Youth football scene
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 GIRLS staged a dramatic late comeback in a seven-goal thriller at Mulbarton Belles but were unable to take the chances to turn the game around and lost 4-3.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 GIRLS staged a dramatic late comeback in a seven-goal thriller at Mulbarton Belles but were unable to take the chances to turn the game around and lost 4-3. Dereham went behind early on and during a one-sided first half were unable to contain the Belles who led 4-0 at the break. Second half Dereham adopted a more positive approach. Laura scored with a long-range shot midway through the half and added a second before Hollie made it 4-3 to set up an exciting few minutes. With the clock ticking away - with Saskia and Charlotte defending well and Alice fighting for the ball in midfield - Dereham pressed but were unable to convert a number of chances. Dereham goals: Laura (2), Hollie. Team: Jess, Charlotte, Saskia, Jasmin, Hollie, Brogan, Leah, Laura and Alice.
PoM: Alice and Saskia.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 GIRLS played hosts to Scole, winning 3-1. Dereham were straight out of the blocks with good play from Ella slotting the ball past the defence for Rochy to give Dereham a lead after two minutes. Chelsea and Erren were doing well in defence. Drew making comfortable saves. Hannah and Anna both went close with Ella sending dangerous throw-ins into the Scole area. Hannah got a second goal for Dereham after hesitation from the goalkeeper. Second half Scole came into the game more with their winger getting some crosses into the middle, but Chelsea made two goal-line clearances. Millie and Erren were battling in midfield but Rochy had to come off after getting hit in the face hard by the ball. Anna had a shot blocked with a rebound going over the bar from Ella. Mary, gaining confidence with every game, made good moves in midfield. Scole were given a consolation goal when Ella tried to clear but the ball fell into the back of the net. Rochy came back on to score straight from kick-off to restore Dereham's two-goal advantage. Girl-of-the-match: Ella, excellent attacking play.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U13 GIRLS played host to Thorpe Rovers who they beat in their two previous meetings, scoring 21 goals. Thorpe were not going to roll over and fought hard for every ball. It was an even contest, with only few clear-cut chances, so Dereham made a change, sacrificing Ellen at the back, who had been having a very solid game. Georgy dropped back to an unfamiliar right back slot so she could continue using her powerful long throw-in. Introduced was the pace of Chelsea. Almost immediately Chelsea was found with a great pass and used her pace to get behind the Thorpe defence and shoot narrowly wide. Dereham finally took the lead when Bea was again in the right place to slot the ball home. Thorpe had to thank their goalkeeper for keeping the score down to just the one goal. The second half started in similar fashion, closely contested and full of passion from both teams. Dereham finally got the important second goal when top scorer Lanti finished following a mazy run down the left wing before cutting inside, jinking past the final defender and placing the ball nicely past the keeper. Dereham's defence was immense. Bea added a third goal to seal the victory with a delightful header from a long throw in. Manager's player of the week was Ellen for a really solid defensive display.
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FAKENHAM TOWN GHOSTS U10 entertained Shouldham in the Subsidiary Cup looking to maintain their recent good form. Both teams battled hard early on and clear chances were hard to come by. Once Dan, Jack and Matthew began winning the midfield battles the Ghosts started to drive forward and an effort from Jack skimmed the bar. However, Shouldham broke the deadlock when a long ball down the middle found their forward unmarked. The Ghosts were told second half to just show a bit more composure in front of goal, and this they did superbly. Within minutes Dan rifled a loose ball into the back of the net then Ben finished off a good move which started with calm passing in defence between Kai and Travis. The whole team battled hard, and with Jamie having an assured game in goal, Shouldham never looked like getting level. The game was sealed by a goal which even had the visiting managers applauding. Matthew and Ben linked up well from a throw-in and squared the ball along the edge of box where Jack capped a fine game with a cracking finish which ensured a 3-1 victory and earned himself the man-of-the-match accolade. Team: Jamie, Kai, Daniel, Travis, Jack, Matthew and Ben.
LITCHAM U12 lost their unbeaten league record at Thetford. Litcham started well but were unable to put away their early chances, letting Thetford back into the game, and Litcham went in at half-time one down. Litcham had their chances again in the second half but one-on-one opportunities were missed and the team left their shooting boots at home. Thetford played well, causing the defence problems with their direct football, and deserved their win as the normally composed Litcham looked scrappy all over the pitch. Litcham remain top of the league, and the two teams meet again in the League Cup final in April.
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FAKENHAM U13 travelled to Sloughbottom Park to play Norman on Sunday. Fakenham were under pressure from the beginning and looked out of sorts after three weeks off. However, they scored first when Harrison sent Daniel off on a run. Under great pressure from a Norman defender, Daniel scored an excellent goal from the edge of the box in the top corner of the net. This was the high point of the match for Fakenham as Norman went in at half time 5-1 up. The Fakenham managers changed the formation at half-time and for the first 10 minutes there were glimpses of the Fakenham passing game. However Norman made it 6-1 on the counter-attack and scored another goal towards the end to make the final score 7-1. Team: Grant, Liam, Dion, Tom, Jack, Thomas, Harrison, Christian, Brady, Martin, Daniel and Curtis.
TOFTWOOD U12 won 4-2 at Scole where they started uphill on a narrow pitch with Luke in goal, George, Alfie, Harry T and Josh in defence, Charlie, Sonny, Lewis and Dean in midfield and Robbie and Micka up front. Scole came out of the blocks flying and scored while Toftwood were struggling with the pitch. Toftwood reorganised and started to look comfortable when Scole scored their second, Luke getting a hand to the ball only to see it rebound in off the forward. Toftwood, with Sam now on, started to move the ball well. A left-foot shot from Robbie was saved by the keeper but Robbie didn't miss with his next chance. A well-weighted corner from Lewis saw Micka hit a post and Robbie calmly slotted in the rebound: 2-1. George fell awkwardly, twisting his knee, and had to be taken off. Sonny slotted in for the impressive George and Ryan came on in the midfield. Second half Toftwood stamped their authority on the game with slick passing and movement and from a Scole goal-kick Sam won the ball and laid on Micka to neatly finish: 2-2. Lewis' driven corner was met at the front post by Micka who headed home for 3-2, Sam made space for a great left-foot shot only to see the keeper make a great save. Luke in goal dealt with everything that was thrown at him, which was kept to a minimum by Josh, Harry T, Alfie and Sonny. Declan came on up front only to see his shot saved. Again Sam found space and time to put Lewis through, who rounded off the scoring at 4-2. A great team effort to come from behind and finish so strongly with every player working so well for the team. The team wish George a speedy recovery.