Norwich Sunday League roundup: Rocastle bags five for Riverside Rovers

Half-time discussion for Schoolhouse, who were 4-0 at the midway stage of their Sunday League match

Half-time discussion for Schoolhouse, who were 4-0 at the midway stage of their Sunday League match against Sprowston Wanderers. Photo: Bill Smith

Jordan Rocastle scored all five goals as new boys Riverside Rovers continued their impressive start in the Evening News Copy IT Norwich and District Sunday League Premier Division with victory at The POW.

Sunday League action between Schoolhouse and Sprowston Wanderers. Photo: Bill Smith

Sunday League action between Schoolhouse and Sprowston Wanderers. Photo: Bill Smith

It was a busy week for the league – the second week of the season included the first fixtures of the under-19 development divisions which meant that more than 50 games took place.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Jody Cork followed up his opening weekend’s debut goal with a hat-trick as Norman Wanderers beat Dog House 5-1. Colin Wines and Jason Armes added the others. Farmhouse will be delighted with maximum points from their first two games as they won by the odd goal in five at Acle Rangers, whilst I went to Thorpe High School and witnessed an impressive performance from visitors Spixworth Sunday as they thumped Dussindale Rovers 7-0. Joe Woodcock led the way, scoring four times, whilst Ross Joy, Rhys Thurtle and Dan Mace also netted in a game well handled by Mark Ames. AFC Wanderers grabbed their first points of the season, Lloyd Greening scoring the only goal of the game with Poringland Wanderers.

Division 1A newcomers Bungay Town and Sporting Longdale made it two from two with away wins.

Bungay won 2-1 at Aslacton, for whom Dean Mortimer scored, whilst Sporting were 3-0 (Tom Woods, Jamie Platten and Lloyd Nobbs) winners at Norman Wanderers Reserves. Anglian Rovers’ first game of the season brought an impressive 6-2 (Tom Lackey 2, Adam Gusterson 2, Mathew Barker, Wayne Riseborough) victory at Mad Moose, whilst Windmill Wanderers got off the mark with a 4-2 win at home to Vale Longo.

Players battle for possession during the Sunday League match between Schoolhouse and Sprowston Wande

Players battle for possession during the Sunday League match between Schoolhouse and Sprowston Wanderers. Photo: Bill Smith.


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Despite an Ian Cooper goal, Horsford United went down 4-1 at DCS Rapid while the game between Brooke and Dancing Farmers failed to produce a goal.

There were plenty of goals scored in Division 1B. Moles Rest led the way as they scored nine against Spixworth Reserves, Earlham United hit one less as they beat St Faiths, whilst Schoolhouse found the net seven times as they beat Sprowston Wanderers.

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Daniel Childerhouse grabbed a hat-trick and Liam Brown scored with a volley as William Wanderers won by the odd goal in seven at Ribs Rovers. Ribs had been 2-0 up at one stage, their three goals coming from Mark Critten, Jacob Dorman and Brian Forbes. Dale Simpson hit three and Scott Allen scored as Bell Inn put the previous week’s heavy defeat behind them to beat Taverham United 4-3. Richard Myhill (2) and Simon Claxton scored for Taverham, whilst Heartsease and Acle Rangers Reserves took a point each in a 1-1 draw.

In 2A, South Norfolk lead the way. New Buckenham had Martin Andrews scoring his 50th goal for the club as they beat Ketts Tavern Wizards 6-2. Andrew Bajomee and Seth Thomas scored for injury-hit Tavern, while Deopham were 3-2 victors over Dilham Cross Keys.

Robbie Powell scored four of Newsman Celtic’s six goals when winning at Fat Cat & Canary, David Powles and Tommy Brown also netted, whilst goals from Rennie and Green enabled Constable Crusaders to come from two down to take a point at The Cottage. Micawbers Tavern were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Normans A, whilst Shipdham Rangers took a good point from Costessey West End in a game that finished 1-1. DEF FC top Division 2B after the opening games as they won 2-0 at home to Rileys FC, whilst Revolution FC beat Locksley Athletic 5-3. A single goal was enough for Lakewood United to take the points at Mettingham and Salhouse Rovers got points on the board as James Smith (2), and Martin Woolner scored in their 3-1 victory over Costessey Sports. SDC United and Briston Wanderers shared eight goals, with Jonny Brown getting a treble and Chris Scase also scoring for Briston.

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