Thetford/Watton area notes

THETFORD BULLDOGS U13 entertained top-of-the-table Litcham and came away with a well-deserved 2-1 win.

Both teams started strongly and Litcham went in 1-0 up at half-time from a goalmouth scramble. In the second half Bulldogs showed great team spirit and scored two superb goal, both good finishes from outside the box, the first by Andre Marcao and the second by Alfie Small. The defence held firm with good support from the midfield, and Joseph Burke pulled off a few excellent saves. No man-of-the-match award this week as this was a fantastic team performance and everyone deserves it. Special mention to Connor and Jay for a brilliant attitude. Well done boys.

THETFORD BULLDOGS U14 played away to Woottons, a great start by all Bulldogs and a near miss. Bulldogs kept forcing Woottons’ goalkeeper to make saves, but then Woottons managed to break though and scored. Bulldogs came back again and saw some great defending and teamwork but that ball would not go in that net. Woottons scored again, Bulldogs kept digging in and playing well but by half-time had gone 5-0 down.

The second half saw a few changes made to the team and again Bulldogs dug deep and made Woottons work, they again made chances but no more goals scored, great team work again. Final score: 5-0. MoM: Kristapps Vanags and team MoM: Peter Hawes.

BRANDON LASSES U13 had a comfortable victory for Brandon away at Sizewell. The Lasses dominated for the first ten minutes and then went behind as the home scored with their first attack. Brandon then took control with goals from Coleman (4), Masters (3), Page, Jamgochian and Odebrecht. Final score: Sizewell and Knodishall 1, Brandon Lasses U13 10.

BRANDON LASSES U11 beat Ipswich Valley Rangers 10-1 in a well-fought game. The Lasses started slowly but a hat-trick from Richardson and a goal each from Whybrow and Hayward saw Brandon go in 5-0 up at the break. Possession and great passing saw the Lasses in control throughout the second half and a hat-trick from Coleman, one for Bales and one for Nolan saw another five goals from the Lasses. Rangers did get a goal back early in the second half but the Lasses came out on top with all three points. PoM: Freya Hayward.

BRANDON LASSES U10 were beaten 3-0 by Norwich City. Player of the match: Fraya Williams.

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BRANDON LASSES U12 beat Bohemians 2-0 to keep them top of the league. A very cold and frosty morning saw a tight half, with only half-chances from the Lasses. A great save by Katie from Bohemians only chance in the first half saw the half-time score 0-0. The Lasses came out for the second half looking for the goal and, after hitting a post twice, Masters finally scored after a great cross field ball from Page. Good work from L Craigen on the left set Masters up for her second, giving the Lasses all three points.

BRANDON LADS U9 travelled to Norwich to meet Hingham Park Rangers for the first time, and won 2-1. Brandon were awarded a free-kick about 20 yards out and Lewis O’Malley curled a superb ball into the top corner. Daniel Bean was unlucky not to add to the score, shooting just wide. Hingham caught Brandon with a lovely goal to level things up. An excellent pass from Jordan Paddy put Teddy Webber in the clear and he rifled the ball into the back of the net. Brandon kept possession well but couldn’t turn their dominance into goals. Lucas Kent, in the Brandon goal, looked sharp and dealt with everything comfortably and Jack Slater looked awesome in defence. Lewis O’Malley just missed from a 30-yard free-kick. Hayden Edgecombe controlled things in midfield and Daniel Bean blasted just over from an excellent run. Jordan Paddy blasted just over shortly after coming on. Teddy Webber was clean through on goal but lifted the ball just too high. Hingham nearly levelled but Brandon held on to win. A gritty display to earn three well-deserved points against a good team.

MUNDFORD U15 played Downham at home in the league and lost 2-1. Mundford had chances in the first half but were unable to score. A controversial penalty was awarded to Downham which put them 1-0 up. Despite further attacks this score was held until half-time. In the second half Mundford continued to pressure but it was Downham who scored again when the ball was knocked from the keeper’s grasp. Mundford fought back with Mason Thorogood hitting the bar. With Downham defending deeply, Sam Bunten managed to knock in Mundford’s opener, but despite further attempts they were unable to find the equaliser. Final score 2-1 to Downham.

WEETING U11 beat Dereham Wanderers 7-2 and remained top of the league, opening up a five-point gap after second-placed Cringleford lost to Bullodgs. The opening half saw Weeting have most of the pressure but unable to find a way past the defence and the keeper, who was having an excellent game. A shock was on the cards when bottom-of-the-table Dereham scored and then got a two-goal lead. Just before half-time C Stone’s cross was fired home off a post by D Peacock. In the second half J Peeling pulled Weeting level and there was only going to be one winner. J Peeling then played in N Ward for two tap-ins, then B Saberton rolled the ball in after a shot was blocked. N Ward then went on to score two more to make a personal tally of four. MoM: N Ward. PoD: B Saberton.

WATTON U11 travelled to face bottom-of-the-table Hethersett, and claimed another comfortable victory to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. With the goals coming from Joshua Walker (5), Cameron Hudson (3), Mattie Hendrie (3), Sam Peck (2), Kade Bond, Sean Grix, James Beaumont, Korben Willis and one own goal, as well as good performances from Asher Duncan, Ben Andrews, James Sinclair, Liam Owen, Ben Walker and Ollie Kerrison, the game finished Hethersett 0, Watton 18. Watton’s next game is at home to Spixworth in the cup on Sunday (ko 10.30 am).

MUNDFORD U10 beat Thetford Bulldogs 4-0. Mundford got themselves back on track this week and took control of this game early on although they didn’t take advantage until the second quarter. At the start of the third quarter Harvey ran the whole length of the pitch single-handedly, chipping the ball over the keeper’s head for his first goal. This was closely followed by his second. Solid defending from James and Billy at the back kept Bulldogs out and Angus made some brilliant saves in goal. Sam Rolph tirelessly pressurised Bulldogs the whole time. By the fourth quarter Bulldogs were looking tired and Mundford dominated. Following a short corner Jude Blakemore scored goal number three, with the final goal from Luke making the final score 4-0. MoM: Jude Blakemore.

THETFORD INDIES U10 beat Dereham Wanderers 7-0. Despite dominating the opening 15 minutes of the game and playing some good passing football, Indies only managed the one goal which came via Kehan Whitby. Indies quietened during the second quarter and allowed Dereham more possession of the ball with no further goals being through until half-time. Indies got back on track during the third quarter, returning to the silky, passing football that they had enjoyed earlier in the game. Brandon Dawson struck a fierce shot into the back of the net for Indies’ second, followed in quick succession by goals from Lucas Fowles and two more from Kehan Whitby, who secured his hat-trick. Fowles got his second of the game during the final quarter with a clean strike past the keeper, soon followed by Connor Noble’s neat lob of the keeper to complete Indies’ seven-goal scoreline. MoM: Aiden Try for his tireless running and assists.