MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 18/02/2017 VS NORWICH DRAGONS B (A)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 18/02/2017
HEADLINE: Near perfection
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
VENUE: Dragons Den
RESULT: Norwich City 13 - 1 Dragons B
A strong City side dominated this game from beginning to end with a mixture of slick passing and dynamic dribbling. Ethan Rushton opened the scoring with a clinical slap in following a perfect move down the right and pinpoint slip back. Ethan's goal was celebrated by the team as just reward for spending much of the season as keeper. Goals from Rio Iaccarino, Elliot Fox and Richie Mann made it 4-0 inside the first 12 minutes. A quiet word from the coach reminding players to pass rather than over dribble led to a further 6 goals in the first half courtesy of Rio, Freddie Paterson, Alex Tomkinson, Max Merron and Monty Platt. Half time score 10-0.
Dragons quite sensibly bolstered their defence with an adult at half time and this made for a much better game in the second half. City still dominated with some excellent running off the ball, particularly from Mann, Patterson and Jonty Black. Further goals from Richie Mann and Freddie Paterson before Dragons managed a consolation goal following a great save by their keeper they broke at pace down the right, followed by a perfect pass and shot. Paterson completed the scoring and his hat trick.
Games (and score lines) like these don't come around very often so it was particularly pleasing to see proper hockey played throughout and whilst City were in the ascendency they were, as ever, indebted to telling defensive interventions from Will Farrow, Cameron Husband, Reuben Cooke and Rocco Iaccarino.
And finally, a word or two of commendation for both sets of players, there was excellent cameraderie on and off the pitch. Well done to City for playing properly and well done to Dragons for never giving up.