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CROMER YOUTH OLD BOYS hosted Cawston in a top v bottom clash with the home team, knowing a win would all but guarantee promotion. Yob started the game brightly and made several chances without testing the Cawston goalkeeper.
CROMER YOUTH OLD BOYS hosted Cawston in a top v bottom clash with the home team, knowing a win would all but guarantee promotion. Yob started the game brightly and made several chances without testing the Cawston goalkeeper. But midway through the first half they converted and scored through Wade Stanforth. Half time-1-0. In the second half Cromer, now kicking into the wind, started the second half like they finished the first. Shortly after the break Anthony Howell gave YOB a 2-0 lead. Aedan Robinson and Tim Wright caused Cawston problems at the back. Cromer's defence was solid again with Ryan Lotton, Lee Harrod, Nick Jonesa and goalkeeper Chris Furlong keeping another clean sheet, captain Craig Freemand and Chris Wiltshire dominated the midfield. Final score 2-0. MoM: Anthony Howell.
NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 beat Taverham Girls 2-1. A football match broke out at Millfield, one which appeared to be enjoyed by both sets of players, supporters and management. Izzy took the keeper's jersey, due to an injury to Emily P and gave a confident display in front of the regular defence of Sophie S and Lucy. Jess F started on the right of midfield partnered by Charlotte and Robyn with Lauren as striker. Subs Sophie H and Olivia both came on during the match. Angels looked lacklustre in the early stages but took the lead midway through the half. Lauren took the ball down the left and passed inside to Charlotte who hammered it into the net. Slack marking allowed Taverham to equalise before the interval. The second half, like the first, was even but Angels managed to snatch the lead again. Lauren's shot came back off a defender to Charlotte who drilled a long shot into the bottom-left corner. The visitors threatened in the latter stages but Angels held on for victory.
CROMER U9 continued their solid run of form with an ultimately comfortable win at home to Firside. In the first half, Cromer were on top, but failed to create many clear-cut chances. Megan deflected a Noah shot onto a post, while Noah and Ronnie both went close. James and Will defended well, and George made two fine saves as Firside came into the game. Wholescale half-time changes seemed to galvanise Cromer, who quickly took the lead through an improvised long-range shot from Tobi. Kyle and Henry were strong in defence, providing a good platform for Cromer to attack. Tobi netted a second goal, this time a fine shot from outside the penalty box. Jack made it 3-0 by seizing on a loose ball in the box to thump it into the top corner after good work by Euan. MoM: Henry.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U10 were at home to Firside U10 in a top-of-the-table clash. East Coast started the liveliest with the midfield of A Galley, A Little and J Boggis linking up well with J Stearman up front. A Galley opened the scoring with an excellent long-range shot. The Warriors won a penalty that was calmly slotted home by A Little and a goal for J Stearman made the half-time score 3-0. The defence of C Craske and L Goodrum were again outstanding. S Howell made some good catches and kept another clean sheet. J Stearman made the score 4-0 from a superb long-range effort. T Oxley came on as a substitute and his first touch was a neat header into the back of the net. A free-kick from A Galley made it 6-0. East Coast Warriors U10 travelled to Aylsham U10 for their last league game of the season. The whole team of S Howell, J Boggis, L Goodrum, A Galley, A Little, T Oxley, J Stearman, C Craske and B Candlish had to defend hard to come away with a 1-1 draw. The goal scorer was A Galley.
