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.