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Gary's notes ... this was DTFCU10W at their best, each one of you had a great game. Kane was as ever exceptional, the best shot stopper in the league! Tricks was quite superb at the back as were Jack, having another mature polished game at rb and Tommy too. Lewis had another good game playing bravely through a painful injury, Todd was Todd - Serpents must have thought that there were 8 playing 4 DTFC not 7, Emily was a rock at center mid bossing the game, Nikos had a great game with 3 very good attempts on goal well saved by the Serpents keeper and Phil proved once gain that his 1st touch and finishing is as good as it gets. Gareth once gain proving his ability at left back or left wing - a lovely run down the wing!
Play like that in the morning and we stand a very good chance of making the cup final for the second year running!
Gary, Hef and I together with your families are very proud of you ... your football is a joy to watch!
Brandon 1 - 7 DTFCU10W
Cup 1/4 Final
Lizards 6 - 3 DTFC
I have to go and pack as i am up at 4.30 and off on holiday (who said again?) so for now just a quickie ... that was a hard hard game; but you kept your heads up trying to play football ... as ever i am proud of you, your football and your attitude ... my man of the match was Craig their goalkeeper who had an exceptional game, nice to hear the DTFC supporters and coaches telling him so.
Congratulations to Lizards, with that form and attitude they could yet finish runners up!
We have played each other 4 times with honours even ... enjoy training with Gary B and look foward to playing our old friends 'Serpents' on the 12th and of course first the 1/4 final v Brandon on the 8th ... i may need lots of coffee as we get back about 2am on the 8th!
Man of the Match Todd
DTFC 1 - 2 Watton Rangers
Dereham Wanderers 1 - DTFC 6
Gary's notes ...
Well played guy's nice to see Daniel, Nikos & Sam playing well ... Nikos playing his best game yet for the Whites ... with Kane concentrating well in goal ... Tommy & Tom solid at the back with Gareth & Lewis always dangerous on the wings ... and lastly another polished game in defensive mid from our man of the match Jack B ... well played all of you!
As you know i have to have one note - when facing such a good keeper don't keep testing him from distance or acute angles ... keep passing the ball ... balls into the box/far post can ask more questions than a long range shot
Today i lost count of the attempts on goal ... it was good to see so much football played with such good passing and movement from the Dereham team met with some truly excellent saves ...
Thetford Bulldogs 4 DTFC 2
Match report to follow, for now well played boys, you met and matched the best team in the league, the scoreline not reflecting the game, which was end to end with countless chances falling to both sides ... the game played in an excellent spirit by both teams with both teams playing some excellent football ... with Dereham putting the home team under huge pressure during both halves - playing the second 1/2 without a sub ... we were on balance unlucky not to get a point!
We missed Philli after 20 ... update Phil is feeling sore but seemingly not the same injury that cost him 6 weeks last season ... phew - but may miss the U9 game in the morning?
Wymondham Serpents 1 DTFC 0
Match report to follow; for now well played ... to those of you who didn't play today ... the list is long ... you can be proud of the effort and the football played by those who played today!
The Whites were unlucky not to get something out of the game!
Wymondham Dragons 2 DTFC 6
A cracking game, match report to follow but for now very well played DTFC ... you kept your heads and let your football do the talking!
... an excellent game between 2 very good footballing sides ... with football the winner
Watton Rangers 3 DTFC 3
I await the match details ... so report to follow
I understand that you played well ... and that Gary B & Hef were very pleased with your efforts ... missing 5 of the regulars it shows both the strength in depth within DTFCU10'S and the willingness to play football ... you are as ever a credit to the club!
We love to win and to win well but its playing football with a smile that matters ... not many squads could cope with playing a game without the 5 missing players!
tbc ... i await the match info to write a report but aware that Daniel scored 2 and Gareth 1
Credit to Watton on a great 2nd 1/2
Man of the Match - tbc
Gary's thoughts ...
Well played Kanie - good to have you back, a cracking game!
Well played lad's you worked hard for this one, a strong defensive performance, with Jack, Gareth & Tommy having excellent games! - you have reached new levels ... keep it going !!!
Lewis, Emily & Todd - the 3 of you gave everything - playing some wonderful attacking football but also helping out when needed. Phil ... another 2 - the 1st a cracking goal :) keep it up Phil - our highest scorer with 21.
