Around north Norfolk
AYLSHAM U15 met Norwich United. After the demolition of North Walsham, the Aylsham lads were given a much tougher test. Deadlocked for the first 19 minutes, Aylsham drew first blood with a penalty, coolly taken by Stuart Boam, given after good work from Sam Dennis ended with him upended in the box.
AYLSHAM U15 met Norwich United. After the demolition of North Walsham, the Aylsham lads were given a much tougher test. Deadlocked for the first 19 minutes, Aylsham drew first blood with a penalty, coolly taken by Stuart Boam, given after good work from Sam Dennis ended with him upended in the box. Matt Miller in goal and his defence were more than equal to the task. A storming run down the right followed by a cracking shot from Pete Needham doubled Aylsham's lead. Norwich pulled a goal back after 58 minutes with a speculative shot from 20 metres. The Norwich defence held out until a mazy run from Sam Dennis resulted in him pulling the ball back for Matt Hale to score with a superb strike. With minutes remaining and some of the Aylsham boys showing signs of tiredness, a great strike from the Norwich captain brought the score to 3-2. The final few minutes were comfortably seen out by Aylsham. A great result, made all the more pleasing as this was the first game for the team on the Aylsham recreation ground pitch. On Sunday, September 27, the boys are at home to Sprowston U15, ko 2pm.
CROMER YOUTH U11 entertained Mundesley and ran out worthy 11-1 winners. Cromer set-off at a cracking pace and Adam Spruce converted a fine cross from Nathan Foulser. Adam got his second to make it 2-0 and Nathan Foulser, who had a terrific game on the right wing, got Cromer's third. Jack Chapman also played well on the left flank and was rewarded with a goal before Jake Zelos scored to give Cromer a healthy 5-0 half-time lead. Jake who was on great form, got his second and Cromer's sixth with a superb shot. Ieuan Lightfoot scored the goal of the game with a turn and strike to make it 7-0. Jake Zelos completed a fine hat-trick before Ieuan got his second and Cromer's 10th. Joe Gasse Coope made it 11-0 before a late Mundesley consolation goal gave Cromer a deserved 11-1 victory. Man-of-the-match: Niall Brown.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U10 visited Stalham U10. The game was even from the start with East Coast finding it hard to break down the Stalham defence. C Craske and L Goodrum played superbly in defence keeping Stalham at bay. At half-time the score was 0-0. In the second half East Coast Warriors started well and a fantastic long shot from J Boggis opened the scoring. J Stearman, A Galley and J Boggis worked their socks off in midfield and Warriors were soon 2-0 up with an excellent strike from A Galley. S Howell was again solid in goal but could do little when Stalham pulled a goal back. O Woodrow and M Woodrow both played well up front. J Boggis netted his second goal of the day to make the final score Stalham 1, East Coast Warriors 3.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 travelled to Taverham and produced some great one-touch football. Othon shot wide as East Coast pitched tent in Taverham's half. Taverham found it hard to break though the determined midfield of Wilkinson, Glasgow, captain Lubbock and Brown, and when they did they encountered the stonewall back line of Reid, Smith and Richardson. Strong keeping from the Taverham goalie kept the north Norfolk team at bay until eight minutes, when Lubbock curled a splendid ball into the back of the net, followed a couple of minutes later by Lozeau's finely-timed curling cross for 2-0. East Coast broke and Smith crossed for Brown to slide the ball home. Taverham launched a counter-attack and lashed a high cross above Baker's head to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Lubbock's corner set up Glasgow for a quality diving header for a fourth. Just before the half-time whistle Brown chipped over defence and goalie to make it 5-1. Baker opened the second half scoring with a powerful volley. Othon hit the side netting before setting up a run for Lozeau for his second and East Coast's seventh. Taverham broke from the kick-off and forced a fine save from second keeper Paterson. The clearance led to a corner at the far end, which Othon hammered home. A couple of minutes later he made it a brace with a long curving volley, finishing off a superb individual performance, and another impressive team effort. Final score: Taverham 1, East Coast Warriors 9.
