Sat 18
First Team
3
-
2
Cup
Mildenhall Town
L Jackson (2' Pen), D Alexander (56')
R Dickerson (80' OG)
Norwich United 3 - 2 Mildenhall Town

Norwich United 3 - 2 Mildenhall Town

By Joe Norton
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Planters progress further than ever before in FA Cup


Norwich United faced in form Mildenhall Town at Planation Park in the FA Cup on Saturday, Mildenhall came into the game having beaten Wroxham 2-1 away from home the previous Saturday whereas Norwich United arrived having won their previous 4 games in all competitions.

Norwich United had scored two goals in the opening 5 minutes away at Whitton midweek and they again established an early lead in this match, with Liam Jackson dispatching a right foot penalty into the bottom left corner of the net. The keeper went the right way but Jackson’s strike was right in the corner and hit firmly enough to give the keeper little chance of keeping it out.

Mildenhall equalised in the 18th minute as their small but nimble and skilful front two started to make their mark on the game but Planters regained the lead after 41 minutes when Sam Watts scored a deflected header from a superb corner delivery by Haydn Davis.

HALF TIME - NORWICH UNITED 2 - 1 MILDENHALL TOWN

Norwich United were able to extend their lead further on 56 minutes when a jinking Haydn Davis run was finished off by defensive midfielder Dillon Alexander who smashed home from around twelve yards to score his first goal of the season.

Norwich United looked in control of the game and were relatively untroubled by Mildenhall in the second half. This changed on 77 minutes when Mildenhall ensured a tense finish, pegging The Planters back to just a one goal lead with the score at 3-2. This came in controversial circumstances as Dickerson in the Planters goal seemed to have the ball in his hands when he was challenged by the Mildenhall forward, it is very rare to see a goal given in these circumstances.

Despite this setback and a slightly nervy finish to the match, Norwich United defended well and will be delighted to progress to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, until Saturday Planters had been to the second qualifying round three times but had not, until now, reached the third qualifying round. All at Norwich United will be eagerly anticipating this next round on 2nd October.

FULL TIME - NORWICH UNITED 3 - 2 MILDENHALL TOWN - Attendance: 220 - Reporter’s Man of the Match: Haydn Davis

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Match details

Match date

Sat 18, Sep 2021

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

220
Shaun Wones

Player of the match

Shaun Wones