Spotlight on Beccles area teams

Bungay Town Ladies lost ground at the top of the table when they came up against Hethersett.

It was a very much stronger and experienced Hethersett team than the one they played earlier this season but Bungay still gave it their all in a 5-1 defeat.

They soon found themselves 2-0 down but fought back when Michelle Stanborough turned in Leo Daulby’s corner. Other chances were few for both teams but the Hethersett strikers showed how to finish when given the chance.

The whole team worked hard with Lauren Mickleburgh, Leo Daulby and Emily Robins covering midfield and Sian Carter and Annie Piper closing down any gaps at the back, and when they did Remi Dowe was back to her confident self in goal. But late injuries to Sian and Leo and Lauren Purling cost Bungay dear with two late Hethersett goals.

A shame to come up against a team with Hethersett’s playing strength when thing were going so well in the Norfolk League but with a run of lower-placed teams to play, maybe all is not lost.


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Barsham had a blank week with the weather cancelling their fixture away to Corton White Horse Seltic at Corton. This weekend Barsham visit Normanston Park to play a tough league game against Pot Black (kick-off 2.30pm).

St Benets Wasps U9A played at home to second-placed Gorleston Rangers A and from the start were the stronger and more determined team. Wasps played some lovely passing football and created good chances and were rewarded with a goal from Owen following good work by Joe in midfield. Josh and Alex U battled hard in midfield and won good possession for their team. Gorleston scored a fine equaliser, with the finish giving the outstanding Zach no chance. Tom restored Wasps’ lead from a free-kick and Harvey added a third, out-pacing the defender to slot home in the bottom corner. Gorleston rallied and got one back but this inspired Wasps and Browny, in defence, made sure that Gorleston chances were limited with excellent tackling. Wasps were awarded two penalties which Tom converted and following a great move involving Kobe and Harvey, this gave Tom another which gave him four for the game. Tom then put Kobe through and his quality finish gave him his first goal for the Wasps. Final score: Wasps 7, Gorleston 2.

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St Benets Wasps U9B travelled to Shrublands. The game started fast with great pressure and skill from MoM Kurtis to set up Dylan to score a goal. Shortly after, Dylan scored his second with a fine solo run. There was some great defending from Tariq, Zak and Ewan to keep Shrublands out. Ryan was outstanding, as always, making some good saves. Shrublands scored just before the break.

The second half kicked off with some hard work throughout the midfield from Tommo, Lewis and Aiden. Wasps piled on the pressure and Lewis scored to make the final score Shrublands 1, Wasps 3.

ST BENETS WASPS U9C, after a week off, started off very slowly and never really got going against an under-strength Beckvale team. Poor passing and decision making made it hard for Wasps to get into the game. The only goal of the first half came after good work from Ryan D who found Myles P whose cross was met by Harrison who found Leo who finished well.

In the second half Wasps finally got into their usual pass and move football. Myles P again had a hand in almost all of the second-half goals with Ryan N grabbing a hat-trick, one of which was after a great solo run. Finlay and Callum again got on the score sheet, captain Ethan with Ryan D and Leo kept things tight at the back giving CJ not much to do in goal. Beckvale scored a well-deserved goal on the break before more good work from Ryan N, whose throw found Myles P who capped an outstanding second-half performance by smashing in a well-deserved goal to make it seven. Final score: St Benets Wasps U9C 7, Beckvale Boys 1.

Next week Wasps play in the semi-final of the shield away to Division One team Breydon United A and will have to be at the top of their game if they want to reach the final.

HALESWORTH U9 in bright sunny conditions on a very heavy pitch, played a well-contested league match against Waveney. Halesworth battled well in the first half with few chances for either side. Braidon Nurse was playing out of position due to Harry Block being unwell but defended well with some excellent last-ditch tackling. Waveney took the lead with a good passing move which ended in a firm shot with the keeper having no chance.

The second half saw Halesworth come into the game more and more culminating in a well-taken solo goal from Hayden Ling. The match was now stretched from end to end with both keepers making important saves – especially a brave double save from James Mitchell when the ball was bouncing around the muddy penalty area for an age.

In the end, both defences came out on top and the match finished as a fair 1-1 draw.

Crown Fire Central & South Norfolk League

Division One: Cockers 2, Shipdham 3; Cranworth 1, Tacolneston 7; Great Ryburgh 0, Narborough 3.

Dereham A 18 11 4 3 63 27 37

Thetford Rv Res 15 11 3 1 65 30 36

Swaffham A 17 9 3 5 51 35 30

Shipdham 13 9 2 2 31 14 29

Gressenhall 13 8 4 1 29 12 28

Bridgham Utd 12 8 2 2 38 18 26

Bunwell 16 8 1 7 51 34 25

Tacolneston 13 7 0 6 42 33 21

Narborough 16 6 2 8 29 31 20

Hingham Athletic 14 5 3 6 36 35 18

Rockland Utd 18 4 3 11 17 48 15

Great Ryburgh 16 4 2 10 24 55 14

Cranworth 17 4 0 13 27 51 12

Cockers 20 0 1 19 26 106 1

Division Two: Feltwell Utd 3, Northwold S&SC 5; Hingham Athletic Res 4, Necton 6; Morley Village 5, Sporle 3; Saham Toney Res 4, Wymondham Town A 2; Yaxham 3, Hethersett Athletic 3.

