Football Youth Notes
DISS TOWN U9 entertained Sprowston in their last home match of the season winning 4-1, maintaining their excellent home league record of having lost only once at home all season. Diss got off to a great start with an early goal from Max Bowen, This spurred Sprowston on and they came back with a quick equaliser. Diss were playing well as a team with Thomas and Christoher Lymbery playing some nice football in midfield leading to Sprowston's defence conceding a free-kick just outside their area. This was perfectly taken by Dylan Wilby who scored by curling the ball into the top corner making the half-time score 2-1. Diss started the second half as they had finished the first, in control of the game with a quick goal from Max Bowen. When Sprowston did threaten Diss' goal they came up against in-form keeper Lewis Allen and the ever-reliable Liam Hamling in defence. Diss continued to push forward and were rewarded with a fourth goal after a good passing move between Max and William Frary who went on to score. Final score: 4-1.
DISS HAWKS U10 played away in a friendly against Laxfield Locomotive, their first nine-a-side game in preparation for next season. Laxfield had a good start and took a 1-0 lead by half-time. The second half the Hawks came out fighting and with some good midfield work from Declan Jennings and Oliver Hunt to set Henry Ready up for the Hawks first goal. It was soon followed by a goal from Daniel Stephenson that gave the Hawks the lead. The Hawks kept pushing forward with Liam Last's shot on target, but kept out by Laxfield's keeper. Oliver Lee managed to find a gap in Laxfield's defence to score the Hawks third. Final score: Hawks 3 Laxfield 1
DISS U12 competed strongly in this Cup semi-final second leg match at league leaders Weeting. They defended stoutly in the early stages, marshalled by PoM Will Smith, and then got on top. Dan Whyman put them ahead and then shot wide from Lawrence Brown's pass after a flowing move. Weeting hit back on the break, but Diss responded immediately and their pressure forced an own-goal to give them a deserved 2-1 half-time lead. Diss forced a frantic scramble in the Weeting goalmouth after the break, but they were caught out as they chased the aggregate lead. Weeting regrouped and picked off Diss on the break, running out 11-6 aggregate winners. FT: 2-5.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U10 went down 1-0 at Sprowston despite having an equal amount of the play. It was difficult to tell which team was second from bottom and which second from top as Hethersett gave as good as they got and deserved at least a point.
HETHERSETT U12 went behind again this week to top team Morley, but showed great determination to win the game 3-1. Quick thinking from Oli Hudson Church slotting the ball through from a free-kick to set Jack Kirby on his way to go round the keeper for his first of two goals. It was Oli again who crossed for Jack to fire home from close range to make it 2-1 at the start of the second half. The whole team looked good and Matthew Elvin controlled the game from midfield before he had to come off with a nose bleed. Then came the goal of the match. Aaron Walker put in a fine cross from a corner which Oli glanced into the top corner, leaving the keeper stranded. Josh Bradshaw had an outstanding game in defence, putting in some very crucial tackles. All in all a fine performance and a well deserved win. MoM: Jack Kirby. Parents MoM: Josh Bradshaw and Matthew Elvin. On Sunday Hethersett started slowly again and allowed Garboldisham to attack them. Garboldisham had a goal disallowed before they took the lead after five minutes. Hethersett then started to play and equalised with a long shot from Aaron Walker. They then took the lead with a great header from Jack Kirby after Aaron crossed the ball into the area. Next saw a great move from Hethersett end in a fine goal from Aaron only to see the ref rule it out for offside to make the half-time score 2-1. Second half both teams played some great, entertaining football and it wasn't until five minutes from time that Hethersett scored through substitute Fredi Rodemann. Then another sub, Tom Anderton, crossed in a perfect ball for Jack to score his second header to make the final score 4-1. A great game to watch and a credit to both teams. This result sees Hethersett climb above Garboldisham to fourth in the league. MoM: James Ingham. Parents MoM: Oli Hudson Church.
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SCOLE U12 faced Dereham for the second time in three weeks in a tough league fixture. The early exchanges suggested that both teams were again evenly matched as chances were few and far between. Dereham went a goal ahead when good work down the left led to a cut-back for their striker, whose first-time shot was saved well by Ryan Ellis only to find its way in at the far post. Dereham were then awarded a penalty which looked harsh as the ball struck the hand of a Scole player down by his side, but they failed to hit the target. Scole then tried to gain the upper hand, but Dereham continued to look dangerous on the counter. Although Marland Barsby and Kieran Manning tried to create opportunities for Bradley Hunt the half finished with Dereham a goal to the good. The second half saw Dereham take control with a second goal early on. Charlie Hitch appeared to be fouled in the area and a failure to clear left Dereham with an easy tap-in. Scole then went on the offensive to try and get back into the game, but Dereham could now find space to counter and added a third and fourth, despite the efforts of Oliver Boardman and the superb performance of MoM Samuel Seymour Blackburn. The last five minutes saw Dereham award a second harsh penalty which they converted. FT: Scole 0 Dereham 5. A tough result to taken given the effort all players put in, but on the day Dereham were the better side and deserved the victory.
SCOLE LADS U14 (IP) started the match with intense determination against Needham who were a man short. Jack Payne and Jordan Green passed the ball about giving Jack the opening goal. Thomas Heath mirrored Green's speed on the opposite wing, supported by Oli Newson who dived in to score again. Shortly after Heath crossed a ball in for Green to finish off and make it 3-0. Scole started to lose momentum as Needham started to fight back. The rest of the match was rather lacklustre after the promising high scoring start. FT: Scole 3 Needham Market Phoenix Red 0. MoM: Rhys Vertigans.
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SCOLE U15: Maybe a second minute goal from Aiden Shaen-Carter came too soon for Scole who, although leading 4-2 at half-time became over-confident and forgot the principles of a passing game with too much individual play. A half-time review saw an improved second-half performance with five goals added without reply. Goals came from Oscar Marshall (3) Joe Read (2) Dan Taylor and two excellent strikes from George Mills. FT: Rockland U15 2 Scole U15 9.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UTD U11 welcomed Dereham to Ketts Park last Sunday and produced arguably their best footballing display of the season.Despite the dry, uneven pitch they soon took command and from Henry's long throw William found the corner of the net to open the scoring. Lewis then crossed for Sonny to head home and almost immediately William found Henry who put Wymondham three up before the visitors had any chance to settle. Jack then fed Bryn on the right whose cross was neatly despatched by Henry, before Bryn worked an opening on the right and Sonny, showing good control, fired home the fifth. A fine ball from Christy found Daniel in the box who also controlled it nicely before beating the keeper. Henry then shot over before Lucas tenaciously earned a corner from which he himself volleyed just wide. Daniel,Bryn and Lewis all went close, but just before the break Henry added the seventh from a lovely ball from Lewis. On the restart a nice move involving Christy, Lewis and William ended when Bryn's cross was diverted in to make it 8-0. Henry then inflicted further damage with a fine turn and unstoppable shot from the edge of the box and then turned provider as Daniel's brilliant first-time effort made it 10-0.The boys were playing some lovely stuff and from a Bryn corner Sonny made it 11-0 with a towering header. Further goals from Lucas, Henry and Sonny rounded off a magnificent performance. FT: 14-0. MoM: Daniel Watson.