NORFOLK JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
East Harling 2-0 Fakenham Town Reserves
The first team entertained fellow division 2 opposition Fakenham Town Reserves at Church Road in their highly anticipated county cup semi final on Saturday with Carrow Road awaiting the winners.
Team news saw central defenders Laws and skipper Durrant both passed fit for the game following a week of illnesses with Laws still in the early days of his course of antibiotics.
Allin was recalled to the squad and Barnett earned his 2nd start for the first team in several months.
The hosts got off to a good start when Tarft saw his early free kick beaten away by the visiting keeper and Webb was only just beaten to a through ball by the on rushing keeper moments later.
Dolan then had two half chances after good work from Senior and Barnett found himself alone in the box but badly misjudged the flight of the cross.
The visitors then started to get to grips with the game and should have taken the lead when a cross found the striker alone in the box who saw his powerful volley brilliantly saved by Woodcock at point blank range.
This was to swing the tie back into the home sides favour and Tarft was so unlucky to see his deflected strike bounce back off the inside of a post.
Only minutes later the home side did take the lead when a precise Morris pass set Tarft away to cross low into the path of Webb who improvised superbly to tap home with his back foot from 7 yards out.
The second half was to get even better for the home side as they really begun to dominate preceedings.
Allin and Tarft were linking up well and a cross from Allin was smashed at goal but somehow blocked on the line by what at the time looked like a hand but nothing was given.
Webb then narrowly missed the ball at the back post as a defender got a vital touch before Durrant was only inches away from doubling the lead.
They didn’t have to wait long though as excellent work from Allin found Webb at the back post again but this time the big number 9 jumped above his marker to head home powerfully from 8 yards into the bottom corner of the net.
Senior should then have made it 3 as he broke away at goal all alone in the box but blazed over from 10 yards out whilst Tarft narrowly fired wide after a mazy run.
Senior was then replaced by Bray and the substitute got straight into the action by turning a defender but saw the visiting keeper make a very brave save down at the young wingers feet.
Webb was then replaced by Bareham as the clock ticked down towards the latter stages of the game.
The away side then had their only chance of the game as a striker managed to find space in the box but headed well wide as the hosts look set to reach the final.
Scent then came on in place of Dolan in the final minutes.
Morris was then shown at straight red card with seconds to go for an alleged stamp in what was the only negative for the hosts in at game they certainly deserved to win.
Massive credit has to go to everyone involved as they executed the plans perfectly. The defending as a unit a particular highlight as we kept one of the leagues top scorers very quiet indeed.
Thank you to the squad for sticking together and playing their part from the bench and thank you to all the people that made their way to the club that supported the hosts throughout and helped when we needed them.
We now have a prestigious final to look forward to but in the meantime we must pick up points to halt the slide down the table and it starts with a massive game away at table toppers Easton who have a 100% home record at the college ground….
Well done all………
NORFOLK JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL