Wymondham area youth notes
ATTLEBOROUGH U14 provided a mirror image of the previous week's game when they visited Dereham Wanderers on Sunday. After 10 minutes Boro were in front thanks to a superb corner from Matty Spencer that found Curtis Bolton who in turn found the back of the net.
ATTLEBOROUGH U14 provided a mirror image of the previous week's game when they visited Dereham Wanderers on Sunday. After 10 minutes Boro were in front thanks to a superb corner from Matty Spencer that found Curtis Bolton who in turn found the back of the net. Five minutes later James Haylock extended the lead to 2-0. Dereham managed to get on the score sheet thanks to an open goal, but keeper Ben Moore made a great save from a Dereham free-kick to keep Boro in the lead. Gene Furneaux made it 3-1 just before half time with a cheeky goal that even made the opposition smile, but although playing downhill in the second half Boro started to crumble in the heat and allowed Dereham to level with a final score of 3-3. MoM: Ben Moore closely followed by a great performance from defender Liam Darkins.
HETHERSETT Athletic U15 put memories of two heavy defeats behind them to notch their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Watton. Fielding virtually a full squad for the first time this season they made good use of the 'roll on and off subs' rule. Despite missing a penalty in the first half, they wrapped up the points with a Josh Wilcox goal after the break.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 Girls notched their first win of the season with a deserved 2-1 victory at home to Red Rose with their goals coming from Ella Stephenson and Sophie Rock.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U17 Girls are top of the Norfolk and Suffolk League after back-to-back wins. This week they defeated St Benet's Wasps 3-1 with two goals from Hannah Waters and one from Lauren Matthews.
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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U10 fought well in a very even contest against Spixworth with both teams playing well. Spixworth scored once near half-time and again just before the end of the game to record a 2-0 victory. Hethersett then had an exciting encounter against Poringland which they lost narrowly 3-2. Hethersett took a 2-0 lead with two fine shots from striker Liam Nobbs. Poringland hit back before half-time to make it 2-2. Both teams went close in the second half but Poringland scored the winning goal following a corner. Hethersett played very well and the game could have gone either way.
HETHERSETT YOUTH: Will Foster hit the goal trail again at the weekend with his third consecutive hat-trick. Will hit three as the club's U14s beat Heacham 5-1 in the cup. The other goals came from Tom McDonagh and James Skipper. Will has hit 14 goals in the first three games of the season. Hethersett Athletic U16s were beaten 4-1 at Drayton with their only goal coming from Jamie Springall. The club's U12s went down 2-1 at Firside. Their score was an own goal. The U9s lost 4-0 at Mulbarton in the League Cup.
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WYMONDHAM TOWN LIZARDS U9 beat Harling 9-1. They were looking to keep up their 100 per cent record, and although they started on the front foot, they struggled to break down Harling, due to a combination of the woodwork and the Harling goalkeeper. Eventually after great wing play from Jacob Bush, Henry Metcalf turned in to open the scoring. This was soon followed by a great strike from Jacob from well outside the box after he spotted the keeper out of his goal - a goal to grace any game. Harling pulled one back before half-time to leave Lizards 2-1 up.
The next goal was going to be important, and it was Town who got it after great determination from Henry. The fourth followed after Charlie Gavin struck from the halfway line, and Henry then added number five. Luke Hunt, who as always was driving the team on and breaking up Harling attacks, nearly added another after a superb solo run which took him past four of the opposition, but it ended with a great save from the keeper. Josh Bush was working hard after his introduction to try and create openings, and Jamie Blanchflower was dominating at the back, as he has been all season. Sonny Clarke added two quickfire goals, and Henry then broke clear through to add his fourth and Town's eighth. Elliott Hindley, when called upon, made some good saves and right at the death Sonny drove forward to add his third from an tight angle. MoM: Henry Metcalf; opposition MoM: Sonny Clarke.
MORLEY Youth U10 played host this week to Shipdam Falcons in the first trophy match of the season. Morley shot straight into action and immediately applied the pressure to the Falcons. This caught them off guard and immediately Morley were in the lead with a goal from Robbie Boulter. The Falcons tried in vain to draw back but it just was not happening with another goal coming from Robbie Boulter. Then another goal coming from Max Tofts, Falcon fought hard but Morley had pulled out all the stops and managed to bag a further four goals before half-time was called. The second half got off with a more determined Falcons consistently applying pressure to Morley's defences, keeping both Nathan Cotton and Luke Custance on their toes. Eventually, all the Falcons hard work paid off and they managed to get a goal. Then by chance Morley managed to hand-ball in the penalty area and Falcons converted it into a further goal. Meanwhile, Morley were back on track and had further shots on goal but were saved by a very busy Falcons goalkeeper. Robbie Boulter managed to convert a throw-in from Max Tofts to net the eighth and final goal of the match. Final score Morley 8, Falcons 2. MoM: Robbie Boulter.
