LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AND COUNTY CUP HOLDERS BOTH REACH SEMI FINALS
Reigning league champions Riverside Rovers and Senior Cup holders Schoolhouse both reached the semi finals of this seasons Sunday Senior Cup as they won their respective much delayed quarter finals.
Rovers made the long trip to Kings Lynn to face Chilvers in front of a crowd of around 150, and on a heavy looking pitch, took the lead on seven minutes when Shaun Wones scored from close range following a corner. The game then became a midfield stalemate with very few chances being created, but ten minutes before the break, the home side centre forward Jack Johnson latched on to a long ball over the top and he drilled the ball home to level the scores. After the break, Riverside started slowly and were fortunate as the home side spurned three really good chances, but they held on and gradually clawed their way back into the game. With nine minutes remaining Riverside sent their large travelling support into raptures when Aaron Kay fired home a well placed free kick from the edge of the area, a goal which seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side, and in time added on, Roy Bevis made sure of Rovers progress when he capitalised on a goalkeeping fumble to roll the ball into an empty net. Schoolhouse scored twice in the first ten minutes of their game at 1A side Costessey West End through Ryhs Logan and Luke Winter, but then went on to miss a host of chances before West End pulled a goal back to produce a tense finish to the game, but the holders held on and now face a semi final trip to Yarmouth, where they will face Windmill, whilst Riverside’s reward is a trip to runaway 1B leaders DE FC. In the Intermediate Cup, Mad Moose progressed to the semi finals after a 3-2 victory at Hickling Barn.
In league matters, the rise of The PoW continues as hat tricks from Joe Woodcock and Liam Moriarty, a double from Dave Dowling, Chris Holmes and an own goal saw them thump Bungay Town 10-2. Dussindale Rovers got back to winning ways with a 4-1 (Tom Cullumbine 3, Ollie Southgate) win at Norman Wanderers; whilst Tim Carey hit three and Matty Elwin also scored as Poringland Wanderers came from a goal down to win 4-1 at Aslacton.
In 1A, a late Jordan Plunkett goal for Windmill Wanderers denied second placed Brooke all three points as the game ended 1-1, whilst Dilham Cross Keys closed the gap on Brooke with a 4-1 (Daniel Camish 2, James Marsh) home win over Dancing Farmers. New Buckenham and Anglian Rovers took a point each in a 1-1 draw with Oliver Verrel and Steve Gigili the respective marksmen. Lakewood United closed the gap at the top of 1B as they beat Salhouse Rovers 4-2 and there was a home win for Revolution FC as they beat Taverham United 2-1.
Luca Elia 3, Theo Chamberlin, Lee Askew and Matthew Whitehead all scored as Mischief FC opened up an eight point gap at the top of 2A with a 6-2 victory at Newsman Celtic. Second placed Mad Moose, who were in cup action, have five games in hand. Constable Crusaders had a good 5-2 (Matt Nudd 3, Liam Frost, Scott Francis) victory at Norman Wanderers and there was great news for bottom side Dynamo FC who recorded their first win of the season, beating Micawbers Tavern 2-1. The only game played in 2B saw Phoenix FC move three points clear of Silver Fox as they beat Hethersett Athletic 7-2. Jamie Smith 3, Scott Starling, Charlie Lambe, George Tallent and Matt Jillings the men on target.
It’s getting very interesting at the top of 3A. Leaders Winfarthing’s 4-0 win at Reedham keeps them four points clear of second placed SNS Utd who were 2-1 winners over Hewett Old Boys who remain fourth. Both SNS and Hewett though, have three games in hand on the leaders. MC Rovers good run continues as two Ashley Land goals and others from Billy Gray and Marcus McInerney helped them win 4-1 at third placed GaGa FC and Sporting Longdale Res moved away from the foot of the table after a good 4-2 win over Mad Moose Res. Joshua O’Donoughoe 4, Keegan Charlesworth 2, Kane Moore 2, Kane Moore, Billy Richardson and Louis Fulcher were all on target as 3B leaders Hellesdon FC put eleven without reply past Bunwell AFC. Second placed Norwich Ceyms were made to work hard by East Tuddenham before eventually winning by the odd goal in seven. Credit goes to both sides for switching venues the day before the game when the Tuddenham pitch was deemed unplayable. Sprowston Athletic remain in third spot after a 2-0 home win over Sporting Iceni.
In the Under 19 A division, the clash between the top two saw Norwich United defeat leaders Attleborough Town 3-2, a result that sees United move to within two points of top spot. Will Hatton, Liam Mann and George Trett scored for United whilst Nathan Canner and James Dawes replied) Newton Flotman moved out of the bottom two after winning 3-0 (Cameron Mulley, Billy Kelly, Lewis Dudley) at Bulldogs FC. With Marlborough’s game falling victim of the weather, Norman Wanderers Youth moved to the top of the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Easton. Third placed Old Catton were 3-0 winners at Hellesdon, whilst Blofield United scored five of the eight goals in their game with Norwich United B. There was a shock for Division C leaders Drayton as they were thumped 4-0 by a Litcham side that continues to improve and who are now in second spot. Swanton Morley were also happy, as they ran out 3-0 (Soren Gauntlett, John Watts, Jack Livock) winners at Aylsham.