BABB TREBLE PUTS BELL ON TOP
The incessant rain of the past 48 hours played its part in decimating this weekend’s league programme as many pitches were waterlogged and unplayable.
No matches took place in the Premier Division, but in 1A, Sporting Longdale moved four points clear at the top of the table as Jamie Platten grabbed a hat trick in their 3-1 victory at Vale Longo. Horsford Utd had a good 4-0 (Lee Bowker, Scott Lyndsey, Daniel Read, Shaun Plant) win at Anglian Rovers, whilst the game between DCS Rapid and Brooke FC was abandoned. In 1B, Bell Inn stormed to the top of the table after a 6-2 victory at fellow challengers Earlham Utd. Ian Babb led they way by grabbing a hat trick, whilst further goals came from a Dale Simpson double strike and Jack Tarrant whilst the home side replied through Wayne Wordley and Scott Roberts. Bell took over at the top due to morning leaders Schoolhouse going down to a 2-1 defeat at home to William Wanderers for whom Daniel Childerhouse scored twice in a great team effort, and Taverham Utd will be happy with their 4-2 Paul Clarke 2, Richard Myhill, Simon Claxton) victory at Heartsease FC
Two games beat the weather in 2A. A double for Luke Dickerson and an OG enabled Costessey West End to go level on points with leaders Shipdham Rangers as they beat Micawbers Tavern 3-0 and there was a hat trick for Liam Frost plus a double from Adam Burroughs as Constable Crusaders over came bottom side Ketts Tavern Wizards to win 5-3.Neil Bajomee 2 and Ronaldo Qoopre replied for Ketts. In 2B, the only game played saw leaders Revolution FC fail to take the chance of moving even further ahead at the top as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to DEF FC who move up to third spot.
In 3A, GaGa stay six points clear at the top after a narrow 3-2 (Aaron Sodah 2, Kastriot Pepa) home win over Reedham. Second placed The Middle Green, who have four games in hand were 6-2 winners at Brooke Res whilst Lee Askew, Liam Baker, Luca Elia and Craig Cutting all scored for third placed Mischief FC as they beat Sporting Longdale Res 4-0. The other two games in the division saw an avalanche of goals. Dynamo hit thirteen without reply as they won at AFC Westlegate, whilst in an incredible game, home side Westfield scored seven times and STILL lost as visitors Winfarthing hit fourteen…yes fourteen. Its now 28 points from ten games for 3B leaders Phoenix FC after their 9-1 (Jamie Smith 3, George Tallent 3, Lee Blackett, Cameron Reid, Larry Rouse) victory at Sporting Iceni. Trimingham Pilgrims are six points beating Silver Fox 5-1 (George Crane 2, Lewis Amos, Adam Buckenham, Jacob Branch) and Cellar House grabbed five (David Parry 3, Jonny Belcher, Evan Norman) of the eight goals scored in their game at Binham Village. Goals from Martin Woolner, Jono Carver, Ryan Frankland, Damon Rudd and Chris South helped Salhouse Rovers Res to a 5-3 win in a good natured game at Red Lion, whilst there was a point apiece for Felthorpe and East Tuddenham as their basement battle ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the Under 19 A section, Blofield Utd maintained their one hundred per cent record by scoring five (Nat D’Rosario 2, Lewis Cutter, Tom Watkinson, Will Thurston) without reply at Thorpe Village, whilst Hellesdon Youth scored eight times when winning at Coltishall Jaguars.
Reepham Town are the new leaders of the B section after winning 4-1 (Aiden Crowther 2, Sean Swaby, Kieran Harrison) at Drayton. Litcham had a good 7-1 victory at Hellesdon Youth B and East Coast Warriors hit nine without reply as they beat Coltishall Jaguars B.
As we seem set for a spell of bad weather can clubs please take note. If there is a real doubt of a game taking place, please try and make a pitch inspection and a decision as early as possible to prevent teams from making unnecessary journeys. If you leave it up to the referee, please remember that any decision he makes is final. Also it is imperative that if a game is called of the HOME club must inform the league secretary or fixture secretary as soon a decision has been made, along with your opponents. Failure to do so could see the club fined.