North Norfolk youth scene
CROMER YOUTH U9 put in their best performance of the season to win 2-0 at league leaders Sprowston, ending their 100 per cent record. Cromer started well and surprised Sprowston with some excellent attacks, led by Tobi and Ronnie, and strong defending from James and Henry.
CROMER YOUTH U9 put in their best performance of the season to win 2-0 at league leaders Sprowston, ending their 100 per cent record. Cromer started well and surprised Sprowston with some excellent attacks, led by Tobi and Ronnie, and strong defending from James and Henry. Cromer took a deserved lead when Noah drove into the bottom corner after a mazy run. Sprowston pressed, but George made some good saves and the defence held firm. Cromer began the second half on the back foot, but every player put in 100 per cent, with Kyle and William seeing off any danger and Jack and Euan a growing threat up front. George made some splendid saves, paving the way for Euan to make it 2-0 with a deft flick from a throw-in. Noah was tireless in defence and midfield, and George excelled with two more superb saves to help Cromer see out the game. MoM: All the players.
NORTH WALSHAM PANTHERS U14 played Dereham Town Youth in the third round of the Minors Cup. Although Dan, the Panthers' keeper, made some wonderful saves he could not stop Dereham scoring two goals. Towards the end of the first half the Panthers began to play their usual game of good, skilful football, with Elliot scoring twice to end the first half 2-2. Dereham started the second half with spirit, and the Panthers seemed to watch while they scored their third goal. Dereham were awarded many corner kicks, and from three of these they scored. The Panthers tried hard, but a combination of several offside flags and not playing their normal, attentive game, saw Dereham scoring again to win 7-2.
NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS, at home to Thorpe Rovers, recorded the third win this season, 3-1. Emily P gave another outstanding display of goalkeeping and was beaten only in the final minute. Sophie S partnered Lucy in defence and showed the promise of an excellent pairing. Charlotte moved to centre-mid flanked by Olivia and Robyn with Lauren as striker. Robyn ran the defence ragged down the left and fired in some impressive shots and some telling crosses. A right-wing corner led to Olivia scoring her first goal for the club. It was 2-0 by half-time with a route-one goal. Emily's goal kick went deep into the Thorpe half and Lauren latched onto the ball to score. Jess, Sophie H and Kiera all came on for spells in midfield and Sophie H particularly won the ball with some crunching tackles. Olivia netted her second goal with a confident finish as Angels kept up the pressure. Thorpe pulled one back from a breakaway in the dying seconds.
CROMER YOUTH U12 met Colt Jags. An own goal after 45 seconds set the tone for a game which was dominated by Cromer. Henry Mezetti bagged a hat-trick with some neat finishing. Gabriel Glenn, Will Potter and Kieran Cooper added three more, Colt Jags scored a consolation with a lovely lob from their No 16 having caught Cromer with a quick counter-attack. The Colt Jags keeper kept the score down with a string of fine saves and was rightly their MoM: Cromer's Jordan Wiseman and Eddie Nurse put in fine performances, with the whole team doing their jobs in a solid and determined manner on a difficult pitch. Final score 7-1.
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SHERINGHAM Warriors U15 won a bad-tempered game against Sprowston 4-3. The Warriors were moving the ball about well having Sprowston chasing shadows. Jacob Knowles cut in from the left and fmade it 1-0. The Warriors back line of Harry Carrington, Tommy Bywater, Tom Harrison and Ali Burghall were relatively untroubled in the first half, and Nathan Lomax in goal pulled off a couple of good saves. Will Parker and Tom Harrison were working hard down the right and creating a lot of opportunities for the Warriors with Will firing over from close range and Jodi Norris unlucky not to convert his chance. Jacob Knowles made it 2-0 before half-time after he latched on to a through ball. In the second half Sheringham failed to deal with a free-kick in the box which trickled through into the goal to make it 2-1. Cameron Humphrey and Jodi Norris with Shane Cox were working hard in midfield and had to really battle. Harry Stamatov up front put in a good shift, going close on a number of occasions and holding the ball up well to set other players up. He played the ball across for Jacob Knowles to complete his hat-trick. Sprowston pulled a goal back from a corner to make it 3-2. Tom Todd came on up front and made it 4-2 when he headed in from a Harry Carrington corner. Sprowston got another in injury time after another failed clearance
STALHAM U12A were away to Blofieldwho scored first after seven minutes. Stalham replied straight away with a well-worked goal. Ryan played Matti in who placed it superbly past the keeper. Blofield made it 2-1 after 11 minutes. Stalham were not closing down well and Blofield were first to everything, which meant Joel in goal had to make some excellent saves with the defence under constant pressure. Stalham kept battling and a good long ball from Will set up Ryan to bring the scores level. Blofield scored again just before half-time to make it 3-2. Just before the whistle Aiden put a good ball through to Ryan who finished well to equalise again. The second half saw Stalham's determination and strength shine through in a total contrast to the first half. Ryan found the net from a good ball from Adam who had worked hard to get it into the box. Stalham got a fifth when Jake outstandingly headed in Adam's corner. Just before the end Rylan put in a good corner that fell for Ryan to put across the box for
