Norwich Union crash as wedding weakens defence

KEITH PEEL Norfolk cricketer Chris Brown's marriage has certainly had the Norwich Union football team in a spin.


Norfolk cricketer Chris Brown's marriage has certainly had the Norwich Union football team in a spin.

Two weeks ago, his party for a stag weekend abroad included three sportsmen-for-all-seasons friends who are key figures in Union's defence, county cricket captain Paul Bradshaw among them.

Union crashed 10-0 to Lovewell Blake Anglian Combination Premier Division leaders Blofield, their worst defeat for more than 30 years.

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Saturday was the wedding day and a weakened Union again lost heavily, this time 5-0 at Sheringham.

Darren Nichols (2), Stewart Barker, Steven Jordan and Danny Tanti scored for the Shannocks, who are fourth in the table.

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Blofield beat Halvergate 4-1 and, from two matches more, stay five points ahead of Cromer, who won 5-3 against Wroxham Reserves at Trafford Park.

Lee Askew, Dean Fitzgerald, Stuart Rushbrook and an opponent scored for Blofield, with Nathan Thompson replying.

Goals from Ryan Honeyman, Craig Terrington, Ben Thompson, Paul Winterbone and an opponent put Cromer 5-0 up before Wroxham hit back through Jamie Atkins, Mark Gaskin and Kane Taylor.

Acle stay third on goal difference, five points behind Blofield with a game in hand, after winning 3-2 (Lee Bennett, Daniel Crane and Aaron Hogg) against bottom team Watton, whose scorers were Kevin Bloomfield and Roger Lovick.

Brandon are fifth, on goal difference from Halvergate, after a 1-1 (John Waites) draw with Beccles Town, whose scorer was Alan Remblance.

Union are seventh, just above Lowestoft Town Reserves, for whom Bradley Hough netted twice in a 2-1 defeat of St Andrews. Andrew Cunningham scored for Saints.

Attleborough edged out of the relegation places with a 4-1 win at North Walsham, who are now second from bottom.

Goals from Ricky Forder, Duncan Hewitt and Simon Mowbray earned Mattishall a 3-2 win in their Division One top-table clash with Dersingham, who, from two matches more, now lead by nine points.

Sprowston Wanderers, who drew 1-1 with Aylsham Wanderers, are third on goal difference from Southwold, who beat bottom team Mulbarton 2-1.

David Watling scored for Sprowston, with Colin Emberley replying, while Shaun Doig and Rory French were Southwold's marksmen.

Fifth-place Wells drew 1-1 with Hempnall, with Karl Waajen and Ross Potter their respective scorers.

Hindringham are sixth on goal difference from Loddon after the teams drew 2-2. Scott Gray and Karl Pask netted for Hindringham, with David Matthews scoring both Loddon goals.

Eighth-placed Wymondham Town drew 2-2 (Thomas Amis and Philip Mercer) with third-from-bottom Horsford, whose scorers were Chris Hayes and Steven Tidy.

Stalham stay second from bottom after a 1-1 (David Dockerty) draw with Scole, whose goal came from Graham Ruddock.

Goals from Wesley Daines and Joe Kerry earned Dereham Town Reserves a 2-0 win over Holt.

Mundford moved a step closer to the Division Two title with a 2-0 (Danny Barnes and Robbie Robertson) defeat of Swaffham Town Reserves.

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