ATTLEBOROUGH U14 experienced their first defeat of the season when they faced East Coast Warriors on Sunday. Midfielder Gene Furneaux opened the scoring in Boro's advantage which came as a surprise as The Warriors dominated play and managed to equalise just before the half-time whistle.
ATTLEBOROUGH U14 experienced their first defeat of the season when they faced East Coast Warriors on Sunday. Midfielder Gene Furneaux opened the scoring in Boro's advantage which came as a surprise as The Warriors dominated play and managed to equalise just before the half-time whistle. Boro escaped a second Warriors goal in the opening minutes of the second half due to a push and a disallowed goal decision from referee Martin Ayers. ECW managed to again dominate play and secured a 4-1 victory. A well-deserved MoM award for Matty Spencer.
HETHERSETT U9 kicked off their season (albeit two weeks late) undefeated. They played Taverham in the first game and started off really well. Ben L and Luke had a couple of early chances but just shot wide. Taverham had a throw, Hethersett tried three times to clear it but the ball managed to find its way to an unmarked Taverham player five yards out who netted. Heads didn't go down and Cameron found himself on the by line in Taverham's area, he crossed and everyone stopped as they thought the ball had gone out apart from Ben L who equalised. In the second half Daniel made his debut and gave Hethersett an extra dimension, with Ben K and Kieran solid at the back it seemed there would only be one winner. With five minutes left Cameron had a shot and it hit a Taverham player on the arm, The ref gave a penalty, Max stepped up and the keeper made a great double save. With Thomas also on Hethersett kept on the attack but just could not find the winner. Final score: 1-1. In the second game against Rocklands Hethersett again improved, the shape was good and Hethersett were again on top. With five minutes gone Max took a corner, it bobbled around in the Rockland's area until Ben L struck it in the top corner. For the last five minutes of the half Hethersett lost a bit of shape and started to chase everything, this then left gaps and Rocklands scored two quick goals to make it 2-1. The second half kicked off and Luke R chased the ball down, won it took a player on made a lovely pass to Ben L who scored his second for 2-2. With this Hethersett's confidence came back, and they started to play again and putting pressure on Rocklands, Kieran was again a rock at the back and Cam was linking well with Luke and Tom in midfield. They just couldn't find a winner and the final score was a well-deserved 2-2 draw.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U16 relied on two late goals (one an unfortunate own goal) to beat Watton 3-1 in a competitive but friendly game. Scorers were Jamie Springall, Jonathan Bailey and an own goal.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U13 beat Salhouse 3-0 with Robert Warminger hitting a brace to take his total for the season to 10. The other goal came from Matthew Butcher.
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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U9 had two very competitive draws - 1-1 with Taverham and 2-2 with Rocklands. They were unlucky not to open their league campaign with at least one win. All three of their goals came from Ben Lacey.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U15 went down 6-0 at Diss, after having to play the game with 10 players.
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MULBARTON WANDERERS U16B along with Horsford struggled to cope with the very hard pitch conditions with the ball bouncing high and over-running excessively. Horsford opened the scoring after about 20 minutes, then added another shortly afterwards leaving the Wanderers with an uphill task. Jimmy D hit back for Mulbarton with a superb strike then Ben G went close, the team were working hard. Second half Mulbarton started strongly, Ben B hit the bar and Tooky shot just wide .The defence worked well with Tom R winning every tackle. Despite a good all-round team display Wanderers lost 2-1. Joint MoM: Jimmy D and Tom R.
MORLEY YOUTH U10 played host to Harling in a league fixture. Morley were soon off the mark in what was a very action-packed and exciting match. Once Harling managed to breach the Morley defences they took the opportunity and scored a cracking goal. Not to be outdone, Morley's Max Tofts was soon to bring the match back level by converting a goal shot by Robbie Boulter whose shot deflected off a post towards him. A lot of action from both teams in all areas of the pitch. The second half started in the same vein with both teams determined to score goals. Robbie Boulter took a corner only for Jordan Cracknell to convert it into a goal by a text-book header. Ewan Downs, the keeper, came under immense pressure and did a fantastic job in his area. One shot from Harling's number two from just off the halfway line was cleanly caught by Ewan. The battle continued with Morley's defence working overtime to keep Harling at bay. Finally Robbie Boulter cleared the pitch and took the last goal of the match. Final score: Morley 3, Harling 1. MoM: Max Tofts for some terrific footwork.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U11 hosted Harling and drew 0-0. No goals in this game, but a keenly contested match nonetheless. Wymondham showed continued progress throughout the game, the back four particularly working well together, with good displays from Harry Hawkins and Henry Felton. Town passed the ball well in the first half, but despite good build-up play from both sides, neither created any clear-cut chances. The home side had a very strong wind at their backs, which often left the forwards chasing a ball which easily carried through to the keeper. In the second half Wymondham actually played better with the wind against them. Without having to make any spectacular saves, Alex Rennie certainly did everything you could ask from a goalkeeper. When the away side did shoot from any distance, they never really got close and Town made one or two chances themselves at the other end. Aaron Boyall might have won it for them late on, but his shot was well saved.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U13 LIZARDS hosted Cringleford and came away with a comfortable 4-0 win. Andrew in goal had little to do but still dominated his area well. The back four of Luke Jacob, Erin and Sam L worked together well and made some good passes out of defence, allowing the five-man midfield of Matthew, Henry, Ashley, Sam G and Ryan to thread some good balls through to Oliver. Lizards took the lead early in the game after Oliver made a good run, only to be out-numbered, and skilfully laid the ball back to Ashley, who placed it in the top corner. Oliver was next on the score sheet after an excellent run forward and a perfectly weighted ball over the defence from Jacob for him to run on to and hammer in. Ryan scored the third goal after some neat passing and a quick one-two with Ashley, allowing Ryan to produce a first-class curling shot into the back of the net. Sam L was unlucky not to score after his well-taken free kick struck the bar. Adam pushed forward on the left and George worked tirelessly to stop Cringleford breaking down the wing. The fourth and final goal came after a scramble in the area, allowing the ball to spill to Oliver, who had no doubt where the goal was. This was an excellent team effort from all parts of the field. MoM: Ashley, PoM: Sam L.
