Loddon through in cup

Loddon United 4, Scole United 2LODDON progressed to the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup, but not without a fright from a spirited Division One Scole.

Loddon United 4, Scole United 2

LODDON progressed to the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup, but not without a fright from a spirited Division One Scole.

A much better performance dispelled the demons of the previous week's thrashing as Brown completed a hat-trick, and Young had a great first-team debut in goal. The draw is on Radio Norfolk's 6.30pm programme tonight.

Loddon enjoyed the majority of possession in the first quarter. Scole had an early shot from range but Loddon thought they had gone one up after 10 minutes when Brown sent a free-kick into the box, Hancock rose and the ball fell to Durrant. He squared it to the far post for Squire, but the flag was raised. Robin Andersen was showing some neat touches and fired in a lovely cross for brother Dan at the far post but the keeper handled tidily.

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A golden chance developed when Young cleared to Ricky Summons, Wise latched onto the pinpoint through ball only to fire a weak shot straight to the keeper. Brown crossed for Gary Summons, and Robin Andersen for Ricky Summons, but both hit their shots wide. Wise was unable to direct a header on target after good approach play by Squire.

Brown set up Dan Andersen, but again the effort was wide. Squire, then Robin Andersen put in telling defensive headers. Wise lost possession, battled well to regain the ball and fired towards the top corner, the Scole keeper pulling off an unbelievable one-handed stop.

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Ricky Summons knocked on to Wise who cleverly turned his man, and unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked Brown who had an easy job to roll the ball into the net.

Scole forced Squire to clear over his own goal, the resulting corner was cleared but the following cross was deflected to a free man at the far post who levelled.

After the break Scole got off to a cracking start. Their centre-half carried the ball through midfield and from 30 yards scored with the sweetest of drives over Young.

Gary Summons worked his socks off in midfield, fired over on 55 minutes and was becoming Loddon's driving force. Durrant headed over a Brown free-kick, Greenhalf had a shot blocked then amazingly missed his header after Gary Summons had nodded on a Hancock throw.

Another throw was headed on by Gary Summons, Dan Andersen challenged the keeper and Brown fired home the loose ball.

Sub Sadler with his first touch won a free-kick which Brown from 20 yards curled the ball into the top corner to complete his hat-trick. Squire won a brave header, put Wise away and he hit the bar with a great drive.

Hancock, Gary Summons and Dan Andersen combined but Sadler, unmarked close in, shanked his shot high. Wise went clear but was hauled back by a defender. Squire, Wise and Brown set up Sadler who again fired over.

Scole threw men forward but Durrant, Squire and Young were solid. In four added minutes Dan Andersen carried the ball to the corner to waste precious seconds. Hancock's throw found Gary Summons whose turn lost two defenders before he laid to Brown who set up Wise for a deserved goal.

Musker McIntyre MoM: Gary Summons for dogged second-half performance which drove Loddon on to win.

Loddon: Young, Hancock, Squire, Durrant, Andersen R, Andersen D, Summons G, Summons R, Greenhalf, Brown, Wise.

Subs: Sadler, Andersen C.

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