Harleston, Eye, Scole reports

HARLESTON U13 made it three wins on the trot with a battling display at Freethorpe.

Playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, they pegged the home side back and soon took the lead through Ollie Warrent. A thumping Morgan Robinson header doubled the lead before half-time. Freethorpe pulled one back just after the break before Robinson’s overhead kick restored the two-goal advantage. Harvey Clark lobbed a fine fourth goal before the home side rallied and pulled a second back before MoM Robinson’s fine through-ball found Craig Ellis to make the game safe with a fine finish. The home side grabbed a consolation just before the end to make the final score 5-3 in Harleston’s favour. A good display with the back four all performing well.

HARLESTON U14 played host to Gorleston Rangers in their last home game of the season. With a few defensive errors it was only a matter of time before the visitors took the lead, and it was another mix-up between keeper and defender that let Gorleston grab their second to go 2-0 up. Pretty much from kick-off Josh Withington noticed the away team’s keeper off his line and released a 25-yard shot which sailed over the keeper’s head to make it 2-1 to the visitors at the break. Within seconds of the second half starting Aaron Ward put Josh Lewis through on goal whose shot was parried into the path of Antony Burlton for him to slot past the keeper. The whole of the second half was Harleston on the attack but unfortunately Gorleston scored with probably their only real attack in this half. A much-improved performance by the boys, who were unlucky not to get anything from a game which can only be described as a great advertisement for youth football. MoM: Josh Withington. Final score: Harleston 2, Gorleston Rangers 3.

EYE SAINTS U14 lost 3-2 away at bottom club Kesgrave Kestrels. On a bumpy pitch Saints found it difficult and, uncharacteristically, Cameron Mckie and Joe Hooton missed two early chances. Ten minutes before half-time Kesgrave took the lead but five minutes later Saints equalised when Tanner Call converted a penalty. Kesgrave soon regained the lead from a free-kick but on the stroke of half-time Hooton equalised. In the second half Kesgrave went ahead for the third time and only an excellent clearance off his own line by Adam Brown kept the Saints in it. Saints went close when Reuben Martindale struck a post. MoM: Ryan Newton.

SCOLE LADS U13 struggled to gain possession and keep it against a superior Litcham side. Scole were very sluggish in the first 15 minutes and found themselves 2-0 down before they made an opportunity to score, breaking through Litcham’s midfield giving Everett a shot. Encouraged, Scole began to play more confidently, creating their chances but Payne, Everett and Gould failed to convert any. A third goal early in the second half knocked back Scole’s confidence. Despite battling to the end, the final score was 4-0 to Litcham. MoM: Jake Carradus.

DISS U11 nearly made a dream start at leaders Weeting with Kyle Hanusiak shooting just wide in the first minute. Alfie Parry and Billy Hines made some great tackles and man-of-the-match Lawrence Brown drove Diss forward, but they went behind to a breakaway goal against the run of play and were 4-0 down by shortly after half-time. Isaac Holliday tackled and ran strongly on the wing as Diss finally got their game together. Jamie Channell and Will Smith scored in quick succession and a comeback looked possible but Weeting scored again on the break to clinch the match. Final score: 2-5.

SCOLE LADS U11 were under par and were soundly beaten by table-topping Dereham. Jo Baker, in goal, was unlucky as the wind, slope and sun all conspired against him in the first period and Dereham took an early lead. Scole defended well, man-of-the-match Dan Ellgood the stand-out performer. For a while it looked as though Dereham would only take a slender lead into half-time. However, an unstoppable strike plus a couple of defensive errors and a well-taken corner all but ended Scole’s resistance. The second half was more even and Manning was unlucky not to pull one back when put through. Scole can be proud of the way that they kept going until the final whistle and for their improved second-half performance. Plus they have the perfect opportunity to atone in next week’s cup semi-final.

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SCOLE GIRLS U13 started slowly against Swanton Herons and couldn’t get their passing going, they were drawn into playing Swanton’s long-ball game. Swanton took the lead halfway through the first half and apart from an Ellie Drake shot Scole rarely troubled the keeper. The second half started a lot better and the girls started to pass the ball about well, particularly Georgia King. Bengisu Karakus hit a post, Ellie went close and Georgia had a couple of shots well saved by the keeper – and although it was all Scole they just couldn’t score. PoM: Ellie Drake.

SCOLE LADS U14 started this bottom-of-the-table clash against Rocklands well and opened the scoring when Dan Taylor went on a surging run from defence played the ball to Oscar Marshall who crossed for Dan to score. Soon after Aidan made it two when he scored from a pass by Jake Snowling. Charlie Deakin scored the third and George Mills scored the fourth running through and finishing well. Just before half-time Charlie Deakin scored his second and Scole’s fifth. In the second half Scole continued to create chances but couldn’t find the net again. PoM: Jake Snowling.

DISS U18 did not have a game last week. Their next matches are away at Woodbridge U18 tonight (7.45pm) and their final home league match against Stowmarket U18 next Thursday (7.45pm).