Lloyd helps bank points

A superbly-taken second half goal from Lloyd Greening was enough to see The Grove go back to the top of the Premier Division.

Marlborough drop to second spot after being held to a one all draw at Acle Rangers while there were plenty of goals at Wymondham where Dog House hit nine of the 13 scored. Reepham continued their decent start in senior football, scoring six without reply against Unicorns, while Norwich Busmen drew 1-1 at home to Aylsham Sunday.

In 1A, Vale Longo continued their good start to the season. Pete Crowley scored his fourth in four games, Jason Drake, Rob Holl scoring on his 50th club appearance, and a 25-yard free kick from Kev Brown sealed the points as they beat Aslacton 4-2. A 1-0 at Horsford SC kept Dussindale Rovers level on points at the top with Vale,.

League President Ray Kiddell and I attended the 1B match between Bayer and Spixworth to present the home side with their Sporting Award from May last season. I’m pleased to say we were then treated to a superb game of football from two sides that would not look out of place in the Premier Division. Devin Blundell put the visitors ahead when he capitalised on some hesitation in the Bayer defence, but with Dave Mathews and the outstanding Wayne Nelson causing the Spixworth defence problems, it was no surprise to see an equaliser, which came from an excellent solo effort by Joe Woodcock. Both keepers made superb saves before Nelson put Bayer ahead on the stroke of half time. The game continued to be end to end throughout the second period and just as it looked as if the home side would take the points, Blundell popped up to score his second and grab a point. Well refereed by Phil Edwards, the game and the teams were a credit to the league. Sprowston Rovers top the division after beating St Faiths 3-0 and Rose Tavern beat Earlham Utd by the same score thanks to good goals from Will Abbs and Oliver Bennison, 2. Prince of Denmark came back from Haig with a point after a 2-2 draw.

Despite the glorious sunshine it just rained goals in 2B. Leading the way were PL Rangers, who scored 18 times against a luckless Hillside OB. Ribs Rovers were next, scoring 10 as they beat Hingham followed by Moles Rest who beat Acle Rangers Res 9-2. League leaders Heartsease also scored nine as they won 9-4 at Poringland Res and there was a fairly low scoring game as Maid Marian won 4-1 at Sporting Farmhouse thanks to goals by Danny Walker, Clive Riches, Paul Suggitt and a tap in for Ikky Toyama.

New Buckenham continue to top 3A after a narrow 2-1 win at Mad Moose and are joined on 12 points by Riverside Rovers who won by the odd goal in five at Caseys Cosmos.

Newsman Celtic got back to winning ways as they won 4-2 (Adam Hole 2, Robbie Powell and Tommy Brown) at The Reindeer. Martyn Carver scored four times and Anthony Hunt added another as River Garden beat Normans A 5-2. One Love Utd top 3B after a good 5-2 victory over Salhouse Rovers. Goals from Iffy Gray 2, Ebus Ono 2 and Kevin Gil saw them move three points clear of their opponents whose goals came from the prolific Neil Woolner. Third placed Sloughbottom Revolution were held to a 4-4 (Scott Sawyer 2, Sany Ahbay and Zach Howe) draw at The Gordon, whilst there was a good 3-2 victory for Taverham Utd at Briston Wanderers. DEF FC drew 1-1 with a resurgent Aylsham Res, whilst AFC Oak grabbed their first win of the season, beating Bell Inn 2-1. Unicorns Res also recorded a victory when they beat Freethorpe 3-2.

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