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Scole United make light work of lower-league opposition in Norfolk Senior Cup

Scole United eased into the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup thanks to a 7-1 victory over Watton United on Saturday.

Brad Hunt was the star of the show for Scole with his return of four goals, while the side was also boosted by the additions of Charlie Hitch and Josh Lucraft, both of whom have signed on dual registration terms from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division clubs.

Hitch set up the opening goal of the tie for Jake McDowall, while fellow new recruit Lucraft was heavily involved in Scole’s second.

Former Diss midfielder Josh Lucraft has joined Scole United on dual registration from Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Former Diss midfielder Josh Lucraft has joined Scole United on dual registration from Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The attacking midfielder played a couple of neat passes in the build up before McDowall turned provider for captain Ashley Baxter to slot in.

Just before the break Lucraft set up Hunt to open his account for the afternoon.

Hunt completed his hat-trick in the second half and then added one more to his tally before a spirited Watton were rewarded for their positive attitude with a consolation in the 87th minute.

However, the final say went the way of Scole when James Harrison converted Hunt’s cut back.

Scole will now switch their focus back to Anglian Combination Premier Division matters on Saturday when they host Mundford (1.30pm).

* Harleston Town moved up to second place in the Premier Division with a 4-1 home win over Beccles Town.

The visitors took the lead early on but Harleston hit back with a brace from Sam Borrer and a goal apiece for the two Ryans – Swift and Crisp.

Harleston, who are three points adrift of league-leading UEA with two games in hand, will host fourth-placed Norwich CEYMS on Saturday (1.30pm).

* Despite hosting Mundford being reduced to nine men in the second half, Long Stratton had to settle for a 2-2 draw from their weekend trip to St Leonards Street.

Toby Gower and Luke Priestley were on target for 11th-placed Stratton, who host Caister (3rd) on Saturday (1.30pm).

* Attleborough Town bowed out of the Norfolk Senior Cup with a 7-6 penalty shootout first-round defeat to Sprowston Athletic.

The two sides had earlier played out a 1-1 draw at Station Road.

Second-placed Attleborough will be back in Division One action on Saturday when they host Gorleston Reserves (1.30pm).

* Gorleston’s second string will go into that encounter on the back of a 2-2 draw with visiting East Harling on Saturday.

Harling fell two goals behind but second-half efforts from John Woods and Shaun Hunsdon earned them a share of the spoils.

Seventh-placed Harling will travel to second-from-bottom Watton on Saturday (1.30pm).

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