MULBARTON U16B entertained Thetford in a cup match in which the visitors came out 2-0 winners. Thetford were a well-organised skilful side that the Wanderers worked hard to contain. Alex R was working hard, winning headers and providing long-range kicks. Thetford had hit the bar but the first half ended at 0-0. Early in the second half Thetford scored and dominated the game, Ben B hit just over the bar from a free-kick and Danny C started to have a positive effect in defence. Despite this Thetford scored again and were comfortable winners although Mulbarton had kept the scoreline respectable. Joint MoM: Alex R and Danny C.
WYMONDHAM Town United U10 faced Dereham in the late summer sunshine playing their favoured 2-3-1 formation. In an evenly contested first half Wymondham were first on the attack and a fierce free-kick from distance by George was well tipped over by the Dereham keeper. The resulting corner was volleyed narrowly wide by Joe. Despite good initial pressure from Wymondham they were unable to settle into their normal passing game as both teams pressed and the game waited for a decisive moment. Tenacious work from Joe down the right side disrupted the Dereham build-up, helped by a busy Marland up front. The defence of Ben and Jake were having a busy time of it but holding strong. Meanwhile, Tai was working hard on the left against a well-organised Dereham team. The best chance of the first half was created by George who picked up a loose ball and with a trademark shot from distance beat the keeper but could only strike the bottom of the right-hand post.
Dereham flew out of the traps in the second half, purposefully finding space that had not been available earlier. Early on Wymondham had a close shave as a shot flew across the face of goal. Sam, on for Jake, was working hard and tidied up well. But then Dereham made the breakthrough with a good header from a high cross that left Anthony in goal with no chance. Dereham sensed victory and, upping the pressure, soon had a second with a low shot across the box into the corner. Wymondham redoubled their efforts in an attempt to find a way back, with the introduction of Anthony A in place of George. But it was not to be and an audacious wonder shot late on from within the Dereham half tied up the scoring. Final score Wymondham 0, Dereham 3.
WYMONDHAM Town United U10 in the second match, Wymondham reacquainted themselves with Horsford following two close matches last season. An early shot by Horsford nearly caught Wymondham unawares, but Anthony got down well to his right and pushed it around a post. Shaken into action Wymondham stepped up their game and took control of the match. Good link-up play between Tai and Marland, backed up by Joe, threatened the Horsford goal repeatedly before Marland intercepted a goal-kick on the right, cut inside a defender and placed his shot across the keeper and inside the far post. But Horsford were not yet beaten. They kept on coming at Wymondham and Ben was forced to use his speed to cover a Horsford break. From the resulting corner Horsford grabbed the equaliser, hooking in the ball after a goalmouth scramble. Anthony A came on for Wymondham and immediately made a difference in the middle with his strong running and close control. The match appeared to be turning Wymondham's way when, in a great move, Anthony A ran up the left flank and fed Marland in the middle, who passed it through to Tai who, with work still to do, battled hard and slotted it in. Still Horsford came back but by now they were finding it hard to break through the solid and well-organised rearguard of Jake and Ben. By now Wymondham were in control and the scoring was wrapped up when strong work by Marland on the left allowed him to slip the ball through to Anthony A whose calm right-foot finish gave the keeper no chance. A very good team performance from Wymondham. Final score Wymondham 3, Horsford 1. MoM: Anthony A and Jake.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U11 beat New Buckenham 3-1. Having lost the opening two fixtures of the season this away game against New Buckenham saw a chance to put a few things right in the Wymondham side and deliver an all-round improved performance. This they did as some of the work on the training ground under new manager Clayton Jones began to show through where it counts, on the pitch. The first half began as an even affair with neither side really creating too many clear-cut chances to pose any real threat to the other and it took a positive run from midfield through the Buckenham defence from Tom Holland to break the deadlock, his shot proving too hot to handle for the home keeper. Town were ahead for no longer than a minute however as Bucks swiftly drew level with a lofted shot leaving keeper Alex Rennie stranded shortly before the half-time whistle sounded. After the break though it was Wymondham who emerged to play the better football and ultimately dominate the second half, with Richard Bate Weldon and Issac Brook looking very solid in defence Town grew in confidence and took the game to the home side, creating several chances, Harvey Jones going closest from distance. It seemed only a matter of time before Wymondham would find the breakthrough and sure enough when Aaron Boyall raced through the home defence to latch onto a long goal- kick he showed good composure, coolly slotting the ball past the onrushing keeper to give Town the lead. Wymondham had the ball in the net again barely a minute later, Aaron this time turning provider only for the resulting goal to be harshly ruled offside. The home side rallied somewhat as the game neared its end but with Alex saving well and Niall Ruffles clearing a shot off the line Wymondham held firm, Niall himself then headed home a third from a corner to seal a first and much-deserved win for Town.
