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Six games were played this week, and one team managed to pick up their first win of the season as the year draws to a close.

Norwich City RDP recorded their first win of the season as they beat AFC Sudbury 3-2 in what was a tight match. It was the Canaries first win since joining the National League U19 Alliance and manager Pip Davis was happy with Monday’s result.

He said: “It was probably the boys best performance from what we did with the ball, to go to Sudbury who have a really organised set-up, we were really happy with some of the football that we played, it was a really pleasing result,”

Two days later, Norwich would go on to play Division ‘C’ leaders Barking at home and were able to get a 0-0 draw. This result means Barking drop points for the first time this season and Davis was thrilled to hold the league leaders.

Davis continued: “We defended really well and that’s possibly something we haven’t done as well this season, and it shows how hard our boys have worked as the seasons gone on. We were delighted to how the boys stuck to their task and were very resolute and very strong willed to (not) concede any goals.

 “We played nicer football on Monday and then we were able to show a different side to what we can do on the Wednesday.”

Norwich don’t have a league fixture next week, but Davis has said his team will be hard at work as they work with their education provider, Bishop Laney Sixth Form for pledgers day.

“Our boys will be running a football tournament for the year seven’s and eight’s within the school, they will be working socially and together to organise, prepare and run the event.”

The win and draw however for the Canaries does keep them in ninth place but it puts the pressure on the team who are a point above them, Ipswich Wanderers.

AFC Sudbury’s week didn’t get any better as they then went down 2-0 away to Boreham Wood Whites on Wednesday. Sudbury have now lost four times this season and this latest slip up sees them drop one place to sixth. The win though for the Whites saw them break into the top four with their fifth win of the season.

Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford took their win tally to four as they defeated Maldon & Tiptree 3-1 away. Maldon had took the lead thanks to Callum Fitzer’s edge of the box shot which found the far right corner. But a first half penalty from Daniel Pinkney, followed by two second half goals from Frankie Oatham and Matt Kemp were enough to secure Stortford the three points.

Next, Brightlingsea Regent made it three wins from three as they overcame Ipswich Wanderers 4-2 away. This run of form for Brightlingsea keeps them a point behind Brentwood Town who are in second place. It’s Ipswich’s seventh loss of the season and will now have even more pressure on them as Norwich breathe down their necks.

Finally, Brentwood Town showed their dominance as they thrashed Lowestoft Town 7-0 away. Brentwood’s fine display now gives them a +19 goal difference, joint second best in the Division, as well as being three points off of Barking. Lowestoft however lose for the eighth time this season and still have not recorded a win, leaving them in last place, four points off Norwich.

Three games are to be played next week as League Cup football returns, with Division ‘C’ teams Boreham Wood Whites playing away to Hastings United of Division ‘B’ and Brentwood Town also playing away to Havant & Waterlooville of Division ‘D’. While in the Division, three games are being played, AFC Sudbury hope to get back to winning ways as they host Brightlingsea Regent. Maldon & Tiptree look to break into the top four as they travel to Barking. Finally, Bishop’s Stortford look to carry on their impressive form as they take on Lowestoft Town at home.

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