Anxious wait for Acle Rangers
Milton Lindsay Acle Rangers could suffer the agony of being relegated from the Evening News Norwich Sunday League top flight for the first time ever without kicking a ball this weekend.
Acle Rangers could suffer the agony of being relegated from the Evening News Norwich Sunday League top flight for the first time ever without kicking a ball this weekend.
Rangers don't have a game this Sunday but will be anxiously waiting to hear the results of matches involving Rosary Rams and Mattishall YCOB, also involved in the three-way tussle to avoid the one remaining relegation slot in the Premier Division.
This Sunday Mattishall entertain high-flyers the Grove while Rosary Rams travel to already relegated Prince of Denmark.
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A draw for Rams and a win for Mattishall would relegate Rangers, regardless of what happens in their final game against Quebec Rovers at Sloughbottom Park on April 27.
Rangers, managed by Richard Westgate and fielding ex-Norwich City striker Adrian Coote in the team, kept hopes of beating the drop alive with a 2-1 win over Quebec at the weekend.
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“We have been crippled by injuries this season,” said Rangers chairman Colin Tovell.
“We haven't performed as well as we should have done though and I accept the table doesn't lie at this stage of the season.
“It will be frustrating if we do get relegated without kicking a ball this weekend but if we do go down we will probably come back stronger because we have got some promising youngsters coming through.”
The season certainly won't be forgotten by the team's three Foreman brothers who all suffered broken bones during the course of the campaign as central defender James (foot), left back Daniel (arm) and goalkeeper Scott (ankle) all had lengthy injury absences.
If Rangers do get relegated it will also have an unfortunate knock-on effect for the club's reserves.
They finished clear of the Division 1b danger zone but they would be forced to drop down a level by the league rules which prohibit one club from having two teams at the same level.
Meanwhile AFC Wanderers won their Division 1a title decider against Eaton Beehive 4-1 to clinch the first leg of what they hope could be a double.
They play Prince of Denmark in the Pink Un League Cup final next month.
Eaton Beehive will play Wymondham Rangers, runners-up to Salhouse Rovers in Division 1b, in the play-off for a place in the Premier Division scheduled for May 4 at a venue to be confirmed.
Norfolk Intermediate Cup winners Costessey Sports will be hoping to wrap up the Division 2b title by beating Mundesley outfit the Haig this Sunday.
Norman Wanderers A clinched the Division 4a title with a thrilling 4-3 win at Reepham. The club's first team hope to
finish second in the Premier Division.