AFC hold on to deny Grove comeback

In the Premier Division AFC Wanderers went into a first half lead against The Grove through a Ben Abrahams goal and in a keenly fought game Ty Bussens increased the lead in the second half.

However, with ten minutes remaining Lee Allard pulled a goal back for the visitors to ensure a tense finish but Wanderers saw the game out to stay top. Norwich Busmen are second after a 4-0 win at Aylsham Sunday, whilst Marlborough were 2-1 winners at home to Acle Rangers. A single Wayne Nelson goal after 20 minutes was enough to give Bayer FC their first win in the Premier Division and Sprowston Rovers also recorded their first victory, 2-1 at home to Doghouse.

In 1A, Windmill Wanderers continued their impressive start to the season as they won 2-1 at Horsford United. Evergreen Ian Cooper scored for the home side. Sprowston Sunday claimed to have scored all four goals in their game at Norman Wanderers, but only one, by Josh Halliday counted for them. Both sides praised referee Brian Jefferies as Aslacton and DCS Rapid produced a goalless draw and Eaton FC will be happy with their 4-0 win at Dussindale Rovers. North Walsham gained their first points of the season with a 7-2 thumping of Hockering, whilst Vale Longo and Castlegate took a point apiece in a 1-1 draw, Jason Drake scoring for Longo, Allan Willrich for Castlegate.

Earlham United have made a good start to the season. Their 4-1 (Ashley Davies, Damon Brown, Marcus McInerney, Chris Moore) win over Sprowston Wanderers sees them top the 1B table on goal difference from Acle Rangers Reserves who were 2-0 winners at home to Spixworth. Heartsease are third after a 1-1 draw at PL Rangers. Tom Whitmore scored for Heartsease whilst Robbie Rout replied for the home side. Unicorns scored four (Ross Brannigan 2, Sean Lambert, Louis Brown) without reply at home to Rose Tavern and Prince of Denmark’s tough start to the season continued as they went down 5-2 at home to Moles Rest.

Riverside Rovers are carrying on as they have done in the last two years by making a flying start to the season. Their 5-2 win at home to Acle Wanderers keeps them just ahead of Norman Wanderers Reserves who beat Dancing Farmers 4-2. Ross Brooks scored twice for Farmers. Ben Burgess put Mad Moose ahead in the first half of their game with New Buckenham, but a cool finish by James Beales and a late winner, gave the visitors the points in a very good game. There was a comfortable win for Constable Crusaders at The Stores. A powerful header from Thomas Friskey gave them the lead and Adam Depledge then doubled the advantage from the penalty spot. Sam Whitham made it 3-0 before half-time, tapping into an empty net, and Nathan Strugnell scored a fourth in the final minutes. The Cottage were 3-0 (Osa Odeh 2, Edward Reeve) winners at Deopham, and well done to Stoke FC who got off the mark with a 3-1 (Tyrone Parrish, Justin Cameron, Hugo Da Silva) win at Green Man.


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Two goals from Simon Freemantle and others from Joe Pattison and Adam Brown ensured that after a 4-2 win over Briston Wanderers, Bell Inn stay top of 2B. One Love United moved up to second after a 7-5 (Nash Makuve 3, Assinario Vaz, Bonito Gil, Kevin Akpos and Mamadu Jalo) win at Hillside OB who had Michael Adcock (3), and Liam Barnes (2), on target, whilst despite leading twice through Chris Reynolds and Ryan Drake, Poringland Wanderers were held to a 2-2 draw at Unicorns Reserves whose scorers were Scott Starling and Matt Jacobs. After scoring a dozen last week, DEF FC were brought back down to earth as they lost 4-2 at home to Sloughbottom Revolution, for whom Duane Green (2), Michael Bates and Zach Howe scored. Although Jamie Weavers grabbed a hat trick, his side Salhouse Rovers went down 5-3 at Ribs Rovers.

A 4-3 win at home to Manor Park sees Sporting Longdale at the top of 3A. Newsman Celtic paid the price for taking only one of a hatful of chances as Bungay Town came from behind to beat them 3-1. Temples Property came from two down at Norman Wanderers A to share the points, whilst a single goal by Alessio Pagliano was enough for Temple Bar to win at Eaton Young Boys. River Garden got their season up and running with a 4-0 (Julian Denton 3, Mark Linden -Ball) win at Phoenix Felthorpe.

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William Wanderers lost only their second game since entering the league as they crashed 5-0 at Angel Gardens. Goals by Jordan Rocastle (2), Ben Bell, Will Revell and an own goal helped the Gardens to top spot in 3B. Hainford Howitzers scored six without reply at home to Taverham Utd and Costessey Sports won by the odd goal of seven at Windmill Elite. Dominic Doggett (2), Daniel Burrett (2), and Stephen White all scored as Hethersett Athletic grabbed an excellent 5-0 home win over Chapelfield Rovers.

Sporting Longdale Reserves made it a good day for the club as they won 4-2 at CNSOBU Utd. The win means that for the first time ever both of their teams top their respective divisions at the same time. Thanks also go to Steve Emmet who stepped in to take the whistle after the no show of the referee. Costessey West End were 7-1 winners at home to The Stores Reserves and Jamie Duffield, Nicky Wood and Michael Powley were all on target as Dilham Cross Keys beat Micawbers Tavern 3-1. In a high scoring game, Bungay scored eight of the twelve goals against Horsford Youth and Brooke Reserves were 5-1 winners at home to Hockering Reserves.

Jordan Crane grabbed a hat trick as Freemasons 6-2 win at Spixworth Reserves put them on top of Division 4B. Lloyd Westhorpe, Lewis Warnes and Craig Mckail grabbed the others, whilst Red Lion had a good 6-1 win over Bunwell Sunday. Hethersett Reserves completed a good day for the club as they ran out 6-1 winners at AFC Oak and Locksley Athletics first game in the league ended in a 6-2 home defeat against Shipdham Rangers for whom Cevan Edwards, Joshua Price, Joe Rooney, Jack Newstead, Curtis Money and Mark Brock (thirty yard screamer he reports) all scored.

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