Junior football reports
PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 January 2011
Notley's Lowestoft and District Saturday League Blundeston Magpies 3, Pakefield Re-United 2
PLAYING their first game for four weeks against an improved and strengthened Pakefield team, Magpies started brightly and took the game to Re-United. After 10 minutes new signing Owen Smith, who was consistantly getting the better of his marker, sprinted down the wing centered to Martin who flicked the ball onto Mawford who gave the keeper no chance to put Magpies 1-0 up. Magpies kept up the pressure and restricted Pakefield to only one or two chances which Macnamara, making hiw first appearance of the season, in goal handled very well. Lilly and Jarvis were at this time bossing the midfield and a slick ball through the left side channel put Mawford away to increase Magpies lead. But straight from the kick off United lobbed the ball over the back four and hesitation between defender and keeper allowed the ball to slip through for an easy tap in by their striker. The game then became end to end with Magpies just about edging the play. The second half was different as United took the game to Magpies and forced Magpies to go 4-5-1 with mawford dropping into midfield as United went for it. The Magpies back four of Ash Smith, Bracey, Chong and Rawlings were all having a really solid game as United pressed for the equaliser. This restricted Magpies to hitting them on the break and both Crowe and Owen Smith made runs down the wings and it was from one of those runs that Magpies nearly increased their lead when a shot was mishandled by United’s keeper but curled outside the post. Magpies brought on Burrell and Salmon to freshen up the team and then with 25 minutes to go captain Bracey got injured in a really bad tackle and took no further part leaving Magpies with 10 men. This meant Lilly dropped to centre half and Mawford went centre midfield. It was then back to the Walls for Magpies as wave after wave of attacks came and with 15 minutes to go United got what they deserved when they levelled with a cracking goal. However Salmon began to make some telling runs down the left and saw at least two shots skim passed the goal. Ash Smith then headed a ball off the line and things began to look grim for Magpies but from somewhere they seemed to get a second breath as with 10 minutes to go Salmon and Mawford combined well and put the ball over the top for Martin to chase and put passed the keeper. Burrell then saw his shot just drift past the far post as another Martin shot hit the inside of the post but somehow didin’t go in. Chong was holding United’s star player and restricted him to passing which was an important factor as to why Magpies were in front. Magpies continued to defend stoutly and see the time out for what was a magnificent victory.
Norton 3, Waveney Reserves 1
NORTON returned to action after a five-week lay off with a fine 3-1 victory against Waveney Reserves. Despite forcing all the pressure it was Waveney who held the lead for around an hour before Norton levelled through Dan Blewitt in the 63 minute. Norton then killed the game off with two goals in a minute through Tom Hudson and Andy Green. The Read Bros MoM: Steven Hak.
Waveney Gunners 3, Norton Reserves 2
NORTON Reserves remain winless but gave a good account of themselves at high flying Waveney Gunners, eventually going down 3-2. Adam Orme and Sean Higginbotham netting the goals. The Haddiscoe Crown MoM: Adam Orme.
Bungay 2, Telecom Rovers 5
WITH a number of players out, some old and new faces were drawn back to the Telelcom line up at third placed Bungay. With very blustery and high winds meant that Telecom had to make the most of the wind behind them in the first half. With the place kicks not going much further than 25 yards, Bungay had to play their football on the floor but were repeatedly thwarted by Telecom’s relentless pressure on the ball providing dozens of attacking opportunities. Spurgeon and Ives went close, The deadlock was finally broken on 15 minutes as Ives penalty was brilliantly saved only for the anticpating Spurgeon to run in and finish off. Moments later Spurgeon then turned provider as another lofted ball over the defence fell to Ives and he lifted the ball over the keeper. With Bungay struggling to get out of their own half due to the wind it left many holes for the likes of wing back Smith and his cross was met sublimely by the diving header of Luke. Luke then doubled his tally as Ives cross held in the wind, decieving the Bungay defence for Luke to nod home. Luke then raced through on goal and rounded the keeper for a great hat-trick. The game predictably changed as the wind now assisted Bungay. With the returning Moore and Ash working hard to create the few chances up front it was captain Fox and his backline defending well. Bungay got back into the game when a needless free kick was headed home. It was then goalkeeper Baxter keeping Bungay frustrated with a string of fine saves but he could do nothing about the rocket shot for Bungay’s second. Moore did well on his long return with some excellent wing play linking up well with the strikers. Telecom held on for a deserved win and continued their rich vein of form and will be pleased with the formidable efforts to close teams down. MoM: Luke and Spurgeon.
Lowestoft Sunday League Oxford Arms 2, Waveney Hearts 3
A DEFLECTED 87th minute strike from inspirational skipper Carl Burgess bagged three precious league points for Waveney Hearts as the visitors came from behind to defeat Division One strugglers Oxford Arms at a blustery Dip Farm. Burgess’s last gasp winner, a first half strike from frontman Michael Tacon and a precision Joel Haverson finish were enough to see Hearts home, but the Waveney side were made to work hard for their victory as a combination of resilient home defending and a gusty wind proved difficult to overcome. The visitors eased into a 21st minute lead when Tacon pounced to turn in a Paul Hunter header from close range but were ahead for seconds as Oxford hit back immediately and a carbon copy ball over the top and neat finish just three minutes later saw the home side complete a dramatic turn around. Hearts’ stuttering first half display bore all the hallmarks of a side which had played just twice since mid November but with the returning Daniel Grigg and Jai Edwards finding their feet and rookie right-back Shane Porter making a seamless step-up from the Hearts reserve side, the second period was a different proposition. The visitors laid siege to the Arms goal and with flying wingers the Haverson brothers quick to open up their respective boxes of tricks, Hearts cranked up the pressure – but it took the Waveney side until the 72nd minute to draw level when Joel Haverson stroked home a neat 18 yard shot. Tacon lobbed against the bar with 15 minutes on the clock as Hearts chased a winner and when a late goalmouth scramble came to nothing it seemed the Waveney side would have to settle for a point until no-nonsense Burgess popped up with his late winner to deservedly earn the spoils. Sunrise Inn MoM: Shane Porter.
Etcetera 5, Lady of the Lake 2
ETC won this encounter at Dip Farm following a dominant second half display where they overturned a 1-2 half time deficit to take all three points.
The home side took the lead after four minutes with a powerful drive from the edge of the box following a flicked on throw in on the Argyle left but good work by Argyle defender Trevor Wells, advancing through the middle, found striker Kenny Fenton who levelled the score within two minutes. Argyle had a goal by Matt Labaki ruled out as he was adjudged to handled the cross from the impressive Fenton whose pace troubled the Etc defence throughout the first half. Just before the break Etc failed to deal with a free kick and Argyle were awarded a penalty following Stacey Hayward being brought down as he advanced on goal. Fenton scored his second from the spot giving Argyle a 2-1 half time lead. After the break Etc adapted better to the strong back wind and low sun in the faces of the Argyle defence and deservedly levelled following one of many corners after 54 minutes. After 60 minutes they regained the lead when the defence failed to clear a ball into the box and extended their lead with a route one goal kick assisted by the wind which resulted in a one on one tussle that the striker won to extend the lead. Despite a couple of chances to reduce the deficit it was Etc who wrapped up the scorring five minutes from time with a ball through the middle of the Argyle defence and a well taken goal. MoM: Kenny Fenton.