The 2018/19 season of the Evening News & Macron Sports Norwich Sunday League got underway this weekend and produced some interesting results.
In the Premier Division, Hewett Old Boys hit the ground running as four goals from Craig Bussons plus others from Callum Speck (2) Ashley smith, Ben Potts and Dom Dodds saw them beat fellow promoted side The Middle Green 9-2. Horsford FC also got off to a fine start with a 5-2 home win over Farmhouse, whilst last seasons runners up Acle Rangers took the lead at Poringland Wanderers who despite missing a penalty grabbed a point thanks to a Dan Cook equaliser.
Sam Hanner was the Hethersett Athletic hero as he found the back of the net four times as his side beat Norman Wanderers 5-2 in Division 1. Nathan Cotton was the other scorer. Aslacton have also started well, winning 4-1 at Barracks as have last seasons Division 2 champions Woolpack who beat Brooke Res by the same score. despite a goal from Pete Williams, Windmill Wanderers went down 3-1 at home to Drayton Dazzlers.
MC Rovers will be happy with their first game as they won 6-1 at Newsman Celtic in Division 2 and Hempnall also began the season with a win, 3-1 at home to Dynamo FC. A double from J. Billing ensured that FC Viking took three points from their game at East Tuddenham. Norman Wanderers A and DCS Rapid shared the points after a 1-1 draw.
In Division 3, Easton had a good 3-1 win at AG Athletic, whilst Eaton Park Corinthians overcame Sporting Iceni by the same score. The was a good victory for Watton United as they beat Aylsham Sunday 3-2 and there were goals for Hewett (2) and Duarte and FC Viking Res drew 3-3 with Woodton United. Cellar House and Rackheath Rangers both took a point after a 2-2 draw.
Always interesting to see how new sides fare when they join the league and this season is no exception as Division 4 got under way. A new club but with an old name, Salhouse Rovers have started well as they ran out 7-1 winners at fellow newcomers Felthorpe. Moose Park Rangers scored three without reply at home to Yelverton and Cringleford also hit three as they beat Long Stratton U21’s Bunwell AFC won by the odd goal of seven at Mulbarton, whilst Hellesdon were 3-1 victors at Cherry Tree FC.
Despite this being the first week of the season, we had games games called off this weekend mainly because of the fact that Norwich were playing forty miles away or because of a music festival. Two teams wanted to call off and were warned that they would be charged (as will the other teams that called off) but got a side together and both won. As a League we cannot and will not arrange our season around other events, its nonsense to think otherwise. People sign up to play on a Sunday morning and a lot of time and effort by league and club officials to ensure they have somewhere to play, and the disrespect shown by some will not be tolerated.