CHAMPIONS OFF THE MARK AS THEY HIT A DOZEN
For various reasons, only two games took place in the Premier Division this weekend. One of the involved the reigning champions Riverside Rovers who recovered from last weeks opening day defeat at Acle Rangers by thumping Lakewood United 12-2, Jordan Rocastle 6, Jamie Riley, Aaron Kay, Luke Tuttle 2 and Ben Welham 2 all scoring. Schoolhouse, last season's runners up, had to come from two down to take a point at home to Poringland Wanderers. Matt Cook and an own goal had put the visitors in front, before strikes by Chris Hall and Brendan Burke levelled the scores.
In 1A, Longdale Rovers followed up last weeks dramatic late win with Ryan Roberts, Bradley Warr and James Barton all amongst the goals as they hit five without reply at home to Windmill Wanderers. Norman Wanderers are also on maximum points after two games as they secured a single goal victory at Brooke. The Middle Green have points on the board after a 4-1 win over Warwick St Utd as do Constable Crusaders who scored three times when beating Newsman Celtic. New Buckenham's first game of the season saw them beat Bungay Town Res by the odd goal of seven, whilst I took in the game between newly promoted Mischief FC and Vale Longo. The first half was a pretty tame affair with both sides evenly matched. That was until ten minutes before half time when David Coyle put the home side in front and two minutes later Longo were reduced to ten men. The second half became end to end stuff. Fraser Reeves drew the visitors level after his speculative effort deceived the home keeper, but the scores were not equal for long as Lee Askew restored Mischief's lead with a clinical near post finish. But the ten men refused to lie down, and after Theo Chamberlain produced an astonishing miss for the home side, and as always happens, the other side go up field and score. This time it was Glen Spooner who did the honours with a twenty five yard hit to make the score 2-2. Chamberlain though was to have the final say, as with ten minutes left he cut in from the left to score from a tight angle, which from my vantage point, may have taken a slight deflection, but he wouldn't have cared. There was still more drama to come as with the very last action of the game, the Mischief keeper made a great point blank save to make sure the home side collected the points. Bit harsh on Longo, but after a slow start, a very good encounter. Aslacton lead the way in 1B as they scored nine (Dean Mortimer 3, Jutty Womack 2, Ed Lake 2, Ben Woodruff, Liam Doonan) without reply at home to Cellar House. Sprowston Wanderers made it two from two after putting five past visitors Binham Village and Trimingham Pilgrims made a good start to their season with a 3-0 (George Crane, Liam Amos, Anthony Fawkes) win at old rivals Silver Fox. Phoenix FC bounced back from last weeks opening day defeat to win 3-0 (Jamie Smith 2, Matt Jillings) at Acle Rangers Res, whilst Briston Wanderers were 5-3 Jonny Brown 2, Chris Scase 3) winners at Salhouse Rovers. James Smith hit a treble for the home side..
SNS FC made it sixteen goals from the opening two games as they beat Warwick St Utd Res 9-0 with Scott Allen 4, Beau Archer 2, Edvinus Radvillas and Ben Morgan all scoring, whilst Hewett OB still have maximum points with Callum Speck hitting a hat trick and Lee Roper also netting in a 4-1win at Winfarthing. A single Scott Thompson goal was enough for Norman Wand Res to beat DCS Rapid and Micawbers also made it two from two by beating MC Rovers 2-1. Mettingham were also big winners as Craig Boulger hit five Andy Cheshire three and there was a goal for Dan Smith in a 9-2 home win over Dynamo. In 2B, Blofield United continued their good start to the season with a 6-1 (Harvey Harwood 2,Josh Morley, Nat D'Rosario, Brad Lake, Alex Clemment) victory over Bunwell AFC and Hethersett Ath Res also have maximum points after a narrow 3-2 (Adam Waters 2, Andy Smith) win at home to East Tuddenham. Norwich CEYMS scored eight of the twelve goals scored in their game at Sprowston Athletic, whilst Hellesdon got off the mark scoring ten at home to Viking FC. Barracks had their first game of the season and were 2-0 victors at home to Sporting Iceni.
With the majority of teams in 3A being newly formed clubs, it will be difficult to judge the strength of some for a few games, but two teams that already stand out are Mad Moose Athletic and Woolpack. Having scored nine last week Mad Moose scored fourteen times when beating Woodton United, with both Max Marsham and Michael Cullum scored four apiece, whilst Woolpack FC scored four more than that as they beat Eaton Park Corinthians. Highlight of that game was the seven goals for sixteen year old Ricky Bevis. Norman Wanderers A have made a good start, winning 3-1 (Alain Elseley-Medina, Zakaria Anwar, Luke Southgate) at AFC Norwich as have Drayton Dazzlers who had Ben Frost 2and Owen Spooner on target as they beat Cotman United 3-2. Marlborough gained their first points, winning 3-1 (Nathan Caston 2 Jacob Taylor) at Hempnall and Longdale Rovers Res put last weeks heavy defeat behind them to win 3-2 at Nelsons Athletic for whom Ash Patchell scored twice.
The Under 19's got under way this weekend and in the A Division, it looks like Attleborough Town are determined to keep their title. Their opening game saw them put eight past Long Stratton. Scole United also scored nine (Kieran Manning 4, Harry Browne 3, Jack Payne, Isaac Watkinson) as they won at Hethersett Athletic and Dereham Town kept a clean sheet as they scored six at Grasshoppers. Watton United ran out 5-2 (Lewis Hart 2, James Lindsell 2, Tom Rayner) winners at Reepham Town whilst the game between Heigham Park Rangers and Swanton Morley finished all square at 1-1.
The B Division saw Acle Rangers start the season with a 7-1 (Aaron Cooper 3, Jack Baldwin 2, Sam Forder, Matt Scoular) win over Happisburgh Hammers and Old Catton were 4-1 winners at Easton FC. Hellesdon also had a 4-1 victory in their game at Cringleford.
Just a note for clubs. At the League AGM in June, it was pointed out to attending clubs that there were far too many non fulfilment of fixtures the previous season and that some clubs just called off at the drop of a hat, which is very frustrating for those who put a lot of time and effort in to bringing you football, and not least to your opponents. To that end, we stated that it is quite likely that although we will still give help wherever and whenever we can, we will go down the route of other leagues, i.e. points deductions and or heavy fines. This is not something we do lightly but it has been forced upon us. As always, each case will be taken on its merits, but we would much rather have to take no action at all