Liam & Tom also played their part - thank you Boy's
Well done all of you - keep the run going for Gary & Hef next week ... and text me the scores!
DTFC 12 - Dereham Wanderers 0
Gary's thoughts ... i lost count of the moves using 3 touches involving 3,4 & 5 passes - keep it up!
Liam ... whilst you didn't have much to do what you did you did very well!
Jack ... another polished complete performance with 2 well taken goals
Lewis ... back to his best - your best game of the Season - keep it going!
Tom ... 4 goals in 3 games - well done! ... keep it up Tom!
Phil ... in excellent form - great 1st touch and a new find at left back : )
Emily ... another very good game always working 4 the team ... a real find for the whites!
Todd ... excellent [as always] with some lovely linking play - always working 4 his team
Sam ... had a good game unlucky not to score with a cracking left foot over the bar
as a team you played well, with countless shots at goal some well saved some just missing the target ... keep it up!
Brandon 0 - DTFC 1
Match report to follow but for now well played boys each of you gave 100% 4 60 mins!
Man of the Match Birthday Boy Tricks ... but Liam, Jack, Gareth, Lewis, Tom, Dom & Daniel can all claim a share too
Gary's thoughts ... you went with a team of just 8, playing without some regular faces, up against a hard working Brandon Team that had won 4 from 6 ... you worked your socks off deserving the win
I am always proud of you, the Whites have played their hearts out for 2 and a bit seasons, always with a happy face and always as a team whether you have won or lost ... always working always trying always playing football
keep it up!!!
ps a word for our defenders who have worked hard all season ... we used to have a reputation of scoring loads but conceding a few too many ... this season we are still scoring [in fact goals per game up on last year] but we have a much meaner defence ... well done to Kane, Liam, Gareth, Mateo, Nikos, Matti C, Tricks, Tommy B & Jack who together with Gary B [defensive coach] have hugely improved DTFCU10's goals conceded!
It makes a huge difference to the team knowing that our defenders are in such fine form under Gary B's watch!
59 Goals from 14 Players ...
DTFC 7 - Lizards 2
Man of the Match Mateo Henman ... another great game from Mateo
Hat Trick Hero Phil Denton
Gary C's thoughts to follow ... An excellent 1st 1/2 one to be proud off ...
Ant ... great work a couple of outstanding saves and some very good & quick tidying up!
Mateo, Jack, Tommy, Matti & Gareth ... each of you did some great work, making some excellent tackles, but even better finding your team mates with some great passes - keep it going!
Todd, Phil, Lewis & Tom ... excellent 1st 1/2 with Todd covering every inch of the pitch giving everything to his 'team' with Phil & Lewis putting in some very good work with clinical finishing [check the stats].
Tom doesn't get too much time on the pitch when we have a full squad ... but he showed last season that he can make a valuable difference, scoring in the last few seconds against another Wymondham Team earning his team a draw ... he has played in [just] 2 games this season scoring in both!
We had started with a 'flat' 3 across the middle ... At 2-1 with a revitalised Lizards i switched the shape believing that Lizards would want to push [even] harder ... playing Tom deep meant he had to be covered giving our wide players space to exploit and asking ?'s of Lizards - it worked with 3 goals in 12 mins!
Changes help as long as each of you know, understand and keep your positions - sometimes we swap wingers sometimes shape ... the win was protected in a 2nd 1/2 shut out winning the 1/2 2-0 after some excellent defending from a very hardworking defensive unit playing to Gary B's system - well done all 6
If we had a lesson to learn it was in the 2nd 1/2 when a team counters we have to get players back to close down the runners ... you won't [often] catch the ball but you can get to a 'shirt' It is a balancing act ... you can't without constant rotation have the front line cover the back line ... but each winger can cover their own runners ... we play a very solid defensive unit with 3 covering our goal keeper ... one of the biggest changes this year is that our defenders have got better at both protecting our goal and in supporting our mid with them in turn looking to pass back when called/under pressure ... this gives the passer space or time to find it!
