U16B - Norwich Dragons (U16 Cup) - W 5-1 - City U16s Sign off in Style
U16 BOYS - 20/12/2015 VS NORWICH DRAGONS (A) |
TEAM: U16 Boys
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 20/12/2015
HEADLINE: City U16s Sign off in Style
LEAGUE: U16 Cup
RESULT: WON 5-1
On an unseasonably warm December afternoon, Norwich City U16 Boys convincingly beat Dragons 5-1 in the England Hockey U16 Cup. However, were it not for an outstanding day’s work from the Dragons keeper and some Christmas generosity from the City strikers, the score could have been a lot more one-sided.
The Norwich City Boys arrived at Dragons wanting a big win to strengthen their chances of progressing in the U16 Cup. The pattern of the game was established from the outset, with City immediately on the attack. City kept the ball well, with Rob Duffy and Jake Cushion in the centres cleverly spreading the play and Harry Paterson and Josh Bailey driving forward at pace. However, City quickly realised that this was not going to be easy as the Dragons keeper saved everything that came his way. Wave after wave of attacks and short corners yielded no reward, until one particularly desperate tackle as City were about to pull the trigger left the umpire with no choice but to award a penalty flick. Up stepped Josh Bailey who, ignoring the friendly encouragement from the keeper, slammed home a great low flick for a 1-0 City lead.
City continued at pace, with dribbling Dan Phillips on the right wing causing havoc. City’s wing backs were getting in on the action too, with Jack Watling, Harry Ingham and Alfie Cooper all pressing up the flanks to provide more width. Goal number two eventually came, with some good work from Ben Withers on the left enabling Dougie Tomlinson to deftly reverse sweep the ball against the backboard for a 2-0 lead at half time.
The second half continued in the same way. City were camped in the Dragons half and tried valiantly to break down the defences but, with shots raining in on the Dragons goal, their keeper was imperious. City tried everything but somehow every strike, prod, sweep and stab of the ball either found the keeper, the post or missed the goal by a whisker. Eventually a goal had to come and it was cool-headed Sam Bingham who swept the ball home after a cross from the right eluded the Dragons defence. The game continued in the same vein and, after another batch of City missed chances, Ben Withers on the right post showed great reflexes to volley the ball into the net for a 4-0 lead.
With City thinking the flood gates might now open, surreally it was Dragons who scored next with their only meaningful attack of the game. Dragons broke quickly and the attack looked about to be snuffed out when the ball bobbled against a City foot. The resultant short corner was hit straight at the City goal, deceiving City’s defence, bringing the score back to 4-1.
City continued to press hard without any reward until a frustrated Harry Paterson intercepted a Dragons 16 yard hit, drove into the D and smashed a hard shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. The game ended with City running out 5-1 winners and, unusually, fairly disappointed with the result – we had around 15 or more short corners, about 80% of the play and around 100 shots at goal. Nevertheless, the boys should feel proud. They have played outstanding hockey this season, are a team chock full of talent and have been a pleasure to manage.
There were a number of candidates for man of the match from City, including Jake Cushion, Harry Paterson and Alfie Cooper. However, the winner is Harry Ingham, who didn’t put a foot wrong in defence and provided a great wide option up and down the flanks.
RESULT: W 5-1
SCORERS: Josh Bailey,Doug Tomlinson,Sam Bingham,Ben Withers,Harry Paterson
POTM: Harry Ingham
U16B - Sudbury U16 (EH U16 R4) - W 10-0 - City Boys Put Ten Past Understrength Sudbury
COLTS XI - 22/11/2015 VS SUDBURY U16 (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 22/11/2015
HEADLINE: City Boys Put Ten Past Understrength Sudbury
LEAGUE: BOYS U16 CUP
RESULT: WON 10-0
Having got less out of their first two group matches than they wanted, City’s U16 Boys needed a good win today against Sudbury. Their cause was helped when Sudbury arrived with only nine players, but playing against a reduced team is not as easy as it sounds. Sure enough Sudbury had some good players, they dug deep and filled their defence with numbers. For the first 25 minutes City worked hard but could not break through until finally Ben Withers found space and crashed the ball home. City began to work wider and started scoring more freely. With Jake Cushion, Josh Bailey and Sam Bingham working hard in midfield, Harry Paterson scored City’s second with a great reverse stick volley, and Ben Withers completed his hat-trick with two more goals before half-time.
