MENS 1ST XI - 17/02/2018 VS HAVERING (H)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 17/02/2018
HEADLINE: Last gasp Elliott tomahawk secures three points for City
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION B
A sunny Saturday brought the arrival of havering to Norfolk’s shores. The instructions were clear from the boss, the season and more importantly promotion was firmly in our own hands and ours to lose. With conditions perfect for a high tempo game and the bench full with returning youngsters on their half term, city went to work on hopefully another win post Christmas. The first attack of the game gave Marchant a fantastic opportunity with the goal beckoning however he put the resulting shot narrowly wide. Continued pressure from city was bringing about a plethora of chances however the deadlock remained as half time came and went.
The second half brought with it much of he same as continued pressure from city resulted in a string of short corners. Through some rather lucky deflections. Dave ‘one truth’ Skinner’s initial shot fell at he feet of Cameron Cooke who cooly slotted his shot past the onrushing keeper. 1-0. The match was largely controlled by city however Havering defended deep and continued to counter attack and were rewarded with a goal. 1-1. Persistent pressure now ensued from city as they pushed for the winner with many chances created and just lacking the final touch. Marchant dispossessed the Havering midfielder strongly in the final third and released a pass to Elliott who collected turned and unleashed a reverse shot which managed to find the smallest of gaps between the near post and the keepers right pad. 2-1. 2 minutes remained in the game and it was down to City to see out the dying seconds of the game which they achieved with relative ease. A well deserved win as the team continue to push for promotion. City welcome Wapping 2’s next weekend and a trip to local rivals Dereham on Sunday sees a further 6 points to be had in a big weekend line up.
COLTS XI - 18/02/2018 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14B (A)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 18/02/2018
HEADLINE: Local rivals take the honours
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Cup
RESULT: Magpies 4-1 City
After a few relatively easy cup games this was the top of the table clash for bragging rights as both teams qualified for the East Regional finals.
City started well with some excellent ball movement between the defence (Sam Hyatt and Archie Ward) and midfield (Henry Baker, Ethan Rushton, Harry Mackenzie, Jonty Black and Toby Pallister). Having looked good playing the passing possession game it was somewhat of a surprise when City almost seemed to panic with their good possession and had to endure a 10 minute spell of excellent defensive tackles followed by giving the ball back to their hosts. The defence held out courtesy of some good saves from Tommy Ringer in goal. The introduction of Rocco Iaccarino on City’s left seemed to negate Magpies attacks down their right flank - a good, selfless display of doing a job for the team (sadly resulting in a reoccurrence of a heel injury which forced him out of the second half).
With the game ebbing and flowing City then started creating chances thanks to the midfield linking well with Richard Mann, Rafe Lochore and Freddie Paterson, Ethan and Oliver Millett up front. Magpies took the lead after about 25 minutes only for City to respond with a goal (Toby) that initially looked to have been awarded by the umpire only to be ruled out in almost the same blow of the whistle. 0-1 at half time.
The second half started in similar fashion with City moving the ball well and Magpies striking on the counter attack. The second goal was always going to be pivotal and it fell to the home side after a goal mouth melee involving multiple shots and multiple and crucial defensive tackles.
City nearly reduced the arrears from the restart when the home keeper was forced to make a string of saves. One excellent move down the right, Jack Whitlam to Richie, along the base line, slipped back to Jonty whose first time effort was well saved. With City pressing they were caught on the counter attack by the goal of the match. Not much the defence or the keeper could do!
Whilst it would have been easy for City’s heads to drop they continued to fight to the very end and made it 3-1 thanks to a clinical Rafe strike. Then a string of saves denied Sam, Henry, Jonty, Richie, Rafe and Freddie (credit to Magpies keeper for some excellent if rather frustrating saves!). Again Magpies broke on the counter attack and extended their lead with five minutes to go. Still City fought and almost in a microcosm of the game, were awarded a final short corner on the stroke of full time which despite multiple attempts we just couldn’t convert.
Final score 4-1 which felt a little flattering to the home side but nevertheless this was an excellent game played in the right spirit which kept the crowd on their feet to the very end.
Many of the City players had long periods during which they played particularly well (I was going to name then but happily realised that I’d be celebrating just about everyone). Overall my man of the match was Richie Mann.