DAY OF SURPRISE IN LEAGUE CUP

This weekend saw the 2nd round of the League Cup take place and it was a day that produced one or two surprises.

Silver Fox riding high in Division 2 went to Premier side Farmhouse and won 3-0, Luke Middleton, Alan Perry and Ryan Tebble scoring, whilst Division 1 side Woolpack went to Hewett OB’s and scored six without reply.  Bungay Town also went to higher ranked opposition and came away with a 2-1 (Reece Evans, Allan Holden) victory at Aslacton and Newsman Celtic had a single Liam Lown goal to thank for their win at home to Vale Longo. Goals by Arron Kay and Jason Armes saw Riverside Rovers go through in the day’s biggest tie as they won 2-1 against Schoolhouse and cup holders Acle Rangers had a 4-1 (Peter Nobbs 2, Sean Sandell, Aaron Sanders) home win over Norman Wanderers. I saw the game between two big names of yesteryear as Marlborough played host to Poringland Wanderers and what I saw was a very good close encounter by two young teams. It took a single goal five minutes from the end from Poringland’s Keiran Leggett to separate the sides, but Marlborough can take some pleasure from their performance in a game that was played in the correct manner throughout and easily controlled by referee Kevin Betts. Mischief FC progressed to the next round after beating Windmill Wanderers 2-0, Alex Clemmett and Luca Elia scoring.

In the only Premier Division game played, The Middle Green ran out 6-1 winners at home to Horsford FC, goals coming from Johnny Bailey 2, Jake Mardell, Nick McKenzie, Josh Farrow and Will Farrow whilst in Division 1, Barracks FC moved out of the bottom two as they recorded a 2-0 win at Mad Moose Ath.

FC Viking are four points clear at the top of Division 2 as Craig Beeden and Josh Edge score a pair apiece in a 4-1 win at MC Rovers. AFC Norwich are second after scoring eight at home to East Tuddenham, whilst Hempnall grabbed three points as they scored four (James Melton 2, Shaun Kelly, Chris Johnson) at home to Norman Wanderers A. DCS Rapid had a 2-0 win over Acle Rangers Res and Hethersett Athletic had a good day, scoring six, including a Stephen White hat trick, of the nine goals in their game with Dynamo FC.

Watton United appear to be cruising to the Division 3 title. They completed their fifteenth straight league win by beating Cellar House 6-1. Aylsham Sunday are ten points behind following a 2-1 win over AG Athletic and Eaton Park Corinthians will be happy with their 4-1 victory over Nelson’s Athletic. Rackheath Rangers recorded their third win of the season, 2-1 at FC Viking Res.

It looks like Moose Park Rangers are going to take some stopping in the Division 4 title race. They are eight points clear at the top after a 4-0 home win over Cherry Tree FC. Cringleford’s hopes seem to be fading fast as they went down 6-2 (Dan Smith 4, Ross Hepburn, Adam Chenery) at Earsham Sunday who moved up to second spot and Long Stratton’s 4-1 (James Bemrose 2, Charlie Deakin, George Macrae) win at Felthorpe FC moves them up to third. Salhouse Rovers produced a good performance to beat Hellesdon 4-1 with goals from Gavin Hall 2, Aaron Hague, and Taylor Palmer whilst Old Catton were 4-2 (Jake Barrett, Jacob Graver,  Charlie Peberday, Dylan Powley) winners over Mulbarton Wanderers.