No.33 - Sat 28th February 2015; Norfolk County FA Primary Cup Semi-Final; 2pm at Wootton Park; Cranmer Avenue; North Wootton; King's Lynn; Norfolk; PE30 3QW
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The Woottons (1) 3 Lyng (0) 0
'The Tale of the Unexpected!'
'Itís a funny old game isnít it? My hop today is a trip towards the outskirts of Kings Lynn for an eagerly-awaited Norfolk Primary Cup Semi-Final where hosts The Woottons (North West Norfolk League) entertain Lyng (from the North East Norfolk League) at Wootton Park. Notably I had already seen both sides play once before this season (coincidentally in different rounds of this competition) in matches ending in controversial circumstances. I have a feeling that a close contest will be on the cards.
The Woottons are incredibly lucky to be still in the tournament having lost their first round game 2-0 at Flitcham & Hillington back in September (see http://footballgroundsinfocus.com/R141510.htm). It was only because the home side fielded an ineligible player that they were later reinstated in the competition. Lyng overcame Narborough 2-1 at the quarter-final stage in a game that ended in near darkness after being held up for an hour (and almost abandoned) when one of their players suffered a severe leg break just after half-time. For more go to http://footballgroundsinfocus.com/R141526.htm.
For the record itís The Woottons who come out on top winning the game by three goals to nil. Star player is substitute Sari Rahma who comes on at half-time (with his club leading 1-0) to transform his sideís fortunes. Itís a tactical masterstroke as he has an immediate and massive impact on proceedings not only in setting up one goal and scoring another but also missing a penalty as well. The result means that The Woottons will play Dereham Taverners (after beating Springwood 1-0) in the PC Final at the Football Development Centre in Norwich in April.
A large crowd (for this level at any rate) of 122 is in attendance for the game which is played on a heavily sanded (roped off) pitch in blustery, showery conditions. Standing in the biting wind proved a bit of an endurance test and by the end when I was glad to get back in the car! Although there isnít a programme the club lay on a range of hot and cold refreshments which are cheerfully dispensed from a tea hatch located at one end of the changing pavilion near the entrance.
The ground itself set in the middle of tree-lined Wootton Park is a basic but scenic location (even in winter) with a stream running parallel with the main pitch. Itís not an easy place to find so give yourself a bit of extra time to get there. After approaching along the A149 (as if driving towards Hunstanton) travellers should follow signs for The Woottons at the third major by-pass roundabout (from Kings Lynn) turning down the A148 (Castle Rising Road). Continue into South Wootton before turning right towards North Wootton along Priory Lane. Travel through the residential housing estate where the road becomes All Saints Avenue before turning left down Cranmer Avenue, a cul-de-sac from where the park is clearly visible at the end of the road'.
FGIF Match Stats
Scorers: (H) Palmer (28), Rahma (63), Clapson (79) and (A) N/A
Attendance: 122; Admission: None; Programme: None; Match rating: 4/5; Ground rating: 3/5.
edited on 01/03/15