October 26th


Well it had to happen sometime. After 48 league games, going back to March 2012, Norman Wanderers finally felt the taste of defeat as they went down 3-1 at Acle Rangers Ricky Forder, Ben Morgan and Dan Foreman scored for the home side who also missed a penalty at 3-1. Warren Preston replied for Normans, who despite the defeat can be very proud of their achievement and I have no doubt they will be determined to bounce back. Farmhouse are having a superb start to the season. Goals from Darren Parnell, Ollie Forkes and Mickey Barker helped them to a 3-2 win over Dussindale Rovers and maintained their 100% start to the season. They now have the same number of points as Normans, but have a game in hand. James Edmunds scored on his debut for Poringland Wanderers as they won 3-0 at Sprowston Rovers. Matt Elwin and Ryan Cook added the others.

In 1A the top two met for the second time this season and again Bungay Town ran out victors as they beat Sporting Longdale 3-1. Dancing Farmers are in third spot after a 3-2 win over Horsford Utd. Luke Jeal, Dan King and Mason Roe scored for the home side, whilst the Horsford goals came from Kieran Staff and Kieran Davies. Justin Womack 2, Dean Mortimer and Ed Lake all scored for Aslacton as they beat Anglian Rovers by the odd goal in seven and Norman Wanderers Res did the same as they beat Vale Longo 4-3. Matt Barker scored Windmill Wanderers equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Brooke, whilst DCS Rapid and Mad Moose shared six goals and the points as they drew 3-3. Morning leaders in 1B Earlham Utd were beaten 2-0 at home an now drop to third spot as Moles Rest beat Acle Rangers Res 3-1 to go top and Bell Inn won 3-1 (Reece Ashman 2, Dale Simpson) at Heartsease FC to move into second spot. William Wanderers also stayed in touch with the leaders as they put seven past Spixworth Sunday Res

2A leaders New Buckenham got back to winning ways with a narrow 3-2 victory over Bungay Town Res and have a three point lead over Shipdham Rangers who were 5-3 (Charlie Gunner 2, Bradley Rivett, Mark Albone, Neil McNab-Grieve) winners at home to Dilham Cross Keys. Constable Crusaders suffered their first defeat as they went down 4-1 at Costessey West End, Luke Dickerson 2, Ross Brannigan and Chris Newton scoring for West End, whilst there were four goals in the last twelve minutes as Newsman Celtic beat Ketts Tavern Wizards 3-2. Well done to Fat Cat & Canary as they gained their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Norman Wanderers A. It’s now seven in seven for 2B leaders Revolution FC. They opened up a six point gap at the top after two quality goals from Connor Simpson and strikes from Edward Kettle and Haydn Cunningham helped them to beat Salhouse Rovers 4-1. Costessey Sports gained their first points of the season with a good 3-0 win at Mettingham, whilst there was a point each for Briston Wanderers and Locksley Athletic as they drew 2-2.

With The Middle Green inactive, GaGa FC took the opportunity to move five points clear in 3A as they ran out 4-2 ( Aaron Sodah 2, James Wheeler, Sam Aldis) winners at Freethorpe FC. Matthew Payne scored twice for Mischief FC as they beat MC Rovers 6-2, with the other goals coming from Harrison Bird, Lee Williamson, Paul Judge and Craig Cutting. Reedham FC had a 3-0 win over Brooke Res and Sporting Longdale scored four when winning at Tasburgh Utd, whilst there was an eleven goal thriller at Winfarthing where the home side lost 6-5 to AFC Westlegate for whom Mathew Richmond hit a hat trick and further goals came from Dan Gills, and a Karl Spurdon double. In 3B, Cellar House recorded a 3-0 (Daryl Wickham, Jason O’Connor, Matt Lane) home win over Red Lion and Hethersett Ath Res had a good win, 5-1, over East Tuddenham. Sporting Iceni and Silver Fox both had to settle for a goal and a point each as they drew 1-1.

In the Under 19 section, A Division leaders Blofield Utd thumped nine (Matt Grapes 4, Will Thurston, Nat D’Rosario, Paul Hudson, Lewis Cutler) without reply at North Walsham whilst Hethersett Ath scored twice in the last thirteen minutes through Josh Denny and Jack Walker to take a point in a keenly fought contest with Long Stratton. Reigning champions Hellesdon Ath got back to winning ways as they beat Beccles Caxton 4-1, Charlie Clarke 2 and Elliot Roe 2 the scorers.

Drayton’s 8-0 victory at Coltishall Jaguars B In the B section, which included four goals for Jack Dearden saw them move to the top of the table. Sprowston Athletic are now second after scoring seven without reply at home to Swanton Morley, whilst goals by Muhamod Hoqe, Thomas Cannell, Billy Welsh and Sean Wines secured Norman Wanderers a 4-0 win over Hellesdon B. Reepham Town are in fourth spot after a 3-2 (Morgan Gowing, Lewis Scott, Kieran Harrison) home win over East Coast Warriors.

Norwich United stay top of the C section after a 3-2 (Callum Maloney, Callum Collins-Butterton, Edward Pearce) win over Newton Flotman and are two points clear of Poringland Wanderers who beat Scole Utd 3-0. Poringland are one of three teams on 10 points, of the other two Watton Utd drew 4-4 at Harleston Town whilst Wymondham Town went down 5-2 at home to local rivals Attleborough Town with  Jordan Lake 2, Ezekiel Perry, Sam Peel and  Jack Croswaite scoring for the visitors. Freethorpe U19’s grabbed their second win of the season as they won 4-0 at Mulbarton Wanderers.

In the County Cup games played today Riverside Rovers had Roy Bevis scoring six times as they hammered Spixworth Sunday 12-1 in the Senior Cup whilst holders AFC Wanderers thumped nine without reply against Sprowston Wanderers. Lakewood Utd overcame DEF FC in the Intermediate Cup and in the Junior Cup Dynamo defeated Salhouse Rovers Res and Marlborough won 2-1 at Hickling Barn