| L (1-5) 23/09/2017 - M1|
vs Cambridge City 2 (A / L)
MENS 1ST XI - 23/09/2017 VS CAMBRIDGE CITY 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 23/09/2017
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION B
After a successful preseason campaign with new coach Phil Skinner at the helm, Norwich City's Men's 1st Team started the league with a tough away game to newly relegated Cambridge City 2's. City welcomed the latest of the Ingham clan to play for the first team with Harry following in his father and older brother footsteps.
They found themselves 1-0 down inside the first few minutes with a deflected ball from a City stick over the kicker of Alastair Cooke in goal and an easy prod home by the unmarked player on the back post - hopefully a wake up call for Norwich who had shown no signs of this in preseason.
City almost responded midway through the first half with a counter attack from a defending short corner which resulted in a melee on the Cambridge goal line leading to a short corner, however City could not convert.
City remained under pressure throughout the first half with sloppy possession and the numerous short corners given away. However City had some half chances with Raunaq shooting just wide on his reverse following a good counter attack. However the pressure from Cambridge was going to tell at some stage and it did with Cambridge racking up two short corner goals before the end of the first half leaving the score line 3-0 to the home side.
City knew they had to score first in the second half to mount any comeback.
Norwich started the second half and again where falling into same habits as the first with Cambridge always seeming to have a free extra man. The game was becoming more and more stretched with lots of end to end hockey - good for the neutral spectator!
City conceded two more times to make it 5-0, but despite this, City continued to fight and eventually managed to salvage a goal through the Thomas Cooke who wandered up the field which led to him putting the ball past the keeper at the second attempt, becoming City's leading goal scorer for the season!
A disappointing 5-1 loss on the opening day, however City need to learn their lessons and bounce back with a home game against newly promoted Bourne Deeping next Saturday at 13.00.
| W (9-2) 23/09/2017 - M2|
vs Pelicans 1 (H / L)
CITY 2'S ENJOY ANOTHER GOAL FEST
MENS 2ND XI - 23/09/2017 VS PELICANS 1 (H)
TEAM: Mens 2nd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 2nd XI VS 23/09/2017
HEADLINE: City 2's enjoy another goal fest
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 2 NORTH
VENUE: TRF - sand
REPORT: The men's 2's came into the weekend brimming with confidence from their demolition of the UEA 1st team who coincidentally will face the 2's later in the season.
City started solidly, passing the ball effortlessly and sweeping the pelicans midfield and defence aside and were rewarded with the first of many goals within 10 mins of play with Miles Doncaster finishing well. Josh Bailey soon followed up the scoring with an effort of his own. Goals came thick and fast with Jeremy Elliott, making his 2nd team debut, finishing from a set piece.
More goals followed with another well worked short corner and Elliott finishing again. The half finished not as the team would have wanted with the pelicans finishing what was probably their first attack of the half and their forward finishing a sweeping move from deep.
The second half started much the same as the first with city trying to assert a stronghold on the game and extend their league further. It took the 2's a little longer than hoped to open the second half scoring but eventually managed to convert a short corner moving the ball back to Pete Morgan and finishing well under the keeper.
Josh Bailey added a second effort of the game and Richard Silvester finishing superbly after a brilliant solo effort found him on the byline and he slotted home. Elliott completed his hat trick with a penalty flick and followed up with a fourth from left slip on another penalty corner, making it his 10th goal in two games for the 2's, and finished the scoring for game. The game petered out with the aging pelicans side dropping like flies and suffering injuries galore.
They will be looking forward to going into their game next week looking for a second win against St Ives and if their performance on Saturday was anything to go by they should stand in good stead.
| W (3-2) 23/09/2017 - M3|
vs Pelicans 2 (A / L)
CITY TAKE PRE-SEASON INTO LEAGUE SEASON AND START THE CAMPAIGN WITH A WIN!
MENS 3RD XI - 23/09/2017 VS PELICANS 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 23/09/2017
HEADLINE: City take pre-season into league season and start the campaign with a win!
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 3 NORTH EAST
RESULT: 3-2 Win
Norwich City Mens 3rd XI started their season with a 3-2 win over Pelicans 2nd XI. City started off slowly and were sloppy in the opening exchanges, slack marking and poor passing nearly let Pelicans in a couple of times before they made the break through with a PC goal. City fought back though and worked hard on the counter attack following a high press from Pelicans. Rees Leonard brought the scores level following a PC, before giving City a 2 goal cushion to take the lead with another PC and a well worked counter attacking move, with Rees finished well for his hatrick.
After the break City created more chances and if it hadn't of been for the Pelis keeper City could of made the game safe but with 10 minutes to Pelis scrambled home a 2nd goal despite it coming off a City stick, city had to move on from the poor decision and keep fighting to the end. City held on for a valiant but hard worked 3 points. Next week another tough game v IES 2s at home.
| L (1-5) 23/09/2017 - M4|
vs UEA 2 (H / L)
BACK TO THE LEAGUE WITH A BUMP
MENS 4TH XI - 23/09/2017 VS UEA 2 (H)
TEAM: Mens 4th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 4th XI VS 23/09/2017
HEADLINE: Back to the league with a bump
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 3 NORTH EAST
REPORT: Saturday's Division 3 NE opening fixture saw Norwich City 4s host a UEA team short on personnel but not on confidence. The opening 10 minutes saw both teams make inroads in the oppositions half but a distinct lack of composure resulted in neither side working the keepers. This unfortunately changed during the next 15 minutes when the slick passing of UEA proved too much for City and goals were inevitable, 3 very simple efforts with the same outcome. Driving from deep and using their wingers to good effect, too many times the City back line were over run with willing attackers from the visitors. The half time score of 3:0 was richly deserved and left City with a mountain to climb in the second half. Changes were made to the line up and this made a marked difference to the dynamics of the team, but although more inroads were made in the oppositions half, a shortage of opportunities to score was evident. The visitors scored twice more in the second half, punishing gaps left in midfield while using the pace of the wings and although a decent passing move for City down the left side allowed a goal to be pulled back by Simon Dale, the damage had been done and the game finished 1:5 to the visiting University side. City MOM was the very industrious Adam Richardson.
| D (1-1) 23/09/2017 - M7|
vs Norfolk Nomads 2 (A / F)
ALL SQUARE AT THE SPORTSPARK
MENS 7TH XI - 23/09/2017 VS NORFOLK NOMADS 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 7th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 7th XI VS 23/09/2017
HEADLINE: All square at the Sportspark
VENUE: UEA SPORTSPARK
RESULT: NORFOLK NOMADS 2 1 NORWICHC CITY 7 1
City welcomed back James Dorling from injury along with youngsters Alex Tomkinson and Toby Pallister for their adult debuts.
This was an even affair with both teams creating chances through the match. Nomads took the lead midway through the first half when the Nomads forwards outpaced the City defence and slipped the ball under keeper Dave King.
City continued to play some neat passing hockey with Alex Tomkinson showing some nice touches down the right flank, whilst in defence man of the match Malachy McDonnell put in a good shift providing lots of cover.
City equalised during the second half with a move down the left that led to the ball being played across to the top of the circle where skipper Ali Wardales miss hit shot was only partially parried by the diving keeper and Alex Tomkinson pounced to lift the ball over the stranded keeper.
The result continues City's unbeaten start to the season.