It was a bright but chilly morning that greeted everybody this weekend, ideal conditions for football.
In the Premier Division, Schoolhouse remain six points clear at the top after scoring nine at Farmhouse. Riverside Rovers, who have three games in hand on the leaders, were 3-1 (Jason Armes 2, Duane Easthall) victors at Horsford. Acle Rangers went down to their second successive defeat as they were beaten 2-1 (Hayden Davis, Matty Eves) at Sprowston Wanderers, whilst Poringland Wanderers bounced back from the previous weeks thumping with Ben Fowkes 2 and Ryan Cook scoring as they beat DE FC 3-1. Trimingham Pilgrims made the long trip to Bungay Town worthwhile by taking a point in a 2-2 draw. Stuart Campbell and Pat Hudson scored for the home side.
I saw the game between the top two in the First Division as The Middle Green visited Brooke. The home side took the lead within the first fifteen minutes when Owen Page flicked home a free kick from around ten yards and this goal was added to when following a long throw, Ben Nichols stabbed the ball home from close range. Middle Green though, had there moments and Dom Doggett looked particularly dangerous but it was the home side that saw the game out without further goals. Despite the score, this was an even game, but Brooke just had the edge when it came to the eighteen yard box. Hewett OB’s remained in touch after a big win over Norman Wanderers Res, whilst Hellesdon scored eight without reply when beating Rose Athletic. Longdale Rovers were 5-2 (Tibor Megyesi 3, Kyle Jameson, Jamie Platten) winners at Aslacton and Phoenix beat Windmill Wanderers 6-2
In Division 2, leaders Woolpack visited second placed Mischief FC and increased their lead at the top by winning 3-2,Tom Blake 2, Daniel Mace scoring. Drayton Dazzlers are four points behind Woolpack with two games in hand after beating Barracks 8-3 and Marlborough got back to winning ways as they scored three at home to Mettingham. Mad Moose and Hethersett Ath shared four goals an the points, whilst Sprowston Athletic and Vale Longo also took a point each after a 1-1 draw.
Brooke Res march on at the top of Division 3. They made it a good day for the club as they won 5-1 (Lewis Knight 3, Tom Knight, Tyrone Parish) at Acle Rangers Res. DCS Rapid remain three points behind after a 2-1 win at home to Harleston Town, whilst it was unlucky for some, in this case Dynamo FC as MC Rovers hit thirteen against them. Bungay Town Res are on a great run at the minute and this continued with a 4-0 (Reece Evans 2, Callum Ling 2) win at Hempnall, whilst Silver Fox beat East Tuddenham by the same score. Norman Wanderers A collected three points as they beat Newsman Celtic by the odd goal in five, Luke Southgate 2 and Chay Liddiment getting the goals.
The big game in Division 4 saw leaders AFC Norwich beat the mornings second placed FC Viking 4-1 (James Wheeler 3, Dan Goodnight) and Hethersett Ath Res took advantage of that, moving into second spot with a 6-1 home win over Cellar House. Nelson Ath continue to rise up the table, scoring six without reply at home to Sporting Iceni, whilst Rackheath Rangers and Rose Athletic Res took a point each after a 2-2 draw.
Easton are three points clear at the top of Division 5 as Devin sBlundell scored five of their eleven at FC Viking Res and Qube FC are now forth after winning 6-1 (Stewart Palithorpe 2, Scott Allen, Martyn Bath, George Gagen, James Moore)at Ashill. Firside Ath and Aylsham shared the spoils and four goals after a 2-2 draw.
With leaders Scole United not playing, Long Stratton took the opportunity to close the gap as they won 3-1 at St Andrews. Third placed Old Catton were held to a 2-2 draw by the ever improving Hellesdon, whilst Cringleford were 5-0 winners at bottom side Heigham Park Rangers. Hethersett Ath gained their third victory of the season, 5-3 at Mulbarton Wanderers