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NORTH WALSHAM U13, fielding a depleted side, with an empty substitutes bench, were ahead in the opening seconds after some poor defending by Costessey.

NORTH WALSHAM U13, fielding a depleted side, with an empty substitutes bench, were ahead in the opening seconds after some poor defending by Costessey. The home team forced a great save from stand-in Walsham keeper Shepherd. Walsham took charge and Freeman-Hole headed a corner against the crossbar. The referee overruled a lineman's off-side decision to leave a Costessey forward to score. Things improved after the break, and the game came alive, with Costessey taking the lead after a simple ball through the middle was well finished. Walsham pressed for an equaliser, but left themselves open to the counter, and were unfortunate to concede a third when a great save from Shepherd fell at the feet of a Costessey forward. Walsham were still in disarray from the goal when they conceded a fourth. The fifth was the best of the match, a sweetly-struck volley giving Shepherd no chance. North Walsham continued to press for a goal, and the 5-1 final scoreline did not reflect the generally good performance.

REEPHAM U9: Pete Gowing has the side up and running, but would like to strengthen the squad. “We have a great group here, but we could do with one or two more players, so any one who knows of a boy or girl who wants to play football for the Robins should call me on 07917 361115 or the club's head of youth Mike Graver on 07717 760526.”

STALHAM YOUTH U12A played Aylsham U12 and battled hard throughout. They created some good chances in the first half but couldn't find the net. With the wind behind them in the second half, Stalham continued to pile the pressure on Aylsham. Stalham got their deserved break with nine minutes remaining when William put in a nice corner, which Jake passed across goal for Ryan to smash home. A minute later Matti on the wing put in a great cross for Adam to finish at the back post. Stalham got two more goals, which they deserved for their determination and work rate . Aiden put a superb ball through to Matti who calmly slotted it past the keeper and then Matti put a nice cross over for Adam to get the touch it needed at back post. Final score Stalham 4, Aylsham 0. Player of the match Jake for a solid performance in the middle. Special mention also to Kieran for a great ever improving performance in defence and to Rylan for taking over in goal.

NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS entertained Costessey Girls. The swirling wind made long passes difficult but both teams coped well. Emily P in the home goal kept a clean sheet for the third match running, including one goal line save as a shot came back off the post. Jess retuned in defence to partner Lucy and both gave a solid display. Zoe gave her usual all-action performance and was unlucky with some long-range shots. Charlotte came closest to an Angels' goal with a second-half shot that rattled a post. Kiera, Sophie and Lauren put in plenty of effort as did subs Phoebe and Rowena, but with both keepers in fine form it proved a day of no goals. Cromer Youth U12 beat Wendene Wanderers 5-4 with end-to-end football on a rock hard Runton pitch. Cromer went one down early on but despite facing the wind came back with another tidy goal from Gabriel Glenn. Wendene took advantage of the wind and the deceptive bounce of the surface and went back in front. Will Potter equalized but Wendene put the ball in the net twice more. Chris Lightfoot took off top scorer G Glenn and introduced Joseph Winterford and was instantly rewarded when Joseph picked up the ball and finished off a great solo run with an unstoppable shot. Half time: 4-3 Wendene.

Cromer came back well. Will Potter latched onto a Nathan Ellis through ball and slotted home to bring the scores level. Both teams put in excellent performances, Luke Swift pulled off some great saves and Cromer eventually ran out 5-4 winners when Will Swann popped up in the box with just a few minutes to go and calmly stroked the ball in. MoM Joseph Winterford.

EAST COAST WARRIORS U10 were away to Colt Jags U10 on a very hard, dry pitch. C Craske and L Goodrum were kept busy in defence with Colt Jags taking the lead just before half-time. In the second half East Coast battled back and an excellent solo run from L Goodrum equalised. The midfield of A Galley, A Little and J Boggis played well providing a through ball for J Stearman to net, putting the Warriors ahead. S Howell made some good saves. Colt Jags came back and equalised with minutes to go. T Oxley and B Fairclough came on as subs and worked hard to keep the score at 2-2.

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CROMER YOUTH U9's stand-in coach Chris Lightfoot was delighted with the team's performance, a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win against a useful Dereham side. Christopher Vesey opened the scoring, using his strength to create space then beating the keeper from a tight angle. Noah Downes doubled the score and victory was sealed when Noah scored his second. Tobi, Kyle, Megan and William all impressed, Jack was a handful up front and George was unbeatable in goal. MoM: Christopher Vesey.

CROMER YOUTH U11 entertained Norman Wanderers and ran out 15-0 winners. A combination of some fine goalkeeping and bad luck meant it was almost 15 minutes before they took the lead through Jake Zelos. Harry Copeman, who had a fine game on the left wing, scored Cromer's second and a rare right-footed goal from Ieuan Lightfoot left Cromer with a 3-0 half-time lead. The match soon became a rout. Jack Tritton had a tremendous game and got Cromer's fourth, with Sam Stubbs getting their fifth. Jack Chapman hammered home the sixth, with Stevie Foster scoring a couple of quick goals to make it 8-0. A great individual goal by Joe Gasse-Coope made it 9-0 and Harry got his second to make it 10-0. Sam Stubbs' second goal followed and Stevie Foster's hat-trick made it 12-0. The goal of the day was Stevie Foster's fourth goal, a 30-yard screamer. Late goals by a pair of Jacks, Chapman and Tritton, left Cromer with a resounding victory. MoM: Jack Tritton.

EAST COAST WARRIORS U14 beat Attleborough 4-1 to continue their winning start. The Warriors started well with some neat passing football but were frustrated by the keeper. After a sustained period of pressure from the Warriors Attleborough were awarded a free-kick which was saved by L Davies, however the rebound was put away to make the score 1-0.Warriors struggled to find their way back into the game until R Lees from the edge of the Attleborough area let rip with the equaliser. In the second half East Coast got back to playing passing football, dominated for large periods and C Lubbock fed the ball through the defence and a mix-up was bundled over the line by J Clark. Another followed when T Little headed in from a R Lees corner and the Warriors rounded things off with G Balding scoring from a tight angle.

SHERINGHAM WARRIORS U15 beat Sprowston Lads 9-4 as the top two teams from last season met. Sheringham Warriors got off to a flyer with Jodi Norris causing havoc in the Sprowston defence and chipping the keeper to make it 0-1. Minutes later Jodi made it 0-2 to the Warriors when Jacob Knowles fired a ball across the box for him to steer in the goal. Sprowston then hit back with an unstoppable shot from 30 yards out to make it 1-2. Harry Stamatov was performing well up front and was a real handful for the Sprowston defence, after picking the ball up Harry drove into the box to be upended by a Sprowston defender which resulted in a penalty which Shane Cox duly dispatched. Jacob Knowles made it 1-4 when he burst down the left and calmly tucked it past the keeper. Sprowston hit back twice scoring first from a corner and then a cracking header after one of their wingers put in a decent cross from the right hand side. Sheringham Warriors made it 3-5 just before half-time when Harry Stamatov latched on to a ball from Jacob and stroked it into the unguarded net. In the second half Sprowston were awarded a penalty when keeper Nathan Lomax was adjudged to have brought down a Sprowston striker, from which they scored to make it 4-5. Sprowston had their tails up but Josh Dyde, Tommy Bywater, Ali Burghall and Tom Harrison in defence dealt with everything that came at them, Shane Cox, Cameron Humphrey and Will Parker began to win the midfield battle and soon fed the ball to Jodi Norris who got his third and first hat-trick of the season. Harry Stamatov and Harry Carrington then linked up well with Harry Carrington then dancing through the Sprowston defence and smashing the ball into the back of the net. Tom Todd, Josh Glister and Tom Dorey all came on and put in some good work for the time they were on the pitch. Nathan Lomax in goal again performed well on a hard bobbly pitch. Jodi Norris then scored twice more to get five goals in the game and cap off an excellent performance from him. The Warriors won the game 4-9 to cap off another thrilling display.