Veterans, junior, youth and girls football match reports and fixtures

PUBLISHED: 10:48 22 April 2011

We will start this week's Notley's Lowestoft and District League round up with massive congratulations to second division side Hopton who won the Norfolk Primary Cup after beating Great Massingham 3-2 in Friday night's final at Plantation Park.

Hopton will now be looking to secure the points to guarantee them promotion to the first division which would cap a remarkable season.

Following this weekend’s games and those played in mid-week the first division title race is still no clearer but now looks a straight race between Oxford Arms and Hearts of Oak with Hearts being the big beneficiaries this week.

On Tuesday they defeated Kirkley and Pakefield A 6-2 and closed the gap on the two sides above them as Norton Athletic and Oxford Arms battled out a goalless draw however Hearts then when on to thump an inept Norton 9-1 on Saturday to boost their goal difference whilst realistically ending Norton’s chances.

With Oxford winning 3-1 at Blundeston Magpies they returned to the top of the table and are four points ahead of Hearts from the same games but with many difficult fixtures remaining it is still in Oxford’s hands as they have to play Hearts again where anything other then a defeat should give them one hand on the trophy.

Elsewhere in the division there were some strange results as Spexhall hit Pot Black for a 6-1 win and Barsham beat Corton White Horse Seltic by the same scoreline.

Pakefield Re-United returned to winning ways thanks to their 2-0 win against Kirkley and Pakefield A whilst Gt Yarmouth Town Hall and Waveney Reserves shared the points following their 3-3 draw.

DK Consultants had a good week in picking up another six points and boosting their goal difference further as in midweek they defeated the current occupiers of second place Waveney Gunners 3-2 whilst for the second Saturday running ran out 10-0 winners this time against Waveney A.

Gunners meanwhile fell to another defeat on Saturday this time losing 2-0 to Bungay Town A.

Mutford and Wrentham are up to fourth place as they beat Spexhall Reserves 3-1.

Earsham are comfortably in mid table following their 2-0 win at Beccles Caxton Reserves whilst Norton Athletic Reserves made it eight wins in the last 12 games as their 2-1 win over Lowestoft International sees them up to ninth place and means they require just a single point to guarantee safety as Telecom Rovers drew 2-2 with Crusaders to hang on to their slim chances of survival.

The third division title race has been thrown wide open as Corton White Horse Seltic Reserves dropped four points this week as they were held to two 2-2 draws by Kirkley and Pakefield B in midweek and on Saturday.

This coupled with FC Eastport’s 9-0 win against Oxford Arms Reserves and Mutford and Wrentham Reserves 2-1 win at Harleston Town Reserves means that Corton have 56 points from 22 games, Mutford have 54 from 23 and FC Eastport have 53 from 21 games.

Elsewhere in the division Royal Oak beat Blundeston Magpies 2-1, Southwold Town Reserves beat Carlton Rangers 3-2 whilst Lowestoft Albion scored four times but still lost 6-4 to Westhall in a bad-tempered game.

The league would now like to hear from any new clubs wishing to join in the 2011/12 season. Please contact Secretary Glyn Gray in the first instance, 01493 651261.

Veterans football
Beccles Caxton 3, 
K&P Vets Reserves 3

Kirkley traveled to Beccles for there last game of the season of which turned out to be a cracker with both team struggling with injuries. Kirkley kick of the stronger and with loads of pressure it finally paid of when make shift striker Shane Davey finished well from a tight angle to put Kirkley 1-0 at half time. Kirkley lost a player to injury but still played some good stuff and Beccles also had there fair share of good football to.Beccles got a corner and somehow when it looked like going nowhere, it sneaked in for there equalizer 1-1. Then with 10 men Kirkley where undone by a fluk of a cross which was miss kicked and looped over the keeper to put them 2-1 up. Kirkley knuckled down and got back into it by pushing forward and making the keeper spill a shot which was followed up by skipper Nick Hansen to make it 2-2. This was followed by a hobbling Shaun Miller putting Mark Sampson through to finish well and put Kirkley 3-2 up. Not long to go and Kirkley holding out well there was still a last twist to the game when Beccles had another corner which was not cleared and from outside the box Beccles scored a good goal to make the final score 3-3.