Hethersett Ath 14 10 2 2 38 20 32

Feltwell Utd 12 9 2 1 47 17 29

Northwold S&SC 12 9 2 1 44 18 29

Castle Ac Swifts 17 8 5 4 45 23 29

Morley Village 11 7 3 1 47 16 24

Nostro 12 7 3 2 42 20 24

Necton 18 7 3 8 47 42 24

Shropham Utd 13 6 4 3 40 24 22

Yaxham 15 5 4 6 37 44 19

Saham Res 16 5 2 9 44 53 17

Sporle 14 5 1 8 40 39 16

Wymondham A 17 4 3 10 29 49 15

West End 15 3 0 12 21 59 9

Hingham Res 18 0 0 18 17 114 0

Division Three: Methwold Rovers 2, Breckland Wanderers 4; Narborough Res 2, Gressenhall Res 4; North Elmham 6, Stoke Ferry 1; Thurton & Ashby 6, Splitz Utd 2; Wendling 14, Great Cressingham 1.

Thurton & Ashby 15 12 0 3 76 25 36

Methwold Rovers 15 11 1 3 66 29 34

North Elmham 12 11 0 1 53 14 33

Breckland Wdrs 14 9 2 3 50 28 29

Bawdeswell 12 9 1 2 56 22 28

Wendling 12 8 1 3 56 18 25

Marham Wdrs 15 8 1 6 58 39 25

Narborough Res 17 6 2 9 39 44 20

Gt Cressingham 18 6 0 12 29 75 18

Gressenhall Res 13 4 4 5 33 35 16

Stoke Ferry 14 5 1 8 35 44 16

Splitz Utd 18 4 2 12 27 68 14

Rockland Res 19 3 1 15 25 90 10

Shipdham Res 16 1 0 15 17 89 3

Division Four: Beetley Utd 0, Rampant Horse 4; Mattishall A 3, North Elmham Res 3; Shropham Utd Res 1, Scarning Utd 2; Tacolneston Res 4, Colkirk 2.

Mulbarton Res 15 11 2 2 54 18 35

Diss Town A 11 10 0 1 74 12 30

Mattishall A 17 9 3 5 58 30 30

Rampant Horse 16 8 5 3 64 40 29

Weasenham 16 8 1 7 56 43 25

Scarning Utd 14 8 0 6 56 36 24

Shropham Res 18 7 3 8 69 58 24

Beetley Utd 19 6 4 9 43 58 22

Tugas Utd 8 7 0 1 39 5 21

Colkirk 13 6 1 6 44 33 19

Nth Elmham Res 17 6 1 10 60 72 19

Tacolneston Res 17 6 1 10 38 56 19

Nostro Res 13 2 1 10 25 69 7

Dereham Cockers 18 1 0 17 14 164 3

Sound & Vision Junior League Cup semi-finals: Bridgham Utd 1, Thetford Rovers Res 3; Dereham Town A 2, Gressenhall 0.

Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire Pease League Cup semi-finals: Diss Town A 5, Bawdeswell 2; Marham Wanderers 5, Tugas Utd 2.

Fixtures (all matches ko 3pm unless stated

Division One: Bunwell v Great Ryburgh, Cockers v Narborough, Rockland Utd v Thetford Rovers Res (1.45pm).

Division Two: Hethersett Athletic v Northwold S&SC, Hingham Athletic Res v Morley Village, Necton v West End, Nostro v Feltwell Utd, Shropham Utd v Wymondham Town A (1.45pm).

Division Three: Bawdeswell v Marham Wanderers, Breckland Wanderers v Shipdham Res, Great Cressingham v Gressenhall Res, Narborough Res v Thurton & Ashby, Rockland Utd Res v North Elmham (3.45pm), Splitz Utd v Wendling.

Division Four: Mattishall A v Weasenham Wanderers, Nostro Res v Dereham Cockers Utd, Scarning Utd v Beetley Utd, Shropham Utd Res v Mulbarton Wand Res (3.45pm), Tugas Utd v Colkirk.

Ben Smith Memorial Cup fifth round: Bridgham Utd v Gressenhall, Castle Acre Swifts v Yaxham, Methwold Rovers v Cranworth, Sporle v Dereham Town A.

Dick Davey Ambulance Cup 2nd Round: Saham Toney Res v North Elmham Res.

Dick Davey Ambulance Cup third round: Shipdham v Hingham Athletic, Stoke Ferry v Tacolneston Res, Swaffham Town A v Diss Town A.

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