Norwich and District Sunday League round-up: Acle continue their cup defence by edging thriller

Farmhouse (red) against Acle Rangers in the Norwich Sunday League. Farmhouse score a goal. Picture:

Farmhouse (red) against Acle Rangers in the Norwich Sunday League. Farmhouse score a goal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

On a weekend where the Norwich and District programme was almost wiped out by the torrential rain of the past couple of days, 10 games managed to survive.

Two of the League Cup quarter-finals went ahead, both at Eaton Park. Firstly, Farmhouse made holders Acle Rangers fight all the way. Ryan Mickleborough and Tommy Salmon scored for the home side before eventually going down 3-2 after extra-time (AET).

DEF recovered from last week's county cup semi-final defeat, to beat current Premier Division leaders Schoolhouse 2-1 (AET) with Sam Grady and Fionn Goodwin Wright the men on target.

The other two last-eight matches were postponed and will be rescheduled on a yet to be confirmed date.

In league matters, New Buckenham chose their last home game of the season to put a huge dent into the 1A title hopes of Dilham Cross Keys by beating them 3-2. It was New Buckenham's first win on their own turf this term and all three goals were scored by Matt Anderson. The result sees Dilham still top but with their main rivals having games in hand.

In 2A, Mad Moose, with four games in hand on leaders Mischief, cut the gap at the top to six points after Jon Soderberg, Michael Adcock, Josh Malin, Tibor Megyesi and Joe McFarlane all scored in a good 5-3 win at third-placed Constable Crusaders. In the division's other game DCS Rapid beat Mettingham 2-1.

There was a vital win for 3A leaders SNS. They made the trip to third-placed Winfarthing and recorded a 4-1 victory to move three points clear with a game in hand. GaGa completed their season with a 3-1 (Goalscorers Darren Hills, Kastriot Pepa and Aaron Sodah) win at Sporting Longdale Reserves.

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In the Under-19s, Watton Utd were 2-1 winners over Long Stratton in the only A Division game played. Marlborough won the battle of the top two in the B Division by scoring twice without reply against Norman Wanderers and in doing so took the title. In the C Division, Horsford were 4-2 winners at Dereham Town.

Club secretaries should now be aware that the league renewal forms have to be into the league secretary by April 30. They can be found at the club document tab on

* Video shot and edited by Denise Bradley