Brandon Lasses reach cup final
BRANDON LASSES U10 played Kirkley and Pakefield U10 in the quarter-final of the knock-out cup with Brandon having full possession from the off. The girls performed outstandingly, and they were so unlucky not to hit the back of the net several times. The winning goal came in the dying minutes of extra-time from Amaris to secure Brandon’s place in the cup semi-final. The team of Jess, Louise K, Shannon, Melissa, Alexis, Amaris, Emily, Fraya and Faye played the best game of the season and should all be very proud of themselves. PoM: Amaris Tyynismaa.
Brandon Lasses U12 finished off an excellent season with a comfortable win over Firside Foxes. Brandon started well, with Leah going very close right from the kick off after Millie had won the ball from the Foxes. A good attacking spell from Brandon forced the Foxes keeper to make a string of excellent saves, with Millie, Ellesse and Georgia all unlucky not to open the scoring. Solid performances at the back from Katie in goal, with Lucy and Ruby in defence made sure Fireside’s attacks were few and far between, forcing the Foxes to shoot from distance. With 16 minutes gone, a speculative long shot from Leah found the net after the keeper failed to hold onto the ball. A minute later the Lasses were 2-0 up after a fantastic run and shot from Millie found the net. With a two-goal lead Brandon began to pass the ball well creating more chances but not quite finding the back of the net, Abbie nearly making it three after a great ball from Amy on the right. Firside started the second half the better side, attacking the Brandon goal looking to pull a goal back early on. The pressure paid off for Firside, as the Lasses stood and watched, the Foxes striker ran through the Brandon defence shooting low to net for Firside. Brandon regained control, pushing the Foxes back into their own half and attacking the goal, Ellesse going close several times, just shooting wide after doing all the hard work. More chances came from the Lasses, with Amy’s volley and a couple of shots from Millie all just going over the bar. Brandon finally added a third on 23 minutes, Georgia’s excellent volley hitting the back of the net after an outstanding corner from Ruby. A brilliant goal to finish off a superb season for the U12 Lasses. PoM: Lucy Page.
Harling Colts U13 picked up their first point in five games against second-placed Lakeford. Jack Rodwell hit a post and Callum Olpin committed his first foul in two years before Luke Holland gave Harling the lead with a curling free kick. Centre backs Isaac Watkinson and Daniel Canham put in great performances but Lakeford managed an equaliser. It was left to keeper Jamie Woodcock to tip a last-minute shot round the post to save a point for Harling.
Swaffham Town U10B entertained Watton and soon settled into their passing game, a brilliant four-man move ended with a fine finish from L Worby, he then quickly added two more goals to complete his hat-trick. M Friend hit a quick-fire brace and D O’Neill hit a thunderbolt shot to make it 6-0. C Burton, T Burke and J Rowland combined superbly in defence to frustrate the Watton forward’s. J Lenderyou pulled off two marvellous point blank saves, before L Worby grabbed his fourth goal (his 40th goal of the season). E Lait hit a bullet of a shot into the net to make it 8-0. J Melladay slotted in from D O’Neill’s corner and M Friend completed his hat-Trick with a thunderous drive. Final Score: Swaffham Town U10B 10, Watton 0. MoM: Ewan Lait.
Thetford Bulldogs U13 entertained Lakenheath in the league and won 4-3. Both teams played some great football from the start, and Lakenheath took the lead. Bulldogs replied quickly with a great individual goal from Archie Moore, then pushed on and got a second through an Alfie Small header after a good passing move. Lakenheath came back and equalised before the break. After half-time Bulldogs proved too strong for Lakenheath and again produced some excellent football, and Conner Coleman quickly made it 3-2 with a great finish and Andre Marcao scored Bulldogs’ fourth slotting past the keeper from the edge of the box. Joseph Burke made some fine saves in the second half, but Lakenheath scored late on to make the final score 4-3. Lakenheath MoM: Joseph Burke, Bulldogs MoM: The whole team.
WEETING U11 With this excellent 3-0 win over Rockland Weeting remain unbeaten in the league and with this became league champions for the first time in their short history. Their record this year in the league is 17 wins and two draws with one game to go so their next aim is to go through without losing a match. The first half saw the home team press from the very start and push the visitors back for nearly the whole half and they were in front after 10 minutes when a cross from R Hunter was parried down by the keeper only to see J Peach somehow knock the ball home. The second goal was a well work goal with passes from Hunter to Peacock then to Peeling who found N Ward clear for him to lob over the keeper from just outside the box. If it was not for the visitor’s keeper the half-time score would have been more. The second half saw Rockland come more into the game and was in it until 15 minutes to go when the home team had a penalty after an handball, C Stone’s kick was well saved but B Saberton got to the rebound first to lift the ball into the roof of the net. More chances were made but again excellent keeping and a stubborn defensive display kept them out and it was C Sheppard who made two late saves to keep the home team goal intact. MoM: D Peacock. PoD: K Elrick.
WATTON U11 were asked to play two home games over the weekend, but with squad rotation being used to full effect, Watton had no major problems and came away with two comfortable victories. Watton faced Matishall on the Saturday and on a hot morning made the ball do the work as they dominated throughout. Leading 4-0 at half-time, Watton picked up the tempo after the break and scored a further nine goals to clinch a final score of Watton 13, Matishall 1. The following morning Watton faced one of the friendliest teams in the league in St Andrews and despite the efforts of their spirited visitors produced a tremendous performance which highlighted their excellent pass and move style. Watton led 6-0 at the break, but a flurry of goals followed in the second half, and the game finished Watton 16, St Andrews 0. A great effort from everyone involved.