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2020 Summer Tournament Cancelled

Sadly, we have reached a point where the Aylsham FC Summer Youth Tournament must be cancelled sure to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We must do the right thing by our community and as it stands it’s seems unrealistic to imagine we could hold an event in our community for over 5000 people across two days in late May.

Over the next 2-3 weeks we will work out how best to refund the 116 teams who have entered to date.

We would like to pass on out thanks to all the teams their support and the tournament committee who put in a huge amount of work to organise the event,

We will be back bigger & stronger next year.


Faith’s remarkable football journey

A young Aylsham footballer, who suffers from epilepsy and deafness, wants to continue her remarkable journey by one day coaching her own team.

Faith Kenny, 14, who battles constant tiredness, decided to start playing football two years ago, and has certainly made an impression ever since.

She has a rare form of epilepsy, and is also deaf in her right ear. After taking part in two taster sessions at Aylsham, Faith immediately enjoyed it, and now represents numerous teams across the county.

As well as playing for Norwich City’s Player Development Centre (PDC) and Community Sports Foundation (CSF) teams, she is also captaining the new Aylsham FC girls’ side for the second successive season.

Her involvement with Norwich City has given her the opportunity to play at the facilities of some of England’s biggest teams, including Manchester City and Chelsea.

She has also previously played at St George’s Park, the national football centre, in the FA People’s Cup Final.

Faith wants to encourage other disabled children to follow in her footsteps, something which has inspired her to start coaching alongside Gus Bates at Aylsham FC.

She said: “I have always enjoyed working with children and really want to support children who may have disabilities like me. I want to show them that they can still be active and play football.”

Gus, who works with Aylsham U8s and U13s boys’ teams, is giving Faith tips on how to coach, which will allow her to apply for a level one coaching course when she turns 16.

Faith said: “I really want to have my own team to coach in the future and Gus is helping me look at how to start developing a coaching technique.”

The full interview with Faith can be found at


Faith Kenny

Ben signs up with City

Talented Aylsham footballer Ben Bates has just signed for the Norwich City FC Academy.

From next season eight-year-old Ben will be training twice a week after school with the academy’s under-nines’ squad.

And he’ll be playing a fixture every Sunday which will involve travelling to top clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City and further afield, in Europe.

Ben has been playing for Aylsham FC since he was five when he was spotted by a scout from now-Premier League Norwich and signed to the club’s pre-academy, an experience which has already taken him to matches against teams including Watford, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

As an academy member Ben’s no longer allowed to play for Aylsham where his dad, Gus, is chairman of youth football. But he plans to cheer on his old team mates at their Saturday games.

Ben is one of 12 young footballers from across Norfolk who have just been signed to the academy.

He follows in the boot steps of another Aylsham FC player, Aylsham High student Sam Blair who will be signing a two-year paid scholarship contract on July 1 in the hope of being offered a professional contract.

Sam has already represented the Norwich City under-23 team this season alongside the likes of Grant Hanley and Nelson Oliviera.

The academy takes the cream of the county’s young players and helps them reach their full potential, with the prospect of a career in professional football for the very best.

But Gus said assessment of the young players’ was continual and could be ruthless, and each faced the possibility that they could be thrown out at any time.

“Ben’s got his feet firmly on the ground,” he said. “Whatever happens, this will have been a great experience for him.”


DOTTED LINE: Ben Bates signing for the Norwich City FC Academy, with the club’s Scott Smith

HALLOWED TURF: The week before his signing Ben (back row far right) played on Norwich’s famous Carrow Road pitch for the first time as part of Aylsham under eights’ Kappa Cup-winning team who are pictured here with former Canaries stars Russell Martin (left) and Wes Hoolahan.

Aylsham FC announce new first team manager

Aylsham FC will have a new first team manager next season when their Anglian Combination campaign kicks off in August.

Lee Collier will take over the reigns from Brian Clark who has stepped down after two years at the helm.