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EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 welcomed neighbours Holt FC to a nail-biting local derby at Bodham. Holt opened brightly but the attack broke on the solid back four of Wilkinson, Reid, Richardson and the fleet-footed Smith, who sent the wave of play back to Holt's end. This set the pattern for much of the first half, with strong approach play from both sides being broken down by very effective defensive work by both teams, backed up some great saves by Baker for Coast, and an outstanding performance by keeper Walduck for Holt. In the first period Lozeau and Lee both had near misses with oblique shots at goal, both cleverly intercepted by the Holt stopper. Lee followed up with a splendid lob that went just wide, and another shortly after which rebounded off the keeper, but nobody was there to follow up. With Coast outpacing Holt in this part of the game, several more good efforts came to nothing: Glasgow had a neat shot denied, a thunderous volley from Brown was tipped over the bar by Walduck at full stretch, and Lee's one-on-one was well anticipated for an athletic save. Lozeau also had a good effort denied. Holt came straight at their opponents from the second-half whistle, and gave the Coast midfield and backs a torrid time clearing wave after wave of attacks. Brown, captain Lubbock, Glasgow and Lee kept collecting the ball and feeding it back to Othon and Lozeau in the wide roles. They, in turn, put some quality crosses into the box, giving one-on-ones to Lee, Brown and Lozeau which would have probably netted against any other keeper. At the other end both Wilkinson and Smith put in some amazing clearances: Richardson and Reid supporting brilliantly. Despite the battling midfield keeping up the pressure on Holt, the tie was looking like a draw with under a minute to go Lee took a wide cross, ran it in and buried it - to rapturous applause from Coast's supporters. Both teams showed sheer guts and determination.
SHERINGHAM WARRIORS U15 took on the powerful Old Catton B, winning 4-0. Warriors got off to a good start with Jodi Norris firing into a bottom corner. Sheringham then made it 2-0 with the move of the game. Harry Carrington passed the ball out wide right to Will Parker who picked out Tom Harrison who had overlapped him, Tom hit the by-line and squared to Harry Carrington who had continued his run to guide the ball past the keeper. Catton had their chances in the first half but Nathan Lomax pulled off two stunning one-on-one saves and acrobatically saved a well-taken free-kick. Shane Cox was working hard in midfield, breaking up a lot of Catton's work and setting a lot of attacking moves up. Jodi Norris, who had been a livewire up front, made it 3-0 just before half-time. In the second half Old Catton saw a bit more of the ball but Tommy Bywater and Josh Glister were immense at the back, giving the big Catton striker hardly a kick. Ali Burgall and Tom Harrison, the two wing-backs, had a hard game but coped well with more second-half pressure. Cameron Humphrey had been moved all over the pitch but gave an outstanding performance wherever he was. Tom Todd and Josh Glister were playing as a front two and both had opportunities to score. Harry Carrington, despite feeling ill, made it 4-0 with a flick past the keeper, Harry Stamatov and Will Parker were also unlucky not to score with the keeper pulling off good saves. Warriors kept control of the rest of the game without looking like conceding a goal. Warriors now meet Catton again next week in the cup semi-final.
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STALHAM U10 played their last game of the season against Taverham and won 5-4. It was a hard-fought game with both teams battling until the end. The first half saw both teams start brightly and it looked like half-time would see no score. However, Taverham scored an excellent overhead kick to make it 1-0. Just before half-time great play down the wing saw the ball played to Troy who crossed it to Ryan who fired home. Half time 1-1. Stalham started the second half sleepy and were soon disappointingly 3-1 down. But the boys kept their heads up and Sean played a good ball to Harry who made it 3-2 when he showed great strength shrugging off the defender and burying the ball into the back of the net. Stalham continued to pile the pressure on and pressure from Sean caused an unlucky own goal to make it 3-3. It was end to end and Taverham then scored a fantastic header from a great cross. Troy, who had worked his socks off all game, went back at them, straight from kick- off, to make it 4-4. Both teams continued to battle but a great pass from Jake to Harry saw Harry clinch the win for Stalham. A well-deserved goal as he had shown great strength all game. It was a great team performance from Joseph's brilliant goal kicks, Chris and Jake's sound defending. Jake also put several lovely balls through to the midfield. Ryan and Sean worked tirelessly in midfield continuously tackling and surging forward. Harry and Troy deserve mention for their commitment, they both had super games. Final score: 5-4 to Stalham.
STALHAM U12A played Reepham at home, the game started well but the home side did not look up to the challenge. Reepham were first to score, which seemed to sink Stalham lower. The second half saw some player position changes and Stalham started to play football, allowing Ryan to score, 1-1, but Reepham fought back hard to score again. Ten minutes from the end Stalham woke up and played their style of football, rewarding Matti with a goal for 2-2. Some shots were taken at Reepham's goal but no reward came of them, final score 2-2.
