Dereham and Fakenham youth scene
WELLS U10 lost 5-0 at Fakenham U10. Wells made a steady start but were soon put under pressure by Fakenham, who scored two goals by half-time. Wells struggled to keep their shape and possession, and when they did get a chance they didn't take advantage.
WELLS U10 lost 5-0 at Fakenham U10. Wells made a steady start but were soon put under pressure by Fakenham, who scored two goals by half-time. Wells struggled to keep their shape and possession, and when they did get a chance they didn't take advantage. Fakenham scored three further goals, were the better team and deserved to win. Team: Jack, Bailey, James B, James P, Scott, Mark, Conor, Harry and George.
LITCHAM U12 welcomed Dereham Wanderers Reds for their first leg of the quarter-final of the league cup. Litcham started well, passing the ball to enable Titus to grab a goal from the right wing with a crisp low shot. Dereham created a chance for George to run through on goal and slot it away. Litcham played their neat football to create more chances, only to find the Dereham goalkeeper in good form with some great stops. That and determined defence work kept Litcham at bay for a long time. Litcham finally got their second which eased their nerves to enable them to play their normal game, creating more goals for Alby, Felix, Aaron (2), Nathan and Charlie. Final score 7-1. Congratulations to both teams on playing hard but fair and contributing to a good game. MoM Aaron Myhill.
DEREHAM U14 got off to a flying start agaainst Sprowston wanderers when Betts sped past his marker and crossed for Williams, to fire past the keeper from a narrow angle. Dereham took a decisive lead when Betts' firm shot, from Mason's lay off, squirmed under the keeper. Sprowston's striker fired wide and then over the bar under pressure from Ward. In the first minute of the second half the ball ran loose following a corner and Ward smashed it high into the Sprowston net from 30 yards. Sprowston again fired over from a decent position, before Cox had to make a good save. Then from another corner Churchyard headed towards goal and Williams made it 4-0. In the last minute Sprowston's striker curled a wonderful effort into the top corner. Full-time: Sprowston W 1, Dereham Town 4. Man of the match: Ash Churchyard, a fine performance at the heart of the defence.
DEREHAM U13 GIRLS: The top two battled it out for the second week running, for league points. At Felthorpe, Dereham met Taverham confident of continuing their winning run against their main title rivals. Dereham slowly started to dominate, creating some great chances. Bea was alert to fumbles by the keeper, and when a long shot from Merrick was spilled she put Dereham ahead. With Lanti always probing, Chelsea full of running, Bea's movement, Merrick's strength and with Joy, Becka and Lonny staying strong in defence this was a fantastic team effort. Chantelle back in goal was well protected but did make a couple of fine saves. Second half the Taverham keeper was equal to Dereham's efforts. Persistence paid off when Dereham got their second goal. The Taverham tipped a shot over the bar but from the corner Lanti rose at the near post to head into the top corner. Manager's PoM: Lonny. Final score: 2-0.
DEREHAM TOWN U12 played Norman and within 10 minutes were 2-0 up. Ryan headed the ball to Max who passed through for Lewis to rocket into the net. The second came out of nowhere when Lewis shot across the goal from distance. Ryan made a sliding tackle to stop Norman having a clean shot and Fitty made a diving save. The back four of Rio, Zack, Mateo and Joe looked in control but Norman hhit a post. Phil saw the keeper save his shot well. Half-time: 2-0. The second half saw Lewis quickly completed his hat-trick and Boyce saw his volley go just wide. Lewis had a 'goal' given offside and Wattsy had shot just over. Cally placed his shot neatly in the corne. Billy battled well in midfield and Fitty twice made spectacular diving saves. Full time: Dereham 4, Norman 0.
