U16B - Braintree U16B (EH U16 C3) - L 3-6 - City U16 Boys Beaten but Unbowed
U16 BOYS - 20/11/2016 VS BRAINTREE U16B (A) |
TEAM: U16 Boys
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 20/11/2016
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Beaten but Unbowed
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup
VENUE: Braintree HC
RESULT: Lost 3-6
Unbeaten in their two U16 Cup outings so far, City’s Boys knew that the away trip to Braintree would probably determine who finishes top of the Regional Group. City started the better and within the first five minutes Ben Withers won a short corner with a strong run into the D, drawing a Braintree stick tackle. Harry Paterson struck a well-hit shot which the Braintree keeper could only parry to Withers who scrambled the ball home. Braintree came back strongly and looked like they had a good counter attack, when Tom Bailey made a superb tackle just outside the City D. The ball was shipped quickly to George Harrad on the left flank who crossed to Withers just outside the Braintree D. Withers sped into the D and unleashed a howitzer into the top right corner. 2-0.
Braintree bounced back again, attacking in numbers. With City’s defence struggling to man-mark the runners, Braintree started to play some excellent 3D hockey. Braintree scored two quick goals to equalise. City not knowing what had hit them, began to rush the play and gave the ball away too cheaply. Heads dropped. Braintree scored three more times before a halftime whistle which was desperately needed from City’s perspective.
The coach’s message at half time was that we needed to use our heads, keep the ball and concentrate on quick passes to our team mates. At the same time, we needed to communicate better in defence and win the 50:50 battles across the field. City started the second half in a completely different manner. Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson and skipper Sam Bingham in midfield tackled and passed like their lives depended on it and Cameron Cook joined Tom Bailey in defence to form a formidable centre pairing. And up front, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman and George Harrad made run after run, stretching the Braintree defence.
The second half was a fantastic gladiatorial combat of end to end hockey from two very good teams. Braintree scored first with a well worked short corner routine. City bounced back, with a great breakaway goal, Withers smashing a diagonal ball from the right which Harrad at full stretch deflected into the goal. City had several more chances, with one short corner being miraculously saved on the line and another in the net but too high.
The match ended a 6-3 loss to City. However, it was a great game of hockey and, apart from a 20 minute spell in the first half where we lost our heads somewhat, we were very competitive against a strong Braintree side. The Boys will learn a lot more from this match than they have from the easy wins they have had so far in the competition. Our final match is not until February, when we take on IES when a good result should take us through into the Regional Finals.
There was strong competition for man of the match, with candidates including the versatile Cameron Cook and the midfield dynamo Dan Phillips. However, the award goes to Ben Withers who not only scored two goals and assisted the third, but also sprinted back to assist the defence on a number of occasions.
RESULT: L 3-6
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Withers,George Harrad
POTM: Ben Withers
U16B - Bishops Stortford U16B (EH U16 C2) - W 8-1 - City U16 Boys Beat Bishop’s Stortford to Top the League
U16 BOYS XI - 06/11/2016 VS BISHOPS STORTFORD U16B (H) |
TEAM: U16 Boys XI
FIXTURE: U16 Boys XI VS 06/11/2016
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Beat Bishop’s Stortford to Top the League
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup
RESULT: WON 8-1
Having beaten Pelicans convincingly three weeks ago to become the unofficial Norfolk Champions, City’s U16 Boys faced Bishop’s Stortford in a battle for one of the top spots in the League element of the EH Cup. Bishop’s Stortford reached the National Finals at u14 level last season and were bound to be tough opposition. On a cold, rain swept pitch, Stortford came out hard and, after five minutes where City repeatedly gave the ball away, snatched the lead with a well taken deflection off a short corner.
City started going up through the gears and began to take control of the game, with some excellent harrying through George Harrad and Alex Merron. With Tom Bailey and Jack Watling snuffing out any Stortford attacks, City began to win the 50:50 balls and attacked quickly, feeding speedy wingers Harry Bassett and Ben Chapman. The equaliser didn’t take long to come with Cameron Cooke dribbling through into the D and smashing a well placed strike into the corner of the goal.
City’s strong midfield of Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson and Dan Phillips now hit their straps and were to dominate for the remainder of the game, winning the battles in the centre of the pitch and feeding our speedy forward line. Three more goals were to come in the first half, all to Cooke, who was in irrepressible form. One of them involved a beautiful piece of 3D ball-juggling as Cooke charged into the D before smashing the ball into the back of the net, and another was rifled off the post into the goal from a narrow angle!
4-1 up at half time, but the boys recognised that they needed to keep the width and pass more. The second half continued with the same intensity and, with Stortford heads beginning to drop, City carried on the torment. Ben Withers was added to the scoresheet after some mazy dribbling by Cooke gave him a simple tap in. Cooke scored another and then Ben Chapman was to tap in from a short distance for the seventh after good work by Harrad. Finally it was Withers who finished off the scoring for City: after a venomous Cooke shot, the goalkeeper parried the ball invitingly towards Withers who dispatched the ball with gusto into the roof of the net.
The game finished an 8-1 win to City and could have been more. Credit is due to all the players in what was an exciting and convincing performance, but Man of the Match could only really go to one player, Cameron Cooke, who was unstoppable yesterday and has now scored ten goals in two cup games.
The win leaves City well placed in top spot in the League. Our next match is in a fortnight away to Braintree HC (previously Phoenix) in what will be a challenging and well matched game. We are looking forward to it!
