Poringland keep the Grove leaders in check

Ben Casey The Grove missed the chance to open up a gap at the top of the Premier Division when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Poringland. Vanden Bergh put the visitors in front only for Mallet to level.

Ben Casey

The Grove missed the chance to open up a gap at the top of the Premier Division when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Poringland.

Vanden Bergh put the visitors in front only for Mallet to level. It could have been worse for the leaders though as Poringland also missed a penalty. Silver Fox went down 4-2 at Quebec and Acle Rangers had a good 6-3 win at Norman Wanderers. Dog House continue to rise after beating Salhouse Rovers 5-1.

There were only two games in 1A, North Walsham and Hellesdon Ath sharing the points after a 1-1 draw, whilst goals by Wade and Van Raalte gave Hainford YCOB a 2-0 win at Unthank Arms. Aylsham Sunday continue to lead 1B after a 4-0 victory at home to Unicorns whilst Earlham Utd are second thanks to a 5-0 (Brown 2, Bee, West and George) win at Hillside OB. Earlham are one of three teams on 32 points. The other two are Costessey Sports who won 3-0 at Drayton and Norfolk CCSC who had a 4-0 (Stevenson 3 and Taylor) win at Manor Park. Sprowston Wanderers won 4-1 at Prince of Denmark and Haig thumped 12 (Thurston 4, Trollope 4, Turner 2, Reynolds and Cutting) past eight- man Mattishall YCOB.


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Vale Longo top 2A after a very good 5-3 (Forwood, Archer, Crowley, Powley and Drake) win against Aslacton, and are now two points clear of Green Man who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to The Castlegate. Reepham Town are closing in on the top two after a 3-1 win at Acle Wanderers, whilst Stannard and Kirby were on target for Deopham as they beat Spixworth Utd 2-1. The Griffin hit five (Layton 3, Edmonds and Odeh) without reply at Plasterers Arms. In 2B, second-placed St Faiths came from 3-0 down to beat Spixworth Sunday 4-3 and Acle Rangers remain on level points with St Faiths after beating Horsford SC 2-1. Sprowston Rovers thumped six past The Gordon whilst Rocastle 2, Lofty 2, Bradfield and Lake all scored as PL Rangers won a see-saw battle at Poringland Res 6-4.

The big game in 3A saw leaders Stoke beat third-placed The Otter thanks to goals by Hatch, Dooley and Lahfa. Second-placed Upton won 2-0 (Nelson, Elvin) at home to Newsman Celtic and Sporting Longdale won 4-3 at Mad Moose. Bystanders and Temple Bar shared the points after a six-goal thriller. Bayer FC are now strong favourites to take the 3B title after they won 4-2 at nearest challengers Mischief Tavern.

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I predicted that it would be a tough test to their 100 per cent record and 4A leaders Wellington Pink Uns finally tasted defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to nearest rivals Sprowston Royal Oak. Halliday and Howlett were on target for the visitors and this result should make the run-in very interesting. With 4B leaders Heartsease FC without a game, Earlham Utd Res missed the chance to take over at the top when they were thumped 4-1 at Hingham Ath.

Finally well done to Wendene Wanderers who gained their first victory of the season, 3-1 at Spixworth Sunday Res.

t Any club wishing to join the Evening News Norwich Sunday League next season can apply to league secretary Ben Casey for an application form by calling 01508 493791 or email bencaseyndsl@yahoo.co.uk

No applications will be accepted after April 1.

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