February 8th


Quite a pleasant morning greeted players and spectators alike this weekend as the race for honours in every division begins to heat up. Some games though, still fell foul of the bad weather from last week as pitches, including some at Eaton Park, had not recovered from being played on during the previous weeks deluge.

In the Premier, Riverside Rovers opened up a four point gap at the top as they scored five (Jordan Rocastle 2, Roy Bevis, Stephen Edridge, Aaron Kay) at Dussindale Rovers, whilst in the divisions only other game goals by Jason Armes and Steve Kelly helped Norman Wanderers to a 2-1 victory at AFC Wanderers for whom Tom Barrett scored.

Bungay Town are the new leaders of 1A. Their 2-0 win at Anglian Rovers saw them go above an inactive Aslacton by two points and they still have four games in hand. Joe Wright and Shaun Plant were on target as Horsford United beat third placed Sporting Longdale, whilst if you want goals, Windmill Wanderers seems to be the place to go. After winning by the odd goal of eleven in their last outing, Wanderers this time were beaten by the odd goal of nine in their clash with Dancing Farmers. This cracking game saw Farmers come from two down, with Aaron Saddleton scoring four times including a last minute penalty to take the points. The other Farmers goal was an own goal whilst Gary Walsh, Jordan Palmer, Callum Gamble and Arron James scored for the home side. Brooke FC had a good 3-2 (Sam Page 2, Clark Robertson) win at Norman Wanderers Res and The game between Vale Longo and DCS Rapid ended all square at 1-1 with Jason Drake scoring the Longo goal, James Shorthall replied. It’s still very tight at the top of 1B, with four clubs in with a shout of taking the title. New leaders Schoolhouse overcame the shock of going a goal down, to hit eight when beating Ribs Rovers, but third placed Earlham Utd lost ground as they were beaten 2-0 at Acle Rangers Res. Bell Inn continued their winning ways, recording a 2-0 (Luke Appleton, OG) victory at Moles Rest and the was a 3-0 home win for Sprowston Wanderers at home to Taverham United.

Three games were played in 2A and one of the saw leaders New Buckenham win 6-1 at The Cottage. A single goal was enough for second placed Costessey West End to take the points at Bungay Town Res, whilst Dilham Cross Keys had a 6-3 (Dan Tindall 2, Antoni Fawkes 2, Adam Akers, Ollie Bell)  home win over Ketts Tavern Wizards. In 2B, Salhouse Rovers looked in good form before their upcoming County Cup semi final as they put ten past Mettingham. Costessey Sports had a welcome 3-0 win over Briston Wanderers and Rileys were 3-2 (Kirk Appleton 2, Adam Simpson) winners at bottom side Locksley Athletic.

In 3A, leaders The Middle Green marched on with an 9-1 win at MC Rovers. It was unlucky for some as Mischief FC put thirteen past AFC Westlegate with Liam Baker scoring five times and other goals coming from a Steve Toomer hat trick, Lee Askew 2, Harrison Bird 2 and Matthew Payne. Third placed GaGa suffered a 4-3 defeat at home to Winfarthing, whilst Dynamo stopped the recent good run of Brooke Res, with James day scoring twice as they beat them 2-0. Simon Burns 2, and Tom Gill were on target for Reedham in their 3-0 win at Sporting Longdale Res and Tasburgh United grabbed their second win of the season as they beat Westfield 7-3. Phoenix FC continue to be the team to catch in 3B after scoring seven times (Ellis Watts 3, Ryan Fisher,  Larry Rouse, George Tallent, Jamie Smith) whilst winning at Binham Village. The game between the second and third placed teams ended in a 3-1 win for Hickling Barn over Trimingham Pilgrims and Silver Fox stay fourth after Luke Gould 2, Michael Gray 2, Tom Woolner and Jon walker all scored in their 6-2 beating of Hethersett Athletic Res. Salhouse Rovers Res made it a good day for the club as they won 8-1 (Ryan Frankland 4, Billy Pointer 2, Luke Edridge, Martin Woolner) at Freethorpe FC.

In the Under 19 A division, Hellesdon Youth closed the gap on leaders Blofield United as Andy Cunningham scored twice in their 4-0 win at Thorpe Village. Sam Chadwick and Jack Richardson were the other men on target. Long Stratton came from two down to win 3-2 (Charlie Deakin 2, Tam Demunga) at Beccles Caxton and Hethersett Athletic scored ten (Cain Living 2, Andy Smith 2, Guy Peres 2, Josh Denny, Alex Curran, Tom Nurse, og) as they won a sporting game with Coltishall Jaguars.

Marlborough stay a point clear at the top of the B division after winning 8-3 at Drayton Youth. I took in the game between the second and third placed sides as Sprowston Athletic entertained Reepham Town. The game was even throughout but the deadlock was broken after half an hour when Lewis Meacham put the home side ahead with a drive from just inside the box. The lead was short lived however as Reepham levelled within five minutes as Robert Groves scored. They game continued to be a tight affair into the second half with not too many clear cut chances for either side but with ten minutes left a Connor Green strike from the edge of the box ensured three points for the home side in a game well handled by referee Paul Abbott. Norman Wanderers Youth went to Coltishall Jaguars B and scored seven (Sean Wines 2, Reece May 2,  Dillon Rix, Jack Robinson, Shane Empson) without reply, whilst Litcham had a 2-1 (Daniel Edwards,  Charlie Read) victory at Swanton Morley.

In the C division the morning’s top two sides both suffered away defeats. Leaders Poringland Wanderers went down to two Orren Oliver goals as they lost 2-1 at Norwich United, whilst Wymondham Town were beaten 5-3 at Newton Flotman. for whom Keaton Glover 2, Josh Humphreys, Kieran Orford and Shaun Kelly scored Attleborough Town are now second after a 7-3 (Ryan Fuller 3, Jordan Lake 2, Matthew Pallant, og) win at Watton United and Scole United scored eight times (David Palmer 3, Max Turner 2, Sam McDowell 2, George Rout) when beating Freethorpe. Harleston Town, another club with a County Cup semi final to look forward to, were 9-1 winners at home to Mulbarton Wanderers.