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PUBLISHED: 12:36 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 30 June 2010

R&T Tours are hosting a tournament during the Easter holidays from April 7, 8, 9 on Mill Lane (free of charge ) playing teams from away. Contact Steve Dent of Shrublands JFC on 01493 661548.

R&T Tours are hosting a tournament during the Easter holidays from April 7, 8, 9 on Mill Lane (free of charge ) playing teams from away. Contact Steve Dent of Shrublands JFC on 01493 661548. Teams required: U8 (four teams required), U10 (three teams required) both seven-a-side, U11 (four teams required), U12 (two teams required), U15 (three teams required). These are 11-a-side. First come offer applies.

BOHEMIANS SATURDAY SOCCER SCHOOL: Your local youth football club's soccer school started on Saturday, February 6, for boys and girls aged between six and 10 and will continue throughout the summer months. The football activities are organised and run by our FA qualified coaches with CRB checks and first aid qualifications and this Saturday there will be coaching carried out by Craig Terrington who works as a youth development coach for Norfolk County FA.

If you would like to come along and join in the fun you need to be at New Road sports field in Belton from 10am for a 10.15am start. The session cost £2 and the session should be finished by 11.45am. The club is always looking for new players and those that want to join in just for fun, perhaps you may want to represent the club next season. BYFC is not just for the children, would you like to become involved with a youth football club that has gained the FA's Charter Standard Development Club? The club are looking for volunteers to manage/coach the new teams that are formed from the soccer school, and other volunteers to help run the club. Come along and have a chat and perhaps even have a go and become part of a “community based” club that puts the emphasis on “fun”. Contact Matt for further details by email to treasurer@bohemiansyouthfc.co.uk

BOHEMIANS U11 GIRLS welcomed Horsford to New Road. It was business as usual after the previous week's unexpected result. The girls looked strong and confident with Millie scoring a long-range shot past the stranded Horsford keeper. The visitors were a very different team to earlier in the season and took the game to the Bohs. Ella and Antonia were hard working with Jordan strong in defence. Indianna added life to the attack as the Bohs had to watch as Horsford drew level. Playing for the win Demi and Lauren came off the bench to liven up the play. Bohs had a golden 10 minutes as the Horsford threat was extinguished. Demi and Emily combined to close down what looked like a certain Horsford goal and Olivia went very close at the other end. The crowd supported both teams enjoying a spectacle of missed chances and last-ditch defending. The 1-1 draw was a fair reflection of the match. PoM: Emily and Demi.

CAISTER U12 had a top-of-the-table clash with Gorleston Rangers U12A. Confident Caister played a positive attacking formation with three strikers, Tyler Bleach, Bradley Baker, and Bradley Rowand. Caister produced a lot of attacking football from the left, with George Lewis and James Smith having plenty of possession in midfield, as well as a combination of Keiran Smith and Miles Holmes on the right. Caister soon went one up, Tyler Bleach hitting the back of the net then a powerful long shot from George Lewis gave the Gorleston keeper no chance. Gorleston were always a threat coming forward, but some terrific defending from Bradley Stark, Ross Smith and Luke Wyton, who all linked up well with keeper Kayne Oakley, broke down the attacks. However, Gorleston did pull a goal back just before half-time. The second half saw Gorleston playing more attacking football and with 10 minutes to go, they got a deserved equaliser. With minutes to go, Bradley Baker was denied by some brave goalkeeping and the game finished 2-2. Two players shared man of the match: Bradley Stark, who played with great determination and George Lewis for another great performance in midfield.

COBHOLM BOYS U12 entertained a strong St Benets Wasps B. Cobholm quickly went behind and during the first half struggled to get out of their half. At half-time Cobholm went in 6-0 down. They showed some improvement in the second half, conceding only one more, but their passing let them down. Harrison battled constantly and Cameron Carey had a better game and put in some good headers. Josh, the keeper, had to work hard and pulled off some great saves, but Harrison just pipped him to this week's man of the match. Training at 10am on Saturday in preparation for the home game in Sunday.

COBHOLM BOYS U9 played their last home league game against Waveney D. In a hard-fought game, Cobholm edged it with a 2-1 score, with goals coming from Will Field and Jacob. Both teams created chances, but both defences were playing well. In a goalless first half, Mazie stood out, with some excellent defending. The second half saw Cobholm play better football, and go 1-0 up when Keanan put a low cross in and Will F ran on to it and finished well. The second goal came after another Keanan cross, and in a goalmouth scramble, Jacob got the last touch. It was end-to-end action for the last 10 minutes, and Waveney pulled one back, but Cobholm defended to the final whistle. Cobholm have a friendly against Martham and then a break before their final two games.

