Caister raise their game for notable cup success

Caister 4 Wroxham Res 2

Caister booked a Mummery Cup quarter-final derby tie against Acle at Bridewell Lane on November 10 after beating Wroxham Reserves, who had knocked Blofield out in the previous round.

Wroxham arrived with a strong looking line-up to face Caister who were looking to bounce back having suffered their first defeat of the season last week.

With Wroxham placed 5th in the Combination Premier Division and with players of first team experience in their line up Division One high-flyers Caister knew they were in for a tough afternoon.

Wroxham, as expected started at a high tempo and put Caister under pressure. The attacking players in their midfield were finding space in front of Caister’s defence and they created good chances for the strikers. Wroxham’s best chance of the half came when Jordon Atree, the tall centre half, met a corner but headed his effort over the bar.

Caister then found their feet and Crawley used his pace to nip in between Ollie Sutton in Wroxham’s goal and the centre-half. Crawley’s stretched effort though was cleared by a covering defender on the line.

With Caister now in more of a confident mood and half time approaching they went for the lead. A well-worked short corner paid off as Ward combined with Heller to work space on the edge of the box. Heller played a perfect cross to Nicky Crawley who rose high in the box to head Caister into the lead with 45 minutes on the clock.

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Despite Caister looking more in control after the interval Wroxham grabbed an equaliser. A mix-up between Turner and Gillary meant that Gillary brought down a Wroxham winger just inside the penalty box. A well-taken spot kick was dispatched to make it 1-1 on 55 minutes.

The hefty home support were not silenced for long though as a well-worked move found Crawley in the box after Nichols had won an important challenge. Crawley’s effort trickled into the net. Danny Heller was having his best game in a red shirt since re-signing this summer and capped it off with a fantastic goal. Heller picked up the ball on the right, cut inside two midfielders and curled an awesome shot from 30 yards which smashed in off the post. Kieran Hack extended their lead with a deserved goal on 80 minutes to make it 4-1. Similar to an earlier chance Hack raced clear with only the keeper to beat, this time going round him to walk the ball into the empty net.

With the game seemingly out of their grasp, credit must go to Wroxham who continued to play football right to the end. They grabbed a deserved second goal when they reacted quickest to a free kick rebound from close range. Then Caister keeper Gillary had to be on top form to produce three fine saves to deny Wroxham a third goal.

Caister: Gillary, Macgregor, Blake, Lines (Bevan 70), Rowley, Turner, A.Ward, Nichols (Barrett 85), Crawley (2) (Ford 75), Heller (1), Hack (1).

Tomorrow Caister face more higher League opposition in the shape of Sheringham in the Norfolk Senior Cup 3rd Round please note the early 13:45 kick-off at Allendale Road.