Nixon hits hat-trick as the Grove set the Premier title pace

A hat-trick from Aaron Nixon and a goal by Craig Clarke gave Evening News Copy IT Norwich Sunday League leaders the Grove a good 4-0 victory at Norwich Busmen.

That win keeps them a point ahead of Acle Rangers who won 5-1 at bottom side Costessey Sports. Silver Fox had a 3-1 home win over Poringland Wanderers.

Reepham Town edged nearer to the Division 1A title after a 4-0 home win over Aslacton. There was an amazing game at Eaton Park where Fiveways beat Rackheath Green Man 8-5; whilst Eaton FC had a good 3-1 (Chris Sandle 2, Jerry Finch) victory at Horsford SC. Windmill Wanderers also had a welcome victory, 2-0 over Vale Longo. Aylsham Sunday are now four points clear at the top of 1B thanks to a 2-1 home win over Sprowston Wanderers, whilst Unicorns beat third placed Haig FC by the odd goal in seven. Norfolk CCSC had a 4-1 (Ben Morgan 3, Alex Williamson) win at Hillside OB and Catton took a point in a 2-2 draw with Prince of Denmark.

The Castlegate took a step nearer promotion from Division 2A after beating Dussindale Rovers 3-0, but The Otter stay in contention after beating Acle Wanderers 2-1. Neil Stannard and Oliver Ramsbotham both grabbed hat-tricks as Deopham thumped River Garden 8-0. Paul Macisaac and Phil Mercer scored the other two. Upton won 4-3 at The Griffen and DCS Rapid beat improving Stores by the same score. A single goal by Matt Seager was enough for Stoke to win at Norman Wanderers A, who were full of praise for Stoke goalkeeper Michael Eccles.

PL Rangers failed to take full advantage of the chance to close the gap at the top of Division 2B as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ribs Rovers. Spixworth hit six without reply against Hethersett Athletic and Acle Rangers Reserves scored five as they beat The Gordon. James Boyle (2) and Robbie Rout scored for Sporting Farmhouse as they beat Taverham United and Poringland Reserves continued a season of Jekyll and Hyde performances as they lost 2-1 at home to Wymondham Reserves, a result that leaves them rock bottom. The top two in 3A continue winning. Leaders Sporting Longdale (Lewis Brady, Jamie Platten, and Tibor Hegyesi) beat Casey’s Cosmos 3-1, whilst Sprowston Royal Oak had a hat-trick from Darren Maxey and a goal from Jamie Lawrence to thank for their 4-0 win over The Reindeer. Wellington Pink Uns won 2-0 at Temple Bar, whilst Hockering were held to a 1-1 draw by Mad Moose. Newsman Celtic had a 6-1 (Robbie Powell 2, Sam Greenfield 2, Danny Whitworth, Dave Powles) win over Dancing Farmers and Heartsease Casuals moved off the bottom of the division after a 2-1 (Tommy Blanch, Matt Thompson) win over Hellesdon Reserves. Already promoted Heartsease FC are just one win away from the Division 3B title after a 3-1 (Daniel Bruce 2, James White) win at Earlham United Reserves and despite missing four key players Maid Marian had a good 3-1 (Clive Riches 2, Gav Seymour) win at Freethorpe. Mark Radcliffe and Karl Hayward scored for AFC Oak as they beat Unicorns Reserves 2-1.

The top three in Division 4A were inactive so Hockering Reserves were able to edge closer to them after winning 3-2 at Eaton Young Boys. Earlham Colney scored five times in beating Silver Fox Reserves and there was a 3-3 draw in the game between Casey’s Cosmos Reserves and Sporting Longdale. Constable Crusaders and Temples Property also ended with three goals apiece. Division 4B leaders Briston Wanderers had a 4-1 win at Wendene Wanderers and are now 10 points clear of One Love United who were beaten 2-1 (Neil Woolner, Kel Haywood) at Salhouse Rovers. There was a hat-trick each for Ben Wigger and Nash Makuave as Eaton Beehive beat Dereham United 6-2 and there was a great day for Drayton’s James Tubb as he scored all of his side’s six goals as they defeated Windmill Elite 6-1. Chapelfield Rovers had a 4-2 home win over Spixworth Reserves.