THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1st
This Sunday, Norwich City take on Ipswich Town with the game scheduled to kick off at 2.05pm. The league has no problem with games kicking off earlier this weekend so long as both clubs and the appointed referee are in agreement
ANYONE FROM THREE AS PREMIER TOP TEAMS WIN
Despite an overnight frost, it's pleasing to report that no games were called off today due to the weather.
In the Premier division, goals from Darren Parnell, Tommy Want and Tommy Salmon enabled Farmhouse to stay two points ahead of Riverside Rovers as they beat AFC Wanderers 3-1. Rovers themselves were 9-3 (Jordan Rocastle 6, Aaron Kay 2, Jamie Atkins) winners at Spixworth Sunday, but have two games in hand. Don't rule out Acle Rangers as challenger for the title. They remain third with games in hand after thumping Doghouse, scoring a dozen in the process. Ten man Norman Wanderers were 3-0 (Jason Armes 2, Sam Gauntlett) winners at Dussindale Rovers and two goals in the last three minutes from Ryan Cook and Phil Chapman helped Poringland Wanderers come from behind to beat Sprowston Rovers 2-1.
In 1A, leaders Bungay Town were 6-1 winners at Norman Wanderers Res and remain two points clear of Aslacton. I took in Aslactons game at DCS Rapid and saw the home side take the lead when James Shorthall scored from close range after the keeper failed to hold a Brett Kingsbury shot. The home side were on top early on, but Aslacton gradually worked their way back into the game and were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes that Dean Mortimer converted. Jutty Womack then made it 2-1 to the visitors and before half time Womack tucked away another penalty. The half time score was harsh on DCS who had competed well, but in the second half, Aslacton looked the stronger side and scored a fourth through Mortimer. Shorthall added a second for DCS before the visitors were awarded a third penalty, which was duly despatched by Mortimer. Kerridge added a sixth for Aslacton with the last kick of the game to give the final scoreline a rather flattering look. Third placed Sporting Longdale were held to a goalless draw at Anglian Rovers, whilst Dancing Farmers are level on points with Longdale as a hat trick from Aaron Saddleton and a Mason Roe strike, helped them to a 4-2 victory at Mad Moose. Windmill Wanderers recovered from conceding a first minute goal to beat Horsford Utd 4-1 with Arran James 2, Gary Walsh and Tony Palmer all scoring, and the game between Vale Longo and Brooke ended all square at 1-1. Schoolhouse remain top of 1B after a 7-2 home win over Taverham Utd. They have three games in hand on William Wanderers who won 4-2 (Dan Childerhouse 3, Ryan Pye) at Moles Rest and third placed Earlham Utd scored ten times ( as they beat Ribs Rovers. A thirty yard Tom Brown effort and goals by Dale Simpson, Reece Ashman and Josh Farrow helped Bell Inn to a 4-1 win at Acle Rangers Res, whilst Troy Lowthorpe and David Whitlam scored for St Faiths in their 2-2 draw at Sprowston Wanderers.
The game between the top two in 2A, New Buckenham and Costessey West End, ended all square at one apiece, with Ross Brannigan on target for the visitors. Dilham Cross Keys closed the gap at the top as they won 6-1 (Antoni Fawkes 2, Jamie Clarke, Mark Faiers, Dan Tindall, Dan Duffield) at Constable Crusaders and Shipdham Rangers remain fourth after goals by Mark Allibone 2, and Curtis Money helped them to a 3-3 draw at Micawbers. Bungay Town won the other game in the division, 2-1 over Newsman Celtic. DEF FC stayed seven points clear at the top of 2B after a 2-1 victory at SDC Utd. Revolution FC scored seven (John Viguri 2, Jamie Minors 2, Lewis Franklin, Chris Ulewich, Craig Wright) as they won at Costessey Sports and Lakewood Utd scored five without replay at Hethersett Athletic and Salhouse Rovers were 2-1 winners at home to Briston Wanderers.
