Fiveways, Acle Rangers and Sprowston Sunday have that champion feeling
Many issues were settled throughout the league on a Sunday morning full of drama as the season nears its close. In the Premier Division, reigning champions Marlborough kept their nerve as they closed on leaders AFC Wanderers by beating Dog House 3-1. Marlborough still have three games left in which they cannot afford to drop a point if they are to retain the title.
At Sloughbottom, Fiveways and Dussindale Rovers both had games where their season would be decided. In front of a large crowd, a strangely subdued Fiveways struggled to break down a Castlegate side that was giving them a run for their money. The home side took the lead early in the second half when a hopeful free kick by Olly Southgate was fumbled into his own net by Fiveways keeper Danny Moore. Fiveways though began to warm to the task and scored a deserved equaliser when Danny Howes fired into the roof of the net from the edge of the area to snatch a point. At this stage the point was enough to take Fiveways to the top of the division on goal difference from Vale Longo, a win for Dussindale however on the next pitch, in a game running five minutes behind could see them take the title. To the relief of Fiveways and the watching players and spectators from Vale Longo, visitors North Walsham had turned in a good performance to win 2-0. Well done to Fiveways on their title win and Vale Longo, who now go into the play off final against Bayer FC. You have to feel for a Dussindale side who have led the table at times this season only to miss out on the last day. In the division’s other game, Ed Lake (2) and Kevin Oakley were on target as Aslacton finished their season with a 3-2 victory over Eaton FC.
In 1B, champions Sprowston Rovers were beaten 2-0 at Norfolk CCSC. Goals from Ben Morgan and a first for the club for Ryan Higgins after three years of trying, were the men on target for the Council side. Spixworth Sunday had a 2-0 victory over Sprowston Wanderers.
In 2A, teams turned up to play at Rackheath Rec only to find that the pitches had not been marked out by the local council. Whilst one of the two games was called off by the referee, great credit goes to Sprowston Sunday, Deopham and especially referee David Jordan, who displayed a great deal of common sense and patience, whilst waiting for Sprowston to obtain a pitch marker allowing the game to then go ahead. Sprowston Sunday duly gained their reward as James Lawrence (4), Matthew Eves (3) and Josh Halliday all scored in a win that sees them take the title on goal difference from Hockering. Also in the division, Norman Wanderers Reserves were 3-0 victors over Stoke.
Acle Rangers Reserves are Division 2B champions. Their 5-0 home win over Ribs Rovers gave them the point they required to secure the title.
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In 3A, a single goal victory for Mad Moose moved them up to third spot on completion of their season. They must now wait for Hellesdon Reserves to play their final game to see if that’s where they will stay. In the other game played in that division, Sporting Longdale were 5-1 winners over Constable Crusaders.
Neil Woolner (3), Kel Haywood (2), Jonny Callow and Chris Crampton all scored for Salhouse Rovers as they beat Unicorns Reserves in 3B. Sloughbottom Revolution won by the odd goal of five at Freethorpe and The Gordon scored five without reply against AFC Oak. Taverham United leapfrogged DEF FC in the table after beating them 5-1.
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Despite a hat trick for Paul Clarke and a 6-2 victory over Phoenix Felthorpe, Manor Park finished the season in third spot on goal difference from runners up Brooke, but it has been a good first season for the club. Champions Bungay Town were 5-1 winners at Hockering Reserves.
In 4B, Schoolhouse had to come from behind to beat Chapelfield Rovers 4-2, and now just need a point in their final game to take the title.