Youth football in focus
LITCHAM U12 welcomed Wanderers Stripes on a wet Sunday morning. Both teams started well and went close but it was Litcham who broke the deadlock. Dereham responded well but any attack was broken up by the Litcham defence holding firm, allowing Stripes to make only a couple of efforts on goal that went wide.
LITCHAM U12 welcomed Wanderers Stripes on a wet Sunday morning. Both teams started well and went close but it was Litcham who broke the deadlock. Dereham responded well but any attack was broken up by the Litcham defence holding firm, allowing Stripes to make only a couple of efforts on goal that went wide. Litcham's confidence grew and Stripes had trouble containing their fast, flowing football which created chances for the front players and supporting midfield. Dereham never gave up but Litcham scored at regular intervals making the final score 8-0. Goals were scored by Kai, Alby (2) (oposition's MoM). Felix, Titus and Aaron (3). Litcham MoM: C Read. Special thanks to Dereham's ref who stood in at the last minute to officiate a competitive but friendly game of football.
WELLS TOWN U10 beat Heacham U10 3-2. The young Seasiders, who are still not at their best, started well with end-to-end play. Heacham were first to create a couple of chances that went wide. Wells had several chances with Scott shooting wide and George struggling to get past a strong Heacham defence. Heacham scored just before half-time. Only minutes into the second half George equalised. Bad defending saw Heacham regain the lead. Wells found second wind with excellent passing between George and Conor and were rewarded with two great goals from Conor. Heacham in the dying seconds forced Kailam to make an excellent save on his debut for Wells. Man of the match: Conor Dack. Team: Jack, Kailam, Harry, Bailey, Scott, Mark, George and Conor.
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DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 GIRLS entertained league leaders Bohemians. A tense start saw both teams limited to long shots, Anna hitting the side netting. Drew made good saves to deny Bohs. Rochy was trying to make inroads on their defence but to no avail. Bohemians took the lead with a good goal. Erren almost equalised but her effort was cleared off the line. Hannah also had chances. Dereham were given numerous free-kicks but just couldn't take advantage. Ella and Chelsea were working hard in defence. At half-time Cerys and Millie came on, Cerys' free-kick, hitting a post. Bohs scored again. Dereham kept battling and Rochy scored a well-deserved goal. With only a few minutes to go Dereham just couldn't find the equaliser. Final score: Dereham 1, Bohemians 2. Girl-of-the-match: Drew, excellent saves.
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DEREHAM WANDERERS BLUES U10 returned to league action against Thetford Indies, eager to maintain their top position in the league. An early lead was established when Josh B slipped the ball past the Indies keeper. Dereham continued to dominate the first quarter. Indies eventually equalised. Adam put a brilliant through ball to Ben who went past two Indies players and sent a powerful shot into the bottom corner for 2-1. Defenders, Byron and Jordan, worked hard and Finlay made a couple of crucial saves to keep Dereham ahead. Dereham created their best goal of the game when Jordan and Josh S combined to lay the ball off beautifully to Josh B who finished a brilliant move. Billy cleared the ball to Reece who bravely got the ball to Josh B who completed a well-deserved hat-trick. In the final quarter, Dereham controlled the ball well offering the Indies no further chances. Final score: Dereham Wanderers Blues 4, Thetford Indies 1. PoM: Ben. Manager's MoM: Josh B.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 GIRLS put up a spirited performance against a strong Sprowston Falcons side which won 2-0 and which went on the offensive from the kick-off. Jess had another excellent game in goal and made a number of early saves before Sprowston took the lead midway through the first half which Sprowston dominated. Good defensive play from Saskia, Charlotte and Hollie kept wanderers in the game, although Falcons got their second goal just before the break. Dereham showed determination in the second half with a number of attacks, hit a post and had shots cleared off the line. In defence, Dereham played well and prevented Sprowston from increasing their lead. The sides meet again in the league at Dereham this weekend. Dereham squad: Jess, Saskia, Hollie, Charlotte, Alice, Laura, Leah. Players of the match: Jess and Saskia.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 Girls and U10 Stags (A team) are looking to recruit new players. They are looking for girls in Year 5/6 and boys in Year 5. If you are interested in the opportunity of playing in a competitive league, come along to training Wednesdays 5-6.30pm at Northgate Astroturf or contact Karen on 07880 935765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also view the websites www.freewebs.com/derehamwanderersgirls or www.derehamwanderersyouth. co.uk
FAKENHAM U8 played their first ever match at Hindolveston. Two matches were played, a five-a-side then a seven-a-side. Fakenham were able to field two separate teams Thanks largely to Steve Pope for taking on managing the team this Season. In the first match Luke pulled off several wonder saves and won Man of the Match. The team consisted of Louis, Annie, Cameron, Kian, Joseph and Charlie who all played very well and thoroughly enjoyed the match. In the second match the team did everything that had been asked of them, and scored the goal of the day through Ryan V. Good work from Archie at the back coupled with Ryan A making several last-ditch tackles kept Fakenham in the game. Callum, Jake, Nathan, Zak K and Ryan V all grew in confidence and battled for every ball. Zak W S won Man of the Match for his strong and powerful midfield display. Training Saturday 10-11.30am.
