Hemsby FC ensure their 140-mile round trip was worthwhile
- Credit: Archant
Hemsby made the 140-mile round trip to Hunstanton to face unbeaten in the league Redgate Rangers and came away with an excellent 2-1 win.
Having had a late call-off on Friday and a no-show at the meeting point Hemsby faced a tough task, having already lost Reece Hopper, Grant Osben and Lewis Stebbings.
A call from the minibus saw them add young Tom Tennant to the squad along with Tom Lardner, the 16-year-olds going on to make their first team league debuts in contrast to having to use the 53-year-old manager to make up the 14.
The deadlock was broken when a foul out wide on the left presented Jonathon Peirce with a chance to get the ball into the box. His free-kick eluded everyone including the Redgate keeper and Kristian Sutton just watched it all the way into the net.
The lead only lasted a couple of minutes when a ball played forward saw a slip at the back which allowed the home striker a free run at Rui Goncalves and he finished well.
Real chances were at a premium as both teams cancelled each other out and a glut of petty fouls made for a stop start game before Goncalves made a fantastic save to keep the scores level.
The first sin bin offence for Hemsby saw them reduced to 10 men for the first time in the match but they managed to limit the home side to the odd half chance. Once they returned to the full complement Hemsby got back into attacking football and in the 77th minute regained the lead when young Tennant sent Sutton away down the right and he cut into the area and squared the ball for Joe Youngs to slam the ball home from close range.
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Russell Marriott then received a harsh second yellow card and Hemsby had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men, which saw Redgate flood forward but the visitors held firm. It was not the best Hemsby have played this season but it was an excellent win none-the-less.
The Mission man-of-the-match award went to Mikey Grayson.
In the Norfolk Senior Cup Caister cruised into the second round with a 10-1 win at Division One strugglers Cromer Town.
Gaz Ward (4) and Anton Ward (3) as well as strikes from Harry Barnden, George Barnden and Tom McGee saw them progress. Cromer’s consolation came from Immanuel Cassama. Caister are without a fixture on Saturday.