Spotlight on Times area youth
MUNDFORD U10 played Mulbarton, who got off to a good start against the run of play, scoring in the first quarter.
However, Jude, Harvey and Sam were all linking up well at the front enabling Harvey to even the score up by the end of the first quarter. Mundford then took control of the game never really letting it slip thanks to keeper Angus, and Billy and Fernando defending. Harvey and Luke managed another goal each in the second quarter with some brilliant passing amongst the boys. Sam continued the scoring making it 4-2 and was closely followed by a sublime weighted pass from James straight into the path of Harvey who made no mistake in netting it. Harry came on in the last quarter to provide some fresh legs up front. Harvey went on to score a further two goals making the final score 7-2. MoM: Fernando Alvez.
MUNDFORD U12 hosted Watton and produced a very lacklustre display. After lots of scrappy play Ryan Harvey raced onto a Michael Corbyns pass to slot home and just before the break Corbyn’s fierce drive gave Mundford a two-goal lead. They began the second half better as straight from the kick-off a move involving Havey, Pinner, Alves, Zipfell, Hutcherson and Long saw Corbyn cut inside and thump home for a wonderful goal. The performance level dipped considerably after this though, and a spirited Watton side deservedly pulled the deficit back to get themselves a point. Final score: Mundford 3, Watton 3. MoM: Ryan Harvey.
BULLDOGS U13 played their local derby away to Thetford Town and lost 4-2. Town started the game stronger and were deservedly 2-0 up at the break with Bulldogs only having one shot, which the keeper saved comfortably. In the second half Bulldogs came out more determined and scored quickly when Daniel Stevens headed past the keeper after good work from Andre, then Daniel set up Andre Marcao to score the equaliser with a well-taken shot. Bulldogs then conceded a penalty which hit the bar. Town made it 3-2 from a goalmouth scramble from a corner and then scored a fourth in the last minute. Town MoM: Archie Moore, Bulldogs MoM: Arron Milne.
THETFORD TOWN U13 hosted a very nail-biting local derby with Bulldogs. Thetford came out from the off and dominated the game with a great team effort. The pressure was on and Bart got his head on the ball from a corner for the first of the game and it wasn’t long before Daniel hit a powerful shot, blasting the back of the net. The second half started a bit slower with Town believing they had sealed the win, they let down their guard and Bulldogs gained two goals in quick succession. This was a wake-up call for Town who put their all into the game and from another corner Elliott found the back of the net. Soon after, captain Nathan claimed the game for Town, making the final score 4-2 with a superb volley. Thetford MoM: Everyone for fantastic team play. Bulldogs MoM: Daniel Jurczyk.
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BRANDON LASSES U12 got an excellent victory over leaders Norwich City Girls. An excellent start from Brandon saw them go 2-0 up early on. A long kick from Amacker put Masters through to finish, then the second a great passing move, again finished superbly by Masters. The game was turning out to be an exceptional one with Brandon more than matching a strong physical Norwich side. A strong defensive first half from Zawiasa and Robertson saw Norwich restricted to long shots, only getting into the Lasses box with the odd corner or long throw. More strong performances in midfield from Dargan, Page, Skipp and Bales saw not only excellent attacking, but also all working back to defend. Norwich came out a different team in the second half, pinning the Brandon team back into their own half for the first 10 minutes before finally pulling a goal back. Norwich continued to attack but Brandon steadied the ship and started to take control once more with Masters completing her hat-trick after an outstanding passing move for 3-1. Norwich scored almost straight from the kick-off. Both sides continued to attack, both relying heavily on great performances from the keepers. Amacker in the Brandon goal matched each one of the Lasses players, all put in an outstanding performance. Lasses sealed all three points with a goalmouth scramble finally being poked in by Dargan for a well-deserved goal after all her hard work. Another superb performance, every player giving their all. PoM: The whole team.
BRANDON LADS U9 put on an excellent display of football to take a 12-goal lead into the second leg of the South Norfolk League Cup semi-final. Thetford Bulldogs never gave up and came close to scoring several times only to be denied by some excellent Brandon goalkeeping. The game was played in an excellent spirit and both sets of players conducted themselves very well. The Thetford Bulldogs goalkeeper was excellent (MoM) and made a string of superb saves.
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THETFORD BULLDOGS U11 visited Diss in a match that produced an entertaining 4-4 draw. A sluggish start by Bulldogs allowed Diss to take the lead before Ben scored with a brilliant solo effort and then hitting a post with a rasping shot. The second half was end to end with Diss taking the lead before Alex Snow equalised with a fine finish from a tight angle. Lewis gave Bulldogs the advantage and all looked good, but Diss never gave up and soon gained the upper hand with two quick goals. With time running out Bulldogs were awarded a penalty which Ben smashed home for a deserved equaliser. MoM: Ben.
HARLING COLTS U13 were 4-0 after a shocking first half against top-of-the-table Taverham and a thrashing looked on the cards. However, a much better second half saw Harling perform the better of the two sides with Rory Olpin scoring a great goal after good work by Rob Turner and Luke Holland, and then Holland adding a volley into the top corner with a further Taverham goal in between. Final score: Harling Colts U13 2, Taverham U13 5.