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DISS U18 lost to hosts Felixstowe and Walton U18 7-0, their first game in over three weeks. Diss had chances to take the lead but were punished for some slack defending.
DISS U18 lost to hosts Felixstowe and Walton U18 7-0, their first game in over three weeks. Diss had chances to take the lead but were punished for some slack defending. Dawid Kawa attacked down the right wing in the fourth minute and pulled the ball back for Ross Shaen-Carter to hit a low shot from ten yards out against a post. Lewis Riches, on debut in goal, did well to get his fingers to the ball and push the ball on to a post in the 12th minute after a 35-yard free kick from Adam Dawson skipped up off the pitch. A minute later Tom Noon did well to block a well struck ten yard shot from Jake McDowall. Felixstowe broke quickly and when the ball was not cut out Jordan Egerton opened the scoring. Diss failed to cut the ball out twice in a minute and were punished, Liam Barber shooting in from eight yards out and Egerton from 14 yards out to make it 3-0 in the 26th minute. A promising move involving Damian Phelan, Kawa, McDowall and Ed Lake in the 31st minute ended with a shot from Kieran Nicholls being pushed away. Barber made it 4-0 in the 36th minute when he was not closed down and shot in from 16 yards out. Kyle Clover shot in at the far post when Diss failed to cut out a 66th minute corner. Three minutes later Shaen-Carter was inches over with a shot on the turn to a cross from Lake. Egerton completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute, again after Diss gave the ball away. Barber completed his hat-trick in the 88th minute after a penalty was given. Diss U18 have their final away league game of the season when they visit Woodbridge Town U18s on Thursday 25th February (kick off 7.45pm). The much-delayed Ridgeons Youth League Cup first round match between Diss U18s and Kirkley and Pakefield U18 will be played at Brewers Green Lane on Wednesday March 3 (kick off 7.45pm).
EYE SAINTS U13 moved 12 points clear at the top of Division Two with a comprehensive 9-1 home win against Saxmundham. Eye opened the scoring after nine minutes when good play by Tom Hargrave gave Levi Harris the chance to finish calmly. After 12 minutes Saints increased their lead when Joe Hooton burst through on goal to finish with a left-foot shot. Mid-way through the first half Saxmundham pulled a goal back when following a good save from Ben Roberts, Eye keeper, the ball was knocked into the net. Eye upped the pace in the second half with three goals in the first five minutes through Hooton, Levi Harris and a hat trick goal from Hooton. Saints scored their sixth goal when Reuben Martindale scored from close range and a few minutes later Levi Harris completed his hat-trick. Two goals in the last few minutes from Ash Harris & Cameron McKie sealed a comfortable win for the Saints. MoM: Joe Hooton for an excellent all-round display.
HARLESTON U13 were away to promotion rivals Gorleston Rangers this week and in a second versus third encounter with only goal difference separating them this was sure to be an exciting game. With their top goal scorer missing this week it was down to W Coleman to put on his shooting boots and he didn't disappoint by opening the scoring after ten minutes, this was quickly followed by an own goal after Coleman's cross was deflected. Harleston were two goals up with Coleman continuing to punish the home side with his pace, after great build-up play from J Lewis, Coleman's second goal was a fantastic curling shot into the top right corner of the net, easily a contender for goal of the season. Although the visitors seemed to be in control Gorleston managed to grab two quick goals at the end of the half to make it 3-2 at the break. The second half was end to end action but yet again it was Harleston in the driving seat as J Lewis slotted one home from a Coleman byeline cross. With the visitors strong defending and continually hitting Gorleston on the break it wasn't long before Harleston notched up another goal through T Hope for his first of the season to make the final score Gorleston Rangers 2, Harleston 5. A great win for the boys in probably the worst conditions they've ever played in, well done to all the boys but this week's MoM goes to T Hope.
DISS TOWN U10 TIGERS lost to Cringleford 6-2. In a game played in very challenging muddy conditions, Diss showed great determination and deserved a better result.
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Town were again initially slow to attack, allowing Cringleford's goal tally to reach five before a Diss corner was deflected into the net to get Town on the score sheet. Diss kept up the pressure with all players battling hard. The final goal of the game was scored by Samuel Seymour Blackburn after an impressive run.
HARLESTON U10 beat Ormesby Lads 2-0. A fantastic team performance by Harleston resulted in them inflicting a first league defeat on Ormesby. The game was played in atrocious conditions and it was Harleston that knuckled down and adapted far better than their opponents. The tone was set with some tough tackling by Ollie Mark and Luke Williams in the defence, the midfield generals of Middleton and Elgood pulling the strings and the lively forward play of Tom Williams and two-goal hero Barno Hope. It was vital that changes could be made and Ben Robinson and Jordon Dexter provided this meaning that the players being rested could go to the cars to warm up. Ryan Ellis kept his concentration in goal to ensure another clean sheet. Man of the match went to Barno Hope and the club wishes him success after his 'free' transfer to St Albans.
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LONG STRATTON U10 travelled to Shrublands in the wintriest of conditions. The lads did their best to keep warm and play football on what was a very uncompromising pitch but Stratton soon found themselves 1-0 down. Things weren't much better for the Reds by half-time when they headed for the break 2-1 down. A rousing half-time team talk didn't seem to kick in until Shrublands had scored again making it 3-1, but then it was Stratton's turn to show a spirited fightback, scoring three straight goals, putting them in the lead. With the score now at 4-3 to the Reds there was still one goal in it with five minutes to play and it went to the home team to make it honours even. Stratton goal scorers were J Bemrose (2) and man of the match Z Sawyer and W Gosling.
SCOLE U13 beat Norwich United 4-3. In cold and wet conditions this was certainly a game of two halves. Scole started strongly and created lots of chances, the first goal came when Thomas Constance played an excellent pass to Oscar Marshall who finished well. Oscar then took an in-swinging corner that the keeper could only push in to his own goal. From another Oscar corner the ball fell to Jake Snowling who volleyed the ball into the top corner. Nathan Locke then scored the fourth with a 25 yard strike. Unfortunately a different Scole team emerged after half-time and were their own downfall with some poor defending and were left hanging on at the end for a 4-3 win. PoM: Jordan Thurlwell.
SCOLE GIRLS U12 beat Swanton Herons 2-0. After some below-par performances recently the girls got back to their best. Scole started strongly and were soon creating lots of chances but a mixture of poor finishing and Swanton's goalkeeper stopped them scoring. The breakthrough did finally come with Ellie Drake finishing well after some excellent work from Georgia King on the left. In the second half Shannon Lummiss came out and saved well from a rare Swanton's attack, the defence of Georgia Edwards and player of the match Amber Elliott doing a fine job. Rebecca Archibald scored the second goal running through and finishing well. Isabelle Grimley and Lauren Seaman played well in midfield.
SCOLE GIRLS U12 beat Aylsham 4-1. This was another good performance from the girls who started brightly but again the finishing let them down, then Aylsham broke quickly and scored to make it 1-0. Scole continued to create chances and Ellie Drake ran through on the right hand side and scored to make it 1-1. Scole then took control and scored further goals from Georgia King, Rebecca Archibald and player of the match Ellie Drake.