Busmen reach end of line with title success

Ben Casey EVENING NEWS SUNDAY LEAGUE: With the season's end fast approaching in the Evening News Norwich Sunday League, two more titles were decided at the weekend. A 3-0 (Allen 2, Swatman) home win over Hellesdon Athletic coupled with a 5-0 defeat for nearest rivals North Walsham at Hainford YCOB, saw Norwich Busmen take the 1A title.

Ben Casey

With the season's end fast approaching in the Evening News Norwich Sunday League, two more titles were decided at the weekend.

A 3-0 (Allen 2, Swatman) home win over Hellesdon Athletic coupled with a 5-0 defeat for nearest rivals North Walsham at Hainford YCOB, saw Norwich Busmen take the 1A title.

Upton became champions of 3A after beating Temple Bar 4-2 (Glen 3, England). Congratulations to both clubs.


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The big game in the premier division saw Quebec Rovers gain a narrow 1-0 win at second-placed and Senior Cup winners AFC Wanderers. Joe Nathan scored the only goal of the game to make Quebec hot favourites to take the title. Wymondham Rangers moved up to third place after a 3-1 win at Norman Wanderers, whilst goals by Mallet, Clarke and Amis helped The Grove to a 3-2 victory at Silver Fox.

A dress rehearsal for next week's league cup semi-final saw Acle Rangers beat Poringland Wanderers 3-0.

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In 1B, Costessey Sports gained an important 2-0 win at home to Aylsham, whilst Childerhouse (2), Bee (2), West (2), Allen and Brown were on target as Earlham United kept in touch with the leaders after an 8-1 victory at Mattishall YCOB.

Sprowston Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Haig FC, and Drayton beat Prince of Denmark 4-1.

After receiving the league's latest Sporting Award from fixture secretary Bernie Hardiman, Hillside OB went down 4-1 against Norfolk CCSC.

Division 2A leaders Reepham Town completed their fixtures with a 3-1 home win over Spixworth United and must now wait to see if Aslacton can overtake them.

After beating Plasterers Arms 6-1 (Jones 3, Miller 2, Rout) the South Norfolk side are six points behind Reepham with three games left. The divisions other game saw The Castlegate gain a good 3-2 win at Norman Wanderers A.

Any hopes Acle Rangers Reserves had of grabbing the runners up spot in 2B were dashed as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at bottom side Poringland Wanderers Reserves.

Horsford SC finished their season on a high, beating Spixworth Sunday 6-1 and Sprowston Rovers shared the spoils with Ribs of Beef in a 1-1 draw. With the Upton game already mentioned, the only other game in 3A saw Sporting Longdale's last game of the season end in a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Newsman Celtic.

In 3B, the race is on to finish runners-up. Mischief Tavern finished their season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Dynamo Denmark. They finish the season on 43 points whilst third-placed Taverham United, who beat Moles Rest 8-0 have 40 points and two games left.

Sporting Farmhouse had an excellent 3-2 victory at divisional winners Bayer FC and have 39 points with three games left. Should make for an interesting finale. Wymondham Rangers Reserves thumped AFC Rompers 7-1 and Wilco Fast Fit completed their fixtures with a 2-1 home win over Aylsham Reserves.

Wellington Pink Un's finished a successful first season with a narrow 1-0 win at The Brickmakers, whilst Sprowston Royal Oak warmed up for next week's Norfolk Sunday Junior Cup Final with a 4-0 victory over Earlham Colney. Silver Fox beat Sporting Longdale Reserves 5-0.

Division 4A champions had a 2-0 victory at bottom club Wendene Wanderers and Constitution dented AFC Oak's chances of finishing second by beating them 4-2.

Salhouse Reserves roared back from 3-1 down to get a great 5-3 win at Earlham United Reserves, whilst Hingham and Spixworth Sunday Reserves drew 2-2.

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