Although this weekend sees a limited League programme, the League asks all clubs to observe a minutes silence before kick off as a show of respect
DILHAM STUN LEADERS
The first real damp and cold morning of the season provided a few surprises. Premier leaders Acle travelled to Horsford and came away with only a draw. DE FC couldn’t take advantage of Acle’s slip up going down to Dilham 3-1. Dilham once again proving they’re a match for anyone on their home pitch. Riverside moved up to second and to within 3 points of the leaders (with a game in hand)
with a 4-1 away win at Poringland. After 2 successive leaguedefeats, Schoolhouse got back to winning ways scoring 7 of the 9 goals against Farmhouse.
With Norman Wanderers not in action Middle Green had the chance to move to the top of 1A and they took full advantage of it beating Bungay Reserves 10-2. Longdale Rovers continue their good form coming away from Mischief with a 3-2 win. Brooke took the journey to Vale Longo and found themselves 1-0 down at half time (Dru Brown). The seconfhalf proved to be one way traffic with Brooke constantly putting Vale on the back foot and taking a 2-1 lead, only for Vale to equalise through Jatinder Dhaliwal with their only chance of the second half. Brooke finally deservedly took all three points with a winner with 10 minutes to go. WarwickStreet won their 3rd game in 4 with a 7-0 win at Constable Crusaders. Newsman and Windmill played out a 1-1 draw to move both teams up a place.
In 1B Acle Reserves picked up just their second win of the season against bottom of the table Cellar House 8-1. Sprowston Wanderers continue to lead the way beating Phoenix 2-0. The pick of the games was second placed Aslacton playing third placed Silver Fox. A close game saw Aslacton take the points with a 2-1 win, Jutty Womack and Billy Lake scoring. There were 15 goals in the game between Salhouse and Binham with Salhouse scoring 13 of them.
Hewett Old Boys continue to set the pace in 2A winning 12-1 at Warwick Street Reserves. Norman Wanderers Reserves moved up to second with a 9-3 victory against fifth places Winfathing. DCS Rapid picked up just their second win of the season against bottom of the table Dymano and Brooke Reserves Micawbers shared 8 goals I a 4-4 draw.
2B leaders CEYMS suffered their first defeat of the season going down 6-3 against North Walsham, a result that moves them up to fourth. Barracks thumped 14 with no reply again bottom placed FC Viking. Hellesdon took advantages of CEYMS’ slip up to move within 3 points of the leaders beating third placed East Tuddenham 6-1. The final game in 2B saw luckless Bunwell travel to Sporting Iceni and it was the home team that took the spoils, winning 2-0.
It was a bad day for the home teams in 3A with only Woolpack winning and scoring. A 9-1 win for the leaders against Hempnall kept them above the chasing pack. That pack consists of Norman Wanderers A who won 17-0 at Woodton and Drayton Dazzlers who won 6-0 at bottom of the league Eaton Park Corinthians. Marlborough took the 3 points against Longdale Rovers Reserves with a 3-0 away win and Nelson came up blank losing 6-0 at home to AFC Norwich.
In the under 19’s A section Long Stratton are now top with Watton not playing, winning 4-1. Scole will be disappointed with only taking a point against lowly Swanton Morley, drawing 2-2. Attleborough are in touching distance of the leaders after their 11-0 win against Reepham. The final game saw the bottom 2 play with Hethersett moving off the bottom thanks to a 3-0 win against Heigham Park.
Cringleford have taken over at the top of the under 19’s B section sharing 6 goals with Aylsham in a 3-3 draw. St Andrews picked up a good 3-1 against Hellesdon. The bottom 2 played each other and it was Rocklands who scored 8 of the 9 goals against Happisburgh. Acle Rangers also picked up 3 points with a 5-2 win against Easton.
TREBLE FOR GOODWIN-WRIGHT AS PRESSURE KEPT ON RANGERS
With the clocks going back, signalling that we are now deep into the season, there were many good results, with the odd surprise thrown in for good measure this weekend.
In the Premier Division, leaders Acle Rangers stayed clear at the top after scoring six without reply at home to Poringland Wanderers. DE FC, in second spot, kept up the pressure on the leaders with Fionn Goodwin -Wright grabbing a treble and Dan Reynolds also hitting the target in a 4-0 win at Bungay Town. Riverside Rovers were 4-2 (Jason Armes 3 Jordan Rocastle) winners at home to Schoolhouse, whilst Horsford United moved up into mid table after a 4-1 win at Dilham Cross Keys.
