This weekend saw the Quarter Finals of the County Cups, and in the quest to reach Carrow Rd, the League is guaranteed to have at least two of the four semi finalists. Aaron Sanders was the toast of Acle as his single goal was enough to send Acle Rangers through at the expense of Yarmouth side Wheelwrights FC. Horsford United are also in the final four. After a 2-2 draw against fellow Norwich side Sprowston Wanderers, the home side went through via a penalty shoot out. However sadly, Schoolhouse bowed out of the competition as they went down 3-1 after extra time at holders Windmill of Yarmouth. The remaining quarter final between Chilvers and Riverside Rovers was postponed due to pitch conditions and is due to be played next week.
In the Junior Cup, we will have three of the four semi finalists. Silver Fox made the last four by beating Long Stratton U19’s 5-1; Aylsham Sunday scored five without reply at home to Hempnall, whilst Qube FC came from two down to beat Kings Lynn side Southery ASA 5-2.
In the only game played in the Premier Division, Poringland Wanderers moved up to third spot but will be kicking themselves that they only took a point against Trimingham Pilgrims after holding a four goal lead with goals from Dan Cook 2, Keiran Leggett and Tom Pitchell
In Division1, leaders Middle Green are two points clear of Phoenix FC after scoring five without reply at Norman Wanderers. Phoenix themselves who are on a good run at the moment, were 2-1 winners at Hellesdon. Hewett OB’s drop to third after being beaten by a Shaun Moss hat trick at Aslacton, whilst Longdale Rovers won by the odd goal of seven as they beat Windmill Rovers to go fourth. Ryan Chapman scored his first goals for Wanderers and there was a terrific goal for Tony Palmer. James Barton, Steffen Bassett, Tibor Megyesi and Bradley Warr all scored for the home side. This is a very tight division to say the least and is set up for a fascinating run in.
Division 2 also looks set for a tight finish. Woolpack FC continue to lead the way after a 6-3 (Liam Moriaty 4, Chris Holmes, Ricky Bevis) home win over Mettingham, but Drayton Dazzlers, who have a game in hand, maintained their 100% record with a 9-1 win at Hethersett Athletic. Mischief FC are still on hand to take advantage of any slip up by the top two. Their 3-0 win at home to Briston, ensures they stay within touching distance. Sprowston Athletic Wildcats gained their second victory of the season as they beat Barracks FC 2-1 whilst there was a point each for Mad Moose and Marlborough as they drew 1-1.
Brooke Res remain top of Div 3 despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Bungay Town Res, but their lead has been cut to two points after DCS Rapid’s four goal victory at Dynamo. Norman Wanderers A are third after putting six (Luke Southgate 3, Ben Atkins, Sean Wines, James Savage) past Harleston Town, whilst MC Rovers decent run ground to a halt as they were beaten 3-1 at home by East Tuddenham.
With leaders AFC Norwich inactive, FC Viking closed the gap at the top to five points with a comfortable six goal (Matthew Billing 3, Craig Beeden, Jonathan Billing, Luke Miles) win at Woodton Utd. Nelson Athletic had a narrow 3-2 win at Rackheath Rangers and Sporting Iceni were amongst the goals as they beat Eaton Park Corinthians 5-2. Rose Athletic ended a troubled week for the club on a positive note as they ran out 4-2 winners at home to Cellar House.
Due to the County Cup, only two games took place in Division 5 and both saw wins for the away side. Watton United, 3-2 (Thomas Rayner 2, Jordan Parodi) at AG Athletic and 3-1 for Ashill at Firside Athletic.
In the Under 19’s Old Catton made sure they stayed clear at the top by winning 4-1 (Jack Nunn Sean Payne, Charlie Peberday 2) at Mulbarton Wanderers, as second placed Scole United, who have two games in hand, beat Cringleford 3-0. thanks to goals from Bradley Hunt, Ben Williamson and Jake Woodton. St Andrews scored three (Gutin Datocampol, Esube Macumbela ,Joshua McCarthy) whilst beating Acle Rangers and congratulations go to Heigham Park, who after a tough season, gained their first points with a 3-2 victory over Hethersett Athletic thanks to two goals for Adnan Labead and a James Groom strike.