North Norfolk scene
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 travelled to Aylsham midweek to play a side boosted by victory over table-topping Cromer, and that confidence proved a considerable challenge for Coast as the home side brought the game to their territory from the off, their first challenge seeing a long volley tipped over the bar by Baker.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 travelled to Aylsham midweek to play a side boosted by victory over table-topping Cromer, and that confidence proved a considerable challenge for Coast as the home side brought the game to their territory from the off, their first challenge seeing a long volley tipped over the bar by Baker. The back four pulled things together, and recovery seemed on the way as Lubbock, Lozeau, and Lee all had good efforts denied, and Lee put in an excellent cross to Glasgow to open the scoring. Brown had three decent shots saved before bending a curling cross which seemed to hang on the corner of the post for seconds before turning inwards for a second. Another goal proved elusive with efforts from Lubbock, Lee and Brown hitting the woodwork, and Paterson's effort intercepted by the home defence. Aylsham, having concentrated their efforts down one wing all match, and got little through, switched to the exposed wing, and Grand took a fine individual run around Baker to tap home, repeating the performance a
few minutes later for a 2-2 result
after a very sportsmanlike, but hard-fought duel.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 entetained North Walsham and opened well, Howell taking the first attempt on goal within a few seconds, but North Walsham responded strongly. After an extended defensive tussle in which the back four acquitted themselves well, Reid and Smith being particularly impressive, Baker took an excellent save, but the rebound was squared for Underwood to volley home, putting Warriors behind at half time. Second half, after five minutes of intense pressure from a group including Othon, Lee, Glasgow and Lozeau, they forced an own goal to equalise. This was followed up minutes later with an excellent long volley from Lozeau, taking a deflection off a visitor for a second. Lee took three good shots at goal, the last of which thundered into the net. Their confidence boosted, Coast played some excellent passing football, and had numerous efforts on goal locked down by a strong North Walsham defence and some good goalkeeping, leaving the final score unchanged at 3-1.
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NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS scored two superb goals at home to Norwich City Girls and conceded three rather scrappy goals. Emily P returned as goalkeeper with Izzy moving to midfield with Charlotte and Robyn. Sophie S and Lucy continued in defence and with both regular strikers unavailable Hannah W started in the forward position. Subs Jess F and Sophie H both had a taste of the action. Angels took the lead when Charlotte's pass through the middle sent Hannah racing away, she shrugged off a challenge and hooked the ball into the top left corner. Before half time Norwich forced an equaliser. Midway through the second period Charlotte battled for the ball, won possession and shot powerfully into the bottom left corner. Again their lead did not last long as Norwich scored from close range. The game seemed to be heading for a draw but the visitors worked the ball through the home defence to two of their players standing almost on the goal line and one of them had the simple task of tapping in for a 3-2 victory.
WORSTEAD WOLVES U10 played Mundesley in their last home game of the season and ran out 8-1 winners. Worstead scored first through Harry P when the ball was played nicely into his path and he finished well with a strong low shot into the bottom corner. Worstead played some great football and striker Jake B scored. A nice pass down the left wing from Kyle found Harry P who crossed low for the little striker to net. The third for Worstead was again finished nicely by Jake B after a good passing move involving four Worstead players. The first half was finished off with one more goal for Worstead and again it was Jake B, who completed his first hat-trick of the season. After the break Mundesley continued to play some very nice football but Harry P scored his second and the Wolves fifth with a great shot outside the box. Mundesley kept attacking and were rewarded with a fine goal. After some good work from a throw in Harry P crossed for a defender to deflect the ball onto his own net. After a change around with positions Ashley found himself up front and wasted no time in finding the net with his first, but well deserved, goal of the season. There was time for Kyle to score with a great shot from outside the box which crashed off the underside of the bar and into the net with the final score of 8-1 to Worstead. All the team played very well, but Mundesley deserve a lot of credit for making the game a pleasure to watch.
