Sept 27th

ROCASTLE DOUBLE KEEPS CHAMPIONS ON TOP

A Jordan Rocastle double and a Jamie Atkins strike enabled reigning champions Riverside Rovers to stay at the top of the Premier Division courtesy of a 3-0 victory at Poringland Wanderers. Rovers dominated for much of the game and only an amazing save by home keeper Tommy Taylor prevented a fourth, although the Poringland were guilty of missing two guilt edge chances near the end of the game that would have reduced the arrears they can have no complaints. Apart from Rovers, two other teams have maximum points. Schoolhouse came back from South Norfolk with three points as Rhys Logan 3, Josh Bull 2, and Sam Watts all scored in a 6-2 win at Aslacton, whilst Julian Bussell scored twice and Jordan Betts added another as Acle Rangers beat Dussindale Rovers 3-0. Tommy Salmon, Ryan Mickelburgh, Darren Parnell and Mick Barker all scored as Farmhouse overcame The PoW by the odd goal in seven and two Craig Ritchie goals and others from Jason Armes and Daz Watson helped AFC Wanderers to a 4-2 win at Norman Wanderers.

In 1A, leaders Windmill Wanderers suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 3-0 (Ben Drummee, Mathew Nobbs, Steve Gigli) at home to Anglian Rovers. Vale Longo are flying, after falling behind to goals from Aiden Boast and Dan King, they stormed back to score three times through Jatinder Dhaliwal, James Bowman and Kevin Brown in the last twenty minutes to beat Dancing Framers 3-2. Horsford Utd move up to third after a 3-2 win at New Buckenham and there were goals for Oli Smith, Ben Fowkes, Sam Page and Lewis Clarry as Brooke got off the mark with a 4-0 win at Sporting Longdale. In the battle between the top two of last seasons 2A, Costessey West End came out victors as they won 2-1 at Dilham Cross Keys thanks to two Michael Townsend strikes. A single goal was enough to give early 1B leaders DEF FC all three points at Sprowston Wanderers. Despite missing an earlier spot kick, Sam Grady made no mistake with his second one for the leaders a minute from time in a closely fought contest. Revolution FC had a good 5-2 victory over Lakewood Utd and Taverham Utd have now put points on the board after beating Acle Rangers Res 3-0.

Mischief FC are the new leaders in 2A. Tommy Miller, Mathew Payne and Luca Elia all found the net as they won 3-1 at Brooke Res. Mischief took over from morning leaders Constable Crusaders who went down to a single goal defeat at The Middle Green. There was a first win of the season for DCS Rapid as they scored four at Dynamo, whilst Mad Moose hit three without reply at home to Norman Wanderers Res. Despite two goals from Cobi Edwards, Mettingham had to settle for a point in their 2-2 draw at Newsman Celtic. In 2B, Trimingham Pilgrims remain on top as goals from Daryl Dagless Joe Culley and Jeff Meggeson enabled them to take a point at Salhouse Rovers Res for whom Martin Woolner 2, and Neil Woolner replied. Phoenix FC are in second spot. They got back to winning ways after a 5-2 (Jamie Smith 4, Matt Jillings)  home win over Silver Fox and Hethersett Athletic have their first points of the season after a 2-1 (James Barrett, Blair Luther-Veitch) win over Cellar House. Costessey Sports and Binham Village took a point each as they drew 2-2 at Longwater Lane.

SNS FC are top of 3A. There were hat tricks for Ben Morgan and Beau Archer with further goals for Jake Grand, Tom McDonald and Chris Brownbridge as they scored nine times at AFC Westlegate. Marcus McInerny 2, Ashley Land 2, Tyrone Drane, Tom Cullum and Tyler Ryder all scored as MC Rovers won 7-1 at Freethorpe, whilst Westfield suffered their first defeat of the season as they were beaten 3-2 at Tasburgh United. Winfarthing FC suffered the same fate as Westfield as they lost 3-1 at Hewett Old Bys for whom Jordan Youngs 2 and Louis Coleman scored. The points were shred at Reedham where the home side and Mad Moose Res hit a goal apiece. Barracks FC have made a really good start to league life. This time they beat fellow newcomers Bunwell AFC 9-2. Norwich CEYMS are level on points at the top as they won 6-1 (Shaun Grieveson 2, Lewis McKerrell 2, Darren Smith and Aaron Smith) at Harleston Town. Blofield Utd only managed to score four of the twelve goals in their game at Hellesdon FC and Sprowston Athletic ran out 4-0 (Kirk Appleton 2, Kyle Appleton, Jonny Wilson) winners over Gressenhall FC. North Elmham completed the seasons first double as they beat Sporting Iceni for the second week running, with Ben Dack scoring four times and goals for Jack Haylett and Bobby Clarke in a 6-2 win  whilst Steve White, Jamie Ingle and Jack Flynn were on the mark for Hethersett Athletic Res as they won 3-1 at East Tuddenham.

In the U19’s, Attleborough Town made it two from two as they hit seven (Nathan Stewart 3, Nathan Canner 2, Patrick Kassaga, Jamie Edwards) in beating Newton Flotman. Long Stratton and Norwich Utd shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, whilst Watton Utd were 2-1 (Jimmy Lindsell, Luke Goodge) winners over Bulldogs FC

In the B section, Norman Wanderers had a good 3-1 (James Goodwin, Sean Wines, Isaac Mace) win at Norwich Utd B, whilst goals by Christopher Bloor 2, and Alistair Enefer enabled Hellesdon Youth to overcome Easton by the odd goal in five. Jack Kiwele, Ashley Cogman and Cruise Nyadzayo scored for Thorpe Village in their 3-2 win over Marlborough, whilst St Andrews first league game saw them win 3-1 at Blofield Utd Youth.

In Under 19C, Sprowston Athletic scored ten as they won at Happisburgh Hammers, North Walsham were 3-0 winners at Litcham FC and Drayton scored five (Tobias Oliver 2, Connor Wooden, Jakob Bradford, Nikhil Ahuja) as the beat Swanton Morley. Horsford United Youth gained their first win in the Under 19’s with Harry Stolworthy and Declan Lake scoring as they won 2-1 at Aylsham.

A reminder to all clubs that the transfer window opens this week from October 1st. Clubs must remember to put in the usual seven day notice of approach if they wish to sign a player from another club. Transfer forms will be available to download from the website early this week.