Football youth notes
DISS HAWKS U10 faced Lakenheath for the third time this season and with a win and a draw from the last two games they knew it could go either way. Drew Cotton scored the first goal for the Hawks, but Lakenheath didn't take long to get one back. By half-time the Hawks had taken a 3-2 lead with goals from Jacob Ready and George Costello. The second half the Hawks tried to widen their lead with shots on target from Freddie Bunn and Sam King, but were kept out by the Lakenheath keeper. Lakenheath managed to find a gap in the Hawks defence to score the equaliser and then with minutes to spare Nathan Channell put away the winning goal. FT: Hawks 4 Lakenheath 3. MOM: Jacob Ready.
DISS TOWN U13 nearly pulled off an upset against undefeated First Division leaders Brandon in this Suffolk Open Cup quarter-final tie. Diss took the game to Brandon from the off and looked the most likely to score. Their efforts were rewarded with a great goal. Ben Shepherd's through ball found Cameron McGhie. McGhie's pinpoint cross was met superbly on the volley by Alex Coates to fire home. Brandon were nearly level soon after, but Harry Ready raced off his line to deny the home team. Brandon came out fired up for the second half and levelled the game after a period of pressure. In a see-saw second half both teams had chances to win, but it was Brandon who took the lead with 10 minutes to go. Diss could have levelled soon after when Harry Perry fired just wide. Brandon were a relieved team at the final whistle. MoM: Wills Bacon for an outstanding all-round display. Final Score: Brandon 2 Diss Town 1.
EYE SAINTS U15 lost 8-3 away to Sizewell. Eye were always up against it with only 10 players. Sizewell soon went 3-0 up, but Tom Hills-Kyte pulled a goal back after 25 minutes. Sizewell scored again, but Hills-Kyte scored his second to make it 4-2. Just before half-time Sizewell scored their fifth to make it 5-2 at half-time. Saints piled on the pressure at the start of the second half with Hooton and Hills-Kyte going close. Hills-Kyte scored a brillant individual goal to put Eye right back in it. A great penalty save from Will Dickinson kept Eye in it, but an injury to Hooton 10 minutes from time meant Eye only had nine men. In that time Sizewell scored twice and following another injury Sizewell scored again to seal a comfortable win. Mom Joe Hooton for his non-stop running.
HARLESTON U10 played well, but were beaten by an outstanding second-half display from a quality Bungay side. Bungay took an early lead in the first half scoring within the first couple of minutes when Harleston seemed to be caught napping. The goal sparked Harleston into life and midway through the first half Nathan Tyler muscled his way between two Bungay defenders and side-footed into the bottom corner of the Bungay goal to bring the scores level. The rest of the first half was evenly matched with all players giving 100pc from both sides. Bungay eventually managed to break the deadlock with seconds of the first half left, leading at half-time 2-1. During the second half the majority of the play was in the Harleston half and some fine saves by Jack Davies and good defending by Dominic Pearce and Liam Robinson kept the scoreline lower than Bungay would have liked. However, the away team still went on to score four more goals in the second half. Harleston's only meaningful attacks in the second half came from Josh Etteridge who took the ball down the right side of the pitch on a few occasions, but Bungay always seemed to get the final tackle in just when needed. Some strong tackling and good running from the Harleston midfield was credit to their attitude and they never gave up. For a fine performance in goal and numerous quality saves, Jack Davies was Harleston player of the week. FT: Harleston 1 Bungay 6.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U11 beat Taverham 5-0 with Max Beckett scoring twice and other goals coming from Ollie Husband, Aiden Standley and an own goal.
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HETHERSETT U12 started well, playing some nice passing football, but as the game went on New Buckenham were the stronger team. Hethersett found it hard and were second to the ball on many occasions. New Buckenham took their chances well and were worthy winners. FT: 5-0. MoM: James Ingham, parents' MoM: Taylor Morris.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 drew 1-1 at Norwich United with their goal coming from Ashley Gray.
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SCOLE UTD U11 started brightly, but found themselves 1-0 down in the 13th minute from a well-worked goal from Lakeford. Scole were in control of the whole game, but couldn't get their passing going and had a host of chances with Jack Church hitting the crossbar, Henry Warner hitting the post and Finley Boreham also going close. In the second half Scole made changes which saw George Watts hitting the post and Scole completely dominating play, but unable to find the net, only for Elliot Grayston to burst into the box and be fouled for Jack Church to cooly score from the penalty spot in the 50th minute. Scole kept pushing for the winner which wouldn't come and settled for a 1-1 draw.
MoM: Tom Worley.
SCOLE LADS U12 travelled away to the league leaders in the cup semi-final looking to avenge last year's final defeat to their opponents. It soon became clear that Scole were determined to give their all and Kieran Manning and Marland Barsby both went close in the first half. But it wasn't until the last 10 minutes that Scole took the lead, Bradley Hunt curling a great free-kick into the top corner. Scole never looked like losing their lead with Oliver Boardman, Charlie Hitch and Samuel Seymour-Blackbourn playing with the hearts of lions at the back and the game was made safe when Bradley Hunt got his and Scole's second. A great performance and a thoroughly deserved victory for the whole squad. FT: Dereham 0 Scole 2.
SCOLE LADS U14 battled strongly throughout this tense and exciting match. Oli Newson opened the scoring which gave Scole's confidence a boost. Thomas Heath increased the lead to 2-0 but Honington shortly clawed one back. Jordan Green, Jack Payne, Heath and Newson kept creating opportunities, but Honington equalised after breaking through Scole's defence and then took the lead. Scole started the second half positively and Jack Payne took Scole to 3-3. With both teams determined to win, the match was nailbiting to the end. FT: 3-3. MoM: Jake Carradus.
WYMONDHAM TOWN UTD U11 welcomed their Division leaders North Walsham for a Cup semi-final last Sunday, the first match of an important run which will define United's season. Wymondham immediately forced a corner from which Bryn picked out Lewis, but his header went just wide. Sonny then fired over, but the visitors soon hit back with quick breaks and Wymondham were thankful for timely interventions by Luke and Jack. Good efforts by Bryn, Lewis and Jacob soon followed as Wymondham seemed to have the edge, but they fell behind when a free-kick on the edge of the box was neatly headed home. North Walsham then took control in midfield and could have added another had Lucas not made a great block. Jack and Luke once again were called into action as Wymondham struggled for some cohesion. They almost levelled when Bryn saw his fine shot saved and from the rebound Henry hit the post. Typically, the equaliser came unexpectedly when the visitors thought they had cleared their lines. From the halfway line, Luke volleyed the return high towards goal, but the unfortunate keeper was deceived and failed to stop it going in. Lewis then saw his free-kick cleared off the line as Wymondham ended the half more upbeat. Lewis went close once again and then Christy fed Daniel, whose shot was parried, but Sonny could not convert the rebound. Sonny then burst through on goal, but blasted over and just as Wymondham were thinking it would never come, Lewis hit a superb through ball to Bryn and the winger made no mistake for 2-1. With minutes left, keeper Connor then dealt with a tricky long-range effort, but when Henry knocked in Wymondham's third at the back-post from a Bryn corner, the tie was safe. To underline the victory, straight from the kick-off Wymondham immediately gained possession. William then linked brilliantly in midfield with Sonny, who fired home the fourth. FT: 4-1. MoM: Luke Hunt.