Yarmouth area youth scene

GORLESTON RANGERS U12A beat Blundeston Magpies U12 3-2. This top-of-the-table clash was a very sporting and close affair, with both sides playing some decent football in spells.

GORLESTON RANGERS U12A beat Blundeston Magpies U12 3-2. This top-of-the-table clash was a very sporting and close affair, with both sides playing some decent football in spells. Magpies were neat and inventive, building up the play by attacking down the flanks, whilst Rangers offered a more direct approach down the middle to equally good effect. For the first 20 minutes Magpies were on top, creating a number of chances against a strong Rangers' defence. In reality Magpies could have already been two goals up when Foxy finally broke the deadlock with a well-placed shot into the right corner. However, just before the interval Rangers were level when the Magpies failed to cut out a long ball over the top. In the reverse of the first half, Rangers dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second period. Rangers bundled the ball home from a free-kick and then managed a third, as Jordan in goal made a fine save, only to lose sight of the rebounding ball in the sun to give the Rangers' striker a tap-in for their third. Magpies weren't finished and fought their way back into the game with Freddie and Patch working well in central midfield and Dan and Chopper combining to good effect down the right. With five minutes to go, Freddie topped a man-of-the-match performance by nut-megging the Rangers' keeper to make it 3-2. Magpies piled forward in the final five minutes, with Gibbsy going close, but were unable to get the equalising goal that their team play and spirit arguably deserved. The boys should be very proud of this performance against the reigning champions. MoM: Freddie.

CAISTER U12 beat Pakefield A 3-1 in the league. The first half was very even, with both teams having opportunities to take the lead, but Caister broke the deadlock when Tyler Bleach scored just before half-time. The second half produced more chances for Caister as they tested the Pakefield keeper before going two up with another good finish from Tyler. Pakefield pulled it back to 2-1 and started to attack more, but with five minutes left, Caister closed the door when Tyler scored a well-deserved hat-trick. MoM: Tyler Bleach.

COBHOLM BOYS U8 played at Blundeston this week. Cobholm started poorly, but soon got their passing game going. Well done to all the team. Man of the match: Taylor.

COBHOLM BOYS U9 entertained Kirkley & Pakefield C in a very exciting match. Cobholm took an early lead, with Jordan making a tackle on the edge of the area and playing it to Keanan, who put a lovely ball through for Will F to slot home. Both teams were playing attacking football, but Kirkley found Jordan Mazie and Will M in fine form. Kirkley won a free-kick and equalised with a great strike into the top corner, leaving Will M no chance. Cobholm went in 2-1 ahead at half-time after Jacob finished from a corner which was cleared to him. In the second half, Cobholm went 3-1 up straight away with excellent closing down and strength from Will F, who played a good square ball to Keanan, who finished brilliantly. The last few minutes were nail-biting, but Cobholm held on to a 3-2 lead. MoM: Jordan. Training next on January 2 at 10am.

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GORLESTON U10B entertained Kirkley & Pakefield on Sunday. In windswept and rainy conditions, the Gorleston boys dominated the whole match, with shots raining down on the K&P goal throughout. The pressure applied was worthy of a win, but the game remained goalless throughout, mainly due to the performance of the visiting goalkeeper. Man of the match was Sam, making his debut. On the previous day, the boys were mascots for the Gorleston match against Saffron Walden and were given the chance to display their talents and skills at half-time. The team, parents and all concerned would like to thank the Gorleston players, management and committee for a great day and refreshments after the match.

GORLESTON RANGERS U14A entertained Harleston on Sunday and soon found themselves 1-0 up when Nick scored his first goal of the season. Rangers then played some fantastic passing football, continually peppering the Harleston goal, and but for some fine saves from the visiting keeper, would have found themselves further ahead. Then came a succession of brilliantly worked goals from Connor D, Daniel and Caine. Daniel then got his second, and Rangers' fifth, after more intense pressure. The rest of the game proved to be just as successful for Rangers through great teamwork and passing, leading to a string of goals from Daniel, Nick, Connor D and Rorie. Connor D went on to complete another four-goal haul, bringing his total to 19 for the season, before further goals from Caine and Keegan made it 13-0. Daniel wrapped up the scoring with his fourth, and Rangers' 14th, before the final whistle. Another fantastic team effort, with every player contributing. Respect to Harleston for not once dropping their heads and continuing to play with smiles on their faces, and for the kind words from their manager at the end of the game. No games this week. Next game on January 10 is the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Wishing all boys, parents and grandparents a merry Christmas and happy new year, and thanks for your continued support.

