Norfolk Junior Cup: Catfield 4 Scole United 2
Catfield became the first team since 1971 to successfully defend the Norfolk Junior Cup after defeating Scole in a fiery contest at Carrow Road on Monday.
It means Catfield achieved a remarkable quadruple, having already won the league, the league cup and the Wiltshire Cup.
The cup holders settled quickest and almost took the lead in the fourth minute. Adam Thompson rounded Scole keeper Ben Buckmaster and shot towards goal, only for full-back Callum Ellis to turn the ball around the post with a sliding block.
Buckmaster was beaten from the subsequent corner, however, when Chad Pillar powered a header into the back of the net to give Catfield the advantage.
Scole grew in confidence as the half progressed and, moments after Buckmaster had make a crucial save at the feet of Thompson, they levelled. Will Goulding showed composure in the box, turning onto his left foot and slotting a low finish past Jamie Guest.
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United’s joy was short-lived though. Pillar caught Buckmaster off his line in the 25th minute, cushioning the ball over the keeper and into the net to give the Yarmouth side the lead once again.
Catfield – and Pillar in particular – looked a constant threat on the break and the number seven secured his hat-trick in the 32nd minute, when he manoeuvred into space on the edge of the box and advanced before coolly slotted home.
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The goals continued to flow with Scole pulling a goal back into the 38th minute through Sonny Sloggett, who saw his header back across the face of goal sneak in off the post.
There was controversy in first-half added time, when Scole captain Adam Solley was sent off after being adjudged to have handled in the box.
Pillar stepped up to take the spot kick, but Buckmaster produced a stunning save to deflect the ball away for a corner.
The second half was a tighter affair, although both sides managed to create chances of note.
Catfield came close on two occasions just shy of the hour mark, first drawing another fine save from Buckmaster with a shot from distance, before substitute Nyle Barker cleared a Pillar header off the line to keep his side in touch.
Then in the 66th minute another Scole sub, Jack Tipple, flashed a header across the face of the goal from a set-piece.
Tempers flared as the half progressed and Sloggett became the second Scole player to be given his marching orders in the 77th minute for violent conduct.
Catfield capitalised on their two-man advantage in the 81st minute, when Matthew Anderson fired home from just inside the box, to seal the victory and make history for Catfield.
Catfield: Jamie Guest, Bevan Self, Ricky Jonas, Spencer Self (capt), Daniel Goodrum, Chad Pillar, Dane Whiteley, Adam Thompson, Bodie Carter, Matthew Anderson, Bobby Hill. Subs: John Bell, Michael Vincent, Oliver Harrison.
Goals: Pillar 5, 25, 32, Anderson 81
Scole United: Ben Buckmaster, Callum Ellis, Edward Hipperson, David Coleman, Nathan Ireland, Sonny Sloggett, Ben Hugman-Norton, Adam Solley, James Edwards, William Goulding, Ben Cussons. Subs: Jack Tipple, Luke Ashford, Nyle Barker.
Goals: Goulding 23, Sloggett 38
Sent off: Solley 45, Sloggett 77
Referee: Nathan Walker
Assistants: Brian Glover, Callum Smith
4th Official: Darin Geary
Man of the match: Chad Pillar (Catfield).