NOT A DAY FOR SURPRISES AS LEAGUE CUP GETS UNDERWAY
On a weekend end where all clubs were asked to observe a minutes silence before their games, in respect of the Brazilian side Chapecoense, the 1st round of the League Cup got underway, but produced few surprises.
Acle Rangers, recent winners of the trophy, progressed to the next round with a 5-1 home victory over Longdale Rovers. Dilham Cross Keys travelled to Brooke and came back with a 5-2 (Dan Camish 4, Reece Last) win under their belts, whilst Bungay Town were narrow 3-2 victors over Phoenix FC. At Eaton Park, the game between Farmhouse and Mischief went to extra time where the Premier Division side went on to win 5-3, thanks to goals from Ryhs Cousins 3, Darren Parnell and Michael Barker. Tim Cary 2, Lewis Page, Tom Griffiths and Dan Manganaro all scored as Poringland Wanderers put their poor league form behind them to win 5-0 at Hethersett Athletic and Horsford United progressed as they scored four without reply at home to Cellar House. Schoolhouse produced the biggest win of the round as they thumped Salhouse Rovers 10-1, whilst Jutty Womack scored twice and there was a goal for Dean Mortimer as Aslacton recorded a narrow 3-2 win at New Buckenham. Newsman Celtic had a good 4-2 (Will Potter, Chris Durrant, Olabambo Ogunlana, og) win over Briston Wanderers and Warwick St Utd are also through after winning 2-0 (Joe McFarlane, Kuriakos Kuriakof) at Sprowston Wanderers. The Middle Green won 3-0 at home to Constable Crusaders and the only game that went to penalties saw Windmill Wanderers go through at the expense of Silver Fox after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw. Arran James scored for Windmill with Luke Gould replying.
In League action, a single Joe Forshaw goal was enough to send Hewett OB's three points clear at the top of 2A after a 1-0 win at Micawbers Tavern which was reported as being a really enjoyable contest played in good spirit by both sides. Winfarthing got back to winning ways as they beat DCS Rapid 7-3 and Mettingham were 2-0 (Matt Staff, Robbie Mitson) winners at home to Warwick St Utd Res. Having not won a game all season, Dynamo made it two wins in a row with Adam Preston James Hunter and Tim Gardiner scoring as they beat MC Rovers 3-0 and there was a very good win for Brooke Res, 3-2 at SNS FC. Norwich CEYMS still lead the way in 2B after an 8-2 home win over FC Viking, whilst North Walsham also won by the same score at Blofield United with the goals coming from Ryan Beeson 4, Dan Crosby 2, Luke Everson and Chaz Skipper. One goal was enough for Barracks FC to beat East Tuddenham and Sprowston Athletic were 5-2 winners over Sporting Iceni. A Jamie Wright equaliser was enough for Hethersett Athletic Res to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Harleston Town U21's.
3A, leaders had another convincing win, scoring sixteen as they beat Nelsons Athletic, but second placed Norman Wanderers A again lost ground as they suffered their second defeat on the trot, 4-2 at Drayton Dazzlers. Marlborough are also in contention after a 5-1 win over Cotman United, whilst Mad Moose scored eight without reply at home to Eaton Park Corinthians. Hempnall have the South Norfolk bragging rights after a 10-1 (Brad Cullum 3, Danny Elton 2, James Bennett, Liam Brown, Lewis Bailey, Billy Kelly, Shaun Kelly) win over neighbours Woodton United and there were six goals shared and a point apiece for AFC Norwich and Longdale Rovers. Luke Perry 2, and Billy Simmonds scored for the home side
Scole United continue to lead the Under 19 A Division after a 2-0 home win over Hethersett Athletic. Watton United bounced back after last weeks defeat to beat Reepham Town 5-1, Lewis Hart 3, Cameron Jones and Ty Bond scoring, and Attleborough Town were 4-1 winners at Long Stratton. Swanton Morley have their second win of the season as they won 6-2 against Heigham Park Rangers.
B Division leaders are Aylsham after their 7-3 (Stuart Boam 2, Owen Collier 2, David Morris, Tom Aitken, Matt Coles-Rouse) victory at St Andrews allowed them to move two points clear of Old Catton who were held to a 2-2 draw by Easton. Cringleford remain in the mix after a 4-1 win at Hellesdon, whilst Acle rangers scored eight (Will Scott 2, Jack Bucklee 2, Matt Scoular 2, Matt Fulcher, Ben Cooper) without reply in their win at Happisburgh Hammers.