Bridgham United improve despite heavy defeat to Shipdham

The final of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, the Crown Fire League’s premier knock-out competition, will be contested by Morley Village and Second Division outfit Nostro on May Day Bank Holiday morning.

Morley Village beat Fourth Division Litcham by the only goal of the game while Nostro travelled to First Division leaders Feltwell and held them to 2-2 draw before triumphing 4-3 on penalties.

There were just three matches in Division One. Thetford Rovers Reserves were 3-0 winners at second-placed Dereham Town A, Gressenhall beat Bridgham United 4-0 and Shipdham won 2-0 at bottom team Narborough.

Despite the result, outgoing champions Bridgham produced another improved display with a patched up side.

A goalless first half saw two good efforts from Scott Marketis well saved while Gressenhall hit the bar.


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Gressenhall made the breakthrough midway through the second half from a header and then Andy Kerling scored an own goal he knew little about from a corner for 2-0.

Two late goals gave the final scoreline a somewhat flattering look as Bridgham had competed well for most of the game.

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In Division Two, leaders Castle Acre Swifts beat Necton 2-1 and Yaxham moved above Sporle into third place after beating them 3-1. Methwold Rovers won 3-2 at home to Breckland Wanderers and Thurton & Ashby beat West End 6-1.

The top two in Division Three – Scarning United and Bawdeswell – met and played out a goalless draw.

Third-placed Mulbarton Wanderers Res dropped three points in going down to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Tugas Utd, a result which lifts them to sixth with games in hand on all the teams above them.

Marham Wanderers stay fourth after beating Rampant Horse 5-1 while Wendling took all three points from their trip to Stoke Ferry with a 4-0 win.

The bottom two both lost – Hingham Athletic Res were beaten 4-3 at home by Great Cressingham while bottom team Narborough Res lost 7-0 at home to Colkirk.

Division Four leaders Watton Utd A stretched their lead at the top of the table to six points with a 3-0 win at Castle Acre Swifts Res.

Yaxham Res are up to third place after beating bottom team Methwold United 7-0 while North Elmham Res drop to fourth after being held to a 1-1 draw by Nostro Res.

At the other end of the table, Beetley United won 2-0 at Dereham Cockers United and Shipdham Res went down 5-0 at home to Methwold Rovers Res.

In the third round of the Dick Davey Ambulance Cup, Swaffham Town A beat Rockland United by the odd goal of seven, Saham Toney Res won 4-1 at Tacolneston Res. and North Elmham beat Walsingham United 6-2.

The draw for the semi-finals sees Saham Toney Res entertaining Northwold S&SC or Tacolneston while Swaffham Town A will be at home to North Elmham.

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