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GORLESTON RANGERS U10B entertained Waveney E, a strong and much-improved side. The opening exchanges were fairly even, but midway through the first half Waveney scored first, leaving Shaun with no chance in goal. Henry and Ben linked up well in midfield and created opportunities for Alex wide and Lewis and Sam in the middle, but no one could hit the ball hard enough to trouble the Waveney keeper. Luis and Aaron kept it tight at the back, but a Rangers' attack which broke down left their defence out-numbered and the Waveney forward scored a second, right on the stroke of half-time. The second half started with Rangers carrying a few injuries, which made it an even harder battle. Ben led by example and covered every blade of grass throughout. Shaun saved well from the ever dangerous Waveney forwards, but again Rangers failed to track back and got punished twice, which is starting to become a worrying habit. The scoreline did not reflect the game, but unfortunately for Rangers the conversion rate in front of goal did. Well done to all the boys from both sides and our sponsors, Your Mortgage Solution and The Olive Garden Restaurant. MoM: Ben Vasey.

GORLESTON RANGERS U10B visited Waveney C at the weekend. Overall it was an improvement on previous weeks but the goal drought continued. Shaun started off in goal and had a solid game, with some good handling and, more importantly, good communication with his defence. Rangers had the better of the half, with Sam, Alex and Ben creating the best chances, but they were unable to finish. Max had a rare run-out in defence and played extremely well, showing some good tackling and distribution. Again Lewis and Henry battled in midfield to try and keep the tempo up, but Waveney matched them in that department with some hard tackling. Half-time the score remained 0-0. The second half saw James PR take over from Shaun in goal and again kept a clean sheet. Rangers created the best of the chances with Ben, Lewis and Sam making the Waveney keeper produce several fine saves. The passing and movement was clearly visible and, more importantly, so was the work rate, with Sam helping out the midfield and defence. Aaron delivered corner after corner into the Waveney box, but Rangers could not find the finishing touch, and a last-ditch tackle from the Waveney defender prevented Alex from having a golden opportunity to produce the win that Rangers so richly deserved. Well done to all the boys from both sides and our sponsors, Your Mortgage Solution and The Olive Garden Restaurant. MoM: Samuel Brabben.

BLUNDESTON MAGPIES U12 lost 3-2 at Gorleston Rangers U12A. This top of the table clash was a very sporting and close affair with both sides playing some decent football in spells. Magpies were neat and inventive attacking down the flanks whilst Rangers offered a more direct approach down the middle. For the first 20 minutes Magpies were on top, creating a number of chances against a strong Rangers defence. Magpies could have already been two goals up when Foxy finally broke the deadlock with a well placed shot into the right corner. However, just before the interval Rangers were level when the Magpies failed to cut out a long ball over the top. Rangers dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second period. They bundled the ball home from a free-kick and then managed a third as Jordan in goal made a fine save only to lose sight of the rebounding ball in the sun to give the Rangers striker a tap-in for their third. Magpies fought their way back with Freddie and Patch working well in central midfield and Dan and Chopper combining to good effect down the right. With five minutes to go Freddie topped a man of the match performance by nut-megging the Rangers' keeper to make it 3-2. Magpies piled forward in the final five minutes with Gibbsy going close but were unable to get the equalising goal that their team play and spirit arguably deserved. The boys should be very proud of this performance against the reigning champions. Goals: Foxy , Freddie. MoM : Freddie.

HEMSBY HORNETS U10B played at home to a very good Halesworth side and lost 3-2. It was a game of two halves, and during the first the Hornets conceded two goals. In the second half, after a team talk, the Hornets produced the sort of brilliant display of attacking football they have been showing in recent games and this produced two quality goals. The goal scorers were Kristian and Harlen. Hornets were winning tackles and passing the ball around well, but sadly they ran out of time. Parents' player of the match was Kristian. A merry Christmas and happy new year to all players and parents. The team return to league action on January 10.

