Oct 9th


 On a blustery and sometimes wet Sunday morning this week, there was no doubting the game of the day in the League this weekend.

Last season’s League Cup finalists, Riverside Rovers and DE FC met at Rackheath and it was the home side that went in front early on courtesy of a Jordan Rocastle penalty. The visitors reduced to ten men after thirty five minutes after a player received a second yellow but DE’s ten men hung on well and were rewarded with almost the final kick of the game in with what their secretary described as a “fantastic” effort from Fionn Goodwin-Wright. Poringland Wanderers seem to have trouble hanging onto leads at the minute. Not for the first time this season they found themselves two goals up through goals by Tim Carey and Jonny Causton only for Acle Rangers to hit back through Tom Cullabine twice and Chris Lay who hit a last minute winner. Farmhouse made it two wins from three games after beating Bungay Town 3-1.

Norman Wanderers are four points clear at the top of 1A after beating Newsman Celtic 2-1. They stay clear of The Middle Green who beat Mischief FC 3-1 and Vale Longo who were 2-1 (Jason Drake, Callum Warnock) winners at Bungay Town Res. Jordan Palmer, Tony Palmer and Callum Gamble all scored for Windmill Wanderers in their 3-2 win at home to Constable Crusaders, whilst Matt Nichols 2, Dan King and Sam Page were on target for Brooke in their 4-1 victory over New Buckenham. Longdale Rovers also had a good day, beating Warwick St United 5-1, with goals coming from Louis Brown 2, Josh Castillo-Hall, Jamie Platten and Martin Kemp. In 1B, Aslacton continue to lead the way after scoring seven (Jutty Womack 3, Will Royall, Ryan Mortimer, Dean Mortimer, Liam Doolan) without reply at bottom side Cellar House but Sprowston Wanderers stay hot on their heels though after Dan Childerhouse and Ryan Pye scored in their 2-1 win over Salhouse Rovers. Phoenix are third after winning 6-1 (Jamie Smith 3, Scott Starling, Charlie Lambe, Matt Jillings) at Briston Wanderers, whilst Silver Fox came away from Hethersett Athletic with Jamie Wright hitting a hat trick in a 3-0 victory. Trimingham Pilgrims made it three wins from three games as they won 5-2 (George Crane 2, Liam Amos, Adam Buckenham Rob Davis) at Binham Village.

Winfarthing are the new leaders of 2A. They took advantage of morning leaders Hewett OB’s inactivity to go top with a 4-1 victory at Mettingham. Steve Buxton scored twice and Jimmy Buxton added a third as Norman Wanderers Res beat Dynamo, whilst Micawbers and SNS FC took a point each after a 1-1 draw. Brooke Res made it a good day for the club as they ran out 7-2 winners at Warwick St Utd Res. In 2B, Norwich Ceyms remain top after a 6-2 home win over Harleston Town, whilst Hellesdon remain three points behind after goals by Liam Robinson 2, Josh O’Donaughoe, Tony Burch, Mac Gee and Liam Jones helped them to a 6-1 win over Barracks. Hellesdon manager Martin Chadwick put the performance down to the fact that due to shortage of numbers this week, he was on the bench, and nobody wanted to be subbed for him to come on!!! A single goal Stephen White goal was enough for East Tuddenham to win at Sporting Iceni, whilst Hethersett Athletic Res had a narrow 2-1 win at Bunwell AFC. After winning their first three games, Blofield United have now last the last three after going down to the odd goal of seven at Sprowston Athletic.

Before kick off, three teams in Division 3 had 100% records, now it’s down to one. Woolpack FC defeated Norman Wanderers A 6-4 in a match that a watching league official thought wouldn’t look out of place in the Premier division. Woolpack had held 4-0 half time lead before Normans got back into the game but the visitors proved just too strong in the end. Liam Moriarty hit five for Woolpack, with Ricky Bevis also scoring. Drayton Dazzlers also lost their unbeaten tag after going down 3-2 at home to Mad Moose Athletic after being two ahead at half time. Carl Waterfield 2, and Michael Callum scored for Moose. Fourth placed Cotman United had a 5-0 (Matt Daynes 2, David Cooper, Jordan Sexton, Lewis Butcher) win over Longdale Rovers Res, whilst Marlborough also scored five (Nathan Caston 2, Tyler Sistern, Harry Rose, Jack Hollins) as they beat Nelsons Athletic. Hempnall gained their second victory of the season, beating AFC Norwich 4-1 (James Bennett 2, Alex Robins, Danny Craske), whilst I saw the game just down the road from there as Woodton United entertained Eaton Park Corinthians, two of this season’s new clubs. The home side took the lead on twenty nine minutes when Jack Luckham scored with a drive from the edge of the box, but three minutes later, the visitors were level when Phil Marno found the net. On a difficult pitch both sides had good chances to win the game, but with five minutes left Woodton were awarded a penalty when Luckham was brought down by the keeper and the player duly despatched the spot kick and get the points for the home side. Whilst it was never the best game I’ve ever seen, it was a pleasure to watch two teams who just got on with the game, with no moaning or arguing with decisions etc, just two sets of players who wanted to enjoy the game. Credit to them both and referee Alexandre Da Silveira.

Watton United missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of Under 19 A as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Long Stratton. Scole United scored ten (Harry Browne 4, Luke Gould 2, Jake Wootten, George Rout, Nathan Doe, Oliver Boardman) as they beat Heigham Park Rangers, and Reepham Town had a good 5-1 win at Grasshoppers. Swanton Morley also collected three points, Scott Abbott scoring twice they beat Hethersett Athletic 2-0. B Division leaders Old Catton scored eight without reply as they overcame Happisburgh Hammers and remain a point clear of Aylsham who have maximum points from three games after a 2-1 win at Hellesdon. Cringleford have made a decent start to the season and that continued with a 4-3 victory at St Andrews, whilst Easton came back from Rockland United with three points and a two goal victory.

Last weeks mention of Roy Bevis reaching the 500 goal milestone of Sunday League goals seemed to provoke a bit of reaction on social media with some, asking why they were not mentioned for doing the same. Sadly, the batteries are flat in my crystal ball, so unless people provide us with these facts, we would never know. It would be interesting though to hear from anyone who has genuinely matched or beaten Roy’s achievement in the past. One such person was Gary Walsh who recently retired after playing for Moles Rest, AFC Wanderers, Quebec Rovers and many others. He claims to have scored over a thousand on a Sunday morning. Can anybody match that? If you know of someone please let us know, will save me buying batteries!!