Acle and Horsford go through as Norwich Sunday League book two places in semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 12:03 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 17 January 2018
The spotlight was on the quarter-finals of the county cups, and in the quest to reach Carrow Road, the Norwich & District Sunday League is guaranteed to have at least two of the four semi-finalists.
Aaron Sanders was the toast of Acle as his goal was enough to send Acle Rangers through at the expense of Yarmouth side Wheelwrights FC. Horsford United are also in the final four. After a 2-2 draw against fellow Norwich side Sprowston Wanderers, the home side went through via a penalty shootout.
Schoolhouse bowed out, going down 3-1 after extra-time at holders Windmill of Yarmouth. The remaining quarter-final between Chilvers and Riverside Rovers was postponed due to pitch conditions.
In the Junior Cup, the league will have three of the four semi-finalists. Silver Fox made the last four by beating Long Stratton U19s 5-1; Aylsham Sunday scored five without reply at home to Hempnall, and Qube FC came from two down to beat King’s Lynn side Southery ASA 5-2.
In the only Premier Division game, Poringland Wanderers moved up to third, but will be kicking themselves that they took only a point against Trimingham Pilgrims after holding a four-goal lead with goals from Dan Cook (2), Keiran Leggett and Tom Pitchell.
In Division One, leaders Middle Green are two points clear of Phoenix FC after scoring five without reply at Norman Wanderers. Phoenix – themselves on a good run – were 2-1 winners at Hellesdon. Hewett OBs drop to third after being beaten by a Shaun Moss hat-trick at Aslacton, whilst Longdale Rovers won by the odd goal in seven as they beat Windmill Rovers to go fourth. Ryan Chapman scored his first goals for Wanderers and there was a terrific goal for Tony Palmer. James Barton, Steffen Bassett, Tibor Megyesi and Bradley Warr all scored for the home side.
Division Two also looks set for a tight finish. Woolpack FC lead the way after a 6-3 (Liam Moriaty 4, Chris Holmes, Ricky Bevis) home win over Mettingham, but Drayton Dazzlers, with a game in hand, maintained their 100pc record with a 9-1 win at Hethersett Athletic. Mischief FC are still on hand to take advantage of any slip-ups. Their 3-0 win at home to Briston, ensures they stay within touching distance.
Brooke Reserves remain top of Division Three, despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Bungay Town Reserves.
But their lead has been cut to two points after DCS Rapid’s four-goal victory at Dynamo. Norman Wanderers A are third after putting six (Luke Southgate 3, Ben Atkins, Sean Wines, James Savage) past Harleston Town, whilst MC Rovers’ decent run ground to a halt as they were beaten 3-1 at home by East Tuddenham.
With Division Four leaders AFC Norwich inactive, FC Viking closed the gap to five points with a comfortable six-goal (Matthew Billing 3, Craig Beeden, Jonathan Billing, Luke Miles) win at Woodton Utd.
Nelson Athletic had a narrow 3-2 win at Rackheath Rangers and Sporting Iceni were amongst the goals as they beat Eaton Park Corinthians 5-2.
Rose Athletic ended a troubled week for the club on a positive note as they ran out 4-2 winners at home to Cellar House.