Rock-bottom Wanderers stun title-chasing Grove
They started the day with only one point gained this season, but after goals by Sam Gauntlet (2), Danny Barrowclough and Ross Joy, Norman Wanderers defeated league leaders The Grove 4-3 to produce the shock result of the Premier Division season.
Acle Rangers took advantage of that result to go back to the top of the division after a 6-0 win at Quebec, who described Acle as the best side they have faced this season. Jonny Causton scored the only goal of the game as Poringland Wanderers won at Norwich Busmen, and Dog House had a comfortable six goal win at Costessey Sports.
A single goal victory over Vale Longo was enough to take Reepham Town 10 points clear at the top of 1A. Steve van Raalte, Shaun Kelly, Marc Dobson and Jimmy Ross all scored as Hainford YCOB won 4-0 at Windmill Wanderers. Aslacton beat Green Man 4-1 at Horsford SC had a good 2-1 win at North Walsham. Aylsham Sunday went to the top of 1B without even playing as previous leaders Sprowston Rovers lost 4-2 at Unicorns to leave the North Norfolk side top on goal difference.
St Faiths are lurking dangerously though after a 4-0 (Allan Kennedy, Dave Waters and Will Abbs) win at Hillside OB sees them a point behind the top two. Haig FC beat Prince of Denmark 3-1 (Mick Reynolds, Glen Thurston, Wayne Cutting), whilst Earlham Utd overcame Catton FC by the same score thanks to goals by Scott West, Damon Brown and Dan Childerhouse.
A 3-1 win at The Otter saw The Castlegate go three points clear of Deopham at the top of 2A.
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After receiving the leagues latest sporting award, Deopham found themselves two down in the first ten minutes as DCS Rapid scored through Brett Kingsbury and John Davis and although Lewis Mckerell pulled a goal back it wasn’t enough.
Dussingdale Rovers stormed back to show some early season form after hitting eight without reply at Stoke, whilst two goals apiece for Matt Watson and Martin Kemp plus another from substitute Anis Dida saw River Garden win 5-2 at Norman Wanderers A.
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Eddie Reeve (2) and Pete Atkinson scored for The Griffin as they and Acle Wanderers took a point each in a six goal thriller at Thorpe School.
The start of the new year has not been a happy time for 2B leaders Rose Tavern as they slumped to their third straight defeat losing 4-2 at Spixworth. They are now only a point ahead of PL Rangers who waxed lyrical about a wonderful all-round team performance as they beat Poringland Res 8-2.
Bayer finally got back to league action, beating Wymondham Res 8-1, whilst Sporting Farmhouse scored four without reply (Danny Ashford, Billy Bradford, Matt Plumstead and James Boyle) at home to Hethersett.
The game between The Gordon and Taverham Sunday ended in a three all draw, Tom Parsley, Tom Durrell and Lee Watkins scoring for Gordon.
A point in a 1-1 draw with Hockering saw Sporting Longdale move level on points with Wellington Pink Uns at the top of 3A, the game being described by Hockering as outstanding.
Hellesdon Res are third after a 2-1 win over Dancing Farmers whilst James Lawrence scored twice as Sprowston Royal Oak beat Newsman Celtic 2-1, Ben Potter replying for the Newsmen.
Mad Moose won 2-1 at Heartsease Casuals and goals either side of half time by Richard Bennett and Nick Aston helped The Reindeer draw 2-2 at home to Caseys Cosmos. There was a comfortable 5-0 win for 3B leaders Heartsease FC at Unicorns, whilst there was another fine finish by John Olds as Maid Marian drew 1-1 at Moles Rest.
Hingham Sunday scored the only goal of the game at Aylsham Res and AFC Oak beat Earlham Utd Res 3-1 with goals from Brett Hadley, Karl Pitkin and Karl Hayward on his debut.
Temples Property will be pleased with their mornings work after taking a point in a 1-1 draw with 4A leaders New Buckenham. DEF FC are second after hammering 10 past Caseys Cosmos Res, but Hockering Res went down 7-3 at home to Silver Fox Res. Constable Crusaders and Sporting Longdale Res drew 1-1 and bottom two sides Eaton Young Boys and Earlham Colney shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Briston Wanderers beat Windmill Elite 2-1, Matt Brighton scoring for the visitors, and are now six points clear of One Love Utd who drew 3-3 (Isnaba Gomes, Bonito Gil and Iffy Gray) with Bell Inn. One Love though do have four games in hand.
A depleted Drayton side can be proud of their performance as ten of last season’s Under 16’s battled to gain a 4-4 draw with Eaton Beehive. The goals came via a Tristan Stoneman hat-trick and a Sam Lincoln penalty.
Chapelfield Rovers beat Wendene Wanderers by the odd goal in seven and Hethersett Res did the same to Dereham Utd.
After quite a few attempts, the League Cup Preliminary round game between Sprowston Wanderers and Fiveways finally got under way and ended in a 6-2 victory for Fiveways.