Feb 21st


Blustery conditions were the order of the day as the league fixture list entered the home straight with a one or two surprising score lines.

In the Premier Division, Schoolhouse maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 4-0 (Sam Watts, Rhys Logan, Chris Hall, Connor Delaney) win at Norman Wanderers. Acle Rangers stayed in contention after putting six without reply past Bell Inn whilst Jordan Rocastle, Shaun Wones and Jamie Atkins all scored for Riverside Rovers in their 3-1 win at Dussindale Rovers for whom Olly Southgate netted. Before today The PoW had gone nine games unbeaten in the league, but that run came to a shuddering halt at Bungay Town where the home side ran out 3-0 victors. Aslacton grabbed a welcome point, Ed Lake scoring as they drew 1-1 at Farmhouse whilst Matt Taylor replied for the home side.

In 1A, the midweek withdrawal of Dancing Farmers gave the league table a new league and saw Dilham Cross keys move to the top spot. This continued to be the case after they recorded a narrow 2-1 win at Sporting Longdale. Second placed Horsford won by the same score at Anglian Rovers. Scott Lindsay and an injury time goal from Michael Thirkettle were the Horsford scorers whilst Lee Barnes was the home side marksman. 2-1 seemed to be the order of the day as Windmill Wanderers beat Bungay Town with goals coming from Charlie Steward and Aaron James. At the other end of the table Costessey West End grabbed a vital win at New Buckenham to move of the bottom of the table. The score?  You guessed it, 2-1. Michael Townsend and Andrew Moore scored for West End whilst Jamie Porter netted for the home side Congratulations go to DE FC who have taken the 1B title. Their 3-0 (Sam Apeh 2, Ben Lemmon) win at Taverham United coupled with William Wanderers 3-2 home defeat by Lakewood United means that they go into next weeks County Cup semi final with Riverside Rovers in pursuit of a  League and Cup double.. Callum Wiley, Callum Speck and Kris Hulme all scored for a Lakewood side that are still in with a shout for the runners up spot. Sprowston Wanderers completed their league season beating Revolution FC 5-1 and Salhouse Rovers were 3-1 victors over Acle Rangers Res.

In 2A, Mad Moose failed to reduce the gap at the top of the table after they were surprisingly beaten 5-4 at home to Newsman Celtic. I saw this game and Celtic, with new signings Dan King and Nick Ashton prominent, started well and took the lead on eleven minutes when Aston scored. Jon Soderberg levelled the scores soon after, but them a remarkable period of play saw the Newsmen surge into a 5-1 lead going into the break, with Nick Carding, Andrew Fitchett, Robbie Powell and Aston again all scoring. With the wind now behind them, Moose scored twice in the first fifteen minutes of the second half through Soderberg and Mike Adcock, and chances were being created at both ends, but despite the visitors goal leading somewhat of a charmed life, a deflected David Kiss shot was the only reward for the Moose efforts as Newsmen held on to win 5-4. A superb morning’s entertainment, where the football and sportsmanship on show was a credit to both sides during a game well handled by referee Scott Garrod. Elsewhere in the division, Micawbers Tavern were 3-2 winners over Norman Wanderers Res, whilst Dynamo won the battle of the bottom two by beating Mettingham 5-3, Jonny Grand, Daniele Fisichella, Matt Mcguinness, Richard Ayres and Kane Nichols found the net for Dynamo with Mettinghams goals coming from Dan Smith 2, and James Foyster. Phoenix FC now look favourites to take the 2B title. As they were winning 4-0 at Hickling Barn, current leaders Silver Fox were being held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side Costessey Sports. Phoenix will take the title if they take four points from their remaining two games.

SNS Utd, remain three points clear at the top of 3A. They warmed up for next weeks County Cup semi final with a 5-2 win at fellow semi finalists MC Rovers. Hewett OB scored eleven times through Jeff Ayigsi 3, Dom Dodds 2, Olly Dodds 2, Jordan Youngs, Louis Coleman, Olly Jenkins and a returning Ryan Wiley (who allegedly “rose like a salmon” to head home) as they beat Freethorpe. Gaga FC moved up to fourth spot after beating AFC Westlegate 3-1. Hellesdon FC suffered their first defeat in twelve games after being beaten 5-2 at Sprowston Athletic. The leaders remain two points ahead of Norwich Ceyms although Ceyms do have two games in hand. There was a round dozen for Blofield United as they beat Sporting Iceni and after losing at home to East Tuddenham last week, North Elmham turned the tables in this weeks return fixture by winning 2-1. There was a point and a goal each for the bottom two as Gressenhall drew with Bunwell AFC.

In the Under 19A division, there was a hat trick for Harry Gibson and a goal for Braden Whiting as Long Stratton beat Bulldogs 4-0 and Lewis Hart also hit a treble in Watton United’s 3-2 win over Scole United. Sam McDowell and Tom Davey replied for Scole. The one game played in the B division saw St Andrews lose 2-1 at Old Catton, whilst in the C division, leaders Drayton scored fourteen times as they Happisburgh Hammers and North Walsham who are four points behind with four games in hand, scored nine (Ryan Beeson 3, Alex Johnson 2, Adam Johnson, Cam Tolbart, Grant Johnson, Lou Everson) as they moved into second spot after beating Aylsham.

Due to the unprecedented amount of withdrawals in 1B this season, The League Management Committee has decided to run the Benevolent Cup as a tournament for teams in that division. It will be run on a league basis and it’s hoped that the extra games will help some clubs recoup some of the monetary loses incurred caused buy the withdrawals.

There is no doubt that social media is a great way of communicating in the world of grassroots football. But it is also open to abuse, and sadly we once again have to remind clubs, that irresponsible posting of messages on these sites, deemed as bringing the league into disrepute, will be dealt with by the management committee