GORLESTON RANGERS U10D played the return match at home to Waveney Youth D. The game started well with Callum and Dan linking up and Dan having a shot saved. Michael made a save at the other end and kicked the ball out th start some great passing by all the boys. Callum took a great corner which Josh S struck into the goal beautifully. At the other end Pedro put in some great tackles and put on lots of pressure. Josh S tracked back to frustrate Waveney and captain Jack F cleared the ball and tackled well. Matty came on and very soon had a shot go wide. Josh B made some great passes and worked hard in his role. Dan made a good block and Matty was putting on the pressure to stop Waveney getting near goal. The second half saw lots of pressure at first and Josh S and Callum linked up to give Callum a shot which was saved. Muhammed worked hard, putting in some great through-balls. A penalty was awarded to Waveney which was well taken and Michael did his best but could not stop it hitting the back of the net. All the boys worked hard to get that winning goal and both Josh S and Callum had good strikes saved. In the dying moments Michael made a fantastic save which kept Rangers in the game. Final score 1-1. Goal scorer Josh S. Thanks to Paul Brown for his refereeing and to all the supporters.

GORLESTON RANGERS U8A: Andy and Rob would like to thank the team on a great season and for all their hard work -Toby for coming into your first team halfway through the season and being an excellent addition, super goalkeeping, Tommy for coming to the club this season and growing as a defender which was a new role for you, Regan on having to get your confidence back and growing by game. Tommy has been Mr Reliable, excellent defending by you both. Brandon you have been Mr Dependable making great cover for the defence with some good tackling this season. Cameron on his determination, tough tackling, being captain and goalscoring. Ben on your defending which has grown as part of your game this season and for scoring good goals. Abigail for easily standing up to most of the boys in this league, you scored some important goals and also made many great challenges. James for your first season in league football you have done the team proud, scored some good goals and got stuck in, it has been an experience for you, and finally Ethan the passing side of your game has excelled and you have been a great goalscorer, again finishing leading scorer, good all- round team player. All of you keep up the good work and here's to next season. Also good luck to Cameron and Ben with your possible future with Norwich, we hope it works out for you both. Keep up the good work Andy and Rob and thanks from all the team and parents.

GORLESTON RANGERS U8A were away to Waveney Youth for their last game of the season and wanted to finish the season on a high. Rangers started with Toby in goal, Tommy in defence, Ethan and Ben in midfield with Abi up front with Cameron and James the two subs. Toby was superb in goal again with his quick reflexes with Tommy a rock at the back with awesome tackles, including two super sliding ones. Rangers had Ethan's excellent passing and vision with deadly finishing, Abi making great tackles and winning many balls, Ben and Cameron getting stuck in making some good challenges and runs and finally James making good runs and finding space and good dribbling. Abi switched places with Ethan during the game allowing Ethan up front and Abi in midfield which suited them both. MoM went to Ben, well done to all the team on their final game of the season, you have had a good season with a few new players at the start of the season and settled in really well and you played with pride and played all your games in the right spirit. You played for each other and covered each other when needed and a big thanks to both sets of supporters and to Waveney for a great game. Also a big 'thank you' to Terry, the home game's referee, who kept the teams playing the game fairly and in the right spirit. Rangers look forward to working with him again next season.

GORLESTON RANGERS U12B looked forward to putting their cup defeat last week behind them with a trip to Swindell. With Chris out injured they had to shuffle the team and play some people out of position. Rangers started to play some passing football. A lot of the play was throughout the middle of the field and they need to start pushing the ball wide. Rangers made the breakthrough after eight minutes with Lee netting. Reece followed with his first seven minutes later and Tom secured the first half after 24 minutes. Swindell came out fighting again in the second half and pulled a goal back but after one minute. Reece scored his second to restore the cushion and five minutes later he completed his hat-trick. Caleb then hit a thunderbolt of a shot which the keeper had no chance of stopping. Final score: Swindell 2, Rangers 6. Max and Kane had very good games. A complete team performance. Man of the match was Reece for his hat-trick. Next match away to Mutford 10.30 kick off. Training as normal on Saturday.

HEMSBY HORNETS U7B hosted a hard-working Waveney C. From the first whistle the Hornets dominated and again played some excellent attacking football.

