Goals galore as the big guns fire
The Premier Division title race is beginning to hot up as the big guns began to flex their muscles this weekend, every result in the division being an away win.
Aaron Nixon (2), Paul Atkins, Craig Clarke, Lloyd Greening and Farin Deeba all scored as leaders The Grove won 6-1 at Silver Fox.
Acle Rangers stay four points behind with a game in hand after a 3-1 win at Poringland Wanderers, while Marlborough were four up by the break at AFC Wanderers, going on to win 5-1. Danny McKail (2), Brendan Burke, Jason Armes and Calvin Pond scored for Marlborough whilst Luke Tuttle replied.
Wymondham Rangers also had a goal spree winning 6-1 at Norwich Busmen, while Dog House scored six without reply at Norman Wanderers.
Division 1A leaders Reepham Town suffered their second defeat of the season as Shaun Kelly and Toby Mathews scored for visitors Hainford YCOB in a 2-1 win. North Walsham lost ground after suffering a 4-0 home defeat to Eaton FC, while Horsford SC had a 5-1 home win over Norman Wanderers Reserves.
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Bottom side Green Man lost 4-1 at home to Vale Longo. Jatinder Dhaliwal, Jason Drake, Paul Harvey and Kev Brown all scored as Longo recorded their first win in seven games. There was also a valuable 2-1 victory for 10-man Windmill Wanderers at fellow strugglers Fiveways.
Division 1B leaders Aylsham Sunday lost 3-2 at Unicorns allowing St Faiths to close the gap at the top to three points as they won 5-1 (Dave Waters 2, Darren Tubby, Will Abbs and Matt James). Earlham United had a welcome 7-2 win at Norfolk CC SC, whilst Prince of Denmark and Hillside OB shared six goals.
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The Castlegate avenged last week’s defeat to Stoke by beating them 4-3, Justin Cameron (2), and Matt Seager scoring for Stoke. The Otter kept up the pressure, winning 2-0 against The Griffin and there was a 5-0 victory for Dussindale Rovers over River Garden. Upton completed a quickfire double over Deopham as they won 5-1 and DCS Rapid won 3-1 (Nick Weavers, Neal Gardner and Pat Cass) at Norman Wanderers A.
Acle Wanderers showed what they are capable of when all players are available as goals by Thomas Cheongvee (2), Chris Sinderby, Tom White and Shane Abel lifted them off the bottom as they beat The Stores 5-0.
Oliver Benisons’ early goal was enough to inch Rose Tavern closer to a top two finish in Division 2B, as they won 1-0 at Ribs Rovers. There was a really good game at Bayer FC where the home side came from a goal down to beat PL Rangers 3-1 and Spixworth are now in third spot as they won 4-1 at Sporting Farmhouse for whom Mathew Plumstead grabbed the consolation goal.
Acle Rangers Reserves had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Taverham United and Wymondham Reserves drew 3-3 at home to near neighbours Hethersett Athletic.
Despite six first team players missing, Division 3A leaders Sprowston Royal Oak were able to get a 2-0 (Jake Newstead 2) victory at Temple Bar. Hockering stay second after a 4-1 (Morris Elliot 2, Ben Gee and Shaun Hanner) win at The Reindeer. Third place Sporting Longdale won 2-0 at Heartsease Casuals and Wellington Pink Uns beat Casey’s Cosmos by the same score. There was also a 2-0 victory for Mad Moose at Dancing Farmers. Maid Marian will finish at least third in Division 3B after a 3-1 (Clive Riches 2, Danny Walker) win over Freethorpe. AFC Oak won 5-2 at Earlham United Reserves. In Division 4A, Riverside Rovers beat Casey’s Cosmos Reserves 7-2 and stay top on goal difference from New Buckenham who won 8-2 at Hockering Reserves. Division 4B leaders Briston Wanderers won 6-0 win at bottom side Windmill Elite as second-placed One Love United thrashed 10-man Dereham United 14-1.