Shannocks continue to struggle

Sheringham's difficult start to the new season continued at the weekend when they were dumped out of the Mummery Cup at the first hurdle.

The Shannocks were hammered 5-1 at Mattishall, with a goal from Michael Bacon their only consolation. Stephen Davies led the way for the hosts with a hat-trick while George Watts-Sturrock and Jack Ainsley were also on target.

Sheringham have now conceded 16 goals in the opening three fixtures, having opened up their Anglian Combination Premier Division campaign with successive home reverses against Reepham (0-6) and Spixworth (2-5).

They were 2-0 down at the break against Spixworth last Wednesday evening but made a decent game of it after the break, with two goals from Ben Sharman giving the final scoreline a less embarrassing look than the opener.

Having consolidated well last season under Ben Price following a difficult start to the season the Shannocks will be aiming to do likewise term, starting on Saturday when they travel to Kirkley and Pakefield Reserves (2.30pm).

North Walsham also suffered their second heavy defeat in the space of five days at the weekend when they beaten 5-0 at Division One outfit Watton in the Mummery Cup, with the goals coming from Xavier Huckle (2), Sam Fincham, Mark Allibone and Craig Burton.

The Angels, who had given Acle a tough game in their opener before slipping to a 2-1 defeat, were thrashed 7-1 at home by Wroxham Reserves in their second league fixture last Wednesday evening.

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Dan Cork's side gave a good account of themselves in the first half, with Connor Kerry levelling the scores on 26 minutes an early away goal.

But, watched by a decent sized crowd, they conceded again before the break and were overun in the second half by a side whose squad has been strengthened since the first team's promotion to the Ryman League set-up.

Walsham will be aiming to pick up their first Premier Division points of the season on Saturday when they travel to Reepham Town.