Enjoy this one ... and good luck next week v Brandon ... i won't be there so listen to Gary B & Hef
Serpents 4 - DTFC 3 ... as written by Caroline
Next week we play 'Lizards' another tight game ... at our best we can beat anyone ... we always look to enjoy our wins and to learn from our defeats ... whilst i wasn't there Gary B tells me that you were awesome during the 1st 1/2 ... next week lets try to keep it going for 60 mins :)
4 wins ... 51 goals from 11 players and 16 conceded in 6 games
you have to admire Serpents belief we have won some games by 1/2 time ... remember that in the future should we find ourselves on the back foot at 1/2 time ... and that the game is not won until the final whistle ... your football has come on hugely!!! especially the way that defence links with the mid calling for the pass back enabling the attack to move to space, taking pressure of the ball staying in control of it and the game
keep playing your football, keeping the attack wide and the defence tight ... the season is a long journey - we led the league at Christmas last year ... i think this Season could be even tigher than last year!
DTFC 15 - Thetford Indies 3
DTFC 22 Northwold 0
DTFC 3 Thetford Bulldogs 8
DTFC entertained Bulldogs, last seasons Champions, at home knowing they were in for a hard game. DTFC introduced Tricks, Screenie & Matti into the team with Ant standing in for Kane at the last moment as Kanie, considered by many as one of the best stoppers in the South Norfolk, had broken his thumb the night before!
Dereham started with Ant Corder in goal, playing behind 3 from Nick Hollyoaks, Jack Boyce, Gareth Matthews & Nikos Hinnis with 3 from Daniel Screen [Captain] Matti Chapman, Lewis Jarrett, Emily Woodhouse & Liam Sewell playing upfront
Bulldogs got off to a flying start scoring 3 inside the 1st 8 to 9 mins ... Dereham normally pretty solid at the back were suffering - it would have been easy for heads to have dropped but these players play with pride and began to force the play with Emily, Screenie, Lewis & Matti working particularly well in midfield ... bringing the home side back into the game - this pressure forcing a corner taken by Jack with an own goal at the end of it [corners hit into the target zone often cause problems :)]
Bulldogs scored 2 more to make it 1:5 at half time ... the team talk was about playing with pride, taking the 1st tackle, keeping calm, look for players in space and support each other hitting passes
The second half was a keenly fought game with end to end football with Bulldogs scoring 3 more but Dereham replying with 2 of their own, Liam scoring his 1st for the club and Screenie finishing well after a good move involving Emily and Lewis. The midfield now matching the play of the Bulldogs ... in fact DTFC could have had a couple of more with just a tad more luck in front of goal ... playing a 1, 4, 1 formation for the last 10 : ) ... perhaps we should have started with it?
Bulldogs deserved this win ... but Dereham pride & sheer hard work stopped them hitting double figures!
It's not fun losing ... last year we played 26 games losing 6 ... but it reminds us that we have much to learn, players, coaches & parents and makes the next win all the more fun.
Take pride in your 2nd half ... you matched bulldogs for 30 mins - but learn from the 1st 10 ... to play a team as secure and strong as bulldogs we have to compete for every ball every tackle from the 1st whistle ... at this age the 1st tackle is the one to make ... win the ball look for a player in space ... if you are marked move looking for space and call for it ... defensive mid is a tough position, our natural inclination is to move up too far ... we can when playing from a position of strength but at times we need to be a tad more cautious ... with 3 secure at the back we can allow the wide mids to push up the pitch ... with them covering the late runners when outnumbered
Let's (try to) win the next one!
in closing i was proud of everyone of you ... you kept trying to play football
Man of the Match Ant Corder ... who kept Bulldogs at bay - often when outnumbered ... well played Ant!
DTFC 5 Watton Wanderers 0
Match report by Carolyn Denton :)
Dereham Town entertained Watton Wanderers on a balmy Wednesday evening, with Kane Fisher in goal playing behind 3 from Jack Boyce, Mateo Henman, Gareth Matthews & Nikos Hinnis with Emily Woodhouse & Todd Cantwell playing in Midfield with one from Phil Denton & Daniel Foster upfront.
Dereham started the game well mounting attack after attack, which continued through the first half, early on Dereham won a corner after excellent possession taken by Todd, Emily's shot was well saved but the rebound was turned in by Phil.
When Watton countered Dereham's defence was solid, not letting Watton get any shots away, with Mateo and Gareth reading the game very well, clearing the ball even when hugely outnumbered.
Phil soon scored his second to make it 2-0. Dereham were now relentless with Todd, Emily & Jack having shots go just wide.
Daniel and Nikos were introduced and slotted in to the game straight away, as half time approached Todd hit the ball first time from a long way out after a great pass from Jack and curled it into the net with an unstoppable goal to lead 3-0.
