SETBACK FOR FARMHOUSE AS NEAREST RIVALS SHARE POINTS
The race for the Premier Division title looks set to go to the wire as the weekend produced a fair amount of surprise results throughout the league.
Farmhouse missed the opportunity to go back to the summit as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Spixworth Sunday, with Daniel Mace and Andrew Salih scoring for the home side. As this was happening, their main rivals Riverside Rovers and Acle Rangers were sharing the spoils as they drew 2-2 in an entertaining game at Rackheath. Stephen Edridge and Shaun Wones scored for the home side, whilst Julian Bussell and an OG replied for Acle. The POW remain in fourth spot after beating Dussindale Rovers 2-0 (Chris Holmes, Nicky May) and goals by Tom Barrett, Kain Taylor and Danny Pennall helped AFC Wanderers to a 3-2 win over Sprowston Rovers whose goals came from Sean Sandell and Richard Lake
With Bungay Town in Suffolk Cup action, Aslacton took the chance to go back to the top of 1A after Dean Mortimer nabbed a brace in their 2-1 defeat of Vale Longo for whom Kevin Brown replied. Dancing Farmers are fourth. Nick Aston 3, Nick Bliss, Dan King and Mason Roe all scoring as they won 6-3 at DCS Rapid. Windmill Wanderers produced a decent performance as Aaron James 2, Gary Walsh and Tony Palmer all scored in their 4-1 victory over Anglian Rovers, whilst Norman Wanderers Res won by the odd goal of five against Mad Moose. In IB, Senior Cup finalists Schoolhouse are three points clear at the top after a single Chris Hall goal was enough to earn a win at Acle Rangers Res, but Earlham United will have been disappointed to have slipped up as they went down to a 2-1 home defeat against Taverham United, with Pete Reynolds and Paul Clarke on target for the visitors. The result was a boost for Bell Inn in fourth spot and with games in hand, as they overcame Ribs Rovers 5-1, with goals coming from Tom Brown, Danny Bland, Jack Tarrant, Reece Ashman and Dale Simpson.
The top two in 2A, Costessey West End and New Buckenham met at Longwater Lane and the result went in favour of the visitors who ran out 2-1 winners. The New Buckenham goals, which included a last minute winner, came from Martin Andrews and James Beales. Intermediate Cup finalists Dilham Cross keys kept up their good form, goals by Antoni Fawkes 2 and Dan Tindall helped them to beat Bungay Town Res 3-1, and Shipdham Rangers were 7-2 (Ollie Ramsbotham 3, Jack Flynn 2, Troy Bond, Mark Brock) victors over Newsman Celtic. Norman Wanderers A ran out 6-2 winners at Constable Crusaders and Ketts Tavern Wizards recorded their second win of the season as they beat Micawbers Tavern 3-0. In 2B, DEF FC completed their fixtures with a 1-1 draw at home to SDC Utd. They must now wait and see if Lakewood Utd can get two wins from their last three games to pip them for the title. Lakewood took part in an entertaining game against Revolution FC and went ahead early on when George Rowe scored from close range. Both sides were reduced to ten men midway through the first half before Louis Warnes made it 2-0. There was a double for Craig Mckail in the second have as Lakewood took control, but Revolution did gain a consolation effort five minutes from time when Ed Kettle netted. Adam Waters grabbed a hat trick and Scott Leverington a brace as Hethersett Athletic won 5-1 at Locksley Athletic.
The champagne stays on ice for 3A leaders The Middle Green. Knowing that a victory today against second placed GaGa would give them the title, their under strength side went down 5-0. Credit to GaGa who played some good stuff in the parts of the game I saw, and now have a top two finish in their own hands. Ali Zandi 3, Gordon Horine and Dan Bowen were the GaGa scorers. Mischief put last week’s cup disappointment behind them to hit a dozen without reply at Freethorpe, whilst Dynamo also kept a clean sheet as they put seven past Westfield. Sporting Longdale Res were 5-2 winners at MC Rovers and Reedham scored five (Simon Burns 2, Ricky Grimmer, Craig Sharman, Andrew Rix) of the nine goals in their game against Tasburgh United. Brooke Res had a 4-2 home win over AFC Westlegate. In 3B, leaders Phoenix FC suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 4-2 at second placed Trimingham Pilgrims. Third placed Hickling Barn were held to a 1-1 draw at Cellar House, Scott Tuttle scoring for the home side, and Steve White hit a hat trick as Hethersett Ath Res beat Felthorpe 4-1, Craig Burrows added the other. There was a phenomenal performance from 38 year old Neil Woolner of Salhouse Rovers Res who scored all eight of his sides goals in their victory over Sporting Iceni.
In the one game played in the Under 19 A division, Hethersett Athletic were 6-2 (Alex Curran 2, Tom Nurse 2, Josh Denny, Alfie Gordon) winners at Beccles Caxton, Adam Goodswen, scoring twice for the home side, whilst in the B division, Champions Marlborough beat Reepham Town 4-0 (Jordan Wheeler 2, Cameron Beazley, Adam Wilson) and Norman Wanderers Youth won 4-2 (Alain Elsley-Medinaat, Jack Robinson, Sean Wines, Thomas Cannell) at Hellesdon Youth B
The big game at the top of the C division saw the points shared as Poringland wanderers and Attleborough Town drew 2-2. Attleborough now have the destination of the title in their own hands, but do have some tough fixtures remaining, including a trip to third placed Norwich Utd who were held to a 1-1 draw at Scole United. Wojciech Kawa had put the home side ahead before the Norwich side equalised in the 92nd minute through Augusto SantaMaria. Junior Cup finalists Harleston Town were 2-1 (Declan Povey, Alex Chapman) winners at Watton Utd, whilst Wymondham Town scored fifteen without reply against a seven man Freethorpe side.
LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL DRAW
The draw for the Quarter Finals of the League Cup has been made and is as follows
Farmhouse FC v Riverside Rovers
Poringland Wanderers HW Moles Rest
Acle Rangers v Bungay Town
Aslacton & GM v AFC Wanderers
All games due to be played on March 15th, Extra time and pens if required