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BRANDON LASSES U11 hosted a very strong top-of-the-table Gorleston team and lost 3-0. The first 10 minutes were evenly matched with some great defending from Beth Field and Suzy Duggan.
BRANDON LASSES U11 hosted a very strong top-of-the-table Gorleston team and lost 3-0. The first 10 minutes were evenly matched with some great defending from Beth Field and Suzy Duggan. Gorleston scored first with an unlucky own goal from the Lasses. Brandon carried on breaking down the attacks with some great play in midfield by Leah Zawiasa, Georgia Dargan and Jessie Whybrow. Abbie Craigen was full of running and giving her best up front. The Lasses settled down again and with Ellesse Masters and Chloe Slater coming on Brandon started to put Gorleston under pressure, but the well-organised Gorleston defence were too strong. Gorleston made it 2-0 on 23 minutes when a corner found its way into the net after Brandon failed to clear. The Lasses nearly got a goal back just before half-time when Ellesse Masters' cracking shot hit the bar. The Lasses started the second half full of confidence after their first-half display and it wasn't long before Jess was through on goal but her shot was well saved by the keeper. In midfield Millie Bales worked hard to win the ball and made some fantastic runs. Even though Brandon were defending well they could not create any chances. Brandon went 3-0 down with another Gorleston corner ending up in the back of the net. The Lasses continued to defend well with Katie Amacker pulling off some great saves. Brandon continued to defend well to the end but just could not find a way through. Final score: Brandon 0, Gorleston 3.
BRANDON LASSES U12 made a very bright start with some very good flowing football which saw them create several early chances but could not quite find the target. It was only matter of time before they found the net and despite some great long-range efforts they opened the scoring though a tap-in by Ellesse Masters after Brianna Jamgochian's shot was parried by the keeper. Amy Skip played Georgia O'Malley in to force a good stop by the Bacton keeper but Brianna this time followed up for Brandon's second. Brianna then went on fine run and finished well from a tight angle to make it three. Brandon changed things around for the second half with Amy Skipp finding space up front and adding to the tally. Georgia, Chloe Slater and Chloe Killingworth worked tirelessly in midfield with Georgia's one-touch football opening things up for the Lasses and Chloe S tracking back and covering play superb. A long kick by Katie Meeson in the Brandon goal was picked up by Ellesse, scoring with a great strike. The home side were then reduced to six after picking up an injury but credit to them for digging in, limiting Brandon to one further strike with Ellesse completing her hat-trick. The home side had their moments but the Brandon defence held firm with Lucy Page, Gianna Bly and Bethany Field all putting in solid performances.
BULLDOGS U9 hosted Harling and moved themselves to the top of the league albeit having played more games than the other contenders. Bulldogs were very sharp in the first quarter, playing the decisive football they had started playing before Christmas. Luke's shot evaded everyone and went in the bottom corner. The second goal came from a quick move allowing Daniel to cut in and lash his shot into the top corner. The third came when Lewis surged down the wing before cutting back for Daniel to hammer another excellent shot into the top corner. Bulldogs got a fourth when Pedro cut in before his shot deflected over the keeper for 4-0. The second quarter saw Bulldogs' ever-improving keeper John made some quite excellent saves including a superb one-handed stop, then Daniel made a marvellous tackle when Harling had broken through. Jack's excellent shot was cleared off the line. Bulldogs scored their 100th league goal of the season when the ball smashed into Pedro and dropped for Daniel who struck a vicious shot which the keeper parried for Luke to tap in. The next quarter Bulldogs rested Pedro, Luke and Daniel but the incisive passing carried on with Jack and Lewis patrolling the wings really well. Bulldogs got a sixth when Rhys tucked the ball into the bottom corner after a great ball by Jack. The seventh came soon after when Lewis played in Rhys to smash a vicious left-footed shot in for 7-0. Bulldogs started the next quarter well and Lewis scuffed a good chance wide. Bulldogs got an eighth when Luke played through Daniel to knock home his hat-trick. Luke then came close to getting himself a hat-trick but the Harling keeper saved well. Then a short corner by Luke allowed Rhys to hammer against the bar. Harling got a deserved goal when their striker beat two players before Quinn blocked his shot but the rebound was tapped in. Bulldogs still had time for a ninth when Rhys beat the defender before coolly tucking in for hat-trick, 9-1. MoM: John.
