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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 had their first-ever 0-0 scoreline when they took on Wymondham. It was a close match between two well-organised teams with chances few and far between.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 had their first-ever 0-0 scoreline when they took on Wymondham. It was a close match between two well-organised teams with chances few and far between. Hethersett probably missed more than Wymondham but it was a good team performance with some excellent defending.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U13 came up against Mulbarton on a heavy surface which made passing football difficult. Hethersett took the lead with a close-range effort from Robert Warminger shortly before the game was marred by a nasty knee injury to Hethersett's Jake Easter. After a lengthy stoppage, play resumed and the home team were awarded a penalty just before the break. Matty Butcher reacted superbly to save, ensuring Hethersett the half-time lead. Warminger doubled the visitors' lead with a fantastic looping header and completed yet another hat-trick, coolly slotting past the keeper. Mulbarton applied late pressure, pulling a goal back. Easter's visit to the A and E revealed muscle damage around the knee. Thanks to Mr Nurse the referee for his help given to the player and calming players in a difficult situation. Hethersett ground out a hard-fought victory and credit goes to the team.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U15 drew 3-3 at Spixworth in a game that flowed well with both teams desperately trying to get on top. Spixworth deservedly took the lead but Hethersett kept battling away and Josh Wilcox broke through to equalise. This seemed to galvanise Spixworth, who put Hethersett under great pressure and this told as they scored two quick goals to make it 3-1. Hethersett committed more players forward and Wilcox scored a second with a cool finish with a perfectly-placed lob over the advancing keeper. The final few minutes were tense with Spixworth trying to hold onto their lead. Nevertheless Hethersett continued to push forward and were rewarded with a dramatic equaliser from Wilcox just two minutes from time.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U16 visited Watton and ran in goals at regular intervals to win 15-1. It was 7-0 at half-time and Hethersett continued to score throughout the second half. Watton kept going and deservedly scored a goal in the second half. Henry Wainwright led the way with four and there were hat-tricks for Dominic Frost and Jamie Springall. Adam Edwards hit two and other Hethersett goals came from Jonathan Bailey, Jake Keeley and Jamie Keane.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC GIRLS U14 scored a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a good Blofield side. The visitors took a half-time lead through Sophie Rock. She hit the cross bar early in the second half before Blofield deservedly scored an equaliser. Hethersett looked vulnerable but stuck to their task and worked hard. They scored the winner when a Rock shot was turned home by Ella Stephenson. Hethersett were far from their best but the mark of a good side is carving out wins when not playing well. The girls will be busy fund-raising on December 22 with a bag-packing session at Marks and Spencers in Norwich from 10am-1pm.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U11 visited Dereham and lost 2-0 in an entertaining game with both teams playing some very good football. Hethersett were well organised in defence with Bradley Tillett and Declan Dowe both having very good games. The midfield worked very hard and Jasper Williams produced his best display of the season on the right-hand side of midfield. Hethersett keeper Josh Lacey did well in goal but was slow to react to Dereham's first goal which was scored from inside the box. Both teams continued to create chances and the substitutions were well used. Hethersett were unlucky with Tyler White hitting a post. Dereham scored their second. Hethersett continued to press and found the back of the net but the lineman controversially ruled the goal as offside. Hethersett deserved to take at least a point from this game. However, they will take a lot of positives from this performance which was one of their best displays of the season. Bradley Tillett was awarded man of the match with Jasper Williams and Declan Dowe being a close second.

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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U12 drew 2-2 at home to Poringland with their goals coming from Ashley Gray and Guy Peres.

Hethersett U9 had a good 7-1 win against Jex with Cameron Whiting hitting a hat-trick and Ben Lacey and Daniel Ward hitting two each. They then drew 2-2 with Firside with goals from Aiden Standley and Max Beckett.