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EAST COAST WARRIORS U14 continued their good start to the season with a comfortable 3-1 win against Stalham. The Warriors started by forcing the home keeper to make several saves before the breakthrough came. A cross from the right from R Lees beat the defence and was met by an overhead kick by H Bailey that rocketed into the roof of the net. Home pressure led to a defensive mix-up and an equaliser. The Warriors hit back with another cross from R Lees and another goal from H Bailey with a will-timed volley making the score 2-1 at half-time. In the second half the Warriors piled more pressure on the Stalham defence leading to another goal when a cross from T Morgan eluded the keeper and dipped into the Stalham net. The East Coast defence held strong.
NORTH WALSHAM PANTHERS U14 played Lakeford Rangers who had two goals in the first 10 minutes. The Panthers put some good moves together and Matthew scored. Lakeford grew in confidence and made it pay with another two goals.
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At the start of the second half, both teams seemed to lose their way, and some indecisive play by the Panthers allowed Lakeford to score their fifth goal. Play was hard and fast, and then Leon made some space for himself, and scored a lovely goal. Both teams continued to play great football, with Max scoring an amazing goal for the Panthers, with the final score being Panthers 3, Lakeford Rangers 5.
STALHAM U10 were at home to last season's league and cup winners, East Coast Warriors. Stalham could have been a goal up after two minutes but Byron's shot just cleared the bar. Stalham worked their socks off to close every ball down and played excellently as a team. Joseph, Chris, Jake and Harrison were awesome at the back and the midfield of Sean, Matthew and Troy kept battling away to try to get the ball forward. Stalham held the score to 0-0 at half-time. The second half saw a little bit of uncertainty in the team early on and ECW scored the crucial goal to make it 1-0. However, Stalham settled again and William pulled off a great one-handed save to keep the score at 1-0. Ryan worked hard to win tackles and to try and get the ball forward. Despite Stalham's battling East Coast scored late in the game to make it 2-0. Stalham fired back straight away and a great lofted ball over the top from Harrison saw Byron, who was a constant threat all game, narrow the score line to just 2-1. With time ticking away Stalham pushed for the equaliser and conceded a final goal, again from a great strike, to finish the game 3-1. Stalham's manager is very proud of their strong team performance. Player-of-the-match: Harrison for a fantastic game in defence.
STALHAM U12A entertained North Walsham and throughout the first half dominated the game but just couldn't find the net. Their hard work was rewarded after 20 minutes when Matti's cross was met by Adam to slot in at the back post. Five minutes later Matti and Adam did the same to make it 2-0. Two minutes into the second half Adam headed a ball down the line to Rylan who placed it through to Ryan to fire home to make it 3-0. Jake then won the ball in the middle and put a nice ball through to Ryan who cleverly took it round the keeper and slotted it into the back of the net to make it 4-0. Will made it 5-0 when he fired in a ball that went lose from Stalham's corner. Adam completed his hat-trick when Jake put a fine pass through, where Adam sprinted down the line and blasted into the back of the net to make it six. Matti providedh a solid finish, with the ball being played through from Ryan after Aiden battled well to win it in the middle. Final score: Stalham 7, North Walsham 0. Player-of-the-match: Matti for his excellent work rate and intelligent play.
SHERINGHAM WARRIORS U15 entertained Wendene who were in good form. The Warriors created chances with Harry Carrington and Harry Stamatov creating a lot in midfield. Harry Carrington picked out Jacob Knowles down the left who ran clear through and hit a venomous shot past the keeper. The Warriors back four were tested but stood firm with Shane Cox, Tommy Bywater, Ali Burghall and Tom Harrison all putting in good performances. Nathan Lomax in goal was very accomplished dealing with everything that came at him. Tom Todd made it 2-0 just before half-time when Will Parker burst down the right and put in a telling cross that Toddy knocked past the keeper. The second half began as the first had finished, Cameron Humphrey had an inspired game in midfield not only creating a lot but also going close on a number of occasions. Will Parker made it 3-0 when he claimed the ball on the right, sprinted through and lifted the ball over the keeper. Wendene pulled a goal back when a lapse in concentration at the back gifted their striker a chance. The back four and Nathan in goal stood firm. Tom Dorey came on up front and between him, Jacob and Harry Stamatov could easily have added to the Warriors' tally. Jacob Knowles killed off the game when he raced clear of the defence and calmly steered the ball past the Wendene keeper. The game finished 4-1 to Sheringham Warriors.