WYMONDHAM TOWN LIZARDS U9 visited Watton looking to maintain the 100 per cent start to the season. Although Town started on the front foot and were dominating the game they never got to the standards of the previous weeks. The deadlock was eventually broken via an own goal. Then Jacob Bush fizzed in a great strike for 2-0. This was then followed by a Curtis Bell tap-in and Charlie Gavin then made it four from a corner. Rebecca Greenslade was defending well when called upon. The second half was better and Curtis tapped in again for 5-0 and then Henry Metcalf drove forward and finished with a strike into the top corner. Luke Hunt got a fine individual goal before Watton pulled a goal back leaving Elliott Hindley with no chance. Henry then knocked in after good work from Luke and then Curtis completed his hat-trick from close range. Sonny Clarke added his name to the scoresheet for 10-1, before Curtis completed the scoring after a great cross from Henry left him with the goal at his mercy for his fourth and Town's 11th. Final score: Watton U9 1 Wymondham U9 11. MoM: Curtis Bell. Opposition MoM: Charlie Gavin.
WYMONDHAM U11 played unbeaten Rocklands U11 at Ketts Park on Sunday. Wymondham made a very strong start and for the opening minutes of the match put the Rocklands' defence under pressure. Rocklands started to find their feet and went a goal in front 10 minutes into the first half. Wymondham were unfortunate two minutes later to have a Ben Carding goal disallowed. Towards the end of the first half Rocklands were making the Wymondham defenders work very hard but they were making it very difficult for the Rocklands forwards as well. Wymondham started the second half defensively, Jacob Mitchell made an early diving save to stop Rocklands going two in front. Joe Greenslade was very unlucky not to score, getting to a Matthew Rennie corner but just clearing the bar. Wymondham started to move the play into the Rocklands' half with midfielders Joe Greenslade and Alex Raggett making a number of runs at the defence creating a number of chances. Wymondham's hard work was finally rewarded when John Moore got his head to a corner, knocking it to Alex Raggett who in turn tapped it in. Rocklands scored a second late on for victory.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U12 opened in a confident mood and troubled the home defence with some good movement. However, James conceded two quick goals following WTU errors which allowed Heigham to grow in stature whilst Wymondham's positivity drained from them. Lewis had one or two good attempts from distance whilst Daniel and Chris once again penetrated the Heigham defence with good work on the flanks but half-time came without WTU creating any further clear chances. Jamie and Bradley had solid defensive displays throughout and Luke and Matt both ventured forward more from their full-back roles. Michael and Jordan worked hard in midfield to win possession but Wymondham continued to give possession away too easily and Heigham gathered further advantage with three further goals. Oliver and Nathan showed some improved touches towards the end and the deficit was nearly reduced as Lewis, Chris, Daniel and Jamie all had good unconverted opportunities. PoM: Jamie, solid tackling and good covering coupled with improved defensive headers.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 entertained Diss and Mulbarton in their latest games in the Combination League. First up were Diss and after a fairly even start they created the first clear opening but Daniel in goal made a superb save. Christy in defence was then called upon to make some timely clearances but gradually Wymondham got on top. A good move began with Becca linking with William F. who then found Lewis but he just failed to convert. The midfield of William C, Becca and Lewis took control and Diss were lucky to be level at half-time. The second half began with Lewis being robbed of a chance by some good Diss defending. Sub Jack C then hit the woodwork with a fine shot and from a throw on hit another just wide. Lucas and Christy in defence were comfortably containing Diss as United piled on the pressure. The ball then broke to Lewis in midfield who patrolled by Becca and Jack C, finally found the net with a good finish. A good volley from Jack C nearly added another but Wymondham held on for a deserved 1-0 victory. MoM: Christy. some assured defending. Mulbarton were United's next opponents. They immediately went on the attack and despite some stout defending by Daniel and Christy created the first openings. However, a fine mazy run by Lewis down the right nearly led to United taking the lead but he was robbed just short of goal. Mulbarton took the lead when Lucas in goal couldn't hold a fierce long-range shot and the ball was bundled in. A couple of good runs by Daniel and Lewis meant Mulbarton were not yet home and dry. William F combined with Lewis but the effort was cleared. Another Mulbarton effort was well saved by Lucas. The killer second goal arrived midway through the half from a neat angled shot. Lewis nearly pulled one back immediately but it flew just wide. Despite non-stop running by the team and some tenacious defending United went down 2-0. MoM: William F, improving every game.
ATTLEBOROUGH U11 require players for the U11 team following the squad size challenges faced by all clubs moving from 7-a-side to 11. If you want to join this friendly club, call Ben on 01953 455883 or Tony on 01953 451335.