Search

Photo Gallery: Norfolk Junior Cup final: Reffley Royals 2, Harleston Town 1

10:44 16 May 2012

Reffley Royals celebrate winning the Norfolk junior cup final at Carrow Road.  Photo: Bill Smith

Reffley Royals celebrate winning the Norfolk junior cup final at Carrow Road. Photo: Bill Smith

Archant © 2012

Reffley Royals joint-boss Robbie Back hailed his side’s bravery after they came from behind to lift the Norfolk Junior Cup by beating Harleston Town at Carrow Road last night.

Hadlee Wright had given Town the lead before the break but second-half goals from Tom Anderson and Danny Jezeph secured Royals’ victory.

Back said: “In the second half we were superb. Losing here last year hurt us and we were absolutely fantastic after the break. Harleston were the far better side in the first half but we dug deep, so deep, and I’m so proud of everyone. I’m lost for words and you could see at the end how much this meant to us.”

Royals were hoping to avenge their defeat in last season’s final to UEA but it was the Anglian Combination Division Two champions Harleston who started brighter with James Trudgill causing problems with his probing runs from midfield.

The first chance of note fell to the men in white and black but Kieran Passey’s header drifted harmlessly wide.

And it was that man Trudgill again who continued to impress when he raced forward and found Wright with a carefully-weighted through ball. However, the striker’s close control let him down and the ball rolled into the grateful arms of Royals’ shot-stopper Kevin Cross.

King’s Lynn-based Reffley began to work their way into the game and it took an outstanding block from Harleston striker Passey – in his own box –- to stop Anderson from opening the scoring.

That elusive goal did come just minutes later when Royals were caught out by a long ball from Lee West, leaving Wright time and space to slot home coolly from close range.

David Norman nearly doubled Craig Trudgill side’s lead in the 21st minute when his looping cross hit the bar before Anderson went close with a speculative long-range effort.

As the chances continued, Danny Jezeph’s goal-bound effort was blocked outstandingly by Marc Pearce, before impressive Harleston wideman Jake Imrie missed a sitter with the goal at his mercy.

Almost instantly Reffley right-back Chris Maslin’s rasping half-volley struck Harleston’s crossbar before Aaron Proctor and Robert Palmer also went close to an equaliser.

And there was still time for Wright’s pace to terrorise Reffley again but this time the classy hitman had three efforts blocked in quick succession as his side took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Wright spurned a glorious chance to grab his – and his side’s second –five minutes into the second half. But instead of passing the ball into the net, like he had done before, he opted for a clever chip that sailed comfortably into Cross’ arms.

Anderson equalised in the 53rd minute when his half-volley on the turn found the top corner. Paul Bliss fired over seconds later as his side looked to go back in front but Harleston’s second-half misery continued when Anderson’s shot was blocked, only for Jezeph to turn the rebound in to complete Reffley’s comeback.

Cross saved well from Trudgill as the game continued at a breathless pace but it eventually slowed with Back and Marc Curson’s side seeing their victory out pretty comfortably – one scare aside when Bliss headed against the bar – to lift the trophy.

• Reffley: Cross, Maslin, Barr, Frary (Childs, 60), Fountain, Wilson, Jezeph (Parkes, 76), Proctor, Blake, Palmer, Anderson (Joyce, 90).

Subs not used: Black, Day.

• Booked: Anderson, Childs, Fountain.

• Goal: Anderson (53), Jezeph (58).

• Harleston: Shannon, Bliss, West (Rogers, 86), Pearce, London, Norman, Goodwin-Wright (Powell, 90), Trudgill, Wright, Passey (Rogers, 74), Imrie.

Subs not used: Bicker, Weatherley.

• Booked: Passey, Pearce.

• Goal: Wright (16).

• Referee: J. Chapman

• Attendance: 945.

Related articles

0 comments

Other Diss sport

Yesterday, 09:00
Action from one of Diss RFCs many victories in London 2NE this season, beating Rochford Hundred 38-10 at Mackenders. They now face a promotion play-off after finishing in second place in the table.	Picture: JOHN BULLOCH

Redemption and celebration await for the players of Diss Rugby Club – if they can complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in their promotion play-off at Mackenders tomorrow (3pm).

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Action from the Norfolk Cricket League last season, Sprowston B bowler Alex Potter and wicket-keeper Ian Doy in action against Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway in Division Two. Picture: Lizzy Hampson

Change is afoot on the Norfolk cricket landscape, as two of the county’s leagues begin finalising plans for a merger.

Diss, orange, will be playing Thurlow Nunn First Division football next season. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

Boss Mark Reeve believes top-flight relegation will provide the perfect reality check for Diss Town.

Friday, April 10, 2015
Action Diss' Harrison Cup triumph. Photo: JOHN BULLOCH

Diss withstood a determined fightback from Holt to win the annual clash for the Harrison Cup 38-28 at Mackenders. Diss romped into a 24-0 lead before Holt’s Ollie Wastnage got a great try on the stroke of half-time. He got another early in the second with a fine solo effort, using his pace to outstrip the Diss defence. Ashley Woods then took a quick tap penalty to crash over under a pile of bodies before Rob Gray bulldozed his way through to give Holt a four point lead. Diss then put a stranglehold on the game to get a deserved win. Tom Harrison led out Holt’s team while his father Chris presented Diss with the trophy.

Most Read

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Action from the Norfolk Cricket League last season, Sprowston B bowler Alex Potter and wicket-keeper Ian Doy in action against Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway in Division Two. Picture: Lizzy Hampson

Change is afoot on the Norfolk cricket landscape, as two of the county’s leagues begin finalising plans for a merger.

Read more
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Harleston Magpies Ladies went into their mid-season break on a losing note after going down 2-0 at Wimbledon.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:46
Norwich manager Alex Neil has injury worries for the trip to Rotherham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil faces an anxious wait before settling on his starting line up for Saturday’s crucial Championship trip to relegation-threatened Rotherham.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Action from one of Diss RFCs many victories in London 2NE this season, beating Rochford Hundred 38-10 at Mackenders. They now face a promotion play-off after finishing in second place in the table.	Picture: JOHN BULLOCH

Redemption and celebration await for the players of Diss Rugby Club – if they can complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in their promotion play-off at Mackenders tomorrow (3pm).

Read more
Jack Keppel
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Harleston Magpies Ladies produced a fantastic performance to win at St Albans, who are currently one of the top teams in the league.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition