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SCOLE U15 GIRLS entertained Jex after a long break and kicked off the first half playing up the slope and against the wind. Jex were immediately on the attack and only good defending by Chloe Edwards and excellent goalkeeping by Megan Robinson prevented Scole from going behind.
SCOLE U15 GIRLS entertained Jex after a long break and kicked off the first half playing up the slope and against the wind. Jex were immediately on the attack and only good defending by Chloe Edwards and excellent goalkeeping by Megan Robinson prevented Scole from going behind. However, the pressure finally told and from a corner a Jex forward fired home. Worse was to come for Scole when a defender went off injured and with no replacement available Scole did well to get to half-time just one goal down. Back to full strength for the second half Scole went searching for the equaliser and it soon came after a run and shot from Hannah Beeslee hit a post and Nad Elliott followed up to score. After a goalmouth scramble Scole took the lead with a Jex defender getting the final touch and went further ahead when Vic Owen shot home. Good play down the right wing from Tash Blakely ended with Girl-of-the-game Hannah Beeslee scoring the fourth goal and Rachael Wall wrapped up the game when she scored the fifth and final goal to give Scole a very good win in extremely heavy conditions.
SCOLE U13 started slowly and a failure to clear the ball resulted in Costessey opening the scoring, Scole responded well and from an Oscar Marshall corner Jake Snowling equalised. Costessey then regained the lead but within a minute Nathan Locke equalised, Scole then started to play some better football and Aiden Shaen Carter and Oscar made it 4-2 at half-time. Scole continued to play good attacking football in the second half and scored further goals from Charlie Deakin, Thomas Constance, Laurence Breeze and MoM Aiden Shaen Carter completed his hat-trick to make the final score 9-4. This has guaranteed Scole promotion back to the A League and eight points from their final four games will make them champions.
EYE SAINTS U13, despite four first team regulars missing, showed their strength in depth with a comprehensive 11-3 home win against Kirton Kestrels. Saints scored early when a shot from Joe Hooton went through the keeper's legs. Within a couple of minutes Kirton equalised, and after 10 minutes went ahead with a fortunate own goal from Liam Potter. Two minutes later Hooton scored his second and a cheeky back- heel from Levi Harris put the Saints in front. Chances were being created by both teams but it was Hooton with his third goal that put the Saints 4-2 up. On the stroke of half-time Kirton pulled a goal back, after hesitancy in the Saints defence. Saints started the second half with a bang when Hooton scored his fourth and two excellent finishes from Harris put Eye in the driving seat. Saints were playing some good football and were rewarded with a fine goal from Hooton after an excellent build-up and a sweet cross from Tom Hargrave. Harris scored Saints ninth and his fourth goal with a good finish from a corner. Ash Harris scored the tenth and a stunning left-foot strike from Ryan Newton, which crashed in of the underside of the bar, completed an excellent win for table toppers Eye. MoM Levi Harris who lead the line well.
DISS U18 had their match away at Woodbridge U18 last Thursday postponed.
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ATTLEBOROUGH U7 were looking to keep up their 100 per cent record and this was going to be a tight game. Attleborough started with Daniel Bint, George Lusby, Charlie Cole playing at the back and giving their all in midfield were Kyle Allen, Cameron Schofield, Louis Vinson and Luke Havers, all these players winning most balls in the centre; up front was Asa Mcgeachy hoping to put more goals away to bring his tally up. The game started with both sides battling hard. The first goal came from Asa he took the ball and finished with style after he hit a post four times in the opening five minutes. The back three put in crunching tackles and the long ball found Asa who blasted the ball for his second. Brandon then came back at Borough and scored. This spurred Borough on and Asa then got onto a loose ball rounded the keeper like a professional and slotted it away for his third leaving the score 3-1. The second half saw Attleborough come out with the intention of taking all three points. Some crunching tackles from Charlie Cole and superb work from Kyle Allen saw the ball fall to Luke Havers to score. From the restart Asa got on the end of a through ball and finished superbly for the score to be 5-1. With time running out Asa slotted the ball home for his fifth and Attleborough's sixth. The final score Attleborough 6, Brandon 1. A superb team effort and 100 per cent dedication, both managers could not ask for more. MoM: Daniel Bint.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U13 visited North Walsham and won 2-1. Continuous rain played a major role in a well-contested game but fortunately the pitch stood up to the elements. Defences dominated the early exchanges until Robert Warminger burst through to beat the Walsham keeper at the far post. Hethersett held the lead until the break and looked to have extended their advantage when a Jake Frazer header was adjudged marginally offside. As both sides tired in the heavy conditions Matty Butcher was finally beaten in the Hethersett goal to bring the scores level. Walsham applied pressure but the visitors' rearguard stood firm with Will Parker scooping the ball off the line. With six minutes remaining the midfield set Waminger through again. As the Walsham keeper advanced, the prolific Hethersett striker lobbed the ball into the net. More home pressure was absorbed, enabling Hethersett to earn another hard-fought 2-1 away win. An ever improving Andy Cowen and club stalwart Josh Denny were superb at the back with Reed, Walker and Methab working hard in midfield.