Ahead by four goals at half-time, City’s aim was to achieve the maximum allowed goal difference of eight. The coaches urged the boys to get the ball moving more quickly and to use the width of the pitch. With City’s defensive line of Harry Ingham, Rob Duffy, Jack Watling, Alex Merron and James Hewett pushing up the pitch, City continued to pressurise Sudbury. Declan Ordish scored City’s fifth with a shot that deceived the Sudbury goalkeeper, before Paterson scored two more for his hat-trick. Withers got his fourth, Ordish scrambled home City’s ninth (and his second) before Josh Bailey rounded off the match by sneaking the ball home off a short corner on the final whistle.
So, with a 10-0 win, it was job done for City, who got maximum points and goal difference from the game. The boys’ dominance is best demonstrated through the fact that keeper Ben Millett did not touch the ball through the whole game. However, credit is also due to Sudbury who defended resolutely throughout. Man of the Match voting was spread between several players, but the winner was Sam Bingham who played well throughout.
RESULT: W 10-0
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Ben Withers,Declan Ordish,Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Declan Ordish,Josh Bailey
POTM: Sam Bingham
U16G - Magpies U16 (EH U16 R4) - L 0-5 - Defeated by a strong team
FILLIES XI - 22/11/2015 VS MAGPIES U16 (H) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 22/11/2015
HEADLINE: Defeated by a strong team
LEAGUE: U16 Cup
The scoreline reflects a tough game against a Magpies team who cam third in the Nationals when U14s. The score after 30 mins was only 1-0, City then lost a key defender to injury when we were playing well and counter attacking dangerously. Two spells either side of half time saw Magpies, led by their dominant England player, score four goals. The team battled and battled and in the last 25 minutes of the match there were no goals at either end. Jessie in goal made a string of brilliant saves and we actually defended better then we did against Bury when we won 11-3. Next week we play Sudbury to decide if we will go through to the regionals. It will be a close game but we can do it!
RESULT: L 0-5
POTM: Florence Duffield
U16B - Harleston Magpies U16 (EH U16 R3) - D 4-4 - City U16 Boys held in 8 Goal Thriller
U16 BOYS - 08/11/2015 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 (H) |
TEAM: U16 Boys
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 08/11/2015
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys held in 8 Goal Thriller
LEAGUE: Boys U16 Cup
After an unlucky and narrow loss against Phoenix in the first group game of the u16 Cup, City’s Boys now came up against Magpies. Both teams had a host of JRPC and HiPAC players so the game was sure to be competitive. The challenge was made tougher for City’s boys in missing five players – three not available and two more pulling out during the week injured – and so we turned up with just one sub and with a number of players playing out of their preferred positions.
City started out tentatively and, after five minutes, it was Magpies who scored first, dribbling along the byeline from their left hand side and somehow squeezing the ball into the goal. It was a wake-up call for City, who started attacking with speed and skill. Within minutes, City had equalised. Dan Phillips threaded a ball through to Harry Paterson who drove down the right hand channel and smashed the ball in off the far post. City continued to attack and soon made it 2-1. Ben Withers skilfully dribbled the ball in from the left and showed the awareness to cross to Harry who calmly slotted the ball home from the P spot for his second of the match.
The game was now end to end. Jake Cushion was doing a fantastic job mopping up at centre midfield, ably supported by the defensive line of Rob Duffy, Harry Ingham, Alfie Cooper and Jack Watling. City were winning most of the midfield battles but Magpies were attacking regularly and, after an unusual defensive hesitation from City, Magpies scrambled the ball home for 2-2 at half time.
After the break, the game went on at a frenetic pace. City continued to attack, but this time it was Magpies who took the lead from a shortcorner. City’s heads dropped but then equalised with a moment of brilliance. The excellent Josh Bailey pounced on the ball just inside the opposition half and used his pace to get round the defender and bear down on goal. With the goalie coming out fast, Josh pushed the ball to the right, leaving the keeper floundering and coolly slotted the ball home from a narrow angle. City started to believe and had a host more chances, before James Hewitt got City’s fourth: a beautiful threaded pass found James free in front of goal, he spun and squeezed the ball under the keeper for a slender lead.
