VICTORIES FOR TOP THREE AS 2016 BEGINS
Happy New Year to you all. The first fixtures of 2016 got underway this weekend and despite the continuing wet weather, only a handful of games were lost.
Schoolhouse began the new year just as they finished the old one, on top of the Premier as goals by Luke Winter, Rhys Logan, Sam Applegate, Charlie Bartram and Sam Slater, helped the to a 5-1 win over Aslacton for whom James Smith replied. The league leaders also praised referee Richard Gostling, who despite an injury prior to the game, had refused to call off. Riverside Rovers remain three points behind after beating Poringland Wanderers 6-1. Riverside commented that it was a better game than the scoreline suggested but a Jordan Rocastle hat trick plus further goals by Gavin Lemmon, Shaun Wones and Andrew Maxwell Stuart made it eight wins from eight. A Tom Pitchell thirty yard strike was the Poringland reply. I was at Thorpe School trying to take in two games at once. The first saw Dussindale Rovers take a very early lead at home to Acle Rangers, but the visitors recovered well to take a 3-1 lead before half time, thanks to goals from Ricky Forder, Nick Davies and Adam Faulkes, before Ross Saunders netted in time added on to make it 4-1. The POW continued their recent revival with a 6-1 home win over Farmhouse, whilst Bungay Town beat Bell Inn 3-1, with Bell's goal coming from Dale Simpson.
In 1A, the top two recorded victories. Horsford United scored five without reply at home to New Buckenham, whilst second placed Brooke also scored five of the eight goals in the game with Sporting Longdale. Early pacesetters Vale Longo finally got back to winning ways with a 2-1 over Dancing Farmers, whilst two goals by Tony Palmer and another by Jordan Plunkett put Windmill Wanderers three up at Anglian Rovers with twenty minutes to go, but they were made to battle for the points as the home side pulled two goals back before the end. DE FC increased their lead at the top of 1B after a 3-1 (Fionn Goodwin Wright 2, John Muir) home win over Sprowston Wanderers, and Salhouse Rovers recorded a good 7-3 victory over William Wanderers. The division's bottom two Acle Rangers Res and Taverham United took a point each in a 2-2 draw, Salim Lahfa with the Taverham goals.
Mad Moose began 2016 in style as they scored eight (Jon Soderberg 3, Michael Adcock 2, Try Lowthorpe, David Kiss, Callum Orrick) without reply when visiting Norman Wanderers Res. Mischief FC though stay on their tail after goals by Ollie Johnson, Matthew Whitehead, Theo Chamberlain and Luca Elia gave them a 4-2 win over Brooke Res. Newsman Celtic scored four (Rob Setchell 2, Matt Giles 2) in winning at Mettingham and DCS Rapid also scored four times as they beat Dynamo FC. The big game in 2B saw leaders Phoenix FC take a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at second placed Silver Fox, Kai Savage and Jamie Smith scoring for their respective sides, whilst third placed Trimingham Pilgrims won by the odd goal in seven at Briston Wanderers. Louis Vardigan and Chris Scase with two were the home side scorers whilst Adam Buckenham 2, Lewis Amos and Dan Tyrell replied for Pilgrims. Binham Village also started the year with a good win, beating Costessey Sports 6-2.
Winfarthing FC top 3A after a 4-0 home win over Hewett Old Boys, GaGa FC are level on points though after beating Sporting Longdale Res 6-2. The second game I took an interest in at Thorpe School saw stout defending and a heroic goalkeeping performance from AFC Westlegate keep Chris Kew keep out a decent SNS FC for over an hour, before two Scott Woodcock goals and one from Gary Warford broke down AFC's resistance. Mad Moose Res ran out 5-1 (Josh Malin 2, Alex Laskey, Chris Goodwin, Aaron Stuttard) winners at home to Reedham FC, whilst MC Rovers also won 5-1 as they got back to winning ways over Freethorpe. With Norwich Ceyms inactive, Hellesdon FC took over at the top of 3B with a 2-1 win at third placed Blofield United thanks to a goal in time added on from Tony Burch. Jack Richardson scored the first. Barracks FC recorded a 6-1 win at Bunwell AFC whilst Sprowston Athletic scored eight in their win at Gressenhall.
Only one game survived in the Under 19 A division and it saw Attleborough Town increase their lead at the top of the table with a 5-1 (Tom Miles 2, Patrick Kassaga, James Dawes, Joe Evans) win over Long Stratton. The top two in the B division saw leaders Marlborough score thirteen as they beat Blofield United and Norman Wanderers score five as they won at St Andrews. Although the two are level on points, Marlborough have a game in hand. Old cotton stayed on the fringes of the title race after a 4-2 victory over Norwich United B. C Division leaders Drayton had a 6-1 win at local rivals Horsford Youth and Litcham moved up to second spot courtesy of a 6-2 (Jake Sheard 2, Harry Bammant, Ruben Copsey, Felix Leitao, Charlie Read) success at Sprowston Athletic.