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Lakenheath overturn one-goal deficit to beat Mulbarton Wanderers 2-1 and reach Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup semi-finals

Lakenheath came from a goal behind to book their place in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup semi-finals next week.

Ben Cowling’s promotion chasers trailed First Division North leaders Mulbarton Wanderers 1-0 on Tuesday night, as Charlie Norman’s strike handed the Norfolk hosts the lead in the quarter-final tie.

Ryan Weaver equalised for Lakenheath before the break, and Sam Hawley’s free kick in the second half put the visitors in front and proved to be the winner.

Sam Hawley (pictured in possession) was the match winner for Lakenheath
Sam Hawley (pictured in possession) was the match winner for Lakenheath

"We've had some really good wins on the road this season, but last night is right up there," boss Cowling reflected.

"It's one of the longest journeys we have to do, and midweek as well, and the kit didn't turn up until just after 7, so the warm up wasn't ideal.

"We're into the semi-finals and I think it's a free hit for us. March will be the favourites, but it's nice to be involved in these games, and it's a chance to get to a cup final.
"We were on a good run up until the Debenham game, but we've put that right and got it out of our system with the win at Mulbarton last night."

Lakenheath visit First Division North rivals March Town United in the semi-finals next Tuesday (7.45pm), while the other tie pits First Division South sides Harwich & Parkeston against Little Oakley the following day.

Before next week’s cup semi-final, Cowling’s side resume their league campaign when they host 16th-placed Leiston Reserves this Saturday (3pm).

Last weekend’s trip to Framlingham Town was called off due to the weather, with a rearranged date now set for Tuesday, April 21.

In the BetVictor Isthmian League North Division, Soham Town Rangers are due to host promotion-chasing Aveley this Saturday (3pm).

The Greens, currently in 13th, were due to visit another high-flying side, Tilbury, last Saturday, but the fixture was postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, March 24.