Sadly for City, the speed of the game was taking its toll and, with Rob Duffy coming off injured, City had no subs left and a tiring team. The coaches’ worst fears were confirmed when a speculative Magpies ball into the City D was deflected up and into the netting, leaving the excellent Ben Millett in goal with no chance. Like two heavyweights tiring towards the end of a bout, both teams held on for the last five minutes and the game ended 4-4. A great game for the neutrals, but not quite the result we would have liked. Yet again, City played well and probably didn’t get as much from the game as we should have. As one of the boys said, if the game was decided on the quality of the goals (a novel concept), we would have stormed it! Nevertheless, the boys played brilliantly and put everything into the game.
There were a large number of potential players of the match, but the clear winner of the vote was Josh Bailey who had a great game in midfield, winning loads of ball and causing all sort of problems to the opposition. Champagne moment went to defender Alfie Cooper in dealing with a fast bouncing ball into the D which would have caused any player problems. Rather than stopping the ball, Alfie showed his cricketing credentials by driving the ball back with a magnificent cover drive one bounce and over the sideline. Four runs!
RESULT: D 4-4
SCORERS: Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Josh Bailey,James Hewett
POTM: Josh Bailey
U16G - Bury SE U16 (EH U16 R3) - W 11-3 - An Outstanding Start For City
FILLIES XI - 08/11/2015 VS BURY SE U16 (A) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 08/11/2015
HEADLINE: An Outstanding Start For City
LEAGUE: EHC Cup U16 Girls
VENUE: Culford School
RESULT: 11-3 Win
In the first game of the new season City wanted to begin with a win but also send out a message to the other teams in their tough group that we were a stronger team this year. They did both with an emphatic 11-3 win. There was plenty of work for the defence to do and the midfield and attack put together some brilliant moves.
The game started well with City scoring from two short corners in the first five minutes! They continued to press and Bury hit back on the counter attack to score. There was some end to end play and city finished the half on top 5-1 including two more successful short corners.
We started a little slowly in the second half and Bury scored from their first short corner. From that point on the city attack was dominant with lots of excellent patient passing creating chance after chance which city took.
The final score was 11-3. Next game is against top of the table Magpies and hopefully City will play just as well as they did today.
RESULT: W 11-3
SCORERS: Evangeline Wills,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Matilda Warde-Aldam,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Alice Beckett,Abbie Ingham,Eliza Barclay,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham
POTM: Maddie Anthony
U16B - Phoenix (Essex) U16 (EH U16 R1) - L 2-3 - Super City Shaded in the Sun
U16 BOYS - 04/10/2015 VS PHOENIX (ESSEX) U16 (A) |
TEAM: U16 Boys
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 04/10/2015
HEADLINE: Super City Shaded in the Sun
LEAGUE: EH U16 Cup
VENUE: Felsted School
RESULT: Lost 3-2
The Norwich City Boys couldn’t have had a harder start to the U16 Cup with an away fixture to the strong Phoenix HC in Essex. And so it was that the U16s and assorted relatives trekked down the M11 to Felsted School on an unseasonally hot Sunday.
It became clear from the off that this was going to be a fight between two heavyweights. Both teams were packed to the gunnels with quality and the skill levels on display were high. After the initial skirmishes, it was Phoenix who scored first. City were unluckily adjudged not to have backed off five yards for a free hit outside the D, a short corner was awarded and Phoenix skilfully dragflicked the ball just inside the right hand post.
With Skipper Duffy bellowing instructions from the back, City dragged themselves back into the game and equalised with a beautiful example of fast, flowing hockey. Josh Bailey took the ball at pace inside his own half and surged forward, laying the ball off to Harry Paterson on his right. Travelling at speed, Harry laid a perfectly weighted pass into the run of Declan Ordish on the right wing who crossed accurately for Ben Withers to slot home. Perfection!
City were now in the ascendancy with Jake Cushion, Paterson and Bailey snapping up everything in midfield and our speedy front three of Sam Bingham, Ordish and Withers cutting Phoenix apart with their speed and skill. City were irresistible and it was fitting that it was Birthday Boy Cushion who would put City ahead with a well taken goal to make it 2-1. It wasn’t all City’s way though and Phoenix also looked dangerous. Our defensive line up of Duffy, Nathan Sharpe, Alfie Cooper, Will Pierson and Harry Ingham all had to make crucial interceptions and Ben Millett in goal was making himself a nuisance to the opposition attackers. Added to this, the heat was beginning to take its toll, with subs rolling at a regular pace to take on board fluids and provide respite from the sun.
