Girls' notes from round Norfolk

AYLSHAM U15 GIRLS claimed victory over Old Catton with two goals in each half. Old Catton battled hard, but Lisa's goal direct from a corner after half an hour knocked the stuffing out of them.

AYLSHAM U15 GIRLS claimed victory over Old Catton with two goals in each half. Old Catton battled hard, but Lisa's goal direct from a corner after half an hour knocked the stuffing out of them. Jaimie swiftly added a second by flicking Naomi's awesome drop-kick over the centre-back before slotting it past the keeper. Aylsham continued to have the better of the second half, but it took another half hour until Vicky made it 3-0 with a headed goal from Lisa's corner. Sarah shot home at the back post after yet another excellent Lisa corner. Aylsham go into the final five games in good heart. Thanks to Darren for running the line, and new sponsors Goff Petroleum.

NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS visited undefeated table toppers Dereham Wanderers. One player failed to turn up leaving the visitors with only one substitute. The home team took an early 3-0 lead. Angels were awarded a free-kick a few yards into the Dereham half near the left touch line, from which Charlotte superbly curled the ball round the keeper into the top right corner. But Dereham scored again following a goalmouth mel�e. Keeper Emily P was injured as the ball went in and although she bravely carried on until half-time she could not prevent a fifth goal. She was unable to continue after the break and skipper Charlotte took over the keeper's jersey. With no more substitutes Sophie S and Lucy were in defence, Sophie H came into midfield alongside Robyn and Hannah W (making her Angels debut) with Olivia as striker. Angels had a couple of chances that went begging and Robyn was unlucky with one long-range piledriver but Dereham scored four more times for a 9-1 victory. This was by no means Angels' worst performance of this, or any season, but it was their biggest-ever defeat.


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NORTH WALSHAM ANGELS U13 GIRLS' topsy-turvey season continued with a 5-0 home win over bottom side Docking Devils. The visitors kicked off two players short and Angels took advantage when Robyn won possession, following an opponent's goal-kick, and ran through to shoot into the net. Other chances went begging before Docking were able to field a full side but then Robyn scored an almost carbon copy of her first goal. A hatful of chances were spurned as the ball flashed across the visitors' goalmouth from corner kicks and crosses. After the break Izzy took over in goal whilst Emily P had a spell in defence. Sophie S, Lucy and Jess F were also used in defence with Hannah W, Charlotte and Robyn filling the midfield roles and Olivia and Lauren alternating as striker. A good move down the left led to the third goal, Robyn laying the ball off for Charlotte to convert. Charlotte rocked the bar then a long ball up field by Emily set up Lauren for goal No 4. Charlotte won possession in the penalty area with a crunching tackle and the ball ran to Hannah, who poked it over the line for her first goal for the Angels to complete a 5-0 victory.

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DEREHAM WANDERERS U13 GIRLS travelled to Thorpe on Saturday to take on Norwich City, the only team that have taken points from them this season. It ended 0-0 in their first encounter as Norwich put in a very defensive performance and Dereham were expecting a similar game plan this time around. Dereham were sent out in a very attacking mind, asked to hit full throttle from the first whistle and it soon paid off as Norwich struggled to contain them. Bea gave Dereham the lead early on and this really settled them and by the time Merrick made it 2-0 the girls were playing some incredible football. Norwich simply could not compete with the passing and movement and Dereham's dominance was further enhanced when Merrick got her second to give Dereham a 3-0 lead. Dereham's next goal summed up the nature of the girls' performance. Dereham had won back possession in defence, who had in turn passed it into Merrick in midfield, she got her head up and spotted Chelsea in a wide position and passed to her. Chelsea took a good first touch and then spotted Lanti making a lovely run on the far side, with a defence-splitting diagonal pass with great accuracy found her and Lanti then had simple task of just passing the ball past the stranded Norwich keeper. It should be said that Norwich keeper had an outstanding game throughout. Lanti added another before Joy who had come on for Bea added a sixth goal with a very good headed effort. That gave Dereham a very well-deserved 6-0 half-time lead. Dereham had the benefit of playing down the slope in the first half and on a wet, heavy pitch it did certainly help and the second half was an altogether different game. Norwich had obviously been given a talking to and had come out a much more determined team and using the slope immediately put Dereham under pressure. Dereham defence, one which has yet to concede an away league goal this season, stood tall and put in a tremendous effort, Lonny was strong and winning everything, Becka came back on and continued her impressive recent form, Ellen was her normal determined self and Channie pulled off some good stops to ensure that goal remained intact. Dereham had some chances to score in the second half but failed to capitalise and towards the end there were some tired legs but they kept strong and ensured that the game finished 6-0. It was clear that it was just as important to the girls to keep the clean sheet as it was to win the game, Manager's player-of-the-week was a tough choice, but it was Merrick who just edged ahead of Lanti.

DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 GIRLS made the short trip to Red Rose and won 3-2. Dereham were put under pressure in the early stages with Drew being put into action by tipping the ball over the bar. Dereham started to use the wings with Ella making a good run, crossing into the box with Hannah shooting just wide. Rochy also had a good chance with the ball going across the face of the goal. At the other end, Erren and Chelsea were kept busy in defence. Red Rose slipped by them making it 1-0. The second half started the same with Dereham not able to clear the ball conceding plenty of corners, one resulting in Red Rose making it 2-0. Anna kept battling, but their midfield were strong. With time running out, Dereham were given a lifeline with Millie scoring her first goal of the season. This lifted Dereham, they started to push forward, Rochy then equalised. Red Rose then came back with a goal-bound shot, which hit Ella's back and with Cerys clearing the ball to Millie, passing to Rochy, who made a run from halfway, holding off the defender to score the winning goal. Red Rose came back to attack but Drew saved well. GOTM: Hannah, Outstanding performance.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U15 were at home to Norwich Yellows .They gave their least convincing performance of the season but emerged with a 6-1 win despite lacking our usual fluidity and cohesion. Libby scored the first two goals before Norwich hit back and then Chelsea who performed superbly fired home from just outside the box with a fiercely hit shot. In the second half Bohs started the game with a better tempo and initially were working harder and Chloe who had already seen several efforts well saved added a fourth and LJ, who is improving with each game, added a fifth. Bohs then switched off again and the game went flat despite Chelsea and Natalie who both were causing havoc down the wings. LJ then had a goal bizarrely disallowed for offside before Chloe sealed victory with a well-deserved second and this girl is, without doubt, one of the most improved players in the team. Thanks to Norwich for playing their part in a very competitive and sporting game. Thanks also to Sasha, Sophie and Marcie who shared goalkeeping duties. Special mention to Mollie who had a good second half and when she gets full self belief will recognise what a good player she is. PoM: Chelsea whose vision and passing were a pleasure to watch followed closely by Chloe who is a workaholic. Next match away to Scole, will leave Cliff Park at 9am sharp otherwise meet at Diss Sports Ground, Shelfanger Road for 9.45am latest. Please be on time.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U10 were at home to St Edmunds Girls. They started the game really brightly and the first 10 minutes were all played in the opponents' half and saw Bruna open the scoring. The rest of the half saw Bohs enjoy the lion's share of possession but there were few chances. Daisy was showing good vision, Alice was working hard in midfield and player of the match Georgia was making good tackles and happy to run with the ball. How she has improved in recent weeks. The second half saw Bruna go in goal and St Edmunds started in a more determined frame of mind and were using the width of the pitch better and deservedly equalised. The game seemed to by heading for a draw when Georgia popped up inside the box to give Bohs the lead with two minutes left. Thinking they had won, some of the girls lost their concentration and work ethic and with allowed St Edmunds in for the equaliser which on the balance of play was harsh on Bohs. PoM: Georgia who was outstanding. Thanks to Charlotte for refereeing and a big thanks to Gary and Joe for helping put the goals away.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U12: Congratulations to Emma and her girls on a fantastic season, 18 points clear in the league and unbeaten and a cup semi-final to look forward to, the team has done the club proud. Well done to all of you and it is hoped Bohs go on to achieve a deserved league and cup double.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U14 are looking for new players for next season, if you are in school Years 8 or 9 and want to come and join one of Norfolk's best run clubs which has enjoyed enormous success then contact David or Michelle on 01493 669153. Bohs are more than just a football club, they are also a social club, organising football tours in Europe and the UK, visits to theme parks, ten pin bowling, quaser, skating, activity days etc and have rightfully gained a reputation for fair play and friendship.