HETHERSETT U9 after a break of a month due to the weather, got their season back on track with an excellent two games against Jex and Firside. The first game against Jex started off really well and put Jex under constant pressure. With Aiden, Bradley and Cameron having early chances and the Jex keeper making some good saves, Hethersett thought it was going to be one of those days!. With time running out in the first half, Ryan's long goal- kick evaded all players until Cameron raced onto it and placed a lovely shot into the bottom corner. Half-time 1-0. The second half proved to be much the same as Hethersett had all the pressure but they managed to put the chances away. Cam scored his second straight after kick-off and completed his hat-trick after Max had played him in. Ben L, not to be outdone, scored two himself with assists coming from Kieran and Max. Dan then opened his account with a brace again assisted by Cam and Max. Jex scored a goal late in the game giving the final score 7-1. The second game was a lot tighter. Firside played nice football but with Ben K and Kieran winning the early tackles at the back, Hethersett were proving to be hard to break down. They had the first chance and scored, Aiden found some space on the right and drilled it in the top corner from just outside the area. Firside then started to attack more and Ryan pulled off a great save to keep Hethersett in the game.

With Hethersett under pressure Firside managed to score an equaliser before half-time to make the score 1-1. Second half was again tight. Ben L had an early chance but was unfortunate not to get a free-kick. Midway through the second half Firside scored again, but Hethersett didn't let their heads down. A corner straight from the training ground between Max and Dan left Max in space to shoot from outside the area and top corner it went. Hethersett then had more chances from Ben I and Aiden but were unlucky not to score. With minutes remaining Andrew was making some great tackles and Bradley was supporting the defence really well to keep the score at full-time 2-2. Just a special mention to Cameron Whiting who had a great day, he scored a hat-trick and then went to play in a tennis tournament in which he also won - well done!

WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 on a cold wet day, travelled to Scole for the return fixtures from week one against Taverham and an improving home team. Wymondham faced Taverham in the first match and immediately gained the initiative when Christy and Bradley combined to set up Lewis with a good finish to make it 1-0. A neat bit of footwork and a great shot in the top corner by Christy soon made it 2-0. Becca then saw her fine effort just go over before Lewis nearly grabbed his second. Taverham's first attack looked dangerous but Jack B in defence cleared confidently before having a great shot himself from almost halfway which just went wide. The third came when William F had a great run down the right and fired in a terrific shot which the keeper failed to hold. Lewis and Christy both went close as Wymondham piled on the pressure and just before the break, from a William F corner, Bradley finished neatly to make it 4-0. Jack C came on as sub in the second half and soon made the keeper work with a great effort. From a Taverham breakaway, where they looked certain to pull one back, keeper Lucas made a fine save. Christy then had a shot blocked but the ball broke to William F, who fired in the fifth. The team were playing great open football and went 6-0 up when skipper Lewis seized on a goal-kick and fired home. Taverham then hit the woodwork from a corner and Christy superbly fed Jack C, who almost made it seven. However, almost on the whistle, Lewis provided Wymondham's seventh with a great ball to William F who finished clinically for his hat-trick. A magnificent all round team display. Final score 7-0. MoM: William F.

WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 found that Scole provided a different test altogether in the next match and immediately pinned Wymondham back. Keeper Jack B, Christy and Lucas in defence were all called on in the first five minutes but held firm. Irrepressible Lewis, however, hit back with two fine efforts which led to corners. Soon after though, Scole took the lead when a corner wasn't cleared properly and the chance was coolly taken for 1-0 to Scole. Wymondham quickly replied when, from a William F corner, Lewis converted with a great left foot shot 1-1. Without Wymondham's same fluency as in the previous match, Scole were gaining the upper hand and when another attack was not cleared, they took the lead again just before half-time. 2-1 Scole.

A much-improved second-half display with sterling work from Becca in midfield saw Lewis have two more efforts cleared. Scole then almost doubled their lead but Jack B made a great save. Late on, from a Christy clearance, Wymondham broke down the left with Becca, William F and Lewis combining to set up Jack C, whose fine shot was turned away for a corner. However, Scole just held on. A slightly disappointing final score of 2-1. MoM: Becca, a battling midfield performance.

