October 5th


Glorious sunshine greeted the players this weekend and made for perfect football conditions. I paid a visit to Eaton Park and spent time between the three games being played there. League leaders Norman Wanderers were given a tough time as they faced The POW, but a first half goal from Jason Armes was enough to give the visitors three points. On the next pitch, Danny Pennall grabbed a hat trick for AFC Wanderers as they beat Dog House 6-1. Kain Taylor, Tom Barrett and Lloyd Greening also scored whilst the Dog House reply came from a twenty five yard screamer by Laurence Yorke. Roy Bevis, Jordan Rocastle, Scott Gray and Shaun Wones scored for Riverside Rovers as they beat Dussindale Rovers 4-1, and Matty Elwin, Tom Pitchell and Lee Edwards found the net as Poringland Wanderers had a good 3-1 win at Spixworth Sunday. Acle Rangers made it two wins from three games with a 3-1 home win over Sprowston Rovers.

In 1A, despite taking the lead through Josh Sibley, Dancing Farmers lost their unbeaten record as leaders Bungay Town came from behind to win 4-1. Sporting Longdale remain second after a 2-1 win at Brooke FC, whilst Shaun Plant and Joe Wright scored for Horsford Utd as they gained a point in a 2-2 draw at Aslacton. Dean Mortimer and Justin Womack scored for the home side. Norman Wanderers Res had a 2-1 home win over Windmill Wanderers, whilst Anglian Rovers scored four (Jamie Metcalf, Andy Green and Josh Lackey. Wayne Riseborough) without reply at DCS Rapid. The other game played at Eaton Park saw Vale Longo win by the odd goal of seven against Mad Moose. Steve Churchill 2, Pete Crowley and Rob Holl scored for Longo, whilst Darren Hills 2, and Sam Moore replied for the home side. After missing out in last seasons play off final, Earlham Utd seem determined not to put themselves through that scenario again as goals from Ashley Davies 2, Liam Moriarty, Darrell Wigger and Kevin Tate helped them remain top of 1B after a 5-1 home win over Sprowston Wanderers. Moles Rest are in second place after thumping nine past Heartsease FC whilst William Wanderers remain third despite going down 3-1 at home to Taverham Utd. Schoolhouse scored four of the seven goals in their game against Acle Rangers Res and Bell Inn scored nine (Dale Simpson 3. Luke Appleton 3. Jamie Butler. Calvin Butler. Ben Fisher) and also missed two penalties as they beat Spixworth Res. Ribs Rovers grabbed their first points of the season with a 4-2 victory over a St Faiths side reduced to ten men after only three minutes. Jacob Dorman, Liam Jones, Brian Forbes and Kirk Bardsley scored for Rovers with Steve Mussett and Jody Peacher replying.

The clash of the current top two in 2A certainly produced some entertainment as the game between New Buckenham and Constable Crusaders finished in a 5-5 draw. Martin Andrews, Spencer Ashman, Mark Hood,Gareth Hobley and Jamie Porter all scored for the home side, whilst Liam Frost 2, Tom Lansdale, Scott Francis and an og, were the Crusaders marksmen. Michael Townsend hit a treble and Tommy Cushing, Ross Brannigan and Alex Edmonds a goal each as Costessey West End beat Ketts Tavern Wizards 6-1 and Bungay Town Res also hit six as they won at The Cottage. Dilham Cross Keys won their first game of the season, 2-0 at Fat Cat & Canary. Revolution FC remain five points clear at the top of 2B after goals by James Bates, Chris Ninham and Will Tolliday helped them to a 3-0 victory over Costessey Sports. A goal in each half from Jamie Weavers and Kel Haywood enabled Salhouse Rovers to jump up to second spot as they beat Hethersett Ath, whilst Lakewood Utd are now third after winning 4-2 at DEF FC.  Mettingham scored six (Mathew Staff 2, Dan Smith 2, Michael Fleckney, Cameron Armstrong) whilst beating Locksley and SDC Utd have their first win on the board, 2-1 (Clive Riches, Glen Brown ) over Rileys FC.

The 3A goal machine didn’t exactly grind to a halt, they still scored four, but leaders The Middle Green dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a draw at Reedham FC. Mischief ended the unbeaten start of GaGa FC as goals by Theo Chamberlain 3, Lee Askew 2, Matthew Payne and Lee Williamson helped them to a 7-4 victory, whilst Brooke Res are third after hitting five without reply at Tasburgh Utd. James Cotton, Danny Shafiyan and Aaron Joseph all scored hat tricks as Sporting Longdale scored ten when winning at Westfield FC, Lee Coby added the other, and AFC Westlegate will be happy with their 5-3 (Lee Freeman, Karl Spurdon, Mathew Richmond 2, Steven Waple)  victory at Freethorpe FC. Winfarthing bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat by finally gaining their first three points since joining the league with a 6-2 home win over MC Rovers. Phoenix FC are another side to have hit the goal trail in the last couple of weeks and now top 3B. This time they thumped fifteen (Ryan Fisher 4, Jamie Smith 4, Sam Blackman 2, Josh Nash 2, Spencer Alden 2, Jack Goldsworthy)   past Felthorpe FC to maintain their 100% start to life in the league. Morning leaders Binham Village were given a wake up call as they lost 7-1 (Tom Hindle 2, Lee Farmer 2, Chris Howe, Jake Davies, Michael Harle) at home to Hickling Barn, and Trimingham Pilgrims continued their good start with a 3-1 (Daniel Tyrell 2, darell Harrod) win over Silver Fox. Sporting Iceni put ten past Red Lion and Hethersett Ath Res were 2-1 winners over Salhouse Rovers Res. East Tuddenham gained their first point in a 4-4 draw at Cellar House.

After winning every league game last season, U19 A champions Hellesdon Youth finally suffered their first defeat as they went down 3-2 at home to Long Stratton. Blofield are the new leaders of the A section after a 7-0 (Nat D’Rosario 4, Luke Ward, Brad Lake, Lewis Cutler) win at Coltishall Jaguars. Thorpe Village were 2-1 ( Cruise Nyadzayo, Jack Kiwele) winners at Beccles Caxton and Matt Beeson, Ryan Beeson, Charlie Everson and Jack Morton scored for North Walsham as they drew 4-4 with Hethersett Ath who came from behind four times with goals from  Kieran Murrell 3, and Ashley Tuckfield

Marlborough are a point clear at the top of the B section after a 1-1 (Robbie Linford) draw at Reepham Town. Second placed Hellesdon Youth B went down 3-1 at Drayton and Sprowston Athletic scored five of the eight goals in their game against East Coast Warriors, with Alfie Bale scoring four times and Ieaun Thomas the other. Swanton Morley are off the mark after beating Coltishall Jaguars B 6-2 (Billy Nhiwatiwa 2, Jared Froom, Wyatt Watts, Alec Coles,og) as are Litcham FC who came from behind to win 3-1 at Norman Wanderers Youth.

Norwich United remained top of Section C after winning 3-0 at Watton Utd. Second placed Wymondham Town were 7-1 winners at Mulbarton Wanderers and Harleston Town were 6-2 (Ollie Earl, Antony Burlton, Harry Gibson, William Coleman 2, Matt Howlett) victors over Freethorpe FC. Newton Flotman and Scole Utd both gained their first point after battling out a 1-1 draw.