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Norwich Sunday league: Norman Wanderers hit five to stay top of Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 January 2014

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Thankfully after some very wet recent weather, the Evening News & Copy IT Norwich and District Sunday league resumed after the festive break.

Premier Division leaders Norman Wanderers got 2014 off to a winning start as they scored five (Sammy Gauntlet 2, Colin Wynes 2, Danny Brown) at home to Norwich Busmen in a victory that keeps them three points clear of AFC Wanderers, who were 2-1 winners at Doghouse. I saw this game, and a good one it was.

Despite a bright start the home side went behind after 15 minutes when a well-worked AFC move put Charlie Bartrum in to score with a good finish. Bartrum doubled his tally 10 minutes later with a cool finish, as the visitors looked fairly comfortable, but a goal from Scott Woodgate on the stroke of half-time set up a good second half where both sides had plenty of chances that they failed to take. AFC will be pleased with the victory in a game well handled by Nigel Howes.

Sprowston Rovers carried their good December form into the new year as they won 3-1 (Sean Sandell 2, OG) at Windmill Wanderers.

In 1A, the big game was at Rackheath where leaders Riverside Rovers took on Mad Moose. An early goal by makeshift centre back Scott Gray put the home side ahead before Tom Swabey levelled from the spot for Moose. That’s how it remained until the last minute when Gray added his second and what proved to be the winner. A 6-0 win at DCS Rapid has seen Dussindale Rovers creep quietly into second spot. Tom Cullabine grabbed a hat-trick and there were goals for Simon Durrant, Paul Durrant and Ollie Ford as Rovers started they New Year in fine fashion.

Norman Wanderers Res went down 3-1 at home to Horsford Utd, whose goals came from Callum Cooper, Shaun Plant and a 30-yard rocket from Scott Lindsey.

Goals by Billy Lake and Ryan Mortimer helped Aslacton to a 2-1 win over Dancing Farmers in a game where Alex Hunton scored for the visitors and referee Matt Carpenter received praise. In the battle of the bottom two, Vale Longo went down 5-1 at home to North Walsham Town.

McInerney treble helps Earlham comeback

A Marcus McInerney hat-trick and a goal for Darrell Wigger helped Earlham Utd come from two down to draw 4-4 at PL Rangers in Division 1B.

St Faiths scored six (Aaron Saddleton 4, Will Abbs, Robert Armes) at Ribs Rovers, while Acle Rangers Res won 2-0 at Unicorns.

Despite dropping two points after a 2-2 draw at The Cottage, Deopham remain top of 2A. Tom Bailey and Mike Parsons scored for Cottage whilst Lewis McKerrell and Olly Ramsbotham replied for the visitors.

Deopham lead by a point from Brooke FC who were 5-0 (Sam Page 2, Clark Robertson, Mark Jones) winners over Ketts Tavern Wizards.

Bungay Town remain third after thumping New Buckenham 7-2.

In 2B, Chris Hall 2, Elliot Lythgoe Kieran Delaney and Jake Imrie scored for leaders Schoolhouse in their 5-2 win over Moles Rest. Taverham Utd remain second after a 3-2 (Luke Pope, Stu Claxton, OG) win at One Love Utd.

West End get better of their nearest rivals

The top-of-the-table clash in 3A saw the positions remain unaltered as leaders Costessey West End ran out 3-1 winners at Temple Bar.

Micawbers Tavern beat Dilham Cross Keys 5-1 whilst Bungay Town Res continue to rise after a 3-2 victory at Sporting Longdale Res.

Newsman Celtic made it four games unbeaten as they overcame Brooke FC Res 4-1. Jack Sinclair 2, Mike Shaw and Chris Durrant scored for Celtic, who were also full of praise for the performance of referee Brian Applegate.

In 3B, leaders Lakewood Utd scored seven without reply at home to Cellar House while second-placed Heroes Bar scored eight of the 13 goals scored in their game with Windmill Elite.

Mettingham stay fifth after their 2-0 (Iain Crawford, James Goodfellow) victory over Red Lion whilst Salhouse Rovers moved further away from the bottom as they beat Locksley Ath 3-2, with goals coming from Jamie Steer 2, and James Smith

In Division Four, Theo Chamberlain grabbed a second-half equaliser for leaders Mischief FC as they drew 1-1 at Binham Village. Silver Fox are in fifth spot after scoring seven without reply against Briston Wanderers Res. Victor Larke, Luke Gould and Jason Lambert all grabbed a couple, whilst Michael Hurst also scored.

The only game in the Under 19s saw Hethersett Athletic win by the odd goal of five at Beccles Caxton.

- For the latest tables, see today’s Norwich Evening News.

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Opinion: It’s been a very eventful few days for Norwich City, and it all started with that brilliant 1-0 win at Ashton Gate. This win was thanks to another wonderful James Maddison goal and one hell of a save by Angus Gunn, one his old man I’m sure would have been proud to make. Sadly Norwich went out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the fourth consecutive season, but gave a magnificent account of themselves and pushed Chelsea all the way – but it wasn’t to be as they were knocked out in the cruellest way, on penalties. The win against Bristol City means the club have won nearly twice as many away games as they have done at Carrow Road, Norwich are now unbeaten in their last four league games while conceding just one goal in those four games. Saturday gives City an opportunity to win back-to-back league games for the first time at Carrow Road this season, which is quite astounding considering we’re now in mid-January. I guess it just goes to show how they’ve struggled to break teams down and how inconsistent they have been on their own patch. Chris Wilder brings his out-of-sorts Sheffield United down to Carrow Road – I’m sure he’ll get a nice warm welcome from the Norwich faithful after some of the remarks he made after Norwich’s very impressive win at Bramall Lane in a bad-tempered game earlier in the season when the Blades we’re flying in the league, something they aren’t quite doing at this moment in time, having won just one of their last 10 Championship games. I think tomorrow gives the lads a real chance of closing the gap even more on the teams in those play-off positions. I scored a few goals against Sheffield United in my career, especially when I played at Bramall Lane – a brace for Leicester springs to mind. I scored a couple for Norwich against them at Carrow Road and looking back on my 96 goals for the Canaries, one of those was one of the most important that I scored for the club. The first of those two City goals came in a thrilling game when we found ourselves 2-0 with just 24 minutes gone, but we made the boos and the jeers turn to cheers with goals from Phil Mulryne, Tony Cottee (his one and only for Norwich), Chris Llewelyn and yours truly seeing us make a tremendous comeback to win the game 4-2. The other goal I was talking about came in our Championship-winning season on January 31 and, as I said, it’s right up there with some of the most important goals I scored for the club. It was a top-of-the-table clash as both us and Sheffield United had had a very good first half to the season and were fighting it up at the top of the league. It was a very close game with not many clear-cut chances until a ball broke to me in the 59th minute. It came to me perfectly, about 12 yards from goal and without breaking my stride I smashed it past the helpless Paddy Kenny and Carrow Road erupted. It was a very important win for us and as a forward there’s no better result than winning the game 1-0 with you getting the winner. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish both Russell Martin and Cameron Jerome all the very best at their new clubs. Both have been magnificent servants to the club and have been ultimate professionals while they’ve represented Norwich City and have always given everything when they’ve played. Both have taken harsh criticism in the last two or three seasons and at times been made scapegoats, but one thing is for sure, they’ve never hidden and taken everything on the chin and got on with things. Let’s hope that whoever comes in to replace Russ and Cameron will show the same level of commitment to Norwich City over the next few years.

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