2-1 up at halftime, we knew it wasn’t over. Having sent off parents for more water, the game continued end to end, with City still having the balance of the play. Doug Tomlinson ran tirelessly at left wing creating the space, Withers and Paterson both blazed shots narrowly wide of the goal and the keeper was called in time and again to make saves. However, against the run of play, it was Phoenix who scored next, using an aerial ball across the field to change the point of attack, the ball was smashed into the City D and deflected into the goal.
City continued to press and would have taken the lead had advantage been played when, after a Phoenix foul in the D, the ball fell to Paterson clear in front of the goal. Meanwhile, as the boys began to wilt in the heat, both teams started making mistakes and it was clear that the next goal would win. With minutes remaining in the tie, it was Phoenix who came out on top somehow bundling the ball into the goal after a collision which ended with two of our players on the floor.
This was an excellent game of hockey between two strong teams and (I imagine) would have been great for the neutral. City were probably marginally on top and were very unlucky to come out on the losing side. Nevertheless, the boys put everything into this and we couldn’t ask for any more. Our cup campaign is not over – the two top teams from the group of five go through, so there is still everything to play for.
There were 13 strong candidates for Man of the Match, but the clear winner was Jake Cushion who not only played a very strong game at Centre Midfield but also made the inspired tactical decision to hand out birthday cake just as the vote was being made.
RESULT: L 2-3
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Jake Cushion
POTM: Jake Cushion
U16 Boys Regional Finalists - March 2015
Having won the first regional tier of the England Hockey U16 competition, beating City of Peterborough, Norwich Dragons and Harleston Magpies to top the initial East regional group, Norwich City’s U16 boys went to play in the East Regional Finals, the last 32 in the country, at Surbiton HC in London. The Norwich boys had drawn hosts Surbiton, Oxsted and Saffron Walden in their regional final and so knew a fixture packed day on Sunday 1st March was going to be intense and feature much challenging hockey. |
The first game, thankfully the anticipated easier fixture and a chance for the Norwich side to overcome the fact they have travelled far further than all other teams, was against Saffron Walden, a team consisting of some U14 national finalists from last season and initially not proving to be as simple a victory as hoped. City started out a little slowly, as anticipated in all fairness, but eventually managed to get a lucky break when a fast counter attack saw Ross Pitcher with a one on one with the Saffron Walden keeper and delicately slipped the ball through as he ventured out towards him. This seemed to get City going and it wasn’t long before more opportunities fell their way, another opportunity for Ross Pitcher, this time a rifled shot from the top of the circle giving the keeper no chance. The midfield and defence continued to hold any pressure and great through balls to the forward line continued to create chances. The next goal fell to Sam Paterson after some great solo skills, and another goal again for Ross Pitcher but this top a top of the circle screamer coming off the inside of the far post and rattling around the goal behind a helpless opposing keeper. The final goal was another for Ross Pitcher, taking his tally of four and earning his well-deserved Man of the Match award (City 5, Saffron Walden 0).
With their next game sadly back to back it was time to play the hosts, Surbiton, without doubt the group favourites and a team unbeaten and not having dropped a point so far, progressing to this stage with ease by all accounts, so a City team knowing the lack of rest and the quality of the opposition was going to make this a very good challenge, one that the boys, coaches and supporting parents were hoping would bring with it an exciting game. The game started with a high tempo, Surbiton pressing high immediately from the push back and put lots of pressure on the City defence, making the midfield work very hard as the play began to move from one end to the other. It was however City that would make the break, a threaded pass through to Ross Pitcher allowed him to turn and shoot and take City into the lead. This began to open up the game and fantastic hockey started to be put onto show from both teams, great goalkeeping at both ends stopping some great chances, great work on the forward, midfield and defensive lines from both teams and clearly signs that both teams were up for this game. It was Surbiton who scored the next goal but shortly afterwards George Brine scored the second for City with a well-placed pass to find him unmarked at the far post. With the game opening up more and more, and legs clearly starting to tire, Surbiton began to throw more and more forward and some fortuitous short corner decisions began to let them show off their very well drilled routines, sadly letting them equalise and then not long afterwards a long aerial ball was mis-controlled by City, albeit maybe a little too much pressure within the 5 metre space, and allowed the opposition to break and take the score line to 3-2, Surbiton now in the lead for the first time in the game. It was with seconds to go and some great work into the Surbiton circle saw City awarded with a short corner and as they huddled at the top to discuss their tactics the final whistle was blown and this was now their only chance to get something out of the game. The ball came out to the top of the circle and a switch left saw Sam Paterson fire home a precision shot just inside the far post and giving City a very well deserved draw and for Sam Paterson to take the award of Man of the Match not just for the exciting finale but also his outstanding work rate throughout the game (Surbiton 3, City 3).
