ACLE CUP DOUBLE DREAM STILL ON COURSE

Acle Rangers are still in with a shout of completing a Cup Double as they progressed to the League Cup semi final with a 4-1 (Sean Sandell, Perry Kelf and two OG’s) win over Riverside Rovers. With a Carrow Rd berth already booked in the County Cup, Rangers will also be hopeful of a trip to the FDC on May 11th.

With the aforementioned Riverside in cup action, Schoolhouse took the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier Division, returning to form with a 5-1 (Rhys Logan 2, Jack Robinson 2, Ben Watson) home win over Poringland Wanderers. Horsford completed their season with a 2-0 (Yip Chong, Shaun Plant) win at Sprowston Wanderers, whilst Trimingham Pilgrims good recent form continued as they hit seven without reply at home to Farmhouse.

A cracking end to the season is set up in Div 1. Leaders Phoenix went down to a 3-1 (Sam Page 2, Owen Page) defeat at second placed Brooke who are now only a point behind. Longdale, who have a game in hand on the top two are three points behind the leaders after winning 3-2 at Hellesdon, whilst The Middle Green stay in the mix after a 5-2 (Dom Doggett 2, Adam Brown, Tom Matthews, Jack Tarrant) home win over Windmill Wanderers.

Woolpack are three points clear at the top of Div 2 after winning 4-0 at Hethersett Ath. There main danger though seems to be Drayton Dazzlers who thumped second placed Mischief 7-1 to maintain their 100% league record. Briston were 4-1 winners at Barracks and a single twenty five yard strike from Marlborough substitute Michael Adcock was enough to give them the points against Vale Longo. Mettingham and Sprowston Ath Wildcats produced a seven goal thriller, with Mettingham grabbing four of them thanks to doubles from Craig Bolger and Rob Marshall.

Norman Wanderers A are the new leaders in Div 3. A 7-2 (Ben Atkins 2, Reece May 2, Alain Elsley Medina, Jason Fuller, Tyrone Sparrow) victory at MC Rovers saw them go above an inactive DCS Rapid by a point with both sides having four games remaining. Brooke Res chances of silverware seem to be fading fast as they went down 4-3 to County Cup finalists Silver Fox, whilst Bungay Town Res ran out 4-1 (Reece Evans 2, Ryan Davies, Brandon Ling) winners at Newsman Celtic. It was a good morning for bottom side East Tuddenham as they collected their second win of the season as they beat Dynamo 5-0. Harleston Town made the long trip to Acle Rangers Res and came back with three points as Johnny Middleton 2, Lewis Haydon and Brandon Pickess all scored in a 4-3 win.

Congratulations to AFC Norwich the new Div 4 champions. Their 4-1 victory at Rose Athletic Res was enough to ensure that they clinched the title. The battle for the runners up spot is still on though and second placed FC Viking did their goal difference no harm at all as they put a dozen (Matt Billing 6, Craig Beeden 3, Rob Pointer, Liam Burke, Ian Beeden) past Cellar House. They now have 38 points with one game remaining whilst third placed Hethersett Ath Res are four points behind them but have two games in hand.

In their quest for a League and County Cup double, Aylsham moved to within two points of leaders Easton after winning 4-1 (Tobias Oliver 2, Owen Collier, Dale Gedge) at Ashill. Easton still have two games to play, Aylsham four. Watton United had a good 2-1 victory at Firside Ath but AG Athletic were left totally and understandably frustrated after getting a text from opponents Qube FC an hour before kick off telling them that they would not be coming. This conduct is totally unacceptable and the matter will be dealt with by the League Management Committee.

Scole United have gone to the top of the Under 19 Division after a single Harry Brookes goal gave them the three points at bottom side Heigham Park Rangers. They leapfrog morning leaders Old Catton who were held to a 1-1 draw at Cringleford. Third placed St Andrews beat Hethersett Ath 2-1 whilst James Bemrose hit a hat trick in Long Stratton’s 4-1 win at home to Hellesdon.