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A reminder to all clubs that the League's transfer window closes on Tuesday Feb. 28th. Any transfer currently in process must be completed by then
HUCKLE HAT TRICK IN VAIN AS DE FC BOW OUT
DE FC saw their dreams of playing in a Carrow Rd final shattered by a goal deep into stoppage time by opponents Windmill FC of Yarmouth in a thrilling Sunday Senior Cup semi final at Beaconsfield. The home side took an early lead when Connor Ingram fired home from close range, but DE hit back to go in front thanks to a penalty and a twenty yard strike from Xavier Huckle. The home side though restored parity, also from the spot as Chad Pillar scored and that's how the scores remained until deep into the second period. Good work from Nick Holyoak and Fionn Goodwin-Wright set Huxtable up for his hat trick but the home side levelled again almost immediately with a cracking strike from Aaron Huggins. As the game moved into stoppage time and with most in the large crowd expecting another half an hour, Chad Pillar popped up to grab his second and the winner to break the hearts of the visitors. An excellent game of football and great performance fro DE, but good luck to Windmill in the final.
The Intermediate Cup Final will be an all Norwich League affair. A second half penalty from Callum Speck gave Hewett OB's a deserved 1-0 win at Windmill FC Res, whilst North Walsham romped into the final after scoring seven without reply at Hellesdon. The final takes place at The FDC on March 31st.
Drayton Dazzlers will play Rockland United U19's in the Junior Cup Final on March 24th. Dazzlers progressed after a hard fought 3-2 victory over Aylsham U19's whilst Rockland overcame Cringleford by the same score. Good luck to all of our sides in the finals.
With leaders DE FC involved in cup action, Riverside Rovers took the chance to close the gap at the top to three points as they gained revenge for their surprise cup defeat a couple of weeks ago at the same venue. Jordan Rocastle hit four and Jason Armes was also on target in the 5-1 victory. Acle Rangers remain level on points with Riverside having played one game more as they won 3-0 at Farmhouse, whilst a goal in the last five minutes was enough for Horsford United to beat Bungay Town 1-0.
Arguably the biggest league game of the day was in 1A as morning leaders Norman Wanderers won 2-1 at second place The Middle Green. Brooke lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side Newsman Celtic, Jack Sinclair and Nick Aston scored for the home side, whilst Matt Nichols and an injury time James Daniels goal was the visitors response. A single goal was enough for Longdale Rovers to win at Vale Longo. Mischief beat Warwick St United by the odd goal of nine at Wall Rd and Constable Crusaders moved out of the bottom two after beating New Buckenham 3-1, the goals coming from Scott Tuttle 2 and Liam Frost. In 1B, Trimingham Pilgrims gave themselves a great chance of ensuring a top two finish as they won 8-2 at third placed Aslacton with Antoni Fawkes 3, Jack Crane 2, Lewis Smith 2 and Liam Amos all scoring. Phoenix scored eight Oliver Woodhouse 4, George Tallent, Josh Powley, Ryan Hare) without reply at home to Cellar House and there were goals for Ryan Tebble 2, Adam Wengrove and Seb Clarke as Salhouse Rovers beat Silver Fox 4-1. Jonny Brown 2, Damien Williams, Luke Goss and Jack Newstead all scored for Briston Wanderers as they won 5-2 at home to Hethersett Athletic.
There was more good news for Hewett OB's today, as nearest challengers in 2A Norman Wanderers Res were held to a 1-1 draw by SNS FC. Lee Buxton was the Wanderers marksman. MC Rovers were 4-0 winners at home to Dynamo and Brooke Res scored three of the five goals in their game with Mettingham. DCS Rapid also took three points today as they beat Micawbers Tavern 2-1 thanks to goals from James Shorthall and Darragh Walsh. In 2B, leaders Norwich Ceyms won 6-2 (Lewis McKerrell 2, Danny Sheehan 2, Luke McClue, Jack Hurrell) at Sporting Iceni whilst the game between East Tuddenham and Sprowston Athletic produced twelve goals, seven of which went to the home side. Luke Gregory scored the only goal of the game as Hethersett Ath Res beat Blofield United, whilst Barracks came back from Harleston Town with a point after a 3-3 draw.
3A leaders Woolpack remain two points clear after a 4-1 home win against AFC Norwich whilst second placed Marlborough hit a dozen as they won at Woodton United. Mad Moose were 3-1 winners at Nelson Athletic and Cotman United were 4-1 winners at Longdale Rovers Res.
In the Under 19A Division leaders Watton United drew 1-1 at home to Scole United and second placed Attleborough hit eight as they won at Swanton Morley. Reepham Town beat Heigham Park Rangers 4-1 (Matt Pratt 3, Luke Dubinski) whilst Alex Curran 2 and Harry Denny scored for Hethersett Athletic as they drew at Grasshoppers. The only game played in the B Division saw Aaron Cooper 2, Matt Scoular 2, Alex King, Jack Bucklee and Ben Cooper all scored as Acle Rangers beat Hellesdon 7-3.
LEAGUE CUP DRAW
THE DRAW FOR THE LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINALS HAS BEEN MADE AND IS AS FOLLOWS
|Norman Wanderers||v||Acle Rangers|
|DE FC||v||Dilham Cross Keys|
|Vale Longo||v||Warwick St United|
|Schoolhouse||v||The Middle Green|
All ties to be played on Sunday March 5th ETIN & pens if required