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EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 went to Bowthorpe to take on Norman Wanderers, and opened with a show of dominant possession. From the off they played a good passing game, which saw Brown just miss with a neat diagonal shot in the first few seconds.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 went to Bowthorpe to take on Norman Wanderers, and opened with a show of dominant possession. From the off they played a good passing game, which saw Brown just miss with a neat diagonal shot in the first few seconds. This was followed up with another effort which allowed Lozeau to volley into the top-left corner to open the scoring. Shortly afterwards a second ensued, some neat footwork and a long run by Lee setting Glasgow away for a superb finish. Shots from captain Lubbock, Brown and Lee were saved by good work from the Norman stopper, setting the forward line on course for a one-on-one with Baker which went well wide. The goal kick gave Lee another run with an effort on goal, but the route- one return allowed the same man to exploit a gap in the Coast defences, and round Baker to tap home for 2-1. The Coast midfield and defences took that on board and tightened up, with no more long balls getting through. Lengthy spells of midfield tussling saw the solid back four of Smith, Reid, Richardson and Paterson mop up every Norman incursion, and convincing passing and approach play between Lubbock, Lee, Lozeau and Brown set up a long string of assaults on the Norman goal, aided and abetted by Glasgow and Roffey on the wings. These were repeatedly tipped over or round by some great keeping, until Brown bent a long sweeping ball from the corner position over the heads of friend and foe and into the far corner of the net. Howell replaced Roffey on the wing and showed some deft footwork and a couple of near misses, while Lee was unlucky not to score from a hatful of excellent attempts. A corner from one of these allowed a quality Lozeau header to add the fourth, and his rebounding volley to be picked up and stabbed home for a fifth, again by Lozeau. An exciting game with determined and skilful teamwork finished a deserved 5-1 to East Coast.
NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS travelled to bottom club Docking Devils and came away with all three points, but made hard work of their victory. Izzy continued as keeper and on the day was the squad's most consistent performer. Sophie S and Lucy were once again the defence and played through the whole match. Angels started with Sophie H, Charlotte and Robyn in midfield with Olivia as striker. The visitors took the lead mid way through the first half with a well-worked goal, Robyn's through ball was touched on by Sophie H to Olivia who scored with a fine shot. The same player later hit a post but although many more chances were created none were converted. Jess F and Hannah W both had spells in midfield. Docking had a couple of near misses in the latter stages but Angels held on for a 1-0 win.
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NORTH WALSHAM DEVILS U15 entertained high-flying Scole, and expected a tough game, but early on took control and dominated the play. Connor headed an early chance against the bar leaving the Scole goalie stranded, AJ then collected the ball in the Devils' area and split the defence for Connor to again burst through, but shot high. John then went on a mazy run beating three players before seeing his 25-yard shot fly over the bar. Scole then hit the Devils with two breakaway attacks, which saw George clear off his own line, before a Scole corner was headed onto the post before being caught safely in Eddie's hands. The game continued to be end to end until half-time with the Devils twice breaking through Connor, but unable to find the final pass. The Devils started the second-half slowly, allowing Scole the upper hand, and from a smart break down their right wing, they crossed for their striker to head home unchallenged. This was a bitter blow to the Devils, but spurred them into action and Charlie immediately let fly with a fierce shot, before Connor broke clear but could not find the net. At this point a tactical change saw the Devils revert to 4-4-2, with AJ partnering Connor up front, however a defensive mix-up allowed the Scole striker to poke the ball home, through the defender's legs from just one yard out. This was shortly followed by increased pressure from Scole which saw a cross fly over Eddie and land in the back of the net. The Devils continued to pressure and create and from a neat linkup from Connor saw an AJ shot saved by the keeper. This was a close-fought game, and the Devils were unlucky to lose 3-0, a great team effort from the boys, especially Crosby and Hayden who were excellent in defence. The Devils host Dereham this weekend.
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NORTH WALSHAM U15 lost to Aylsham 5-2. On a wet and cold evening, North Walsham travelled to Aylsham for their derby game confident of getting a result and kick-starting their season. However, despite a large travelling crowd cheering the boys on, the Devils started slowly and sluggishly, with only AJ, Crosby and John giving their all in an attempt to drag the team forward. Aylsham took control of the game and from a free-kick gained the lead after poor defending from the Devils. They then doubled their lead following a defensive error before scoring a good team goal passing through the Devils as if they weren't there, this gave Aylsham a 3-0 half-time lead. The Devils rotated their players and changed formation and started with all the effort and passion that was missing from the first half, led from the front by the impressive Will, and started to dominate the midfield and create chances. From an AJ free-kick Connor headed against the bar, before Charlie had his reaction shot saved by the keeper before Carl twice had opportunities which were not taken. Aylsham then caught the Devils out with a long ball over the top to increase their lead to 4-0. This only spurred the Devils on with AJ, Charlie and John bossing the midfield and creating chances for Connor and Will. Following a neat passing move by AJ and John, Charlie volleyed in for the Devils, quickly followed by Connor for the Devils' second. This increased the tempo from the Devils and kept the pressure on Aylsham, with more chances created but not quite falling the Devils way, Charlie headed over, AJ shot wide and both Connor and Will had shots saved. Right at the end Aylsham broke and won a corner from which they scored their fifth and final goal. Final score 5-2 to Aylsham. If the Devils are to avoid relegation this season all of their remaining games need to be played as the second half of this match, which saw a great team effort, unfortunately on this occasion it was too late.
NORTH WALSHAM U9 finished the season in style with a fine win 8-2 at Wendene Wanderers and clinched the runners-up spot in the U9 league. The away side almost went ahead within seconds as Connor's strong run resulted in his shot being well saved by the keeper. Walsham continued to create chances as Max and Tom D both went close. But it was the home side who took the lead as the forward finished well past Jordan. The goal didn't deter Walsham as they continued to play good attacking football which soon reaped rewards, as Max's mazy run saw him shoot low into the bottom corner. The second wasn't far behind as Max's shot found the corner of the net from close in. Walsham were really playing some good football and Max completed his hat-trick with a rising shot from six yards out. With George, Mitchell and Ethan all having excellent games in defence the home side were finding it hard to get past. Tom W added a fourth as he powered through to finish past the keeper. Connor got in on the act as he collected Sam's pass and slotted past the advancing keeper to make it five. All credit to Wendene, who scored a superb second just before half-time to put pressure on the visitors. Walsham responded immediately as Tom W stooped to head Connor's corner into the net. The second half began in similar fashion as Walsham continued to play slick passing football and Connor soon added to his and the teams tally as he fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner. At the other end Jordan took a ball in the face to deny a Wendene third. The goal of the game came via the boot of Tom W, whose shot from 15 yards flew into the net and completed the scoring for the day and the season. Congratulations to the lads, who have played exceptional football all season and thoroughly deserved their
STALHAM U12A played their last game of the season away at Sprowston and, for the second week running, were struggling for players due to the Easter break with players away on holiday. With only nine players available the Stalham boys knew they were going to have to work hard. They put in an outstanding performance and played like champions showing why they won the league with four games remaining. Sprowston scored midway through the first half against the run of play, with Stalham dominating possession. This meant Stalham had to work even harder. They won a penalty but unfortunately it just went wide. At the start of the second half Stalham won a free-kick 25 yards out. Kieran hit a lovely high kick which dropped into the bottom corner to make the score level. Throughout the whole game Stalham played lovely flowing football and were really unlucky not to come away with a win, as they created some brilliant chances. The boys should be proud of their performance, as every single player gave their all in work rate and determination. PoM: Whole team. Stalham have had a great season and make their manager and parents very proud every week.