Clark has guided the team close to promotion over the past two seasons and is stepping aside due to time commitments. He said: “I’ve loved being back in the dugout and I will still be involved with the club on the committee. I wish Lee all the best”.

Collier who has been involved with the club for many years will be promoted from his role as reserve team manager, a position he has had success with. He said: “I’m delighted to be given this new role at the club. I have enjoyed my time as reserve team manager where we have been able to bridge the gap between the reserve and first team. Many of our reserve team players have made the step up to the higher level. I can’t wait to get going with pre-season”

His new coaching team will be announced next week.

Applications are now being invited for the vacant reserve team manager position. Please contact Mick McCann 07777-661117 or Heidi Clark


Aylsham first team took their promotion challenge to the final few games of the season before narrowly missing out.

Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Match Report 10.03.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Newmarket Town U13 EJA, Stadium

Without a scheduled fixture locally, Aylsham FC U13 travelled further afield to take on Newmarket Town U13 of the Eastern Junior Alliance at their home, Stadium, in a friendly this afternoon (Sunday 10th March).

On a fantastic 3G surface with the clouds breaking and the sun emerging Newmarket kicked off proceedings and immediately looked to move the ball quickly. A nice ball from the right to the central midfielder gave the hosts a sight of goal but Bailey dealt with the shot easily. Three minutes in and a long ball from Newmarket saw their striker advance to the edge of the box but again Bailey was equal to it pulling off a diving save. The home side put in a dangerous corner that Ronnie did well to block with a combination of Freddy and Jaiden completing the clearance as Aylsham found themselves under pressure.

The visitors, resplendent in their new burgundy training kit, began to settle into the game and started to pass the ball around crisply and confidently. Freddy lifted a ball over to Alfie but, under pressure from a defender, he sent his shot wide. The game was much more even after Newmarket had the majority of the chances early on but Aylsham kept possession well and looked to play through the thirds. A shot from a home player from distance was well watched and dealt with comfortably by Bailey. Jack came on for Brad in the 19th minute taking his place on the right.

In the 21st minute Bailey judged a shot from distance well to save confidently. Two minutes later, after keeping their opponents at bay, Aylsham took the lead with a slick team move. Bailey played the ball out to Denver on the left who beat his man before finding Ronnie who squared it to Jude. With no outlet available Jude kept possession by passing it back to Bailey. The keeper’s clearance, this time to the right was laid back to Ollie by Adam, the centre-back playing a neat one-two with Jack to give him space to drive forward, before picking out Mitchy in the centre of midfield. Mitchy laid it back to Jaiden who looked up to play a searching ball forward that Freddy headed on towards Alfie. Alfie showed great strength to hold off his marker before playing a ball inside the Newmarket right back and Ronnie was onto it to hold off a challenge before showing great composure, side-footing home to finish off a devastating move that involved all 11 Aylsham players.

The visitors grew in confidence after scoring the opening in goal and were playing some exceptional football. They played out from the back with Ollie and Adam combining well before passing it into Jude who found Jack in a good position. A quick ball inside to Freddy created enough time and space to arrow a lovely through-ball, and only an excellent piece of defending prevented Alfie going through on goal. After winning a 50-50 Jack was brought down as he looked to evade his marker and Adam sent in a dangerous free-kick but a good defensive header just deflected the ball away as Ronnie looked to meet it on the volley. In the 27th minute Ronnie made way for Tyler.

Newmarket got in behind the Aylsham defence after a strong run and through-ball sent the striker down the left channel but Ollie took up a great position to clear the cross with Jack and Freddy combining to set the visitors forward with a break of their own as the game opened up. Moments later Jude and Adam worked their way out of a tight situation to find Alfie, who had made himself an option, and his ball through sent Tyler scampering forward but the home keeper just managed to get to the ball first as Tyler outpaced his marker.

