U18 BOYS XI - 15/10/2017 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U18B (H)
TEAM: U18 Boys XI
FIXTURE: U18 Boys XI VS 15/10/2017
HEADLINE: U18 Boys Lose Out in Showcase Game
LEAGUE: EH U18 Boys Championship
RESULT: Lost 0-2
On an unseasonably hot October day, two U18 Boys hockey teams chock full of talent slugged it out in front of a large crowd basking in the sunshine. Both City and Magpies had a large number of first and second team players on show, and the technical ability of both sides was something to behold.
Magpies started stronger, but City quickly came back, having several great chances to take the lead. Sadly our attacking line of Ben Withers, Alfie Cooper and James Hewett found they were up against a keeper having one of his best days, and saving everything including heading away one shot from close range! After a spell of City pressure, Magpies fought back and won a short corner, which they dispatched to take a 1-0 lead into the second half.
City’s strong midfield of Josh Bailey, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Jake Cushion were in a real battle against an equally strong Magpies midfield group. The match was end-to-end with no team clearly on top. In defence, we seemed to be keeping Magpies star forwards quiet, with Sam Bingham and Rob Duffy doing a great job of snuffing out the speedy forwards. With Billy Buckingham making smart saves when called up and the industrious Nathan Sharpe, Alex Merron and Fitz Hornor working hard to mark their opposite numbers, the next goal was key. On 'one of those days' for City, the goal was to go Magpies’ way, again from a short corner which was well struck into a gap on the near post.
With the game ebbing away, City worked really hard to get a goal back, but it wasn’t to be. The City coaches couldn’t ask for any more from the players and it was just a shame that someone had to win. The City Boys now go into the plate competition and are hoping for a good cup run.
COLTS XI - 15/10/2017 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U16B (H)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 15/10/2017
HEADLINE: Raunaq runs riot
LEAGUE: EH U16 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
VENUE: TAVERHAM RECREATION FACILITY
RESULT: NORWICH CITY U16 6 MAGPIES U16 0
City open their Under 16 Boys campaign with a victory over local rivals Magpies thanks to the silky skills of player of the match Raunaq Rai.
City featured a couple of players, Cameron Cooke and Raunaq Rai, who have gained first team experience and they provided the foundation of the side. Several players from the younger year were introduced into the team and acquitted themselves well.
City took the lead after five minutes when Cameron Cooke took a quick free hit and dribbled into the circle before finding Louis Hart who converted. Ten minutes later it was Cameron Cooke who scored picking up the ball outside the 23, dribbling into the circle before unleashing a powerful reverse stick shot.
The City defence were well marshalled by Tom Bailey, with Cameron Husband making a some excellent last ditch tackles and Ben Millett thwarting any Magpies breakthroughs.
Raunaq Rai opened his account with a short corner drag flick and followed this up five minutes before the break with a dribble along the goalline beating a couple of defenders before slotting past the keeper.
After the break City started to run with the ball a little too much, but Raunaq Rai completed his hat trick with a carbon copy of his second. He then completed the scoring with a simple tap in after good pass from Tom Bailey found George Harrad who beat a defender and eliminated the keeper.