Miserable weather but it’s raining goals

It may be down to the fact the weather was miserable, or that people had found their shooting boots in the wet conditions, but there were goals galore throughout the league on a very wet Sunday morning.

Marlborough stay top of the Premier Division by a point after a 2-2 draw at Aylsham Sunday. Craig Bussens grabbed a hat trick on his debut for second placed AFC Wanderers as they won 5-2 at Fiveways. Luke Tuttle and Craig Vincent were also on target. A 3-1 win for Acle Rangers at Hellesdon Athletic sees them in third spot, whilst The Grove twice came from behind through Danny Blake and Ryan Stalker to get a point at Norwich Busmen who had led through goals by Andy Hanby and Billy Kirby. Dog House failed to reproduce last week’s cup form as they went down 5-2 at home to Bayer FC, a result that sees them rooted to the foot of the table.

In 1A, leaders Norman Wanderers scored six without reply at Vale Longo to stay three points clear of Sprowston Sunday, who were 6-3 (Kieran Patel 2, Darren Maxey, Will Abbs, Matty Eves, Chris Squires) winners at Hockering. Windmill Wanderers came from two down with twenty minutes left to beat Aslacton 3-2. Gary Walsh scored twice to make it eleven from three games, whilst Damon Kennedy scored the third. Castlegate are up to fifth as they won 5-1 at home to Eaton FC, and there was a first win of the season for Dussindale as they had a good 5-2 victory at DCS Rapid.

1B is looking very competitive indeed with the top four teams incredibly, all sitting with 16 points. Heartsease FC are top after goals by Sam Slater, Tom Whitmore and Tyler Curran gave them a 3-1 home win over Rose Tavern. St Faiths are second as they came from behind to win 3-2 (Grant Sleight 2, Jody Peacher) at Sprowston Wanderers and Earlham United’s 5-4 home win over Unicorns, included a hat trick for Thomas Blanch one of which was a first ever header. Marcus Gee and Damon Brown also scored in a game where referee Ricky Taylor received high praise from the home side. Acle Rangers dropped to fourth after a 3-2 home defeat against Prince of Denmark, whilst Moles Rest also won 3-2 at home to PL Rangers.

Riverside Rovers stay top of 2A after a comfortable 5-0 home win against Green Man. Rovers stay two points ahead of Mad Moose who had an important 2-0 win at Norman Wanderers Reserves thanks to goals by Bram Goodwin-Wright and Darren Hills. Goals by Durrant (2), Andrews, and two own goals saw New Buckenham come from 4-1 down to win 5-4 at Acle Wanderers whilst the points were shared at Stoke as Deopham earned a 2-2 draw. David Darkins scored twice for Deopham. Credit to The Cottage and The Stores who arrived at Thorpe School to find no nets or changing facilities available. They managed to track down some nets so that the game went ahead and The Cottage ran out 5-1 winners. Dancing Farmers moved away from the foot of the table after a 6-2 (Nick Aston 2, Daniel King 2, Tom McCarthy, Stefan Harris Wright) win against Constable Crusaders.

The big game in 2B between Poringland Wanderers and leaders Bell Inn was called off by the referee just before kick off as the pitch was waterlogged so this enabled Salhouse Rovers to close the gap on the top two as they won 3-0 at home to One Love Utd. Martin Clarke, William Callow and a Jamie Weavers penalty were the scorers for Salhouse who despite having a player sent off, praised referee Rob Emery highly. There was an exciting game at Sloughbottom Revolution where the home side led 3-1 at half time against Briston Wanderers. The second half saw the visitors storm back to lead 5-3, only for Revolution to score twice in the last five minutes to take a point.

The game between Brooke and Phoenix Felthorpe was abandoned at half-time as the ground was flooded. Sporting Longdale made the most of the opportunity to leapfrog Brooke as they won 2-1 (Josh Castlo-Hall 2) at River Garden and there was a good 4-2 victory for Norman Wanderers A at Temples Property. Lewis Hayes scored twice for the home side. Manor Park won by the odd goal of seven (Danny Tickle, Lee Smith, Lee Howes, Matt Cooper) at Temple Bar and a 2-1 win for Eaton Young Boys over Newsman Celtic saw them move up into mid table.

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Schoolhouse and Hainford Howitzers continue to battle it out at the top of 3B. Richard Brett (2), Chris Hall and Brendan Burke all scored for Schoolhouse as they beat Taverham United 4-1 and goals by Peter Taylor, Josh Rowe, Bradley Waterman and a 30-yard strike with the outside of his boot by Lee Cork, helped Howitzers to a narrow 4-3 win at Earlham Colney. Angel Gardens were 4-2 (Jordan Rocastle 3, Ben Furlong) winners at Windmill Elite and there was a hat trick and man of the match performance from Richard Barry as William Wanderers beat Salhouse Reserves 8-2. Daniel Childerhouse also hit three whilst there was a brace for Aaron Nixon. There were 11 goals scored in the Costessey Sports, Chapelfield Rovers game with the home side scoring six of them.

Costessey West End continue to beat all comers in 4A. This time they ran out 9-2 winners at bottom side The Stores Reserves. Dilham Cross Keys were 5-1 (Akers, Powley, Reynolds, Clarke, OG) winners over CNSOBU Sunday and there were plenty of goals in the division’s other game as Horsford Youth won 5-4 at Micawbers Tavern.

Freemasons and Hethersett Reserves continue to battle it out at the top of 4B. The leaders had an emphatic 10-1 win over Red Lion whilst Hethersett Reserves were 3-1 winners over Mettingham. Shipdham are a point behind the top two after beating Bunwell Sunday 7-2 and despite goals by Jamie Livie, Alex Godfrey and Shaun Marshall, bottom side Locksley Athletic went down 8-3 at home to AFC Oak.