Gayton United 1-1 East Harling
The first team made the journey to Lime Kiln Road on Saturday looking for a repeat of their previous visit which saw the greens reach Carrow Road by defeating the hosts in the Norfolk Junior Cup Semi final nearly two years ago.
The away side were forced into a making a few changes with players missing the trip.
With midfielders Tarft, Barnett and Scent all unavailable for selection, Lawrence opted for a change in system with Bareham partnering Webb in the Greens attack.
Hobley replaced the unavailable Watling at left back and Laws regained his spot at the heart of the defence alongside captain Durrant.
The most noticeable change was in goal with central defender Keith Sivier standing in for Woodcock at last minute.
The visitors made a very quick start when Bareham found Webb 18 yards from goal who fired into the bottom corner via a deflection for 0-1 after only 3 minutes.
Minutes later the lead should have been doubled when a Senior ball across the six yard box was completely missed by Bareham and Webb somehow saw his shot at the back post saved from 3 yards out.
Bareham and Webb then both narrowly failed to connect with a sublime Bray cross before Webb’s attempted lob went just wide when through on goal.
Senior then saw his powerful drive narrowly miss the post from the edge of the box and Webb fell over at the back post just as he was about to head into the empty net from a Hobley ball.
The second half started much the same and Webb thought he had his second of the game when he raced clear, slotted past the keeper but the ball came out off the inside of the post before being cleared away.
Moments later Bareham had a similar chance when put through on goal but his effort went just wide of the post.
The home side grew in confidence from the countless missed opportunities the visitors had spurned.
Despite having the majority of the ball for the remaining half an hour the home side still only managed to create one half chance when the lively winger managed to create a bit of space and shoot at goal but Sivier showed safe hands at his near post.
Webb then went through on goal again but after lobbing the keeper he also lobbed the woodwork as the score remained the same.
Long ball after long ball was superbly dealt with by the visiting defence as the game entered the final seconds.
Then heart break for the away side as a long throw in found the tall striker with too much space and his lay back was lashed home by an in rushing midfielder to level the scores in a true smash and grab style.
Despite the ref having the whistle to his mouth for full time the visitors still found time to carve open one more chance but when senior found Bareham in space the striker found his effort well saved as the game ended in a draw.
A difficult place to go and play resulted in one point but the visitors will be scratching their head at how somehow the game wasn’t put to bed in the first half.
We now move onto Saturday where we face fellow division 2 side Caister Res at Church Road looking to progress to the last 16 of the Norfolk Junior Cup.
Gayton United 1-1 East Harling