Bradenham out of cup but aim for promotion

Norwich CEYMS 1, Bradenham Wanderers 3ON Saturday, in another Anglian Combination Divison Two top-table clash, the Bulldogs were worthy winners to stay in the promotion race.

Norwich CEYMS 1, Bradenham Wanderers 3

ON Saturday, in another Anglian Combination Divison Two top-table clash, the Bulldogs were worthy winners to stay in the promotion race.

After a few minutes Spalding was clear on goal but shot straight at the keeper. However, on 15 minutes the visitors took the lead when Hancy scored after a poor clearance from the keeper.

CEYMS created a couple of half-chances which were adequately dealt with by keeper Butters and his back line. A good Bradenham move involving Hancy, Paling and Spalding ended with a fine save by the home keeper. Butters then made another fine save just before the interval.

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Bradenham increased their lead on the hour when a Woodcock cross was headed on by Frappell for Hancy to score his second. Butters then made two fine finger-tip saves.

Bulldogs brought Derbyshire, Bush and Forder into the action, and Derbyshire soon scored after being put through by Frappell.

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CEYMS reduced the arrears when their midfielder scored after some fine individual footwork, and they had the chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a rather bizarre penalty when their forward ran straight into Frappell. However, the spot-kick struck a post and was saved by Butters.

Bradenham's Bush forced the keeper into a fine save. This was an excellent Bradenham team performance.

Cyril Ballyn Trophy semi-final: Bradenham Wanderers 1, West Lynn SSC 3

Hale Road on Easter Monday staged a very close, competitive game in which Lynn took their chances.

After 13 minutes Wanderers went close when Bush shot wide, and just five minutes later Lynn had a dangerous free-kick on the left which was well defended.

Another cross from the visitors left wing was cleared by Woodcock and the first half petered out with plenty of action and endeavour in midfield but few clear-cut chances at either end.

Early second half Bradenham took the lead with a tremendous Seabright volley from 30 yards dipping over the Lynn keeper. But the visitors upped their game and within a couple of minutes had equalised in a goalmouth scramble and taken the lead from a free-kick on the left which was headed in by a Bradenham defender.

Bradenham pushed for an equaliser, but left themselves exposed at the back for a third goal from a fine left-wing cross.

Saturday: Acle United Reserves away.

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