MENS 1ST XI - 18/11/2017 VS WALTHAM FOREST (H)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 18/11/2017
HEADLINE: Frustrated Norwich Let Three Goal Lead Slip
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION B
Norwich City Mens 1s had one of their more frustrating days at Taverham when, having started really well to be 4-1 up at half time, they allowed Waltham Forest back in the game for an ultimately unsatisfying 4-4 draw.
City started brightly but, after the initial skirmishes, it was Waltham Forest who took the lead with a drag flick at a short corner. City fought back, however, and soon equalised from a short corner of their own when Ed Sutton was ready to poach after the initial drag flick was saved. City were now dominating the proceedings, playing quick, passing hockey. City’s second came when the ball was won in defence and passed through to Josh Bailey at the 23 yard line. Josh drove into the D, beat a couple of defenders and chipped the ball over the oncoming keeper and into the net, with a little help from the covering defender on the line who edged the ball in. City continued to press and won a short-corner, which Tom Cooke converted into the bottom right corner with a well-placed ‘drag-push’. City then rounded off the half when, after a goal-line scuffle, Louis Preston was fastest to react and bundled the ball home from a yard out after Raunaq Rai did well to win the ball in the opposition D. 4-1 at half time, City could be proud of an excellent first half.
City continued in the same vein for the first few minutes of the second half, but then Waltham Forest fought back. Under pressure, City lost a little shape and Waltham Forest scored from the top of the D for their second, before converting their third following a short corner. Worse was to come as Waltham Forest found an equaliser with 15 minutes to go. City tried desperately to get back on top and spent the last 5 minutes camped in the opposition half and very nearly scored in the dying seconds when Cameron Cooke struck the ball goalwards, with the keeper out of position, only to hit a Waltham defender. Sadly, City couldn’t find the winner they desperately needed. After holding a commanding 4-1 lead at half time and having played some good hockey, the 4-4 draw felt more like a loss.
Man of the Match went to Nick Jones, who led from the front, distributed well and defended manfully in a tough game.
MENS 3RD XI - 18/11/2017 VS NORWICH DRAGONS 2 (H)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 18/11/2017
HEADLINE: City top table toppers Dragons and take their place!
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 3 NORTH EAST
VENUE: Taverham - Sand
RESULT: 2-1 Win
In this top of the league clash it was City who maintained their unbeaten record in Division 3NE as they snuck out a 2-1 victory in a close and tense game at Taverham.
Dragons has some good early play with their aerial long ball tactic and then have midfield running onto their strikers in support. This did catch City out early on in the match and let Dragons have a couple of circle penetrations, however the dust was settled when a mistake along the backline let in Jack Luther who finished a low strike into the bottom corner of the goal. City had some more chances with Rees Leonard firing a reverse stick shot just wide and Joe Koniecnzy went narrowly wide from close range. HT 1-0
In the 2nd half City played some much better hockey and were much tighter in midfield not giving Dragons much going forward at all. Joe K had a great chance to make it 2 as he went round the goalie only for him to fall over at the last and most inconvenient moment! George Brine also had two good efforts to make it 2 both were well saved by the GK however eventually City did get the 2nd goal as Chris Perry converted a penalty flick after POTM Tom Nichols had been fouled. Dragons then applied the pressure with nothing to louse and started to leave men forward and press City really high, they struggled to create however any clear cut chances until with 3 minutes to a scruffy short corner goal found its way into the bottom corner. However despite Mark Fletchers best efforts City managed to keep the ball well enough to seal out a 2-1 victory.
City are now top of the pile in Division 3NE with games against Sudbury, NCHC 4s, Pelis 2s and Newmarket 1s before the 2017 calendar year comes to an end. However many points City pick up now till Christmas they must be happy with the number of points they have collected so far.
POTM: Tom Nichols (Another solid display in the middle)
TYFC: Chris Perry (Had a hand in both the winning goal and Dragons goal!!!!
MENS 7TH XI - 18/11/2017 VS NORWICH DRAGONS 6 (H)
TEAM: Mens 7th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 7th XI VS 18/11/2017
HEADLINE: City produce a candidate for team goal of the season
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 6 NORTH EAST (NORTH)
VENUE: TAVERHAM RECREATION FACILITY
RESULT: NORWICH CITY 7 2 NORWICH DRAGONS 6 1
City 7’s held on to a half time lead to defeat bottom of the table Dragons after scoring one of the team goals of the season to put themselves two up at the break.
City had the better of the exchanges in the first half going ahead when James Dorling scored from a short corner. His initial shot was saved and following a bit of a scramble the ball fell kindly to James who, with the goalkeeper out of position was able to slap home.