With four minutes left of the first half a long ball from Newmarket’s defender set their striker away who advanced and struck a powerful rising shot that Bailey did well to beat down and claimed the rebound before the striker. Soon after Bailey was called into action again, kicking out a dangerous low cross with Jaiden on hand to complete the clearance. The home side were finishing the half strongly with a long ball forward sending their striker sprinting clear and he lifted the bail over Bailey on the run but the visitors breathed a sigh of relief as the effort rebounded back off the post and into the grateful hands of the Aylsham stopper. This being the last action of an entertaining half with the visitors taking a slender 1-0 lead into the break.

Aylsham kicked off the second period and moved the ball quickly and incisively from the restart. Newmarket put a nice move together and only a vital touch from Jack in the visitor’s box prevented the home winger getting in on goal. The opening exchanges were very even with both sides playing nice football. In the 42nd minute Aylsham doubled their lead after a good tackle by Denver on the halfway line forced a home player to play the ball back. Mitchy read the intentions of the defender and intercepted his pass and accelerated clear of his marker and drew the keeper before clipping the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. A minute later Mitchy went so close to adding a third from a great headed clearance by Ollie with Alfie controlling the bouncing ball well before lifting it into Mitchy’s path. Mitchy turned his marker and took a shot on the half volley that beat the keeper but unluckily rebounded back off the bar with Freddy being adjudged to be in an offside position as he looked to tuck away the rebound.

In the 44th minute Newmarket reduced the arrears with a close-range finish into the corner of the net. Two minutes later Aylsham restored their two goal cushion after Freddy controlled and turned in one movement before lifting a ball into Alfie’s path and he let it bounce once before hitting a dipping first-time volley into the net from outside the box. In the 49th minute the hosts scored their second from a direct free-kick to make it 3-2 to Aylsham. Ronnie came back into the action, giving Mitchy a breather. It was end to end stuff and Newmarket thought they’d scored an equaliser in the 52nd minute but the linesman has flagged for offside. A neat move by Aylsham started with a throw by Adam who had the ball returned to him by Denver. Adam passed it into Jude who chipped it into Jack on the right and his first-time ball inside sat up invitingly for Alfie who struck it perfectly but the keeper was equal to it, holding on well. Moments later Newmarket had a sight of goal but the ball rebounded back off the foot of the post from a low drive.

Aylsham made another change with 10 minutes to go with Brad replacing Alfie up front. Newmarket continued to prove dangerous from set-pieces and went close from a free-kick but their tall centre-back headed just wide. The home side fashioned an equaliser in the 66th minute after a cross from the right was met on the volley from close-range to make it 3-3. With three minutes left Mitchy came back on at left back for Tyler and moments later Alfie returned for Brad up front.

A long defensive clearance was headed forward by Adam where Jack flicked it inside to Freddy guiding it to Jude in space. Jude spotted Alfie’s fun and picked him out with a slide rule pass but a great block halted his progress. Jack anticipated the clearance and kept the move alive, squaring it to Alfie who moved it left to Ronnie but only a crucial last ditch sliding challenge prevented Ronnie from applying the finish. Freddy put in a deep corner that Adam bravely headed back across goal to where Denver was well positioned in the six yard box to nod the ball home to make it 4-3 to Aylsham with a minute of normal time remaining. Not to be outdone Newmarket equalised again in injury time after a neat one-two on the edge of the visitor’s box and a fine finish. The final whistle blew to signal the end of a pulsating game with both sides giving it their all, playing some exceptional football, and were an absolute credit to themselves and their respective clubs. Nothing separating the sides in the end after an entertaining 4-4 draw.


Great Eight For Aylsham U13s In 4Sports Trophy

Great Eight For Aylsham U13s In 4Sports Trophy

Match Report 03.03.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Hellesdon FC U13, Hellesdon High School

Aylsham FC U13 travelled to face Hellesdon FC U13 at Hellesdon High School this morning (Sunday 3rd March) in their 4Sports Trophy First Round fixture.

In wet and windy conditions Hellesdon kicked off and immediately Aylsham looked to press high to win the ball with good play between Brad and Mitchy giving Alfie a chance to shoot, forcing a smart save from the home keeper. In the 3rd minute Aylsham took the lead after Freddy’s corner was flicked on by Brad and Tyler was on hand to cleverly let the ball run across him to finish into the roof of the net on the turn.

