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The Reserve Team under new manager Justin Howe had a mediocre pre-season with some good results but too many where players just couldn't bond together. In the League they finished in 13th place with 20 points and a playing record of P26 W6 D3 L17, only scoring 42 goals but conceding 79. The league campaign started with an 8-1 defeat at home against Easton Reserves and it took until the 4th game for a first win, by 5-1 at Scole United Reserves. A second win followed in the next match but it was then a further 7 games before the next one, a 6-2 win over Hemsby Reserves. The Reserves did manage to achieve home and away wins against both Scole United Reserves and Hemsby Reserves but only had one more win during the season, that against East Harling Reserves. Their 6th (and final) 'win' came as a result of Reepham Town Reserves failing to fulfil a fixture. Justin really struggled to get a team together for too many matches, often having only the bare 11 or a single substitute for games. Just when, against all the odds, it looked as though the Reserves would see out the season without having to call off any matches, they failed to raise a side against Freethorpe Reserves at the beginning of May. This with only 1 match more to play! A total of 38 players turned out for the team, with 17 year old Bradley Bamforth making the most appearance and Luke Smith the leading scorer with 10 goals. Of the 'regular' players, 5 were age 18 or under so it is no surprise that the team struggled to cope physically. 3 of the youngsters made First Team appearances, mainly on the bench but there were a few starts so, providing the team can be kept going, there is hope that as they mature the team will adapt much better next season. There were 15 players who made more than 10 appearances but only 4 who made 20 or more which gives some indication of the difficulty Justin had in keeping a settled side together.