Jan 8th





Happy New Year to you all. The first fixtures of 2017 got underway this weekend and although the weather was fairly dismal, the football certainly wasn’t.

In the Premier Division, leaders DE FC found themselves a goal down at home to Dilham Cross Keys, but two goals from Fionn Goodwin-Wright and a George Diggens strike enabled them to recover and win 3-1. Acle Rangers made the trip to Bungay Town a worthwhile one as they recorded a 9-2 victory, and despite going two goals up courtesy of Jason Nobbs and Shaun Taylor, Farmhouse went down 4-2 at home to Riverside Rovers, who’s goals came from Jordan Rocastle 2, Roy Bevis and a trademark strike from Aaron Kay. Schoolhouse remain in fourth spot after a 3-1 home win over Horsford United.

In 1A it’s as you were at the top as Norman Wanderers won 5-1 at Vale Longo. The Middle Green scored six of the ten goals in their game at New Buckenham to remain second, whilst third placed Longdale Rovers were given a going over by ever improving Brooke who had goals from James Daniels 3, Sam Page 2, Stephen Crowe, Matt Nichols, and Lewis Clarry to thank for their 8-2 away victory. Warwick St United and Windmill Wanderers shared the points and four goals Jon Soderberg hit a double for United with Tony Palmer and Jordan Palmer replying, whilst a single David Coyle goal was enough for Mischief FC to take the points against Newsman Celtic. Constable Crusaders got 2017 off to a good start as they beat fellow strugglers Bungay Town Res 4-1 to leap frog their opponents in the table. Sprowston Wanderers are now eight points clear at the top of 1B after scoring eleven at bottom side Cellar House. Third placed Phoenix FC scored eight whilst beating Binham Village and Trimingham Pilgrims, who have a few games in hand on those above them, were 4-2 (Lewis Smith 2, Liam Amos, Antoni Fawkes) winners at Acle Rangers Res.

The second half of the 2A season could turn out to be very interesting indeed. I saw the game between SNS FC and leaders Hewett OB’s and after slow opening period; it turned into a cracker of a game. Old Boys took a first half lead when Luke Jeal closed down the goalkeeper and his attempted clearance ricochet off the onrushing forward to put the leaders ahead and that’s they way it stayed until the second half  when Hewett missed a glorious chance to increase their lead. As if to make the most of their reprieve, the home side went up field and from a Ben Morgan free kick, Luke Johnstone was first to react and head his side level. Within five minutes Morgan himself completed the turnaround with a good strike. The last ten minutes of the game saw Hewett lay siege to the home goal, but a combination of dogged defending and narrow misses saw the home side hold on in a very good game between two sides capable of playing much higher. That result meant that Norman Wanderers Res were able to draw level on points with Hewett as Dan Stammers 2, and Lee Buxton scored in a 3-0 win over Warwick St Utd Res. A single goal at Mettingham was enough to keep Micawbers tavern in third spot, whilst MC Rovers had a good 2-1 win at Brooke Res. Dynamo will be happy with their start to the New Year after taking a point in a 2-2 draw at Winfarthing. When Blofield Utd and Norwich CEYMS get together, it seems to rain goals. This time 2B leaders CEYMS scored five (Jack Hurrell 3, Tom Greaves, Matty Sewell) of the nine goals in the game an are now eight points clear of second placed Hellesdon who despite goals from Mac Gee and Ryan Fisher, were held to a 2-2 draw at Sprowston Athletic. North Walsham are still lurking dangerously in third spot after scoring a dozen at Hethersett Athletic Res, whilst Barracks FC are thereabouts after beating Bunwell AFC 3-0. East Tuddenham won by the odd goal of seven against bottom side FC Viking and Harleston Town had a good 8-3 home win over Sporting Iceni.

In 3A Woolpack FC scored eight without reply at home to Longdale Rovers Res, whilst Marlborough moved up to second as they also kept a clean sheet when scoring four at AFC Norwich. Norman Wanderers A, who were second before kick off, slipped to a 5-3 defeat at Mad Moos Ath and Drayton Dazzlers scored seven (Ben Bell 3, Mark Cornfield, Ben Hughes, Dillon Alexander, OG) in a convincing win at Hempnall. Seven was also the number that Cotman United recorded as they won at Eaton Park Corinthians.

In the Under 19’s Watton United continue to lead the A Division after a 4-2 win at Long Stratton. Third placed Scole United scored seven without reply at Heigham Park Rangers and Hethersett Athletic were 4-2 (James Cowan, Josh Denny, Alex Curran, Matty Watts) winners over Swanton Morley. Reepham Town and Grasshoppers shared the points in a 2-2 draw.

B Division leaders Aylsham scored a dozen as they beat Hellesdon and remain a point clear of Cringleford who were 3-1 winners over St Andrews. Old Catton got back to winning ways, scoring seven at Happisburgh Hammers, whilst Easton drew 2-2 with Rockland United.