Thetford/Watton area notes
BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to Horsford on a cold Saturday morning. Horsford had the first attack, but between Ruby Robertson and Suzy Duggan they managed to clear the danger and set Brandon on their first attack.
BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to Horsford on a cold Saturday morning. Horsford had the first attack, but between Ruby Robertson and Suzy Duggan they managed to clear the danger and set Brandon on their first attack. For the first 15 minutes it was a pretty even match, with the midfield of Leah Zawiasa, Georgia Dargan and Millie Bales working tirelessly to feed Jessie Whybrow up front, but with the Horsford defence standing firm Brandon had few chances. Brandon had a scare when Horsford missed an open goal. Brandon had to defend solidly and Katie Amacker made a series of good saves to keep Brandon in the game. Georgia nearly gave the Lasses the lead from a beautifully-placed Ruby corner but could not quite find the back of the net. With half-time approaching and the Lasses doing a fantastic defending job, Horsford broke through and scored. In the second half Horsford carried on where they left off, on the attack. Brandon were standing strong at the back, still trying to mount attacks but without success. Abbie Craigen was full of running and showing some nice touches, Freya Hayward was working hard up front, but was finding the Horsford defence too strong. With 10 minutes of the second half gone, Horsford split the Brandon defence to make it 2-0. Katie Amacker continued to make some great saves in the Brandon goal, but in the 20th minute she could not reach an inch- perfect lob. Brandon continued to defend well to see game out. Great defending performances all round. Final score: Horsford 3 Brandon 0, PoM: Katie Amacker.
BRANDON LASSES U15 travelled to Debenham LC and won 10-1. Brandon started slowly and it took a while to get their passing game going, finally they made the breakthrough with a goal from Megan Norton. The Lasses grabbed a second when Frankie Torrence scored from the edge of the area, and when a Brandon player was fouled in the penalty area it looked as if they might go in at half-time with a 3-0 lead but as everyone waited for the ref to blow, he waved play on and from a breakaway the home side scored. The second period began with Lasses in more determined mood and the goals came a lot easier. Harriet Mills helped herself to a second consecutive hat-trick, Sasha Dent scored her first two goals for the club, Kayleigh Nolan and two own goals rounded off the scoring, PoM: captain for the day Mariah Moules, who was the driving force in midfield.
HARLING COLTS U12 fought through a blizzard and freezing rain to gain another win, 4-1 at home to Mattishall. Despite the terrible conditions Harling played good football with Isaac Watkinson and Luke Holland setting up Daniel Mobbs for the opener. The lead was doubled within a minute when Sam Smith's pin-point pass played in Holland to score with the aid of the inside of the post. Good work from Mobbs on the wing then set up Smith to volley home before Mattishall pulled one back. However, Harling added a fourth in injury time at the end of the half when Holland's pass across the face of the goal was met by Watkinson for a great finish. The whole team shared MoM honours.
WATTON U10 played away at New Buckenham, and despite terrible conditions, gave a battling performance to claim another comfortable victory. With kick-off delayed to allow players and parents more time to get through the ice and snow, the game was touch and go whether it would go ahead, but from the first whistle Watton were never seriously troubled, and dominated throughout. With the goals coming from James Beaumont 3, Joshua Walker 3, Liam Owen 2, Sam Bray 2, Cameron Hudson 2, Kade Bond 2 and Mattie Hendrie, Watton reclaimed their place at the top of the league, with a final score of New Buckenham 0, Watton 15.
THETFORD TOWN U12 hosted Bulldogs in a riveting local derby, and came away 2-1 victors. Town started the game better than last week, with a lot of early pressure, but were soon pushed back by a determined Bulldog side. Town were kept very busy the first 15 minutes, and it wasn't long before Bulldogs got their first, Town started to lose their stride, as their heads went down, but were kept in the game by some great saves from Spencer, who had at least three one-on-ones with Bulldogs strikers, the first half ended with Town starting to turn the tables. Town came out second half with one thing on their minds, to turn this game, and were soon rewarded with some great team play, with Daniel supplying Max to put one past the keeper. Town's spirit was once again lifted, and with new signing Jake Smith hitting a post with a great strike, it was only a matter of time before Town's determination and effort was rewarded from Max's strike too hot for Bulldogs keeper to handle. Town kept the pressure on right to the end, and were unlucky not to get another, but for the great defensive work from Bulldogs. Well done to both teams for a fantastic spirited game of football. Thetford MoM: Dominik Kluseck. Bulldogs MoM: Spencer Bolton.