WORSTEAD WOLVES U10 won for the second time this season with a good 6-3 home victory over Dereham Town. Both teams started well after good wins the previous week. Dereham opened the scoring but Worstead showed good team spirit in equalising through a Harry P shot from distance. Dereham went ahead again after a mix-up in the Worstead defence. Kyle then brought it back to 2-2 with a fierce shot. After a stoppage for a injury to the Dereham goal keeper who bravely saved at the feet of a Worstead player, Jake smashed the ball into the net to make it 3-2. But again Dereham pushed forward and scored again with a good goal. Just before half-time a Dereham player headed into his own net to make it 4-3 to Worstead. In the second half it was a tight game with both teams looking to score again. Jake hit the back of the net again to make it 5-3. Late on Worstead gained a free-kick just outside the box and Harry P blasted the ball into the net. The Worstead players all played well.
NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 following their heavy defeat by Taverham, showed just what can be achieved by plenty of effort and application by recording their first-ever victory against Norwich City Girls. Keeper Emily P proved unbeatable although the visitors did spurn two golden chances in the first half. Charlotte and Lucy were magnificent in defence and with Zoe, Robyn and Keira prepared to run and tackle they matched their opponents for determination. Lone striker Lauren found it difficult to break through the well-organised City defence. Phoebe was introduced into midfield for a spell in the second half and new signing Rowena was given her first taste of competitive football. Zoe scored the only goal of the match when following a run down the right her cross shot proved too hot to handle for the opposing keeper.
CROMER YOUTH U9, playing against Blofield United in their first competitive match ever, seemed to like the fact that they now had six players on the pitch and dominated the midfield with an impressive Tobi Nichols and Noah Downes working well together. The defence of William Copelston and James Cooper kept Blofield at bay. Jack Sayer playing the lone role up front worked tirelessly. Two goals by Noah brought an early lead before Blofield scored. George Cadman was outstanding in goal, pulling off a class save to deny Blofield a further goal. With sound defending and tackling by Henry Thompson and Kyle Jablonowski and with Megan Lightfoot bolstering the midfield Cromer continued to dominate. A further three goals were scored in the second half. A great display by all the team and a delight to watch. Final score: 5-1 to Cromer. Hat-trick hero: Noah Downes.
HOLT U10 started their league campaign with a home match against Soccer Stars. Holt were rewarded with a goal within the first five minutes, a 20-yard strike from Archie. Holt continued attacking with good efforts from Terry, Tyler and Cameron but the woodwork and solid defending from Ed and Jack in defence kept the score at 1-0. In the second half Soccer Stars put on the pressure and good saves from Joe kept Holt in the lead until a mix up led to a penalty which made the scores level with a few minutes remaining. Then a mix up led to Holt's second goal for Alfie. A good team performances from Sophie, Bobby and Kyle helped Holt to their first win. MoM: Alfie Harrod.
NORTH WALSHAM U15 got their first win of the season in a hard-fought match against a very tough Sheringham Youth side. These teams are very evenly-matched resulting in an exciting end to end performances. North Walsham went ahead after five minutes with a well-taken goal from new signing Alex Fielding. There was a lot of pressure from both teams but it wasn't until the 21st minute that Alex Fielding again found the net to put North Walsham two up. North Walsham's keeper, Eddie Colyer, was in fine form and was called upon a number of times in the first half to make some fine saves. The defence in front of him of Ashley Nichols, Adam Finch, Morgan High, and Danny Myhill kept Sheringham at bay and helped push the team upfield. The midfield of Josh Roper, Lee McCrory, Alex Fielding and Ryan Swift provided a number of opportunities for strikers Stuart Clark and Johnny Murray but without any further goals being scored in the first half. The second half started with Sheringham attacking the North Walsham goal and after two minutes they scored to make it 2-1. There were a number of goal line scrambles. North Walsham used all their substitutes: Jack Sherry, Danny Plummer, Shingi Masoha, Will Neill and Alex James but the final result was 2-1 to Walsham.