WOMENS 2ND XI - 25/01/2020 VS YARMOUTH 1 (A)
TEAM: Womens 2nd XI
FIXTURE: Womens 2nd XI VS 25/01/2020
HEADLINE: Seas the Day
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 2 NORTH EAST
VENUE: Cliff Park Ormiston Academy
RESULT: 0-2 Win
We arrived at a chilly Yarmouth eager to nab our third win in a row. After a thrilling warm up by the one and only Lizzie Cheeseman, we were pumped and ready to start the game with a bang. A short delay due to an umpiring mix-up (shout out to Tapin for stepping in and saving the fixture) wasn’t enough to hinder our perfomance, and we dominated play from the whistle. Some slick passing and effective transfers - despite an unforgiving pitch - saw us quickly get the upper hand with Yarmouth seeing very little of the ball. However, some ruthless tackles from Yarmouth in our attacking D kept us at bay for the start of the half. Whilst frustrated in knowing we were the better team, we didn’t let this affect our game, and some well-worked passing down the right hand side of the pitch allowed us to get the ball in the danger zone for long enough for Emma Hewitt to slot the ball expertly into the backboards. We carried on fighting, determined to make this a convincing win, but Yarmouth were able to hold us to just one goal till the half time whistle.
After a positive team talk, we were ready to go again. Although Yarmouth changed their tactics to have at least two if not three players high at all times (making transferring the ball that bit trickier), we weren’t deterred. Some silky skills from Niamh Campbell and Lizzie Cheeseman left the Yarmouth defence more and more fatigued. This allowed Helen Busfield to send a rocket ball into the D, finding Emma Hewitt’s stick and resulting in a textbook deflection goal. Special mention must go to our two fullbacks - Leigh-Ann Worrall and Hannah Nunn - who were able to keep the threatening Yarmouth forwards at bay when the odd counter-attack fell in their favour, as well as keeper Serena Scott who managed three perfectly executed smothers to keep a clean sheet. A well-deserved win and a great team effort - and made all the better with a post-match beach trip complete with chips, slot machines and fresh donuts!
POTM: Ellyn Roberts
WOMENS 3RD XI - 25/01/2020 VS EAST COAST 2 (A)
TEAM: Womens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Womens 3rd XI VS 25/01/2020
HEADLINE: Another convincing win for City
LEAGUE: NORFOLK PREMIER DIVISION
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
VENUE: East Coast
RESULT: 1 - 5 Win
City 3s faced East coast 2s away this week. It saw City starting slow with a few scrappy passes, but they got it together and started to win a number of short corners. After a few practice runs, we eventually got the hang of the slow pitch and one of the shorts resulted in Lauren Lawrie scoring to get city on the score board 1-0 city.
With some great fast pace runs from Mia Moore which lead to another short corner where Gabby Sharp was there for a great deflection. 2-0 city at half time.
In the second half Liv Greenway opened up the scoring to make it 3-0 city. Some great work by the whole team led to one of many more short corners. Sally stepped up to the top of the D and took an awesome strike to make it 4-0 city.
With some great defensive work by city we were unfortunate to concede a penalty stoke for East coast 2s which they converted to make it 4-1 city. Some questionable decisions from the umpire saw Keeper Anna Linsmith receiving a green card and a spell in the sin bin for challenging their decision.
City stayed strong and kept the ball until they were back to 11 players. Winning yet another short corner for city saw player of the match Emma Richardson slot it home with a great left slip to end the game on 5-1 city.
MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 25/01/2020 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (A)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 25/01/2020
HEADLINE: Chances go a miss...
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
VENUE: Harleston Magpies
Harleston Dev v Norwich Dev
Harleston started off on the front foot using a strong midfield setup and placing a lot of pressure on the Norwich side which led to two early goals.
City began to get back into the game by the latter part of the first quarter, passing the ball well and having several shots on goal but thwarted by the Harleston keeper. 2-0
Into the second quarter and City took on another goal unfortunately but City worked relentlessly to try and get one back and through continuous chances City finally scored and started a come back. 3-1
Into the third quarter City played well when attacking with some lovely passing and running of the ball but we still struggled to defend as a team and were finding it difficult to hold Harleston which lead to a couple more goals against us.
City never gave up and in total had many more chances than Harleston to score and with several chances saved or the ball just missing the Harleston goal City did managed to score. 5-2
On reflection City could have been level with Harleston by the amount of opportunities but it was a game where the ball just didn’t want to go in.
Into the last quarter we switched to a different system which worked better against Harleston, holding their midfield and we could attack in numbers and defend more solidly leading to us scoring two more goals and limiting Harleston to one more goals against City bringing the final score to 6-4.
The City dev boys did really well, they never gave up and fought back against a very strong Harleston team.