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Matti to make the final score 6-3 to Stalham. PoM: Kieran for an excellent game. Credit goes to Blofield for an excellent display
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 at North Walsham took the lead on 90 seconds with super header from Lozeau from a well-delivered curling corner. Walsham came back strongly, but the Coast midfield and defence removed the threat and kept Howell and Lee well fed with elegant play down the wing. This pair linked well with Lozeau to form a potent goal threat, realised when Lozeau made it a brace a few minutes later with a thunderous volley into the roof of the net off a sweet Lee cross. Coast captain Lubbock and Howell played some inspired football, ably supported by Brown and Lee. Most forward forays were cut out by Walsham's defence, plus a few good saves from Town's keeper. At the Coast end the few spillages were collected by Richardson, Reid, Othon, and Wilkinson, with Baker having to make one excellent save. The second period the Coast defence and keeper were under pressure, forcing more fine saves from Baker. Lee, Howell and Lozeau made excellent runs, but were frustrated, and Roffey had a good strike denied. Lee opened his account. Baker switched to a striking role while second keeper Paterson kept things safe at the back. Coast were convincing 4-0 winners.
EAST COAST U9 played at home against Old Catton B and secured a well deserved 3-1 victory. Early in the first half it took a fine finish from R Macmillan to break the deadlock and make it 1-0 East Coast at half-time. J Hunter made it 2-0 early in the second half from close range. R Tucker made a valiant effort to play despite illness but left the pitch for L Copeman who went on to score a fine individual goal after a run from the halfway line. Old Catton increased the pressure but J Long and T Redgrave were reliably strong in defence with R Porter-Davis battling hard in midfield and A Neath, improving every week in goal, making some fine saves. Old Catton kept probing and managed to snatch a late one back. Final score 3-1 East Coast.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U10 were at home to Reepham U10. The squad of S Howell, C Craske, L Goodrum, A Galley, J Boggis, A Little, J Stearman, T Oxley and B Candlish won the game 11-0. The goal scorers were: C Craske, L Goodrum, J Stearman, J Boggis (2) and A Galley (6).
CROMER YOUTH U11 entertained Colt Jags at home on a blustery day and ran out comfortable 6-0 winners. Cromer attacked from kick-off and with Stevie Foster controlling the midfield they came close on several occasions through Zeke Downes and Nyall Brown. It seemed just a matter of time till Cromer scored, but it was a frustrating 20 minutes before Jake Zelos broke the deadlock. Just five minutes later a fine strike from Jake again made it 2-0. The second half continued in the same vein and Jake soon completed a fine hat-trick to make it 3-0. Colt Jags now looked broken and a superb lob by Ieuan Lightfoot gave Cromer their fourth. Two minutes later a goalmouth scramble fell to Ieuan who slotted home again to make it 5-0. And a delightful back-heel rounded off a terrific hat-trick for Ieuan on his birthday. The Cromer defence, led admirably again by Jordan Davies and a couple of good saves by Alfie Woodrow, meant they achieved that all-important clean sheet and a well-earned 6-0 win. MoM: Ieuan Lightfoot.
NORTH WALSHAM U13 had a tough game against top-of-the-table Scole and had a disappointing 3-0 loss. The early game was end-to-end, and evenly matched, but a goal from Scole midway through the half proved the difference at the mid-point. North Walsham came out battling in the second half, but eventually conceded a second from a well-taken lob over the keeper. North Walsham had plenty of chances to score but unfortunately few shot on target, and late in the game conceded a third despite the best efforts of keeper Shepherd with an initial block. Scole ran out 3-0 winners in a game North Walsham could have drawn with better quality in the efforts on goal.
STALHAM U10 played the very strong Colt Jags team for a third week in a row and lost 4-0. It was another wet week and the rain did not stop Stalham from starting well and working hard. They were only 1-0 down at half-time and had a great chance in the first half to equalise but it was hit just wide. The second half saw some good attacking team play from Stalham and they looked very positive going forward. There was a period of play where they put Colt Jags under lots of pressure. Unfortunately, Stalham lost concentration again at the end of the game and conceded two soft goals. Colt Jags scored their fourth goal in the fourth minute of overtime played. PoM: the whole team. Joseph and William both had fantastic games in goal; Matthew (captain) and Jake were solid at the back. Ryan and Sean had super games in midfield and Harry was his ever-strong self in the centre. Josh and Troy both played very well up front.