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ATTLEBOROUGH U14 found themselves with a limited squad for the forth game in a row when they visited North Walsham with just 10 players. But Boro attacked the game with passion and enthusiasm which provided second-placed Walsham with a first-class game of football.

ATTLEBOROUGH U14 found themselves with a limited squad for the forth game in a row when they visited North Walsham with just 10 players. But Boro attacked the game with passion and enthusiasm which provided second-placed Walsham with a first-class game of football. Boro left 2-0 down but with their heads held high. MoM was defender Liam Darkins, but the whole team put in a tremendous performance.

HETHERSETT LADIES HEARTS are just four points away from taking the Norfolk Women's League Division Two title at the first time of asking. On Sunday they drew 1-1 at Acle who are the only team that can prevent them winning the league. Hethersett are now odds-on favourites. They took the lead through Hannah Waters but Acle equalised three minutes from the end of a hard but very fair encounter.

HETHERSETT YOUTH: The U16s beat Scole 3-1 thanks to two goals from Henry Wainwright and one from Jonathan Bailey. The U14s went down 5-1 at Harling with their goal coming from James Groom. The U13s beat Attleborough 3-0 with goals from Tom Wyatt, Jack Walker and Robert Warminger. The U12s went down 5-2 at home to Taverham with goals from Ashley Gray and Guy Peres. The U11s lost 3-2 to Taverham with their scorers being Josh Lacey and an own goal.

HETHERSETT U10 battled really well in this evenly-matched game. Hillside scored two lucky goals in the first half but Oli Hudson-Church replied with a goal from corner to make it 2-1. In the second half Hethersett began to tire and Hillside scored two further goals to make the final score 4-1. The Hillside manager congratulated the boys and said they did not deserve to lose the game on their commitment and attitude. In their game against a strong Thorpe side Hethersett got off to a great start. Liam picked the ball up and dribbled past three or four players before firing a cracking shot which flew in. Hethersett held the lead until half-time. In the second half Hethersett soaked up the pressure and defended superbly but Thorpe levelled.

HETHERSETT U9 were again on their travels when they went to Scole to play them and Wymondham. In the first game Hethersett were up against a very good Wymondham side, who had won 4-0 last time. The game started with Wymondham using the slope well and putting on pressure but the defence held on well. Aiden and Ben were making some nice moves and passing well together. Midway through the first half this is where the goal came from. Bradley cleared the ball down the line to Aiden who slipped a lovely ball through to Ben who hit a fantastic left-foot shot into the top corner. The second half was a bit end to end but Wymondham were having more of the ball. With Eddie coming on and making his debut for Daniel and Cameron and Ryan again having a blinder in midfield/in goal Hethersett held on for a fantastic 1-0 win. After the first game effort's Hethersett seemed a bit tired for the second game against Scole, who had had a break. Hethersett started off well with Cam and Bradley playing well and Daniel making some good runs but Scole had a breakaway and scored. Soon afterwards they scored a second from a corner. In second half Hethersett played better and Cam and Aiden had a couple of chances but Scole made the final score 5-0.

MULBARTON U16B travelled to Drayton and a good all-round solid display plus some great individual performances sealed a 2-0 victory. The Wanderers were slow to get going and didn't have much of the ball for the first 15 minutes, then gradually they started to gain some control, this led to Ben G putting them ahead with a great shot on the turn from an acute angle. The second half was a stop-start affair with too many fouls taking place to allow any real flow. Adam W fired in a good shot which the keeper parried and Ben B was in the right place to finish .A determined performance from Tom R helped keep out the opposition. MoM: Alex R, a superb all-round game.

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WYMONDHAM U11 met Mulbarton for their first home match of 2010 on Sunday. Mulbarton took an early lead going a goal in front in the first two minutes. Wymondham quickly recovered from this early shock and started to put together some very effective moves forward to put the Mulbarton defence under pressure Craig Attewell was in the right place to take advantage of a rebound from the goalie to score for Wymondham. This seemed to spur on the team, resulting in a flurry of goals just before half-time with Ben Carding scoring the second after 20 minutes and a third was knocked in by Matthew Rennie soon after. Mulbarton quickly counter-attacked to score a second. Just before half-time James Kerry took advantage of a goal-line scramble for the ball to tap in the fourth to make 4-2 at half-time. The second half began with Mulbarton battling through the Wymondham defence to score their third goal in the opening minutes. This started another round of goals for the home team with James Kerry scoring the fifth and Matthew Rennie getting the sixth. Then there were a further two goals from Joe Greenslade and another two Mulbarton goals for a final score of Wymondham 8, Mulbarton 4. Although Wymondham won, the teams were more evenly matched than the score suggests.

WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U12 started in determined fashion and their desire to be first to tackle and to close down their opposition was a factor in their early dominance in this match. This determination was exemplified by Jamie who produced a strong display throughout in the centre of midfield and he was ably supported by Oliver who continued to find some effective passes which linked his side's possession together. Lewis tantalised his full-back on a number of occasions beating him with skill and strength whilst Luke W also tested his full-back. Midway through the half Nathan surged past both Watton's central defenders to latch onto a flighted long ball and he calmly struck home from the edge of the box. The back four of Daniel, Matthew, Bradley and Tom F ably dealt with any Watton attacks with special praise to Daniel who outplayed a tricky winger all game. Wymondham once again drove forward in the second half and added to their lead when Jamie's long-range lofted effort deceived the keeper and found its way into the net. With confidence flowing WTU began to play their best passing movements of the season as they continued to stretch the Watton defence and Nathan capitalised on another ball over the defenders' heads as he controlled the ball and sped goalwards to finish low into the corner from 12 yards. James then made a great save to deny the Watton striker whilst Chris continued to cause all sorts of problems in his striking role and eventually was rewarded for his efforts when he was brought down in the box following a jinking run. Jamie stepped up confidently to score with a well-placed drive high to the keeper's left. James then made a fantastic stop low to his right and a further penalty gained by Lewis should have made Wymondham's tally five but Nathan's hat-trick effort missed the target. Wymondham did concede a sloppy goal towards the end but overall this was an excellent display from the players. PoM: Nathan, excellent finishing and strong determined runs.

WYMONDHAM TOWN U9 played Dereham U9. After the previous week's first defeat of the season it would be interesting to see how the boys responded. Jamie Blanchflower was given a start after his consistent improvement week on week. Wymondham went 1-0 down early on to a looping shot that went in the top corner, giving Fergus Hughes no chance whatsoever. Dereham then put every player behind the ball in an attempt to stop Wymondham from scoring. After 15 minutes Wymondham got back on level terms after Luke Hunt's shot was parried by the keeper but Henry Metcalf was on hand to sweep home the rebound. The second came after a long ball up field from Luke, was running through to the keeper, but great persistence from Henry allowed him to get to the ball first and square for Sonny Clarke to finish for 2-1. The third was not far behind after a lovely cross from Jacob Bush, was finished with a shot on the turn from Henry. The second half started and Curtis Bell and Charlie Gavin were introduced. Dereham's tactics, although trailing, had not changed and it was a second half of continuous Town pressure. Jacob Bush was battling hard and giving the Dereham defenders a tough day as they struggled to deal with him, and Luke Hunt was inspiring his team-mates with his tough tackling and passing. Henry again set up Sonny for the fourth, although Sonny demonstrated great determination to finish his second of the day. The fifth goal of the day put a big smile on the management team's face as Curtis Bell was doing what he does best, drifting in at the back post to poach his goal, a just reward for his efforts. Charlie Gavin also showed glimpses of the tenacious defending that was his trademark earlier in the season, and his determination was great to see. The sixth goal came towards the end of the game where Sonny Clarke, returned the compliment for Henry when he drilled in a great cross and Henry swivelled and crashed it into the bottom corner. Final Score: 6-1. Wymondham MoM: Henry Metcalf. Opposition MoM: Jacob Bush.

WYMONDHAM TOWN UNITED U9 travelled to Scole for a rearranged fixture against Hethersett and, with arguably their strongest line-up, were hoping to keep the pressure on the top three teams in the division. They began well enough with Lewis and Lucas having good efforts saved. Almost immediately, Becca in midfield made a determined run but was also just denied. A warning sign soon appeared however, as Hethersett broke quickly with their first attack and, with several Wymondham players racing back, the Hethersett striker shot just wide. United were soon back on the attack forcing two corners, the second of which was headed just over by skipper Lewis. Another attack ended when Lewis fed Christy up front who just failed to convert. Hethersett then made Wymondham pay for pushing too far up, when once again they broke quickly but this time the forward finished with a crisp left-foot shot. Just before the break Lewis after a typically skilful run, clipped the outside of a post. After a couple of switches at half-time Wymondham pressed even more. Becca and Lewis once again went close before Lewis went on another long run before finding Jack C in attack, whose shot was well saved. Another Jack C effort just went over. Christy and Jack B in defence were solid at the back. Lewis, following another terrific burst from midfield, saw his finishing shot brilliantly saved. The combination of inspired goalkeeping and some rather uncompromising defending was frustrating the team who were now continuously in Hethersett's half. As the minutes ticked away Daniel, now pushed up front, tried his luck but his first effort was pushed away for a corner, while seconds from the end, his brilliantly-struck effort found the side-netting. Final score: 1-0 to Hethersett. A tremendous team effort which deserved more. MoM: Lewis Thurston.