COLTS XI - 02/02/2020 VS CAMBRIDGE CITY U16 (A)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 02/02/2020
HEADLINE: Harsh score line for City endeavour
EHA U16 Tier 1 Cup
VENUE: Cambridge University
RESULT: NCHC 2 - 6 Cambridge City
OK so a score of 6-2 does not look or sound great but it really doesn’t tell the story of a very even game. (I know teams that have lost day this but honestly it is true!)
Norwich started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down largely down to mistakes than amazing okay by our hosts. This soon became 3-0 although Norwich were beginning to play much better hockey. Rafe Lochore reduced the arrears and Norwich were unlucky not to makes the scores level with Rafe, Freddie Paterson, Jack Whitlam and Ethan Rushton all going close. As is the way with such games Cambridge scored just before half time to make score at the break a rather flattering 4-1.
After a rousing and truthful half time team talk from Jim “Mr Motivator” Pallister Borwich really took the game by the scruff of the neck with Jonty Black, Harry Mackenzie and Joseph Roy becoming more influential. Shot after shot after short corner just would not go in. Finally Rafe scores his second to provide some hope of a comeback. With Norwich pressing they were indebted to Archie Ward making some fantastic tackles and one awesome goal line clearance by Harry (I forgot my socks) Mackenzie.
With Sam Hyatt adopting a particularly attacking and roaming defensive role Norwich continued to press but to no avail. As if to rub salt into their wounds Joe Roy’s ‘goal’ was chalked off as the umpire had literally blown for a short corner as he struck the ball.
Thank you for your great team spirit and our amazing band of travelling supporters.
COLTS XI - 17/11/2019 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14 (H)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 17/11/2019
HEADLINE: Supportive win
LEAGUE: Cup Tournament
RESULT: Win 8-0
Just a quick note today on the performance this afternoon which at 8-0 we have to celebrate coming as it did through teamwork, sheer graft and good decision making.
The scorers had plenty of opportunities to finish and with composure made it, mostly, look easy. Given the supply and creativity of the team we had chances aplenty and, mostly, passed well to stick or thoughtfully into space. Our resilient defence put in a shift showing great courage when the dominance of our midfield area faltered, if it ever did. And finally, well, a clean sheet is always to be treasured.
Well done particularly to the younger players who lifted their games and proved their worth in this team by demonstrating their potential. To see them play so well, looking like it was their inalienable right to play on this pitch and in this team was the highest accolade we could ask for and I hope we squared our objectives away as coaches in this regard.
The key to unlocking further success in this tournament will come in the next 6 weeks by continuing to play and enjoy the sort of hockey that we played today. Let’s not take anything for granted, back to the coal face on Tuesday!