After last weekend’s “Old Farm” derby it was back to league action this week on a bright and pleasant morning.
In the Premier Division, Acle Rangers warmed up for next weekends County Cup semi final with a 5-2 (Aaron Sanders 3, Peter Nobbs, Harrison Tooley) home win over The Middle Green a result that moved them into second spot, eleven points behind leaders Schoolhouse but with three games in hand. Matty Elwin, Tom Pitchell, Tom Howard and new signing Lewis Clarry all scored for Poringland Wanderers as they beat Hewett OB’s 4-1 whilst Phoenix’s Jamie Smith hit a hat trick as they opened up the gap between themselves and Farmhouse at the lower end by beating them 4-0. Ryan Fisher scored the other.
The big game of the day was in Division 1 where the top two sides, Woolpack and Mischief, unbeaten at the start of play, faced each other at The Fountain. after a tight opening period, it was the home side who took the lead just before the break when Chris Holmes scored from close range and the same player added his second, minutes into the second half. The home side the continued to control most of the second period and added further goals from a Payton Swatman penalty and a Liam Moriarty strike to run out 4-0 winners. Mischief did have opportunity on occasions to reduce the arrears, but it just wasn’t their day. Dean Mortimer and Ed Lake both claimed trebles as third placed Aslacton recorded a big win over Vale Longo and Marlborough are in fourth spot courtesy of a 4-1 win at Windmill Wanderers. Norman Wanderers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw Hethersett Athletic for whom Patrick Ogilvie had given his side the lead, and Brooke Res had a good 4-1 win at Barracks FC.
The mornings top two in Division 2 faced each other and it was leaders Silver Fox who stole the show with an impressive 10-2 win, which included four goals for Craig Boyles, at FC Viking. AFC Norwich are now second as they beat DCS Rapid 4-2 (Troy Lowthorpe 2, James Wheeler, Danny Barsoukov) and its now beginning to look like a straight fight between the current top two for the title. MC Rovers took a point in a 2-2 draw with Hempnall and Bungay Town scored three without reply at home to Acle Rangers Res. There was a single goal win for Newsman Celtic at Dynamo and in the battle of the bottom two, East Tuddenham beat Hethersett Ath Res 4-2 to draw level with them on points.
Division 3 leaders Watton Utd look unstoppable as they made it sixteen league wins on the trot when beating Sporting Iceni 5-1. The battle for second spot goes on as both Aylsham Sunday and Easton recorded big wins against Eaton Park Corinthians and Woodton Utd respectively. AG Athletic are now fourth after a 3-1 win at Eaton FC and there was another big win in the division as Cellar House scored eight without reply at Rackheath Rangers.
In Division 4, leaders Moose Park Rangers travelled to second placed Long Stratton where they suffered a 5-1 (James Bemrose 3, James Daniels, George Macrae) defeat. They still however remain four points ahead of their opponents. Earsham Sunday stay third after winning 2-1 (Jack Minns, Thomas Strickland) at Hellesdon and Cherry Tree were 4-1 (Ethen Daynes, Jack Mason, Jordan Waterman, Colin Wilson) winners at Mulbarton Wanderers. Yelverton and Old Catton took a point apiece after neither side was able to find the net.