The visitors were dominating possession but Hellesdon were well organised and defended well under pressure. In the 10th minute Aylsham doubled their advantage after a pass forward from Jude was diverted into the path of Mitchy who checked his run before lifting the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net with his left foot. Aylsham continued on the offensive and went close to adding a third as Alfie curled in an effort from outside the box but was unlucky to see it rebound off the bar and away. Mitchy retrieved the ball to start a slick incisive move involving Jude, Josh and Alfie setting up Brad to side-foot home but the goal was ruled out for offside. In the 23rd minute Alfie burst through following a long throw from Mitchy and forced a brave save from the keeper as Aylsham continued to threaten.

In the 24th minute the visitors did score their third goal following a dangerous corner from Josh that the keeper did well to punch away under pressure, but the ball dropped invitingly for Brad who beat three defenders to it and drilled home from close range. Aylsham made a double substitution in the 27th minute with Jack and Ronnie replacing Mitchy and Brad respectively. Jack was straight into the action latching onto Josh’s through ball but the keeper made a great diving save to keep his curling effort out. Two minutes later Josh tried his luck from distance but another smart save on the bounce kept the score at 3-0 to the visitors with the rebound just evading Tyler in an advanced position.

Aylsham went close again with two minutes of the half remaining as Adam’s throw found Alfie down the right channel. Alfie’s neat turn and dangerous left-footed cross-shot was just too far in front of Freddy as he stretched to reach it and the ball bounced agonisingly past the far post. The visitors finished the half on the attack and a fantastic pass from Jaiden sent Jack away down the left and he beat his man before cutting the ball inside to Josh who squared it to Alfie but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post. The whistle blew for half-time with a dominant Aylsham three goals to the good.

Aylsham kicked off the second half with Denver replacing Adam at right back. The visitors won a free-kick midway inside the Hellesdon half early on with Alfie picking out Jude who met it with his head but the keeper gathered well. In the 39th minute Freddy was first to a clearance from Josh’s corner and struck it powerfully but his shot rose over the bar. Four minutes later an incisive move from Aylsham started by Ronnie on the right led to some neat interplay between Jude, Denver and Josh. The ball was switched across to Jack who played a searching ball inside a defender to send Alfie into the left channel and his cross was met on the volley by Ronnie but his effort clipped the bar and went over.

In the 42nd minute Aylsham scored again after Josh showed great strength to keep possession but, finding his path forward blocked, laid the ball back to Jaiden who picked out Ollie to his right. Ollie drove forward before playing a beautiful ball into space for Denver to chase. The full back’s first-time cross into the box was controlled perfectly by Ronnie on the run and, while his shot was parried by the keeper, Jack was on hand to blast the ball home to make it 4-0 Aylsham. Three minutes later Hellesdon created themselves a chance but Bailey confidently saved a shot from distance.

In the 47th minute the visitors had another chance after Jude was first to a clearance to pick out Ronnie, playing a lovely ball across to Jack who turned his marker before teeing up Alfie who forced a smart stop from the busy Hellesdon keeper. A minute later Aylsham made another change with Mitchy coming back on to replace Josh. Moments later the visitors furthered their advantage after Tyler broke up a Hellesdon attack to find Jude who drove forward before setting Alfie clear and, although his marker put him under pressure, the striker stayed strong to cut back inside and finish clinically into the far corner of the net. Two minutes later Hellesdon pulled a goal back with a neat side-footed finish from inside the box.

In the 55th minute Aylsham made it 6-1 with Alfie tucking away a penalty after Freddy was brought down in the box. Straight from the restart Jack set Brad away and he was tripped as he looked to go round the keeper, Alfie completing his hat-trick finishing low down to the keeper’s right from the spot. A minute later Aylsham were through on goal again with Ronnie picking out Brad with a great pass but the keeper made a brave double save to keep his efforts out. Shortly after Tyler won back possession and a slick move involving Jack, Mitchy and Brad created an opportunity for Jack to shoot but a great diving save prevented another visitor’s goal.

