Bridgham reach Ben Smith Cup semi-finals by beating Yaxham

Bridgham Utd 2 Yaxham 0

Bridgham progressed to the quarter-finals of the Crown Fire Ben Smith Cup with a superb all round team performance.

They took the lead when Stuart Tucker scored direct from a free- kick from 45 yards out which sailed over the keeper.

Yaxham played their part in a lively game and went close soon after the re start before forcing a great save from keeper Morgan Crane.

But it became 2-0 when Chris Marlow flicked on a throw in and Boon tapped in at the far post.

Some great wing play by Ben Ramos saw his cross fall to Nigel Croome, whose header hit a post.

Bridgham will face Morley Village in the last eight.

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n Two teams from outside the top Division booked their places in the semi-finals of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, the league’s premier cup competition.

Litcham, in their debut season, had a convincing 5-0 home win over Wendling while Nostro, from Division Two travelled to First Division Shropham and won 4-0.

The only First Division winners in the fifth round were Feltwell, who beat Mulbarton Wanderers Res 6-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

In Division One, second-placed Dereham A won by the odd goal of five at Shipdham to close the gap on the leaders Feltwell to one point.

The other two matches ended as 1-1 draws. Third-placed Morley Village were held by Thetford Rovers Res while bottom team Narborough took a welcome point at home to Gressenhall.

Division Two leaders Sporle were held to a 4-4 draw by Necton while Castle Acre Swifts moved up to second spot as a result of beating Thurton & Ashby 2-1. At the other end of the table, bottom team Gressenhall Res were beaten 2-1 at home by Saham Toney Res, a result which lifts Saham Toney out of the bottom two.

The teams below them both took a point. Cockers held Hethersett Athletic to a 1-1 draw while West End shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw with Methwold Rovers.

The top two in Division Three both won – leaders Scarning Utd won 6-1 at Colkirk while second placed Bawdeswell went one better with a 7-1 home win over bottom team Narborough Res. In the other match Tugas beat Splitz 4-2.

The top two in Division Four met with leaders Watton A winning 4-0 to hand Shropham Res their first league defeat. Beetley beat Nostro Res 3-1, Methwold Rovers Res won 6-0 against Dereham Cockers and Weasenham Wanderers won 4-1 at Methwold United.

The rest of the programme was given over to the Dick Davey Ambulance Cup. In the last first round match Rampant Horse beat Rockland Res 5-1. In the second round Tacolneston Res. had a 5-1 win at Hingham Athletic Res while Swaffham A beat Mattishall A 4-0.

North Elmham beat Yaxham Res 3-2 and Rockland Utd ran out 2-1 home winners over Marham Wanderers.