Hat-tricks from Ben Boyce and Jamie Nelson did the trick, while the Beavers' goals came from Jack Robinson, Robbie Fryers and Owen Oliver.

Cromer's early-season woes continued as they were thumped at home by Premier Division Caister. Gaz Ward (4) and Anton Ward (3) were the star men for the visitors while Harry Barnden, George Barnden and Tom McGee were also on target.

Cromer's only consolation came in the shape of a goal from Immanuel Cassama.

The Crabs have now lost all four of their games so far this season - two in the league and two in the cup - while conceding 29 goals and scoring just three.

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The good news is that they are playing games after a summer of turmoil that saw the club's very existence under threat - but manager Jordan Kemp clearly has a big job on his hands to put together a squad that can be competitive in the tough enviroment of senior football.

Aylsham were the only other local side to make cup progress on Saturday. They beat Hoveton Wherrymen for a second week running, Matt Billing and Tom Bush scoring the goals in a 2-0 success. Stalham Town were on the wrong end of a cup upset as they went down 3-1 at a Yelverton side newly promoted to DIvision One. Goals from Tom Mitchell, Ryan Thurgood and Tom Crabb proved decisive at Garrick Field, with Jack Child replying for Stalham.

North Walsham also bowed out of the competition at the first hurdle. Attleborough gained revenge for the Angels' 7-1 win over them in the league three weeks ago as goals from Jamie Venables (2), Matty Carr and Kieran Brown saw them win 4-1. Colm McGilway scored for North Walsham.

There is a limited senior programme on Saturday with an Anglian Combination side playing the Amateur Football Combination from London in the FA Inter League Cup at the FDC (3pm).

Stalham travel to Waveney in the Premier Division while in Division One Aylsham play host to new boys UEA and Cromer travel to Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves looking for a long overdue positive result.

In the corresponding fixture last season the Crabs picked up a goalless draw to pick up what would prove to be their only point of the season in the top flight.