DEREHAM TOWN U11 hosted Wymondham. An early lead was established by Harry slipping one past the keeper three minutes into the game. Luke remained strong in the middle passing an excellent ball to Ryan who beat a defender to go head to head with the goalkeeper, his shot going just wide. A strike at goal was stopped by Olly but the ball slipped from his grasp and rolled between his legs for 1-1. Wymondham made it 2-1 before Olly made a cracking save from a penalty kick. Two minutes into the second half Ryan narrowly missed. Play continued to be end-to-end until Luke saw a cracking strike from just inside their half well saved. This spurred Dereham on, Jamie made a great pass to Harry who beat a challenge from the keeper, shot on target but the ball was cleared off the line by a defender. Connor picked up the rebound for a second attempt which again went just wide. With 10 minutes to go Dereham made three substitutions; Tom for Ash, Connor for Jacob and Joe for Travis. Despite several more attempts they were unable to equalise. Final score; Wymondham 2-1. MoM: Ryan.
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DEREHAM TOWN U9B hosted Reepham after wining 3-2 in the away game. Dereham had a fantastic first half dominating the Reepham end with some good passing between Joe H, Jake and Tom. Joe won a free-kick outside the Reepham box, struck it well and gave thye Reepham keeper no chance. This was followed by shots just wide from Tom and Joe again. Dominic, Jake and Harvey came on to add fresh legs. A quick break for Reepham ended with them hitting a post. Second half saw a good goal for Joe H for 2-0. Quick defending from Jamie and Jack kept Dereham with a clean sheet. Josh came on and scored a goal within 15 seconds, making it 3-0. There was further good defending from Ryan before a handball from a corner gave Reepham a penalty which was well struck making score 3-1. Man of the match for Joe H.
FAKENHAM U9 beat Toftwood 5-2, who proved a great passing side and put up a good fight, The first half was equal and it was 1-1 at half-time after Josh Whittaker added to his goal tally of the season with a cracking strike from outside the box. Elliot Hull was solid at the back with his perfectly-timed tackling supported by Michael Page who was first to the ball every time. But Toftwood equalised just before half-time. Reggie in goal couldn't stop the rebound after pulling off a brilliant save. Second half saw Jack Smith in goal after Reggie limped off. Jack pull off a great save within minutes and started a counter-attack. Brandon Futter sprinted down the wing and thumped a shot which hit the keeper then rolled in, Josh following up to ensure the goal. Fakenham came a live with some great passing from Cameron Webster, then a good pass from Brandon to Ethan Barley sealed another goal for Fakenham. Ethan's all-round abilities took him from defence to score for 3-1. Cameron beat two players and smashed the nball home for 4-1. Toftwood pulled another one back - Jack beaten by the power of the shot: 4-2. With Archie Savage chasing down everything and Josh Whittaker teaming up with Brandon Futter gave Brandon the opportunity to score another with a great curling lob from a good ball from Josh to seal a 5-2 win. Team: Reggie Bloomfield, Cameron Webster, Brandon Futter, Josh Whittaker, Jack smith, Archie Savage, Elliot Hull, Michael Page. Man of match: Cameron Webster.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 girls won 4-1 at Aylsham. Dereham's first attack resulted in Rochy scoring. Anna, Erren and Hannah were creating chances, Ella and Chelsea were holding strong in defence. Rochy then made it 2-0 with a good pass from Erren. Aylsham then had a shot but Drew tipped the ball round the post. Mary came on for Anna, but took a shot in the stomach just before half-time. Second half Dereham made changes with Millie, Cerys and Anna coming on. Cerys took a long shot but it hit the bar. Rochy then completed the team's first hat-trick - and finished off with a fourth! Giving all the players equal chances, Hannah then came back on performing well with Anna up front. Millie's outstanding performance included three long runs lacking goals. Aylsham scored consolation goal. GoTM: Rochy.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 GIRLS lost 5-4 to Norwich City Girls. Dereham fought back from 4-0 down to peg the scores level before conceding a late goal in an exciting encounter. The home side went behind in the first few minutes and before long found themselves three goals behind. Good defensive play from Saskia, Hollie and Charlotte and excellent goalkeeping from Jess kept Dereham in the game, although Norwich soon grabbed another goal. However, Dereham showed determination and slowly fought their way back into the match with good team play from Alice, Brooke and Leah enabling Laura to put the finishing touches to score four times for the home side to level the scores. But with the final whistle only a couple of minutes away Norwich City edged this contest with the winning goal. Dereham squad: Jess, Saskia, Charlotte, Laura, Alice, Leah, Brooke, Brodie-Mae and Hollie. Goals: Laura (4). Players of the match: Jess and Hollie.
