Beccles/Bungay youth footy

ST BENETS WASPS U9B hosted leaders Blundeston Magpies A in a tense top-of-the-table game.

It was fast and furious with both teams playing well. Goalkeeper Ryan and Zak, Tariq and Ewan were strong in defence. Wasps were unlucky to lose Dylan, who was injured in the first half. Magpies scored and soon after got another. In the second half there was some great midfield play from Lewis, Aiden, Kurtis and Tommo, then MoM Lewis scored a fine goal. Wasps were disappointed to concede two more goals but battled on regardless. Final score: Wasps 1, Magpies 4.

ST BENETS WASPS visited Halesworth Town, both teams trying to play football on a sticky pitch. Both sides were determined to limit the chances but it was Wasps who were more eager and were deservedly on top with good passing and link play between Joe, Owen and Josh. Through this Wasps took a deserved lead. Halesworth battled hard and scored an equaliser. Wasps rallied and regained the lead through Tom following good passing again between Harvey, Browny and Ryan which allowed Tom to finish in the bottom corner. Zach was outstanding in goal with Will controlling the defence. Although Halesworth made it difficult for Wasps, they held on and deservedly won 2-1.

ST BENETS WASPS U9C travelled to top-of-the-table Loddon for a shield game and were 2-0 down in four minutes. Wasps soon got back into the game and started to put Loddon under pressure. This led to an own goal, which was soon added to by Charlie N. After a great pass from keeper Ryan N and a great cross from Myles P, he rose to head home. Alfie, having his best game of the season, and Ethan – along with Ryan D– kept things tight at the back. CJ with Callum and Finlay worked hard to break up Loddon’s play in the centre of the pitch. Wasps completed the comeback when a Charlie N corner fell to CJ, who volleyed into the roof of the net. Callum, for the second week, covered every blade of grass in midfield. He was helped by Finlay, Myles P and the two centre-backs Ethan and Ryan D winning nearly every tackle. Charlie N made it four when he smashed a weak goal-kick back into the Loddon net, then Ryan N had to make a couple of smart saves to keep Wasps in front. Loddon pulled a goal back with two minutes remaining, but Wasps saw out the game to complete a great win and move into the semi-finals. Managers Carl and Graham were very pleased with the effort put in by the lads, safe in the knowledge that whoever out of their 11 players are in the match-day squad, all will now put in the hard work needed. They have a great team spirit. Final score: Loddon U9C 3, Wasps U9C 4.

BUNGAY TOWN U9A kept two clean sheets at the weekend, starting with a convincing win in a friendly against their team-mates in the U9B team on Saturday. The game saw hat-tricks for Reece and Lewis, and despite several breaks by Bradley and Brogan for the B side, they could not get past Ollie and Connor in the A team defence. Harvey H made some fantastic saves for the B side. Their focus continued for the league game against Mutford United on Sunday, a tough game due to illness to Bailey meaning no subs. Bungay pushed forward at every opportunity, with Connor and Josh working hard to get the ball forward. Lewis and Reece continued to add to their goal tally for the weekend, Lewis getting a couple (one from a well-placed corner) with one more for Reece. Mutford were denied by great saves by Darryl. A post denied Harvey P who had a cracking strike in the closing minutes. Credit goes to the team for their enthusiasm, determination and stamina. Final score: Bungay Town 3, Mutford United 0.

BUNGAY TOWN U15 produced a remarkable 8-0 victory over league leaders Waveney. Their early possession was turned into a lead by Sam, and Adam soon back-heeled the second. Elliot tipped Waveney’s best chance over to stifle a comeback before the break. Rhys and Callum added two more as Bungay’s accomplished performance began to wear the visitors down. A string of chances followed but there were no more goals until a final golden period when Callum, Rhys and Kieron scored in quick succession, before Callum wrapped up his hat-trick with an audacious effort from near the corner flag.

HALESWORTH U9 continued their home matches with a fiercely competitive game against St Benets Wasps. After a 3-0 away win three weeks ago, this was an altogether tougher match against a well-organised side with a goalkeeper in outstanding form. St Benets took the lead with a scrappy goal caused by indecision, when the ball should have been cleared to safety. Harry Block scored a very well-made goal to put Halesworth back on level terms, but a goalkeeping error allowed St Benets to take the lead again. Wasps looked as though they had increased their lead when a firm shot was struck from near the side line, but the goal was ruled out as St Benets sportingly said the ball had gone out of play beforehand. The second half was full of Halesworth pressure but the keeper and defence held firm to give St Benets Wasps a hard-earned 2-1 victory.