The Anglian Knights are thrilled to say they are going into their third season in the Norwich and District Saturday league thanks to Anglian Home Improvement’s sponsorship once again. The season kicks-off on 7th September, so after over 6 weeks of training, they had their first friendly on Saturday against Frettenham, who won promotion from Division 3 last season.
With every new season comes new faces, so we are excited to see new Anglian employees come along to play for the Knights and add depth to their growing squad. Saturday saw the debut 3 new players; Kieron a renowned striker, Jack an attacking midfielder and Scott an experienced defence-minded player.
The starting XI from back to front – Reece Harrison, Kieran Schofield, Kieron Orford, Kierstan Foreman, Kirk Lanckmans, Mark Cook, Aaron Hooper, Matt Jillings, Craig Kiddell, Joshua Taubman and Dwayne Powley.
The game couldn’t have got off to a better start with the Anglian Knights team putting the weeks of hard training into practice, breaking the deadlock after 8 minutes. Kieran Schofield put in a great defence splitting pass to Dwayne, who brilliantly turned his man and smashed the ball into the top left of the corner with the outside of his right boot.
Aaron Hooper then turned provider moments later as his superb free-kick from 30 yards out bounced off the bar, falling nicely to Matt Jillings who couldn’t miss from 2 yards out. 2-0
Hooper got himself another assist after 25 minutes with a deep corner picking out Kieron Orford at the back post, who headed in emphatically to make it 3-0.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Matt Jillings doubled his tally after another long Hooper corner. Jillings made no mistake with his header giving the Knights an untouchable lead at half-time.
All of the new signings were unleashed in the second half and all performed very well, although there were no further goals. Frettenham did create a few chances, but goalkeeper Reece Harrison was on fine form, denying the opposition any chance of scoring.
Lee Kiddell had a chance on goal, as did new striker Kieran, but both efforts on goal were denied by the outstretched keeper.
The final score was 4-0 and if the game is anything to go by, a strong season is ahead for the Anglian Knights.