BULLDOGS U12 hosted Wymondham, whose keeper was fantastic from the start, making save after save from Bulldogs. Finally Bulldogs broke through and Daniel got his first goal. Aiggios scored the second. Daniel came close again, while the defence were very good with Archie very solid. Alfie struck a good shot from long range to make it 3-0. Andre then came close with an excellent effort. Alfie took a penalty but the keeper made a good save. Daniel then attacked a corner to make it 4-0. Andre added a fifth before Daniel rounded the keeper for 6-0 then headed in another. The start of the second half Wymondham gave it everything but Bulldogs were very solid. Alfie headed the ball over the keeper for Bulldogs' eighth. Jordan was then denied and David played George in but he was denied. Daniel added his fifth for Bulldogs' ninth. Andre then tapped in the final goal for 10-0. MoM: Daniel Stevens.
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LAKENHEATH LEOPARDS U12 played Thetford U12 for the second time this season and if the first game was anything to go by this was going to be a cracking game, and it was. From the start it was end to end with both teams battling. Lakenheath pressured constantly through the first half and should have gone one up. However, the Thetford keeper made the first of many great saves throughout the match. It was close through the first half with the Lakenheath defence of Jack Self, Karl Watson, Miles Stiddard and Piotr Babicz holding firm and stopping the Thetford forwards. Halfway through the first half Thetford broke through and scored the first goal, and it started to look bad for Lakenheath when they gave away a penalty. The Lakenheath keeper Ashley Pinner redeemed himself by saving the penalty to keep the score at 1-0. The second half started as the first half ended, with Lakenheath piling on the pressure. Thetford soaked up the pressure to start with but Lakenheath went close when Connor Knight hit a free-kick from 25 yards out only to see the keeper punch it over the bar. Soon Lakenheath were rewarded with a goal when Connor Knight headed in from close range. Thetford fought back and were rewarded with a goal on the counter attack. Lakenheath never gave up and were rewarded with a goal when a shot from Ben Nolan was pushed into the goal by the Thetford keeper. The last five minutes were tense but after a fine run by Sam Buckley and Ben Nolan on the wing Connor Knight scored his second with a finely taken shot. The game ended 3-2 and must go down as one of the best games of the season. Sam Buckley was awarded the MoM trophy with Ben Nolan the manager's MoM award.
MUNDFORD U11 struggled to find their rhythm in the first half against Thetford Town and were a bit lucky to go in two up after Ryan Harvey's solo effort and John Pearce's shot from the edge of the box. With George Hammond showing tremendous defensive qualities, Mundford began to get on top and Harvey finished a loose ball but Thetford were awarded a penalty soon after only to see Ben Wells produce a top save. This rocked Thetford a little and Jack Pinner clinically finished off two chances to make the game safe. Sam Long fired in a beauty from long range and Harvey raced clear to grab his hat-trick. The scoring was completed when Harry Walker grabbed a deserved a goal with a nice finish. Final score: Mundford 8, Thetford 0. MoM: George Hammond.
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MUNDFORD U14 played Woottons, away, in the league, and won 7-1. In the first half, Woottons put pressure on Mundford, and were unlucky not to take the lead, but several wide shots and a fine save from Mundford keeper Adam Wybrow ensured that they did not score. Just before half-time, a ball in the box from Mason Thorogood enabled Casey Underwood to put Mundford ahead. In the second half, with a change in formation, Mundford began to take control of the game, and were rewarded with a strike outside the box from Adam Brown. Callum Webber scored the third goal, with great individual work, and Sam Bunten made it 4-0. After a goalmouth scramble, Tom Wells scored, and a superb strike from Thorogood put Mundford 6-0 ahead. Woottons managed to pull back a consolation, and Mundford completed the scoring with another goal from Wells. Good second-half team display.
