Junior football notes

AFC HOXNE v Claydon Reserves. AFC Hoxne gained a point in the promotion race, but it will be consolation after a poor performance against Claydon Reserves. The game started with Hoxne well on top and controlling the game, but with sloppy passing never really created any clear cut chances. James Harrison was a constant threat down the right with his blistering pace and he almost set up the first goal, but Colin Mayhew's header went over the bar. Harrison was again the provider minutes later when he cut the ball back for Ryan Perry, but his touch wouldn't quite take it past the defender and the ball was cleared. The visitors were starting to grow into the game as the conditions got worse and after 25 minutes they were awarded a penalty when the forward was brought down by Wayne Kerry. The striker picked himself up and smashed the ball into the bottom corner, but Richard Ferry got down and made a brilliant save. The home side got back on top and almost took the lead when Martin Kent beat his man and poked the ball towards goal, but the keeper saved well. In the 41st minute Hoxne took the lead when Wayne Kerry switched the ball out wide to Mark Ismay who found James Harrison who in turn beat his man and travelled into the area before finishing well to make the score 1-0 at half-time.

The second half was a much more even affair with Claydon really pushing forward. They managed to grab a equaliser when the ball wasn't cleared properly and the forward finished well to make the score 1-1. The home side hit straight back when a cross was cleared to Steve Garland 25 yards from goal and his cross come shot was deflected into the bottom corner to make the score 2-1. Hoxne continued to come forward and had a chance when Ryan Perry let the ball run to Colin Mayhew and he travelled forward before shooting just wide. The visitors sprung a counter-attack and when the ball wasn't cleared well the winger cut it back for the on rushing player to guide it into the bottom corner to make the score 2-2. Claydon had their tales up and nearly took the lead, but Richard Ferry made a excellent save to keep the score level. With 15 minutes Wayne Kerry had to come off with injury and with no subs left it meant the home side would finish with 10 men. With 12 minutes to go a corner from Nathan Ellis was met by the returning Ryan Halil to head into the bottom corner to give the 10 a 3-2 lead. With three minutes to go Hoxne were dealt a blow when a shot from 25 yards took a wicked deflection and left Richard Ferry helpless as it looped into the top corner to make it 3-3. Richard Ferry was again on hand to save well in injury time to leave the final score at 3-3. AFC Hoxne Man Of The Match was Richard Ferry. FT: AFC Hoxne 3 Claydon Reserves 3.

HETHERSETT Athletic Men's sides turned out to be draw specialists at the weekend. The Sunday firsts played out a goalless draw at Poringland Reserves, the Sunday Reserves ended up 2-2 at home to Windmill Elite (Ben Wright and Jack Rushden) and the Saturday side drew 3-3 at Breckland Wanderers with their goals coming from Andy Foster, Ricki Allen and Gary Davis. Hethersett Athletic Ladies firsts visited Braintree and came away on the wrong side of a 5-3 scoreline. Hethersett's goals came from Megan Todd, Grace Birchall and Abi Charlton. The Ladies Hearts had a solid 3-0 League Cup win over Waveney with Hannah Waters scoring twice and Stacey Annison also on the scoresheet.