Solebay United Veterans 2, Coddenham Veterans 0

Solebay entertained Ipswich based Coddenham in the semi-final of the NSVFL Shield. With Prior and Peck leading the front line well Solebay had a number of half chances but found the Coddenham back four in determined mood. After 20 minutes Solebay eventually took the lead when a Smith free kick found Prior who flicked the ball to Baggott who unselfishly headed back across goal for Hambling to coolly tuck away the ball from close range. With both sides attacking Peck and Hambling both had good chances and Collis was fed through by Baggott only to spurn his chance. In the second half substitute Adams cleverly kept the ball in play and passed to Barbrook, who slotted home.

With the game opening up Hammett and Collings both made good last ditch challenges to thwart the Coddenham attack. Solebay nearly extended the lead when after good work by Burgess and Hambling led to Barbrook being put through and his 20 yard shot crashed against the post.

With Coddenham pressing more and more good work by Barbrook and Smith led to Baggott going close on the break.

Anglian Combination
Hoveton 0, Waveney 2

WAVENEY got their promotion chase back on track with an outstanding team performance away at Hoverton, who themselves are looking for a strong finish coming into the business end of the season. Chances were few and far between as both teams kept possession eyeing up the opportunity for that killer ball. The away side then took full advantage of a sloppy piece of defending that led to the Waveney striker cashing in on a poor pass only to be axed down in a last ditch effort by the defender to redeem himself just inside the box. Penalty awarded. Salmon stepped forward to stroke the ball home. The home side started the second half a lot quicker as they looked to bounce back into the game with an early goal. Eineker had to be at his best to deny the onrushing striker in a one on one situation Waveney got their second when the ball fell to Aldis on the edge of the area who managed to dig out a shot that fizzed into the bottom corner to the delight of the gold and black army.

Junior football
Blundeston Magpies 1, 
Oxford Arms 3

MAGPIES were hampered by having four regular first team players call off but this gave Peek and Rogers an opportunity to make a rare appearance and both did themselves proud. Oxford started with much more aggression and took the game to Magpies who were pinned back in their own half but gradually with Jarvis and Peek beginning to get the better of midfield, Magpies started to pressure the Oxford defence without actually getting shots away. It was Oxford who struck before the break however when their pacy forward supplied a tidy finish after a mistake in the Magpies’ defence. In the second half Oxford extended their lead thanks a tap-in and it was always going to be an uphill struggle from there for the Magpies. Another error in defence allowed Oxford to make the game safe and although Martin hit a consolation late on it wasn’t enough.

Hearts of Oak 9, Norton 1

Norton’s hopes of retaining the title were realistically ended as they were humiliated 9-1 at Hearts of Oak. After holding long time leaders Oxford Arms to a goalless draw in midweek, Saturday was a day to forget against the third team challenging for the title. Players were late with the kit which led to no pre match preparation. This showed on the pitch as Norton were 3-0 down before half an hour had been played. A Norton defender was then sent off. Richard Hudson pulled a goal back but when Hearts added a fourth it was game over. The remaining goals followed with three coming in the final five minutes to complete a miserable day.

Norton Reserves 2, 
Lowestoft International 1

Norton Reserves continued their good second half to the season by making it eight wins from 12 after beating Lowestoft International 2-1 with goals from Sean Higginbotham and Gary Crisp. The side now needs a single point to secure safety.