In the 61st minute Bailey was called into action, pulling off a brilliant diving save to tip the ball round the post from a swerving drive from just inside the box. With seven minutes to go Aylsham made it 8-1 with a well worked team goal. Ollie was first to a clearance and played a neat one-two with Denver before sending a perfect ball through to Ronnie who set Brad through into the area. While Brad was guided away from goal he put in a dangerous centre that Jaiden helped on to Jack, cutting it back first-time for Alfie who took a great first touch past his marker before burying it into the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the game, taking the striker back to the top of the goal scoring charts for the season. Alfie took a well earned break with Josh coming back into the action. The rest didn’t last long as Alfie came back on for Tyler with two minutes remaining.

There was still time for Aylsham to create further chances, firstly Jaiden striking just over with a powerful drive and then on the next attack Ollie accelerated into the box but he screwed his shot inches wide. Just before the final whistle Mitchy struck a shot from distance that rose up over the bar as Aylsham finished the game in their opponent’s territory. A dominant performance by the visitors against a team that never gave up and worked hard, Aylsham advancing into the next round of the 4Sports Trophy winning the game by 8 goals to 1.



Aylsham 0 Mulbarton 1.
Ruben – James Clark – Louis.
            Jack – Bryn
Cole – George – Adam – Ibs.
Subs Henry and James Barr.
Man of the match by a long way George Betts who was amongst everything that we did well today and also cleared of our line , George was a deserved winner.
This was apart from Ollie our strongest eleven and the same eleven got to the semi final of the cup and for the majority of the season sitting a proud second in the league.
What has happened for such a dip in form , well we were beaten by Harling 0 – 3 and in the first 10 minutes could have been out of site, we then came up against a very good Norman side who gave us a lesson in finishing in the end, no reason to approach ourselves on this on.
However today was a shocking performance by the boys turning into trouble big punts over the top when they were told to get down the flanks getting behind the defence, when we did and it was limited we tried shooting from the tightest of angles.
High lights from our side , a goal line clearance from George which had goal written all over it and a 50/50 save from Josh who was really brave with his perfect time snuffing out a one on one opportunity.
At the other end we didn’t really carve out any real opportunities and found that we were second to the ball, no communication , need to get the ball wide and quickly.
Another thing that has crept into the game of late is criticism and playing our own game which is obviously effecting our overall performance.
Apologies to James Barr for the limited playing time today, next week we are at home to Costessy and training Saturday morning.

Aylsham 0 Norman 8.
Todays – Line up.
Ruben – James Clark – Louis.
            Jack – Bryn.
 Cole – George – Adam – Ibs.
Subs – James Barr – Henry ( Injured during the warm up )
Man of the Match – Adam Smith.
Although todays result was disappointing it has been a great achievement in reaching the last 4 of the North Norfolk Leagues . the final is Norman versus Firside the two top sides in the Premier League. It was always going to be a big ask today to reach the final and yet the boys over the last 3 years have achieved so much in winning 2 League Championships , I Cup and this season still has still has challenges ahead and the possibility of silverware being third in the league and still in another cup.
Our opponents in the next cup is Mulbarton who are currently sitting 3rd in Division One and beat Swanton Morley 3 – 2 today.
Unfortunately not all the boys had the belief today, however in the first half we did give a good account of ourselves even though we went into the half time break 0 – 3 down, the first goal coming in 12 mins then 26 mins and 31minutes all three goals coming down there left our right.
The main and biggest problem today was that we kept diving into the tackle making it so easy at times for todays visitors and didn’t learn from our mistakes, the back 3 were very quiet and were sitting flat and not supporting each other.
The second half we came out fighting and were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with Ibs forcing the visitors keeper to push the ball onto the bar from distance and another couple of half chances one that went just over the bar and another a right foot effort – Ibs has a right foot and in the dying minutes had to be withdrawn due to injury.
Injury List now includes – Ollie – Henry & Ibs.
Sonny had a  couple of half chances putting one wide and another over the bar and finally a fine effort by Adam.
Josh conceded 8 goals today and although todays visitors weren’t 8 goals better than Aylsham it could have been worst if it hadn’t been for some terrific saves by Josh , good performance today Josh. Matt has done a great job with these boys over the years and varies training on a week to week basis but I think its back to basics in readiness to push until the end of the season.
  • Defence need to be more dominant in there decision making and be much more vocal.
  • Midfield battled well and the majority of the boys continued to press.
  • Sonny – Unfortunately did get the services he requires and believe he is still struggling with injuries
We now know whats expected from us if we are to progress into the Premiership next year.
Adam stuck to the task throughout spreading the ball about and standing his ground well deserved Man of the Match, other contenders for man of the match Bryn – George – Ibs .
Disappointed with the 8 goals conceded but Matt and I are really proud of the boys achievements and efforts today

