GOALS COUNT AT THE TOP AS LEAD CHANGES AGAIN
The race for the Prem title continues to be intriguing with the top 3 all winning. DE lead the way now with a superior goal difference after a 6-1 (Fionn Goodwin Wright 3, Xavier Huckle, Paul Suggitt, George Diggens) away against Poringland, Riverside slip to second despite coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Schoolhouse. Dale Simpson and Brendan Burke had put the home side ahead before a second half treble, including an injury time strike, gave the visitors the win. Acle scored 10 without reply at home to Bungay. Horsford moved up to 4th with a 4-2 win against Dilham, Michael Barker and Robert Highe scoring for Dilham.
All 12 teams played in 1A and Norman Wanderers took another step towards the title with 5-1 victory at home to Constable Crusaders. Brooke are Norman’s closest rivals albeit six points behind after they scored seven (Matt Nichols 2, Dan King, James Daniels, Owen Page, Ben Ling, Mike Jones) against bottom placed Newsman Celtic. The Middle Green lost ground as they drew 3-3 at Mischief whilst Bungay Reserves visited Longdale Rovers and came away empty handed going down 4-0, Tom Dixon 3 and Louis Brown scoring for Rovers. Warwick Street Utd and New Buckenham shared an 8 goal thriller in a 4-4 draw with Michael Adcock and Kuriakos Kuriakof both hitting a double for United. Windmill Wanderers scored their three goals in the first 20 minutes with Vale Longo not able to get on the scoresheet.
With top of the table Sprowston Wanderers not being in action in 1B, Trimingham kept their slim title hopes alive with a huge win at Cellar House. After two defeats Aslacton got back to winning ways, beating Salhouse 3-2 thanks to an Ed Lake double and a goal from Dave Bishop. Phoenix are only a point behind Aslacton after a 2-0 victory over Hethersett and fifth placed Briston put eight past Binham, Richard Mallett 3, Damien Williams 3, Miak Hallgren and Chris Scase with the goals. Acle Reserves moved up a place after a good 3-1 win over Silver Fox.
2A saw a top of the table clash between Hewett Old Boys and Norman Wanderers Reserves and it saw Hewett stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points with a 3-0 win. Jake Hagg 2 and Callum Wiley scored for Hewett who just need a point from their remaining three games to take the title. SNS still have faint title hopes after keeping a clean sheet and scoring two (Oliver Shepherd Beau Archer) against Mettingham. MC Rovers completed their season scoring five against DCS Rapid who scored two themselves. A single goal was enough for Winfarthing to take all three points at Micawbers Tavern
There were big wins for the top three in 2B. jack Hurrell and Lewis McKerrell both hit four in Norwich Ceyms win over Sporting Iceni, whilst Hellesdon manager Martin Chadwick had to play a full ninety minutes as his side put six (Sam Chadwick 3, Liam Robinson, Connor Simpson, OG) past Barracks FC. North Walsham hit seven as they won at FC Viking to remain fourteen points behind Ceyms but with four games in hand. Sprowston Athletic won by the odd goal of three against East Tuddenham and Harleston U21 came away from Bunwell with all three points winning 3-1.
Woolpack continue to dominate 3A after a 5-1 win against AFC Norwich. Drayton Dazzlers will hope Woolpack slip up after their 3-1 (Ben Hughes 3) win against Nelson moved them into third place. Second place Marlborough scored double figures in a 10-1 win at home to Longdale Rovers Reserves. Norman Wanderers A slipped up drawing 2-2 again Cotman and Eaton Park Corinthians will be delighted to have got their first points of the season scoring six of the nine goals in their game with Woodton United. A David Vass hat trick and strikes from Adrian Kassissia, Steve Mussett and Russell Tanner were the scorers Mad Moose and Hempnall shared eight goals and the points in their 4-4 draw.
In the Under 19’s a division, Watton completed their season, and currently sit top of the table, with a 5-1 win against Swanton Morley. They now have to wait and hope Attleborough slip up in their remaining three games. However, that looks unlikely on today’s showing after a 9-1 win against bottom of the table Heigham Park. Long Stratton took the long trip to Reepham and came away with an 8-1 win, goals coming from James Bemrose 2, Callum Maloney 2, Max Sawyer 2, Caspar King and James Jordan
Congratulations go to Aylsham Under 19’s who took the B section title with a 5-2 home win over St Andrews. Goals by Owen Collier 2, Tom Atkin, Stuart Boam, and Toby Oliver saw them win the league with four games to spare. Acle Rangers must win their remaining two games to clinch the runners up spot after going down 2-1 at Hellesdon U19