FESTIVE CHEER FOR ACLE AS THEY CLOSE GAP AT TOP
The last Sunday of the 2014 season saw Acle Rangers close the gap on the Premier Division leaders after a Daniel Foreman goal helped them to a 1-0 win at second placed Farmhouse. The result leaves Rangers three points behind leaders Riverside Rovers, with a game in hand. Two goals from Danny Pennall and strikes from Tom Barrett and Robert Warminger gave AFC Wanderers a 4-0 win at a depleted Poringland Wanderers, whilst The Pow continued their recent good run with a 3-1 win at Sprowston Rovers.
In 1A, leaders Sporting Longdale suffered a 4-0 beating at home to Norman Wanderers Res meaning that second placed Bungay Town reduced the gap to three points after a 2-2 draw at home to Aslacton. Dean Mortimer scored twice for the visitors who were denied all three points by a last minute leveller. Dancing Farmers move into the New Year in third spot after goals by Aiden Boast, Dan King, Arron Saddleton and Mathew Burroughs helped them to a 4-1 win over Brooke FC. Windmill Wanderers were 3-0 victors at Vale Longo, whilst the game between Anglian Rovers and Mad Moose failed to provide a goal. William Wanderers are top of 1B after scoring fourteen (Luke Delaney 4, Liam Brown 3, Blue Clarke 2, Lee Glen 2, Craig Glen, Daniel Childerhouse and Matthew Nixon) against Ribs Rovers. Schoolhouse go second after winning 4-1 at Sprowston Wanderers and Heartsease FC moved off the bottom thanks to a single goal from Sammy White in their victory at Acle Rangers Res.
The big game in 2A ended all square as leaders Shipdham Rangers were held 1-1 at home by third placed Costessey West End. New Buckenham are a point behind Shipdham after winning 4-1 at Ketts Tavern Wizards, whilst Micawbers Tavern moved up the table after a 4-2 win at Norman Wanderers A. The Cottage bounced back from last weeks defeat to take three points in a 3-1 win at Constable Crusaders and their was a point for bottom side Fat Cat & Canary as they drew 2-2 at Newsman Celtic. DEF FC go into 2015 as leaders of 2B after a 5-1 win at Rileys FC. Lakewood are second after a 2-0 win over bottom side Locksley Athletic, whilst Salhouse Rovers had a good 5-2 win at Costessey Sports. Hethersett Athletic travelled to Briston Wanderers with a bare eleven players so manager Neil Luther became a reluctant substitute, but Adam Waters became the Hethersett hero scoring all his sides goals in a 4-1 win.
The Middle Green roared to the top of 3A as they scoring eighteen times as they beat a luckless Tasburgh Utd. Luca Elia hit a hat trick in Mischief FC's 5-2 victory over Reedham, Theo Chamberlain and Lee Askew also found the target and Dynamo ran out 3-1 winners at home to Winfarthing thanks to a well taken hat trick from Adam Preston. Despite goals by Ricki Summer and Sam Walden, Westfield went down 3-2 at Brooke Res for whom Danny Webster hit a hat trick, and MC Rovers scored six times as they beat bottom side Freethorpe. Trimingham Pilgrims moved to within three points of 3B leaders Phoenix FC after winning 2-0 at Hethersett Res and Hickling Barn are now third after hitting seven without reply at East Tuddenham. Binham Village ended the year on a high as they won 5-0 at Felthorpe.
Blofield United are now nine points clear at the top of the Under 19 A section after a narrow 2-1 (George Briscoe, Jacob Golden) win over bottom side Coltishall Jaguars. Hethersett and North Walsham produced another committed high scoring game. Walsham gained an early two goal lead before a Tom Nurse hat trick and a superb long range goal from Kieran Murrell gave the hosts a 4-3 half time lead. Walsham equalized after the break and the visiting keeper produced a string of good saves. Walsham's goals came from another Ryan Beeson hat trick and Liam Clarke.
In the B section Sprowston Athletic scored six of the eleven goals in their game at East Coast Warriors, whilst Drayton scored seven times in victory at Hellesdon Youth B. Swanton Morley made it two wins on the bounce as the beat Coltishall Jaguars B 4-0 thanks to two Billy Nhiwatiwa goals and further strikes from Luke Ford and Miguel Ferriera
Section C leaders Wymondham Town maintained their lead at the top after a 2-0 (Ed Lawrence, James Huxtable) win at home to Mulbarton Wanderers. They are three points clear of Poringland Wanderers who leapfrogged opponents Attleborough Town thanks to a single Ryan Pettit goal. Norwich United go into the new year in fourth spot after a 5-1(Liam Mann, Orren Oliver, Harry Tye, Rhys Yorath, og) win over Watton United whilst Harleston's long trip to Freethorpe proved worthwhile as they returned with a 3-0 win. Scole Utd and Newton Flotman took a point each in a 2-2 draw. Will Goulding and Callum Olpin scoring for the home side whilst Craig Thompson and James Melton replied for Flotman.
AS THE YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THE LEAGUE WISHES ALL CLUBS, OFFICIALS AND SUPPORTERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.