BIG WIN FOR ROVERS AS THEY GO SECOND
With the festive season looming large, a few games were lost to waterlogged pitches but it was a crisp sunny morning that greeted matches this weekend.
In the Premier Division DE FC kept control of things at the top of the table with a 5-1 (Fionn Goodwin-Wright, Xavier Huckle, George Diggens, Darrell Wigger, og) home win over Poringland Wanderers, but they have reigning champions Riverside Rovers in hot pursuit after the beat the mornings second placed side Acle Rangers 3-0 (Jordan Rocastle, Roy Bevis, Jason Armes) to move above them on goal difference, six points behind DC but with two games in hand. Schoolhouse scored ten without reply as they beat Bungay Town whilst two goals from Shaun Taylor and further strikes from Darren Parnell and Michael Barker, helped Farmhouse to beat Dilham Cross keys by the odd goal of seven.
There are new leaders in 1A after the mornings top two met. Longdale Rovers beat The Middle Green 4-1 and now head the division by two points from Norman Wanderers whose 5-3 win at Mischief saw them move above Middle Green. two Mike Adcock goals gave Warwick St United a 2-0 win over Bungay Town Res and New Buckenham had a narrow 4-3 victory at home to Newsman Celtic thanks to a Gareth Hobley hat trick and goal from Ben Guyton. Constable Crusaders found some form to move off the bottom of the table as two goals each from Liam Frost and Ollie Parris helped them to a good 4-1 win over Vale Longo. In 1B, Sprowston Wanderers ensured that they will lead the table going into the New Year as the beat Hethersett Athletic 4-0. The other game in the division saw a good 4-2 victory for Trimingham Pilgrims at Salhouse Rovers with Jack Crane, Antoni Fawkes and Liam Amos 2, scoring for the visitors in a game where referee Stuart Bidwell earned praise.
Probably the surprise result of the day was 2A leaders going down 2-1 at home to MC Rovers, a result that allowed Norman Wanderers Res the opportunity to move level on points at the top, but they failed to take it as two goals from Lewis Knight helped Brooke Res to a 2-1 win. The Dynamo mini revival came to an abrupt halt as they lost 5-1 at Micawbers Tavern, whilst Winfarthing hit eight without reply against Warwick St Utd Res. SNS got back to winning ways after a narrow 3-2 win over DCS Rapid. Looks like there was a cracker in 2B as the third and fourth placed teams North Walsham and Barracks FC met at the Barracks and proceeded to share eight goals and the points. East Tuddenham retuned from their trip to Harleston Town with a point after a 1-1 draw and Blofield United were 4-0 (Josh Mccarthy 3, Alex Gregory) winners over Sporting Iceni. Hethersett Ath Res also gained three points this weekend after beating FC Viking 3-1 with goals coming from Dan Payne, Jamie Wright and Justin Bradfield.
In 3A, leaders Woolpack were 8-1 winners over Cotman United and stay three points clear of Norman Wanderers A, who scored seven (Reece May 2, Ben Atkins 2, Luke Southgate 2, Shane Empson) of the eleven goals in their game at Hempnall. Marlborough stay level on points with Normans after winning 6-2 at Drayton Dazzlers, whilst AFC Norwich were 5-0 (Luke Perry 2, James Smith, Tom Noakes, Fred Lavery) winners over Woodton United. Nelsons Athletic also recorded a big win as they scored eleven when beating bottom side Eaton Park Corinthians.
In the Under 19 A Division, following the withdrawal of Dereham Town, positions at the top have changed. Watton United now top the division and were 6-1 winners at Hethersett Athletic whilst Attleborough Town are a point behind after beating Scole United 3-0. Grasshoppers moved up into fourth spot after a 6-2 home win over Swanton Morley.
Aylsham cemented their place at the top of the B Division as they beat the mornings second place side Old Catton 7-1 tanks to goals from Stuart Boam 3, Tom Coe 2, Owen Collier and Dominic Kelly. To make matters worse for Catton, both Cringleford, 8-1 (Alfie Lusby 2, Campbell Young 2, Max Conway, Oliver Jones, Tai Sayers, Kian Mannering) winners at Happisburgh Hammers and Acle Rangers, 2-0 (Alex King, Ben Cooper) victors over St Andrews both moved above them. Hellesdon also gained three points this weekend courtesy of a 2-1 win at Rockland United with the goals coming from Bailey Pittaway and Habibur Bashir