Memorable cup win for Debenham

DEBENHAM Leisure Centre enjoyed their finest hour with a 2-0 win at Holbeach United, while Kirkley and Pakefield inflicted Wroxham's first defeat of the season in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday.

DEBENHAM Leisure Centre enjoyed their finest hour with a 2-0 win at Holbeach United, while Kirkley and Pakefield inflicted Wroxham's first defeat of the season in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday.


Holbeach United 0 Debenham LC 2

DEBENBHAM'S finest hour-and-a-half saw the Hornets tame the Tigers of Holbeach and progress to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Cheered on by a large travelling support that seemed to fill every corner of the Lincolnshire side's Carter's Park ground, Debenham struck with a goal in each half to pull off another shock result.

The Suffolk side had by far the better of the first half. Gedny's sharp turn was followed by an effort that flashed narrowly wide of the far post, while Debenham's assistant manager saw another goalbound shot blocked as Holbeach defended desperately.

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Gedny's strike partner Jopling had the ball in the net, only to be deemed to have fouled Holbeach keeper Conroy in the process. However that action was but a prelude to Debenham's opening goal, orchestrated by Gedny and Warner.

The Hornets cleverly made space down the right and when Warner's cross arrived in the box Jopling powered a shot past Conroy to give the visitors a deserved half-time lead.

Holbeach introduced Romanian youth international Pascu at the break and he enlivened the home side, although they still couldn't find a way past Debenham keeper Ellis.

With quarter of an hour to go Debenham grabbed the killer second goal on the break as Warner released Turley and his cross was side-footed home on the volley by Jopling.

Bury Town 2 Deeping Rangers 0

BURY Town made hard work of this tie and they didn't make the game safe until well into stoppage time.

The hosts had got off to a dream start when after only four minutes Deeping failed to deal with a cross from Lee Smith and Stuart Walker was on hand to hit a deflected shot past Bircham.

Deeping then settled down and chances were created at both ends, the best of these falling to the visitors.

Defences were generally on top in the second half, with neither side able to create many clear-cut chances.

Deeping continued to have more of the play as Bury appeared to be content to sit back and play on the break.

Deeping continued to press forward but were unable to find the finishing touch and Bury settled the tie in the third minute of stoppage time when substitute Steve Bugg got clear of the Deeping defence and shot across Bircham into the far corner of the net.

Grantham Town 1 Needham Market 1

NEEDHAM ended Grantham's 100% home record this season and took this FA Cup tie back to Bloomfields on Tuesday night.

It was 10 minutes before the first real chance came, when Ziccardi in the home goal made two successful saves from Smith and Szyszlyk.

At the other end Grantham's danger-man Mullarkey had two clear chances but failed to take them, Jones making an outstanding one-handed save from the first.

Szyszlyk then had an excellent chance to put Needham in front but once again Ziccardi rescued the home side with another fine save.

The tie eventually came to life in the 70th minute when Thrower latched on to Parker's pinpoint pass and hammered the ball past the helpless Ziccardi.

This lead was short-lived, as 10 minutes later Mullarkey levelled for the home side.

Kirkley 2 Wroxham 1

KIRKLEY & Pakefield's young and exciting team inflicted Wroxham's first defeat of the season in this keenly fought cup tie.

The hosts took the lead in the 40th minute when Ryan Decoteaux out-jumped the Yachtsmen's defence to score after a pinpoint Jamie Stokeld corner had been flicked on by Judd Chenery.

Wroxham came out after the break with their sleeves rolled up, but after 52 minutes a super shot on the turn by 17-year-old Ian Dawson looked to have clinched the tie.

However, a never-say-die Wroxham side, who had previously won their last seven matches in succession, fought back well and substitute Andy Key unlocked the Kirkley defence from nowhere after 65 minutes with a thrilling 22-yarder.

Mildenhall 1 Haverhill 1

THESE two west Suffolk sides will meet again on Tuesday night following this draw.

In a typical cup tie - fast, robust and exciting, but with very little football on view - numerous stoppages and long ball tactics made this definitely not a classic.

The home side went in front when Taylor was hauled down in the box and Cranfield fired home the spot kick as half time approached.

Haverhill came out more determined in the second half and equalised midway through the half when Salmons fired home, with the assistant seemingly flagging for a penalty.