Youth football round-up

DEREHAM TOWN U10 played away against Costessey Sports U10. Dereham started nervously and good defending kept them in the game but that changed when they went 2-0 down with some lax defending. Dereham gradually gained their confidence and won a penalty which was saved but dropped for Charlie Robinson Ottaway, to place his shot into the net. It was Dereham who dominated the rest of the game with Jay Brewster scoring twice to give Dereham a 3-2 win.

Dereham Town U10 Blacks won 10-2 at Drayton Jets. Dereham drove the game instantly and within the first five minutes Aaron headed a great ball and narrowly missed the goal. Harry passed to Owen and Aaron delivered, taking the first goal. Continuing the pace Kyle received accurate passing from the defence and took a shot, followed up by James who had a go from the halfway mark which clearly their goalie didn't expect, bringing Dereham to 2-0. Taking strong defenders Charlie Eke and Owen off and replacing them with Hayden and George gave Drayton the chance to knock through the defence to make it 2-1 by half time. The second half brought a few shuffles around with some comfort zones being challenged. Good defence by Charlie Dew saw the ball knocked up to George but Drayton escaped and then scored their second goal. Ashton was coaching his newer defenders to support him and it seemed to pay off as most of the second half was in Dereham's favour. Hayden and James were brought on to play midfield and up front. Harry did well to find a gap on numerous occasions and used this to chase up to the attack. Effective passing between James, to Aaron then onto Owen allowed him to have a shot which again went just wide. The end of the game proved a bit tense as the boys were playing with the wind against them and were keen to win this game. Harry scored the winning goal after Owen had a thrown it in to him.

LITCHAM U15 travelled to Heigham Park Rangers in their first match of the season. Litcham got into their passing game quickly and a fine through ball saw Kai net the first goal. Felix scored a second with an angled volley into the roof of the net. Felix also crossed into the box causing a defender to turn into his own net. Heigham never gave up and scored themselves from a corner twice with their tall strikers attacking the goal. Litcham's man of the match Charlie scored four more goals to make the final score 7-4. A good game played in the right manner in cold, wet and windy conditions. Squad: Brad, Bud, Tyler, James, Harry, Ben, Liam, Jake, Ryan, Charlie, Kai and Felix.

Toftwood U7 started their season with a great 8-4 win over Morley. Man of the match was Steven Cannell, who was brilliant and scored most of the goals. Shane Hitchman also shone with some great saves.

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Toftwood United U12s have kicked off the season with a new sponsorship deal. Paul Sandford from the Railway Tavern has kindly agreed to be their new sponsor. Paul came to the U12s training session last week and watched the boys try out their new colours.

Toftwood United consists of nine teams ranging from Under-sevens to U15s and runs a very popular mini session for four to eight-year-olds on a Saturday morning, which has nearly 60 children on the register. They are always on the lookout for new players of all ages. Anyone interested in joining the club or becoming a volunteer can contact Tracy Johnson on 0132 652702.