ULTIMATE FIRE SYSTEMS CENTRAL & SOUTH NORFOLK LEAGUE
With no fixtures over the Christmas period, the current break provides an opportunity to review the season so far and to look at where the honours are likely to fall, writes John Turner.
The table is deceptive given the wide discrepancies in the number of games played.
In terms of points dropped, the race for the league championship appears to be between two teams – Tacolneston and the defending champions, Castle Acre Swifts, who seem virtually uncatchable being eight points clear of the rest.
Shipdham, North Elmham and Narborough are best-placed but they will need both of the above two to drop a considerable number of points if they are to have a chance of being in contention at the end of the season.
The other three, Mulbarton Wanderers A, Beetley Bees and Gressenhall, are unlikely to make up the ground they have already lost and will do well to improve on their current positions.
Current leaders Marham Wanderers have the advantage in Division 2, as they are still unbeaten, having only dropped two points to date from a drawn match. Morley Village are also well placed in terms of points dropped although they have a backlog of fixtures caused by cup success and will have to ensure that they do not drop too many points if they are to make a serious challenge to Marham.
Sporle and Wendling are the next in line having dropped 10 points each and are closely followed by the trio of Hethersett Athletic, Castle Acre Swifts Res, Rockland Utd and Attleborough Town A.
At the bottom of the table, Tacolneston Res and Bridgham Utd are already slightly adrift and will do well to avoid occupying the bottom two places at the end of the season.
In terms of points dropped, Dereham Taverners are clear favourites for the third division title, given that they still have a 100 per cent record. The next five are clear of the rest of the division and may well have to settle for the race for the runners-up spot.
Watton Utd Res lead that pack having dropped five points to date and are closely followed by Longham Utd, Walsingham Utd, Billingford and Colkirk. There is then a massive gap of at least ten points to the next trio of Yaxham Res, Northwold and Feltwell Utd Res.
The next pair of Swanton Morley Cockers and Rampant Horse are likely to have to settle for avoiding a place in the bottom two alongside Dereham Athletic who have yet to pick up a single point this season.
The Division Four title looks to be heading in the direction of Bar 33 who have only dropped two points from one drawn match and remain unbeaten.
The next two in terms of dropped points, Shipdham Res and Scole Utd A, are behind with their fixtures and will have to avoid dropping points if they wish to stay ahead of the next pair, Rockland Utd Res and Scarning Utd Res.
The same is true for the following group of Necton Res, Narborough Res and Beetley Bees Res. The current occupiers of the bottom two places, Diss Greyhound and Gressenhall Res, need to start winning matches if they are to avoid finishing in those positions.
There is still considerable interest in the Norfolk Primary Cup as the competition resumes at the quarter-finals stage on January 9 with seven of the last eight places being filled by teams from the league.
The C&SNL is certain of at least three semi-finalists from the ties between Marham Wanderers and Bridgham Utd, Wendling and Sporle and Morley Village and the current Primary Cup holders, Dereham Taverners.
In the other tie, Hethersett Athletic are at home to River Lane Rangers from the North West Norfolk League.