Norfolk Weekly Wrap

Impetus’ Darrell Allen provides his weekly round-up of all the women’s football action in Norfolk (7/12/22).

Above: Victoria Leyer was the star of the show as Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers beat Thetford Town at The Nest. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos.

Main Match of the Week

Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers 6-2 Thetford Town

Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers continued their relentless start to the Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One season with hat-tricks from Victoria Leyer and Shanice Sutton making it seven wins from eight games as they comfortably dispensed Thetford Town at The Nest.

In the game of the weekend, the top two teams did battle as they looked to take advantage of the lack of action with Thetford knowing a win would knock their opponents off the top spot currently sitting just two points behind their hosts at the start of the day on Sunday.

To Dussindale’s credit, they made sure that was never going to happen although Thetford started the game brightest with Laura Martins and Melissa Boulton linking up and the latter having a shot that went wide of the post.

Victoria Leyer opened the scoring in the first ten minutes calming any early nerves from the home side. From the off Dussindale asserted their authority on the game and looked to put their hosts out of sight as Thetford were pinned in their own half for large spells.

Thetford to their credit remained in the game reminding the crowd there were two teams in this contest with Kamile Omeleviciute going close before Melissa Boulton equalised with a cross-shot that found its way into the net.

Above: Melissa Boulton (Left) levelled the scores for Thetford Town. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos

One of Thetford’s weaknesses when they score against better sides, they have the habit of conceding quickly and it happened again with Leyer grabbing her and Dussindale’s second of the game before Shanice Sutton put the game beyond Thetford doubling their advantage less than 60 seconds later. Thetford had gone from pure joy to being out of the game within less than three minutes which was disappointing for them and the neutrals present.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Thetford giving everything against their superior opponents but Dussindale having too much quality. Sutton made it 4-1 and equalled Leyer’s brace for the afternoon to put the game truly out of sight of the visitors if it wasn’t already.

Above: Thetford Town’s Rachel Lynch left battles with Shanice Sutton of Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos

Laura Martins scored the best goal of the game following receipt of a brilliant ball by Courtney Musgrove as the visitors got the score line back to 4-2 however that was short lived as Leyer completed her hat-trick. Sutton decided she couldn’t allow Leyer to take all the glory and completed her own hat trick 11 minutes from time to put the gloss on a 6-2 win.

For Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers this was a professional job very well done as they asserted their dominance on this game and the league and put any recent talk of UEA, Thetford, or any other teams being in this title race into the bin. It is firmly Dussindale and Hellesdon or Mulbarton going for the title and this result reminded the rest of the league of the gulf in class between the two giants and the rest.

Thetford Town can be proud of their season so far despite the result as it’s a sight of the progress the club has made since last season.

Next up for Thetford is a home tie against Long Stratton at Mundford Road on Sunday in what is a much more important game as David Skipp’s team chases their target of third place this season which would be as good as winning the Division outright.

Teams: DUSSINDALE AND HELLESDON ROVERS: Cole, Bussey, Humphries, Tink, Taylor. Belton, Booker, Leyer, Sutton, Kowalczak, Green. Substitutes: Wilson, Brister, Laffitte, Wilson.

Scorers: Leyer (3), Sutton (3).

THETFORD TOWN: Askins, Bambury, Boulton, Howard, Klimcke, Levy-Twomey, Lloyd, Lynch, Martins, Omeleviciute, Rogers. Subs: Musgrove, Page, Parker.

Scorers: Boulton, Martins

Attendance: 83

Referee: Scott Hawkins

Above: Laura Martins scored the best goal of the game. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos

Eastern Region Premier Division

It was a disappointing day for Norfolk’s teams in Tier Five as Wroxham suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Stevenage after goals from Amy Makewell and Kelsey Millan.

King’s Lynn Town were also beaten 3-2 at Colney Heath. The hosts had a hat trick from Chloe Farrell to thank for their win with King’s Lynn’s goals coming from Amy Magnus and Oksana Imanalijeva.

Eastern Region League Cup Second Round

Fakenham Town were victorious on their travels in the league cup with a 5-1 win over Haverhill Rovers 5-1 thanks to braces from Sophie Lubbock and Chloe Gravett. Olivia Baker grabbed the other goal of the game to ensure Fakenham’s progress to the third round. Haverhill’s consolation goal came from Emma Banks.

Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One

Long Stratton were 3-1 winners at home to Stalham with a brace from Luci Middleton and a goal from Charlotte Prince. Stalham’s goal was scored by Abbie Gower.

It was goal crazy at Mulberry Park as Mulbarton Belles beat Sprowston 6-3 with Francesca Catchpole getting a hat-trick, Rebekah Lake’s brace, and Laura Hedtke with the other for Mulbarton. Lyla Studd scored twice for Sprowston with Mollie O’Callaghan getting their other.

Norfolk Women and Girls League Division Two

Blofield United won a close game 3-2 against Shrublands. Lacey Andrews scored a brace for Shrublands but goals from Lauren Monument, Bailey Duffield, and Lola Eadie saw Blofield take all three points.

Mulbarton Belles Reserves were 4-1 winners at FC Viking Valkyries. A brace from Mara Sosnina plus goals from Megan Anderton and Charlotte Groves saw the visitors take a comfortable win. Cerys Nicholas scored the goal for the hosts.

King’s Lynn Soccer Club were 4-1 winners at Freethorpe thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Turner and Leeanne Smith getting their other goal. Paris Hay scored for Freethorpe.

Gorleston were 15-0 winners over Horsford. Eight goals were scored by Kelsi Adams, two each from Megan Bartlett, Rebecca Waters, and Joana Patricia Da Cunha Teixeira with Hannah Halfnight getting the remaining goal.

Victory Dodds Trophy North Section

Above: Poppy Loveland strikes for Norfolk Schools FA in their 2-1 win over Suffolk Schools FA on Thursday Night. Photo: Ben Cunningham.

On Thursday night at Mundford Road the home of Thetford Town, Norfolk Schools FA beat Suffolk Schools FA 2-1 thanks to a player of the match performance from Poppy Loveland who scored Norfolk’s second and was instrumental to their success on the night.

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