Acle Rangers searching for silver double after beating Riverside in League Cup
PUBLISHED: 11:04 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 28 March 2018
Acle Rangers are still in with a shout of completing a cup double after they progressed to the League Cup semi-final.
They reached the last four after a 4-1 (Sean Sandell, Perry Kelf and two own goals) win over Riverside Rovers.
With a Carrow Road berth already booked in the County Cup, Rangers will also be hopeful of a trip to the FDC on May 11.
With Riverside in cup action, Schoolhouse took the opportunity to go back to the top of the Premier Division, returning to form with a 5-1 (Rhys Logan 2, Jack Robinson 2, Ben Watson) home win over Poringland Wanderers. Horsford completed their season with a 2-0 (Yip Chong, Shaun Plant) win at Sprowston Wanderers, whilst Trimingham Pilgrims’ good recent form continued as they hit seven without reply at home to Farmhouse.
A cracking end to the season is set up in Division One. Leaders Phoenix went down to a 3-1 (Sam Page 2, Owen Page) defeat at second-placed Brooke, who are now only a point behind. Longdale, who have a game in hand on the top two, are three points behind the leaders after winning 3-2 at Hellesdon, whilst The Middle Green stay in the mix after a 5-2 (Dom Doggett 2, Adam Brown, Tom Matthews, Jack Tarrant) home win over Windmill Wanderers.
Woolpack are three points clear at the top of Division Two after winning 4-0 at Hethersett Ath. Their main danger, though, seem to be Drayton Dazzlers, who thumped second-placed Mischief 7-1 to maintain their 100pc league record. Briston were 4-1 winners at Barracks and a 25-yard strike from Marlborough substitute Michael Adcock was enough to give them the points against Vale Longo. Mettingham and Sprowston Ath Wildcats produced a seven-goal thriller, with Mettingham grabbing four of them thanks to doubles from Craig Bolger and Rob Marshall.
Norman Wanderers A are the new leaders in Division Three. A 7-2 (Ben Atkins 2, Reece May 2, Alain Elsley Medina, Jason Fuller, Tyrone Sparrow) victory at MC Rovers saw them go above an inactive DCS Rapid by a point with both sides having four games remaining. Brooke Reserves’ chances of silverware seem to be fading fast as they went down 4-3 to County Cup finalists Silver Fox.
Bungay Town Reserves ran out 4-1 (Reece Evans 2, Ryan Davies, Brandon Ling) winners at Newsman Celtic. It was a good morning for bottom side East Tuddenham as they collected their second win of the season as they beat Dynamo 5-0. Harleston Town made the long trip to Acle Rangers Res and came back with three points as Johnny Middleton (2), Lewis Haydon and Brandon Pickess all scored in a 4-3 win.
Congratulations to AFC Norwich, the new Division Four champions. Their 4-1 victory at Rose Athletic Res was enough to ensure that they clinched the title. The battle for the runners-up spot is still on, though, and second-placed FC Viking did their goal difference no harm at all as they put a dozen (Matt Billing 6, Craig Beeden 3, Rob Pointer, Liam Burke, Ian Beeden) past Cellar House. They now have 38 points with one game remaining whilst third-placed Hethersett Ath Res are four points behind them but have two games in hand.
In their quest for a league and county cup double, Aylsham moved to within two points of leaders Easton after winning 4-1 (Tobias Oliver 2, Owen Collier, Dale Gedge) at Ashill. Easton still have two games to play, Aylsham four. Watton United had a good 2-1 victory at Firside Ath but AG Athletic were left totally and understandably frustrated after getting a text from opponents Qube FC an hour before kick-off telling them that they would not be coming. The matter will be dealt with by the League Management Committee.
Scole United have gone to the top of the Under 19 Division after a single Harry Brookes goal gave them the three points at bottom side Heigham Park Rangers. They leapfrog morning leaders Old Catton who were held to a 1-1 draw at Cringleford. Third-placed St Andrews beat Hethersett Ath 2-1 whilst James Bemrose hit a hat-trick in Long Stratton’s 4-1 win at home to Hellesdon.