Norwich Sunday League: POW deliver perfect response to surprise Senior Cup defeat
- Credit: Steve Adams
Despite it looking like a glorious sunny morning, the recent wet weather and cold snap took its toll on this weekend's Norwich & District League programme with only 13 of the scheduled 43 games being played.
In the Premier Division, The POW put last week's Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup disappointment – where they lost 3-1 to lower-level DEF – behind them as they won 7-4 at Dussindale Rovers.
Payton Swatman scored twice in the first five minutes to ensure a quick-fire start, whilst further goals came from Liam Moriarty (2), Connor Howett, Charlie Blake and Ashley Mitchell.
The other game played in the division saw Aslacton and Norman Wanderers take a point each from a goalless draw.
In 1A, Vale Longo moved up to third spot as they won the only game played in the division, 4-1 against Bungay Town Reserves.
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In the big game in 1B, DEF took a significant step nearer the title as they won 2-0 (goalscorers John Muir and Mo Bah) at Lakewood United.
Mischief are now five points clear in 2A, after a 5-3 home win over The Middle Green.
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Mischief made a brisk start and were three ahead in the first 25 minutes through Ed Myers, Theo Chamberlin and Gary Curtis, before the visitors pulled a goal back.
Tommy Miller restored the three-goal lead before half-time.
The second period was a much quieter affair where Ollie Johnson added a late fifth for the home side and Middle Green scored twice more.
It was reported that the game was a great advert for Sunday football in front of a large crowd and referee Tom Harvey received praise for delaying the kick-off as conditions improved.
Newsman Celtic moved up to fourth after a single Rob Setchell strike was enough for them to take the points at DCS Rapid in a game that saw referee Dario Matthewson receive high praise for his performance. In the division's other game played, Dynamo went down to a 3-2 defeat at Brooke Reserves.
There was a hat-trick for Jamie Smith and goals for George Tallent (2), Ellis Watts and Matthew Doyle as Phoenix returned to the top of 2B by winning 7-1 at Binham Village.
Winfarthing continue to lead the way in 3A, after two Robbie Peake goals and strikes from Lee Tricker and Dawid Kawa helped them to a 4-3 victory at home to Gaga.
SNS continued their good season by scoring 11 (Richard Taylor 3, Shane Gammage 3, Martyn Bath 2, Ben Morgan 2 and Luke Johnstone) without reply at home to Freethorpe.
A revitalised MC Rovers started the warm up to their Norfolk Sunday Junior Cup semi-final with a 7-2 win over Sporting Longdale Reserves.
No games survived the weather in 3B.
In the Under-19 Development A League there was a hat-trick for Sam Fisher, doubles for Tam Demunga and Max Sawyer and a goal for Harry Gibson as Long Stratton defeated Wymondham Town 8-1 in the A Division.
Matthew Scoular and Joel Elvin both scored in Norwich United B's 2-1 win at Easton in the B Division, whilst Hellesdon and Blofield United had to settle for a point each in a goalless draw.
Just a reminder to clubs, that even when your fixture is called off on the morning of a game or just before kick-off, the league needs to be informed immediately.
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