Thetford area notes

THETFORD BULLDOGS U14 hosted top-of-the-division Dersingham Rovers.

From start to finish the whole Bulldog team proved that they had improved since their last meeting. Within five minutes Carlos Mota scored, 1-0 to Bulldogs which they held and kept Dersingham working for that ball. All of the Bulldogs players worked as a great team and made the Dersingham defence work. They knew that the second half would be different as Dersingham made some changes but Bulldogs kept their defence working well and were unlucky when Dersingham found a way though. Bulldogs kept pushing but could not get another goal. Dersingham made it 2-1. Bulldogs got a free-kick but Tom Cole was called offside. Dersingham kept working the defence but they couldn’t get though, Bulldogs kept working and then they made it 3-1. All credit to the whole team for never giving up. Their MoM: Tom Cole. Team MoM: the whole team for another 100 per cent performance.

MUNDFORD U15 hosted West Winch in the league and drew 1-1 in a hard-fought, physical game. In the opening minutes of the game Mundford looked the brighter team and Aiden Bond soon put them 1-0 up. West Winch started to pressure but good keeping from Alex Gristock and defending from Ben Peacock, Ryan Billmen and Jake Welham held the score at 1-0 until half-time. In the second half West Winch had several chances and finally managed to draw level. They continued to pressure Mundford but were denied any further goals by continued good defending. Final score 1-1.

BRANDON LASSES U10 started slowly against a much-improved Waveney side. Amaris opened the scoring with a well-taken goal. Millie was a star in defence again and stopped numerous Waveney attacks. Shannon was in amazing form from the off and it was only a post which stopped her from scoring. Melissa and Alexis both worked their socks off in midfield. Jess ran the midfield and gave Waveney trouble for the whole game. Tori had the game of her life and put in some amazing tackles and passes. Louise K was a rock in defence and tackled time and again. Fraya pulled off some brilliant saves. A good performance, but it was just not Brandon’s day. PoM: Victoria Orcutt.

BRANDON LADS U9 welcomed Swanton Morley and dominated the first 15 minutes. Teddy Webber was unlucky not to score when Jason, the Morley keeper, made a couple of excellent saves. Jack Slater looked strong in defence and kept things tight with Lewis O’Malley at the back and keeper Lucas Kent dealt with everything with confidence once again. Brandon continued to press and the Edgecombe/Bean combination paid off with another superb move that saw Bean play in Edgecombe to slot home for 1-0. Daniel Bean was unlucky not to add his own goal but he was denied by a super save. Teddy Webber managed to guide a goal in from a very tight angle for 2-0 and Tommy Younge was unlucky when he struck a Morley post. Lewis O’Malley was superb in defence and Jordan Paddy played some excellent through-balls to the strikers. Morley were unlucky and came close to scoring but back bounced Brandon and finished things off with another excellent goal from Hayden Edgecombe, from a Daniel Bean pass, and a 50-yard individual run from Tommy Younge which took an unfortunate bounce to fool the Morley keeper. A hard-fought game but another gritty performance from the Brandon U9.

SWAFFHAM TOWN U10 entertained Garboldisham and got off to a flying start when M Friend slotted home from close range. J Lenderyou then produced a smart save with a Garboldisham forward clean through on goal. L Worby then converted D O’Neill’s long throw and E Lait drove home M Friend’s cross to make it 3-0. T Burke and C Burton marshalled Town’s defence magnificently enabling Town’s midfield to get in their passing game, H Despard was unlucky to see his shot hit a post. Town added further goals from D O’Neill, E Lait and M Friend both completed hat-tricks and L Worby bagged a double hat-trick to take his tally to 36 goals so far this season. Fair play to Garboldisham who battled to the end. Final score Swaffham Town 13, Garboldisham 0. MoM: Thomas Burke.

HARLING COLTS U13 went 3-0 down in the match against Sprowston, despite keeper Jamie Woodcock making a number of fine saves, before fighting back. Luke Holland’s long-range effort pulled one back before Holland’s cross was turned in by Sam Smith for Harling’s second. Rob Turner’s corner was met with a great header from Rorie Knights to level the scores before Daniel Mobbs nearly won the game in the final moments when his shot hit a post, only for Sprowston to break away and score the winner.