It was time for a well-deserved break and City would need to focus on both a win but also a very positive goal difference as with only one team progressing out of the group it was going to be down to how many Surbiton would score against Saffron Walden and what Norwich City could do against a very strong Oxsted team. With so much riding on the last game and nothing but a win and a big win at that being needed, no prizes sadly for second place, City came out raring to go and hoping that they could build upon such an impressive and proud performance in the draw against Surbiton and with Oxsted still very strong and having beaten Saffron Walden 3-1 it was a sign that this was going to be a close game.
City started their last game very positive and started to push everything forward against what seemed like a very defensively minded Oxsted team, possibly looking to focus on not letting City score than they themselves looking to score. With all eleven of the opposition behind the ball in the Oxsted third it was clear that things were not going to be easy and it was probably the lack of space and movement to create space that saw City start to play unlike their previous games and lots of solo encounters and trying to force the play and individual skills through the opposition players. Opportunities were a premium and sadly most of the City attacks continued to be intercepted by the deep Oxsted formation and it looked as though our plans were not going to work as hoped. With the City boys trying to force their way into the Oxsted circle and threading balls into and through ambitious spaces it started to prove very hard to penetrate their defence and opportunities were few and far between. It was however a break away by Oxsted against the run of play, possibly City pushing more and more forward, that saw them go into the half time break 1-0 ahead of Norwich. The half time team talk was more of the frustration of how Norwich were playing and that we’d not been doing what we’d done so well in the previous two games, and possibly not helped by a well packed and well working Oxsted defending formation. So, the second half started and it was now all or nothing, and the City boys did indeed start to play far better and started to create more opportunities. Chances began to fall and some fine goalkeeping for Oxsted and some hard working defending around him continued to thwart anything City could throw at them. With the clock ticking the tactics turned to replacing a City defender for another forward and to try and push numbers forward, which created chances but still the final product was just not forthcoming. With more and more focus on getting a goal for City the inevitable soon happened and as the half started to close it was Oxsted who managed to absorb the pressure and two break away opportunities took them further ahead and that was it for the hopes and dreams of pipping Surbiton to the National Finals. Man of the Match was awarded to Fred Anthony.
Norwich eventually finishing third in the group but with Surbiton beating Saffron Walden 11-2 it was clearly a goal difference that the Norfolk side was never going to achieve in their final game anyhow. A very proud performance for the team and on the journey back they will have taken the positives that they will have been the only team to take points from Surbiton in this competition so far and we can look to focus on what will now be the U18 competition for next season as many of the balls move up to the next age group banding.
U16 Boys Squad: Rob Duffy, Josh Bailey, Sam Tomlinson (C), Fred Anthony, George Brine, Will Kidner, Ali Husband, Miles Doncaster, Ross Pitcher, Sam Paterson, Harry Ingham, James Hewitt, Tom Ling, Jake Aisthorpe (GK)
Coaches: Matthew Brine, Al Paterson
U16B - Dragons U16B (EH U16 Cup) - W 8-1 - George Brine scores 5, I repeat George Brine scores 5
COLTS XI - 09/11/2014 VS DRAGONS U16B (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 09/11/2014
HEADLINE: George Brine scores 5, I repeat George Brine scores 5
To start the report lets re-cap…..
City started this year with the same squad from 2 years ago which travelled all the way to Beeston in the under 14 national finals (well when I say all, we all know who has departed). City started this year against the current league leaders City of Peterborough with City knowing that it was going to be one of the toughest games. City played their very best while keeping ‘discipline’ and recorded a 2-0 win, the next game brought local rivals Magpies and this game was one to forget as City fell down 2-1 in what was a poor and disappointing performance, however in City’s last game a trip to Spalding the normal standard was followed with a 4-0 win, that 4-0 win left City second in the group and thanks to Magpies 2-2 draw with Dragons city knew that if they were to win their next two games, 2nd place would be secure. City face bottom of the league Dereham in February but the most important game was today’s game against a strong and skillful Dragons side. City met up early (too early!) at Dragons Den for pre-match talk before eventually being allowed to enter the pitch and complete a well organised warm up (well done skip). City then got there pre-match exercises going and looked a really strong and well organised team as the game started.