BOHEMIANS U12 GIRLS played away to Kirkley and Pakefield and won 6-0. The girls played with no sub again and worked harder than ever. The defence was solid again with Nicole and Toni in control and Jackie being ready to save those that got through. Molly, Zoe, Leanne (2) and Martha (2) again received and passed the ball with comfort and stayed positive throughout the game. The girls are looking for two to three girls to join their team. Call Emma on 01493 650629 if interested. To all the girls and parents have a fabulous Christmas and let's look forward to a great new year.

ORMESBY U16 for the first time this season had their full squad available for the weekend trip to Caister, who took advantage of some space on the edge of the box to go 1-0 up. Caister then scored a second from a free-kick on the edge of the box Caister scored 10 minutes into the second half. But Ormesby turned on the heat and a well-taken strike from Jack Hinchcliffe on his debut for the club inspired the rest of the boys to keep going and never give up. Adam Spelman scored his fifth of the season, which brought it back to 3-2. A well-placed ball over the top from Will Collins allowed Ormesby's top scorer Joel Miller to put away his seventh to make it 3-3. Some heroic defending from Jimmy Ewing and some hard battling in the centre of the field from Will Boyes and Reece Dargan gave Ormesby a well-deserved point.

ORMESBY LADS U10, away to Kirkley & Pakefield, were looking to put last week's Shield exit behind them and they made the perfect start when Carter poked home from close range after good work from Jamie. Midway through the half, Carter netted again after some excellent approach play. K&P had a spell of attacking play, but Andrew and Kai dealt comfortably with the threat as they continue to form a good partnership at the back. As half-time loomed, Ormesby won a free-kick which Carter floated over the wall into the top corner for the goal of the game. Victoria had a couple of half-chances, but couldn't find the net. In the second half, Sam pushed forward and created one or two openings, but couldn't work the keeper. Ben was having an off day in front of goal, but competed well in midfield. Carter then headed in his fourth and Jamie wrapped up the scoring with a goal that was well deserved for his superb efforts. Brandon did well in his spell in defence and Antonio had a quiet game in goal after his heroics last week. Man of the Match. was shared by Carter and Jamie, who were both in top form. Next match tba. Merry Christmas and a happy new year for 2010.

BLUNDESTON MAGPIES U11 progressed to the next round of the Shield with an 8-2 victory over a Bohemians team having to play with only 10 players. Logan was first on the scoresheet with his second attack of the game after being put through by James. Bohemians equalised with a determined break down the right against the run of play. James scored from the edge of the box to put the Magpies back in front. Icy rain began to fall as Bohemians again forced there way through on the right to score another equaliser. However, before the break, another from Logan and two lovely chipped goals from man-of-the-match Jamie gave the Magpies the lead. The second half got underway in sunshine with Bohemians applying some early pressure that went unrewarded before Patrick crossed for Jamie to fire in his hat-trick goal. There then followed a series of goalmouth scrambles at the Bohemians end that came to nothing before James scored his second from a pin-point cross from Jamie on the left, before Ryan twice went close with runs into the box. Callum wrapped up the scoring shooting from inside the box after being found in space with a great pass.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U14 were away to Freethorpe and gave a very spirited and committed performance for a 6-1 win against a very sporting and fair minded opposition. There were two goals for Natalie who had an outstanding game, one for Neneh who played despite feeling unwell, an own goal and the final two goals went to Chloe who came on as sub and made an immediate impact. With Laura and Juliane missing in centre mid it was left to Kirsty to take on the role and she adapted superbly, showing she can play well in a multitude of positions. Ellie held the ball up well, Charlotte had several efforts well saved and Paige and Hollie did well in defence and Hollie in goal had a very good game after a two-week absence through injury. Special mention goes to Marcie who played most of the first half despite feeling very unwell and this gave a chance to introduce Jordie who made her debut and will be a welcome asset to the team following her move from Reading Girls. Thanks to Steve who as always officiated very fairly and is a great advert for youth football.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U15 were at home to Jex, two of the fairest teams in the league. After last week's improved attitude and commitment Bohs were looking to replicate this and in the first half gave a sublime performance of passing and finishing which left their opponents totally bemused. Megan, who was awesome in midfield, scored a hat-trick, LJ who is now fast approaching her best scored two and Chloe, who likewise after a very long time out, scored with Chelsea adding a seventh by the break. Laura in goal did not have a save to make and Bohs changed keeper at half-time and Natalie took over. Second half the girls lost shape and discipline and Jex reduced the arrears with a superb effort from Sophie before Bohs asserted again and Megan scored her fourth. Then the goal of the game came from LJ who, from inside her own half, went past two players with blistering pace before slotting home. Megan scored the tenth, which was her fifth goal and came from yet another superb corner from Sasha, who was excellent in defence. There was good performances also from Sophie who has been so consistent this year, Marcie who played well despite being unwell and Neneh who is so tenacious. Thanks to Jex who played their part as always in a very entertaining game and deserved more from their second-half performance. PoM: LJ and Chloe. Next matches: Norwich Greens at home on Saturday, meet Cliff Park 10.15am latest and Sunday away to Shrublands, meet Southtown Common 9.30am.

