MENS 3RD XI - 19/09/2020 VS UEA 3 (H)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 19/09/2020
HEADLINE: Festival Fever
RESULT: City 3s 5 - 0 UEA 3s
City entertained UEA in a good spirited mactch at sun drenched Taverham. Despite the early start there was a decent crowd to witness some free flowing hockey. Freddie Paterson opened the scoring and City would have been three up inside the first 15 minutes had it not been for the students’ keeper twice thwarting Robert McCall.
However, City reserved their best hockey following the departure of Captain Simon Black due to injury which seemed to galvanise the team, and man of the match Alex Tomkinson in particular. Mark Fletcher made is 2-0 before a Rees Leonard penalty corner made it 3-0. A fourth City goal was correctly ruled out but left them in a dominant position at half time.
The second half saw some excellent link up play with the ever young Paul Roy and Nick Hooper combining beuatifully with the youthful Tomkinson, Freddie Paterson, Robert McCall and Josh Bailey. A Nick Hooper reverse hit and a classic Rees Leonard finish made it 5-0. Whilst City created a host of other chances they were thwarted by a combination of good keeping, last ditch defending and less than clinical finishing.
With this the final pre-season match there were plenty of good performances to make selection a challenge for the opening league match next week and City 4s.
Man of the match was Alex Tomkinson who turned a sluggish opening 15 minutes into a genuinely impressive and composed performance.
MENS 3RD XI - 12/09/2020 VS NORWICH EXILES 1 (A)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 12/09/2020
HEADLINE: Local derby ends in City victory
RESULT: Norwich City 3s 3 - 1 Exciles
City continued their pre season preparation with a good if laboured victory over local rivals Exiles in the glorious September sun at Taverham.
City started well with Elliot Fox particularly influential in the early stages.. His clinical cross allowing Freddie Paterson to open the scoring in the 7th minute. Whilst City’s build up play was intelligent and effective their penalty corners were not, with at least 5 failing to threaten extending the lead. A simple but effective tap-in from Alex Tomkinson extended the lead after 25 minutes but as City looked to relax and play the ball around they we hit on the counter attack by an excellent if somewhat unchallenged run by Dan Cheeseman reduced the arrears, 2-1.
Whilst the half time team talk was all about ball pace and support play, the heat and to some extent dominance of City lead to some lapses in concentration that allowed Bobby Rash to demonstrate his keeping prowess through a string of excellent saves. Whilst City’s back three looked confident and secure they did tend to become somewhat defensive and distant from the midfield. The final quarter saw both keepers pull off some good saves but it was, for the second week running, a thunderbolt from the top of the D from Paul Roy that secured the City win.
Several players received man of the match nominations, with the award going to Bobby Rash.