Poor start to the season for defending champions

The season started on Saturday with the traditional start of the first round of the Birds Sport & Outdoor Benevolent Cup, the league’s equivalent of the Cup Winners Cup.

The holders, and defending league champions, Bridgham United got their season off to a poor start with a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Dereham Town A.

The other three away teams also won. Yaxham will be pleased with their 2-1 win at last season’s all conquering Division Four champions Diss Town A. Castle Acre Swifts also pulled off a very creditable 5-2 win at Feltwell United while last season’s Division One runners-up Thetford Rovers Reserves won by the odd goal of three away to Thurton & Ashby.

There was just one match in Division One with Swaffham Town A winning their local derby at Narborough 2-1.

In Division Two, Sporle enjoyed a good 5-2 win at Hethersett Athletic, Necton won 6-2 at home to relegated Cockers, and North Elmham celebrated their first match following promotion with a 4-1 win at Nostro.

Division Three produced three draws from the six matches played. In a very entertaining match well refereed by Ian Conway, Bawdeswell and Rampant Horse took a point each from a 2-2 draw. Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves and Hingham Athletic Reserves ended up with the same scoreline while Marham Wanderers and Rockland United Reserves shared the spoils from a 3-3 draw.

Great Cressingham beat Mattishall A by the odd goal of seven, Scarning United got off to a winning start with a 3-1 home win over Colkirk and Splitz United ran out 4-2 winners at Stoke Ferry.

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In Division Four there were mixed results for some of the league’s newcomers. Watton United A beat Nostro Reserves 4-0 at home and Litcham took a point from a 4-4 home draw with Shropham United Reserves.

Methwold United were soundly beaten 10-0 at home by North Elmham Reserves and Walsingham United went down 6-2 at home to Tacolneston Reserves.