King’s Lynn Town 0-1 Mulbarton Belles
By Darrell Allen (22/3/22)
Above: Mulbarton Belles celebrate after their superb win at King’s Lynn Town in the Norfolk Women’s Cup on Sunday. Photo: Richard Brown.
Mulbarton Belles overcame a gap of two divisions to defeat Tier Five side King’s Lynn Town to make their second successive Norfolk Women’s Cup Final.
The hosts got the game underway and started the game brightest. Rachel Skinner looked lively and played a great ball to Ella Gavaghan who could only shoot straight at Cara Anderson in the Mulbarton goal.
Lynn captain Tiffany Forshaw was noticeably a vocal presence at centre-half guiding the team through the early stages of the contest as her team got good early touches and a passing game going but without really creating much. There was one rare opportunity when Ella Gavaghan blasted across the keeper.
Mulbarton then got into their stride. A beautiful ball to Rebekah Lake who drilled it across Ellie Prentice in the Lynn goal but it was seen out of danger by the hosts.
Ellie Hunter was next to charge forward for the visitors but an inspired tackle by Shanice Burch dealt with this particular instance of danger.
Mulbarton were building and Rebekah Lake was through again but Prentice did well again coming out to deny the striker.
Lynn went up the other end thanks to a beautiful ball from Peeling to Hopkins-Duckhouse but once more there was no end product.
Mulbarton then opened the scoring as Lake was denied by Prentice who could do nothing to prevent Alanta Griffith being on hand to give the visitors the lead with a tap in from close range and spark wild scenes on the visiting bench.
Mulbarton were in the ascendancy, their press fantastic in pushing Lynn back in their own half.
An incredible few minutes followed, absolutely liquid Football between Jermy, Lake and Hunter saw them breeze past the Lynn defence but there was no end product the moved deserved.
Lynn broke again but Hopkins-Duckhouse could do nothing on a generally frustrating afternoon for the King’s Lynn star.
The home side then lost a player when Alexa Hunter was then sent to the sin bin for alleged foul and abusive language. As Hunter was making her way off the pitch, referee Cameron Saunders ran up to encourage her to get off the pitch faster, which prompted more alleged foul and abusive language from Hunter which prompted Saunders to produce a red card for Hunter in a crucial moment in the contest.
Mulbarton with the advantage continued their great press but the warrior that is Forshaw continued to clear danger well. Lake fired a further chance over as Mulbarton looked to increase the lead.
Gavaghan had a shot clear before the half ended with Lynn penalty appeals being waved away and it was Mulbarton who held the lead at the break.
The Belles had a chance at the start of the second period when, following a spell of pinball in the box from a Belles corner, Griffith fired a shot into the hands of Prentice.
Lynn, a player down but not going out of the cup without a fight as Hopkins-Duckhouse had a terrific curling shot into Anderson’s hands.
Griffith went wide of Prentice’s goal in Mulbarton’s final chance of the game.
Lynn Sub Amy Cropley had a shot straight at the keeper in the final act of the contest.
A final word for Alice Collins another Lynn substitute who had a fine second-half cameo as she continues her personal recovery from recent injury and surgery. A huge plus point on a frustrating day for King’s Lynn Town but it was Mulbarton Belles who advance to the Norfolk Women’s Cup Final with the 1-0 win.
Mulbarton will face Wymondham Town in the Norfolk Women’s Cup Final after Wymondham Town, who will play FA National League football next season. defeated Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers 2-0 in the days’ other Semi-Final thanks to goals from Laura Nicholls and Katie Knights.
Teams: KING’S LYNN TOWN: Prentice, Forshaw, Burch, Davis, Peeling, Ford, Hopkins-Duckhouse, Hunter, Porter, Gavaghan, Skinner, Substitutes: Cropley, Collins, Magnus, Powell.
MULBARTON BELLES: Anderson, Mcnorton, Mungham-Grey, Smith, Lincoln, Belsey, Hunter, Hedtke, Griffith, Lake, Jermy. Substitutes: Belsey, Smith, Anderson, Ryan, Smith.