Norman Wanderers ensured they stayed top of 1A as they thumped Bungay Town Res 9-0, but they still have The Middle Green hot on their heels after they gained a narrow 3-2 win over Newsman Celtic. Longdale Rovers were 8-1 winners over Constable Crusaders, whilst Lewis Clarry, Stephen Crowe, Dan King, Sam Page and Clark Robertson all scored as Brooke FC recorded a 5-1 home win over Mischief FC. Vale Longo were 3-1 (Carl Branson, Fraser Reeves, Jason Drake) winners at Windmill Wanderers and there was a second win of the season for Warwick St United as they beat New Buckenham 6-3 with the goals shared between Troy Lowthorpe 2, Mike Adcock 2, Chris Sandle and Rusian Stefanov. Sprowston Wanderers are back on top of 1B. As they were putting seven goals past Acle Rangers Res, morning leaders Aslacton were going down to a 3-2 home defeat against Salhouse Rovers for whom Ryan Gardener, Haydn Cunningham and Ryan Frankland all scored. Silver Fox stayed in touch with a 5-1 (Luke Gould 2, Dale Rayner, Jamie Wright, Matt Cartledge) win at Cellar House and Jonny Brown hit a hat trick to add to goals by Damien Williams 2, Chris Scase and Jack Newstead as Briston Wanderers scored seven in their "Derby" win at Binham Village. Phoenix FC got back to winning ways with a good 6-1 (Jamie Smith 3, Spencer Alden, Scott Starling, Loius Watts) result at Hethersett Athletic.
Hewett OB's continue to set the pace in 2A. Ryan Wiley, Callum Wiley, Jordan Crane, Callum Speck and Jeff Ayigsi all finding the net as they beat DCS Rapid 5-1. SNS FC are second with Gary Warford scoring all four as they won by the odd goal in seven at Winfarthing, whilst MC Rovers continued their good recent run, moving up to third after putting a dozen past Warwick St United Res. Norman Wanderers Res lost ground on the leaders after going down 4-3 at Mettingham despite being three goals up at one stage. A Dan Smith hat trick and a goal for Iain Crawford were the Mettingham scorers. Norwich Ceyms still have a 100% record after a 6-1 victory at home to East Tuddenham. Hellesdon remain in second place after scoring five (Ryan Fisher 2, Andrew Cunningham 2, Lewis Wardale) without reply at home to Hethersett Ath Res. Somebody had to benefit from the FC Viking v Sporting Iceni game as the mornings bottom two met with both yet to get off the mark points wise. The honours though went to the visitors as Iceni ran out 6-1 winners. I travelled to Tacolneston to see a Bunwell AFC side, who this week have not had their troubles to seek. After having their facilities destroyed in a well publicised arson attack, the club has received numerous offers of help from clubs in the grassroots fraternity which is great to see, and thanks to the help of Tacolneston FC, Bunwell's game with North Walsham was able to go ahead. Somebody though, forgot to tell a very good North Walsham side about the troubles of the home team because as soon as Aaron Hyland had given them a seventh minute lead, they went onto hit seven before the break. Hyland went on to complete a hat trick as did Ryan Beeson and there were goals for Adam Johnson, Luke Everson and the outstanding Dan Crosby as the visitors eventually won 9-2. Luke Stone and Ryan Wheeler scored for the home side, but the fact that the game was played at all after the problems this week meant that the grassroots game was the real winner. The League would like to thank all of those clubs and people, including Norfolk County FA and the league kit sponsor Macron Sports, who have offered help and support to Bunwell AFC this week.
The perfect start to the season for 3A leaders Woolpack FC has ended as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Drayton Dazzlers. Connor Charlesworth, Mark Cornfield and Ross Pantry were on target for Drayton, and Norman Wanderers A scored seven (Luke Southgate 3, Alain Elsley-Medina, Steven Carver, Zakaria Anwar, Reece May) as they beat Longdale Rovers Res and forth placed Marlborough had a big win over luckless Eaton Park Corinthians. Mad Moose Ath won by the odd goal of five at AFC Norwich and Hempnall hit five when beating Nelsons Athletic.
Watton United remain top of the Under 19 A division after beating Heigham Park Rangers 7-0. United remain a point clear of Scole United who won 5-1 at Dereham Town, whilst Long Stratton moved up to third after hitting a dozen at Swanton Morley. Champions Attleborough Town suffered their second defeat of the season after going down 3-2 at Grasshoppers.
Despite conceding six goals at home, Old Catton remain top of the B Division on goal difference from the Cringleford side that beat them. Aylsham made it four from four as they won 3-0 at Easton and Hellesdon are fourth after beating Happisburgh Hammers 8-0 with goals coming from Preston Tew 2, Kailum D'Eath 2, Ali Michaels, Habibur Bashir, Harry Reed and Matthew Storey. Acle Rangers also recorded a victory, 5-2 at Rockland United.
As club secretaries will have seen this week, Rule 10d in the handbook seems to become to difficult to adhere to for some clubs. It states that home clubs must, at least four days before the fixture, confirm the venue and kit colours with their opponents AND the match officials. We have had a few cases recently of referees not arriving at games recently as they cannot find the ground or have gone to a clubs old ground. If this happens to you and you have not confirmed with the match official, not only can you be charged, but the match official will be entitled to his full fee. Please make sure this improves to make life easier for all.