CAISTER U9B entertained Loddon Grasshoppers in their Division Two encounter. After a closely-fought first half only an excellent run and finish from Alfie Buck separated the sides, although the Loddon keeper pulled of a string of good saves. A second-half switch saw Will move up front and with his vision and accurate passing he and Daniel created a goal for Alex Q. A great strike from Will followed by an opportunist goal by the non-stop Alfie put Caister well in control. Reece was tackling and spreading passes all over the pitch, Harley was chasing and winning balls, Ozzy was his usual self, just impossible to get past, and Richie was doing a super job in goal. Another goal from Will and a deserved consolation goal for Loddon saw the final score Caister U9 B 5, Loddon Grasshoppers 1. Great credit must go to all the players who finished the year as the only unbeaten team in all four divisions. Well done lads have a great Christmas. Man-of-the-match: Alfie Buck, two goals and an all-action performance, great to have him back.

GORLESTON FC U11 have a few spaces left to improve the squad. If you are interested call Daren on 07535 696819/01493 604654. We at GFC U11 would like to wish our sponsors at Screen Print Plus, Peggotty's Great Yarmouth and Eastern Fluid Power a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

GORLESTON RANGERS U8A were away to local rivals Gorleston FC, again in heavy wet conditions not on the best pitch which didn't allow Rangers to play their normal excellent passing game. They had Toby doing a usual good job in goal. Unfortunately Regan was taken home sick during the game, get well soon Regan. Rangers had Tommy and Cameron in defence and Ethan, Abi and James doing great in attack. Well done to all in a game where they kept their discipline and never made untimed challenges, they kept theirr heads up high, and well done. Andy and Rob are proud of the squad. The MoM went to Tommy for being an absolute rock in defence. Thanks to all the supporters, and Andy and Rob would like to wish parents and supporters and also the team a merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.

GORLESTON RANGERS U12B visited Marsh Harriers last weekend, this was a great opportunity for the lads to play on a full-size pitch and to run with the ball and keep the play wide. Again they started slowly even though Reece gave them the lead after four minutes. For the rest of the half it didn't seem to click and Rangers looked forward to the break at half-time for a chat with the players. The second half was totally different and Rangers played some great football. Dan doubled the lead in the third minute from a great lay-off from Jack. Jack was involved again and hit the bar with Reece following up for the rebound. Jack was rewarded for his efforts with the next goal. Ryan and Jack then got another one each before Ryan scored his final goal in injury time to make the score 7-0 to Rangers. A great effort in the second half and well done to the back line for another clean sheet. Next match on Sunday is home to Marsh Harriers, this time in the cup. Meet at Lynn Grove for 10am sharp.

GORLESTON FC YOUTH are looking for more players to complement their existing development squad having recently seen over 20 players graduate from Football Fever 2000 Skill Centres. Players should be in School Year one and should have the ability to smile and enjoy football. Please call/text Scott on 07841 699720 for further information.

GORLESTON RANGERS U8B visited Waveney Youth last Sunday. The game began with some fine end-to-end attacking play from both teams. After a few early scares Rangers began to find their feet and started to create well-worked goal scoring chances. Ethan, in goal, had plenty to do throughout the game but was in outstanding form again and made several key one-on-one saves. Jamie, Logan and Harrison worked tirelessly to protect the Rangers' goal. Jaydn and Joe had plenty of running to do to keep Waveney busy in their own half and both players did a fantastic job. This was a brilliant display from Rangers and the boys should be really proud of themselves for an outstanding team performance. Man-of-the-match went to Jamie for some solid defending. Terry would like to thank all the parents for their support this year and wishes them all a very happy Christmas.

