Christmas Draw a Success.

The re-introduction of the Christmas Draw yeilded over £250 for club funds, and hopefully will grow next year.

This was the first draw for over 10 years and the Club thank all those who bought tickets and donated prizes.

More fund-raising is needed to help fund floodlighting and changing room improvements, and the Committee intend to push on with more events.

Young Reserves finally find their way.

After many games where lady luck offered nothing to this young Reserve side recorded 2 wins on the trot, beating Harleston away 4-2 and Earsham at home 1-0, which should have been a far greater margin.

The final game at Reepham however was cancelled due to the sudden death of the father of manager Kevin Lawes.

Everyone at the club offer their sincere condolences to Kevin and his Family.

The Reserves have consistenty fielded 6/7 under 18 and 17 year olds and they have progressed well under the guidance of Kevin Lawes and Coach John Denniss. earlier they were often close to grabbing deserved victories but often really poor luck denied them but to their credit they have stuck to the task and are now reaping some rewards. This is especially satisfying in that some of those lads have been pulled into the First Team over the last few weeks.

So as with the First Team we have high hopes for the New Year. 


Good end to the 2012

Having gone out of both the Cup competitions, the First Team went on an unbeaten run taking 13 points out of 15 to finish in the top half of the table, and reviving hopes of a higher finish than last season. Talk of promotion is out of the question as its one game at a time and see where that takes us.

Those 5 games; Acle away won 3-1, Hemsby at home drew 3-3, Hempnall away won 3-0, Martham away won 3-2, Acle at home won 2-0.

Whilst the experienced players have notched goals, Chris Bray and Tom Catchpole in particular, several under 18 lads have featured in the team and made significant contributions. This is a pleasing step forward and bodes well for the future.

Manager Mark Dolman is still active in trying to bring in more new players to bolster the squad and push on up the table.

Next up on January 5th a visit to Thetford Rovers, a match we need to win and could set the tone for the rest of the season. Thereafter in January, its Downham at home, Beccles Caxton at home and Sprowston Athletic away.

Certainly a reasonable schedule from which we would be hopeful of a few points.

Reserves Lose By The Odd Goal At Martham Reserves.

East Harling Reserves travelled to Martham Reserves yesterday looking to come with all 3 points. Lawes and Denniss took a young squad which will be the case this season, as the club lok to build a sustained period of success. New Signing Liam Littlewood started as did fellow new signing Ryan Laws.

Littlewood gave the greens the lead on 5 minutes, but that spurred on the home side and they went in at the break 3-1 to the good.

A much better 2nd half display saw Jack Barnett bag his first goal for the club to see the game finish 3-2.

The reserves will get stronger as the season goes on with the average age of the team just 17.

mom was Andy Johnson on his first competitive start.

First Team Bag First 3 Points

East Harling made the trip to Beccles Caxton yesterday hoping to secure their first points of the season. They knew it would be a tough game as Caxton were also fighting for their first points of the new campaign.

Greens were without the injured Calvin Gibson, Tom Catchpole who celebrated the arrival of his new daughter Lottie, and Ben Chase who was away. But in Game 16 year old Robbie Smith for his first team debut, Adam Bunting who returned from holiday and Mark Dolman. Chris Bray made his first start of the season and there was a recall to the starting 11 for Jack Denniss.

The Greens started well having been asked to show a reaction to last weeks dissapointing defeat, and the players responded excellently passing the ball around well and playing with some clear direction and purpose. Pat Armes had a goal ruled out for offside on 15 minutes which looked harsh, but then James Sparks scored a close range header to give the visitors the lead on 20 minutes.

Caxton were unlucky to lose a player to injury on 25 minutes, and with only sub on the day,you felt they it was only going to get tougher for the hosts.

Harling were enjoying much more of the ball and creating the openings as the home side struggled to get to grips with the pass and move game being played by a much improved team. However some slack play in midfield did allow the hosts a clear sight on goal as their striker ran through on goal, but Matt Terry produced an excellent stop to keep his side in front.

Pat Armes doubled Harling’s lead on the half hour mark with a header from an excellent Tom Smith cross.

Pat Armes then turned provider when he slotted the ball into the path of Chris Bray who finished well to make it 3-0 on the stroke of HT.

Harling knew they would have to match their first half performance in order to secure the points, and they started the 2nd half just as well, although it must be said the home side were much improved in the second half choosing to play the ball around themselves instead of being so physical.

Chris Bray made it 4-0 on 6o minutes when some good work from Sparks resulted in another cool finish from the experienced striker.

Youngster Smith then went close when he jinked inside a defender before dispatching an excellent strike from the edge of the box, but the home keeper made a very good save to tip it around the post.

Smith was then replaced by Kwame Jones who was forced to start on the bench due to his late arrival, and Bunting replaced Williamson.

Harling continued to press in search of further goals and Bray completed his hatrick with a close range finish from an excellent Stu Scott cross to make it 5-0.

Harling saw the game out to record their first 3 points ahead of next weeks trip to Bungay.

A much better display from a bunch of players who knew they had let themselves down last week, but credit to them for not feeling sorry for themselves and showing their quality.

Mom was Pat Armes who really looks to be getting back to his best. While their was excellent displays by Chris Bray, Stu Boddy, Ellis Williamson and Chris Watling.

Jimmy Lain Memorial

East Harling Football Club played host to a memorial fundraising game in memory of Jimmy Lain and in aid of C.A.L.M on Saturday the 11th August 2012.

The game was played between Watton Town FC & East Harling Swan with both sides fielding a good mixture of players from throughout their respective years and a special guest appearance from Ex Norwich City Striker Dean Ashton who had a run out for Watton FC.