U14B - IES U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-0 - Norwich City Boys Stun IES in Nine Goal Demolition
U14 BOYS - 23/11/2014 VS IES U14 (A) |
TEAM: U14 Boys
FIXTURE: U14 Boys VS 23/11/2014
HEADLINE: Norwich City Boys Stun IES in Nine Goal Demolition
LEAGUE: BOYS U14 CUP
VENUE: Culford School
RESULT: Won 9-0
Norwich City U14 Boys travelled to Culford on a very, very wet Sunday to play an U14 Cup match against the regional league leaders Ipswich East Suffolk. Despite the torrential rain, City Boys played some sparkling hockey to run out 9-0 winners against a shell-shocked IES team, with Cameron Cook scoring an amazing double hat-trick (that’s six goals for the mathematically challenged) in 40 minutes of hockey.
City knew that IES would very likely be tired after playing Bury St.Edmunds that morning, so our aim was to get on top quickly. The Boys delivered on that, playing some swift passing hockey that tore IES apart. With Harry Paterson and Sam Bingham winning all the challenges in the middle of the pitch, the irrepressible inside forwards of Alex Merron and Ben Withers covering lots of ground, and Dan Phillips and Ben Chapman shredding the opposition on the wings, we were playing real champagne hockey. After tha,t all the Boys had to do was get the ball to Cookie, and the Goal Machine would do the rest.
I am afraid that my paper records turned into papier mache in the rain, so I can’t recall the detail of all the goals, but I do know that Cookie scored two goals in the first five minutes after good team interplay, Ben Chapman swept the ball into an open goal after some hypnotic Dan Phillips dribbling and Ben Withers scored a very good short corner deflection. Finally Cookie rounded off the first half with two more for a 6-0 halftime lead.
IES’s obviously had a good half-time time teamtalk, as they came out more strongly in the second half, with Daniel Byrne, George Harrad, Jack Watling and Fitz Hornor all having to tackle strongly in defence and sadly preventing our goalie Ben Millet from having much to do at all. However, City inexorably pulled ahead again, with Cookie scoring two more mid-way through the second half. Finally, skipper Harry Paterson decided Cookie had had too much of the limelight, beat four tackles on his way into the D before slipping the ball under the diving goalie for the 9-0 win.
All-in-all it was a superb exhibition of hockey with many claimants for the man-of-the-match award. However, it would be churlish not to give the award to Cameron “Six Goals” Cook, even though it was pointed out that he had missed a couple of sitters and really must do better.
Sadly our second game of the day, against Bury, was postponed as the Culford Pitch gave in to the deluge and was only traversible in a canoe. However, with two wins out of two so far and a goal difference of +13, the City Boys have taken a big step towards qualification from the Group and look forward to the last two games against Dragons and Bury.
RESULT: W 9-0
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Harry Paterson
POTM: Cameron Cooke
U14B - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 5-0 - Fantastic Five For City U14 Boys
COLTS XI - 09/11/2014 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 09/11/2014
HEADLINE: Fantastic Five For City U14 Boys
LEAGUE: Boys EH U14 Championships
VENUE: Home (TRF)
RESULT: Won 5-0
Norwich City has a great pedigree in the Boys U14 Championships, having been National Finalists two years ago and Regional Finalists last year. So it was with great excitement that Norwich City kicked off this year’s campaign with a resounding 5-0 victory over rivals Harleston Magpies, with two goals apiece from Ben Withers and Cameron Cooke, and the fifth from Ben Chapman.
As the early rain cleared away, the City Boys started strongly and it was only five minutes into the game when Ben Withers crashed a reverse stick shot against the backboard for a 1-0 lead. City continued to attack, and for most of the time only City goalkeeper Ben Millet was to be found in the City half. Magpies defended well, with their keeper making some vital saves, but City’s attack was not to be resisted. Dan Phillips on the right drove the ball along the bye-line before pulling it back to striker Cameron Cooke, who carefully slotted the ball past the keeper. Soon after, skipper Harry Paterson in centre midfield threaded a ball through to Cooke who this time thumped his reverse stick shot into the goal for a 3-0 half-time lead.
The second half started off scrappily, with both teams winning and losing the ball in equal measure. Fortunately City’s defence was in fine form, in particular Tom Bailey and Sam Bingham, who mopped up everything coming their way. After twenty minutes without a City goal, Dan Phillips started injecting real pace into the game, with some rapid dribbling on the right wing. City responded and changed up a gear, with Ben Withers scoring at a short corner with a beautifully hit shot just inside the left post for 4-0.
Then came two chances for Cameron Cooke, who was put through on goal with great through balls from Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. On the first, Cameron skilfully lobbed the keeper, only to see the ball just going over the bar, then with the second Cameron committed the keeper before unselfishly passing to the onrushing Ben Chapman who was able to slot the ball into an empty goal.
