Youth football notes
DISS TOWN U9 entertained league leaders Drayton with goalkeeper Lewis Allen having an outstanding game. Diss got off to a good start with an early goal from Christoher Lymbery after some fine midfield play from Caleb Palmer and Max Bowen. Drayton were pressing hard to get the equaliser, but were met with some good defensive play from Liam Hamling and Dylan Wilby. Louis Land was battling well in midfield with Thomas Lymbery working hard up front to keep possession. William Frary's fine running from midfield helped take the pressure off the Diss defence. After several great saves from Lewis Allen Diss broke away ending with a fine strike from Benjamin Cohodar coming off the post. Drayton finally got the equaliser in the last minute of the game. Final Score 1-1.
DISS HAWKS U10 faced Watton for the third time this season and with two defeats behind them they knew they were in for a tough game. In the first few minutes the Hawks caught Watton off guard and with a good run from Freddie Bunn past Watton's defence to score their first goal. Watton soon got back in the game and by half-time the Hawks were 4-1 down. The second half the Hawks put the pressure on Watton and with some good team work George Costello and Freddie Bunn both had shots saved by Watton's keeper. The Hawks kept their fighting spirit to the end, but just couldn't stop Watton scoring. Final score: Watton 6 Hawks 1. MoM: Freddie Bunn.
DISS TIGERS U10 The wheels have come off the Tigers' title challenge with back-to-back defeats. Diss went a goal down within 30 seconds. Diss seemed shell shocked by this and struggled to get their passing going. Aaron Noller worked really hard up front with no reward and Oliver Budd made some driving runs from midfield, but went in at half time one down. Diss looked brighter in the second half, Harrison Tompkins nearly scored, but for a sharp save by the Drayton keeper and though Charlie Norman and Aidan Browne tried to unlock the Drayton defence Diss really didn't get into their stride for the second week running. Bradley Budd in defence and Kyle Bullingham in goal kept Drayton at bay, but neither could do anything to prevent the Drayton second from a corner. The only bright point Diss can take was Joe Collett who put in an outstanding display and didn't deserve to be on a losing side. Final Score: Drayton 2 Diss Tigers 0. Diss Tigers will be going to nine a side next season so are looking for players. Call Scott Norman 07841 214783.
DISS TOWN U11 title hopes took a big knock after this defeat to mid-table Heigham Park Rangers. Diss started the brighter, but soon went 1-0 down after conceding an own goal. It was not long after that before Cameron Rossell fired home the equaliser from an acute angle. There was not much between the two teams and Heigham took the lead again before Ryan Lau levelled it 2-2. Diss pressed hard and got their noses in front after a Heigham own goal made it 3-2 to Diss at half-time. Heigham were soon level after the break and then took the lead from a harsh penalty decision. Diss battled hard to get back in the game with several near misses, but Heigham sealed the win with their fifth to make it 5-3.
DISS TOWN U12 had only a string of near misses to show until Lawrence Brown blasted home on the stroke of half-time. Diss came back out to attack with pace and skill. PoM Dan Whyman scored a brilliant solo goal and Sam Hunt quickly added another. Diss then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Mundford to pull two back before they had another spell of irresistible attacking. Lawrence Brown scored from long-range, then Dan Whyman drilled home and soon completed his hat-trick. Again, Diss eased off and Mundford battled well to pull two goals back but the scoreline did not accurately reflect a dominant Diss performance. FT 6-4.
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DISS TOWN U13 produced a brilliant second-half performance to take all three points in this derby against Walsham-le-Willows. Despite trailing to an early goal Diss looked the side most likely to score in the first half but couldn't find the net. This changed early in the second half when Reece Lanchester calmly converted from the spot after Alex Coates had been fouled. MoM: Harry Perry scored a brilliant solo effort to give the Tangerines the lead soon after. Harry Ready kept the lead intact with a great save, before Alex Coates made the game safe. Reece Lanchester added his second late on to finish off a good display.
EYE SAINTS U15 lost 2-0 away at fellow First Division side Claydon in the semi-final of the cup. With the wind in their favour in the first half Claydon had most of the early play. Saints came more into the game, prompted in midfield by the excellent Tanner Call and the surging runs of Cameron McKie and Joe Hooton. The Saints defence, with Levi Harris and Ash Harris outstanding, soaked up the pressure to keep the scores level at half-time. In the second half, and the wind to their advantage, Saints had most of the early play. A cracking shot on the volley from Ryan Newton 30 yards out was saved by the keeper. Saints then had their best chance of the game when Tom Hills Kyte went through on goal only for the keeper to block his shot for a corner. From the resulting corner, Ryan Newton had a good chance to score, but couldn't get enough power in his shot. Claydon then struck a post, but with five minutes remaining and with extra-time looming a Claydon attacker broke down the right and placed his shot into the corner of the net. Claydon sealed their place in the final after a misunderstanding in the Saints defence with a second goal in the final minute. It was heartbreaking for the Saint to lose so close to the end, but they deserve plenty of praise for the way they played against a side who are second in the first division. MoM: Tanner Call.
