Cup final consolation for Belton

Great Yarmouth & District Football League

IT was a great week for Belton after the disappointments of the last month.

On Monday night they won a thrilling Burgess Cup final 3-2 against Caister CC. The final was the best the league has seen in years and that is credit to both sides, neither deserved to lose.

Caister took the lead when a thunderous drive cannoned off the bar and Heller stabbed home. In the second half and it was two after Heller delightfully chipped Miller to give Caister daylight.

However, Belton responded with a formation change and it worked wonders as Fuller robbed Hollis in the Caister goal and pulled it back for a tap-in.

Belton should have equalised when they had three attackers against Hollis, but the shot went wide. Belton soon equalised and the game looked destined for extra-time. However a Belton free-kick three minutes from time was headed in at the back post to hand Belton the Burgess Cup.

The score was harsh on Caister, who were terrific. Belton’s skipper Danny Webster received the cup from league chairman Mick Covill.

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Belton’s week got a whole lot better when their main rivals for the title Caister CC slipped to a surprising 3-2 defeat at home to Caister Youth.

Although Caister are five points clear they have played three games more, with the teams still to meet in a game Caister must surely win.

Martham A almost broke their points duck, but MK United won 2-1.

Carpathians picked up three valuable points in a 3-2 win against Prostar Windows that will give Karl Frozdick’s side confidence.

Arches are fourth after a 3-1 win against South Yarmouth.

In Division One, Catfield are almost home after a resounding win against Norfolk n Chance. Four more points will see another league title in the bag, and they could achieve that Wednesday at Bohemians if MK fail to win tomorrow.

Nearest challengers MK United won 8-1 at home to Feathers. It was the first time in MK United history that three generations of one family have played in the same side. That honour went to Mick Saunders, Marcus Saunders and Jordan Saunders.

Albion stay second although from a game more as they defeated Peelers 7-1 at Lynn Grove as they warmed up for the Wiltshire Cup final against Catfield.

Bohemians’ recent poor form continued after they went down 4-2 at home to Yarmouth United, who have all but secured their first division status.

Caister A, after relegation last week, put up a good display but went down at home to Yarmouth International. They face Yarmouth United on Wednesday at Allendale.

This week sees the final two finals of the season as Albion take on Catfield in the Wiltshire Cup on Monday with a 10.30am kick-off at the Wellesley. Admission is �2 adults, and �1 concessions and under-16s.

Wednesday will see the Percy Nockolds trophy final at Halvergate as either Yarmouth, Peelers or Caister Youth take on Caister CC or Belton. This is free admission with the bar open next to the pitch.

The league is inviting teams to apply for the 2011-12 season. The league is competitive and is open to any side from Norfolk or Suffolk within a 12-mile radius.

Please contact league secretary Ryan Starkey on 01493 602345 or email for an application form.

The league has results on the Beach radio station on 97.4 fm within 90 minutes of kick-off while there is also a club of the month scheme which is sponsored by the Pub on the Shrubs public house.

Results. Monday, April 11 – Burgess Cup final: Caister CC 2, Belton 3.

Saturday, April 16 – Division One: Bohemians 2, Yarmouth United 4; GY Peelers 1, Albion 7; Catfield 8, Norfolk N Chance 0; Caister A 2, GY International 7; MK United 8, Feathers 1.

Division Two: Arches 3, South Yarmouth 1; Martham A 1, MK United Res 2; Caister CC 2, Caister Youth 3; Carpathians 3, Prostar Windows 2.

Fixtures Saturday, April 23, 2.30pm. Division One: Feathers v GY United (Mill Lane, A Symonds); MK United v GY Peelers (B Castle, P Newby); Norfolk N Chance v GY International (Mill Lane, B Russell).

Division Two: Belton FC v Martham A (Mill Lane, D Codling); Caister CC v Prostar Windows (Mill Lane, S Hemp); MK United Res v Arches (Mill Lane, D Tozer); Caister Youth v Wellington (Allendale, C Emblem)

Easter Monday, April 25, 10.30am. Wiltshire Cup final (extra time, penalties): Albion v Catfield (Wellesley, P Emblem, B Skeet, P Newby, C Emblem).

Tuesday, April 26, 6.30pm. Division Two: South Yarmouth v MK United Res (Halvergate, B Skeet)

Wednesday, April 27, 6.30pm. Percy Nockolds Trophy final (extra time, penalties): GY Peelers or Caister Youth v Belton or Caister CC (Halvergate, K Greensides)

Division One: Bohemians v Catfield (New Road, B Russell); Caister A v Yarmouth Utd (Allendale, D Tozer).