Championship going to the wire

Crown Fire Central & South Norfolk League

The league's championship race is likely to go to the wire.

In midweek, third-placed Bridgham United beat the leaders, Thetford Rovers Reserves On Saturday, both teams won with Thetford Rovers Reserves hammering Bunwell 12-1 while Bridgham squeezed home ahead of Swaffham Town A by the odd goal of five.

These results mean that Thetford Rovers Reserves will need to take at least a point from their remaining match to make sure of at least the runners-up medals whereas Bridgham need eight points from their remaining four matches to make certain of their first-ever championship.

In the other Division One matches, Gressenhall beat Great Ryburgh 5-1 while Shipdham ran out 2-0 winners at Narborough.

The Division Two leaders Northwold S&SC won 4-3 at Saham Toney Reserves on Friday and are now two points clear of Feltwell United, although Feltwell have a game in hand.

Shropham United beat Nostro 5-3 to keep their faint hopes of a promotion place alive and Morley Village are in the same boat after their 7-2 home win over Yaxham. Castle Acre Swifts won 4-1 at West End, a result which means that West End are relegated to Division Three.

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The Division Three leaders Thurton & Ashby made sure of at least the runners-up medals with a narrow 2-1 win at Bawdeswell while their only rivals for the divisional championship, North Elmham, were beating Splitz United 3-0.

If North Elmham take maximum points from their remaining five fixtures the championship will be theirs, but if Thurton & Ashby beat them when the two teams meet on May 14, they will take the title.

Breckland Wanderers may have done enough to ensure at least a third-place finish after their 4-1 win at Wendling and because of Methwold Rovers' 4-0 defeat at Marham Wanderers.

In the other match, Gressenhall Reserves beat Shipdham Reserves 9-2, a result which condemns Shipdham to the wooden spoon.

The top two in Division Four both won. Leaders Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves won 4-0 at Colkirk to make certain of at least the runners-up medals while Diss Town A beat Scarning United 7-0. Diss now need 12 points from their remaining six matches to be certain of the title.

Rampant Horse beat Nostro Reserves 2-0 at home to move back into third place above Scarning, and Tugas United are up to fourth after their 6-0 win over North Elmham Reserves

John Turner

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