AFC Wanderers go clear at top of Premier Division

On a bright sunny morning, it was good to hear reports that the requested one minutes silence before today’s games for Remembrance Day was well observed.

In football matters, AFC Wanderers went clear at the top of the Premier Division as a Danny Pennall hat-trick and further goals from Duane Smith and Dan Barrowclough helped them to a 5-0 home win over Aylsham Sunday. Sprowston Rovers moved up to third spot with a 4-0 win at Bayer FC and The Groves season continues to improve as they beat Fiveways 4-2 with goals coming from Arran James (2), Sam Mallett and Lloyd Greening. Dog House moved off of the bottom of the table after beating Hellesdon Athletic 6-1.

In 1A, Norman Wanderers kept distance between themselves and their nearest challengers as two Sam Gauntlett goals enabled them to beat North Walsham 2-0. Gary Walsh grabbed his third hat-trick in four games as second placed Windmill Wanderers beat Hockering. Nathan Joy (2), Gavin Bland, Jordan Scotter, and Jordan Palmer completed the scoring in an 8-0 victory and Sprowston Sunday stay level on points with Windmill as they beat Castlegate 3-0 (Josh Halliday 2 and Greg Dimsey). Shaun Moss (2), Ed Lake and Tristan Docherty all scored as Aslacton beat Horsford United 4-1 and DCS Rapid returned to winning ways with a narrow 4-3 (Adam Kobylecki 3, Nick Weavers) win at Eaton FC. There was a 2-1 victory for Vale Longo at Dussindale Rovers.

St Faiths are the new leaders of 1B as they won their top of the table clash against Heartsease FC 3-0. Louie Brown scored the only goal of the game as Unicorns beat Acle Rangers Reserves and Rose Tavern overcame Sprowston Wanderers 2-1. New striker Daryl Puttock scored twice and further goals came from Connor Simpson, Matthew Plumstead, Rhys Logan and Tom Douglas as PL Rangers beat Prince of Denmark 6-3.

The top two in 2A, Riverside Rovers and Mad Moose, met and what a game it was. Moose took an early lead through two well taken Richard Powell goals, before Roy Bevis pulled one back direct from a free kick. Ben Burgess and Darren Hills add two more for the home side before the interval and soon after the break, Bevis reduced the arrears from the spot. Darren Hills then restored the three goal cushion with a good free kick, but then Riverside produced the kind of spirit which has seen them lose only one game since joining the league as they stormed back. A flowing move ended with a superb finish by Scott Sutherland-Grey and then Charlton Halliday burst into the box to lob the keeper. Another Bevis penalty levelled the scores four minutes from time before the same player gleefully rammed the ball home from close range in the last minute to complete a remarkable comeback. Mad Moose looked gutted at the end but they played a full part in a superb morning’s entertainment helped by a very good performance from referee Buster Skeet.

Third placed Norman Wanderers Reserves won 7-1 at The Stores and despite coming from three down to level, New Buckenham lost 4-3 at home to Dancing Farmers. A Nick Aston hat-trick and one for Will Robinson were the Farmers marksmen. Stoke thumped ten (Shaun Wright 3, Tyrone Parrish 3, Justin Cameron 2, Bobby Cott and OG) without reply against Acle Wanderers, whilst The Cottage had a 3-1 win at Constable Crusaders. Deopham moved away from the foot of the table after beating Green Man 5-3.

In 2B Bell Inn’s 5-2 (Josh Farrow 2, Adam Brown 2, Dale Simpson) home win over DEF FC enabled them to go four points clear at the top as despite goals by Jonny Causton, Elliot Udell and Scott Casey, second placed Poringland Wanderers suffered their first league defeat of the season, 4-3 at Briston Wanderers. A serious injury delayed the Sloughbottom Revolution, One Love United game for a while, but when the game restarted, goals by Mamadu Jalo, Claudio Langlios and Alex Cassama helped One Love to a 3-2 win. The league’s best wishes go to the injured player. Ribs Rovers were 7-1 winners at Hillside OB, whilst Clive Riches scored twice and Nick Parker added a third as SDC United won 3-2 at Unicorns Reserves.

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Sporting Longdale missed the chance to close the gap at the top of 3A as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Eaton Young Boys for whom Brad Farrow scored and Neil Swatman grabbed the equaliser from the spot. Newsman Celtic drew 1-1 with Norman Wanderers “A” and Manor Park were 4-1 winners over River Garden.

Angel Gardens are the new leaders of 3B after a 4-1 Jordan Rocastle 2, Ben Furlong 2) win at Salhouse Rovers Reserves. Previous leaders Schoolhouse were held to a 3-3 draw at Chapelfield Rovers and there were goals galore at William Wanderers as they beat visitors Costessey Sports 9-4. William goals came from Olly Nelmes, Danny Nixon (2), Aaron Nixon (2) and another four from Daniel Childerhouse to take him to 22 for the season.

Luke Dickerson and Shaun Wright were the marksmen as 4A leaders Costessey West End had a 2-0 home win over Brooke Reserves and the game between second and third in the table produced nine goals, five of them going to Horsford Youth against Dilham Cross Keys. Sporting Longdale Reserves ran out 6-0 winners against The Stores Reserves, goals scored by player manager James Read (2), Stewart Halton, Jimmy Shaw, Brad Warr and Liam Kirby and CNSOBU Sunday were 5-2 winners over Bungay Reserves.

In 4B, Freemasons stay a point clear at the top after a 5-1 victory at Mettingham whilst second placed Shipdham Rangers won by the same score at Bunwell Sunday. Brett Hadley scored a hat-trick as AFC Oak won 4-2 at Spixworth Reserves and finally, congratulations to Locksley Athletic who gained their first ever league points as they won 4-3 at Red Lion. Jon Barnett hit three and Shaun Marshall also scored as they led 4-0 at one stage but good saves from goalkeeper Mark Towler as the home side hit back, ensured a hard fought victory at the end.