Sept 18th

SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR ACLE AS GOOD START CONTINUES 

With this weekend a designated County Cup weekend there were very few Senior league games played as most clubs started on what they hope is their journey to Carrow Rd.

Dilham Cross Keys and Acle Rangers both received first round byes so met in the only Premier Division  game of the day and it was Rangers who came out well on top scoring seven without reply to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

In 1A, Norman Wanderers made it three from three as they won 2-0 at Bungay Town Res and Mischief’s first visit to New Buckenham brought them the reward of a 9-3 victory. One game took place in 1B and it saw Matt Cartledge 2, Shaun Edwards, Reece Buxton, Jordan Baston, jamie Wright and Kai Savage all score in Silver Fox’s win 8-1 at Binham Village.

With the Intermediate Cup not starting until later this season there was a full programme of fixtures in Division 2A and B. Hewett OB continued their fine start in 2A as goals by Callum Speck 2, Dan Thorpe, Jake Hagg, Callum Wiley and Matt Hoeppner helped them to a 6-3 home win over Dynamo, whilst Micawbers are in second spot after Chris Mooney scored in a 1-1 draw with Warwick St Utd Res. There was a first win of the season for MC Rovers as they beat Norman Wanderers Res 2-1 (Gavin Bland, Ryan Gray) and Winfarthing were 3-2 winners over Brooke Res. Mettingham and DCS Rapid took a point each after a 2-2 draw. Rob Marshall and Robbie Mitson were on target for the home side, with a “wonder strike” from Andy Cochrane and a goal from Danny Mcilwrath replying for the visitors. Blofield United continue to lead the way in 2B. Ollie Douglas, Elliott Fyans, Josh Morley, Josh Strife and Josh McCarthy all found the target as the early pacesetters beat East Tuddenham 5-2. Norwich CEYMS are second on goal difference after a 9-3 (Barrie Franklin 3, Lewis Mckerrell 2, Jack Hurrell, Adam Boast, Ash Baxter, Kane Wetteland) win over Bunwell AFC whilst Hellesdon and Harleston Under 21’s both hit a round dozen as they won against Sporting Iceni and FC Viking respectively. Pick of those two games was the five goals scored by Kane Moore of Hellesdon, and the EIGHT by Antony Burlton of Harleston. Barracks FC have two from two after beating Hethersett Ath Res 4-2 and North Walsham finally got their season up and running scoring ten through Ryan Beeson 4, Adam Johnson 2, Grant Johnson, Chaz Skipper, Liam Clarke and Kieran Kenny as they won at Sprowston Athletic.

The mornings top two who had both been scoring for fun in their opening games, Mad Moose Athletic and Woolpack faced each other and the goals still continued to flow as visitors Woolpack scored thirteen of the eighteen goals scored in the game. Chris Holmes hit a double hat trick for the visitors. Drayton Dazzlers showed no mercy to league newcomers Woodton United and are now in second spot, whilst Norman Wanderers A are third after a 3-1 (Sean Wines, Luke Southgate, Reece May) win at Marlborough.  Cotman United were 3-0 victors over Nelson Athletic and Hempnall got points on the board by beating Longdale Rovers Res 2-1 thanks to goals from James Melton and Nathan Skinner. AFC Norwich and Eaton Park Corinthians took a point each in a 1-1 draw.

In the Under 19’s, Attleborough Town hit eleven without reply at home to Grasshoppers and Scole are level on points after beating Dereham Town 2-0. Watton have made a good start to the season, this time winning 4-1 at Heigham Park Rangers and Reepham Town won by the odd goal of five at Hethersett Athletic. Morgan Gowing, Josh Cohu and Cameron Livsey were on the mark for Reepham, Alex Curran hit a brace for the home side. There were goals galore at Long Stratton where the home side shared ten and the points with Swanton Morley. Two games took place in the B division, with Old Catton winning 8-0 (Aaron Utting 3, Aiden Wickham 2, Charlie Peberday, Jack Hendrey, Tyler Rolfe) at Cringleford and Aylsham beating Easton 3-2

In the Sunday Senior Cup, holders Schoolhouse began the defence of their trophy as they beat Briston wanderers 5-2, whilst last seasons Runners up were 9-1 winners over Nomads. Tim Carey scored four for Poringland Wanderers as they came from 4-1 and 5-4 down to beat CR Eastern Province 7-5 aet. Mark Alibone 2, Fionn Goodwin Wright and Dan Reynolds scored for DE FC in a 4-1 win over Lakewood United. Intermediate Cup holders Phoenix progressed in the Senior Cup with a 6-3 win over Middle Green, Farmhouse went through on penalties after a 5-5 draw with Constable Crusaders. Vale Longo scored nine as they beat Cellar House. Newsman Celtic and Horsford United also progressed to the second round.

 Only one game was played in the Junior Cup, Rocklands’ United were 5-3 winners at Hellesdon FC