United's fine cup run ends

Loddon United 0, King's Lynn Reserves 2Loddon put up a brave fight in their Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final, but had to bow to the superior attacking quality of their Ridgeons League Premier Division visitors.

Loddon United 0, King's Lynn Reserves 2

Loddon put up a brave fight in their Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final, but had to bow to the superior attacking quality of their Ridgeons League Premier Division visitors.

The first eight minutes were even, with some solid home defending. Anglian Combination Premier Loddon's first chance came when the visiting keeper tried to clear, missed the ball but just recovered to prevent Brown taking advantage.

The Linnets had a shot well over the bar and another effort from 35 yards on target, but easily gathered by Collins.

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Wright took the ball from another defensive error by Lynn, but Marjoribanks tried a through ball when a shot may have proved more fruitful.

Way deflected a Lynn shot and Collins dived to save. A great chance at the other end saw Baylis get a toe to Brown's free-kick, only for the keeper to smother on the line.

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Both sides had chances, but none found the back of the net. Lynn then upped the pace and Loddon struggled to hold on to the ball.

Andersen was defending well and Ricky Summons had to show some of his team mates how to chase and tackle to win the ball back when lost.

Lynn had a shot wide and saw Collins make two more good saves before half-time.

Even more intensive cup action was seen in the club room at half-time as Nat and Sarah produced a record amount of tea for the capacity crowd. Thanks girls. And thanks to Mr Jermy for netting a welcome �117 in the collection box!

Loddon looked brighter going forward after the break, but the Lynn keeper was barely tested.

In the seventh minute Ricky Summons somehow managed to block a shot on the line and deflect it over the bar. Wright had a left-foot shot charged down and Marjoribanks saw a cross only reach the keeper.

Lynn broke and a great turn and shot was equalled by a great one-handed save from Collins diving to his right.

Lynn then earned a questionable free-kick, took it quickly, turned Way and squeezed the ball under Collins for the lead.

Five minutes later Brown was replaced by Oliver and Wright by Gunton. Gunton rose to meet a Gary Summons free-kick but could not beat the keeper and Oliver had a header which stretched the keeper after good work by Hancock, Gunton and Gary Summons.

Lynn then had another spell camped in Loddon's half, but Collins and his defence stood firm.

Battisson came on for Way, and Loddon went three at the back in a last-ditch effort to grab a goal.

He immediately won a corner from which Marjoribanks and Oliver both had efforts blocked.

Loddon looked tired but continued to push, but in the last minute a break by Lynn saw Loddon short-staffed at the back and concede a second.

Musker McIntyre man of the match went to Robbie Collins for another outstanding performance in goal for Loddon.

Team: Collins, Shipley, Way, Baylis, Andersen R, Hancock, Summons G, Summons R, Wright; Brown, Marjoribanks. Subs: Gunton, Oliver, Battisson.

Loddon, well in the chase for the league championship and Sterry Cup at sixth in the table with games in hand, tomorrow entertain a Holt side third bottom.

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