DAVIS STRIKE LEAVES WANDERERS WITH ONE HAND ON THE 1B TITLE
This weekend saw the second round of the League Cup take place, and it's fair to say that there were one or two unexpected results.
Dilham Cross Keys produced their best result of the season as they knocked out the holders Riverside Rovers. Three goals up at half time, Dilham withstood a fight back from Rovers and eventually went on to win 6-3 thanks to a Daniel Camish hat trick and goals from Lawrence Cheese and Jamie Clarke to add to an own goal. After beating the Premier Division leaders last week, Farmhouse suffered a surprise of their own as they went down 2-0 at home to Norman Wanderers. The Middle Green won a good competitive cup tie at Poringland Wanderers 3-1, whilst Warwick St United also claimed a Premier scalp as they won 4-0 at Bungay Town thanks to goals from Mike Adcock 2, Dave Kiss and Chris Sandle. A single Xavier Huckle goal was enough for DE FC to progress as they beat Horsford United, and Acle Rangers scored eight as they beat Windmill Wanderers. The all 1A tie between Newsman Celtic and Vale Longo saw Vale come from two down to win 3-2 aet with James Bowman, Ryan Gould and Rob Holl all scoring, whilst the Schoolhouse v Aslacton tie was abandoned early due to a serious injury to an Aslacton player. The League wishes him a full and speedy recovery.
In 1A with the top two in Cup action, Brooke took advantage to close the gap with a 2-1 victory at Mischief and there was a very good win for Constable Crusaders with Liam Frost scoring the only goal of the game against Longdale Rovers.
An early Haydn Davis strike was enough for Sprowston Wanderers to take all three points at nearest rivals Trimingham Pilgrims in what the watching League Chairman described as a very competitive encounter in which Wanderers were deserved winners. They were even awarded the luxury of a missed penalty as they moved to within touching distance of a title that is now theirs to lose. In the other game played in that division, Salhouse Rovers put the disappointment of last weeks County Cup behind them to win 4-0 at Briston Wanderers.
There was a treble for Jordan Crane and goals for Ashley Smith and Lewis Warnes as Hewett OB's stretched their lead at the top of 2A winning 5-2 at DCS Rapid. The gap was extended due to second placed Norman Wanderers Res going down 6-4 at home to Mettingham for whom Craig Bolger hit three and there where goals for Dan Whyman, Dan Smith and Robbie Mitson. Winfarthing moved up to third after a good 3-1 win at SNS FC and Brooke Res hit five without reply against Dynamo. MC Rovers also collected three points courtesy of a 4-1 win at bottom side Warwick St Utd Res. In 2B leaders Norwich CEYMS scored five (Mark Brock 3, Lewis McKerrell, Tom Greaves) of the eight goals in their game at East Tuddenham to remain eleven points clear of North Walsham who put nine past Bunwell AFC and have three games in hand. Hellesdon scored five as they won at Hethersett Ath Res and Blofield Utd moved up to fourth with a narrow 2-1 (David Ball, Aaron Perkins) win at Barracks FC. Sprowston Athletic made the trip to Harleston Town worthwhile as they returned with a 7-1 victory under their belts and finally, after 17 games FC Viking gained their first three points of the season as goals from Chris Beeden 2, Kieran Devine and Josh Edge helped them to a 4-0 win at Sporting Iceni.
In 3A, leaders Woolpack were inactive, so Marlborough's 6-0 win at Eaton Park Corinthians enabled them to close the gap to two points, but the leaders are still in a very strong position having three games in hand. Despite a sublime finish from 42 year old Neil Swatman, Longdale Rovers went down 5-2 (Joe Woodcock 3, Luke Southgate, Shane Empson) at home to third placed Norman Wanderers A, whilst Mad Moose Ath ran out 7-2 winners against AFC Norwich. Hempnall took three points as Liam Brown 2, James Bennett and Brad Cullum scored in beating Nelson Ath 4-0 whilst Cotman Utd scored ten whilst winning at Woodton United.
In the Under 19 A Division, Watton United remain clear at the top after a 5-2 win over Swanton Morley, whilst Attleborough Town put recent problems behind them to record a 4-2 home win over Hethersett Athletic
B Division leaders Aylsham were 2-0 victors at Acle Rangers and are four points clear of Old Catton who beat Hellesdon 4-1. There was a good win for lowly Rockland United as they beat St Andrews 3-2