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MUNDESLEY Youth U16 recorded a good 5-2 win over Aylsham Wanderers. They took the lead with a penalty by Jamie Nibari but were pegged back to 1-1 by half-time. Lewis Amos put them ahead in the second period with his first goal of the season and within minutes he doubled his tally, following up to score after Joe Culley's effort had been blocked. Mundesley made it 4-1 when George Crane volleyed in following a corner kick. Rampant Mundesley made it five when Culley lobbed the keeper. Aylsham had chances but wayward finishing, and the fine form of Rees Leonard, kept the goal intact. As the minutes ticked away a tame shot from the left evaded the defence and rolled into the net off the far post for a result of 5-2.
NORTH WALSHAM DEVILS U15 entertained Dereham with a reshuffled team after being let down at the last minute, and began slowly. Dereham took the early lead following a long-range effort that Eddie parried but the Dereham striker reacted first to fire home. This seemed to waken the Devils, with chances being created. Mikey fired a long-range effort which the keeper saved before Freddie fired in from close range, but again the keeper saved. Freddie again had his shot saved, but Will followed up to slide the rebound home. John had a 20-yard volley saved well, however, with the Devils pushing forward Dereham broke down the right and although Eddie magnificently saved the first effort, Dereham scored from the rebound with a spectacular overhead kick. Freddie again was denied by the keeper before scoring from the resulting corner, bursting the back of the net. Eddie again pulled off two point-blank saves to deny Dereham to give a half-time score of 2-2. Dereham, after forcing a corner, scored unchallenged from it. The Devils continued to battle with George, Hayden and Crosby commanding at the back and began to boss the midfield with John, AJ, Mikey and Charlie winning possession and creating chances, John had a volley saved, AJ hit a free-kick just wide, and Josh went through one-on-one, but was denied by the keeper. A long ball, knocked on by Freddie, was volleyed home by Charlie to equalise. Dereham needed the points to finish in the top two and the Devils needed the points to pull away from the bottom. After a defence-splitting pass, Emery burst through the middle with only the keeper to beat, but was pulled back for offside. Final score: 3-3. This was a great team effort from the boys, and if they take this same spirit to Poringland this week, they should pick up all the points.
SHERINGHAM WARRIORS U15 had their penultimate game of the season away at Catton, and after a close game with them in the cup recently the Warriors turned on the style and a top-drawer performance to win 8-0. A cross-field ball was met by Harry Stamatov whose header looped over the goalkeeper. Then a sweeping move started by Cameron Humphrey at left back involved Harry Carrington and Tom Harrison who picked out Will Parker whose excellent cross was side-footed past the keeper by Jodi Norris. Jodi made it 3-0 with a stunning strike some 30 yards. Jacob Knowles went on an individual run past a number of defenders and just when it looked as though the keeper had stopped him, he turned back inside and went past two more defenders before rifling into the net: 4-0. Josh Glister made it 5-0 just before half-time.
In the second half Old Catton upped their workrate but could not find a way past Josh Dyde, Tommy Bywater, Tom Harrison and Ali Burghall in defence, and with Nathan Lomax being alert in goal despite a quiet game the Warriors made it 6-0 when Tom Todd picked out Josh Glister whose shot squirmed between the keeper's legs. Shane Cox and Harry Carrington, in midfield, were driving the Warriors forward and helping to create
many openings. Josh Glister again received the ball in the penalty box to score the Warriors' seventh and his first hat-trick of the season. Jacob Knowles finished the game
off in style when he burst down the left and hit a thunderous shot past the keeper.
MUNDESLEY YOUTH U16 played their third home match in a row, facing St Andrews, and recorded their third successive victory. Their first goal came from a low cross from the right by Lewis Amos which was fired in by Joe Culley. The visitors beat the offside trap to equalise before half-time. Mundesley restored their lead with a superb goal, Darryl Daglass sprinting down the left touchline and sending over a cross from the by-line that was headed in by Culley at the far post. A corner kick on the left from Daglass led to the third goal, George Crane scoring with a side-foot volley. St Andrews were rewarded with a goal following a corner. Mundesley were on the defensive for the last few minutes but held out the win 3-2.