Grove title hopes take another dent
A sunny Sunday morning, perfect for football, saw Premier Division leaders The Grove slip to their fourth straight league defeat as they lost to a single goal at home to Acle Rangers.
AFC Wanderers moved to within a point of the leaders with three games in hand after a hat trick from Farin Deeba and a goal apiece for Ty Bussens and Luke Tuttle, helped them to a 5-1 win over Aylsham Sunday. Marlborough kept their treble hopes alive with a 2-0 win at home to Norwich Busmen, whilst Unicorns gained another valuable point after a 2-2 draw with Hellesdon Sunday. The game between Dog House and Reepham Town was goalless.
At the top of 1A leaders Dussindale Rovers entertained second placed Fiveways. An even first half saw Ryan Gray break the deadlock from close range for the visitors but Graeme Bird levelled five minutes after the restart. The home side bossed the game for a period and it was no surprise when Martin Addison put them in front from a corner, but to Fiveways credit, they worked themselves back into the game and grabbed the equaliser seven minutes from time when Gray added his second. This was a very good contest between two good sides and well refereed by Richard Gostling.
A dominate Vale Longo display brought goals from Steve Churchill (2), Jutty Womack (2), Jason Drake, Gerry Archer and Kevin Brown as they beat Horsford SC 7-1, a result that still keeps them in touch with the top two. Norman Wanderers moved up to fourth with a 3-1 win over Eaton FC and Windmill Wanderers scored eight without reply at The Otter. Aslacton did their hopes of survival a power of good as they beat Castlegates 2-0.
Sprowston Rovers moved to within touching distance of the 1B title after a 2-0 at Rose Tavern. Victory in their final game will see them crowned champions. Bayer leapfrogged Norfolk CCSC into second spot after beating them 3-0 and Spixworth Sunday came back from Haig FC with a point after a 1-1 draw.
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In 2A, second placed DCS Rapid scored seven of the eleven goals at Deopham, whilst Sprowston Sunday had a 3-1 home win over The Stores. The Griffen completed a quick double over Acle Wanderers, beating them 3-1.
It’s rapidly becoming crunch time at the top of 2B. With leaders Moles Rest inactive Acle Rangers Reserves moved to within a point of them after beating Maid Marian 4-1. It has been a remarkable run by Acle who were last defeated on October 23. PL Rangers will see it as two points dropped after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Ribs Rovers. Matthew Goddard scored for Rangers. Heartsease are fourth after a 6-1 win over Sporting Farmhouse and Hingham completed their season with a 4-2 defeat at Poringland for whom David Gilfillan (2), Neil Dunthorne and Simon Curtis were on target.
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In 3A, Riverside Rovers thumped 13 past The Reindeer to stay three points ahead of New Buckenham with three games in hand. The South Norfolk side were 1-0 winners at home to Norman Wanderers A, whilst Hellesdon Reserves stay in touch at the top after a 5-1 win at Constable Crusaders. Sporting Longdale came back from 2-0 down to beat Newsman Celtic 3-2. Their goals came from Tony Gowing, Joel Baldwin and Jack Veness.
3B champions One Love scored four times through Ronaldo Balde, Armando Alves, Lamarana Jallow and Bilal Fares as they won at Aylsham Reserves and second placed Briston Wanderers all but clinched the runners up spot as they scored eight without reply at home to Freethorpe. DEF FC won by the odd goal odd seven against The Gordon, and there were eight goals and a point each in the game between Sloughbottom Revolution and AFC Oak.
Congratulations to Bungay Town. The Suffolk side collected the Division 4A title in their first season after they won 2-0 at Phoenix Felthorpe. Praise goes to secretary Mick Simpson and his boys who have proved to be a well organised club and a definite asset to the league. Brooke are in pole position to take the runners up spot after a 3-0 win at Earlham Colney, but Manor Park are pushing them hard. They continued their recent good run, climbing to third place after a 5-1 win at Eaton Young Boys. Temples Property suffered a single goal defeat at home to William Rovers, whilst neither side found the net as Whiterose United faced Hockering Reserves.
The top two in 4B again ran out convincing winners in their games. William Wanderers were 8-2 (Aaron Nixon 2, Matty Nixon 2, Robert Blowers, Liam Brown, Jason Kemp and a 30 yard screamer from manager Martin Wright) winners over Spixworth Reserves and maintain a six point lead over Schoolhouse, who scored five without reply at home to Dilham Cross Keys. Schoolhouse though, have three games in hand on the leaders. Windmill Elite continue to have a good season. Jonathon Wilson (2), Sam Hennigan, Martin Stone and Matthew Brighton all scored as their 5-0 win over Salhouse Res moved them up to third spot. Chapelfield Rovers were 7-2 winners over Wendene Wanderers and Hethersett Reserves completed their season with a 1-1 draw at Costessey Sports Reserves.
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