RESULT: W 8-1
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Ben Chapman
POTM: Cameron Cooke
U16B - Pelicans U16B (EH U16 C1) - W 13-1 - City U16 Boys Win in Style at Pelicans
U16 BOYS - 16/10/2016 VS PELICANS U16B (A) |
TEAM: U16 Boys
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 16/10/2016
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Win in Style at Pelicans
LEAGUE: EH Boys U16 Cup
VENUE: Pelicans HC
RESULT: Pelicans 1 - Norwich City 13
The City U16 Boys left Norwich early on Sunday Morning for the first match of this season’s campaign, away to Pelicans in rain soaked King’s Lynn. From the first forays of the match it became clear that City were significantly stronger than their opposition and it wasn’t long before all the City players, bar goalie Ben Millett, were stationed well inside the Pelicans half.
In the first half of the match, City tried to bludgeon the Pelicans into submission by going straight through the middle in all out attack. Some great goalkeeping from Pelicans and some profligate finishing by City meant that a 5-0 half time score was somewhat disappointing!
Instructions at half time were to keep our structure, spread play wide and move the ball quickly. By and large it worked, although not before City had conceded a sloppy goal from one of Pelicans’ rare attacks. City then started to attack at pace, scoring eight times in the half, for a final 13-1 scoreline. Although the first half was a little pedestrian at times, the second half was a thing of beauty, keeping the City supporters in good spirits.
There were some very classy goals in the 13 scored. Goal of the match winner was awarded to one which started in defence: Harry Paterson tussled hard to win the ball just inside the City half and, after beating a player, passed a good ball into George Harrad in space on the left. George got his feet round and smashed the ball diagonally across the Pelicans D where Ben Chapman at full stretch deflected the ball high into the back of the net. Fantastic Hockey!
In terms of scorers, Cameron Cooke got his standard 5 goals, one of which was an absolute scorcher into the net. Harry Bassett also scored a hat-trick, coming in off the left wing to slot the ball home on three separate occasions. Chapman scored two, with one apiece for Paterson, Harrad and the effervescent Daniel Phillips.
However, it wasn’t all about the scorers and there were strong performances across the pitch. Of note, Tom Bailey was majestic at the back, supported by Alex Merron and Jack Watling, Sam Bingham played the captain’s role with aplomb and Fitz Hornor played a confident game at right midfield. Man of the Match could have gone to almost any of the players, but it was awarded to Doug Tomlinson for a very mature performance where he played deep and laid the ball off sensibly throughout the game.
The remaining fixtures in a tough Group are likely to be much harder, but we are looking forward to the challenge, with the next match being at home to Bishop’s Stortford on 4 November.
RESULT: W 13-1
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Daniel Phillips,Ben Chapman,Harry Paterson,Cameron Cooke,George Harrad,Ben Chapman,Cameron Cooke,Harry Basset,Harry Basset,Cameron Cooke,Harry Basset
POTM: Doug Tomlinson
U16G - Dragons (EHC U16 R5) - W 7-4 - City Win Again To Qualify For Regional Finals
FILLIES XI - 14/02/2016 VS DRAGONS (H) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 14/02/2016
HEADLINE: City Win Again To Qualify For Regional Finals
LEAGUE: U16 England Hockey Cup
REPORT: Needing to avoid defeat to qualify for the finals City were confident of a good performance. However with only 11 players available and no keeper it proved to be an exciting game! The team started in amazing fashion with a goal in the opening minute from a long range shot by Abbie after a neat break by Evie. The Dragons then gave the ball away, after some great pressure by Abi, straight from the centre and again the powerful city attack created a chance for Ella to tuck away. The half continued to be dominated by City. Evie scored two with two trademark power shots and Abbie bagged another after some great work by Phoebe. The score at half time was 5-1.
The second half saw City be a little less determined and we gave a couple of poor goals. It could have been more with last ditch clearances from Ellie, Alice and then Molly. However, everytime we kept possession we created a scoring chance. The last 10 minutes saw City in complete charge. The defence well marshalled by player of the match Megan would not let Dragons into the D. Ella bagged another after City had put ball in the net twice but both were disallowed. The final goal was a highlight of the game with a great interception by Maddie followed by a quick break and pass by Emily to release Abbie to score. The final score was 7-4. The girls thoroughly deserve the title of the best team in Norfolk. They have played as a team throughout and they will give their all to make an immediate return to the National Finals.
RESULT: W 7-4
SCORERS: Abbie Ingham,Ella Sharrock,Evangeline Wills,Evangeline Wills,Abbie Ingham,Ella Sharrock,Abbie Ingham
POTM: Megan Conway
U16G - Sudbury U16 (EH U16 R2) - W 3-0 - Crunch game vixtory for City
FILLIES XI - 31/01/2016 VS SUDBURY U16 (H) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 31/01/2016
HEADLINE: Crunch game vixtory for City
LEAGUE: EHC U16 Cup
VENUE: Redmayne Fields Norwich School
This was a vital game for City with both teams level on points. After an earlier postponement the girls were determined to show they had what it takes to qualify for the regionals. The game was end to end in the first 10 minutes with stand in keeper Maddie making two important saves. The team constantly pressed Sudbury who were repeatedly forced into errors. This eventually led to our opening goal from the tireless Matilda who hit a powerful strike from just inside the D. From that point City dominated the match and the few attacks Sudbury managed were dealt with confidently by the defence of Louisa, Megan, Alice, Ellie and Becky. Either side of half time Abbie scored twice, with the second sending the keeper the wrong way following a clinical pass by Phoebe. Sudbury almost scored a consolation goal but Megan dived full length across the goal in a brilliant act of bravery! We won the game because virtually every tackle was won by City and the midfield's relentless pressing led by Evie and fully supported by Emily and Ella constantly won the ball back.
Thanks also to the backroom team of Karl, Gillian and parents who ensured we put on a great match tea!
Our final game is against Dragons with City needing to avoid defeat to progress.
RESULT: W 3-0
SCORERS: Matilda Warde-Aldam,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham
POTM: Matilda Warde-Aldam