By Darrell Allen (21/12/21).
Above: KLSC fire in an effort in their Norfolk Cup game at Caister last weekend. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Hardy Scott Photos.
A big weekend of Norfolk Women’s Cup games took place over the weekend although sadly due to rising covid cases, two out of the four ties were cancelled.
The games impacted were the tie between Thetford Town and Stalham Town plus Gorleston against Mulbarton Wanderers falling victim, meaning Thetford and Mulbarton progressed to the next round and were the first teams to secure their place in Monday’s quarter-final draw due to their opposition not being able to play.
The two ties that did take place had a terrific feel about them with the all Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One (Tier Seven) clash at The Nest which saw Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers take on Fakenham Town, and an all Division Two (Tier 8) clash between Caister and KLSC at The Allendale.
Due to Thetford’s tie being called off, my choice of game was the tie at The Allendale as Caister took on KLSC. It is always a joy to go to Caister as the welcome is friendly and there are lots of good people like manager Sophie Gillett and goalkeeper Laura Beevor.
Sophie was not there on Sunday but the friendly nature of the club was underlined by Caister follower Dave Roots introducing himself and having a chat. It is just little things like this that make a football experience positive and after the game, many Caister players said thank you to me for attending which was a really nice touch.
The game itself saw a comfortable win for the hosts who led 2-0 at halftime before the visitors got one back early in the second half but it was Caister who stormed victory and ran out 6-1 victors, hat tricks on the day from Ellie Hills and Beth Turner and a player of the match performance from Enya Tooke.
Over at The Nest in the day’s other tie, Dussindale and Hellesdon edged out Fakenham 2-1 in a tight encounter thanks to goals from Karolina and Vicky Leyer.
Attention then turned to Monday’s Quarter Final Draw made at Norfolk County FA Headquarters. Eight teams were in the bowl with the four giants of the local women’s game, FAWNL Division One South-East side Norwich City, plus the Eastern Region Premier (Tier Five) trio of King’s Lynn Town, Wroxham, and Wymondham Town all entering at this stage.
The Quarter-Final draw delivered four wonderful ties with a repeat of last season’s final with Norwich City vs Mulbarton Wanderers first out before Caister were rewarded for their efforts with a big home tie against King’s Lynn Town. Wroxham will also be happy as they face Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers at Trafford Park and Thetford Town also have a big cup day to look forward to with Eastern Region Premier League leaders Wymondham Town to travel to Mundford Road.
The draw has something for everyone, with the four big clubs happy as they avoided each other, but also Dussindale and Hellesdon, Mulbarton, Caister, and Thetford have the chance to make headlines as Sunday 16th January 2022 promises to be a wonderful festival of Norfolk Women’s Football.
I will be carrying out my volunteering for Thetford, but if I were a neutral I would put Caister v Kings Lynn Town in the diary as it’s a game that has everything with a lower division team at home to a giant of the game.
I fully expect Norwich City, Kings Lynn Town, Wroxham, and Wymondham Town to progress which will set up a wonderful late stage of the competition.
I wish all eight clubs well for the Quarter Finals, and I hope as many people as possible can go out and support one of these four great ties in mid-January. At Thetford Town, we will very much look forward to welcoming the talented Wymondham Town team and their huge backing of supporters, and seeing what we can do against one of the county’s best.
Thank you for your continued support to me in a year that had had many highs and lows and without the football family and in particular one special person I couldn’t have made it to the end.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.