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ROVERS TAKE ON NATIONAL CHALLENGE

Riverside Rovers go into the unknown this Sunday when they take on Priory Sports from Essex in the National FA Sunday Cup. Its the first time a club from our league has entered the competition for over ten years, and we wish them well and hope for success. The game takes place at the FDC, Bowthorpe with a 2pm kick off, please come down and show your support

SAUNDERS DOUBLE HELPS RANGERS GO CLEAR

Something had to give in the premier Division this weekend as two of the three sides with 100% records, Acle Rangers and Schoolhouse, met at the Recreation Centre, and it was the home side that came out on top after an Aaron Saunders double plus goals from Daniel Foreman, Ricky Forder and Sam Whiting helped them to record a 5-2 victory. AFC Wanderers continued their decent start to the season as Lloyd Greening hit a hat trick in their 6-0 win at Aslacton, with further strikes coming from Lee Barnes, Ross McGregor and Joe Woodcock. Dussindale Rovers are up to fifth after winning 3-1 (Sam Sheppard, Tom Cullumbine, Damon Bean) at The PoW and a single goal was enough for Norman Wanderers to take three points at home to Poringland Wanderers. Despite scoring four times, Dale Simpson ended up on the losing side as Bell Inn lost by the odd goal of eleven at home to Bungay Town. Debutant Dom Frost scored the other Bell goal in a cracking encounter.

Horsford United are the new leaders in 1A. As they were taking three points by winning 4-3 at Dilham Cross Keys, morning leaders Vale Longo were going down 4-2 at Bungay Town Res. Windmill Wanderers never recovered from conceding a goal after just nine seconds as they went down 3-1 at home to Costessey West End, for whom Neil McGreavey, Allen Gravenor and Michael Townsend scored whilst Ben Fowkes and Lewis Clarry were on target for Brooke as they beat Anglian Rovers 2-0. Dancing Farmers produced a superb comeback at New Buckenham to grab their first win of the season. 3-0 down, goals from Nick Aston 2, Nick Bliss 2, Dan King, Adam King and Jordan Bond saw them come away with a 7-5 victory. In 1B, DEF FC dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Lakewood United. Mo Bah, Paul Suggitt and Fionn Goodwin Wright were the DEF marksmen and Taverham United are up to third spot after a 2-0 win at Edith Cavell.

I travelled to Mulbarton to watch the game between The Middle Green and Mischief FC. There was a quick fire start to the game as Dominic Doggett put the home side one up within the first two minutes, but Mischief recovered and were on level terms after quarter of an hour as a Luca Elia free kick eluded the home keeper. The game was a keenly contested affair with few clear cut chances created, but seven minutes after the break Theo Chamberlain broke clear of the Middle Green defence to put the visitors ahead and the same player added his second ten minutes from time to complete the win. Two good sides at this level in a game sensibly officiated by Adam Heritage. Mad Moose kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 (Jon Soderberg, Michael Adcock, Neil Bajomee) win over Constable Crusaders and DCS Rapid also scored three (Brett Kingsbury 2, Dan McIlwrath) as they won at Newsman Celtic. Norman Wanderers Res scored six of the ten goals in their game with Micawbers FC and Dynamo FC grabbed their first point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Brooke Res. Phoenix FC are top of 2B following a Dwayne Powley hat trick in a 3-0 home win over Binham Village and there was a hat trick for Chris Scase and a goal for Jonathan Brown as second place Briston Wanderers beat Hickling Barn 4-2. Nick Benfield and Patrick Ogilvie scored for Hethersett Athletic as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Costessey Sports.

SNS FC scored ten without reply at Freethorpe to make it five from five since joining the league and top 3A, three points clear of MC Rovers who had goals from Marcus McInerny 3, Keelan Kindleysides, Marcus Ashley and Tyrone Drane in their 5-1 win at Sporting Longdale Res. Jordan Youngs was another player to hit a treble this weekend as his side, Hewett Old Boys won 6-1 against Westfield FC. Dan Thorpe, Luke Jeal and Jeff Ayigsi were the other Hewett scorers. Two teams recorded their first wins of the season, Mad Moose Res, as they won 4-1 at Tasburgh Utd and Reedham FC who hit eight as they beat AFC Westlegate. Norwich Ceyms continue to enjoy life in 3B as they won 5-1 at Sprowston Athletic and are now three points clear of Barracks FC who went down 4-1 at home to North Elmham. Blofield United scored four without reply at East Tuddenham, whilst Hellesdon FC were the day's biggest winners as they put sixteen past Sporting Iceni. Ben Wright 2, Justin Bradfield and Steve White were on target for Hethersett Athletic Res as they came from behind to beat Gressenhall FC 4-3.

In the Under 19 A section, Attleborough Town still top the division after a 3-1 victory at Long Stratton. They lead on goal difference from Norwich United who were 4-1 (Callum Butterton 2,Harry Borrett, George Trett) winners at Wymondham Town. Callum Boulter, Callum Olpin and George Rout all scored for Scole United as they beat Newton Flotman 3-1.

A single Sean Wines goal was enough to keep Norman Wanderers Youth on top of the B division as they overcame St Andrews, whilst second placed Thorpe Village beat Hellesdon Youth B 5-2. Old Catton won 3-1 at Norwich United B and Marlborough scored nine without reply as they won at Blofield United Youth.

In the C division, leaders Drayton hit five (Jarred Andrews 2,Tobias Oliver 2, Jakob Bradford) as they won at home against Horsford Youth. Sprowston Athletic won by the odd goal of five at Litcham FC, whilst Happisburgh Hammers continue to find life hard, this time conceding fifteen as they lost to Aylsham.

Whilst usually on the wrong end of comments, it's great to hear a story praising a referee. As reported earlier this week, former Prince of Denmark (now The PoW) manager Paul Winter passed away after illness. Paul was known to many of us through his many seasons in the Sunday league and was a friend to many. Before the clubs game this weekend against Dussindale Rovers, the PoW players had decided to donate their match fees and have a collection towards buying a wreath or possibly making a donation somewhere in his honour. Match referee Paul Cutter played his part by donating his match fee and expenses. Great gesture and well done to all involved.