City kept the pressure up and when they moved the ball quickly made inroads deep into the Dragons defence. Keinan Barber and Luke Keeley were causing the Dragons defence problems and it was no surprise that they were both involved in City’s second goal. Nathan Dixon picked up the ball on the half way line moving the ball swiftly to Keinan Barber who in turn moved it on to the advancing Lee Allsop who travelled into the circle and lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper. With the ball going marginally wide Luke Keeley was on hand to tap in.
Dragons attacks were being ably dealt with by the City Defence where man of the match Malachy MsDonnell was prominent.
After the break City relaxed a little and allowed Dragons back into the game. Dragons reduced the arrears, but were unable to secure a second as the City defence stood firm.
COLTS XI - 19/11/2017 VS WEST BRIDGFORD U18B (A)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 19/11/2017
HEADLINE: A Hat-trick of Hat-tricks for City U18 Boys
LEAGUE: EH Boys U18 Plate Competition
VENUE: West Bridgford
RESULT: WON 10-0
After a fortnight of scrabbling around to make sure we could field a full team, City Boys made the long journey to West Bridgford worthwhile with a convincing 10-0 win, including three hat-tricks.
City started exerting pressure from the very beginning and within 5 minutes had taken the lead with a powerful Josh Bailey reverse stick shot. City continued at pace and, when Ben Withers was taken down by the keeper when through on goal, skipper Bailey stepped up and converted the penalty flick. Bailey then finished off one of the fastest hat-tricks you will see by smartly smashing home his third after good work on the right by Dan Phillips. City were well in control now and, with no substitutes, started slowing the pace down to conserve energy. Ben Withers scored the next goal before Harry Paterson got in on the act following some really good work on the right by Nathan Sharp.
5 up at half time, City could afford to close down the match – or so the coaches thought. However, the players felt otherwise, and the West Bridgford goal was soon under siege again. Having hit the post and then had a great effort saved, Withers smashed in his second before Paterson did the same with a smart reverse stick shot. Withers made it a hat-trick with a shot from close to the byeline on the left hand side of the goal, before Paterson got the third hat-trick, dribbling through 3 players before nutmegging the keeper.
With Rob Duffy surging forward from the back, it was to be Phillips who scored the tenth and final goal with a really well taken effort. City had played well for a convincing win which made the six hour round trip worthwhile. However, credit is also due to a West Bridgford side who kept going until the final whistle.
Man of the match was a really difficult choice following a really good performance and with all the front five being strong contenders, but it goes to Harry Paterson for three really good goals, great passing and continuing to run into space right up to the final whistle.
The final word has to be a thank you to all the players and parents who gave up their day for such a long journey – you are all stars! Fingers crossed for a home tie in the next round.
MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 18/11/2017 VS DEREHAM (A)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 18/11/2017
HEADLINE: Mature City outgun brave opposition
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: Dereham 1 - 9 Norwich City
Special thanks to Caroline Illing who stepped in to umpire at a moment's notice.!
City dominated this fixture from the off scoring 4 goals in the first quarter courtesy of Joseph Roy, Ethan Rushton, Henry Baker and Freddie Paterson. Whilst City were always the stronger of the two teams some of their hockey, particularly in this first quarter, was delightful, blending pace, passing and dazzling stick skills. Henry Baker, Joseph Roy and Ethan Rushton making telling contributions.
The second quarter saw City add 3 more goals thanks to Sam Hyatt, Jonty Black and another from Sam. There were some wonderful moments in this period of play with a number of players playing in unfamiliar positions in an attempt to make players think and work on and off the ball. Jonty, Corey Rushton, Krishna Patel and Freddie linked well to create numerous chances. Henry Baker continued to impress with a mature period at centre half.
The third quarter was the scruffiest with too many players dribbling and trying to score wonder goals. Having opened with a negative comment there were some very good performances with Angus Irving and Alex Illing Jack Whitlam and Archie Ward showing their true versatility. Highlight of the quarter was an awesome clearance from Will Morrissey who almost kicked the ball 'drop-kick" style to the half way line...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
With just about everybody playing out of position and Dereham sensibly adding an additional adult the home team scored a consolation goal thanks to a quick long ball down the right. Undeterred City responded with two further goals from Krishna and Sam Hyatt to make the final score 9-1.
This team continues to improve and impress both in terms of the player's versatility of position and, even more pleasingly, in the way they play with their heads up. True there will be tougher tests ahead but if they can retain their passing fluid style I have high hopes.
City's player of the match was awarded by Dereham's coach who selected Jonty.