As the beginning of Winter begins to bite, it was a cold morning that greeted teams an spectators alike as the first round of the League Cup took place this weekend.
Division 2 leaders Silver Fox produced the result of the day after a single goal from Alan Perry was enough for them to beat Premier division Horsford FC. AFC Norwich were another Division 2 side that so nearly produced a shock. 3-0 up at half time against Premier leaders Schoolhouse, they were left to wonder what might have been as the visitors stormed back in the second period to score five times through Jack Hurrell 2, Shaun Taylor 2 and Oliver Thompson. Norman Wanderers were another team to beat Premier opposition recording a 3-1 win over The Middle Green and Woolpack did the same in their 5-3 (Charlie Blake, Chris Holmes, Liam Moriaty, Payton Swatman, Matthew Waters) defeat of Phoenix FC. Acle Rangers progressed by beating DCS Rapid 4-1, whilst two Dan Cook goals plus others from Josh Hancock, Connor Laskey, Danny Crab and Dec Smith-Howell helped Poringland Wanderers to a 6-4 victory at MC Rovers. Ashley Baxter, Jordan Crane and Dom Dodds all hit hat tricks for Hewett OB’s in a comfortable win over Mad Moose, whilst there were two goals for Jutty Womack as Aslacton progressed at the expense of Hethersett Athletic.. Marlborough went through courtesy of a 4-1 win at FC Viking and Caleb Warne’s goal was enough for Vale Longo to win at East Tuddenham. Newsman Celtic beat Dynamo 4-2, goals coming from Noah Downes 2, Daniel Holmes and Kurt Livie whilst after a 3-3 draw at Brooke, Windmill Wanderers went through 7-6 on pens. Trimingham Pilgrims v Riverside Rovers and Hempnall v Farmhouse were called off due to waterlogged pitches and will be re arranged on a date to be advised whilst Mischief go into the second round after a walkover.
In Division 3, Sporting Iceni and Nelsons Athletic took a point each after a goalless draw, whilst Woodton United capped a busy week for the club with a 3-1 (Ethan Goodyear 2, Reece Last) win over FC Viking Res.
Moose Park Rangers returned to the top of Division 4 after winning 4-2 at Yelverton and despite a goal from Sam Page, Long Stratton only took a point in a 1-1 draw with Cringleford. In form Cherry Tree scored five, (Ashley Land 2, Jack Mason 2, Craig Page) as they won at Hellesdon and Old Catton hit six as they beat Felthorpe.
Finally, after a recent website problem, we have had to remind some clubs this week that just because a fixture does not appear on the website, it does not necessarily mean you do not have a game. Clubs are given their fixtures for the season at the AGM by the fixture secretary Bernie Hardiman. They only change if the club hears from Bernie directly. Technology is a wonderful thing, but like everything else it has issues. If you dont see a fixture on the website and you are unsure, ask the club secretary and if he is unsure, ask Bernie.It was disappointing to see ill informed comments on social media about only being given fixtures on Wednesday for the weekend. That’s complete nonsense, as mentioned earlier, ALL clubs have had their fixtures since June