MENS 2ND XI - 17/11/2018 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 2nd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 2nd XI VS 17/11/2018
HEADLINE: Millett ket us in it
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 1
VENUE: Harleston Magpies HC
RESULT: 2-1 Loss
REPORT: Late on Saturday, the 2s headed down to Harleston for a “local derby”; despite this fact, “grizzly” Silvester still managed to turn up 9 minutes late, surely he couldn't get TYFC again???
After losing the toss, city had to play the first half with the beautiful evening sun right in their faces, but this wasn’t the reason for Magpies going 1-0 up, as sloppy defending following a short corner saw the Magpies forwards lining up at the back post, eventually managing to get the ball in after Millett had made the initial save. City started to get back into the game, and created a couple of opportunities. However, we went into half time a goal down and a man down, as Tom Bailey got a 10 minute yellow for lashing out extremely violently at his opposite number by simply running into him.
Second half was a more even affair, as we created more and more chances, finally being rewarded when Chris Perry’s worst dragflick of the day went in. After that both teams pushed for the winner, and Magpies scored another close range goal to make it 2-1. Another one of our short corners hit the post, but Harleston were strong on the break and probably should have had a flick after Millett produced a horror tackle on ex-city player Dave Skinner, but throughout the game the umpiring decisions had been bewildering so nothing was given. In the last minute we produced two brilliant chances to salvage a point, but in the end we saw one saved and the other cleared by the postman.
Full time score 2-1.
Coming out of the game we were disappointed that we couldn’t get something, but positives must be taken because we are pushing teams right until the last minute again and again and deserve more points than we have at the moment.
MOTM: Ben Millett for a number of saves throughout the game which “kept us in it”
TYFC: Tom Bailey for “violent” conduct
MENS 3RD XI - 17/11/2018 VS DEREHAM 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 17/11/2018
HEADLINE: If only a match was one half...
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 2 NORTH
RESULT: 5-4 loss
City travelled to Dereham on a very sunny afternoon. City were the first out of the blocks and scored when Rees Leonard slotted the ball past the Dereham goliath of a keeper. Dereham soon became frustrated by City as they couldn't seem to get anywhere near the ball. City passed the ball beautifully and kept the pressure on. Dereham managed to get an equaliser but it wasn't long until City took the lead again from Jack Luther knocking the ball through the legs of the keeper. City then managed to get another goal from a drag flick by maestro Rees Leonard.
Dereham were becoming more and more frustrated, challenging the umpires and a player of theirs had a rest at the side of the pitch. There were more chances for City, but sadly these weren't taken. The game may have ended differently if they were....
The second half saw Dereham put a high press on City and City struggled to get the ball to the forwards as every ball seemed to be cut out in the middle of the pitch. Pressure and a physical game from Dereham resulted in them not only scoring two goals to equalise, but also a further two to take the lead. All within a bad spell of 10 minutes. City fought back and Rees Leonard managed to bag himself a hat trick, but City just weren't able to compete with the physical side of the game that Dereham brought in the second half.
The match ended with a Dereham win 5-4. City were frustrated to let the lead slip again, but can hold their heads high as it could be said they had the moral victory.
MOM: hat trick hero Rees Leonard.
TYFC: Captain Adam Sayer - shower gel explosion.
MENS 4TH XI - 17/11/2018 VS NORWICH CITY 5 (H)
TEAM: Mens 4th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 4th XI VS 17/11/2018
HEADLINE: Great advertisement for City youth
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 4 NORTH EAST
RESULT: NCHC 4ths 3 - 1 NCHC 5ths
On a glorious sunny afternoon the much anticipated 4s Vs 5s league match finally got under way. There had been the usual pre match hype and posturing prior to the game to rival great head to head confrontations of yester year - think Ali Vs Foreman, think Federer Vs Djokovic, think Tom and Jerry. Anyway, the match lived up to expectations and delighted the heaving crowds.
To be fair the youthful 5s looked to have come out of the blocks the better with Monty Platt, Reuben McCall and Freddie Paterson particularly lively - Ed Taylor maintained the momentum when he joined the fray. As the game developed the 4s made good use of a youthful in mind midfield of Paul Roy, Alex Tomkinson (youthful in mind and body) and Malcolm Jewers who was last seen in goal! (versatile to the core) and the irrepressible Jonty Black at right wing. It was fitting that an excellent run down the right, one two with Mr Peter Pan himself (Adie Land) and Jonty left Dan Jeffers a simple tap in to open the scoring.
On the stroke of half time the 4s won a series of short corners and finally made it 2-0 when Adie tapped in at the near post.
Undeterred the 5s again pressed at the beginning of the second half and reduced the arrears when James Hughes calmly slotted home.. This made for an entertaining half with the 4s playing the more fluent hockey (round the back and up the line or inside) and the 5s counter attacking at pace. Haren Patel played his own unique approach to centre back, often ahead of our forward line and Eddie Darley yet again proved his worth in goal. The 4s thought they’d extended their lead when a goal mouth scramble saw Jonty crash the ball home as the whistle went for a short corner (cheers Cookie!!). Paul Roy did then add a third goal for the 4s with a very powerful if somewhat unusual one handed left handed shot.....who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks??!!
The 5s responded well with a couple of half chances and a couple of short corners. As the sun set the final whistle blew with the general consensus was that the perfect cocktail of youth and experience really had put on a show that celebrated all that is right in the wonderful game we call hockey.
Fittingly, Jonty was named the 4s man of the match and it was great to see the youngsters from both teams happily eating match teas together and having a good old chin wag...as were the old hands on the other tables. Well done everyone - you showed how to play competitive inter-club matches in the right spirit.