LATE COOK STRIKE DENIES ACLE
With this weekend being designated as one for the County Cups, it was a reduced league programme that took place on a cold, blustery Sunday morning.
Before their home game with Acle Rangers, Poringland Wanderers were presented with the first Macron Sports sponsored Sporting Award for Sept/Oct by League President Ray Kiddell. The game itself provided good entertainment, with the home side taking the lead after five minutes when Tim Carey struck from the edge of the box. The visitors were level ten minutes later when Adam 'Young un' Faulkes was left with a simple header from a long throw, and the same player did the same again on the half hour mark when he was left with a free header from a corner to make it 2-1. The windy conditions were playing their part and after the break, Poringland started brightly and Elliot Udell was unfortunate to see his effort hooked off the line, whilst at the other end Julian Bussell brought a great save out of Tommy Taylor. The visitors spurned a couple of good opportunities and were made to pay with ten minutes left as Ryan Cook forced the ball home following a goalmouth scramble. Matt Elwin then brought the best out of Shaun Roberts with a curling effort as the remaining minutes were fought out in frantic fashion. Acle will be kicking themselves for not taking their chances as they dropped their first points of the season and the home side will be boosted by a decent performance in a game very well handled by James Hawkins. At Eaton Park, two goals for Michael Callum and a Tommy Want strike enabled Farmhouse to come from behind to beat Bell Inn 3-2. Dale Simpson and Dom Frost were the men on target for the visitors.
In 1A, the recent good run of Brooke FC has seen them move up into second spot. They completed a quick fire double over Vale Longo, beating them by the same score as last week, 3-2. Dancing Farmers are now third as Dan King and Aiden Boast both nabbed a brace in a 4-2 win at Anglian Rovers and Jordan Tipple 3, Dan Tindall, Oliver Bell, Antoni Fawkes and Dan Duffield all found the net as Dilham Cross Keys scored seven without reply at home to New Buckenham. In 1B, Sprowston Wanderers moved up to second spot with Danny Knight 2, Jeff Turner, Martyn Thomas and Matthew Hartle all scoring in a 5-1 win over Acle Rangers Res.
With Mad Moose in County Cup action, Mischief FC took the chance to go two points clear at the top of 2A, with a 4-0 win at Dynamo, with Theo Chamberlain, Luca Elia, Tommy Miller and Lee Askew all scoring. Brooke FC Res made it a good day for the club as they won by the odd goal of seven at Norman Wanderers Res. In 2B, a single Craig Cooke goal was enough to give Binham Village all three points against Cellar House, whilst four Jonathan Brown goals plus strikes from Chris Scase and James Clarke sealed a 6-2 win for Briston Wanderers at home to Hethersett Athletic.
In 3A there were hat tricks for Dawid Kawa and Wojtek Kawa and a double for Lee Tricker as Winfarthing moved up to second spot after scoring eight without reply against Mad Moose Res and Gaga FC continued their good run of form as they won 5-2 at Westfield FC. In 3B, the ever prolific Hellesdon FC scored seven (Tony Burch 2, Kane Moore 2, Billy Richardson, Connor Charlesworth, Elliot Roe) as they overcame East Tuddenham, whilst Barracks FC got back to winning ways with a 4-0 (Joe Howes, Ricky Marshall, Daniel Shevlin, Curtis Pope) home win over Gressenhall. Ben Wright 3, Matt Pummell 2, Justin Bradfield and Jack Flynn all scored for Hethersett Ath Res as they returned from Bunwell AFC with a seven goal win
In the Under 19's, a single Kieran Smith goal was enough for Long Stratton to take three points against Watton United in the A division whilst in the one game played in Division C, Sprowston Athletic came away from Dereham Town with a 4-1 win.
In the County Cup competitions, holders Schoolhouse, Riverside Rovers, The PoW, DEF FC, Costessey West End and Lakewood United all made it through to the last eight, whilst in the Intermediate Cup, Phoenix FC, Trimingham Pilgrims, Newsman Celtic, Mad Mad Moose and Hickling Barn made it through.
In the Junior Cup, there were victories for SNS FC, Hewett OB, Norman Wanderers U19's, Blofield United Youth, North Walsham, Drayton Youth and MC Rovers.
The draw for the Quarter finals of all three competitions can be heard live this Friday on BBC Radio Norfolk at 6.30pm