Holders Acle Rangers knocked out in qaurter-final by Marlborough
A cold wet morning saw the quarter finals of the League Cup take place and saw the holders Acle Rangers relinquish their grip on the trophy as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to Marlborough.
The Grove won a superb game against Hellesdon. With the score at 2-2 after ninety minutes, the home side produced a powerful display in extra time to book a semi final spot, winning 6-3. Sam Mallet (2), Craig Clarke, Lloyd Greening, Danny Blake and Gary Bee the men on target. Aylsham Sunday are also in the last four after beating Norwich Busmen 5-1 and there was another thriller at Eaton Park where Fiveways from 1A suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat against Dog House.
In league action, Vale Longo Vale named the same starting eleven for the third match running. Jatinder Dhaliwal scored with two headers and Lee Powley the other as they moved closer to the leaders in 1A with a 3-1 victory at Eaton FC. They also praised the performance of referee Larry Chote. North Walsham went down to a 4-1 defeat at Windmill Wanderers and Castlegate won by the odd goal in seven (Neil Harris 2, Aaron Roberts and James Richardson) at Norman Wanderers. The Otter recorded their third victory of the season as they scored five without reply against Horsford SC.
In 1B, Sprowston Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Haig FC but know that victory in their final two games will see them lift the title. Second place Norfolk CCSC came from behind thanks to two Ben Morgan goals as they beat Earlham United 2-1, Marcus Gee scored for United and Bayer FC stay third after a 4-2 win at Sprowston Wanderers. At the other end of the table Rose Tavern had an important 4-0 (Oliver Bennison 2, Will Abbs, Richard Metcalf) victory against St Faiths.
Hockering have one hand on the 2A title. Only defeat in their last two games and Sprowston Sunday winning all theirs will prevent them being champions after they won 2-1 (Dan Gowing, Mori Elliot) at The Stores. DCS Rapid were held to a 1-1 (Nick Weavers) draw at home to Norman Wanderers Reserves and Sprowston Sunday were comfortable 8-0 winners at Green Man. There was a nine goal thriller at Deopham where Jason Haze (2), Justin Cameron and Daniel Smith scored for Stoke but the home side replied with goals from Neal Quinsey, David Darkins, Lewis McKerell, Carl Sturman and an own goal, to take the points. A sloppy defensive display was responsible for Acle Wanderers conceding six at The Griffen. Edward Reeve (3), Carl Henry 2 and Lewis Daniels scored for the visitors.
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It's very tight at the top of 2B. Leaders Moles Rest were 5-1 winners at Maid Marian, but PL Rangers are still hot on their heels after a 4-1 win at Poringland. Jordan Rocastle scored from a free kick on the hour which seemed to knock Poringland's resistance and further goals followed from Matthew Goddard (2), and Gary Haze. Poringland's consolation was the goal of the game as David Gilfillan struck from twenty five yards. Acle Rangers Reserves continued their recent terrific run with a 6-1 win at Hingham and Ribs Rovers were 3-1 winners at Sporting Farmhouse. Hillside OB finish the season in the bottom two despite beating Hethersett Athletic 5-1 in their final game of the season.
Riverside Rovers' relentless march in search of the 3A title continued as they ran out 4-0 winners at Norman Wanderers A. New Buckenham are doing their best to stay in touch as they won 2-0 at Sporting Longdale, whilst Hellesdon Reserves are third after a 7-3 win at The Reindeer. Newsman Celtic and Mad Moose shared the points and four goals at Eaton Park and there was a welcome victory for River Garden as they stopped a free scoring Constable Crusaders in their tracks, beating them 2-1 thanks to goals by Josh Newton and Mark Fogarty.
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There was no letting up from 3B champions One Love United as they beat Bell Inn 6-3. Goals by Osiris Gomes (2), Ronaldo Balde, Nash Makuve, Tony Harewood and Lamarana Jallow proved that they still intend to win their remaining games. Briston Wanderers look well placed to take the runners up spot after a 4-2 home win over DEF FC and Unicorns Reserves' single goal victory over AFC Oak sees them up to fourth spot. The poor run of Salhouse Rovers continued, as despite goals by Neil Woolner (2), and Kel Haywood, they lost a seven goal thriller to The Gordon for whom Dominic Miller, George Mace (2), and Ashley Roe scored. That win for The Gordon makes the 2-1 victory over Aylsham Reserves by Freethorpe even more important as it keeps them just above their rivals and out of the bottom two.
Bungay Town are just one victory away from taking the 4A title in their first season. Their 4-0 home win over Sporting Longdale Reserves means that victory at Phoenix Felthorpe next week will see the trophy go to the Suffolk side. Brooke stay second after a single goal (Ollie Stamp) win over Temple Bar and after a bad couple of weeks Temples Property returned to winning ways by beating Phoenix Felthorpe 4-0. Manor Park are fourth after a 3-1 win at Hockering Reserves and the game between Whiterose United and William Rovers ended all square with a goal apiece.
Two goals each for Daniel Childerhouse and Shane Wright saw 4B leaders William Wanderers overcome a youthful Drayton side who were presented with their Dec/Jan Sporting Award by Fixture Secretary Bernie Hardiman before the game. Schoolhouse remain second with three games in hand as they won 5-1 (Calum Burke, Jack Smith, Joe McCarthy, Chris Hall and an own goal) at Hethersett Reserves and Chapelfield Rovers continued their return to form by twice coming from behind to win 5-3 at Spixworth Reserves. Hanif Whyte (2), and Luqman Heron, were on target as were substitutes Jamal Sealey and Leon Campbell. Wendene Wanderers gained their fifth point of the season as they drew 3-3 at home to Salhouse Reserves for whom James Smith grabbed a hat trick.