CUP FINALISTS SHARE SPOILS AS ACLE GO TOP
Acle Rangers are the new leaders of the Premier Division. Despite going behind early to a Richard Skelly goal, they stormed back to record an 8-1 win and move above Schoolhouse into top spot. The game of the day was a dress rehearsal for the Sunday Senior Cup Final where Schoolhouse welcomed Riverside Rovers to the 3G at Easton. I saw this game and it proved to be good entertainment with the home side scoring in the first half with a good strike from Rhys Logan. Both sides had good chances before the break that they failed to take and the second half began in similar vein. Rovers equalised with a stunning strike from Roy Bevis that gave the keeper no chance, but within a minute the home side were back in front when a deflected Connor Delaney strike found the top corner. Rovers made immediate changes to their side had they had they desired effect as they pressed for the equaliser. Schoolhouse keeper Thompson made a stunning save from a point blank Bevis header but with ten minutes left after making a brave save Thompson had to go off with what looked like a bad arm injury. When the game restarted, again both sides missed chances, but deep into stoppage time a Twenty yard effort from Shaun Wones found the bottom corner of the net to ensure Riverside took a point and kept their unbeaten league record intact. A very good game to watch from two sides that still have to play each other again in the title tussle, before they meet in the Carrow Rd showdown. Dussindale Rovers gained quick revenge for their defeat at Poringland Wanderers two weeks ago by winning the return fixture 2-1. Matt Cullumbine and Dave Whitlam were on target for Rovers whilst Tim Carey replied for Poringland. Despite an Adam Edwards goal, Aslacton went down 4-1 at home to Bungay Town.
In 1A, a single Shaun Plant goal was enough to ensure that Horsford United stayed top of the table as they overcame Anglian Rovers. Nick Wood and James Marsh scored for Dilham Cross Keys as they put a dent in the title ambitions of Brooke FC by winning 2-1, whilst Michael Townsend hit a hat trick and there was a goal for Sam Groves as Costessey West End ran out 4-1 winners over Vale Longo. Bungay Town Res went back to Suffolk with three goals and three points under their belts as they beat Sporting Longdale. In 1B, William Wanderers Res ensured that they will finish runners up after a 6-2 (Dan Childerhouse 2, Matt Daynes, Liam Brown, James Denmark, Ryan Pye) win at Acle Rangers Res.
The Middle Green produced a good result in 2A as they defeated title chasing Mad Moose 2-1. Moose are now seven points behind leaders Mischief FC who completed their season being held to a 3-3 draw at Norman Wanderers Res. Olly Johnson, Tommy Miller and Luca Elia scored for "Chief" who must now wait and see how Mad Moose fare in their remaining fixtures. John Davis 2, James Shorthall, Dan Guest, Daz Walsh and Jorge Strowger all scored for DCS Rapid as they won 6-2 at Micawbers Tavern and Dynamo were 2-0 winners at Mettingham. The only game played in 2B failed to produce a goal as Hethersett Athletic and Binham Village shared the points.
SNS FC moved a step closer to the 3A title as they ran out 7-3 (Ben Morgan 3, Greg Dimsey, Luke Johnstone, Martyn Bath, Chris Hoy) winners at Mad Moose Reserves, whilst Jordan Youngs scored twice and there were goals for Olly Dodds, Dom Dodds and Ryan Wiley as Hewett Old boys beat Reedham 5-0. Hellesdon remain top of 3B after scoring six (Kane Moore 2, Tony Burch 2, Billy Richardson, Liam Robinson) without reply at Sporting Iceni and remain two points clear of Norwich Ceyms who recorded a narrow 2-1 (Seb Lambert, Kane Wetteland) home win over Barracks FC. Ceyms though have two games in hand. Sprowston Athletic scored eleven times as they beat Bunwell AFC and East Tuddenham scored five as they overcame Gressenhall. North Elmham made the long trip to Harleston Town and will have been happy to have gained a point in a 1-1 draw.
In the Under 19 A Division, Newton Flotman held champions Attleborough Town to a 2-2 draw, with Stephen Blake and Lewis Dudley scoring for Flotman, whilst two Jack Payne goals and a Sean Dundass strike helped Scole United to a 3-1 win at Wymondham Town. In the B Division, Champions Marlborough hit nine (Bradley Spooner 4, Ross Pickersgill 2, Jack Lincoln, Spencer Medler, Alex Philpot) whilst winning at St Andrews and runners up Norman Wanderers Youth went down 2-1 at Easton. Blofield United and Hellesdon finished their league season with the home side winning 3-1. North Walsham know that two wins from their final four matches will see them take the C Division title after they beat Litcham 3-1. Sprowston Athletic came from behind to beat ten man Dereham Town 2-1.
In the final County Cup semi final to be completed, Trimingham Pilgrims ensured that we will have all six finalists in the three County Cup finals as they beat Windmill Res from Yarmouth 2-1. Windmill had taken a first half lead and it took a while for Trimingham to come to terms with the approach of their opponents and only two terrific stops from the keeper prevented from the Pilgrims from going further behind. But on the hour mark Trimingham were level when a free kick from thirty five yards out was smashed in over the keepers head and with eight minutes left, the home side grabbed the winner. Trimingham will now face fellow 2B side Phoenix in the FDC final.