THETFORD TOWN U12 travelled to Lakenheath and started slowly but then Taylor Deacon scored a scorcher from outside the box. Lakenheath had loads of chances but could not put them away. Early in the second half Lakenheath scored a goal. Thetford went on the break and Daniel scored a great goal to make it 2-1 as Lakenheath weren't going to give up. Nathan Boulton tried his best to keep the midfield in shape but eventually Lakenheath broke through for 2-2. Thetford's defence were doing all they could to keep the ball out but the inevitable happened and Lakenheath scored in the dying seconds but if it wasn't for Thetford keeper Spencer Bolton Lakenheath would have had a lot more goals. Lakenheath MoM: Daniel. Thetford MoM: Spencer Bolton.
WEETING U10 kept top spot with this hard-fought victory over a useful Wymondham side who they have never beaten before. The first half was very tight with the visitors making the better chance but some fine keeping kept then out. The home team nearly took the lead with a shot that came back off the bar. The second half saw Weeting step it up and was soon pushing the home team back and when they forced a corner
C Stone played it in but was cleared back to him and, seeing the keeper off his line, he chipped it over his head. R Hunter had a few more chances to increase the lead but was unlucky but then N Ward fed J Peeling who turned and fired home under the keeper for 2-0. R Hunter poked home from close range for 3-0. Wymondham came more into the game and started to play some good football but this week Weeting defence was on top form with M Dance (MoM) not letting anything pass and what did was cleared up by C Sheppard (PoM). The home team did manage a goal just before the end from a penalty for 3-1.
HARLING COLTS U12 stayed top of the table with this comfortable 6-1 win over Heigham Park. Sam Smith's great control and chipped pass set up Luke Holland for the opener. Constant Harling pressure eventually led to a second, when Isaac Watkinson's super pass again put in Holland to finish. However, Heigham pulled one back immediately before the break. Harling continued to press and MoM Holland completed his hat-trick after good work from Callum Olpin. Daniel Mobbs then took over scoring duties with a hat-trick of his own, his second being a screamer. Assists came from Watkinson, Holland and a super run and shot the keeper couldn't hold from Callum Olpin.
THETFORD INDEPENDENTS U9A and U9B: On most Saturdays these two sets of players train together as team- mates. However, this weekend they were opponents as the two Indies U9 teams faced each other in their derby fixture. The first quarter proved to be a tight battle with only one goal separating them, from Kehan Whitby after a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area had been pumped into the box to put the U9A team one goal ahead. Strong defending from Eddie McGill and some fine saves from Kit Heathershaw kept the scoreline down, from the U9B team perspective. An Alfie Cooper headed goal was shortly followed by a second from Cooper as the U9A team took control. Kehan Whitby then added a fourth and with goals from Aiden Try and Cooper completing his hat-trick, the U9A team were 6-0 ahead half-way through. The third quarter was a quieter affair as the U9B team fought back with further goalkeeping heroics from Heathershaw and a solid display from Lucas Fowles who scrapped hard in midfield to win the ball. It was Fowles who came closest to scoring for the U9B team. However, as his lofted header looked to be heading into the top corner, U9A keeper Jamie Humphrey leapt high to pull off a fantastic save. Aiden Try went on to score his second, followed by two late goals from Connor Noble. As the conditions worsened, Indies U9A had the advantage of subs. Aiden Try capitalised with his hat-trick goal followed by another from Whitby, two more from Try and a further Whitby goal before a Try cross was then deflected into his own goal by U9B defender McGill. Whitby then finished off the scoring with a fine solo effort to make the final score 16-0 to the U9A team. MoM: Alfie Cooper for the A team and Lucas Fowles for the B team.