In 3A, The Middle Green were 7-1 winners at AFC Westlegate, whilst GaGa moved clear in second place as they beat Mischief 3-1. Dynamo are fourth after winning 4-2 at Sporting Longdale Res, and Brooke Res hit six without reply as they beat MC Rovers. Westfield had a good 2-1 (Mike Lyons, Jack Peters) victory at home to Reedham, and at last there was three points for Freethorpe and they recorded a 5-3 Mark Smith 2, Ryan Jermy 2, David Brister) home win over Winfarthing. Great reward for their perseverance this season. Trimingham Pilgrims closed the gap on 3B leaders Phoenix FC as they won 4-0 at Binham Village, whilst Hickling Barn kept up their challenge by beating Salhouse Rovers Res 4-2. Wayne Norman, Scott Tuttle and Simon King scored for Cellar House as they ran out 3-2 winners at Sporting Iceni and there was a first win for Felthorpe, 6-2 (Tom Turner 2, Mark Bale, Matt Lee, John Wilkins, John Dunn) at Red Lion.
In the Under 19 A division, last seasons champions Hellesdon had a 3-1 win over this seasons champions Blofield Utd 3-1. Would have been very interesting this morning had Hellesdon not conceded a last minute goal in their previous game. Long Stratton were also winners today, 4-1 (Jack Herbert, Charlie Deakin, Aidan Shaen-Carter, Lewis Dudley) at Coltishall Jaguars.
Marlborough are back on top of the B division. Their 4-1 win over Litcham FC coupled with a 2-0 defeat for morning leaders Sprowston Athletic at Norman Wanderers, for whom Reece May scored twice, means they are a point clear with two games in hand. Reepham Town went down to a 3-2 defeat at East Coast Warriors who had Elliot Wesby 2 and Joshua Clark on target and Drayton were 4-1 (Jack Dearden 2, Oakley West, Lewis George) winners over Swanton Morley.
An own goal and a Luke Keeler hat trick helped Division C leaders Poringland Wanderers return to winning ways as they won by the odd goal of seven at Harleston Town. Attleborough Town remain hot on their heels after a good 2-1 (Jamie Venables, Daniel Thurston) victory at Scole United and Norwich United are now third after beating Wymondham Town 4-0, with Orren Oliver grabbing a hat trick and Augusto SantaMaria also netting. Watton United scored six without reply as they won at Mulbarton Wanderers
LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL DRAW
The draw for the Quarter Finals of the League Cup has been made and is as follows
Farmhouse FC v Riverside Rovers
Poringland Wanderers v Moles Rest
Acle Rangers v Bungay Town
Aslacton & GM v AFC Wanderers
All games due to be played on March 15th, Extra time and pens if required
All clubs are reminded that the League's transfer window will close on 28th February
As we are all well aware, there has been a shortage of referees this season. Anybody who may be thinking of taking up the whistle in the near future, please find the latest news from December's County FA referee bulletin below.
NEW REFEREES’ COURSES
We have confirmed our 2015 dates and venues for Refereeing courses in Norfolk. These include Basic Referees Courses, Laws of the Game Courses and free Referee Taster Sessions.
Basic Referees Courses
The 2015 programme for FA Basic Referees Courses kicks off in January in the West of our County at Heacham Sports and Social Club. Further into the year we will be staging two weekend courses in Norwich at the FDC, Bowthorpe which will run in April and October. We will also have our summer midweek course in August at Lynn Grove, Gorleston. Our 50% discount offer has now been extended to July 2015, allowing you to qualify as a Referee for half the price. (T’s&C’s Apply.) To find out more about the Basic Referees Course and the 50% discount available, Call 01603 704050 for further details.
Further into the year we will be staging two weekend courses in Norwich at the FDC, Bowthorpe which will run in April and October. We will also have our summer midweek course in August at Lynn Grove, Gorleston. Our 50% discount offer has now been extended to July 2015, allowing you to qualify as a Referee for half the price. (T’s&C’s Apply.) To find out more about the Basic Referees Course and the 50% discount available, Call 01603 704050 for further details.