DELIGHT FOR PHOENIX AS THEY ARE CROWNED DIV 1 CHAMPIONS

One blazing hot Sunday May morning, there were still outstanding League issues to be resolved.

In the Premier Division Schoolhouse signed off with a 5-2 win at Sprowston Wanderers, a result that leaves them waiting to see if its enough to earn the runners up spot. it was also manager Richard Brett’s final game as manager. Richard has had a great time at the helm of the club, winning titles as they came through the divisions, Senior Cup victories at Carrow Rd and last season the League Cup. he will be a tough act to follow. Acle Rangers though have three games left to play and can still finish second. Their four goal win at Trimingham Pilgrims means they are still on course, but need to win the final three games to finish runners up.

Congratulations go to Phoenix who are now officially Div 1 champions. The Middle Green went into their final game of the season knowing a big win was required to take top or second place. Somebody though, forgot to tell opponents Longdale Rovers as they spoiled any chance Middle Green had by winning 3-1. As I predicted very early in the season, this division was always going to be hard fought and go down to the wire. It did just that.

In Div 2, Mettingham bowed out of the league with a 3-1 victory over Drayton Dazzlers. It was a fitting tribute to long time manager, secretary and one club man Keith Penn, who after giving 50 years to the club has decided that he needs a well earned rest. Well done Keith, on behalf of the League you will be sorely missed and thank you.

In Div 3, two goals from Craig Boyles and a Robert Armes strike helped Silver Fox to a 3-0 win at Acle Rangers.

Congratulation to Scole United who took the Under 19 title after putting ten goals (Kieran Manning 3, Luke Gould 2, Lawrence Brown, Joshua Goodwin, Bradley Hunt, Josh Lucraft)  past Mulbarton Wanderers.. Its been a great effort by Scole who have gone throughout the season unbeaten in the league and have drawn only three games. Surely its time to step up into the Open Age game ? Hope so. Long Stratton confirmed runners up position as they beat nearest challengers St Andrews 3-1 thanks to goals from James Bemrose, Wayne Bemrose and Owen Woodhouse.

In regard to the Under 19’s, after last seasons AGM we had twelve teams wishing to take part. By the time the season had started, due to withdrawals, it was reduced to ten. For next season from the ten teams in the division, of the renewal forms that came in, Cringleford and Old Catton informed the League that they wished to step up into open age football. Hethersett Ath, Acle Rangers and Heigham Park Rangers will no longer be continuing. That left us with five teams, nowhere near enough to run a division. It was decided to offer the remaining five a chance to come into the open age game and Long Stratton along with Hellesdon have decided to do so. Although we are still waiting to hear from St Andrews and Mulbarton Wanderers (We have heard from Scole who are as yet undecided) sadly there will be no Under 19 Division in the Norwich & District Sunday League