Wines is the toast of Marlborough
The main bulk of the League Cup first round matches were played but the Premier Division sides ensured that they were not to be the victim of any shock results.
Norwich Busmen led the way with a six-goal thumping of Norfolk CCSC, whilst Marlborough put five (Colin Wines 2, Dave Freeman, Jason Armes, Martin McGee) past Unicorns.
Costessey Sports had an odd goal in seven win over Fiveways and The Grove hit five without reply at Aylsham Sunday.
Wymondham Rangers scored three in beating Hainford YCOB as did Silver Fox who won at Earlham Utd, The top two of 1A, met at Reepham who put six past Hellesdon Ath and North Walsham beat Vale Longo 2-1, Jatinder Dhaliwal with the goal for Vale, whilst Aslacton and Sprowston Rovers lost narrowly to Acle Rangers and Dog House respectively. Horsford SC also made it through to round two after a 5-0 (Danny Brown, Danny Read, Mark Mantle, Luke Wale and Shaun Dawson) victory over ten man Green Man.
In the Premier Division Tom Cushion score the only goal as AFC Wanderers beat Poringland Wanderers. In 1a Windmill they overcame Norman Wanderers Res 5-2, whilst in 1B Haig FC went top after scoring six (Wayne Cutting 3, Graeme Turner 2 and Mick Reynolds) at home to Catton FC. St Faiths came from two down at half-time to beat Prince of Denmark 4-2 (Will Abbs Dave Waters, Cooly Bishop and Lee Cork) Sprowston Wanderers had a 2-1 win over Hillside OB.
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The Castlegate power on at the top of 2A after a six goal home win over Acle Wanderers and are six points clear of The Otter who thumped Deopham 5-0. Dussindale Rovers drew 1-1 at The Griffin and Upton won 5-2 at Stoke FC, Clarry and Shucksmith scoring for the home side. Norman Wanderers A continue to rise after a narrow 1-0 win against The Stores.
Rose Tavern seem to have put their sluggish start to the new year behind them as they won 2-0 at Hethersett ( Michael Robinson 2) whilst Bayer moved to second after winning 3-1 at The Gordon. Spixworth were beaten 2-1 at Taverham Utd where Paul Clarke scored the winner, and Ribs Rovers lost 5-1 (Jonny Aldis 3, Craig Mattocks, Simon Curtis) at Poringland Res for whom Shaun Vincent had an impressive debut. Acle Rangers Res had a much needed 3-1 win over Wymondham Rangers Res.
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A 5-1 victory at Temple Bar saw Hockering take over as new leaders of 3A as previous table toppers Sporting Longdale were held to a 2-2 draw by Mad Moose. Longdale were two down after goals by Darren Hills and Craig Hunt, before brothers Nick and Jamie Clark helped rescue a point. There was a great win for Newsman Celtic.
Frank Wright scored the winner deep into injury time as they beat Wellington Pink Uns 2-1 and Hellesdon Res shared the points and six goals with The Reindeer. Caseys Cosmos won 2-0 at Heartsease Casuals.
A 4-1 (Darren Critchlow (2) Alex Ashmore, Tom Whitmore) win at Hingham has left Heartsease FC needing just a point for a second successive promotion, although with a 100 per cent record to protect I can’t see them settling for just promotion. Maid Marian had a 7-2 (Dan Cartman 4, Danny Walker 2, Ikky Toyama) win at Unicorns Res and there was an eight goal thriller at AFC Oak as the home side scored five (Karl Hayward 3, Brett Hadley and Mark Radcliffe) in beating Freethorpe.
A Tom Smith hat-trick was not enough for Eaton Young Boys as they lost 5-3 at 4A leaders New Buckenham. In 4B Salhouse Rovers lost 4-6 to league leaders Briston. Neil Woolner 2, Kel Haywood, Martin Woolner all scored for Salhouse.
One Love Utd won by the odd goal of five (Ronaldo Balde 2, Kevin Akpos) at Chapelfield Rovers and Bell Inn hit eight (Tom Brown 3, Ian Babb 2, Jonathan Holland 2 and George Newbery) without reply against Spixworth Res.