The 2nd half saw more Dereham changes with players rested, allowing Watton to have more of the game, and they came close to scoring a couple of times, but Kane Fisher was alert and dealt with any shots that made it through after having a quiet first half.
Emily again saw a shot go just wide, and although she didn't score she made an invaluable contribution to the game with her work rate, passing and vision. Daniel was left unmarked and made a great run on goal only to be taken down by a defender right in front of goal. A penalty was awarded which was converted by Todd who coolly smashed it into the back of the net. Shortly after that Todd scored his hat trick when some great passing from Gareth to Emily led to Todd scoring a well taken header to make it 5-0 in the best move of the match.
Nikos had a smashing free kick from a way out, which the Watton keeper bravely parried away and an almighty goal mouth scrambled followed which eventually Watton somehow cleared.
In the closing moments Mateo made a great clearance to ensure Dereham kept a clean sheet.
Man of the match Todd Cantwell
Hat Trick Hero Todd Cantwell
an excellent team performance as always, at our best when using the full width of the pitch as always - attacking in numbers as always ... but we need to be aware of the counter as always - the scorers, quite rightly, get the headlines but at 1-0 Gareth & Mateo won vital balls when heavily outnumbered [4 v 2] their reading and timing was simply excellent! -
as a team we love to attack to score to use every inch of the pitch ... but 7 a side doesn't mean 5 in the box when 4 will do :)
ps two games played and two contenders for goal of the Season :)
DTFC 3 Bucks 1
I have moved the 'Black' Reports to their own page
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DTFC 5 Hillside 2
Dereham Town U10’s Blacks played their first return fixtures of the season on Sunday against Hillside Rovers and Hellesdon. Dereham lined up for their first game against Hillside with Anthony Corder in goal, Nicholas Hollyoak, Gareth Matthews and Matthew Chapman in defence, Reece Pease and Dion Frary in midfield and Daniel Screen up front.
Dereham went straight on the attack and saw early efforts from Reece,Daniel and Dion all go close but it was
Anthony saved well as
The second half started with Dereham again on the attack and a run from Dion saw him beat the defender before releasing Daniel whose precise finish made it 2-0 to Dereham.
Some great individual play from Matthew saw his shot saved by the keeper but the ball fell to Daniel who made no mistake with his finish to put Dereham 3-0 up and claim his hat trick.
A deflected pass caught out the Dereham defence and Hillside took the chance to make it 3-1, however some brilliant skill by Matthew saw him beat the
Hillside came back again and a bouncing shot saw them pull it back to 4-2 before some fine skill by Daniel put him clear but his shot was saved and when the loose ball fell to Reece he made no mistake in putting Dereham 5-2 up and that was how it stayed.
DTFC 2 Hellesdon 2
Dereham’s second game against Hellesdon saw them facing a team who had beaten the 7-0 earlier in the season and with no substitutes it was going to be a hard game as they found themselves under heavy early pressure and Anthony had to make several important saves.
Dereham were being forced to attack on the break but good play by Reece and Dion found Daniel whose effort went close and seemed to give Dereham confidence but Hellesdon came back and Anthony had to make another important save.
A good run by Reece forced a corner which was taken by Dion and cleared to reece who saw his effort cleared off the line and the foolow up was also cleared off the line as Dereham pressed.
A good effort from Dion was saved at the expense of a corner which Dion took and found Reece whose well timed volley found the back of the net to give Dereham the 1-0 lead that there efforts deserved.
Hellesdon did come back on the attack but saves by Anthony and great defending by Gareth, Nicholas and Matthew kept them out as Dereham went in at half time a goal up.
Dereham kicked off the second half but Hellesdon were soon on the attack and saves by Anthony and a great headed clearance by Gareth continued to keep them out but the breakthrough finally came for Hellesdon when a swift counter attack and a good finish made it 1-1.
The Dereham heads didn’t drop however and a great run and finish by Reece put his side 2-1 up and nothing more than they deserved, however Hellesdon never gave up either and the dereham defence found itself under some severe pressure and it needed clearances from Dion, Daniel and a great header from Matthew to keep them out but as full time approached a loose ball fell inside the Dereham box and for once a defender couldn’t reach it and Hellesdon got their equaliser 2-2.
This was a cracking game of football played in the best spirit by two commited teams and the Dereham boy’s should be proud of their efforts.
