It's a complete wipe-out

YOUTH FOOTBALL: All 78 matches scheduled for the Evening News and Pink 'Un Youth Combination, which included the second round of the Under 9s Cup competition, were postponed at the weekend with ice and snow-covered pitches contributing to the cause.

All 78 matches scheduled for the Evening News and Pink 'Un Youth Combination, which included the second round of the Under 9s Cup competition, were postponed at the weekend with ice and snow-covered pitches contributing to the cause.

It is difficult to remember when last there was a complete cancellation. Usually somewhere around the county a game or two defeats the weather each weekend.

A natural outcome of the mass

cancellation is that these weekly notes are affected.

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At the monthly committee meeting on Wednesday last the notice of the withdrawal of Costessey Under 15 from the A section was accepted,

the relevant fine had been paid and now the records of the team for future publications has been expunged.

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Games concerned are a one goal each draw with Sprowston and four defeats by Norman Wanderers (1-7); St Andrews (0-1); Thorpe (1-10) and Lakeford (1-5).

t The second round of the League Cup competition for the Under 16s down to the Under 9s was also drawn at the meeting.

They are to be played on December 7 and the draws resulted as follows:

t Under 16: Scole v Attleborough, Thorpe v Lakeford, Wymondham v Sprowston, Hethersett v Dereham, Firside v Fakenham, Watton v Hellesdon, Old Catton v Winterton and Hemsby, Taverham v Jex.

t Under 15: Thorpe v Sprowston, Scole v Watton, Bressingham v Lakeford, Dereham v Drayton, Rockland v Norman, Mulbarton - walkover, Old Catton v Morley, Fakenham v Hellesdon.

t Under 14: Fakenham v Sprowston, Firside v Bressingham, Thorpe v St Andrews, Hethersett v Norman, Dereham v Poringland, Old Catton v Attleborough, Watton v Norwich United, Hellesdon v Drayton.

t Under 13: Norwich United v Drayton, Hellesdon v Fakenham, Dereham - walkover, Thorpe v Salhouse, Wymondham United v Old Catton, Poringland v Norman, Lakeford v Costessey, Mulbarton v Taverham.

t Under 12: Thorpe v Norman, Taverham A v Costessey, Sprowston v Blofield, Jex v Taverham B, Hethersett v Dereham, Old Catton v Lakeford, Hellesdon v Attleborough, Wymondham United v Norwich United.

t Under 11: Mattishall v Norman, Old Catton v Toftwood, Scole v Lakeford, Costessey v Heigham Park, Fakenham - walkover, Dereham v Poringland, Sprowston v Taverham A, Firside v Hethersett.

t Under 10: Taverham or Attleborough v Thorpe or Costessey, Spixworth or Norman v Scole, Bressingham or Rockland v Sprowston, Dereham v Lakeford, Firside v Mulbarton or Poringland, Jex or Wymondham v Blofield, Hillside or Norwich United v Drayton, Hethersett v Old Catton or Heigham Park.

t Under 9: Old Catton v Dereham, Firside v Attleborough, Scole v Poringland, Jex v Hillside, Sprowston v Blofield, Spixworth v Horsford, Taverham v Mulbarton, Bressingham v Lakeford.


WATTON U12 were at home to Wymondham in the second leg of the cup, with Wymondham 3-2 up after the first leg and expecting to do the same again. The game was high energy from the off. Watton kept the ball in the Wymondham half and were awarded a penalty following a hand-ball, which Tom Rayner expertly put away. This brought Watton level overall, but Wymondham pushed hard and scored, putting Watton back to square one at half-time.

Watton's players knew they had to raise their game to stand a chance and Tom Rayner scored another two goals in quick succession, which hit Wymondham hard. Watton continued to push and after some great team play, Lenny Head scored twice in the last few minutes, making the final score 5-1 on the day and 7-4 overall. Wymondham were outplayed and Watton showed what they are really capable of. MoM: Tom Rayner.


FAKENHAM TOWN U9 played away to Reffley on a very cold and windy Saturday morning. The conditions were always going to prove to be a great leveller and the lads were made aware that they were going to have to battle for every ball. With the wind at their backs in the first half, Fakenham dominated without ever playing at their best. They went 1-0 ahead midway through the half when Reece scored from close range. Further chances were created but mainly due to a lack of composure and some good goalkeeping Fakenham were unable to extend their lead before the break.

Fakenham knew that Reffley would come at them more in the second half and the play was much more even which meant that Travis, Rahul, Dan and keeper Jamie had to perform well, which they did admirably, to keep a clean sheet which ensured they gained a hard-fought victory in a game which had they taken their chances they would have won much more comfortably. Man-of-the-match: captain Aaron Burton for leading by example with an all-action performance. Team: Jamie, Dan, Travis, Rahul, Josh, Aaron, Ben, Callum and Reece.