City started the game with the clubs new formation with Duffy, Ling, Cushion and Hewett along the back, Paterson, Tomlinson and Husband in the midfield and the front three off Brine, Pitcher and Bailey. City started the better and created early chances with Sam Paterson coming close, Sam Paterson then set up the game’s first goal with an excellent through ball to Ross who pushed it past the on rushing goalkeeper to give City an early and deserved 1-0 lead, however soon after some hesitant defending by City saw Dragons left level, after a penalty flick was awarded and scored (R#B, #U#F#). However this didn’t knock City down and soon were back in front thanks to George Brine who volleyed home a cross from Ross Pitcher. 2-1 then became 3-1 when Sam Paterson did some good skill in the box, or has Pies put it ‘Solo Skills’ to push it past the keeper into the goal. George then got his second and City’s 4th as a short corner was well worked, Sam Paterson drag flicked and George glanced home on the post. City still weren’t finished and scored a fifth when Will Kidner drove towards the goal and passed towards George Brine who took his time and was composed as he smashed home a low shot into the corner for hit hatrick (behave George), 5-1 at half time, yes 5-1!! It could have been had someone not missed from 2 yards.
At half time Pies was very happy with the way the team where playing against a good Dragons side, however he wanted more off the same after the break and that was what he got! Within 5 minutes off the restart George Brine scored again (I know what is happening), anyway this one was actually a really good goal as he fired a reverse stick shot high and off the crossbar into the goal. 6-1 now to City. Dragons then had a chance to score when a poor pass across the pitch from (let’s not mention his name) however Dragons couldn’t capitalise and it remained 6-1. George then scored a 5th, (this is getting crazy now) as he turned and fired a low shot pass the keeper. In the final 15 minuets the game became more open and Dragons were more of a threat towards goal with Jake Aisthorpe having to make some good saves in the city, despite Dragons becoming more threating, it was City who were the ones who were scoring today and Jake Cushion capped off a good performance as he finished the scoring with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D. Full Time: 8-1, what a performance!
To update then, Magpies are the only team who can now catch City, Magpies have 7 points meanwhile City have 9, plus a +14 goal difference so as long as City avoid defeat to Dereham there place in the regional finals should be secure. So too finish the awards……
MOTM – Between to players, first Jake Cushion who played really well in midfield as he passed it well and did some great skill, plus got on the score sheet but it has to go George Brine who managed to score 5 goals (let’s be honest it doesn’t happen too often, especially George), well done George, that was hard to say that…..
Now for the TYFC award, and the contenders are; Josh Bailey for the simplest of things ‘lateness!’, Rob Duffy who committed the earlier offense in this report or even Tom Ling for his excellent pass across the pitch but it has to be Ross Pitcher (read the last line of Paragraph 2).
MOTM award – George Brine
TYFC award – Ross Pitcher
‘I forgot my towel and was going to use my shirt as a towel award’ – Harry Ingham (Silly boy) :)
RESULT: W 8-1
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,George Brine,George Brine,George Brine,George Brine,Jake Cushion,Sam Paterson,George Brine
POTM: George Brine
U16B - Spalding U16B (EH U16 Cup) - W 4-0 - City U16 Boys Flourish in the Fens
COLTS XI - 19/10/2014 VS SPALDING U16B (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 19/10/2014
HEADLINE: City U16 Boys Flourish in the Fens
LEAGUE: Boys U16 Cup
RESULT: 4-0 Win
The City U16s and parents turned up bright and early at the Spalding Ground looking forward to their bacon butties and coffee, only to find the portakabins locked up and the nearest coffee some 15 minutes away across the Fens. Neverthess City warmed up well, with the boys firing rocket shots at new keeper, Jake Aisthorpe, who was in superb form swatting away the exocets as if they were flies.
Spalding started quickly and our defensive line of Tom Ling, Harry Ingham, Rob Duffy and Will Kidner realised they had to be sharp to hold off the quick attacking force against them. However, after five minutes, City started to get more possession and Josh Bailey opened the scoring with a sharp finish after good work by Sam Tomlinson down the right.