DTFC 0 v Spixworth 1
DTFC v Spixworth a Cup Game - DTFC win on Penalties
Bressingham 1 DTFC 1
DTFC 2 Hillside 2
I am told that everyone that attended had a very good day and appreciated the Invitation to play, as you know i was 'away' but stayed in touch thanks to numerous texts and a rather long call to Nathan!
The Blacks, last years Runners Up, had a good day having 'borrowed' Phil & Tommy from the Whites playing 4 unbeaten winning 1 and drawing 3 finishing 3rd!
The Whites playing without 'subs' played 4 winning 2 drawing 1 and losing 1 to the Winners Bulldogs. The Whites finished 2nd.
Well done to both teams, i have posted a pic under comps.
Thanks to Hef and Gary B for looking after the Whites in my absence, i know Hef thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
At least the weather was kind enough ... it was good to see so many of our friends there, the boys from Bucks (winning their 1st game this season - well done!) Serpents (a shame we didn't get to play them) Brandon & Bulldogs.
It was also very pleasing to see the 'boys' from 3 squads supporting each other spread across 2 pitches.
DTFC had 3 teams in the competition with the Blacks playing in a tough group, but Nath tells me that the boys had some very good games, with excellent possession and lot's of chances with each boy playing some good football, what a double save from Ant - quality!
The Stripes managed by Sean & Gary B had a very good day, finishing 3rd in their group, missing a semi final place by one game! To be fair the Whites v the Stripes was our hardest game of the day! and what a goal from Nikos :)
Nath and i always believed that this combination of black & white would do well and Matti, Jack, Tommy, Daniel, Alex, Nikos and Dom proved us right!
The Whites played some beautiful football through the league qualification guaranteeing a semi final spot with one game left ... played 5 won 4 drawn 1 with a shed load of goals scored (15) and only 2 conceded. Each of the boys played some wonderful football.
The Whites knew that to compete with the highly motivated Bulldogs [League Winners, playing together 3 years] this mostly U8 team (4 from the starting 5) would have to pass and work for each other. This they did, the Whites dominated the 1st half playing superb football to go in at 0-0 but having the better chances.
They continued matching Bulldogs in the 2nd 1/2 to go into extra time at 0-0. It always felt as if the 1st goal would decide the match, very much against the run of play Bulldogs scored with the Whites thinking they had won a throw ... a decision that broke our (footballing) hearts - Bulldogs went on to win.
Rocklands won the final in extra time, with Bulldogs runners up and DTFCW in joint 3rd!
Losing a semi final is not fun ... but all 3 DTFC teams can take pride in their efforts! It is i think just a matter of time before this squad wins something - the Blacks, with the Whites go to Watton next where the Blacks finished as last years runners up. Good Luck to both Teams!
A game well played by both teams, in awful conditions, Serpents were deserved winners, but Dereham have much to be proud off - my team plays with passion always looking to play football, much like our opponents and like them they play together. If we had to 'not' win i am delighted it went to Serpents, a team [players, parents & managers] we enjoy playing against.
For now [ my boys] remember how good it felt to reach your 1st final, I doubt it will be your last! Be proud of 2005/06 your 1st season together, you have much to smile about, each of you has come a long way!
1st year review ... we have had an excellent 1st season together, playing in the South Norfolk, making many new friends along the way. We have had some cracking games, too many to mention but our games against Serpents and Bulldogs were quite special when everything worked on and off the pitch and of course our last game a 5-2 win over Lizards, especially pleasing after the football lesson they gave us in the 1st game, a game we learnt from [big time]!
I have enjoyed watching every one of mine develop and improve and have come to admire the progress made by Litcham under Nicks care and the resilience of Bucks ... i hope next year they go out and win a few! As to other coaches ... i take my 'hat' off to you - you have to do this to know what we do ... thank you for entertaining us and we look forward to having you back soon! We do it for the kids - they do it because its fun and they love playing football!
Every team runs with huge help and support ... i have been lucky to have Gary B and Hef the ref on board and a bunch of the best touchline supporters in the league.
The year has gone so quick, being a coach is a roller coaster, highs and the odd low ... already we look forward to next season hoping that each game can be fun for the kids, watched by happy understanding supporters, each team being coached with support, respect and joy and of course not forgetting the most important 'man'on the pitch once the whistle has gone - the ref - we haven't always agreed with every decision made but have tried to remember that it has been! I have said it before 'a ref can make or break a game at this level. I have been very fortunate to have 2 excellent ref's in Hef the Ref and Simon!
