Castle Acre Swifts crowned league champions for first time

Castle Acre Swifts are the league champions for the first time in the club’s history.

A 4-0 home win over Morley Village gave them the title with two matches to spare to round off a most impressive run from Division Four to Division One over the past five seasons since they joined the league. Second-placed Dereham Town A won 4-1 at Thetford Rovers Reserves and now need just three points from their remaining three matches to make certain of the runners up spot. Shipdham beat their local rivals Yaxham by the only goal of the match to move above them in the table and Bridgham United completed their fixtures with a 3-0 home win over Gressenhall.

In the only match in Division Two, Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves beat Cockers 6-1 to move back into second place in the table and to keep up the challenge to West End and Scarning United for divisional honours.

Litcham are back on top of Division Three after beating bottom team Narborough Reserves 5-3 in their penultimate match but they are only one point ahead of Stoke Ferry who maintained their unbeaten record with a 3-0 win at Wendling. Stoke Ferry now need just five points from their remaining six matches to make certain of the divisional title and ensure a League and Cup double following their success in the Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire Pease League Cup Final in midweek. In the other match, Watton United A won 3-1 at Colkirk.

Mulbarton Wanderers A are back on top of Division Four after beating Walsingham United by the odd goal of three. A win in their final match at Beetley United will be enough to give them the divisional championship. With Beetley United drawing 1-1 at home to Tacolneston Reserves, Beetley will certainly have an interest in that match against Mulbarton as they still need three points to make sure of the fifth promotion place.

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Scarning United are the toast of the league after becoming the first team to win the Norfolk Primary Cup since Dereham Posties won it six years ago.

Scarning enjoyed a golden start to the final against Riverside from King’s Lynn and were soon 2-0 ahead. A third goal halfway through the first half put them in the driving seat and, although Riverside pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, those three goals proved to be sufficient for Chris Sait and his excellent team from the mid Norfolk village. The final was played in a tremendous spirit, very well refereed by Paul Camp and a superb advert for primary level football in the county from which both clubs should take great credit.

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