FILLIES XI - 06/11/2016 VS PELICANS U14G (A)
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 06/11/2016
EH U14 CHAMPIONSHIP
RESULT: PELICANS U14 1 NORWICH CITY U14 1
Battling against the cold, with plenty of heavy rain and even hail thrown into the weather mix, a shivering Norwich overcame ice-cold fingers and goose-bumped legs to win the best of the play and stave off a series of dangerous attacks from Pelicans left flank.
Norwich were on the team sheet early when they converted their first short corner of the game. Claudie injected the ball to Amelia who slipped it left to Amy to take a shot on goal. The keeper saved it but Abbie dived to pick up the rebound - was tackled but found enough space to neatly flick in a second shot which thankfully found the back of the net.
By half time the sky was so dark and the rain so heavy, that the break was extended while Pelicans struggled to find out where to switch on the floodlights. Meanwhile, a soaked and blue-lipped Norwich team shivered in the dug-out and had to do a series of shuttle runs to keep warm.
Once play restarted Norwich were on the attack again throughout the rest of the match, but a skilful Pelicans threatened to score at any time and Norwich had to remain on high alert. Any less-than-carefully passed Norwich-to-Norwich ball was picked up by a hungry Pelicans attack and taken straight into Norwich’s D.
However, Norwich managed to keep them at bay blocking several heart-stopping attacks in front of the goal and managing to clear them safely and mostly out wide.
Player of the match Alice Moore, together with the D-team of Rosie Osborne and Lottie Smith, mopped up any dangerous balls coming through from a voracious Pelicans attack. The ball was duly dispatched straight back to the Norwich forward line, picked up frequently Claudia, Amelia and Amy who defeated Pelicans defence to repeatedly threaten the home team’s goalie. Unfortunately, Pelicans held firm or pushed attackers out wide in the D and Norwich were unable to capitalise on wave after wave of attacking play.
The cold made it hard to grip and players on both sides repeatedly locked sticks or had them pulled out of their freezing hands. The wet surface also meant lots of slipping over. Norwich had to dig deep to keep their spirits high and unfortunately with just minutes left to play Pelicans converted a short corner making the final score one all.
The squad was: Abi Flatt; Alice Moore; Amelia Barclay; Amy Barker; Claudia van Poortvliet; Ellie Hobden; France Byrne; Kate Houldey; Kitty Taylor; Lottie Smith; Lucy Jenkinson; Millie Hyatt and Rosie Osborne
Player of the match: Alice Moore