Thetford/Brandon club notes

THETFORD INDEPENDENTS LADIES played the match against Red Rose one short due to work and sickness, trying to make up for a lacklustre game the previous week.

THETFORD INDEPENDENTS LADIES played the match against Red Rose one short due to work and sickness, trying to make up for a lacklustre game the previous week. Thetford took the game to Red Rose and Leanne Warnes won the ball in midfield and went on a fine solo run and beat three players to slot it home after only one minute. Indies pushed forward even more to make sure of the points but could not get the ball in the net. Rose started to make use of the extra player and push forward but the defence of Steph Hughes and Teima Almeida, who both had excellent games, mopped up anything that got through. When Rose did break down the Indies' defence they found stand-in keeper Kristy Harris in fine form, stopping three point-blank shots. After the break Rose started to come into the game more, making it end-to-end stuff. Indies' midfield Kerry Stewart and Tracy Barham worked tirelessly the whole game and with 10 minutes left Barham took over in goal so Harris could try and make sure of the points. But the extra player was beginning to tell and Rose pushed forward and after a goalmouth scramble which Indies tried to clear the ball rebounded into the Indies' net. With five minutes left Indies made a big push for the second goal and Harris and Stewart both went close but all to no avail. The game ended 1-1 but a good result after the previous week's one.

BRANDON LASSES U12 started this fixture on top and took an early lead though Amy Skipp forcing a loose ball home. The Lasses were first to the ball and winning the 50-50 challenges with Georgia O'Malley and Chloe Slater really competing well, but the visitors pulled a goal back from the spot after a hand-ball and followed this with two further goals which really knocked the Brandon girls, who had really been playing the better football up to then. Brandon responded well at the start of the second half, taking the game once more to Cornard and when Ellesse Masters scored for 3-2 it then looked like a game the Lasses could have won but credit to the visitors who broke through twice and on the break finished well. A heart-breaking scoreline for the Lasses who played the better football - but goals win matches.

BRANDON LASSES U15 started slowly probably due to the fact they had not played for three weeks, but once they got into their stride there was no stopping them. Goals came at regular intervals. By half-time the Lasses were 12-0 up. Brandon added six more in the second half to make it 18-0. PoM: Tash Rutter.


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