MENS 3RD XI - 14/09/2019 VS NORWICH DRAGONS 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 14/09/2019
HEADLINE: Rays of sunshine
RESULT: Dragons 2s 3 - 2 NCHC 3s
City’s somewhat makeshift team consisted of a mixture of youth, experience, new players and much needed support from the 2s (cheers Ben, Boycie, Tom and Matt). Needless to say we had not played together as a team before but that didn’t seem to matter in the early forays when Ed Taylor and Monty Platt took control of the midfield and created a lot of passing moves that put the hosts on the back foot. A delicate Rees Leonard finish gave City a deserved lead. After about 15 minutes. Whilst City moved the ball well they did not have things all their own way with Jason Wolf the catalyst for most of Dragons creativity and attacking threat. Dragons equalised with a clinical finish after a rather scruffy build up after about 25 minutes. 1-1 at half time.
A positional change at half time saw debutant Harsharam move from half back to the wing. City regained the lead through a control PC conversion from our drag flick specialist Rees. Sadly City’s lead was short lived as Drogons scored from 2 PCs in quick succession. The first was hotly contested as Dragons had been allowed the advantage, had played an excellent shot which brought out a fantastic save from Ben Millett only for it to be determined that no advantage had been gained....yours truly was not happy when the resultant pc flew past my ear!
The second PC rubbed salt in the wound as a series of pre season umpiring blunders (last time I checked you’re not allowed to dribble with your feet 🤔) got the ball into our D. To be fair the PCs themselves were very well taken but...! Frustration then boiled over as the same umpire allowed the same footballing skills right under their nose...Boycie had had enough and received a yellow for voicing his opinion. Poor old Dan Jeffers then got a yellow for suggesting Boycie had a point. He did but we cannot criticise or abuse umpires....we have off days, they have.......
With only 9 men City reverted to some long ball tactics which did themselves no justice. However, we did finish very strongly and almost cl8nched last gasp equaliser. Final play of the match, City get a PC, initial short saved, Dan Jeffers keeps the ball in the D, nails in a cross and Simon Black deflected the ball just wide.
Moral of the story - keep your cool, stick to our passing game, keep supporting each other (thumbs up for Ed and Monty) and get an attacker (not Simon) on the end of deflections!
Rays of of sunshine with occasional cloudy moments.
Well done Monty for being man of the match.
MENS 7TH XI - 14/09/2019 VS NORWICH DRAGONS 6 (A)
TEAM: Mens 7th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 7th XI VS 14/09/2019
HEADLINE: Opening Victory
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 6 NORTH EAST
VENUE: Dragons Den
RESULT: 6-1 Win
With numbers low across the club this Saturday, City were thankful to Dragons who lent a couple of players to make up our numbers.
City started well and took the lead through a Tom Ling deflected strike. A storming Glenn Tobias run brought goal number two, Dave Kidner, Ed Cotton and James Dorling looked solid at the back with Harry Kidner and Angus Irving playing well on each wing. City were unlucky when Dragons snuck a goal in just before the break. HT 2-1
Into the second half and City scored within a minute with Glenn Tobias stealing a goal at the far post following great work by Krishna Patel. 4 became 5 when Ling got his second goal with a clever reverse stick finish. The day was complete when young Krishna Patel who on debut fired home a low penalty corner strike for his maiden adult goal.
Well played City a 6-1 win and some impressive performances for the youngsters.
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.