Aylsham 3 Heigham 1.
A good weekend for Aylsham – with the U13s winning 4 -2 against Dereham and at the same time winning the league with two matches to play, we also have Aylsham Thunder  U14s winning 3 – 1 against Costessy and now joint top of division 2 , well done to both sides.
Todays Line Up –
           Ruben  – James Clark – Louis.
                         Jack – Bryn
           Henry – George – Adam – Ibs
Subs Cole & James Barr.
Goals Scored – Sonny 1 – Ibs  2
Assists            Sonny 1 George 1 Ibs 1
Man of the Match – Ibs.
Todays game was the quarter final of the cup with the winners to play at home against Norman.
Straight from the kick off it was all Aylsham showing our intent against a very strong Heigham side and there was even more at stake as we need to play Heigham twice in the league so progressing to the semi finals and having the bragging rights before the 2 league games a great day all round.
I think we unsettled Heigham early on in the game but as the game progressed they started to pass the ball around and having the lions share of possession, always a threat from free kicks and corners and at one stage hitting the post..
However Josh and his defence kept them at arms length giving todays visitors no clear cut chances, great display by Josh – Ruben – James Clark – Louis  – Jack Gray and Bryn really settling down well , love Rubens tackles an old fashioned right back giving no quarter.
Against the run of play we had a long ball out of our defence chased down by Bryn who slid it down the line to Ibs who took the ball to the by line before crossing for Sonny to clinically hit the ball with the outside of his foot into the far corner, well executed goal.
 The visitors continued to press but kept at a distance with our midfield quartet working over time in the middle of the park closing down and supporting Sonny when required, the second goal again from a high lofted ball which Sonny chased down causing confusion in the visitors defence which allowed Ibs to ghost in and stroke the ball into the empty net
Half Time – 2 – 0 to the good.
In the second half Cole came on from Henry and within 5 minutes from the start we won a corner with George crossing with the wind against the ball not knowing that we were to witness goal of the season, the cross came in and Ibs hit the ball on the volley from a very tight angle finding the back of the net , all over for Heigham as we continued to press and could easily have won more convincingly couldn’t we Sonny.
Man of the match was given to Ibs for his overall performance and for 2 well taken goals including goal of the season, our decision was confirm by the Heigham manager who also chose Ibs, but let not forget  Josh who settled in well at the beginning of the season but is definitely improving showing his passion and disappointed following a controversial goal given to the visitors. . The back 3 for a battling performance against a very big side today with James Clark policing and reading the game , a great performance by all 3. Jack Gray came very close to taking the man of the match trophy home with a solid performance and Bryn is always in the mix every game for man of the match. As a unit Henry – Cole – Georg – Adam and Ibs are very strong working unit in midfield , Adams performances have hit a much higher level of late and were not the same side without captain George Betts
Overall a Great Team performance, made our weekend thank you all.

Aylsham U13s Clinch Premiership Title

Aylsham U13s Clinch Premiership Title

Match Report 20.01.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Dereham Town Blacks U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 hosted Dereham Town Blacks U13 at Youngs Park in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U13 Premiership this morning (Sunday 20th January) with the hosts knowing a victory would make it back-to-back Premiership titles.

