DISAPPOINTMENT AS ROVERS FALL AT FIRST HURDLE
Riverside Rovers venture into the FA Sunday Cup this weekend, ended in disappointment as they went down 4-0 to a decent Priory Sports side from Essex. Having hired the FDC as a venue, a fair sized crowd turned out to watch the game and the first twenty minutes were pretty even, but once the visitors scored twice before half time and added a third on the hour, the writing was on the wall for Rovers and a last minute spot kick put the icing on the cake for the visitors who were deserved winners. Credit goes to Rovers secretary Justin Dunton and his band of helpers/sponsors for their efforts on the day and to the staff at the FDC who once again ensured all went smoothly.
With it being County Cup weekend, there was a limited League program. In 1A, second placed Vale Longo missed the chance to return to the top of the table as they were thumped 7-1 at Dilham Cross Keys. James Marsh hit a hat trick for the home side, who were six ahead at half time, whilst further goals came from David Bailey 2, Nicky Wood and Jake London. New Buckenham produced a good performance, as goals from Gareth Hobley and Nick Leavey helped them to record a 2-1 win at Bungay Town Res.
In 2A, there was a hat trick for Dan Smith and a goal for Michael Fleckney as Mettingham beat Norman wanderers Res by the odd goal of seven, whilst Silver Fox moved level on points with Phoenix FC at the top of 2B after Reece Buxton Ash Wilson and an OG were the scorers in a 3-1 home win over Binham Village.
The only game played in 3A saw GaGa FC defeat Freethorpe 4-1 with goals coming from Gordon Horine, Ali Zandi, James Wheeler and Kastriot Pepa, whilst the Freethorpe goal being a 25 yard strike from debutant Simon Peacock. In 3B, Barracks FC's good start to the season seems to have faltered as they lost for the second week running, this time 4-2 at home to Sprowston Athletic. Danny Bruce and Darren Critchlow both grabbed a double for Sprowston and Harleston Town U21's are now up into second spot after scoring six (Ollie Earl, Jordan King, Alex Chapman, Declan Povey, Antony Burlton, Will Coleman) of the nine goals in their game at East Tuddenham.
In the County Cups, I was at Eaton Park to see AFC Wanderers defeat last seasons beaten finalists El Sol 2-0. Edith Cavell had a good 1-0 win at Poringland Wanderers, Salhouse Rovers beat Norman Wanderers 3-2 after extra time and holders Schoolhouse had to work hard to beat Bohemians 4-3. Other Norwich sides to progress to the third round were Lakewood Utd, 6-2 winners over The Old White Bell, Horsford Utd, 2-1 against Sprowston Wanderers, DEF FC 5-1 at Dancing Farmers, The PoW, 5-2 at Nomads and Costessey West End, 3-1 at Sporting Longdale.
In the Intermediate Cup, there were wins for Constable Crusaders, Hickling Barn, Costessey Sports, Phoenix FC, The Middle Green, Trimingham Pilgrims, Mad Moose and DCS Rapid, whilst in the Junior Cup, Blofield Utd, Sporting Longdale Res, SNS FC, Litcham Youth, Norman Wanderers Youth, Hewett Old Boys, Newton Flotman, AFC Westlegate, Drayton Youth, Attleborough Town, North Elmham, North Walsham, Norwich Ceyms and MC Rovers all progressed to the third round.