So close.... The "Real" Ashes remain with Dereham for another year after two titanic battles today.
After spending the morning visiting the local town of Norwich and others the Norwich beach in bright sunshine with their Dereham billets the girls and boys team arrived ready to bring the urn home to Australia. Playing underneath a thick blanket of fog (hence the relative few photos as seeing the other side of the ground was challenge enough) the task was always going to be tough.
Boys 5-3 Win
After struggling in defence and composure when carrying the ball, the boys found themselves on the wrong side of a 0-3 score line after 26 minutes. As they slowly started to string some passes together they pulled one back just before half time.
With greater communication and leading off the ball the boy's started to impose themselves on the Dereham defence pulling another two back to equal the scores with ten minutes to play. In the final 5 minutes the boy's added a further two to seal a memorable and courageous win.
Goals; Olly 2, Jack G, Callan & Max.
With the fog really starting to envelop the ground even more, the girls started slowly and were under siege in defence for the first 15 minutes of the game. Slowly but surely with greater communication and organisation in defence they worked their way back into the game by grit, determination and hard running. Despite pressing the Dereham defence hard, the girls were unable to land the killer blow on the score board with turnovers ultimately proving their downfall.
Wanderers 1 win 1 loss 5 For 6 Against
Dereham 1 win 1 loss 6 For 5 Against
Congratulations to Dereham for maintaing their grasp on the trophy for another year as well as being fantastic hosts for both of our teams.