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ATTLEBOROUGH U14 lost in their second game with Wenedene Wanderers on Thursday, however this latest performance was a marked improvement on Sunday's 6-2 defeat.

ATTLEBOROUGH U14 lost in their second game with Wenedene Wanderers on Thursday, however this latest performance was a marked improvement on Sunday's 6-2 defeat. Wenedene went 1-0 up in the opening minutes and the rest of the game was spent with Boro playing in the Wenedene goalmouth but failing to score despite numerous chances. This score did not reflect Boro's fighting spirit. MoM Matty Spencer. The match finished 1-0.

HARLESTON U13 were at home against Ormesby and needed a win to secure runners-up spot and automatic promotion. After 15 minutes of end-to-end football the deadlock was broken by an Ormesby own goal which in turn triggered Harleston into playing some decent football. Team captain J Lewis and N Keeling were combining well on the left and it wasn't long before Lewis grabbed a couple of goals, this was later followed up by yet another own goal to make it 4-0 to the home team. Still in the first half and the hosts weren't finished with their goal scoring as G Collins netted his sixth of the season just before half-time. Straight after the break it was business as usual with A Burlton scoring within a couple of minutes. Although Ormesby were occasionally hitting Harleston on the break, J Brown, in goal, and the back four were easily managing to deal with it. Top scorer A Burlton bagged a second midway through the second half and this was soon followed up by an unchallenged solo effort from N Keeling for his sixth goal in four games. Despite Ormesby getting a goal back and with the minutes ticking away Burlton netted another two goals to bring his tally to four. A great display from Harleston in this must-win game which secured them promotion and Division Two football for next season, Man of the match this week was J Brown for his excellent goal-keeping and for the third penalty save in as many games. Final score Harleston 10, Ormesby 1. Finally thanks are given to the players, parents and anyone else who has helped with the team this season.

HARLESTON U13, the week before, were away to St Benets Wasps and were looking to bounce back after a disapointing loss. Without a doubt, the visitors were totally in control and it wasn't long before G Collins slotted home the first of the game. After some great passing build-up, team captain J Lewis netted a second and with Harleston's defence comfortably dealing with everything Wasps threw at them it wasn't long before an energetic Collins bagged his second. In a momentary lapse of concentration by the Harleston defence, Wasps did manage to get a goal just before half time, making it 3-1 but their comeback was short lived as, after a goalkeeper clearance, M Manser for Harleston from inside his own half struck the ball on the half-volley to score an amazing first goal of the season! Harleston came out in the second half 4-1 up and were still hungry for more goals, two of these came from A Burlton and N Keeling, both were nicely controlled finishes one-on-one with the keeper. J Brown in goal had another great game, on the rare occassion he was called upon, and even saved another penalty, for the second week running. The scoring was wrapped up by an own goal, making the final score St Benets Wasps B 1, Harleston 7. MoM: G Collins for an outstanding midfield display.

SCOLE GIRLS lost to Norwich Canaries Green 5-1. The game started in a torrential downpour and Scole took full advantage when Vic Owen shot home in the first minute. Norwich settled down and got back into the game and they equalized following a defensive slip-up. Disaster then struck Scole when central defender Chloe Edwards had to be carried off injured and with no substitutes available they had to hastily rearrange their team. Norwich capitalized on this and took the lead and scored a third just before half-time. Using their numerical advantage to full effect Norwich scored again at the start of the second half but Scole then dug in and Tash Blakely and her fellow defenders Bea Blazak and Lauren Bond played superbly to halt the goal flow. With Megan Robinson making a string of fine saves, Scole battled courageously to match their opponents and only conceded a fifth goal with the final kick.


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HARLESTON U12 travelled to bottom club Shrublands looking to complete a league double and in doing so continue their recent good form - and they got a 4-1 win. Harleston attacked from the first whistle and should have been in the lead early on but missed numerous chances. They eventually took the lead midway through the half when Ryan Shadbolt headed home the first from a good Tom Girling corner. The second followed soon after when Shadbolt's shot took a slight deflection on route to the top corner. Tom Girling's corners were creating lots of problems for the home defence with the woodwork being hit twice in quick succession. Girling then added a third before half-time with the goal of the game, bursting through the home defence and slotting into the corner.

Early in the second half the home team, in a rare attack, managed to pull a goal back and, for a time, pressed Harleston back. Harleston regained their composure and went on to create and miss chances. Shadbolt eventually completed his hat-trick to put Harleston 4-1 up. Still chances came and went with at least 10 one-on-one situations missed. Thomas Peachman claimed MoM for a solid display at left-back. Harleston must learn to finish better against stronger opponents before the end of the season if they want to continue rising up the table.

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