WYMONDHAM U11 played Mulbarton away on Sunday and won 4-1. Wymondham applied early pressure to the Mulbarton defence. A long ball forward by midfielder Alex Raggett to the feet of Marcus Black enabled him to run through the last line of Mulbarton defence and score to put Wymondham one up after three minutes. From this point Wymondham continued to create scoring opportunities. Ten minutes in, a Joe Mills cross to Alex Raggett enabled him to tap in a second goal which was unfortunately disallowed. Twelve minutes into the first half Mulbarton managed to equalise, and keeper Jacob Mitchell was then forced into a diving save to prevent Mulbarton taking the lead. Wymondham started to dig in, producing some very good passing play to work the ball forward. Defender John Moore was unlucky not to score, getting his head to a Matthew Rennie corner. The first half finished 1-1. Wymondham took an early second-half lead when Alex Raggett took advantage of the Mulbarton goalie being too far off his line and delivered the ball over his head to score. Mulbarton were making some counter-attacks but were finding the Wymondham defence very difficult to breach. Midfielder Joe Greenslade's hard work was finally rewarded when tapped the ball over the Mulbarton keeper's head to put Wymondham 3-1in front. In the second half Craig Attewell, Matthew Thurston and James Kerry came on to give Wymondham a second wind, applying even more pressure to the Mulbarton defence and James Kerry scored Wymondham's fourth goal. The Wymondham U11 team is getting stronger and more competent with each game.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U13 played hosts to an unbeaten Fakenham and won 1-0. The game was a very even affair and with both side playing some great football, the deadlock was broken when good hassling from Charlie Love and James Burns got the breakthrough, with James getting the final touch. The second half saw Fakenham try to come back, but with excellent defending and a man-of-the-match performance from Sam Palmer in goal, Wymondham made sure all three points were theirs.
WYMONDHAM TOWN U15 dominated the game against Hellesdon, ensuring very few chances were given to a physical Hellesdon team. Wymondham had numerous chances, before Charles Large converted from another excellent corner from Nathan Lawson. Wymondham expected their dominance to tell, but didn't clear their lines from a rare Hellesdon corner, which was converted with an impressive shot from the edge of the box. Wymondham took the lead again with an excellent solo run and goal from Kieran Murrell. Wymondham made it 3-1 from another Nathan corner and Charles score. It soon became 4-1 when debutant Elliot Joseph scored a powerful header from a Charles cross. Hellesdon scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot. This was an excellent all round Wymondham performance with the boys keeping their discipline and shape, despite some tough refereeing decisions. MoM: Joint Mark Collins and Nathan Lawson.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 played their first-ever cup game against opponents Jex Rangers on a dry, quick pitch and won 3-0. They began confidently, with the midfield of William C, Lewis and Becca rarely breached as Wymondham camped in their opponents' half. Soon the team picked up an early goal as Lewis created an opening for Becca, whose goal-bound shot was turned in by a defender to put Wymondham 1-0 to the good. Moments later, some lovely one-two football between Becca and Lewis sent Bradley racing through on goal, but he was unfortunate to be caught and tackled by two defenders. There then came a period where Wymondham were put under pressure and it was only due to some last-ditch tackling from the defensive pairing of Jack B and Daniel, plus a fine close-range save from goalkeeper Lucas, that Wymondham reached the break still ahead. The second half was a different matter, as Wymondham imposed themselves on the game, with Lucas now on the pitch and Jack B taking the gloves. They came close to scoring on several occasions from in-swinging corners from Daniel and William, but it was the quick passing of Becca to Lewis which opened up the defence and allowed Lewis to smash home. As the game drew to a close, more chances were created for Jack C, who had a fine game up front and William C, whose powerful shot hit a post. However, the game was wrapped up when Jack C scored his first-ever goal for the club after narrowly going close moments earlier. PoM: Becca for her goal, fine passing and energetic performance.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U12 started in determined fashion and their desire to be first to the ball and an improvement to their passing gave them the platform to put Jex under pressure throughout the half. Chris opened the scoring when his pass through the defence bounced over the keeper and into the net. Excellent crosses where being sent in from Chris and Daniel whilst Jamie's pin-point corners also caused havoc in the Jex penalty area. The second goal came when Daniel once again broke free on the right and as the ball penetrated the box Jordan was on hand to thump his effort home from close range. Shortly afterwards Tom W then surged into the penalty area and was brought down. The resultant penalty was firmly tucked away by Bradley. Even Matthew nearly scored when another deep cross bounced off the crossbar to safety. The fourth goal of the half came when Daniel picked up a loose ball from a corner and drove his effort home into the corner of the net. Jex, to their credit, provided an improved performance in the second half but solid defensive work from the defence and a good goalkeeping display by James ensured the boys kept a clean sheet. Michael and Tom F were once again dominant in midfield whilst Nathan and Oliver made telling contributions from the bench. Special mention to Luke who played well at full-back but player of the match was Daniel, great goal, energetic display and improved crossing. Final score 4-0.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U13 were involved in an exciting top-of-the-table clash with Scole, going down 5-3 at home. The visitors struck the post early on and shortly afterwards scored twice. Hethersett's Robert Warminger pulled a goal back just before the break, but Scole regained their two-goal advantage after half-time. Hethersett dug in again and spectacular strikes from Robert Warminger and Jack Walker levelled the score with 10 minutes remaining. Scole regained the lead with a scrambled goal and converted a last- minute penalty.