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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U10 battled really hard in bad weather conditions against Costessey. They passed the ball well and went close to scoring on numerous occasions. The teams went in level at half-time. The second half was much the same as the first and Hethersett scored a goal from a corner taken by Aaron Walker which hit a Costessey player on its way into the goal. Hethersett finished worthy winners and did themselves, their managers and their parents proud.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U10 in their second game battled well against Lakeford in poor weather. They went close to scoring on a number of occasions. Lakeford scored two good goals to go in at half-time 2-0 up. Hethersett made two changes at half-time, taking off James Cowan and Aaron Walker and bringing on Harrison Alborough and Thomas Anderton. Lakeford scored once more to make the final score 3-0. Hethersett never gave up and the score did not reflect the game. Hethersett have gained confidence in the last three games and if they continue in this manner they should start to climb the league.
WYMONDHAM TOWN U13 travelled to Blofield. Immediately after the kick-off Wymondham won the ball and attacked and Jack Newbery scored. Blofield soon equalised to make it 1-1. Wymondham put the pressure on and persistence from Oli Street in the opposition box forced a penalty, which was converted by Jack Newbery. Strong work by the back four of Fraser Field, Joe Goreham, Owen Lancaster and A J Harmer held a buoyant Blofield, who were pushing hard for the equaliser. Sam Palmer made some good saves and good distribution, but could not stop Blofield scoring. The midfield of James Burns, Michael Farmer, Jack Newbery and Jack Marshall worked tirelessly, supporting the front two of Charlie Love and Oli Street. Two quick goals by Blofield made it 4-2, but Wymondham hit back when a cross from Charlie Love was converted by Oli Street to make it 4-3. The second half saw Blofield have the advantage of the slope, and in deteriorating weather conditions, they stretched their lead to 5-3. Wymondham carried on fighting to the end to bring the score back to 5-4, with Jack Newbery's looping shot giving him his hat-trick. Wymondham maintained the pressure but were unable to find the equaliser.
ATTLEBOROUGH TOWN U10 visited Dereham in the semi-final of the cup. Playing in the continuous rain on the 3G pitch, this was always going to be a tough encounter. Boro started well, with a determination to win, but Dereham gained confidence and composure and after pressure down the left flank, they took the lead with a powerful shot. This seemed to wake Boro up and they began to put the pressure on, resulting in a corner. Alfie floated in a great ball, which Ricky duly headed home to equalise. Spirits were now high and the pressure continued, with Ryan taking control of the centre, playing a through-ball for Ricky to slot home a second. The second half saw some great battling from Jordan on the right and from the defensive duo of Pezza and Liam. Dereham did fight back, but the safe hands of Binty protected the lead. The referee's decision to play an extra three minutes gave Boro substitute Euan an opportunity to head a great ball over the keeper to secure a 3-1 victory. Boro now face either Thorpe or Old Catton in the final.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 beat Mundford 5-4 on penalties to win the cup semi-final after it was 4-4 at the end of normal time. This is what cup semi-finals should be like - end to end and tight to the very last minute. Wymondham attacked straight from the kick-off and after 30 seconds should have been ahead, but Sonny Clarke unfortunately failed to connect in front of an open goal. Wymondham soon paid the price when Mundford went ahead after a well-worked goal. The response from the boys was immediate and Sonny whipped in a corner for Henry Metcalf to volley in from close range. Mundford then went ahead again through their impressive number nine. Shortly before half-time Wymondham struck back. After great determination from Sonny, the ball was threaded through to Jacob Bush, who made no mistake for 2-2. Fergus Hughes made some great saves, with immaculate handling, as the half wore on. Half-time score: 2-2. At the start of the second half, Town were getting on top. Charlie Gavin was controlling things at the back, and they were starting to dominate but then, from nowhere, a shot from the edge of the box crept into the bottom corner and Wymondham were behind again. They drove forward again, and after more pressure, a fierce Sonny shot, which was going wide, was well controlled by Henry and he managed to turn and slip the ball past the keeper for 3-3. Moving into the last 15 minutes, Jamie Blanchflower was introduced to help keep things tight at the back, but a break by Mundford saw them score from an acute angle to go ahead again. Surely to come back for a fourth time was going to be too much to ask? Town piled forward and pushed Jacob alongside Henry in an attempt to claw themselves back again, and with a minute to go, a great through-ball from Jacob found Henry, and with great composure he slid it past the advancing keeper make the score 4-4 and take this superb contest into penalties. The first penalty from Jamie was tipped onto the bar, then Luke, Sonny, Jacob, and Henry scored, and as Fergus had saved a Mundford kick, it was down to the keepers. Fergus, with great confidence, placed his kick into the bottom corner, and then made a great save from the Mundford keeper to make it 5-4 to Town on penalties and send them into the final. To say the management team are proud of the boys would be an understatement! Wymondham MoM: Henry Metcalf and Jacob Bush. Opposition MoM: Fergus Hughes.