Suffolk lose out to strong Essex side

YOUTH SOCCER: Suffolk U16 0 Essex U16 2. A dominant Essex team gained a convincing win against Suffolk in this East Anglian Counties Championship Under-16 match at Bury Town's ground.


Suffolk U16 0 Essex U16 2

A DOMINANT Essex team gained a convincing win against Suffolk in this East Anglian Counties Championship Under-16 match at Bury Town's ground.

Suffolk's defence was under pressure for long spells and twice Hughes (Bury Railway) headed off the line with his goalkeeper beaten. Brown (Ransomes) made some good saves and stood no chance with either goal.

Early in the second half Mitchell (Concord Rgs) fired in the first goal from long range.

In the closing stages Hawes (Maldon Town) scored the second following a defensive error by the hosts.

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Suffolk CSFA Under-16 1 Norfolk CSFA Under-16 3

AFTER a steady start, both sides settled well and played good, passing football in the girls' Victoria Trophy. Suffolk seemed to be having the edge, until defensive slips let in Norfolk for a two-goal advantage at half time.

The second half started with Suffolk dominating play, by passing accurately and forcing Norfolk to defend. Suffolk's defence played well and restricted the visitors to ineffective breakaways. Five minutes from time, Suffolk's patience was rewarded when a well-worked move down the left was finished off with a splendid goal by captain Vicki Oldfield (Leiston High). However, from a very late break Norfolk scored their third.

THE annual pitch-side collection by the Suffolk County schools' FA secretary amounted to £54.59 for Children in Need.

Suffolk CSFA Under-14s 2 Norfolk CSFA Under-14s 1

IN IDEAL conditions on Saturday morning at the Gainsborough, Ipswich both Suffolk and Norfolk County Schools FA Under-14 teams missed chances. Then, after 10 minutes, Norfolk's Francesca Lambert (Thorpe St Andrew) volleyed in from a corner.

Undaunted Suffolk returned to the attack and, five minutes later, had it not been for an acrobatic save by Haley Clark (Aylsham) in the visitors' goal, they would have equalised.

On 20 minutes Suffolk deservedly drew level with a well-taken chance by captain Rachael Catlow (Kesgrave High). Both sides continued to work hard and play skilfully from the start of the second half. It was Suffolk who took the lead, when Sam Jones (St Albans C High, Ipswich) powered in what proved to be the winner.

As this very exciting game continued, both strikers missed their target, and in the closing stages Suffolk keeper Justine Cook (Thurleston High, Ipswich) made a crucial save to ensure Suffolk's second consecutive victory.

One more, when they visit Essex on January 11, and they will qualify for the play-offs against League One runners-up.

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