ATTLEBOROUGH U14 secured an early lead whilst away at Thorpe Rovers courtesy of George Bartholomew. Thorpe had numerous chances and levelled the score for half-time. The second-half saw Boro raise their pace and dominate play with first class passing. Jack Binks and Jack Crosswaite outplayed the opposition on the right flank and controlled all play from this side of the pitch. Bartholomew planted his second when he received a great pass from Robert Sweet who in turn had received from Gene Furneaux. The final score was 3-1 in Boro's favour following a superb finisher from James Haylock. A great performance from all Boro players who have now bagged 15 points. MoM: George Bartholomew.

MULBARTON WANDERERS U16B Mulbarton travelled to Rocklands and suffered a 3-1 defeat in their last game of the year. For the opening period Mulbarton had the better of the chances but they fell behind after 20 minutes. The Wanderers responded well, Adam W fired just past the post and Ben G won the ball in his own half, powered forward beating several players, then supplied a great pass. At half-time the score remained in favour of the home side. Second half Mulbarton went close courtesy of Sam D, but a header put Rocklands 2-0 up. More hard work and Mulbarton were awarded a free kick, Alex R provided a rocket-like strike to pull one back for the visitors. This was followed by a good header from Sam D and an effort from Ben G which hit the bar. Rocklands responded and went 3-1 up, which was hard on the Wanderers who had battled well. Late in the game Ben B struck a good free-kick which the goalie did well to keep out. Mulbarton, joint MoM: Alex R and Ben G.

WYMONDHAM TOWN U9 entertained Mulbarton in the cup for the second time of asking after the initial game was postponed. In the first few minutes Town were not at the races and had Fergus Hughes to thank for a couple of excellent stops. Gradually, Town started to dominate and took the lead through Sonny Clarke with a fine drive into the corner, this was then added to by another fine strike from Henry Metcalf. Town, although 2-0 to the good, were not in their normal free-flowing game and looked shaky at the back, and had Fergus to thank again. As the half wore on Town did turn up the heat and added further strikes from Sonny, one a free kick to complete his hat-trick. The game as a cup tie at this point was now over, and Jacob Bush then got his name on the scoresheet with a powerful run and shot, and Henry added another with a back heel from a fine Jacob cross. Charlie Gavin and Luke Hunt were now in control at the back and this enabled the boys to drive forward in the hunt of further goals. Jacob then added a further two with sweet left-foot strikes to complete his hat-trick. Sonny added another to take his tally to four and to make it 9-0 at half time. The second half started with Rebecca Greenslade being introduced at the back, Town then through Jacob Bush made it ten. Sonny capped a brilliant personal performance with a second-half hat-trick to take his tally to seven, with three goals of the highest order. Sonny also crossed for Henry to finish from close range for his hat- trick. In between these goals Town had conceded four goals that any other day could have been avoided, the match ended with Fergus taken up a defending role for the team. Although four goals were conceded 14 were scored and Town safely managed to progress through to the next round of the cup. Final Score 14-4. MoM - Sonny Clarke, Opposition MoM Sonny Clarke.

WYMONDHAM U11 played league leaders Old Catton at Ketts Park on Sunday. Wymondham started the match on the defensive as Old Catton took a two-goal lead after the first five minutes. During the first ten minutes of the game Wymondham were finding it difficult to get the ball into the Catton half. Wymondham defenders John Moore, Henry Felton and Robert Smith were having to work very hard to repel the Catton attacks. Wymondham eventually found their feet and started to move the ball forward with Lewis Chalcraft and Craig Attewell crossing balls into James Kerry, Joe Greenslade and Ben Carding. First half score 2-0. Wymondham had a much stronger start to the second half. Joe Greenslade scored for Wymondham beating Catton defenders to a corner ball. Ben Carding was unlucky not to equalise as he tried to volley the ball over the Catton goalie's head. Unfortunately for Wymondham, Catton scored a third goal. With the pressure applied by Wymondham in the second half this match could have gone either way. Final score Wymondham 1, Catton 3.

WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U12 travelled to East Harling and found themselves under pressure from the start as the home team benefited from their knowledge of playing on a full- sized pitch. James made a number of smart stops whilst the team as a whole defended well. On the odd occasion that Wymondham broke forward, their attacks were purposeful and whilst Lewis and Nathan showed some good link play and led the line well, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances. Jamie was nearly on the mark as his shot from the edge of the penalty box following a cleared corner just missed the target. Some wayward Harling finishing meant that the match remained goalless until just before half-time when an unfortunate own goal gave the home side the lead. In the second half WTU once again worked hard to close down a good footballing side but they were unable to prevent four further scores and Harling sealed a deserved 5-0 victory. There were good performances from Daniel, Chris and Luke L whilst Michael and Tom F worked hard all game. Bradley made a welcome return from injury in the centre of defence winning a number of important headers. Jordan, Billy and Luke W made good contributions from the bench with the latter two breaking through the Harling defence late on only to be foiled by good tackles. PoM: Tom Wagg - good cover tackling throughout the match.

WYMONDHAM UNITED U13 travelled to Dereham for a tough game against a very skilful Dereham Town. The last time the two teams met the crowd were treated to a match that was a fantastic advertisement for youth football, well contested, skilful and a bag full of goals. This match was set to be a little different when Wymondham could only field 10 players. The management reshuffled and provided the boys with a very spirited and motivating pre-match talk, however nobody could have predicted what was about to happen. Dereham kicked off and immediately pressed to make the extra person count, however time and time again the defence of Fraser Field, Joe Gorham, Owen Lancaster and new boy Adam Harmer held firm. The midfield of Ashley Ward, Oliver Street, Michael Farmer and Bradlie Harcourt battled well and worked tirelessly for each other. After 20 minutes the game was at stalemate 0-0 when the midfield managed to thread the ball thorough to Charlie Love who controlled the ball and thumped the ball past the stranded Dereham keeper to make it 1-0. The shell-shocked Dereham team struggled to reply with Wymondham solid defence and the superb Sam Palmer in goal, who kicked well to the midfield and play changed from left to right of the pitch and the ball came across to Bradlie Harcourt who hit a 20-yard volley over the head of the keeper to make it 2-0. Wymondham kept pressing and the 10 men soon made it 3-0 with Bradlie getting his second of the game going into half-time. The second half saw a more determined Dereham side come out and Sam Palmer was soon called upon to make a string of fine saves. Wymondham's 10 were soon down to nine when the skilful Joe Gorham was taken out of the game. Michel dropped into defence. The nine players matched everything that Dereham would throw at them including several substitutions, in fact it was Wymondham's nine that made the score 4-0 when Charlie latched onto a poor clearance from the keeper. Joe Gorham came back on after five minutes and this enable Michael to push up forward. Charlie Love soon hit his hat-trick and Wymondham's fifth. Dereham's 11 players never gave up and scored a consolation goal at the end to make the final score 5-1. With the recent change in management and several key players not available the 10 Wymondham players can hold their heads up high. Again a great advert for youth football. Well done.

WYMONDHAM TOWN U15 beat Horsford 2-1. This was a game dominated by Wymondham from start to finish, with numerous chances and some good football. The first chance did come to Horsford, but Josh Moon made a good save before James Perry bravely blocked on the line. This woke Wymondham up and several good chances fell to the new attack of Keiran Murrell and Keiran Campbell. Tom Smith and Nathan Lawson also came close, before Keiran C broke down the right and put in a great cross which deflected off a defender for an own goal. Wymondham maintained the pressure and just before half-time another attack was cleared into the path of Charles Large, who took aim and let fly from outside the box to score a cracking goal in the top left-corner.

Wymondham continued to put pressure on Horsford, working well as a team and continuing to create some great chances. On a rare Horsford attack the ball broke free in the area and Horsford scored, which made the last five minutes interesting, but Wymondham held on for a 2-1 win. This was a great team performance with everyone working well. MoM: James Perry, for his part in a solid defensive line-up.