March 23rd

SNS TAKE TITLE DESPITE LAST MINUTE DRAMA

The remaining two League Cup quarter finals took place this weekend and saw both Riverside Rovers and Poringland Wanderers join Acle Rangers and DE FC in the last four. Goals by Jordan Rocastle 2, Jamie Riley, Gavin Lemmon and Roy Bevis helped Rovers ease past Bungay Town, scoring five without reply, whilst despite 1A side Anglian Rovers giving a good account of themselves, strikes either side of half time from Dan Manganaro and Dan Cook saw last seasons beaten finalists Poringland go through.

In the only Premier Division game played, bottom side Norman Wanderers went down to a 2-1 home defeat against Farmhouse. Steve Cobbell scored for the home side with Danny Howes and Shaun Taylor on target for the visitors.

Brooke and Bungay Town Res met in a local derby in 1A and honours ended even as both sides scored twice to take a point. Costessey West End scored five (Lee Edwards 2, Sam Cramp, Ross Brannigan, Rick Ward) without reply at Sporting Longdale and with five games still to play; it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they could yet finish in the top two or three. William Wanderers completed the final game of the season in 1B by beating Revolution FC 5-2, goals coming from Matt Daynes 2, Craig Glenn, Liam Brown and Daniel Childerhouse.

After a 3-0 (Michael Adcock, Seth Thomas, Tibor Megyesi) win over Mettingham, Mad Moose are now four points behind leaders Mischief at the top of 2A and know that two wins from the final three games will see them take the title. Newsman Celtic were delighted with their all round team display as they recorded a very good 4-0 win at The Middle Green, a side that put ten past them earlier in the season. Dan King, Nick Aston and Frank Wright were amongst the scorers. A win for Phoenix FC at Trimingham Pilgrims next week will see them take the 2B title. Their 5-1 (Matt Doyle 2, Jamie Smith 2, Scott Starling) victory over bottom side Cellar House took them two points clear of Silver Fox, whose final game is also at a third placed Trimingham side that had a George Crane goal to thank for their  1-0 victory at Costessey Sports to keep them with an outside chance of a top two finish.

Congratulations to SNS FC who are the new champions of 3A. A single Gary Warford strike was enough for them to beat closest rivals Hewett OB who missed a last minute penalty in what was described as a really good competitive game, where Hewett feel they deserved something. SNS will now be hoping to complete a double when they face North Walsham U19’s in the Sunday Junior Cup Final. Winfarthing completed a good season by scoring seven without reply in their game at AFC Westlegate. In 3B, Hellesdon moved five points clear at the top after a 3-0 (Alex Clements, Tony Burch, Connor Charlesworth) home win over Harleston Town U21’s. Second placed Norwich Ceyms, who were inactive, have three games in hand. Blofield United were 3-1 (Tom Atkinson, Nat D’Rosario, Luke Ward) winners at Hethersett Athletic Res, whilst Barrack FC won by the odd goal of five at North Elmham.

Norwich United ensured that they will finish runners up in the Under 19 A Division with an 8-3 win over Bulldogs. The appointed referee of this match was injured on his way to the game after an accident and the League wish him a speedy recovery.  Long Stratton finished their league season by taking a point in a 1-1 draw at Scole United and Newton Flotman continued their decent end of season form by scoring seven without reply at Wymondham Town.

In Division B, champions Marlborough completed their league fixtures by winning 4-1 at Norwich United B and in Division C, North Walsham’s 3-0 (Ryan Beeson 2, Shingi Masoha) win at Swanton Morley leaves them a point behind leaders Drayton, who have finished, with three games to play. Walsham too will be looking to complete a league and County Cup double. Sprowston Athletic were 6-1 winners at home to Happisburgh Hammers.