CHAMPIONS MADE TO WORK HARD IN WINNING START
After what seemed like an everlasting close season, the 2014/15 season finally got under way this weekend. Champions Norman Wanderers travelled to last season's 1B winners Poringland Wanderers and the two sides produced a really good encounter. After early chances at either end, Poringland took the lead when Matty Elwin fired home through a ruck of players, but before half time, the visitors replied with goals from Danny Wynne and Scott Woodgate. The second half was a tight affair with not too many clear cut chances, but with five minutes left, the home side missed a glorious opportunity from two yards, and the were left to rue the miss as in the last minute Jody Cork capped a decent debut for Normans with a glorious twenty yard strike. Good game. Last seasons runners up AFC Wanderers suffered a poor start to the season as they went down 2-0 at Sprowston Rovers with Harry Severn and Adam Willimott scoring for the home side, whilst Riverside Rovers announced their arrival in the Premier Division with a 9-1 (Jordan Rocastle 4, Roy Bevis, Sean Browne, Stephen Edridge, Liam Baker, Danny Bland) thrashing of Dog House. The POW were 4-1 (Nicky May 2, Chris Holmes, Ben Lewis) winners at newly promoted Dussindale Rovers, whilst Farmhouse got the season off to a good start by beating Spixworth Sunday 4-1.
Bungay Town got their season off to a flyer as they won the local derby with Brooke FC 6-1. Dancing Farmers scored five (Mason Roe 2, Nick Aston, Matt Burroughs, Josh Sibley) of the eight goals in their game with DCS Rapid, whilst Sporting Longdale won by the odd goal of seven at home to Mad Moose. Aslacton ran out 3-1 (Dean Mortimer 2, Justin Womack) winners at Vale Longo but there were no goals in the game between Horsford Utd and Norman Wanderers Res.
On paper, this season's 1B looks very strong. William Wanderers showed their intent right from the off as they thumped Bell Inn 10-2. The prolific Daniel Childerhouse score twice as did Liam Brown, with further goals coming from Connor Charlesworth, matt Nixon, James Denmark, James Bennett, Lee Roper and Craig Glen.Moles Rest got off to a winning start, 4-1 at St Faiths for whom Andrew Hawes scored, whilst Sprowston Wanderers hit three as they beat Heartsease FC. Acle Rangers Res were 2-1 winners at home to Ribs Rovers, and there was a point apiece for Taverham Utd and Earlham Utd as they drew 1-1. Richard Myhill had put Taverham in front before Daniel O'Carroll equalised for Earlham.
In 2A, Shipdham Rangers had a good start as they beat The Fat Cat & Canary 8-1. Goals by Rennie 2, Dugdale and Francis helped Constable Crusaders to a 4-3 victory over Micawbers Tavern and Deopham scored twice whilst winning at Ketts Tavern Wizards. In the week that he became a dad, Martin Andrews rounded off a great week for himself by scoring both the New Buckenham goals in their 2-1 win at Newsman Celtic, the second of which came in the last minute. Dilham Cross Keys shared six goals and the points with The Cottage Mark Cage 2 and Charles Judson scoring for Cottage, and Norman Wanderers A and Bungay Town Res drew 1-1.
In 2B, a Steve White hat trick and a double for Blair Luther-Veitch helped Hethersett Ath to start the season with a 5-3 victory at Costessey Sports. Briston Wanderers scored three without reply at home to Mettingham and DEF FC were 4-1 winners at Locksley Ath. Revolution FC won 2-1 at Rileys FC whilst Kris Hume scored twice as Lakewood Utd won 2-0 at home to Salhouse Rovers.
New side The Middle Green got off to a real flier in 3A as they won their first ever league game, hammering Felthorpe FC 14-1. Four goals in the first eleven minutes from Theo Chamberlain put Mischief FC in command against league newcomers Winfarthing. The South Norfolk side though showed some fighting spirit and pulled three goals back, before debut goals for Matt Payne and Luca Elia and a first competitive goal for Matt Moore sealed the points for the home side. There were plenty of goals in this division. Dynamo scored five as they beat Tasburgh Utd and GaGa scored five (Aaron Sodah 3, James Wheeler, Kastriot Pepa) in winning at Brooke Res. Westfield won 6-5 at MC Rovers in a game where both sides deserve credit for getting the fixture played. Marc Howard 2, Ashley Land 2 and Damien Kirtain Smith scored for Rovers. The game between AFC Westlegate and Sporting Longdale Res ended all square at 2-2.
In 3B, there was a good start for Binham Village who scored five without reply at East Tuddenham. Phoenix FC began life in the league with a 4-1 (Larry Rouse 2,Jamie Smith, Ellis Watts) win at Salhouse Rovers Res and Hickling Barn were 3-1 winners at Red Lion. Cellar House made a good start, winning 3-0 (Brett Hadley, Matt Lane, Wayne Norman) at Hethersett Res whilst there was a single goal victory for newcomers Trimingham Pilgrims at home to Sporting Iceni. Felthorpe began there season with a 1-1 draw at home to Silver Fox for whom Aaron Tunaley converted a last minute penalty.
SAD DAY FOR LEAGUE AS LONGEST SERVING CLUB WITHDRAWS
Sadly, with only ten days remaining before the big kick off, the League has to announce that our longest serving club, Norwich Busmen has folded and will not be competing in the Sunday League this season, with a committee in place and no financial worries the club has sadly been let down by players ,and were therefore left with no option but to withdraw from the league.