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HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U9 This week was a chance for some of the boys to compete in two league matches; most of the boys normally play in the friendly matches either organised through the league or club. Match one was against Sheringham and match two against St Johns, which ended with 5-0 and 4-1 losses respectively. Despite the losses there was still plenty of positives to take from the matches. Five players, including Dylan CB, Ben F, Aidan B, William PJ were able to have some time in goal and Callum L also had his first experiences between the sticks in the final match. Harry Crandell scored a fine goal in the last match and was awarded MoM for his efforts; Callum Lewis was awarded MoM for the first match. Both second-half performances in each match were an improvement on the first half. Against Sheringham, Hethersett were losing 5-0 at half-time; however, they didn't concede in the second half; and in the next match v St Johns the second half score was a respectable 2-1. And as a final note for the boys we often forget that they are U9 players competing in an U10 league.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U11 beat North Walsham 2-1 with both goals coming from the club's top scorer for the season Ollie Husband.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U12 started this game really well on a cold wet day. After five minutes Heigham Park were awarded a disputed penalty after a player fell in the box. Taylor Morris pulled off a fantastic save and the rebound was hit wide. Heigham then scored after a shot hit Taylor's foot and rolled along the line and crept inside the post to make it 1-0 at half-time. Second half Hethersett matched Heigham in all areas until a Heigham striker broke away to score their second. Five minutes from time Hethersett got a corner and looked as if they had scored, but the goal was not given. Hethersett then scored again with a fine shot from Ben Woodruff only to see the ref disallow it to give another disputed decision of a foul on the goalkeeper. The final score was 2-0. The game was played in great spirit. MoM: Taylor Morris and Matthew Elvin.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U13 suffered a heavy 11-2 defeat at Thorpe with both their goals coming from Harry Denny.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 enhanced their title chances with a 3-0 victory at Horsford. Ashley Gray scored twice and Guy Peres was also on the scoresheet.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U15 went down 5-2 at home to Thorpe. Hethersett's goals came from Aaron Mehtab and Jack Walker.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U16 lost 6-1 to table topping Norman with their goal coming from top scorer Scott Grimes.
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U16 GIRLS lost 5-2 at home to Norwich City Greens in the League Cup. Both Hethersett goals came from Ella Stephenson.
SCOLE UNITED U11 got off to a flying start scoring in the third minute from a great lay-off from Toby Gower to send Callum Nash in to score a lovely solo goal. Thorpe then piled on the pressure and were only denied by some super reflex saves from goalkeeper Ryan Newson. The game was played from end to end which saw the first half end 1-0. Thorpe dominated the second half and were denied a goal from being offside, they were also unlucky with a series of chances not to get the ball in the back of the net. Scole then counter-attacked which saw Jack Church in the box to score in the top right-hand corner. Thorpe continued to press for the whole half but Scole's defence Jack Lester, Joseph Grayston, Ryan Newson and MoM Elliot Grayston stopped Thorpe from scoring. FT: 2-0.
THORPE UTD U12 2 Scole U12 6. Plenty of action in foul weather conditions and it was as a result of a foul that Scole opened the scoring – Charlie Hitch curling a penalty into the top corner. The home side reacted well and went 2-1 ahead through two well worked goals. Scole deservedly got back on terms just before the break through a crisp volley from Bradley Hunt. The second half saw Scole in more ruthless mood in front of goal, MOM Charlie Hitch getting his hat-trick following good work from Ellis Pullinger and Kieran Manning for Scole's third and fourth goals. Bradley Hunt made it five when put through by Marland Barsby and Daniel Heffer completed the scoring with a sweet left-foot strike against his old team.
SCOLE LADS U14 IP 4 Needham Market Red 0. In the first half Scole dominated the game giving Needham Market Red few chances to score. Jordan Green out ran the defenders, after five minutes play, to score, 1-0. Sean Dundas, after working hard midfield, managed to knock a corner ball off his back into the net 2-0. He then pushed the third goal home after the ball rattled around the area 3-0. Substitutions and Needham's renewed vigour changed the balance in the second half. Needham had more possession but neither side scored until Jordan Green made a run, turned the ball to pop it into the net 4-0. MoM: Jake Wootton and Jordan Green.
SCOLE GIRLS U14 playing with the minimum nine players due to illness the girls put in an excellent performance, they started well and Megan Vincent went close with a free kick, but minutes later Thorpe scored from a free-kick themselves. Scole were soon level when Ellie Drake went on a typical run beating three defenders and finishing well past the keeper. Despite some good defending from Bengi Karakus, Georgia Edwards and Megan just before half-time Thorpe went ahead again. Scole started the second half strongly and made it 2-2 when Ellie scored from the edge of the area, despite having most of the possession and creating lots of chances Scole couldn't find the net again and Thorpe caught them on the break to make the final score 4-2. Player of the match was Georgia Edwards.
SCOLE U15 3 Spixworth U15 1. This was a game between two evenly-matched sides, but Scole came out on top to complete the double over their opponents. Scole opened the scoring after 20 minutes when a good move was completed by Evan Hughes with his first goal for the club. The equaliser came when Scole failed to clear a corner and were punished from close range, but regained the lead just before the break when a lay-off by George Mills was rifled into the top corner by delighted full-back Jordan Thurwell. Scole got on top in the second half and only the woodwork saved the visitors twice before Max Bunting-Dixon completed the scoring. MoM: was Joe Clarke who was dominant in defence both on the ground and in the air.
WYMONDHAM TOWN U10 won away this weekend against high-flying East Coast Warriors. The first half was a closely fought affair with excellent defending by James Carter, Sam Hartley and Kenny Smith. The home side came close on a couple of occasions before Wymondham got the ball wide and won a valuable corner. A superb ball from Matt Cheal-Ferris, skilfully volleyed past the keeper by Euan Stevenson, meant that Wymondham went in at half-time a goal up. The away side turned on the heat for the second half with some fine pressing play by Joe Mower and Euan, with Max Taylor expertly marshalling his area pouncing on loose balls, to ensure a clean sheet. The second goal came from some more excellent wide play, started and finished, calmly by Matthew Carter to give Wymondham a deserved win. East Coast Warriors 0-2 Wymondham Town. MoM: Euan Stevenson.