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Thetford Town on the wrong end of Norfolk Senior Cup shock

PUBLISHED: 20:47 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:47 29 January 2018

Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final action between Yarmouth Town and Downham Town.
Matt Bussens scores a wonder goal for Downham Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final action between Yarmouth Town and Downham Town. Matt Bussens scores a wonder goal for Downham Town. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Thetford Town’s dreams of a night out at Carrow Road were dashed when they suffered a shock defeat in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

Town went into Saturday’s clash at Wymondham Town as strong favourites to progress against a side who play their football three steps lower in the league period.

But the Anglian Combination Division One leaders ran out worthy winners after extra-time thanks to goals from Danny Mace and Tommy Salmon to maintain their impressive run in the competition.

After a goalless first half at Kings Head Meadow the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit got their noses in front on 75 minutes when Nathan Clarke headed home - but Wymondham equalised with five minutes left and scored what proved to be the winner in first half of extra-time.

Thetford return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Stowmarket and are back at Mundford Road next Tuesday evening to take on Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn League Cup (7.45pm).

Meanwhile Bridgham United moved up to third in Division Two of the Central and South Norfolk League after beating Dereham Taverners Reserves 5-0

Bridgham United took a while to get into the but three efforts from Steve Wycherley and a near miss from Tom Wood in the opening 20 minutes saw them grow into ite. On 22 minutes Bridgham took the lead when the ball went into the net off a defender from a Michael Watts corner .

The home side made it 2-0 on 32 minutes when Wood was awarded a penalty which he converted himself. Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Wood scored again after a cross from Watts.

Within 30 seconds of the second half starting substitute Nigel Croome scored from close range after a cross from Wood for 4-0.

Dereham had a good spell and saw one shot saved and another blocked superbly on the line by George Low but in the 76th minute Bridgham made it 5-0 when after a good move down the right Palmer saw his shot well saved but the ball fell to Watts who fired in from close in to complete a good team performance.

George Palmer was man-of-the-match.

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