Catfield determined to keep league title

Great Yarmouth and District Football LeagueLeague champions Catfield took a big stride towards retaining the league title when they collected maximum points and challengers MK United were held to a draw.

Great Yarmouth and District Football League

League champions Catfield took a big stride towards retaining the league title when they collected maximum points and challengers MK United were held to a draw.

Catfield had a difficult-looking game with Reedham on Gorleston rec and Peter Self's side knew nothing less than three points was good enough at this stage. However, defender-turned-striker for the day Adam Hodds scored to give Catfield a routine 3-0 win.

Then, on Saturday they faced off against outsiders for the title Lacon Arms in a game that failed to come to life. Catfield won 2-0, which included a late Dane Whitley effort.

Lacon Arms' manager Steve Cuff rotated his squad ahead of the League Cup final, but this setback means they must now focus on finishing third, and possible silverware in the League Cup.

MK United suffered a big blow in their quest for a first title in seven years when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Shrublands. The visitors led 3-1 before having a player sent off, allowing MK to hit back to level, before missing a last-minute penalty which was well saved by Steve Hemp.

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Albion made it six points from six with a 4-0 win over Tramway, followed by a 2-0 win over Hemsby Reserves. Hemsby also lost midweek to Lacon Arms 3-1. GY International made sure of First Division status next season with a 6-2 win at Tramway, which consigns Tramway to Division Two next season.

In Division Two, Bohemians bounced back from a Burgess Cup final defeat to Caister United A with an 8-1 win at Carpathians to round off their league season unbeaten. Norfolk and Chance must wait for the last point as Caister United A recorded a 5-3 win over Gorleston Wanderers. Martham A made in two wins in a week with a 5-2 victory at Prostar Windows.

Prostar have now suffered two straight defeats, after losing midweek to Feathers 3-0. Feathers and GY United battled a 2-2 draw, which did neither side any favours in their quest for third spot. MK United Reserves and South Yarmouth played out a 1-1 draw.

Would all present and potential new teams note that the league's AGM will be on Monday, June 14 at Filby Village Hall. Any potential new or existing clubs within a 12-mile radius of Haven Bridge who would like the challenge of the Great Yarmouth and District Football League in 2010/11 can pick up an application form from fixtures secretary Ryan Starkey by calling 07788592529 or 01493 602345. The league is looking to build for next season and is grateful to the teams who have already indicated their interest in joining.

Results. Burgess Cup final: Caister United A 3, Bohemians 0.

Midweek results, Division One: Hemsby Res 1, Lacon Arms 3; Reedham 0, Catfield 3; Albion 4, Tramway 0. Division Two: Feathers 3, Prostar Windows 0.

Saturday, April 17, Division One: Catfield 2, Lacon Arms 0; MK United 3, Shrublands 3; Tramway 2, GY International 6.

Division Two: Carpathians 1, Bohemians 8; GY United 2, Feathers 2; Caister Utd A 5, Gorelston Wdrs 3; MK United Res 1, South Yarmouth 1; Prostar Windows 2, Martham A 5.

Fixtures, Saturday, April 24

Division One: Lacon Arms v GY International (Mill Lane, B Russell), Shrublands v Hemsby Res (Common, M Hubbard), Reedham v Albion (Burgh Castle, N Farrow).

Division Two: Norfolk and Chance v GY United (Mill Lane), A Russell), MK United Res v Feathers (Mill Lane, R Green), South Yarmouth v Caister Utd A (Halvergate, G Houghton), Prostar Windows v Carpathians (Mill Lane, B Skeet).

Wednesday, April 28, Percy Nockolds Trophy Final (ET/Pens, ko 6.30pm): Bohemians or Caister Utd A v Hemsby Res or GY United (Halvergate, officials TBA).

Division One: Shurblands v Catfield (Common, D Tozer), Lacon Arms v GY Peelers (Mill Lane, B Russell), Albion v Reedham (Mill Lane, P Emblem).

Division Two: Caister Utd A v Feathers (Allendale, R Drake), depending on Percy Nockolds semi-final result.