King’s Lynn Sunday League round-up: Hope blow Division One title race wide open by beating champions
England's Hope set the King's Lynn Sunday League Division One title alight, despite the downpour, by coming from 2-0 down at home to beat rivals and champions Terrington 3-2.
Hope have been the nearly boys the last couple of years and seem intent on making this year, their year. A stunning brace from Dean Twaite-Smith – including a 50-yard strike – gave Terrington a seemingly unassailable lead before Ricky Gunns got his shooting boots on and banged in a hat-trick to give the men from Marshland a vital win.
FANG remain one of two unbeaten teams and sit third after seeing off long-term rivals Maltings 2-1. 'Tings were the only team to beat the Norfolk Junior Cup holders in 90 minutes last year, and FANG got their revenge with goals coming from James Buhlemann and Alex Vincent. Maltings netted through Liam Somerton.
William Burt had a bottom of the table crunch match against Wisbech Wanderers and ended up runaway victors by 10 goals to one. Ian Booty scored for Wanderers to equalise but Burt pulled ahead, scoring through Joe Burton (3), Sam Hewitt (3), Connor Parnell (2) and super-sub Nathan Glendenning.
Gaywood Park Rangers and Vulcatech battled out a hard-fought game, with GPR coming out on top, 3-2. Lee Somerton and Wayne Mitchell found the net for Vulcatech, but it wasn't enough as Chris Green (2) and James Miller got Rangers the win.
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Chilvers remain top after disposing of Horsepigs 6-3 at home. Simon Rose (2) and Jon Sykes gave Horsepigs a fighting chance, but the league leaders proved their worth through Liam Bowley (3), Adam Manning, Danny Jezeph and new signing from Terrington, Neil Goodbourn.
Lynn Napier's home clash against CSKA Emneth fell victim to the wet weather.
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In Division Two, Tilney Green Lions fell 2-1 to River Lane. The result gave the victors their first points of the season, leaving just Hustlers out of both divisions, pointless. Damian Suchocki bagged for TGL, but goals from Charlie Penston and Ivo Lipovski saw River Lane home to a historic first-ever win as an adult side.
Clenchwarton went to Fleet and battled hard for their 3-1 win. Jim Gilbert scored for the home side, but it wasn't enough, as goals from Chris Scamell, Josh Thurston and Tom Day saw their side triumph.
Flitcham Bell and Adrian Flux battled out a tough 1-1 draw in a game which saw Flux fail to convert a host of chances. Jon Howlett did finally notch for the insurance outfit but Dan Fuller did the same for Bell.
Hunstanton v West Lynn, March v Maids and CR Eastern Province v Hustlers were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.