Sheringham want to face Dereham
“Please let it be Dereham Town.”That was the heartfelt hope of Sheringham manager John Kowalyk for tomorrow's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final draw after watching his men produce an awesome giant-killing performance to beat Gorleston in the quarter-finals stage, writes Roy Webster.
“Please let it be Dereham Town.”
That was the heartfelt hope of Sheringham manager John Kowalyk for tomorrow's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final draw after watching his men produce an awesome giant-killing performance to beat Gorleston in the quarter-finals stage, writes Roy Webster.
“We want another crack at Dereham who were rather lucky to knock us out in the semi-finals last season,” declared the Shannocks' team boss.
“I am praying our name is drawn out of the hat with the Magpies because I believe we would have a fair chance of getting out own back.”
Two-goal Ollie King was the home hero at Weybourne Road on Saturday when nearly 180 fans watched a clinical dismantling of the Ridgeons Division One side.
“We were worthy winners on the day against a team that had shown form in the higher league towards the end of the year,” said the Sheringham manager.
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“We marked them close, stopped them playing the ball around, and in the end they ran out of ideas.”
Ollie King was given the task of penalty taker after Tom Parker was brought down, and the former Wroxham player made no mistake from the spot. That was on the half-hour and King netted his second vital goal midway through the second period to send the Shannocks through to their second successive semi-final.
Less than 24 hours earlier a record crowd of 326 at Cabbell Park watched Cromer's elimination from the tournament by Wroxham's smooth-running passing machine.
It was not that the Crabs produced a poor performance, far from it, but this was the night that the Ridgeons champions, still smarting from the New Year's Day defeat to Kirkley, decided they had something to prove, and they achieved it in some style.
They were two goals up by the break through Steve Harley, who then laid on a peach of a pass for Danny White to give Parsons no chance. The Yachtsmen completed their 4-0 victory with further goals from Gary Gilmore and teenager Ben Latimer while Cromer's best effort came from Karl Horton whose pile-drier from a corner cannoned off a body to safety.
“We certainly got out game together against a sporting Cromer outfit but the result reflected the yawning gulf between the two leagues,” said Wroxham manager Damian Hilton.
Cromer, whose squad featured a number of former Yachtsmen, were clearly disappointed but they were far from disgraced and now their top priority is to aim for the Sterry Cup.
However, it may be Wroxham providing a major stumbling block in that arena too. For the Yachtsmen's reserve team still occupy pole position after outplaying Norwich Union in a top of the table clash on Saturday.
Lane Taylor, Ben Morgan (pen) and Sam Goff did the 3-0 damage leaving the team opening up a massive gap of nine points ahead of Norwich Union and 10 in front of Hempnall, who have two games in hand.
Wroxham entertain Halvergate on Saturday while Cromer face Dersingham, who took two points off Acle by sharing eight goals.
The defining game of the title chase between the two north Norfolk contenders is scheduled for Saturday week when Cromer entertain Wroxham Reserves for a vital six-pointer.
Sheringham's next appointment is Brandon away while North Walsham entertain Hempnall.
In Division One, Holt are back on track for promotion after hammering Attleborough 7-2 (Edwards 2, Blowers 2, Sanders 2, Dixon) while Stalham won three vital survival points by defeating Long Stratton 1-0.
In Division Two, rampant Reepham could be poised to pull off a brilliant league and cup double. Their 4-1 win over Corton lifted them to fifth spot with up to five games in hand over the teams above them.
In addition, a victory over Swaffham Reserves on Saturday will book the Robins' place in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Junior Cup where they could be joined by Hoveton if they manage to defeat Hellesdon.