MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 14/09/2019 VS NORWICH DRAGONS (H)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 14/09/2019
HEADLINE: City batters and deep fries dragons feet
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: Win 3-0
Norwich city took on a depleted dragons’ team for our preseason warm up friendly. It was a well intentioned encounter played with integrity; respecting umpiring decisions as is absolutely right, even on occasion owning up - as sportsman in this situation ought. That is not to say that either side gave a quarter nor did the experienced dev players refrain from occasional tactical play to constrain opposition attacks judging each situation really well and on its merits, thereby maintaining a clean sheet through the snuffing out of oppo attacks before they entered the D to strike except for 2 short corners.
Fitness was tested (!) and will have improved from the high work rates that no subs and our ambition imposed, which was entirely as intended. This week’s secret mission prize being awarded to Tom for exemplary defence against counter attacks often overturning possession through shadowing pressure something we all have to work hard on. Whilst all will have benefited from the work rate after the long summer break, the training intensity will rise over the next couple of weeks to ensure that we are well positioned for any cup encounter we may face in the area round. Players, please ensure you take responsibility for being well rested, hydrated and nutritioned to make the most of Tuesday evenings and the training opportunity it presents.
Our movement in attack was superb creating many D penetrations. Whilst the result looked comfortable we could have converted more and we’ll go through how in more detail in training - we can’t let good oppo goalkeeping get in the way of a victory!
Congrats to Harrison and Freddy G on their mens Devs appearances - a well grounded start that experience this year will enhance as we develop during the season’s journey. My thanks to Krishna, Sam H and Mattie for a solid performance for our midfield to build off. Sam K and Ed looked composed in our wide attacks, sharpening through quarter 2&3 to create opportunities which with our attacking midfield duo of Harry and Tom (every ready to hunt overturned ball) put immense pressure on oppo’s defence.
Huge thanks once again to Ellis, Charl and Corey who joined the dragon 8 even though it looked real weird to do so, so as to make a proper game with appropriate challenge and well done to James whose hattrick and high work rate off the ball earned him POTM. A good team effort well done guys.
Finally a big thanks to umpire Alex for astute and accurate decisions and to David for keeping us on our toes(!)and the game flowing so well.