Youth football
Blundeston Magpies U13 4, Hemsby Hornets U13 4

Magpies approached this penultimate game of the season with only nine fit players plus Dan & Fletch who bravely played with injuries. Magpies never got into their stride in a first half dominated by Hemsby who displayed admirable focus, desire and mobility to cruise into a 3-0 lead. At the interval the Blundeston players knew that it would take an enormous collective effort to drag themselves back into this game and to rescue something from an inconsistent season. To their credit this is exactly what they did. Amazingly Magpies came back from three down to draw the game 4-4. This should make the lads very proud and also help them realise what is achievable when they align their undoubted skills with collective effort.

Girls football
Horsford Youth U14 Girls 0, Waveney Youth U14 Girls 4

Last game in this long but very successful season for Waveney U14 Girls, they travelled to Horsford and gained all three points. Three excellent finishes in the first half by Laurel, Geneva and Kate all came about after good solid commitment in midfield from Paige and Jessie chasing the ball everywhere. Laurel finished the game off with a fabulous strike in the second period to round the season off nicely.

Notleys Lowestoft & District League

Kick-off 2.30 p.m. (unless stated)

Division 1

Barsham v Pot Black (Beccles, G. High),

Hearts of Oak v Blundeston Magpies (Normanston Park pitch one, I. Powell),

Oxford Arms v Norton Athletic (Dip Farm pitch one, K. Batty),

Pakefield Re-United v Spexhall (Normanston Park pitch three, P. Bultitude),

Waveney Reserves v Kirkley & Pakefield ‘A’ (Denes High School, M. Howard)

Division 2

Beccles Caxton Reserves v Telecom Rovers (Beccles, G. Gray),

Bungay Town ‘A’ v Lowestoft International (Bungay, S. Hammersley),

Crusaders v Hopton (Kessingland Community Centre, S. Shelley),

D.K. Consultants v Earsham (Normanston Park pitch 2, G. Moore),

Ellingham v Spexhall Reserves (Ellingham, M. Raven),

Mutford & Wrentham v Waveney Gunners (Wrentham, I. Carter),

Norton Athletic Reserves v Waveney ‘A’ (Norton, D. Salmon)

Division 3

Blundeston Magpies Reserves v F.C. Eastport (Dip Farm pitch two, C. Evans),

Carlton Rangers v Lowestoft Albion (Normanston Park pitch four, N. Brett),

Factory Arms v Royal Oak (Dip Farm pitch four, G. Reid),

Harleston Town Reserves v Corton White Horse Seltic Reserves (Harleston, S. Yallop),

Mutford & Wrentham Reserves v Oxford Arms Reserves - Kick-off 12 noon (Wrentham, D. Porter),

Westhall 07 v Kirkley & Pakefield ‘B’ (Westhall, J. Watson-Smith)

Easter Monday, April 25th

Division 1

Spexhall v Norton Athletic - Kick-off 12 noon (Spexhall, B. Ereira)

Division 2

Mutford & Wrentham v Bungay Town ‘A’ - Kick-off 11.00 a.m. (Wrentham, T. Wickenden),

Spexhall Reserves v Earsham - Kick-off 3.00 p.m.(Spexhall, N. Foran)

Division 3

Harleston Town Reserves v Kirkley & Pakefield ‘B’ - Kick-off 2.00 p.m. (Harleston, N. Harvey)

Tuesday, April 26th

Kick-off 6.30 p.m.

Division 1

Blundeston Magpies v Barsham (Denes High School, B. Ereira),

Hearts of Oak v Great Yarmouth Town Hall (Dip Farm, I. Powell),

Oxford Arms v Corton White Horse Seltic (Dip Farm, C. Walchester)

Division 2

Beccles Caxton Reserves v Lowestoft International (Beccles, T. Wickenden),

Hopton v Waveney ‘A’ (Hopton, K. Batty)

Wednesday, April 27th

Ellingham v D.K. Consultants (Ellingham, K. Batty)

Friday, April 29th

John Moore Shield Cup Final - Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Town F.C.

Kick-off 6.30 p.m.

Blundeston Magpies Reserves v Harleston Town Reserves

Referee: M. Howard Assistant referees: N. Harvey and G. Reid 4th Official: C. Evans

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