Aylsham kicked off proceedings and within 10 seconds found themselves behind after a block and powerful shot from a Dereham player found the back of the net. From the restart the following few minutes were very even with both sides struggling to maintain possession in blustery and cold conditions. In the 10th minute neat interplay between Freddy and Jack gave Alfie a chance to burst down the right, his cross just taken off Brad’s toes by the Dereham keeper who had come smartly off his line. After taking a while to get going Aylsham were putting some nice moves together and playing through the lines with Jack, Freddy, Josh and Adam working well to move the ball quickly to give Alfie a sight of goal but his shot flew narrowly wide.

In the 24th minute Brad worked hard and stayed strong to win possession on the edge of the Dereham area, laying it off to Jude, but his shot went just over the bar. The visitors were dangerous when breaking forward and the Aylsham defence had to stay well organised and resolute to limit the opportunities. In the 30th minute Josh took a knock, bringing Jaiden into the action in the centre of midfield. Moments later Denver sent a long ball forward that looked to set Alfie clear, but while he showed great determination to take the ball forward, a fantastic piece of defending cleared the danger just as Alfie was about to shoot. From Freddy’s corner, Denver got to it first but directed his header just wide.

In the 33rd minute Aylsham got themselves an equaliser as the first half drew to a close. Jack showed his man down the line where Adam intercepted, sending the ball forward. Alfie pressed high to force a misplaced pass and slid the loose ball home from just outside the area. The last action before the break was from a Dereham free-kick but Bailey can our to claim it comfortably, the teams going into half-time level at 1-1.

Dereham kicked off the second half with Aylsham making two changes: Jack making way for Ronnie and Denver being replaced by Tyler. The home side won a free-kick down their right which was swung in by Mitchy, initially headed away, but Brad chased the ball down to cross back into the danger area. The centre was only cleared as far as Adam who controlled it on his chest before sending a dipping volley goalwards that the visiting keeper saved confidently. Four minutes after the restart Dereham won a corner but a visiting defender headed just wide.

In the 40th minute, Aylsham took the lead with a well worked goal. Ronnie and Jude exchanged passes in the centre of midfield with the ball being moved to Freddy in a great position on the right. Freddy took a touch to steady himself before sending in a pinpoint cross onto the head of Alfie at the back post who powered it home. Four minutes later Ronnie burst through, beating his marker, but lifted his shot just too high. In the 48th minute Dereham had a good chance from a deep cross but the striker couldn’t quite convert on the volley with Bailey gathering comfortably. From Bailey’s long drop-kick Aylsham won a corner after a back pass bobbled just in front of the visiting keeper and went inches wide of the post. Freddy sent in a great centre where Jude had escaped his marker to head the ball powerfully into the net to give the home side a two goal cushion.

In the 54th minute Aylsham scored their fourth goal after Jude was first to a clearance to help it forward. Alfie held off his marker to play the ball in to space for Ronnie to chase and he played a low cross in from the right that was only cleared as far as Alfie who volleyed it into the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick. Josh came back on to give Brad a breather as Aylsham looked to see the game out. Within a minute Alfie had another chance after accelerating down the left but a fine diving save kept his shot out.

The home side were having the best of things at this stage but Dereham got themselves back into the game scoring their second goal in the 58th minute after Aylsham failed to clear a corner, the ball dropping to a visiting player on the edge of the area who moved it from his right foot to his left before drilling a shot into the bottom corner of the net. It wasn’t long before the hosts were on the offensive again, Jude trying his luck from distance that the keeper gathered well.

With three minutes left Jaiden, Jude and Alfie combined well to give Ronnie a chance to shoot, but his effort flew just wide. Aylsham kept the ball in the Dereham half as the game drew to a close, the whistle blowing to start the celebrations as Aylsham took the three points after a 4-2 victory that retained the Premiership title, a well deserved and fantastic achievement for the team with two fixtures remaining