Scole in cup final plus Mercury notes

Scole Lads u18 will be playing their Ipswich and Suffolk League Cup Final on Tuesday, April 26 against Brandon Lads.

The match will take place at Ram Meadow, Bury Town FC with a 7.30pm kick-off. A coach will be leaving Scole Playing Fields at 5.45pm that evening. Spectators are welcome to come on the coach. Further details Paul Head on 07951 143220.

Diss Town U11 made a strong start at Heigham Park Rangers. A great break down the right led to Sam Hunt opening the scoring with a fine low shot. Jamie Channell then broke through and Isaac Holliday doubled the lead. Heigham pulled one back but Diss were still on top and Will Smith hit a post after a great move. Heigham equalised with a brilliant finish and man-of-the-match Steven Hines kept Diss in it with a crucial tackle. Diss created chances in the second half but Heigham won a penalty on the break. Josh Musk saved the spot-kick brilliantly and a cracking game ended 2-2.

Eye Saints U14’s manager, Gavin Potter, would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the players and parents for their successful debut season in Division One of the South Suffolk Youth League. The boys finished a creditable third place and were the only team to take points off champions Woodbridge Town.

For the forthcoming season Saints are hoping to strengthen their squad with more quality players. If you are interested in playing Saturday morning football please contact Gavin Potter 01379 870056 for more details.


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Harleston U13 played Kirkley and Pakefield U13 and in a game of few chances Kirkley just edged the game by converting what chances they did create. The game was all being played in the midfield areas with both defences well on top so it came as a surprise when Kirkley took the lead just before the break, despite the best efforts of Craig Ellis. The second half was slight better and the home side stretched their lead midway through the half. This woke Harleston up and pushed the home side back. Jordan Wright shot narrowly wide before Morgan Robinson’s shot deceived the home keeper. Harleston then completely dominated but could not score an elusive second so the home side hung on to claim the points. MoM: Alden Millican for an excellent display at centre-back.

HARLESTON U13 travelled to Acle and lost by the odd goal in a game they should have taken something from. After a quiet start, Harleston fell behind after a free-kick from distance found its way into the corner of the net. Harleston soon got back into the game when Ollie Warrent pounced on a long kick and rounded the keeper. Soon after, Jordan Wright slotted home from a flowing move to leave Harleston leading at the break. Harleston were dealing easily with the home side until midway through the half, when a deflected shot found its way in. Moments later, Acle took the lead from a corner. With five minutes remaining and Harleston putting the home side under pressure, Craig Ellis fired home from the six-yard box after a scramble. However, Acle scored straight from the kick-off with what turned out to be the winner. MoM: Tom Girling for a fine display in midfield. Acle U13 4, Harleston U13 3.

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Harleston U15 welcomed Lowestoft on a hot Sunday morning and the game looked and was played as if it was an end-of-season game. Harleston rarely looked the team they have been all season and were deservedly losing by two goals at half-time via a 20-yard shot and a penalty. In the second half they upped their game and pulled one back through Remarl Nelson who raced onto a through-ball and tucked it away. Lowestoft finished the scoring off with the winner 10 minutes from time. MoM: Ben Evans-Hendrick.

Hempnall U13 were required to play their last game of the season against Hemsby on Wednesday due to their opponents’ cup fixtures and began the match strongly when first Connor Garrod shot past a post and then Ethan Humphrey forced a good save from the keeper. Against the run of play Hemsby took the lead midway through the half. Sam Fisher fired in a shot from 25 yards which just went wide and then Ben Allen went on a 50-yard run down the left only to see his cross just failing to be converted. In the second half Joel Brookes had to make a double save to prevent Hemsby from increasing their lead. Oli Newson linked well with Ben to create a chance that would normally have been converted by Callum Maloney, and then Rhys Vertigans was close to a Dan Babbinton corner as Hempnall stepped up the pressure. Ethan shot over from a Callum free kick before Dan Babbington struck a fantastic equaliser from 30 yards. In an isolated raid Hemsby again took the lead and despite another 30-yard free-kick from Dan hitting the post they held on for the win. Final score: Hempnall U13 1, Hemsby 2.

LONG STRATTON U14 completed their season on Sunday, losing 5-0 to Acle. Lewis Bailey, in goal, was MoM.

Scole LADS U11 completed their league season with a visit to Horsford. An evenly-matched first half with very few chances for either side meant that the deadlock remained. Scole started to take control early in the second half and were rewarded when Boardman scored from the edge of the box. Barsby was then hauled down in the area allowing Manning to convert the penalty and finally Hitch found the net from an acute angle to make it 3-0. A good way to finish the league campaign and prepare for the cup final in a few weeks’ time. MoM: Williams.

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