Youth football roundup: Victory for East Coast Warriors
EAST COAST WARRIORS U10 travelled to Costessey and gained another three points. ECW opened with early shots from Perry and Lawes, but the opening goal came when Lawes delivered his corner to Perry who fired home. ECW's trio of Hammond, Perry and Lawes linked up well to create shots that narrowly missed the target. ECW's second goal came when they found themselves on the break, Hammond switching to Lawes whose strong shot rattled the netting. EC's defence of Buck and Scales kept the back tight to protect keeper Lees. Paul was on fire and his pressuring earned EC yet another corner which the Costessey keeper saved. Perry and Lambert then created problems for Costessey and earned EC's third goal. Another EC corner landed with Lambert whose headed shot rattled the crossbar and Scales had a shot just on the half-time whistle.
The second half saw changes, with Lees playing outfield and Lambert in goal. EC continued to pressurise but Costessey managed to break down the defence for a shot at goal which keeper tipped round the post. Costessey saw their chance and pulled two goals back but EC continued to fight and Buck fired shots at the goal, but all just slipped wide. FT 2-3, Scorers Perry 2, Lawes 1.
EAST COAST WARRIORS U11 played host to Wendene in the top of the table clash and after a close first half secured a 4-0 victory. EC started well with both Webster and Macmillan going close. Long opened the scoring with a thunderous drive from 30 yards that flew in to the roof of the net. Head in goal made a great tackle on the edge of his box with the Wendene striker in on goal and in the next attack saved a one-on-one. After the break Whitaker shot just over the bar and Head was forced into action at the other end to keep out Wendene. Whitaker ran down the left and crossed to Sheridan at the back post whose volley was blocked but Copeman followed up to make it 2-0. Wendene thought they had pulled one back after their striker rounded Head but Isbell came from nowhere to block the shot. Isbell then passed to Whitaker who in turn passed to Copeman to score. Whitaker ran from midfield and played a through ball to Copeman who took it on to score his third and the team's fourth. Simmons and Tucker at fullbacks were solid and pushed up in to midfield at every opportunity. A fantastic team effort.
NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U15 GIRLS visited Gorleston Rangers expecting a tough match. In the early stages keeper Emily and defenders Jess, Charlotte and Lucy were tested by the home attack but held firm. Sophie S had been drafted in to bolster the midfield alongside Sophie H, Merrick and Robyn with Ellie as lone striker and Olivia as sub. Gorleston were handed a gilt edged chance when one of their players tumbled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Emily was given no chance as the ball was blasted into the net. In the second half Angels created many more chances than the home side and following a determined run down the left Olivia crossed for Merrick to shoot in for the equaliser. Both sides had chances to snatch the points but at the full time whistle a 1-1 was a fair result.
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