GRFC Under 13a Cup Final Runners-up
Deservedly suffered our first defeat in 14 months against a good St Benets Wasps 'A' side in NSYL cup final 2 – 4.
We started off very sluggishly and found ourselves 1-0 down in three minutes and 2 – 0 down after 11 minutes and never really got going. This season the boys have been superb, but on Sunday our many match winners all seemed to struggle looking heavy legged. With no one putting their foot on the ball, our play was to quick and passing poor as we tried to force play.
With defenders being the wrong side of the attackers, not standing up the opposition and going to ground, we were the architects of our own downfall for the first two goals. Charlie pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. HT 1 – 2.
Second half we didn't improve and the St Benets number 11 hit a superb brace of goals from distance giving goal keeper Max no chance to compound our problems. In between Charlie calmly slotted home from the spot for his second goal. George had a couple of chances, one of which produced the save of the game from the St Benets keeper. FT 2 – 4. MOM: Bradley and George, probably the only two boys who played to their normal level.
On the day St Benets Wasps 'A' fully deserved their win.
Thanks to Lindsay from Saks Hair & Beauty for sponsoring the boy's cup final polo shirts.
GRFC Under 13a SCI Tournament Winners
Gorleston Rangers Under13a won the SCI under 13 tournament on a very windy Mill Lane. With four games each day, we played the other four teams twice and deservedly topped the league, being the only undefeated team in the competition.
On the Saturday we started slowly drawing with a good Sandgate FC 1-1, (George). We missed many chances in this game, with the Sandgate FC assistant referee flagging for many offsides. We played a good Norwich United and ran out 2-0 winners, (George and Adam), Our third game was against unbeaten Blaby & Whetstone. This was our best performance of the day with George scoring a great left foot strike from twenty yards after a great defence splitting pass from Jack. In our final game on day one we defeated a sporting Ickenham Youth 5-2, (Isaac (3), George and Jordan after a mazy run).
Second day we played much better and opened up defeating Sandgate FC 3-1, (George, Isaac and Jordan). We followed this up with another 2-0 victory over a good Norwich United in a tight game, (Adam and George). Game three was very entertaining against a Blaby & Whetstone which ended up 1-1, (Charlie). This was a game that will remain long in the memories of those present. The boys turned in a very disciplined performance in this one and were very unfortunaste not to win.
Our last game resulted in a 1-0, (George), win over a much improved Ickenham Youth.
The huge winners cup and individual trophies were presented to the boys by big celebrity Neil 'Razor' Ruddock,
Gorleston Rangers '13A' Champions again!
Special thanks to our sponsors JAG Carpentry Limited, Cedars Steeplejacks and Glenfield.
Breydon United U12 V GRFC U12A
Match report by "mitchel98"
This weekend we had a morning kick off of 10.30am to an improving Breydon United (formerly Gorleston) at their home ground on The Mag (unfortunately not everyone realised it was there and not The Rec!) and otherwise known as a LOCAL DERBY!
Anyway most of the 13 man team start to arrive around 9.45am, and I was lucky enough to have a little chat with Fabio in the car park before the game, who was again toady co-ordinated with the boys kit - Red hat and socks!. The conversation flowed about today’s game, mobile phones and how much beer we drank last night! But I did bring up the conversation about his clipboard and I can quote “I don’t need it now I know what I am doing - well sort off!” So there you have it Rangers please be re-assured Fabio knows what he is doing and the children are being well trained and looked after - well sort off!
Back to the pre-match build up, boys gather for the all to well known warm up, Fabio then goes for the clipboard (obviously not totally confident without it hey!?) to write down the team but what’s this………….. A green clipboard? But we are in our familiar AC Milan away kit where is the red clipboard….stop the press we have it but sorry to say had to use a GREEN pen…Mrs Fabio where are the RED pens?!?!? Just as he starts writing the formation and team out we have a pre-match injury……Mitch pulls up with a sprained/twisted knee - off to physio tomorrow….been thinking about this! since you have had your hair cut shorter it seems as though you have lost your strength…..a little like Sampson did…cold last week injured knee this week !…..but get better soon!
Sprowston U11 Girls V GRFC U11 Girls
Match report by Martin Lovell
Norfolk Girls League Under 11
Saturday 29th January
Sprowston 6v1 Gorleston Rangers
Defending champions faced a difficult trip to champions elect Sprowston. The home side were in good form after an excellent home win against second placed Cromer. On a bitterly cold day and a pitch slightly frozen in places, Rangers could only field 7 girls.
It was a scrappy start and the cold conditions took their toll, when a key Sprowston player had to leave the field after only 5 minutes with a foot problem. It didn’t stop the home side from taking the lead. Inspired by a fine keeper, Rangers were holding their own, but were hit by a huge blow midway through the half, when they lost a player due to injury. Down to 6 players and Sprowston made it 2-0 before the break.
The injured player returned for the second half, but was struggling. Sprowston made it 3-0 right at the start with a superb goal. Their right winger found the ball in space and her first time cross was volleyed home for a wonderful goal, that was sportingly applauded by the visiting supporters.
It was a big blow, but the Rangers girls didn’t give up and fought back strongly. A surging run down the middle resulted it a long range shot, saw the keeper fumble the ball, where a waiting forward tucked the rebound home.
3-1 and Rangers showed why they were champions with some lovely flowing football. The home keeper made a series of good stops, to keep the home side in front. But the numbers game was to tell as Rangers started to tire. 3 late goals by the rampant Sprowston team sealed a flattering 6-1 victory.On and off the field, Gorleston Rangers impressed with their good conduct, which was appreciated by the home side.