With the Hornets' passing slowly improving and with great running from every player, this was another solid performance. With Luke and Harvey scoring their first goals for the club and fine finishes from Matthew, Haydn and Toby, it was a rewarding day for the whole team. MoM again goes to the complete squad as they are now playing as

a team. Next game away v

Waveney D.

HEMSBY HORNETS U9 STINGERS had a tough fixture away to the league leaders, Kirkley & Pakefield on Sunday and the game started in a very nervous way for Hemsby who, however, managed to prevent a rampant Kirkley from scoring. As they settled they started to show some of their composed football. Archie G and Jim gave very strong performances throughout the early part of the match helping reach a half time score of 0-0. The second half saw a little more confidence from all of the players, Kahn and Rowan both had a lot more time on the ball with the defence still working hard. Kirkley got a goal early on in the half but this did not knock Hemsby's confidence. Archie S, Calum and Tom again worked well together up front and began to see some good opportunities develop. Despite a second goal from Kirkley, Hemsby battled until the end of the match which they finally lost 2-0 but the overall performance was extremely commendable. The Kirkley manager was also quick to praise the Hemsby players for their performance at the end of the game which will hopefully boost confidence. Despite great saves from Archie G. a good performance from Rowan after a long break, another excellent performance from Calum, Tom, Archie S and Kahn, Jim was made man of the match for his solid display in defence. Thanks again to the many spectators who braved cold conditions. No training next week as we attend the Norwich match. Next Sunday, home to Bungay, 11.30am kick-off.

GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U11 were away to Brandon. Rangers started uncharacteristically slowly. It was some 15 minutes into the match before a speculative effort from the corner of the box by Aimee deflected past the Brandon goalkeeper to open the scoring. The home team piled on the pressure and a powerful free-kick was cleared off the line by an in-form Beth. This seemed to kick-start Rangers and a great run and cross by Mary found Neve at the far post who just failed to convert. A fine corner led to a melée in the goalmouth ending with Hannah S firing in from close range to give Rangers a 2-0 lead at half-time. The manager urged better football in the second half and the girls did their best to deliver, creating a host of opportunities. But they couldn't find the finishing touch. Neve showed some great skills and her work led to a corner which Hannah S tapped home from Aimee's pin-point cross. Jess worked hard but Brandon's big defence proved a big obstacle. Towards the end a fantastic double save by Hannah C kept another clean sheet for Gorleston. The Rangers' defence stood strong throughout with Mary, Beth and Hannah S now developing a great understanding. Hannah C swapped with Aimee for the last 10 minutes and her fresh legs and drive took away any wind that was left in the Brandon sails. Final score: 3-0. GoM: Mary, solid and dependable another great performance.

RANGERS had a tough game against a strong Kirkley & Pakefield B side. Rangers lost 3-1 but battled hard until the final whistle. Kirkley opened the scoring early but Rangers picked themselves up and worked hard to get level midway through the first half. Jack made a run down the right flank and crossed the ball in hard and low for Lewis to tap in. Rangers then gifted Kirkley their second by getting caught out on a set piece, leaving two men unmarked from a corner. Kirkley's third came midway through the second half. Kane saved the first shot but the ball and surface was slippery and he couldn't hold onto it and Kirkley managed to force the ball behind the line.

RANGERS put on a great second half performance to beat St Benets Wasps B 7-1. The first half started slow and Rangers were struggling to get going. Jack opened the scoring quite early but St Benets worked hard and got back in the game. Lewis got Rangers' second just before half-time. Ranger started the second half strongly with good runs by Lewis and Ryan in midfield. The boys were passing the ball around more and it wasn't long before Rangers increased their score. Lewis made a great run down the right and knocked the ball across the face of the goal for Jack to slot home. Lewis then won the ball back from kick-off and weaved his way through the St Benets defence get himself another. Luke had another great game in defence and he and Harley made it difficult for St Benets to create anything. Kane stayed strong throughout. Andreas replaced Lewis in midfield and kept the pressure on St Benets for the rest of the game. Goals: Jack (3), Lewis (4).