DWFC U10 Stags beat Bulldogs A 5-3. The game started with great passing by Logan and Chris, Callum and Regan battling in midfield, Saskia and Josh strong at the back. A through ball from Callum found Logan: 1-0 Dereham. Callum hit a post and Chris' follow-up shot was well saved. A great save from Alice kept the score at 1-0. Alice saved a first shot but the rebound was smashed in: 1-1. Chris shot and Callum tapped the ball in for 2-1. Bulldogs scored from a penalty: 2-2. Logan made a strong run to score from the edge of the box: 3-2. Bulldogs pulled back to 3-3. There was another great save from Alice. Logan laid the ball off for Chris and great play from Dereham makes it 4-3. From a free-kick 15 yards out Chris hit the back of the net for 5-3. This was the Stags' best performance yet. Squad: Alice, Saskia, Regan, Chris, Josh, Callum, James, Logan, Nathan. Goals: Chris 2, Logan 2, Callum. PoM: Alice. Manager's PoM: Saskia.
FAKENHAM U13 scored first when Hilly put a great ball through for Kyle who finished clinically. Thorpe came back strongly. Dion made a tackle in the box which resulted in him having to leave the field with a bad gash to his knee which required stitches. Fakenham then proved the flexibility of their players. With both regular centre backs out, Tom and Sam stepped in with Olly and Jack completing the defensive line. Thorpe, however, managed to score just before half time to make it 1-1. Fakenham came out with renewed vigour and both Sam and Tom made excellent blocks early on. Brady battled for the ball in midfield and found Jack, who passed on to Christian, who shot. The rebound fell to Dan, who put it away to make the score 2-1. In an end-to-end battle Jack sent a beautiful diagonal pass through to Christian who put the ball over the defence for Jordan to run onto. Jordan chipped the Thorpe keeper to make it 3-1. Grant bravely dived at the striker's feet to make a save and plucked the ball out of the air from a strong shot. Tom made a number of excellent sliding tackles with Sam and Olly also showing their strength at the back. Thorpe, however, managed to get one more ball past the defenders and into the goal to make the final score 3-2. Team: Grant, Curtis, Dion, Sam, Olly, Tom, Christian, Dan, Jack, Hilly, Brady, Martin, Kyle, Jordan.
FAKENHAM GHOSTS U10 entertained Wimbotsham Wanderers who beat them the previous week and played with a lot more confidence, passing the ball well. Travis and Kai were once again very sound in defence. The midfield trio of Daniel, Jack and Ben worked hard and linked up well with Mattie up front to create a number of early chances but none were converted. The hard work eventually paid off and a good move from the Ghosts led to the first goal from Ben. Travis, Chant and Jamie prevented Wimbotsham from scoring. Just before half-time another good move enabled Ben to score a second goal. Half-time: 2-0. The second half started with the Ghosts making the more chances. Kai saw a good effort narrowly miss and Dan, Jack, Ben and Mattie linked together well but were unable to add to the score. Just when it looked like they were heading for a deserved win a lapse in concentration allowed Wimbotsham to score, then from the kick-off another mix-up by the Ghosts led to an equaliser. Final score 2-2, a match the Ghosts should've won. MoM: Jack. Team: Jamie, Ben, Chant, Daniel, Travis, Mattie, Jack and Kai.
FAKENHAM AMBERS U10 hosted Wells in a derby at Trap Lane. The visitors started well and posed several early problems. However, the Ambers began to freely move the ball around. With Reece and Ben probing down both flanks Fakenham opened their account with a well taken shot from the edge of the box by Jake. Fakenham continued to press through Josh and Aaron and with a few minutes of the half left Jake scored a second with a twisting shot, again from the edge of the box. Half-time: 2-0. In the second period Fakenham continued their free flowing game and Charlie scored two well-taken goals from close range. Fakenham marshalled their defence well and Josh, Rahul and Callum worked well as a defensive unit. Again Tom was on the score sheet as a result of a close range opportunity. Man of the match: Josh. Team: Callum, Rahul, Josh, Reece, Aaron (C), Ben, Jake, Charlie, Tom.