WOMENS 1ST XI - 14/04/2018 VS COLCHESTER (H)
TEAM: Womens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Womens 1st XI VS 14/04/2018
HEADLINE: Norwich City 1s promoted back to East Prem with last game of the season
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 1 NORTH
The conclusion of the Division 1 North 2017/2018 season finally came after several weeks of postponements due to bad weather. It was all to play for for Norwich City as a win against Colchester would ensure they gained promotion back into the East Prem league.
With a rousing team talk and several pre match what’s app messages from Coach Pies Norwich were chomping at the bit to get the only result they wanted, a win, 3 points and the promotion. Could the girls put this long season to bed and prove that they could play some great hockey as they so often had throughout the season?
From the whistle City put pressure on Colchester with some great runs from Captain Jo Staines and Alice Gill working tirelessly in midfield. They were rewarded after 10 minutes when Jo made a strong pass across the D to a waiting Abbie Ingham who slotted the ball away calmly to make it 1-0 to City.
Colchester put up a good fight and were not going to make it easy for Norwich. They came back strong with the some good work through the centre of the pitch causing trouble for Norwich’s defence. Colchester were gifted with some short corners but could not capitalize with City’s keeper Rosie Valentine keeping things under control.
As the first half came to an end City began to panic making some unnecessary mistakes. They had more attacking chances with great work between the midfield and forward lines resulting in a slick reverse stick sweep by Rachel Mayne in front of goal that just passed the post.
City started the second half strongly having the majority of possession however it was to be a nervous 35 minutes as each side battled on trying to get a result. There were some great linking plays and skill shown by the whole City side. Working together from the defensive unit of Harriet Johnson, Ellie Pitcher, Sally Rose, Foungy Chung and Suzy Mitchell to the hard working midfielders, Alice Gill, Rachel Mayne, Ange Hindle and Jo Staines connecting well with the fast moving forward line of Ellie Brine, Emily Francis, Abbie Ingham and Micayla Toothill. City spent most of the second half camped in Colchester’s half of the pitch. They worked tirelessly but could not add anything more to the score sheet despite a handful of short corners and play around the D.
As the time ticked away City kept their composure and maintained possession, there were some well timed tackles and interceptions from player of the match Suzy Mitchell but overall it was a solid team performance. End result 1-0 win and a well deserved 2nd place finish in the league (City only losing 2 games all season) as well as the cherry on the top, promotion. Well done to the entire squad and many thanks to our coaching team. Onwards and upwards we go!
POM - Suzy Mitchell
WOMENS 6TH XI - 14/04/2018 VS BRECKLAND 1 (A)
TEAM: Womens 6th XI
FIXTURE: Womens 6th XI VS 14/04/2018
HEADLINE: City improve in second half but too late to find a win
LEAGUE: NORFOLK LEAGUE DIVISION 2
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: Breckland 2 - City 1
REPORT:A sudden venue change at 8am on the morning of the match, saw the 6s relocating last minute from Watton to Thetford for an 11.30am pushback. Add to this two cars with punctures and seven of the team delayed arriving as a result, and the team struggled to stay composed for the start of this penultimate match of the season.
Breckland played a long ball, powerful hitting-style game and Norwich had their work cut out to maintain a press and keep Breckland out of the defensive D.
Despite the pressure, Norwich managed to make several attacks but found it hard to break through and find the net. The going was tough and despite their determination and work rate City’s defensive unit also found the onslaught too much and two goals went in during the first half.
Half-time score 2-0 to Breckland.
City played better hockey in the second half, determined to opt for a short-passing game with frequent switches rather than to try and attempt to match Breckland at their hard-hit-style game.
This half saw more short corners and attacking play from Norwich, with an excellent drag flick penalty corner shot from Josine van den Berg unfortunately saved by Breckland’s keeper.
As the clock ticked, City began to learn to play better on the slower sand pitch and begin to pass the ball better. No further goals went as City upped their game by the minute, but they couldn’t quite convert and find their way back into the game. Meanwhile, Breckland stayed strong on the ball intercepting even the slightest misplaced ball by City.
In the last few seconds of the game City won a penalty corner. Too late to win the match, City were still determined to get on the score sheet. A lovely pass from Josine van den Berg was positioned just right for Liz Hollis to slip past the keeper making the final score Breckland 2 – Norwich 1.