GORLESTON RANGERS U10B visited Shrublands. The early exchanges were even with both sides working hard to try and create an opportunity. Shaun saved well from a couple of long shots but the best opening fell to Sam whose shot was well saved. The rebound fell between Joel and Ben and Ben could not get the ball from under his feet and shot wide. Henry and Alex battled hard out wide and ran the flanks well with Aaron in the centre, but it was in the last third where Rangers could not deliver. The late-arriving Lewis had a solid game in the heart of defence and cleared everything that came his way. With only a minute to play and the game seemingly heading for a 0-0 draw, what looked a great tackle from Henry was deemed as a penalty. Well done to all the boys from both sides and sponsors Your Mortgage Solution and The Olive Garden Restaurant. MoM: Henry Nettleton.

SHRUBLANDS U13 played their last league home game of the season against Halesworth. Shrubs soon raced into a two-goal lead with goals from Joe and Ethan within the first 15 minutes. Then Shrubs seemed to get too complacent and some of the players' workrate dropped. Although Halesworth did not look like getting back into the game, mainly down to Tommy, Brandon, Dan, and Dylan's work at the back, the game had lost its edge. At half-time the boys needed a bit of a shake up and were asked to get the ball on the floor more and attack and defended as a team. The boys responded really well playing some lovely football and with this came goals: two more from Joe, Ethan got his second, great finishes from Connor, and Dan, but the best came from a great bit of football involving six or seven players ending up with a simple finish by Coby. Halesworth got a goal back to make it 8-1. Next game Burnt Hill away in the cup 12.30pm ko. Norfolk and Suffolk Roofing MoM: Tommy great game, he was strong in defence and got forward showing some great touches

SHRUBLANDS GIRLS U13 and U14 urgently need new players for summer tournaments and next season's U14 and U15 side. They train on Monday night at Yo-Soccer 7-8pm. If interested contact Steve Dent on 01493 661548 and leave a message.

SHRUBLANDS JFC are hosting a skating night at Retroskate on Sunday, February 28, 7-10pm. Tickets are priced at £4 per person and can be ordered through team managers or through Nikki Edwards. Contact 01493 301147. All friends and family are welcome.

SHRUBLANDS U10B against Kirkley and Pakefield E failed to produce any football of note in the first half, allowing K & P an opening goal. A substitution early in the second half allowed Christian to add some composure to the midfield. With more of the ball Shrubs began to press forward and were rewarded with a penalty after a hand-ball, converted emphatically by Lee. That turned the game in Shrubs favour pushing K & P further back into their own half and creating chances. A well-taken corner by whipped in by Lee was volleyed home by Shane for an excellent finish. The third goal was from a great passing move from Shrubs that saw Shane's shot come back off the keeper only for Adam to follow up, burying the rebound and sealing victory after a much- improved second-half display. MoM: Shane and Lee. Next match Long Stratton at home, 10.30 kick-off. Saturday training, 10am Southtown common, 6pm, Tuesday at Yo! Football. New players are welcome and needed for the forthcoming season as the team is expanding to 11-a-side.

SHRUBLANDS U15 GIRLS had their first match since before Christmas against a strong Bohemians. The girls only had eight players. In the first half, with Cookie in goal, the girls managed to play some good defensive football. Cookie had many shots pelted at her, but with plenty of stretching and diving the first half saw them only 3-0 down. Simone and Tamla made some great runs up and down the pitch during the first half, which helped to compensate for being one player short. In the second half, Melly bravely offered to do a stint in goal, even though she knew the shots would be coming hard and fast from Bohs. A couple of goals passed Melly, but then she warmed up and started making some great saves. Loddy has settled well in the team, and her headers on Sunday helped to get the girls out of a few dangerous moments. Yet again, the ever reliable Kayleigh, Rhiannon and Lorna were enjoying getting back into match form. A difficult start to the new year's football, but the team showed great spirit. It's great to have Lorna back from injury again, and all wish Catherine a speedy recovery.

GORLESTON FC U10B: On Sunday the match against Yarmouth U10 began in blizzard conditions at Emerald Park. The first half was dominated by Gorleston. After several opportunities a free-kick was awarded on the halfway line and Charlie planted a drive into the Yarmouth goalmouth where the ball was cleared only to Charlie just inside his opponents' half who lashed a tremendous shot into the Yarmouth net. Yarmouth came back into the game in the second half. A free-kick led to a headed equaliser. A mistake from a Gorleston defender led to Yarmouth taking a 2-1 lead Gorleston were awarded a penalty and the Yarmouth captain was sent off for deliberate hand-ball. The spot- kick struck a post. Gorleston were still in control but more bad luck followed, leading to Yarmouth securing a 3-1 win. Gorleston were disappointed not to have achieved at least a draw. MoM. Alex.

Full credit to all the boys for an outstanding display.

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