Youth focus on mid and north Norfolk

MINI-SOCCER: The newly-formed Dereham Town Youth FC mini-soccer group train at Northgate High School on Saturday mornings from 9-10am.

The session is open to School years 1 and 2 boys and girls and takes place on the excellent 3G Astro surface. The club aims to provide the very best coaching which will be led by Dereham Town first team manager Matt Henman with the help of other club coaches and players as well as input from a Norfolk County FA skills coach.

From this group players will be selected and invited to weekly Brazilian Soccer Coaching sessions which concentrate on ball skills and techniques.

'Between the two sessions we aim to give the young players the very best introduction to their footballing life in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment. I'd never seen the Brazilian coaching prior to this group but was extremely impressed with both the session and the way the players improved their skills.

'We also try to concentrate on ball work in our Saturday morning sessions and so far everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves,' said Henman.

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Both sessions are subsidised through grants obtained by Dereham Town Youth FC.

n More information can be gained from Matt Henman on 07901 938306.

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TOFTWOOD U13: Mattishall made the short journey to the Rec and made it hard work for Toftwood in the first half. Toftwood conceded early but soon levelled with Ryan jinking through the Mattishall defence. Mattishall scored again but Toftwood were looking dangerous on the break and Matt was causing mayhem on the right. Ryan again levelled, nicking the ball off the keeper. Luke in goal dealt with any breaks and the defence of Josh, Charlie, Alfie and Harry T now pushed forward. The first half ended 2-2. Toftwood re-started well with the midfield of Lewis, Sonny, Sam and Kieron in control. A high ball into the box was met by a pinpoint header from Ryan for his hat-trick. Robbie was making his presence felt and saw two efforts go wide. Declan was finding space and went just wide. Lewis made no mistake with one of his trademark goals. Harry R, back on, tightened it up for Toftwood and another probing pass was excellently turned into the path of Ryan from Robbie and again Ryan showed Mattishall's defence a clean pair of heels to make it 5-2.

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DEREHAM U11: After last week's impressive battling away win Dereham looked forward to playing Old Catton and to continue their 100 per cent record. Dereham started the match with a number of changes and a new formation, subsequently they appeared to struggle against a well-organised Old Catton team in the first half. However, early in the second half a Mason free-kick met a melee of players and ended up in the back of the net. The game continued to be a disappointment for the footballing purists in the knowledgeable crowd as the players struggled to find their form. With a minute to go Old Catton's centre-forward flicked on a corner for a Dereham player to unluckily play it into his own goal from inside the six-yard box. The result was a 1-1 draw. MoM: Harrison.

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