DEREHAM U14 started positively and Churchyard slid the ball into the bottom corner to put them ahead. Betts drove into the box and hit a fierce drive that the keeper did well to hold. Parke's corner was cleared back to him and his second cross was headed into the goal by a defender under pressure from Upton and Churchyard. Walsham began to gain the upper hand and a cross-come shot flew over everyone into the far corner of the goal, and a minute later they scored again to undo all of Dereham's hard work.
Half-time: North Walsham 2, Dereham Town 2. Betts did well to get a cross over from the right which Upton flicked past the keeper to put Dereham back in front. Dereham scored again when Lake's corner was flicked on by Mitchell to Parke six yards out. The score was quickly 5-2 when Parke knocked a long ball forward for Churchyard who used his strength to hold off the defender and steer the ball into the corner. With 10 minutes to go Skipper got behind his man before crossing for Churchyard to complete his hat-trick, and with time almost up Mitchell played a long ball down field and Upton raced clear to fire a brilliant effort across the keeper and into the corner. Full-time: North Walsham 2, Dereham Town 7. Man of the match: Liam Upton.
DEREHAM U13 GIRLS won 7-0 at bottom of the league Docking . Dereham gave starting roles to all the girls who had been so patient over the past couple of weeks and they put in a first-half performance as if they had been playing every week. There was some fantastic commitment and great teamwork as they set about the Docking defence. The breakthrough finally came when Becka scored her first goal of the season. When Docking did break, defenders Sarah and Ellen were in fine form. Dereham extended their lead before half-time with two well-taken goals from Lanti, with Georgy and Paige also having chances but thwarted by the keeper. Lanti completed her hat-trick within the first five minutes of the second half and was replaced with Merrick who continued to run the game. Chelsea and Joy were then introduced as Paige and Becka came off. Joy finished from close from following a cross-come shot from Merrick and Chelsea added No 6 with a fiercely struck shot across the keeper. Merrick struck a post before Joy finished well from inside the area. This was a terrific team effort. The manager's players of the week were defenders Ellen and Sarah.
DEREHAM WANDERERS REDS U12 met Dereham Wanderers Blues. Reds swiftly applied pressure, creating several scoring opportunities. On six minutes Daniel B scored with a shot taken from just skilful attacking football resulted in their second goal scored by Louis from close range on 11 minutes. For the first 20 minutes the Reds dominated play with a barrage of attacks. The Bluesresponded by scoring just before the interval. The second half saw dogged team work from the Reds matched by the determined Blues who equalised shortly after the restart. The game flowed from end-to-end with both sides creating chances but neither able to capitalise. George broke the deadlock on 47 minutes, scoring from an extremely narrow angle. The Blues were awarded a penalty on 54 minutes which was converted for a final score of 3-3. Team: DJ, Luke, Patrick, Jack, Eggo, George, Louis, John, Zach, Alex, Daniel B.