SEVENTH HEAVEN AS DE OPEN GAP
With some previously postponed County Cup games taking place today, it was a slightly reduced league programme that took place this weekend.
DE FC took the opportunity to move three points clear at the top of the Premier Division producing a good performance as they won 7-3 at Schoolhouse. 3-2 down after half an hour, DE responded to lead at half time before going on to win. Fionn Goodwin-Wright 3, Xavier Huckle 2, Nick Hollyoak and Mo Bah were the men on target. In the other game played in the division, Horsford United moved into fourth spot after a 2-1 home win over Farmhouse.
There was a shock for 1A leaders The Middle Green as they succumbed to a 4-2 home defeat to Windmill Wanderers. Wanderer's goals came from Tony Palmer 2, Arran James and a stunning free kick from Major Thornton in a victory that the Middle green secretary described as fully deserved. That result allowed Longdale Rovers to draw level on points at the top of the table. In a game I watched at Eaton Park, Rovers took an early lead against Newsmen Celtic and looked comfortable throughout the game as they went on to win 6-1, the goals coming at regular intervals from Josh Castillo-Hall 3, Lloyd Nobbs 2 and Bradley Warr. Credit goes to the Newsmen though as they gave it their all throughout the game. Norman Wanderers stayed in contention after scoring six without reply at Constable Crusaders and Brooke's great run continued as they scored eight when winning at Bungay Town Res. A single Fraser Reeves goal was enough for Vale Longo to take the points at home to Warwick St United and there was a point apiece for Mischief and New Buckenham as they drew 1-1. The top two in 1B continue to set the pace as both again recorded victories. Sprowston Wanderers came back from Briston Wanderers with five goals and three points under their belts, whilst Jutty Womack and Ben Woodruff found the target for Aslacton in their narrow 2-1 win at Phoenix FC. Silver Fox scored six (Luke Gould 2, Julian Denton, Ian Bowker, Jamie Wright, Dale Rayner) as the beat Binham Village and Trimingham Pilgrims scored seven when beating bottom side Cellar House. Salhouse Rovers recent good run came to a shuddering halt as they went down 4-0 at near neighbours Acle Rangers Res.
With 2A leaders Hewett OB's inactive; Norman Wanderers Res took advantage of the chance to move level on points as two goals for Simon Cullabine and strikes from Sam Turner and Dan Stammers helped them to a 4-2 victory over MC Rovers. Micawbers are now third after winning 5-1 at Warwick St Utd Res, whilst Mettingham enjoyed a 2-1 (Bartek Anisko, Michael Flackney) win at DCS Rapid. Brooke Res and Winfarthing took a point each after a 1-1 draw. Norwich CEYMS are six points clear at the top of 2B after beating Bunwell AFC 4-0. East Tuddenham continue to have a good season. They remained in third spot after winning by the odd goal of seven at home to Blofield United, whilst North Walsham continue to look dangerous as they recorded a 4-1 (Arron Hyland 2, Liam Clarke, Luke Everson) home win over Sprowston Athletic. Things look to be coming together now for Harleston Town under 21's as they put a dozen passed FC Viking.
In 3A, Woolpack's 5-2 win over Mad Moose Ath saw them return to the top of the table as morning leaders Norman Wanderers A went down 3-1 at home to Marlborough. Ross Pickersgill 2, and Tyler Sistern were the scorers for Marlborough in a game described as a very good advert for Sunday football. AFC Norwich recorded their third victory of the season as they scored seven when winning at Eaton Park Corinthians.
Scole United are the new leaders of the Under 19 A Division. As they were beating Reepham Town 9-2 with goals from Harry Browne 4, Kieran Manning 3, Luke Gould and Adam Lucas, morning leaders Long Stratton were going down to a surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Hethersett Athletic. Josh Denny, Alex Curran and Matty Watts all scored for Hethersett. Third placed Watton United also suffered defeat as they were beaten 4-2 by Grasshoppers.
Yet another table topping side suffered defeat, as in the B Division Cringleford went down 2-1 at Acle Rangers. This allowed Old Catton to return to the top as they beat Rockland United 3-0 and Aylsham moved up to second after a 5-1 (Owen Collier 2, Phil Read, Will Abbs, Toby Oliver) win at Happisburgh Hammers. St Andrews and Easton shared six goals with the home side's coming from Gutin Datacompol, Esube Macembela and Billy Wright.
In the County Cups, Riverside Rovers earned themselves a home quarter final tie against Yarmouth side Windmill after winning 6-0 at West Lynn FC. In the Junior Cup, Drayton Dazzlers progressed at the expense of Hempnall, winning 2-0, whilst there was a great result for Attleborough Town U19's as they beat 3A side Cotman United 3-2.