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Central and South Norfolk League mid-season review

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.

The League tables are 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 three teams with Longham leading the way with a 100% record from their eight games played, writes John Turner.

They are closely followed by Dereham Taverners and Watton Utd. Res. who have both only dropped three points each.

These three seem virtually uncatchable with either points already in the bag or games in hand over the chasing pack. Shipdham, Morley Village, Attleborough Town A and Hethersett Athletic OB are best placed in terms of points dropped but they will all need the top three to drop a considerable number of points if they are to have any chance of being in contention at the end of the season.

Hethersett Athletic and Rockland Utd. have probably done enough to ensure that they will not finish in one of the relegation places.

So far as that is concerned, Sporle are already in danger of losing touch.

Unless they can have a better second half of the season, the other relegation spot is likely to be between North Elmham and Mulbarton Wanderers A.

Division 2 is much the same as the top Division. The exception to that is that there appears to be only two teams in contention at the moment for the two promotion places to Division 1.

Briston are unbeaten and have only dropped two points from a draw while Norwich Medics have dropped only five points. Hockering are the only other club in the Division who have dropped less than 10 points.

There is a large chasing pack which consists of another five teams. UEA A and Yaxham have both dropped 10 points while Bar 33, Bridgham Utd. and Castle Acre Swifts Res. have all dropped 12 points. Brandon Town Res. and their close neighbours Mundford Exiles share the next two positions.

At the bottom end of the table, Dereham Taverners Res., Tacolneston Res., Dussindale Rovers Res. and Rockland Utd. Res. are already slightly adrift and will have to improve to avoid occupying the bottom two places at the end of the season.

In terms of points dropped, Redgrave Rangers are clear favourites for the Division 3 East title, given that they still have a 100% record and are well clear of Briston Res. and Wensum Albion in terms of the number of points dropped.

The others in the chasing pack at this stage are Home Care Utd. and Morley Village Res. They are closely followed by Bowthorpe Rovers, Longham Res. and Taverham. The remaining teams of Bar 33 Res., Hockering Res. and Bacton are likely to have to settle for avoiding a place in the bottom two.

Things are much tighter in Division 3 West. Best placed are Tugas Utd. who have only suffered one League defeat this season and they are closely followed by Gressenhall who have dropped just five points.

Immediately below these two are Hingham Athletic Res. and AFC Weeting. These four teams are well clear of the rest of the Division and are in real contention for honours at the end of the season.

Cockers and Colkirk look likely to finish in a mid table position. Below them are Narborough Res., and Yaxham Res. followed by Necton Res. who have yet to take a point this season.

The League still has interest in the Norfolk Primary Cup as the competition resumes at the quarter finals stage on 20 January with three of the last eight places being filled by teams from the League.

Briston entertain AFC Walpole from the North West Norfolk League while UEA make the trip west to take on Gayton Utd. Res. Tugas Utd. also have a long journey to meet Ellingham from the Lowestoft and District League.

A week earlier Brandon Town Res. make the long trip to near Felixstowe to take on Trimley Sports & Social Club in the 4th Round of the Suffolk Primary Cup.