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THETFORD U13 hosted Swanton Reds this week and came home 4-1 victors, but Reds did not make it easy for Town, proving more than a handful for the defence and Spencer who pulled off some fantastic saves to keep Town in the game. Town went up a gear in the second half and pushed Reds back but had a hard job getting through a solid wall of players but the hard work soon paid off with some great teamwork giving Town another three points putting them top of the table. Well done boys. Town scorers: Harry Hutt and Daniel Jurczyk. Thetford MoM: Spencer Bolton. Swanton MoM: Milo Clay.

WEETING U11, after losing in the cup semi-final last week, bounced back with an excellent win over Rangers to remain top and unbeaten in the league. The first half was very even and the visitors soon pressurising the home defence and after a few clear chances went begging, J Peeling volleyed home a long kick by C Sheppard. Rangers were creating chances and were soon level when a corner shot was squeezed in at the near post. They then had a few more chance before half-time to take the lead but went in level 1-1. The second half saw the management change the Weeting system and within 10 minutes the game was over when J Peeling helping himself to three more goals. The fifth came when R Hunter got cleared and fired over the keeper. Changing the formation seemed to help as Rangers hardly forced C Sheppard into action in the half and a stunning diving header by M McCready found the top corner for a 6-1 win. MoM: N Ward. PoD: J Peeling.

WATTON U11 faced another away trip as they travelled to face Drayton and secured another three points in a hard-fought contest. The first half was a tight affair, with Watton struggling to find their rhythm, as Drayton closed them down quickly but a couple of well-worked goals from Cameron Hudson and Matty Hendrie gave Watton a two goal lead. Trying to spark some life into the team, Watton made a number of changes but it was Drayton who pulled a goal back just before half-time. The second half was a much different game as Korben Willis and Sam Peck, who had been pushed further forward, grabbed a couple of goals each to put Watton out of reach. Watton continued to create chances until the end, but some near misses and good goalkeeping saw no further goals which brought a final score of Drayton 1, Watton 6. Once again Watton showed tremendous spirit to win the game and were a credit to themselves and the team.

BRANDON LASSES U12 beat Norwich City Girls U12 3-2. A confident Brandon Lasses team entertained a strong Norwich City Girls team, knowing they were in for a tough game after beating them at Norwich a few weeks earlier. The Lasses started well controlling the midfield with great tackling and chasing from Zawiasa, Dargan, Bales and Skipp. A strong defence of Amacker, Robertson and Page made sure Norwich hardly entered the Brandon box, and were just restricted to the odd long shot. Although neither side had created many chances, the game was turning into the cracker that it had threatened to be, with strong but fair challenges from both sides and a real desire to win. Brandon’s best chance of the first half came from Masters, whose fantastic run down the right, and shot from next to the corner flag was just tipped over by the City keeper. The second half started with City getting a corner almost straight from kick off. The corner went straight to the Brandon keeper Amacker, whose quick reactions saw an excellent throw straight down the middle of the pitch to Masters, and with excellent change of pace and a fantastic strike Masters put the Lasses 1-0 up. Brandon worked well together and started to press Norwich looking for their second, this came after a superb run by Dargan, followed by a defence-splitting pass through to Masters to fire home for her second. With only six minutes gone in the second half, the Lasses looked strong, and Norwich looked shell shocked! Brandon again pressed, putting more pressure on the Norwich goal, looking to extend their lead once more with excellent attacking football. The Lasses’ third goal was probably the best of the season so far, with excellent almost one touch football! It stared with Page in defence finding Bales out wide, then superb passing from Masters and Skipp, and then an excellent cross from Skipp for Bales to smash home for Brandon’s third. Norwich pulled a goal back after a well-worked move down the right. A minute later they were right back in the game after sloppy defending and poor tracking back from Brandon, now it was Brandon who were shell shocked! A nervy last few minutes saw Norwich looking for the equaliser, but Brandon defending well, and trying to catch Norwich on the counter attack. An excellent game well supported and well played! PoM: Georgia Dargan.