And, lastly, a big thank you to Alan and the league!
Reporter; Dave Corder
Within the first few minutes Watton scored, firing the Dereham team into action – Phil Denton scored a great equalising goal with every player working hard on the field.
The pressure was now on, Lewis Jarrett tirelessly working hard up and down the field, Gareth Matthews and Tommy Blowers standing strong in defence - taking no prisoners.
Some fine saves by Kane saw to it that Watton were not going to find the back of the net again. With an evenly matched side Mateo and Nikos took to the field inspiring attack and determination into the Dereham side with some excellent play by Todd and Phil seeing Lewis kicking the ball into the back of the net 2 – 1 at half time.
In the second half Watton came out fighting but the concentration and fine defence fromn Kane, Tommy & Gareth kept them wanting!
In the second half Watton came out fighting but the concentration and fine defence fromn Kane, Tommy & Gareth kept them wanting!The tenacity of Lewis and Mateo winning the ball in midfield saw Dereham create opportunities to unleash the pace of Phil, Nikos and Todd resulting in Dereham taking a 3 – 1 lead – thanks to Phil’s left foot.
Dereham continued to bombard the Watton Goal playing some excellent football and another goal by Phil making the final score 4 – 1.
Hat Trick Hero: Phil Denton
Sunday Jan 8th Buckenham v DTFC
Sunday 8th Jan Dereham U9 Whites travelled to Buckenham for the 1st game of the year, laying in 3rd spot 2 points behind the leaders.
Sunday 6th Nov Dereham v Silfield Lizards. 1:6
Dereham Town Under 9’s Blacks
Dereham Town Under 9’s Black Squad travelled to Sprowston on Sunday for games against the hosts and Mulbarton.
The opening game against Sprowston was a very even affair with the defence of Samuel Green, Gareth Matthew’s, Daniel Screen and Matthew Chapman assisting Anthony Corder in the Dereham goal to keep the home side out. Dion Frary and Reece Pease were looking dangerous on the break as the first half finished 0-0.
The second half started in a similar fashion until a disputed goal gave Sprowston the lead. Dereham pushed forward for an equaliser with Dominic Scarff and Alex Tribe coming on but they conceded a late goal to lose 2-0.
The second game against Mulbarton saw Dominic and Alex start as Dereham made an impressive start. Matthew was performing heroics in his new defensive position as was Samuel who made some important tackles. The boys were clearly up for the challenge and got their reward when a well hit shot from Dion found the back of the net to make it 1-0. Anthony produced a fine double save to deny Mulbarton an equaliser as Dereham went in at half time a goal up.
The second half saw Reece and Gareth introduced to the game and from a determined run Reece was unlucky to see his shot saved. A through ball found Daniel who was denied his shot by a last ditch tackle and Alex also went close as Dereham closed the game out. The defence held firm and a superb team effort earned the lads a great 1-0 win against one of the leagues top sides.
Dereham travelled to Norwich on Sunday to play Rocklands and made a positive start with Nicholas Hollyoak, Tom Cockaday and Matthew Lyon assisting Anthony Corder in goal to keep any attacks at bay.
The midfield of Daniel Screen and Alex Tribe were battling away as was the ever busy Matthew Chapman in attack.
Dereham were playing with great determination in difficult conditions and they were unlucky to go in two nil down at half time.
An early Rocklands attack saw them take a three goal lead but the lads never gave up trying and went in search of goals themselves but unfortunately they just couldn’t break through.
Some dogged Dereham defending and some fine saves by Anthony managed to keep Rocklands from extending their lead until right at the death when they broke through to score and run out 4-0 winners.
Well done to all the players, great effort from everybody.
Men Of Match: Ant Corder and Daniel Screen.
