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Blundeston Magpies dream of cup glory after rout - Notley's Lowestoft & District League round-up

PUBLISHED: 17:18 26 January 2012

Southwold Town Reserves versus Oxford Arms Reserves at Southwold Common. Picture: MICK HOWES

Southwold Town Reserves versus Oxford Arms Reserves at Southwold Common. Picture: MICK HOWES

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WITH 10 of the 11 scheduled league games in the Notley's Lowestoft & District Saturday League taking place last weekend, much of the focus was however centred on the Mike Johnson League Knock-Out Cup ties that featured teams from divisions one and two.

Of the eight cup games, seven were completed – with all the teams progressing into the quarter finals hailing from the top flight.

Both Barsham and Blundeston Magpies hit their gallant second division opponents for 11 – as Barsham beat Waveney A 11-0 and the Magpies soared to a 11-3 success at FC Eastport. First division leaders Great Yarmouth Town Hall beat fifth-placed Waveney Gunners from the second division 4-0, while Hearts of Oak – second in the top flight – beat sixth placed Crusaders from the second division 6-0.

The three remaining ties were all first division affairs. Fourth placed Waveney Reserves went goal crazy as they hammered 11th placed Hopton 12-1. In the battle of the village sides, first from bottom Spexhall had a fine 4-1 away win at sixth placed Norton.

In a close encounter at Normanston Park, tenth placed Kirkley and Pakefield A had a fine 3-2 away win at ninth placed Pot Black to reach the last eight.

The one remaining tie between Mutford & Wrentham, from division one, and Kirkley & Pakefield B, from division two, was postponed.

In the only division one league match played, bottom of the table Pakefield Re-United picked up another good point in a 2-2 draw at seventh placed Oxford Arms.

Just three league matches were played in division two – and with leaders Earsham’s match postponed second place Norton Athletic Reserves failed to take advantage as they were held to a 3-3 draw at first from bottom Bungay Town A.

They are now two points behind the leaders, who have a game in hand. Corton Seltic are fourth, and now five points behind the leaders, after they hammered bottom of the table Royal Falcon 11-4. Spexhall Reserves are eighth after a 2-0 home win over 12th placed Harleston Town Reserves.

There was a shock as division three leaders Carlton Rangers slipped to only their second league defeat of the season.

They drop to second after losing 1-3 at home against third placed Factory Arms. Factory Arms are now seven points behind the top two, but have two games in hand.

Oxford Arms Reserves are the new leaders, but they failed to capitalise on Rangers’ defeat as they were held to a 2-2 draw at tenth placed Southwold Town Reserves.

Fourth placed Telecom Rovers fine run of form continued with a 2-0 home win over ninth placed Lord Nelson. Earsham Reserves are fifth after a goalless draw with seventh placed Corton Seltic Reserves.

Blundeston Magpies Reserves remain in sixth after a 0-3 home reversal against eighth placed Ellingham, while newcomers Gunton United were celebrating as they picked up their first-ever win, at the 16th time of asking, in division three.

After 15 successive league defeats they beat first from bottom Lowestoft Albion 1-0.

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