City remained the stronger for the rest of the half, but occasional poor decision-making and a lack of shape meant that it was a nervy lead, and in fact keeper Jake had been forced to made a couple of excellent saves to keep City 1-0 up. At half-time the message to the Boys was to have more discipline around the structure, get the wings out wider and move the ball more quickly.
It certainly worked, with City getting much more of the possession and attacking relentlessly. Meanwhile our defensive line was strengthened by bringing our magnificent utility player, Jake Cushion, in to Right Half to ensure that our 16s were used constructively. Josh Bailey doubled the lead at a short corner, deflecting in a Ross Pitcher strike at goal. Almost immediately, Spalding’s heads dropped and they started resorting to long ball hockey, much to the delight of our strong central triangle of Ali Husband, Sam Paterson and Sam Tomlinson, who were now able to dominate the midfield and orchestrate attack after attack. The next goal came after good work down the left, with the ball fired across the goal and George Brine tucking the ball home with a well taken volley. Finally, after a Miles Doncaster shot was brilliantly saved by the Spalding Keeper, Ross Pitcher reacted swiftly to lift the ball in.
So after a nervy first half, City eventually won comfortably to head towards the top of the table. It is always good to win when you know you are still at about 75% of your best! And so the City caravan wound its way back home, with the sole remaining challenge for the coach being to keep Brine junior out of the four Golden Arches passed on the long journey back to the highlands of Norwich.
Man of the Match was evenly balanced with several players deservedly getting a vote, but the winner was James Hewett who had made some excellent runs up the left hand side and put himself on the line to stop the Spalding attacks.
RESULT: W 4-0
SCORERS: Josh Bailey,Ross Pitcher,Josh Bailey,George Brine
POTM: James Hewett
U16B - Peterborough U16B (U16 Boys Cup) - W 2-0 - Discipline was good
COLTS XI - 21/09/2014 VS PETERBOROUGH U16B (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 21/09/2014
HEADLINE: Discipline was good
LEAGUE: England Hockey Under 16 Championship
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facilities
RESULT: Norwich City (U16) 2-0 City Of Peterborough (U16)
As City’s boys arrived for their first game of the new under 16 campaign, a sense of excitement with expectation after the National final success only 2 years ago. A massive squad of 15 was selected sadly without newly appointment captain Sam Tomlinson, who we all wish a speedy recovery from a bad ankle. Please note the COP stands for City of Peterborough I mean can’t we play a team with a shorter name! City knew that there first game was mostly likely to be there toughest, as opponents COP where a very strong side, so Norwich had to be at their best to compete and pick a result they knew they could get if they played well with discipline. – Make note of this word DISCIPLINE as I am sure that I will mention it more through the two reports. As both teams lined up and were ready to go, City’s new formation seemed to be almost identical from there opponents on the opposite side of the field, so both teams where to set up the same way so basically it was who was the best trained or the most DISCIPLINED. Both teams started well with a lot of hard work pressing the ball down with mistakes being made on either side, although the possession was even City were creating chances and winning short corners and it wasn’t too long before City made there pressure count as Ross Pitcher drag-flicked a perfect shot into the top corner, 1-0 to city. After this COP settled down and started to come back in the game and started to create chances but the defence of Rob Duffy, Tom Ling, Alfie Cooper, Harry Ingham and James Hewett kept COP at bay until half-time. In the second half Sam Paterson, Ross Pitcher, Ali Husband and especially Jake Cushion, worked hard, kept DISCIPLINE and ran the midfield as COP pushed for an equaliser. COP did win short corners and created chances but Will Kidner the class keeper he is never looked in danger and as COP pushed for a goal, Norwich counted and scored a 2nd, as a great aerial ball from Ross Pitcher put Joe Flatt through who helped up the ball before passing it to Josh Bailey who smashed home. After the 2nd goal city kept calm and saw out the game to pick up an excellent 2-0 win against a strong COP side, an excellent team performance filled up with DISCIPLINE to secure a 2-0 win in the first game.
