Youth football round-up
Dereham U12s played hosts to Firside at a rain-swept Aldiss Park. Dereham had a perfect start and were 1-0 up when Kyle struck from close range after a scramble in the box. Harry played a lovely ball through to Logan in the box who finished coolly for 2-0. Will then played in Chris who was chopped down; Jake slammed home the penalty for 3-0. Dereham started the second half in lively form but Firside started to get back into the game although never really troubling the Dereham goal with Dereham's defensive line on top form. Dereham looked dangerous breaking through the centre but Firside defended well. Dereham began to outplay Firside and nice build-up play led to great chances for Harry, Korben, Logan and Kieran. A well deserved goal came eventually with Marcus nudging the ball through a crowded box onto Sam who fired in from close range.
Team: Harry, Kyle, Jake, Jordan, Aaron, Kieran, Korben, Marcus, Mason, Logan, Chris, Will, Sam, Harry. MoM: Aaron.
Fakenham Town U12s entertained North Walsham in their final home fixture of the season. Following a hard fought draw in the away fixture a close encounter was expected and the young Ghosts knew they would have to be on top of their game to maintain their proud unbeaten record. Fakenham set about getting a grip of the game early on and were given a boost when Rahul's free kick from distance eluded everyone in the box and nestled in the far corner. The lead was soon doubled when Charlie finished from the edge of the area and a dominant first half display was capped off when Aaron scored from distance.
For the early part of the second half Fakenham had to dig deep as a reshuffled Walsham looked to get back in the game. During this spell the defence displayed dogged determination to protect their lead and having repelled all their opponents' best efforts, the Ghosts then drove forward again to secure victory. They added further goals from another Rahul free-kick before Reece stole the show, firstly with a free-kick of his own and then a superb solo goal. Another superb victory which puts Fakenham within one victory of winning the league. Special mention goes to Kai and Matthew who put in top performances when called upon.
Team: Jamie, Jack, Dominic, Josh, Rahul, George, Reece, Aaron, Thomas, Ben, Charlie, Matthew, Kai.
Swanton Morley Blacks U11 played East Harling in the SNYFL U11 Championship. The team was Sam W, Jacob, Joe, Harry, Connor, Sam S, Ashley, Liam, Josh, Jordan, Zak and Jake. East Harling started better, almost scoring twice in the first five minutes, but good goalkeeping from Sam W kept the score level. Swanton Morley started to come back in the game with Liam in attack creating chances, but the top team in the league were in no mood to give up their unbeaten record in the league and started to dominate the early exchanges. A change of formation resulted in Swanton Morley starting to attack more. The Swans soon got back control of the match and began creating good chances for the speedy Liam. The first goal came when Zak put through Liam for the Swanton Morley top scorer to net his 16th of the season with a well-taken left footed finsh. The back three of Jacob, Joe and Harry were dealing well with the East Harling attack, but a good attack from the home team made the score 1-1. Jordan came on to replace Sam S and immediately made an impact when a good cross nearly resulted in a goal. In the second half Swanton Morley started to dominate. Josh was his usual combative self, and Jake on the left of midfield was battling well. Swanton Morley could have extended their lead when a penalty was awarded but the East Harling goalkeeper made a good save. Ashley, Jake and Jordan in midfield battled well against the Harling midfield. Josh nearly got his first goal of the season when a back header had to be cleared off the line. The final score was 1-1. MoM: Sam W, manager's MoM: Jacob.