CROMER YOUTH U11 found it was truly a game of two halves as they eventually romped home 10-0 victors away at Taverham. In a frustrating first half, Cromer came close to scoring on numerous occasions but just couldn't find the net. It was 20 minutes before Nathan Foulser eventually broke the deadlock to give Cromer a 1-0 lead and only outstanding defending by defenders Davies, Stubbs and Copeman and a great save by keeper Alfie Woodrow saw Cromer go into the interval with a one- goal advantage. What must have been an inspirational team talk by the management saw a different Cromer team take to the field in the second half. Stevie Foster put Cromer 2-0 up straight from kick-off and soon after, another lovely cross by Nathan Foulser was headed home by Adam Spruce to make it 3-0. The onslaught began. Two great crosses from Jack Chapman led to goals number four and five for Cromer and a hat-trick for Stevie Foster. A lovely strike by Nyall Brown made it 6-0 and a Harry Copeman cross was met by Adam Spruce to make it 7-0. An extraordinary hat-trick in just five minutes from Jake Zelos saw Cromer round off a good days work by the whole team and a memorable win. MoM: Jack Tritton.
MUNDESLEY YOUTH U16 played their third home match in a row against Old Catton and won 5-0. Five call-offs left them with just 11 players, skipper Jamie Nibari took the keeper's jersey and there was an unfamiliar pairing at the centre of defence. However, Mundesley took the lead with a brilliant goal, Darryl Daglass raced down the left wing, cut inside and beat a defender then the keeper before scoring. The same player added a second goal soon after as he chased a through ball and shot past the advancing keeper. The speedy winger then turned provider, his chip finding Joe Culley who laid the ball into the path of George Crane who shot home from the edge of the area. Mundesley made the half-time score 4-0 with a fine passing movement. Full-back Sam Hall sent Daglass racing down the left again, he drew out the defence and passed inside for Crane to tap in his second. The second half proved to be an anti-climax with neither side really producing any worthwhile chances. Mundesley did add a further goal; Culley was bundled over in the box and smashed the penalty home for 5-0.
NORTH WALSHAM U13 beat Salhouse 6-0. Walsham scored early from an excellently taken goal by A Johnson, after a fine ball from the wing by Wright. The half was enjoyable as a spectacle and with NW having the best of the play, they went two up when A Johnson turned provider with a great cross for Foster to head home. NW pressure forced Salhouse into a mistake as a defender headed an A Johnson cross past his own keeper to avoid the head of Foster getting onto it. NW nearly scored from the kick-off, but Foster was unable to control a great Walker through-ball. NW did make it four when Wright chipped the keeper from the wing. Late in the game, a great strike from Freeman hit the bar and then a fine through-ball was coolly finished by Walker. G Johnson made it six with a great shot from the edge of the area. Some great finishing at last, built on some good play in defence and midfield by Hinton, Copeman, and Hall amongst others.
NORTH WALSHAM YOUTH U9 travelled to Old Catton and returned with a well- earned 3-0 win. The away side began the game well but were finding it difficult to get their passing going on a relatively small pitch. Despite this, the first chance of the game fell to Connor as he shot just wide. Tom W was then presented with an opportunity from Jordan's big kick but was unable to get any power in his shot. The pattern of the game continued this way with the final finishing touch eluding Walsham. Tom D was unlucky with a shot from long range and then a good run from Max almost reaped rewards. Walsham began the second half with a real desire and directness about their play. A great run from Connor saw his rasping drive hit the post but Taylor was on hand to poach the opening goal for the visitors. This goal seemed to relax Walsham and they began to play more controlled football and the second goal soon followed. A surging run from George, which saw him beat three players, resulted in his pin-point cross being directed into the Old Catton net via a home defender. Catton continued to battle but could find no way past a resolute Walsham defence. Walsham added a third five minutes from time as Tom D turned and finished superbly into the far corner to complete the scoring.