East Harling lose lead and make cup exit

EAST Harling surrendered a good lead for the second week running to end their cup aspirations for this season.

Fakenham started well but Harling gradually upped their game to go 3-0 ahead.

A great cross from Ross Bellingham was headed home by Paul Mielzek. A touch of genius from Craig Skipp saw him chip the keeper from 30 yards.

The third came from a close range header by Skipp after good work from Ben Chase and a neat cross from Bellingham.

Slack defending allowed Fakenham a life-line right on half-time as they pulled a goal back.

That proved important as the home side came out in determined fashion and within minutes it was 3-2.

Memories of the previous week deflated Harling and Fakenham went on to score twice and deservedly go into the next round.

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A combination of bad luck and short periods of slack play have seen several games lost when probably the overall performance of the team deserved better.

Next up, Anglian Windows at home with league points, of course, the priority.

Meanwhile, East Harling Reserves avenged their 4-3 away defeat with a good 90-minute display.

Goalscorers were Jacob Stone (3), Tom Catchpole (3), with Lewis Knights and Scott Gaine getting their first goals for the club.

Tom Catchpole scored two excellent headed goals from fine corner kicks by Ian Hamshaw, whilst Lewis Knights and Jacob Stone sprung the visitors’ offside trap on many occasions, leading to four of the goals.

Catchpole and Stone were joint men of the match, but the work rate of Gaine in midfield and the constant supply of through balls from Hamshaw were key factors in the win.

Next up, away to Hellesdon Reserves.