DTFC v Taverham
Dereham Under 9’s Black were away at Thorpe Rec this weekend playing Taverham in the first game. Dereham started the game the brighter of the two team with a few half chances early on, one from R.Pease which the keeper saved well and M.Chapman’s first time shot going just pass the far post. Just before half time on a large pitch Dereham’s defence was standing firm with N.Holloaks and J.Boyce making some great challenges to protect A.Corder in Goal. The three midfielders of A.Tribe, D.Scaff and R,Pease were working really well up and down the pitch. Dereham now pushed for the win in the second half pushed C.Hull up front to support M.Chapman, this was working well and lead to a few more good chances. It was going to take something special to beat A.Corder in the Dereham goal and unfortunately for the travelling Dereham fans that is what the Taverham goal was a great strike from outside the area which hit the underside of the cross bar. 1-0 was how it ended, but special praise must go to all the Dereham players who work well all game and were unlucky with the result.
Man of the Match: M.Chapman
DTFC v Thorpe
Dereham Under 9’s Black second game of the day was against the home team, Thorpe. Who had only just lost to the league leaders Hellesdon in the early game. Dereham know they were going to have a hard game, started really well with every player working hard and as a team. The first chance of the game was started by a good run down the right wing from J.Boyce who passed inside to M.Chapman who’s right foot first time shot wriggled under the Thorpe keeper. Dereham kept the lead and went in at half time 0-1 up. The second half was a played in the same high tempo of the first half with the home team pushing for the equaliser. With their new belief and the bags of sweets each if they win, promised by Maxine Corder, the Blacks were not going the let Thorpe back into the game, every single player working hard and tracked back, Thorpe worked well and played some great football, the game was played in good spirit, towards the end it was real end to end open game with Dereham holding on to the M.Chapman first half goal. This is the blacks first win in the league and if they play like this again it won’t be the last. Well done….
Man of the Match: Every Player.
Dereham Town U9 Blacks.
Rockland v Dereham 5-0
Dereham travelled to play Rockland on Sunday where they were beaten by a strong well-organised team.
Dereham lined up with Anthony Corder in goal, Tommy Blowers, Daniel Screen, Alex Tribe, Dominic Scarf, Reece Pease and Matthew Chapman, with Connor Hull as substitute.
Rockland piled on some early pressure and were not afraid to shoot when given a sight of goal but Dereham hung on and went close themselves with a couple of swift counter attacks by Daniel and Reece. Dereham were under constant pressure and despite their best efforts they went in 3-0 down at half time.
The second half started much the same as the first with Dereham forced to defend and having to rely on counter attacks to try and force themselves back into the game. Unfortunately they couldn’t find a way through the solid Rockland defence and conceded two more well taken goals to make the final score 5-0.
Dereham man of the match was Tommy Blowers.
Dereham v Old Catton 2-5
Dereham Town under 9 Blacks travelled to Old Catton to play the hosts and Silfield. Dereham fell behind to Old Catton in their opening game from the first attack but soon settled and Reece Pease went close with a good effort. Nicholas Hollyoak was having a superb game in defence assisted by Alex Tribe, Samuel Green and Anthony Corder in goal, with Daniel Screen and Reece in midfield feeding Matthew Chapman up front.
Dereham’s effort was rewarded when Matthew picked up a loose ball and his pass found Reece whose great finish made it 1-1. Unfortunately a swift break by Old Catton saw them take a 2-1 lead into half time.
Dominic Scarf replaced Daniel but some good early pressure by Old Catton saw them go 3-1 up. Good play by Reece and Matthew forced a corner from which Samuel went close but Dereham conceded two further goals to go 5-1 down. The boys continued to push forward and Matthew scored a second for Dereham to make the final score 5-2.
Man of the match Nicholas Hollyoak.
Dereham v Silfield 2-2
Dereham looked a different team in their second game against Silfield and a determined early run and shot by Dominic almost gave Dereham the lead. Silfield were also determined and a swift attack saw them hit the post, but some fine saves by Anthony kept things level. Nicholas, Alex and Samuel were defending well but a loose ball broke for Silfield who took a 1-0 lead. Reece had a good effort blocked but this is how it stayed until half time. The second half saw Dereham under early pressure but with Nicholas solid at the back they held out and took the game to Silfield. Matthew who had come on just before half time was battling away up front and it was his pass that found Daniel who produced a great finish for the equaliser. Both teams went in search of victory and both keepers were performing well, especially Anthony who was pulling off some outstanding saves. Matthew had a solo effort saved but a well struck shot saw Silfield go 2-1 up in what was proving to be a very entertaining game. However Dereham wouldn’t be denied and as full time approached Matthew produced a fantastic finish to give Dereham a well deserved 2-2 draw.
Manager’s man of the match Anthony Corder