GORLESTON RANGERS U10 GIRLS beat Scole 3-1. Chances came and went with the Scole keeper preventing three goals in the first 10 minutes. Paige got injured and was replaced by Jess. Rangers kept plugging away with several goal attempts by Jess, Megan and Jane but the first half ended 0-0. The second half began as the first half had finished with both teams battling and cancelling each other out. Some good tackling by Jade, Caitlin and Clarissa kept Scole at bay and then came a great run by Jess who was tackled but recovered to score the first goal of the game. The girls put the pressure on with some great tackling and brilliant defending from Caitlin and Clarissa and Jane scored a fantastic goal for Rangers who then allowed Scole to play and pull a goal back. Soon Megan scored Rangers' third goal. Further good saves by Kelsey and more by the Scole keeper ensured the score stayed at 3-1. An excellent battling performance by all the girls kept Rangers unbeaten. A close call for GoM between Jade and Jess, Jade just edging it for her constant chasing back and tackling. Previously, Rangers visited Sprowston Hawks, a tough but fantastic game resulting in a 3-1 victory for Rangers. GoM: Caitlin.

GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U11 visited Firside where a heavy pitch made it hard going for their usual fast-flowing, passing football and Firside with their long-ball game found the conditions better suited them. Rangers adapted and were piling pressure on Firside when some good work from Aimee down the right wing resulted in a cross that found Neve at the far post who slotted home. It was then one-way traffic with Hannah C only touching the ball once whilst in goal during the first half. Goals came from Aimee, Hannah S and Jess, who was replaced with Gemma who continued her good work up front. The defence of Mary, Beth and Hannah S were dealing with the long balls from Firside with ease. A second for Neve made it 5-0 at half-time. Second half saw Hannah S swap with Hannah C in goal who again only saw one or two touches of the ball. Rangers were dominant and the passing game returned despite the boggy pitch. Some strong running from Hannah C split the Firside defence several times and allowed Amiee to score twice for her hat-trick and Neve added her third after some good work from Beth. Mary controlled well after a long ball from the Firside keeper, ran the length of the pitch and despite the attentions of a Firside defender completed the scoring from an acute angle. Full-time 9-0. This was a top-class performance by Rangers who seem to be getting better and better. GoM: Neve, great footwork and three well-taken goals. No match this week.

SCOLE U15 GIRLS entertained Jex after a long break and kicked off the first half playing up the slope and against the wind. Jex were immediately on the attack and only good defending by Chloe Edwards and excellent goalkeeping by Megan Robinson prevented Scole from going behind. However, the pressure finally told and from a corner a Jex forward fired home. Worse was to come for Scole when a defender went off injured and with no replacement available Scole did well to get to half-time just one goal down. Back to full strength for the second half, Scole went searching for the equaliser and it soon came after a run and shot from Hannah Beeslee hit the post Nad Elliott followed up to score. After a goalmouth scramble Scole took the lead with a Jex defender getting the final touch and went further ahead when Vic Owen shot home. Good play down the right wing from Tash Blakely ended with girl-of-the-game Hannah Beeslee scoring the fourth goal and Rachael Wall wrapped up the game when she scored the fifth and final goal to give Scole a very good win in extremely heavy conditions.

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