Trimingham Pilgrims win play-off to clinc promotion

Trimingham Pilgrims face the camera. Back Row, left to right, Jack Nield, Jordan Tipple, Daniel Tyre

Trimingham Pilgrims face the camera. Back Row, left to right, Jack Nield, Jordan Tipple, Daniel Tyrell, Tyrone Bowles, Leigh Brown, George Crane, Rob Davis, Tom Graver, Chris Winterbone and Mark Jennings.Front: Lewis Amos, Adam Buckenham, Ryan Buckenham, Lewis 'Chewy' Smith, Liam Amos, Antoni Fawkes, Liam Davies and Jack Crane. Picture: Oliver Crane - Credit: Archant

Trimingham Pilgrims will be playing in the top flight of the Norwich Sunday League next season.

As runners-up in Division 1B they faced Brooke, runners-up in 1A, in a play-off for promotion and won the game 4-1.

Club founder Jack Nield returned from a four month work placement abroad to be off field manager for the day.

Before Pilgrims' back line of Ryan Buckenham, Daniel Tyrell, Chris Winterbone and Tom Graver had settled in Brooke created two chances but keeper Leigh Brown pulled off a couple of fine saves.

There was a familiar midfield quartet of Adam Buckenham, Jack and George Crane and Liam Amos while player/manager Antoni Fawkes partnered Chewy Smith up front.

In the fifth minute the Buckenham brothers worked the ball to Smith and his chip sent in Fawkes to open the scoring.

Brooke bombarded the Pilgrims defence with some long throw-ins and with half-time approaching one such move produced an equaliser.

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Pilgrims sent on Rob Davis and Jordan Tipple into midfield in the second half and within seven minutes took the lead again. Winterbone hurled the ball into a packed penalty area and it ran free to Smith who beat a defender before scoring.

Tyrone Bowles came on as centre back, with Graver moving to right back, and within two minutes his header regained possession following a Brooke goal-kick. Adam Buckenham moved the ball on to Fawkes and his chip sent Smith through to score his second.

Pilgrims then broke out from defence, with Jack Crane sealing a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile a large crowd at Aylsham FC saw Briston claim the NEN League's REW Subsidiary Cup, sponsored by Roy Webster. They deservedly beat Aylsham A 5-2 in an entertaining final.

In the Sanders Coaches Division One second placed Haisboro Athletic travelled to East Ruston and 4-0. Aylsham A were odd goal winners of seven at home to Gimingham while Hickling were 3-2 winners away at Erpingham. The game between Felmingham and Cromer Youth Old Boys was abandoned when one the Cromer players suffered a serious leg injury.

In the Knights Trophies Division Two, North Walsham A secured runners-up spot with a 4-0 home win over Stalham A.