LITCHAM U11 entertained the Woottons on Saturday morning in wintry, windy conditions. Following the pre-match tactics to the letter, Litcham soon settled, gaining control with excellent inter-passing between the whole team. Felix opened the scoring with a nutmeg on the keeper and Nathan J doubled the lead minutes later. After a short spell of pressure from Woottons, Litcham again took control with Nathan J and Felix scoring once more each before half-time.

The second half started scrappily with the snow getting heavier by the minute. Wootons deservedly pulled one back before Felix broke down the right, crossing hard and low into the box for Nathan J to finish a well- deserved hat-trick. Final score: Litcham 5, Wootons 1. Man-of-the-match: Nathan J. Manager's man-of-the-match: The whole team. It was a pleasure to watch, well done boys. Team: Kyle, Ashley, Nathan T, Bradley, Charlie, Nathan J, Felix, Jake S, Harry, Titus.


NORTH WALSHAM U18, following a few lacklustre performances, travelled to rock-bottom Cromer eager to put in an assured performance with huge games coming up which will define their season.

However, the Angels scraped home when the game should have been well out of sight. The side included one change from the previous win with Christian Larter replacing the unavailable Michael Sommerfield. The visitors created a dozen worthwhile opportunities in the first half which were all spurned, which meant the sides went into the interval all square.

The second half continued in the same vein with more gilt-edge chances being spurned.

The Angels' title dreams looked set to suffer a potentially devastating blow. However a Jonathon Davison cross was headed home by Andy Hanby to the huge relief to the travelling army of Angels' fans. North Walsham continued to create chances but had to settle for the one-goal winning margin which was extremely disappointing considering their domination. Credit must go to Coates' men who battled valiantly throughout. On a brighter note, Alex Brady made an impressive debut in the closing stages for the Angels. Full-time: Cromer U18 0, North Walsham U18 1. Tonight (Thursday) North Walsham U18 entertain Harford U18 at Greens (kick-off 7.45). All support welcomed.


LONG STRATTON U10 entertained Harleston for the second week in a row. The mini reds had the upper hand for most of the match with Kieran S opening the scoring for the mini reds with a fantastic header. The away team then took control of the game by scoring their first goal of the match by passing Owen W, Jamie S W, Jamie W and Harvey N in defence. Harley B then took a superb shot but only found the post with Harleston taking control again by scoring their second goal of the match.

Harley B missed scoring another two goals but the mini reds took control of the game again with great teamwork especially from Bredan W, Max S, and Zak S. Kieran S then went on to score his second goal of the game set up by Harley B who again showed his great skills. Max S then went on to score the mini reds' third goal of the match with Kieran S scoring the fourth giving him another hat-trick. Kieran L had a fantastic game with some super saves. Final score 4-2 to the mini reds. MoM: Zak S.


Diss U18 kept their second clean sheet in winning their third league match this season as they created more chances to deservedly beat Hadleigh at Brewers Green Lane on a cold and windy evening, with the only goal of the game. The Tangerines were quickly out of the blocks and visiting goalkeeper Chris Keeler was forced to make saves within 30 seconds of the start of each half. Ross Shaen-Carter ran and gave Tom Allen the first-half shooting chance. It was Shaen-Carter who was on target at the start of the second half. Keeler pushed an 18th minute Terry Minshull shot/centre away for a corner, with the home shooting more accurate than the visitors', who were passing the ball around well, but finding the home rearguard impossible to break.

The only goal of the game came in the 28th minute when Joe Rumsey sent a firmly-driven free-kick from wide on the right to the far post for Steve Dungar to head powerfully into the net for his first goal of the season. Keeler made second-half saves to tip a 61st minute Rumsey free-kick over the bar, and use his feet to keep out a 72nd minute Shaen-Carter shot after Charlie Reeves ran down the right wing and sent a low cross in. Jack Buckmaster was confident in organising his defence throughout, but was called upon to make a save in the 89th minute to maintain the slender lead. He used his feet to keep out a low shot from close range by Kieron Dilloway. Diss MoM: Steve Dungar, who led by example in his first match as captain. He gave a mature and polished performance in defence and moved forward to head the only goal of the game from an excellent free-kick by the hard-working Joe Rumsey.

Diss U18s will be at home to Debenham Leisure Centre U18s on Thursday, December 4 (ko 7.45pm) in their next Ridgeons Youth League Central Division match.

t GORLESTON FC are looking for players at both U15 and U10 levels. They need at both age groups a player that can play outfield as well as in goal to give teams greater flexibility at games. The U10s are newly promoted to Division One and currently sit in third spot, doing really well, and are in the Ipswich and Suffolk Cup. The U15s are doing well in the mid table slot of Division Two and are looking for a couple of players. If you think you have got what is needed, contact Daren on 01493 604654 or 07535696819. They train on Saturday pm and Thursday evening.

GORLESTON FC U14B are looking for players. Please contact Peter 01493 600200 or 07768 012163.

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