THETFORD INDEPENDENTS U13 travelled to Stow in a league match and came away 3-1 winners. Jordan Foster was put through by Harry White only for a defender to get a last-ditch tackle in and stop him. Harry White then used his pace to good effect when he ran through, only to see the keeper produce a good save. The second half was a lot better with both teams looking to score and it was Indies who took the lead when the ball fell to Shey Spears in the box. Alex Mac then saw his goal-bound free-kick tipped onto the bar by the keeper. Stow never gave up and they finally punished Indies, when their left-back smashed a ball into the top corner. Harry White was put through by Shey Spears and this time he finished clinically. Tom Mason finished off the scoring with a delightful chip over the opposition keeper. Good hard-fought game by both teams.
THETFORD INDEPENDENTS U10 travelled to Mundford after a six-week break. Indies struck right from start going 1-0 up early on, Klae Tucker shooting home. But Mundford kept their heads and countered a couple of times before netting an equaliser. The game continued with Mundford having most of the possession and the better chances. Alain Koch (MoM) pulled off several vital saves, denying Mundford the lead. Indies were better on the break with Aaron and Ben putting Klae through on several times. A goal-kick from the Mundford goalie was cut out by Ben who shot from distance. A defensive team effort made sure the points went to Indies, 2-1.
THETFORD INDEPENDENTS U14 are looking for players, especially a keeper. Indies are a Chartered Club with qualified CRB and FA registered coaches. The team is also looking for coaches. Train Fridays 7.30-8.30pm. Call Lee on 01842 750840 or 07955 503374.
WATTON U10 hosted Dereham Wanderers Stags, and another excellent display saw them maintain their unbeaten league record. Watton's quality shone from start, but it looked like it could be a frustrating morning as the visiting keeper pulled off a string of excellent saves. Just before the break, however, a fantastic run from Ben Walker saw him cut open the Dereham defence, and although his initial shot was well saved, he followed up to give Watton a slender lead. The second quarter again saw Watton playing well, and some great team work saw Watton put Dereham under enormous pressure, but it took a slice of luck to double Watton's lead, as an unlucky Dereham defender deflected Ollie Kerrison's corner into his own net. This was quickly three as a great touch from Matty Hendrie set up James Beaumont for an excellent finish. The second half saw a couple of changes, as Matty moved up front, and Joshua Walker went out wide, and the two linked up brilliantly as Watton scored another three goals. First Matty latched onto a tremendous through-ball to coolly finish past the advancing keeper, before Joshua beat his marker to score from a tight angle. Some excellent play from Kade Bond then set up Matty to score his second. The final quarter saw both Liam Owen and Cameron Hudson remain dominant at the back, but Asher Duncan was tested with a couple of long-range efforts that he dealt with superbly. As Dereham threatened to grab a consolation goal, Watton picked up the tempo again, and a great ball from James set up Joshua to race clear, and score number seven. Late on, Cameron charged forward, and after some neat play on the edge of the box, played a clever ball into Ollie who knocked the ball in from close range. Another tremendous team display. Final score: Watton 8, Dereham 0.
SWAFFHAM U15 visited fellow league contenders Reffley and exchanged blows in an even first half. George Kerridge went very close to scoring with a superb header from a pin-point corner from Jack Hooton. Then Rian Emmerson did very well to clear off his line to keep the score at 0-0. Just before half-time Reffley scored. In the second half, with renewed enthusiasm, Swaffham started the second half very well with some good passing, but 10 minutes into the second half they found themselves 2-0 down when Reffley lobbed the keeper on a counter attack. A sucker blow for Swaffham who up to then had dominated the second half. Swaffham had a big mountain to climb now, but went for it. Midway through the second half Swaffham earned a free- kick some 35 yards out, Grant Newman stepped up and dispatched a stunning right-foot thunder bolt which smashed into the top-right corner for 2-1 and game on. Swaffham continued to pile on the pressure with some excellent through-balls from Rian Emmerson and Lewis Goacher. Reffley's centre back had to be at the top of his game to keep out Swaffham's numerous attacks through Joshua Colman. Final result was 2-1 to Reffley but Swaffham deserved at least a draw from this highly-contested game. Swaffham stay top and next week travel to Leverington who are second, for another big match.