Dan’s the man as Grove snatch back the top spot
After their shock defeat at the hands of rock-bottom Norman Wanderers last week, The Grove returned to the top of the Evening News Copy IT Norwich Sunday League Premier Division by coming from behind to beat Poringland Wanderers 3-1.
Jonny Causton put the home side ahead midway through the first period but Aaron Nixon soon levelled.
Farin Deeba put Steve Greening’s visitors in front when he scored from close range with 20 minutes to go, then both sides had chances to score again before Danny Blake headed home to make the game safe.
Marlborough, with games in hand, are now fourth after beating Costessey Sports 4-0, whilst Dog House had a 3-0 home win over Norman Wanderers. Norwich Busmen enjoyed a 5-1 victory over nine-man Quebec, whilst two Craig Ritchie goals were enough for AFC Wanderers to win 2-1 at Silver Fox.
The top two in 1A both had narrow away victories. Leaders Reepham won 2-1 at Green Man, whilst Hellesdon won at Windmill Wanderers by the odd goal in seven. Despite a Steve van Raalte goal third-placed Hainford YCOB went down 2-1 at Eaton FC for whom Chris Sandle grabbed a double.
Aslacton made the long trip to North Walsham only to suffer a 3-0 defeat and Gerry Archer scored his first goal of the season as Vale Longo shared the points in a 1-1 draw with Norman Wanderers Reserves. Horsford SC had a welcome 4-1 in at Fiveways.
The big game in 1B saw leaders Aylsham Sunday gain revenge on St Faiths by winning the return game 4-0. There was a shock for Sprowston Rovers as they went down 6-3 (Adam Howes 3, Daniel Jervis 2 and Adam Varvel) at home to Hillside OB, whilst Haig FC moved up to second spot after a 8-2 (Wayne Cutting 2, Glen Thurston 2, Matthew Reynolds 2, Mick Reynolds and Matthew Trollope) win at Sprowston Wanderers.
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Under a new manager, Norfolk CCSC won 4-1 (Jon Spear 2, Adam Bamford and Ben Morgan) at Earlham United and Prince of Denmark drew 1-1 with Unicorns.
The battle of the top two in 2A saw The Castlegate win 2-1 at Deopham to move six points clear at the top. The Otter won 2-1 at Dussingdale Rovers to go third, but Upton were beaten 4-1 (Shaun Dunthorne, Ollie Ford and Charlie Aulert) at home by an ever improving Norman Wanderers A.
DCS Rapid won 3-1 (Brett Kingsbury, John Orr and own goal) at Acle Wanderers whilst Stoke FC scored six (Matt Seager 3, Justin Cameron, Bobby Cott and Nicky Piggin) of 10 goals at The Stores.
Division 2B leaders Rose Tavern finally got their got their first victory of 2011, but it was a close call. After taking a three-goal lead through Rhys Meredith, Michael Robinson and an own goal visitors Acle Rangers Reserves fought back, and only a penalty save from Tavern keeper James Bradford deep into injury time prevented Acle from grabbing a point.
PL Rangers produced their best football performance of the season but still went down 1-0 at home to Spixworth. Bayer beat Poringland Reserves 4-1 and Ribs Rovers beat Sporting Farmhouse by the same score. Dan Palgrave scored for Farmhouse. The Gordon went down 4-0 at Wymondham Reserves and Taverham beat Hethersett Athletic 4-1.
Sporting Longdale are the new leaders of 3A after a 4-2 win (Nick Clark 2, Lloyd Nobbs and Josh Castlo-Hall) saw them complete a league double over previous leaders Wellington Pink Uns, who now slump to fourth spot.
Sprowston Royal Oak are now second after a 5-0 (James Lawrence 2, Darren Maxey 2 and John Revell) win at Mad Moose, whilst Hockering are third after beating Newsman Celtic 7-1. Chris Chamberlain 2, Damien Ashford and an own goal were the scorers as The Reindeer beat Temple Bar 4-2 and Casey’s Cosmos and Hellesdon Reserves shared four goals to take a point each.
Battle of the basement clubs saw Dancing Farmers grab a 2-0 (Chris Moore, Steve Bramble) victory against Heartsease Casuals. Darren Critchlow (4), Jody Blaseby (3), Scott Whitmore (2), Kyle Appleton (2), Daniel Bruce, Sam Slater, Matthew Hartle and Alex Ashmore all scored as 3B leaders Heartsease FC hammered bottom side Aylsham Reserves 15-0. Moles Rest scored eight without reply at Hingham and goals by Jon Olds (2), John Wright (2) and Matt Cartman helped Maid Marian to a 5-0 win over AFC Oak. Freethorpe had a narrow 3-2 victory at home to Unicorns Reserves. Division 4A leaders New Buckenham were held to a 2-2 draw at Casey’s Cosmos Res and are now only three points clear of Riverside Rovers, who with three games in hand, won 5-1 against Constable Crusaders.
Hockering Reserves lost 4-3 at Sporting Longdale Reserves for whom James Brown, Jamie Linturn, Matt Atherton and Alex Cook scored and Temples Property won 2-1 at Earlham Colney. Eaton Young Boys had an important 2-1 victory against Silver Fox Reserves. Division 4B leaders Briston Wanderers hit form by thumping Drayton 7-1 and are now six points clear of One Love United who beat Hethersett Reserves 3-0, (Ronaldo Balde (2), Bonito Gil) and still have four games in hand. Neil Woolner scored for Salhouse Rovers as they drew 1-1 at Eaton Beehive and Bell Inn won 3-1 at Windmill Elite. Dereham United had a good 4-1 win at home to Chapelfield Rovers and Wendene Wanderers picked up another point in a 2-2 draw at Spixworth Reserves.