Spoils shared as Dog House bite back
A pleasant Sunday morning saw an almost complete set of league fixtures played this weekend.
In the Premier Division, The Grove took the lead at Dog House after half an hour through Danny Blake, but the lead did not last too long as the hosts levelled before half-time. Despite an even second period, neither side managed to produce a winner. Early leaders Marlborough had a narrow 3-2 win over Wymondham Rangers, whilst goals by Farin Deeba (2), Luke McClure and Matt Elwin on his debut were enough to give AFC Wanderers a 4-1 victory at Hellesdon.
A battle of the new boys saw Reepham score six without reply at Aylsham, whilst there was a point apiece for Unicorns and Acle Rangers as they drew one each.
In Division 1A there were good away wins for Windmill Wanderers and North Walsham who both scored four times as they won at Hainford YCOB and The Castlegate respectively. Dussindale Rovers had a 2-1 home win over Eaton FC and Fiveways beat Norman Wanderers 4-2. Horsford SC brought a point back from Aslacton after a goalless draw.
Bayer are the early pacesetters in 1B after an amazing 8-4 victory at Prince of Denmark whilst Callum Ward (2), Thomas Blanch, Marcus Gee and Ashley Davies all scored for Earlham United as they recorded a 5-1 home win over Haig FC.
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A Dave Waters penalty and a Ben Soanes strike saw St Faiths come from behind to beat Catton 2-1, whilst Sprowston Rovers won 3-0 at Spixworth. The Sprowston Wanderers v Rose Tavern game was abandoned due to a serious injury.
A 7-0 victory over Stoke sees Hockering top Division 2A on goal difference from DCS Rapid who beat Deopham 3-1 with goals by Brett Kingsbury (2), and Neal Gardner. Stephen Parry replied for Deopham.
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Sprowston Sunday got their league campaign up and running with a 7-2 win (James Lawrence 3, Matt Eves 2, Liam Doyle 2) over Norman Wanderers Reserves, whilst a goal two minutes from time denied Green Man all three points at Acle Wanderers. Peter Tilbrook and Ryan Flint scored for Acle, Amos Bailey and Tom Jenkins replied for the visitors. 2-2 was also the score as The Stores were held at home by The Griffen.
Heartsease FC lead the way in Division 2B as goals by Tom Whitmore, Jamie Daynes, James White, Alex Ashmore Sam White and Kyle Appleton helped them beat Ribs Rovers whose two goals came from Brendan Mills. Maid Marian held a 2-1 lead over Poringland Reserves thanks to goals by Danny Cornish and Clive Riches, but a stunning individual effort by Ryan Pettit and a Jonny Causton free kick in the dying minutes saw the visitors snatch all three points.
PL Rangers lost a two goal lead to lose 3-2 at Acle Rangers Reserves, whilst Hillside OB’s poor run continued as they went down 5-0 at home to Sporting Farmhouse.
The top two from last season’s Division 4A have carried the good work into 3A this season. New Buckenham had a 7-1 win over Hellesdon Reserves, whilst Roy Bevis scored four times as Riverside Rovers won an interesting game against Mad Moose 7-5. The Rovers secretary praised the spirit of both sides, which is good to hear.
Newsman Celtic were disappointed with their performance as they went down 8-2 at home to Constable Crusaders and Dancing Farmers had a 4-1 win against Caseys Cosmos. Anthony Hunt and an OG helped River Garden get their first point on the board as they drew 2-2 at Sporting Longdale. Neil Woolner scored four times as Salhouse Rovers beat AFC Oak 7-2 in 3B. The other goals came from Oliver Harper (2), and Leroy Peters whilst Scott Sealey and Wes Barton scored for AFC.
Ronaldo Balde (2) and an Iffy Gray penalty helped One Love United win at Freethorpe and DEF FC had an excellent 5-3 victory at Bell Inn. Aylsham Reserves look to be having a better season as they beat The Gordon 2-1 and there were two draws in the division - Taverham United and Unicorns Reserves drew 1-1 and Sloughbottom Revolution drew 0-0 with Briston Wanderers.
In Division 4A there was a big win for Bungay Town who thumped William Rovers 9-2, but it’s another new club Whiterose United who top the division after beating Earlham Colney 8-2. Brooke failed to make the most of their chances as they went down 2-1 at home to Manor Park, whilst Phoenix Felthorpe won 4-2 at Hockering Reserves. Temples Property won well, 5-1 at Eaton Young Boys and a single goal was enough for Temple Bar to beat Sporting Longdale Reserves.
William Wanderers continued their good start to life in 4B as they hammered Salhouse Reserves 8-1, whilst there was four goals from Ishmael Thompson as Chapelfield also scored eight against Spixworth Reserves. Hethersett Reserves put nine past Dereham Wanderers. Tom Frost was yet another player to score four times as Drayton won 5-1 at Wendene, Sam Lincoln added the fifth and there were goals for Jamie Duffield, Nicky Wood, and Paul Grothier as Dilham Cross Keys beat Costessey Sports Reserves 4-1.