Dog House delight as they reach Senior Cup final
Dog House will contest the final of the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup final at Carrow Road after beating fellow league side Norman Wanderers 3-1.
On a heavy pitch Dog House were quickly out of the traps and took a fourth minute lead when Scott Woodgate scored from close range. Normans were finding it hard to get into the game and had keeper Stuart Palmer to thank for preventing a second goal for the home side soon after. Craig Terrington’s Bale like free kick was rocketing toward the top corner, before Palmer produced a magnificent save to push the ball over. Their relief though was short lived as Paul Timms made it two with a shot from the edge of the area. After the break, Normans were much brighter and deservedly pulled a goal back through Tom Amis. For a while, Normans battered the home goal without success, but with ten minutes to go, John Curtis produced a crisp volley from a Terrington free kick to put the home side through. Dog House will play Yarmouth side Windmill on May 15, but Normans, who still have a league and cup double in their sights, will rue their slow start to the first half.
There was mixed fortunes for our two league sides in the Intermediate Cup semi finals. Despite going ahead from a Scott Sutherland-Gray goal Riverside Rovers went down 2-1 at home to Lynn side Chilvers. It was disappointing for Rovers as this was their fourth semi final defeat at County level. On a brighter note though, there was a great 3-1 victory for Bell Inn as they reached the final after beating Kings Lynn side Lynn Napier 3-1. Goals by Josh Farrow, Jack Tarrant and Dale Simpson put the Norwich side through after a tough battle. This will be their second county cup final following their appearance in the Junior Cup Final in 2011.
In league action, there was a big shock in the Premier Division as morning leaders AFC Wanderers were beaten 4-2 at Bayer FC. Ross McGregor, Wayne Nelson, Chris Nelson and Joe Woodcock scored for the home side who having knocked AFC out of the Senior Cup, seem to have become a bit of a bogey side for AFC. Matt Elwin and Luke Tuttle were the Wanderers scorers. A single goal victory over Norwich Busmen enabled Acle Rangers to climb to the top of the division, whilst Marlborough move up to second after a 7-0 (Aaron James 3, Jason Armes, Jordan King, Lee Mason, Alex Saunders) win over Aylsham Sunday. Hellesdon Athletic stay rooted to the bottom after going down 4-2 at Sprowston Rovers.
Windmill Wanderers moved four points clear at the top of 1A as they beat Castlegate 3-0 (Gary Walsh 2, Nathan Joy) whilst Vale Longo came from behind to beat Eaton FC 3-1. Kev Brown, Jatinder Dhaliwal and Daryl Chapman’s first goal for the club in 58 appearances the Longo scorers. There was a 2-0 (Tim Folkard, James Smith) win for Aslacton over Dussindale Rovers and Horsford United pulled further away from the foot of the table after beating North Walsham 7-1.
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Prince of Denmark are the new leaders of 1B after a 4-0 (Ben Lewis 2, Chris Holmes, OG) home win over Sprowston Wanderers. Morning leaders St Faiths were beaten 2-1 at second placed PL Rangers. Robbie Rout and Joe Keeley scored for Rangers who have the same points and goal difference as Prince of Denmark. Alex Ashmore (2), Tyler Curran and Jamie Daynes were on target for Heartsease FC as they won 5-4 at Earlham United and Unicorns were 2-0 (Louis Brown, Sean Lambert) winners at home to Moles Rest.
In 2A, Mad Moose moved further ahead at the top after a 3-1 (Tom Swabey 2, Chris Goodwin) win over second placed Norman Wanderers Reserves. New Buckenham scored 10 without reply against Acle Wanderers and despite two goals by Aiden Boast, Dancing Farmers went down 3-2 at The Cottage. Green Man scored seven as they won at Constable Crusaders, but there were no goals in the Deopham v Stoke game.
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In 2B, Poringland Wanderers closed the gap on leaders Bell Inn after a 3-0 (Lee Edwards 2, Andrew Skipper) victory over One Love United. Briston Wanderers scored 10 as they beat Sloughbottom Revolution and Jamie Weavers scored twice for Salhouse Rovers and Kel Haywood a third as they won a close game at Unicorns Reserves 3-2, Scott Starling had put the home side two goals ahead. SDC United secured a vital win as they beat fourth placed Ribs Rovers 3-1 and DEF FC moved up the table after a 4-2 win at Hillside OB.
Brooke FC closed the gap at the top of 3A to a point with a 4-1 win at Phoenix Felthorpe, but the game at Bungay where the home side played Temples Property, had to be abandoned due to injury. Brad Farrow helped himself to a hat trick as Eaton Young Boys ran out 5-2 winners at Newsman Celtic.
In 3B, leaders William Wanderers came from behind to win 3-1 Liam Brown, Daniel Childerhouse, Ollie Johnson) at Salhouse Reserves. They stay a point ahead of Angel Gardens who were 3-0 (Jordan Rocastle 2, OG) winners against Windmill Elite. Schoolhouse won 5-1 at Taverham United and Chapelfield Rovers scored six of the nine goals in their game with Costessey Sports.
Runaway 4A leaders Costessey West End got back to winning ways as they scored five without reply against Hockering Reserves and are 12 points ahead of Dilham Cross Keys who were 4-0 (Jonathan Lamb, Daniel Duffield, Paul Grothier) victors over Stores Reserves. Third-placed Micawbers Tavern beat Brooke Reserves 5-1, but Horsford Youth lost a high scoring game, 9-4 at home to CNSOBU Sunday. Sporting Longdale Reserves also suffered defeat, 2-1 at home to Bungay Reserves.
The only game played in 4B saw Spixworth Reserves record a 4-2 victory over Mettingham FC.
• Just as a reminder to clubs, the league’s transfer window closes on February 28th. No transfer of players from one club to another will be permitted after that date.