Belton’s last-gasp goal earns county semi-final

Great Yarmouth And District Football League

A NEW year for the league saw a familiar story with games being postponed due to the weather. However, four games did go ahead including the Norfolk Primary Cup quarter-final at Burgh Castle between Belton and Diss Town A, which was won by Belton.

The visitors had already beatenMK United Reserves and Caister Youth in the previous rounds and were looking for a league treble.

The game started at a fair pace, but despite the size of the Burgh pitch play seemed congested for 10 minutes.

Diss, however, took the lead when a free-kick was not dealt with and the striker poked home.

Neither team really had a flow about their play, but from a Diss free-kick on the edge of the box Belton sprung an attack and levelled the tie when the pacy Fuller finished under the keeper.

Belton upped their game second half and looked the more likely to win with their pacing of the game.

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Diss thought they had retaken the lead with 10 minutes to go, but the striker was adjudged offside. Belton also had an effort ruled offside.

With just minutes to go Diss thought they had won the tie when Miller was adjudged to have upended the striker in the box and referee Symonds pointed to the spot. Miller made a superb save, and from it Belton put together a great move down the left.

Holmes worked his magic and played in a great cross. The keeper made a stunning save from a point-blank header but Liam Fuller was on hand to smash home the winner two minutes into time added on to send Belton into the semi-finals.

They find out their opponents tonight (Friday) when the draw is made on BBC Radio Norfolk at 6.45pm.

MK have picked up maximum points from their two League Cup matches as they accounted for a very youthful Caister United A by a 13-0 scoreline.

MK face holders Catfield this week where a win for the home side will see them progress to the semi-finals, while a Catfield win will open up the group for the other teams.

Caister, meanwhile, have been praised by some teams for their never-say-die attitude.

In group two, Bohemians made it six points from three games with a 5-1 win in the Lynn Grove derby over Peelers. A win in their last group game should see them through, depending on results.

Meanwhile, in the Burgess Cup South Yarmouth broke their duck with a narrow, hard-fought win over a Martham A side who are improving every game. It will only be a matter of time before results go their way.

South Yarmouth walked away with a 2-1 win.

This week sees the divisional cups again take centre stage as semi-final places are being fought for. Clubs are asked to remember to text in results by 5pm after the game as results are live on the Beach FM 97.4 at 5.45pm on the day of the game.

Norfolk Primary Cup quarter-final: Belton 2, Diss Town A 1.

HA Holmes League Cup Group One: Caister United 0, MK United 13.

HA Holmes League Cup Group Two: Peelers 1, Bohemians 5.

Burgess Cup Group Two: Martham A 1, South Yarmouth 2.

Fixtures January 15

HA Holmes League Cup Group One: Caister United A v GY United, Mk United v Catfield.

HA Holmes League Cup Group Two: Norfolk n Chance v Feathers.

Burgess Cup Group One: Arches v Belton, Carpathians v Prostar windows

Burgess Cup Group Two: Wellington v Caister Youth, MK United Res v South Yarmouth.

Division One: Albion v Yarmouth Peelers, Bohemians v GY International.

Division Two: Martham A v Caister CC.