Great Yarmouth and Gorleston have to try again in cup final

Gorleston Rangers Falcons U14s

Gorleston Rangers Falcons U14s - Credit: Archant

The much-anticipated under 15 cup final between Gorleston and Great Yarmouth will have to wait a bit longer to be resolved.

Despite everyone’s best efforts the match was abandoned on 57 minutes as persistent rain coupled with overhead lightning gave the referee no choice but to abandon the match, which Yarmouth led 2-1 at the time.At present no new date has been set.

The league did, however, get the two previous finals played. The under 13 cup was contested between Beccles Town Hornets and Waveney Lions,

Beccles started the game in a very positive fashion and soon established a good lead, Waveney, working hard all match, could not find their rhythm and despite a hard-working performance on a very muddy and wet pitch, the Hornets took the cup back to Beccles with a 4-0 victory.

Next match was the clash between the Falcons of Gorleston Rangers and the Tigers of Waveney. Once again it was the team who got to grips with the pitch the quickest that came out on top,

Falcons, with players unavailable, saw their squad stretched and with only one substitute available on a heavy pitch the match was going to be difficult,

Waveney, with a full squad, were able to make use of the repeat substitutions, enabling their team to keep rotating players and positions,

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Again it was a match full of effort in driving rain and on this occasion, slick finishing by the Waveney Tigers saw them take home the under 14 shield after a 4-1 victory.

There are no finals this week but they resume on Sunday, April 12 with finals at under 13, 14 and 15 age groups.

Last Sunday semi-finals took place and booking their place in the finals at under 8 were the Eagles of Gorleston Rangers and the Thundercats of Waveney after successfully coming through their semi-finals and they will meet in the Under 8 Trophy final on April 26.

Also booking a place in the finals on April 26 in the under 10 Shield were the Ospreys of Gorleston Rangers, who will meet Brooke Juniors in the finals after they both successfully came through their semi-finals.

Kirkley and Pakefield Aces secured the under 16 Division One title on Sunday to go with their cup success, after Sole Bay held Beccles Town Wasps to a 0-0 draw, leaving only the Aces requiring a win for the title which they did in emphatic style defeating Bohemians 14-0 to secure a league and cup double.

Loddon, 5-0 away winners at Ormesby Lads, Shrublands 16-0 away winners at Breydon United and FC Bradwell Spain 16-0 home winners over Burnt Hill kept the pressure on leaders Caister Roma at the top of under 15 Division Two.

Although table-toppers Caister currently enjoy a nine-point lead there are still plenty of points to be won or lost as the season enters its final weeks.

Shrublands maintained their two-point lead at the top of under 14 Division Two, returning home with the points in a 4-3 victory over Caister Roma,

Beccles Town Wasps moved into second place after inflicting the first defeat of the season on the Eagles of Gorleston Rangers to leap over them in the table.

Freethorpe also kept up their fine second half of the season form defeating Hemsby Hornets 4-1.

Under 13 Division Two sees the Ospreys of Gorleston Rangers enjoying a 10-point lead at the top after returning home 3-2 winners at the Wasps of Beccles Town, Martham and Blundeston Magpies lead the chasing teams and again there are still many points still to be won.

A dozen goals and three points maintained Gorleston FC’s lead at the top of under 12 Division One.

The Wildcats of Kirkley and Pakefield remain in second place after their 4-1 win over the Comets.

On Sunday the league has its Easter fun day at under 8 and under 7 with over 80 mini matches and for the first time this season it will also play speedzball so a fun Sunday morning is expected.

It will be the last Sunday indoor event this season, but there is still one place left at under 14 Futsal on Wednesday, April 15.

There is a a full programme of league matches on Easter Sunday, except development age groups where there will be no fixtures.

As the season enters its final month Saturday fixtures are unavoidable.

Teams, if both are in agreement, can bring the match forward to any midweek date. Just let the league know.

There are four playing Sundays of the season left. Any matches called off will undoubtedly be rearranged for the following Saturday, and matches can be re-arranged up to 6pm Wednesday for Sunday matches.