Feb 14th

 IT’S AS YOU WERE AS TOP THREE MARCH ON

On a bitterly cold morning made for hardy souls, the top three of the Premier Division kept there title hopes alive by recording victories.

Leaders Schoolhouse scored nine (Chris Hall 4, Luke Winter 3, Connor Delaney, og) of the thirteen goals of their game at home to Bungay Town, whilst second placed Acle Rangers scored eight without reply when they visited Aslacton. Riverside Rovers, in third with games in hand, were 4-1 (Shaun Wones, Jamie Atkins, Jordan Rocastle, Stephen Edridge) winners at home to Farmhouse and have still to play the teams above them twice. The PoW raced into a four goal lead in just twenty five minutes at home to Poringland Wanderers who managed to pull two goals back before half time, but three further second half strikes put the game beyond doubt. Chris Holmes, Liam Moriarty, Joe Woodcock, Ashley Mitchell 2, Connor Howett and an OG were the home side scorers, whist Tom Pitchell and Dan Manganaro replied. There was a hat trick apiece for Dale Simpson and Reece Ashman helped Bell Inn to a comfortable 6-0 win over bottom side Norman Wanderers.

In 1A a single John Bell goal was enough for Dilham Cross Keys to move into second spot as they overcame Windmill Wanderers. Dancing Farmers put a troubled couple of weeks behind them to beat Sporting Longdale 2-1 and Callum Lund scored the only goal in a victory for Anglian Rovers at Vale Longo. Costessey West End moved off the foot of the table after beating Bungay Town Res 4-2 with Ryan Thompson 2, Rick Ward and Neil McGreavy the men on target. With two league games left, DE FC are now thirteen points clear at the top of 1B after a 4-1 (Paul Suggitt 2, Mark Woods, Sam Apeh) win lover Acle Rangers Res. Second placed William Wanderers, who were inactive today, have four games in hand, and the pair still have to face each other. The other game played in the division saw Salhouse Rovers and Taverham United share eight goals and the points.

Lee Askew, Ed Myers and Luca Elia all found the net as Mischief FC stayed eight points clear at the top of 2A with a narrow 3-2 win over Micawbers Tavern. Second placed Mad Moose, who have five games in hand, scored four (MIchael Adcock 2, Jon Soderberg, Gianni Gherardi) without reply at Brooke Res, whilst Constable Crusaders scored five in their home win over Mettingham. DCS Rapid were also amongst the goals as they scored four times (Leo Dudley, Darragh Walsh, Pete Healy, Nick Hannington) in beating Norman Wanderers Res. Silver Fox returned to the top of 2B as they came from behind to beat fellow title hopefuls Trimingham Pilgrims 2-1 Reece Buxton and Ash Wilson were the men on target for the home side in a game well refereed by Tom Harvey. Hethersett Athletic recorded a welcome victory, Blair Luther-Veitch 3, George Bunn, Ryan Hayward and Jack Flynn scoring as they beat fellow strugglers Costessey Sports 6-1 and the North Norfolk derby between Binham Village and Briston Wanderers ended in a 1-1 draw.

The big game in 3A saw SNS Utd leapfrog morning leaders Winfarthing FC after beating them 2-0. Hewett OB put five passed MC Rovers and Mad Moose Res also hit five as they beat GaGa FC. Reedham ran out 2-0 winners in their local derby with Freethorpe and AFC Westlegate were 4-2 winners at home to Sporting Longdale Res. The nine (Joshua O’Donoughoe 3, Connor Charlesworth 2, Mac Gee, Lewis Bilham, Kane Moore, Kegan Charlesworth) goals scored by 3B leaders Hellesdon against Barracks FC ensured that they remained two points clear of second placed Norwich Ceyms who were 5-2 winners over Blofield United. Matty Sewell 2 and Aaron Smith added to two alleged “worldy” strikes from David Tayler were the home side scorers. Sprowston Athletic are now third after winning by the odd goal in seven at Harleston Town and East Tuddenham scored three times as they won at North Elmham. There were goals for Tim Gardiner, his first ever for the club, and Lee Coby plus an own goal as Sporting Iceni came from behind to beat Gressenhall 3-1.

In the Under 19’s, Callum Boulter, Nathan Doe and Nathan Banks all scored for Scole United as they went back down the A140 with a point taken from Long Stratton, whilst in the B Division Norman Wanderers Youth were 4-1 (Zakaria Anwar 3, reece May) winners over Old Catton, and there were good wins for Easton, 6-2 at Blofield United and Hellesdon who were 5-2 winners at St Andrews. In the C Division, Drayton got back to winning ways and the top of the table after a 2-1 win at Swanton Morley. North Walsham hit nine without reply at Sprowston Athletic and Dereham Town scored five of the eight goals in their game at Aylsham. Special mention must go to Happisburgh Hammers, who after suffering many heavy defeats this season, finally gained their first point in adult football after a 2-2 draw with Horsford Youth. Robbie Williams and Luke Hindle were the men on target for the Hammers.