RESULT: W 2-0
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,Josh Bailey
POTM: Jake Cushion
U16B - Magpies U16B (U16 Boys Cup) - L 1-2 - Discipline was not so good
COLTS XI - 21/09/2014 VS MAGPIES U16B (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 21/09/2014
HEADLINE: Discipline was not so good
LEAGUE: England Hockey Under 16 Championship
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facilities
RESULT: Norwich City (U16) 1-2 Harleston Magpies (U16)
Game number 2 off the day as City hosted local rivals Harleston Magpies and City knew another win in this game and they would pick up maximum points from the day and have a great start to the new campaign. City were confident after their previous performance against Peterborough but sadly it just wasn’t to be. The game yet again started even, with the Harleston forwards proving a threat going forward as did City’s. Norwich yet again created early chances but none were converted this time and City were made to pay. Magpies scored a counter attack goal to give them the lead and they saw that out until half-time. Half time team talk, you could have a guess what was said….. NO DISCIPLINE! The crowd, Pies and the injured captain demanded some improvement in the second half and City did improve, after Harleston scored a 2nd goal to win the game :( Even going 2-0 the improvement was there and City created numerous chances and did eventually score as Sam Paterson drag-flicked low into the corner, 2-1 and City had belief. With DISCIPLINE gone as City pushed and pushed for an equaliser which sadly just never came and City went down 2-1. Overall a good opening day for City’s under 16s, however one 1st half against Magpies was simply not up to the standard and that was why a defeat was on the scorecard. Anyway City move and focus on winning the next game as they face an excellent away trip at Spalding, team mini bus?
RESULT: L 1-2
SCORERS: Sam Paterson
POTM: Sam Paterson
U16B - Harleston Magpies (EHB U16B R4) - W 7-2 - U16 Boys Finish Strongly with Convincing Win Over Magpies
NORWICH CITY U16 BOYS XI VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (H) |
TEAM: U16 Boys XI
FIXTURE: U16 Boys XI VS Harleston Magpies U16 XI
HEADLINE: U16 Boys Finish Strongly with Convincing Win Over Magpies
LEAGUE: U16 Cup
RESULT: WON 7 - 2
On a cold windy day at Taverham, the U16 Boys came together for the final win of their Cup Campaign, knowing that they couldn’t qualify but that a win against Magpies would keep them above local rivals Magpies and Pelicans in the East Anglia table.
Despite the fact that one of our squad had arrived promptly at the meet time at an empty Magpies ground (!), City started strongly, with Ross Pitcher scoring twice in the first ten minutes from well taken short corners. City continued to stay on top, and the rare Magpies counterattacks were snuffed out by our defence of Fred Anthony, Sam Kenny, Ali Husband, Tom Ling, Tom Watling and, freshly arrived from his tour of Norfolk, Will Kidner.
City continued to win the battle in midfield, with Jonty and Ethan Marchant battling doggedly for the ball. The third was sure to come and midway through the first half a good ball through from Sam Tomlinson was well controlled and dispatched by Miles Doncaster. This was followed up by a great pass by Jonty which split the Magpies defence for George Brine to coolly slot past the keeper.
4-0 up at half-time, but City hadn’t yet kicked into third gear - we were going for too many long balls and not using the flanks. The second half was much, much better, and yet it was Magpies who came back, with Norwich guilty of giving the Magpies Captain a bit too much respect and room as he danced through our defence twice to score. The bench started getting a little nervous and instructions were passed to the field to keep the focus, the shape, the passing and the faith!
Sure enough the plan worked, and Norwich came back, dominating the last quarter. First of all Ross at top diamond moved the ball right to Sam Paterson who beat the first defender and hit a reverse stick shot to nutmeg the keeper. Sam then won a succession of short corners, one of which was dispatched with aplomb by skipper Ethan Marchant, who was delighted to be allowed a rare escape from his GCSE revision. And then finally Ali Husband, on a long distance trip from his centre back position, dribbled the ball along the Magpies byeline before lifting the ball across the goal for Miles to volley his second.
And so with Norwich in the ascendancy, the match ended at 7-2 and Norwich ended their campaign in mid-table respectability. We knew qualification was going to be pretty much impossible for such a young team in a very difficult group, but with only two players not eligible for next season’s u16 Cup, this has been great preparation.
Man of the Match voting was very close with the whole team playing well and both Ethan and Sam scoring highly. But the winner is Ali Husband for marshalling the defence, tackling well and making his presence known all over the pitch.
RESULT: W 7-2
SCORERS: Ross Pitcher,Ross Pitcher,Miles Doncaster,George Brine,Sam Paterson,Ethan Marchant,Miles Doncaster
POTM: Alistair Husband