Clubs do their best as weather takes its toll

Twelve League and four League Cup games survived another terrible bout of Sunday morning weather as clubs, players and officials suffered a frustrating weekend once again.

Twelve League and four League Cup games survived another terrible bout of Sunday morning weather as clubs, players and officials suffered a frustrating weekend once again.

Credit goes to the many clubs that either organised early inspections or tried everything they could to get their games played. Some teams were even changed and on the pitch before the games were called off and eight games actually started only to be abandoned by half time. The league thanks all clubs that did their best and let's hope for a change of fortune soon.

Of the games that were played, Norwich Busmen moved up to second spot in 1A after a 2-0 win at Rose Valley Utd, while in 1B Prince of Denmark had a good 4-1 win at Unicorns and Glen Thurston hit six, Wayne Cutting three, and Mathew Trollope two, as Haig FC thumped Hillside OB 11-3.

Two games survived in 2A. Vale Longo moved back into second place after a 4-2 (Crowley, Woods, L. Powley and G Powley) victory at The Castlegate and Reepham Town beat The Griffen 7-1 to go fourth.


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The only game in 2B saw a brilliant solo goal by Jordan Scotter level the score for the visitors in a rip-roaring local derby between Sprowston Rovers and Old Catton, which ended all square with a goal apiece.

I donned my woolly hat and scarf, grabbed my umbrella and went to see 3A leaders Stoke FC against Newsman Celtic. As I arrived during the first half, the pitch resembled something of a boating lake. Both sides and referee David Bloomfield deserve great credit in getting the game played. It was played in a good spirit with both teams taking a commonsense approach in the conditions.

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The home side took the lead just after half-time when Justin Cameron latched on to a mis-hit Ryan Hatch effort to fire home, but Celtic continued to play with determination and deserved their equaliser two minutes from time.

The Bystanders revival is back on track as they had a good 3-2 (Jermy, Laskey and Setchell) home win over DCS Rapid for whom Weavers and Kingsbury scored. Plenty of goals in the only 3B game where AFC Rompers came from 3-1 down to earn a point against Unicorns Res thanks to goals by Hayward, Pitkin and Hare.

In 4A, Darren Spall, Steve Smith and Jonathan Batchelor all scored twice as Dancing Farmers beat 10 man AFC Mousehold 7-0, and Earlham Colney came back from Coltishall with all three points after beating Sporting Longdale Res 4-1. Heartsease FC went back to the top of 4B after a 2-0 home win over Hingham.

In the Pink Un-sponsored Sunday League Cup, Marlborough won their first round game at Salhouse 7-2, (Welham 2, Soanes 2, Wines, Abrahams and McKail) whilst in the second round Acle Rangers beat Norfolk CCSC 5-1, Norman Wanderers beat Earlham Utd 3-1 and AFC Wanderers scored nine (Luke Tuttle 4, Aaron Kay 3, Craig Vincent and Tim Henry) without reply at Costessey Sports Sunday.

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