HEMSBY HORNETS U10A played the very good and unbeaten Kirkley & Pakefield B, Hornets' first game on Hemsby's new pitch. It is so much bigger and the boys found it a bit strange at first. But they started very well and created some good chances. Pakefield hit a purple patch and everything seemed to go right for them as they scored four goals in a space of seven minutes. It didn't help when Hornets stopped releasing the ball and got caught too far up field and then the passes were way too short and they just capitalised on the errors. But the boys tried hard to turn things round in the second half as Hadley and Connor both hit the bar, Brennan hit a post and Billy had a couple of good runs and just missed the target and Sam kept pushing for a break, but it never came. Hornets continued to pile on the pressure and left themselves short at the back, but Brady and Dominic worked hard to keep Owen protected as Pakefield counter-attacked. Hornets didn't concede in the second half. Nathan worked really hard and had his best game for Hemsby and was named man-of-the-match. Although the damage was done in the spell in the first half, the commitment and effort by all in the second was exemplary, and if they had taken their chances it could have been a much closer score line. Thank you to Robin for refereeing excellently again. Hornets knew it was going to be hard this season and just need to battle on to the end of the campaign. A merry Christmas and happy new year to all players, parents and supporters.

SHRUBLANDS GIRLS U13 are playing at U14 age group as well to give girls regular football. With all girls at U13 level except one they know they have to be at their best. They played Swanton who are also is made up 50-50 of U13 and U14. This was Shrublands' best performance for long time. The week before they were at there poorest. Both teams battled well in the rain with chances at both ends with all Shrubs players taking turn at being sub, which is a strong asset of the team. Final score was 10-3 to Shrublands. All played their part in this team game but player of the match went to Merrick who was outstanding and has settled in very well. Goals were scored by Courtney Charlton (CJ) 3, Katherine 2, Harriet, Abbie, Merrick 2, Nicky. No game this week don't forget paintballing Saturday, meet Southtown 8.30am sharp. A very merry Christmas and happy new year to all girls and parents from manager Julie, Janet and coach Steve. Don't forget Shrublands party at Ocean Room on December 28, family and friends are welcome, if you want tickets contact Julie. Next game is on January 3 at home, may have light training session on Saturday 2 at Southtown, to be confirmed, let's hope you carry on 2010 same as 2009 and most of all make sure you enjoy your football.

STALHAM U12A were at home to Holt where a win would see them go seven points clear at the top of the table. Both teams came out battling. Holt were the first to score after 16 minutes when Stalham failed to clear the ball from their box allowing Holt to score an easy goal. Stalham continued to battle and just before half-time were rewarded with a great well worked goal. Some superb passing amongst the team led to a fine header from Aiden to Matti allowing him to bury the ball into the back of the net. The second half Stalham continued with their great team play and scored after just two minutes. Some neat passing throughout the team again led to Dom M putting a great ball out wide to Adam whose cross fell for Matti to find the back of the net for his second of the game. A minute later Stalham got their third when Ryan put a well-timed ball out wide to Matti whose cross found Aiden who directed his header low past the keeper into the bottom corner - a great display of football. The rest of the game was a battle between the two teams. Stalham's defence of Dom P, Kieran and Tom worked hard, with Tom having a great game. Joel in goal pulled off some brilliant saves and came out and made a couple of brave challenges. Final score Stalham A 3 Holt 1. PoM: Aiden for a great battling performance in the middle. Stalham's manager and assistant manager are very proud of the boys for the determination shown by every player for the second week running.

SWINDELL U12A are looking for a goalkeeper and a striker. Any players interested in joining the team please contact either Andy or Louise on 01493 855888.

SWINDELL JUNIORS U9 are looking for three or four players to strengthen their squad. Any boys or girls interested in playing for the team need to be currently in Year Four. Training is on Saturdays at 10.30am on North Denes School playing field. For further information please contact Louise on 01493 855888.

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