MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 14/10/2017 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (A)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 14/10/2017
HEADLINE: Magpies keeper thwarts Devs onslaught
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: Harleston Magpies 5 - 3 Norwich City
Whilst another young City side lost 5-3 they could easily have won 10-4 had it not been for an outstanding performance by the home team's keeper. We must have had 30 plus shots, the vast majority of which were on target, yet we hit at them at the roof, the corners, round the keeper an invariably we came away without a goal.
The first quarter saw a front 3 of Ethan Rushton, Freddie Paterson and Harry Ford creating chance after chance only to see shot after shot saved. Two somewhat scruffy break away goals flattered the home side at the first break. A quick celebration of how they were playing and a reminder of defensive positioning saw much the same pattern of play in the second quarter. With half the team arriving strainght from a rugby tournament a tactical switch moving Ethan into left half added real solidity to the team and a fast break away added to City's woes to leave the half time score 3-0. Not much Will Morrissey could have done for any of the goals.
City showed real character and a never say die attitude to make the score 3-1, thanks to. Great sideline hit from Henry Baker, to Sam Hyatt on to Harry for Jack to tap in. 3-1 soon became 3-2 than to. Corey Rushton tap infollwoing yet another flowing move including Oliver Moore, Jonty Black and Henry Baker. Just as it looked like City they had finally found a way to beat the home keeper a brilliant fast breakaway move made it 4-2.
Despite being shattered the team continued to get stuck in and made it 4-3 thanks to a delightful dribble through the D and round the keeper from Oliver Morre. Another goal line scramble made it 5-3 with City just failing to make it 5-4 with a final short corner.
A great game, with some fine performances from the experienced players very ably supported by our 3 U12s, Harry Ford, Krishna Patel and Corey Rushton.
The man of the match was Ethan Rushton for playing virtually the whole of the first half as a very good left wing and then producing some fine tackles and some very good reading of the game when he switched to midfield.
Thank you all.