Having not touched the ball all game, our keeper Ben Millet was finally tested in the last few minutes of the game and, with the Magpies striker bearing down on him one-on-one, Ben just managed to get a stick to the ball to deflect it wide and keep his clean sheet.
And so the game ended 5-0, with the score arguably being somewhat flattering to Magpies. This was the first game the Boys have played together for some months, so it is a great start and is a promise of even better play to come. Unsurprisingly, the Man of the Match votes were evenly spread, with the winner being Dan Phillips.
RESULT: W 5-0
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Withers,Ben Chapman
POTM: Daniel Phillips
U14G - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 Cup) - D 2-2 - A solid draw for City
U14 GIRLS EHC - 09/11/2014 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (H) |
TEAM: U14 Girls EHC
FIXTURE: U14 Girls EHC VS 09/11/2014
HEADLINE: A solid draw for City
LEAGUE:U14 EHC Girls
City went into this game full of confidence knowing a win today would leave them favourites to win their group. We got off to a slow start conceding a goal inside the first few minutes as a half hit shot hit a city player and trickled in. We struggled at first to find our rhythm and were guilty of forcing the pass through players rather looking for the spaces. However gradually we got on top and after hitting the post and a period of domination with some good saves by their GK we scored when a cross shot from Abigail Bourne was tucked away by Jess Beeson at the far post. The city dominance continued into the second half with a series of short corners from the pressure we built. Magpies were left to the odd counter attack and GK Sophie Turner made a couple of excellent saves. City created the move of the match when smart build up play from captain Maddie Anthony allowed Abbie Ingham to break through their defence and deliver a perfect cross for Rachael Phillips to calmly pick her spot to score to take a 2-1 lead. Again more short corners for city but no goal to finish the game off. Magpies eventually broke through from a long corner and a couple of missed tackles let them in to level 2-2. Despite further pressure we could not find the winner that our possession and territory deserved. Never the less all the girls fought hard throughout what was a physical game and deserve great credit for turning round a 0-1 deficit to finish on top and go forward to our next game still unbeaten with the chance to qualify for the Midland finals with a game in hand.
RESULT: D 2-2
SCORERS: Jessica Beeson,Rachael Phillips
POTM: Sophie Turner
U14G - Bury St Edmunds U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-1 - City In Total Control Make A Great Start To The Tournament
U14 GIRLS - 19/10/2014 VS BURY ST EDMUNDS U14 (A) |
TEAM: U14 Girls
FIXTURE: U14 Girls VS 19/10/2014
HEADLINE: City In Total Control Make A Great Start To The Tournament
LEAGUE: U14 National Cup
VENUE: Culford School
RESULT 9-1 Win
The team made up of last year's Development League Champions had enjoyed a good warm up night against the U16 team and a mixed ladies team. We started strongly against the previously unbeatenBury St Edmonds with an attack from the push back and the theme of the first half began with City camped out in the opposition half but lacking a little composure to score the goals our possession demanded. We ended the half two up with Bury not having a shot at all.
The half time talk was one of be in the right place, take a shot when you have one and most of all follow up shots looking for rebounds. The team tore into Bury throughout the second half and scored seven more times allowing Bury only one shot on goal in the entire game. Some of our goals involved more than ten passes between five or six players sweeping from the back left to right and clinical finishing.
The defence looked solid with Maddie composed as ever with Ellie and Becky tackling strongly. The Link between Emily and Abbie was devastating and created many excellent chances for Grace and Eliza who deservedly got on the scoresheet. Emma and Abi constantly backed up the attackers with crisp passing. I should also mention Rachael, Ellyn and Rosie, the younger members of the squad who all made good contributions. Despite our superiority the girls played as a team throughout and continued to receive applause from the opposition for their brilliant play.
Goalscorers: Grace x2, Abbie x5, Eliza x2
Next time we are playing Magpies which will be a harder game, but we will be ready for them!
RESULT: W 9-1
SCORERS: Emily Rash,Grace Kidner,Eliza Barclay,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Abbie Ingham,Eliza Barclay
POTM: Emma Richardson
U14B - Phoenix Blue Hornets (EHB U14B R5) - D 3-3 - City Boys finish 'Top of the League'
COLTS XI - 02/03/2014 VS PHOENIX BLUE HORNETS (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 02/03/2014
HEADLINE: City Boys finish 'Top of the League'
LEAGUE: U14 Championships
VENUE: Felsted School
RESULT: 3-3 Draw
City took a strong 13 man U14 squad to Felsted School to face Phoenix Blue Hornets knowing they were already champions of their regional league.
Blue Hornets proved to be strong opposition and it took Norwich 5 minutes to settle into their stride. On 7 minutes Norwich won a short corner, and when Harry Peterson's initial strike was saved it was left to Foe Flatt to coolly slot home the rebound and put City ahead
For the next 10 minutes City's central spine of Duffy, Cushion and Bailey soaked up everything Blue Hornets could offer and created chances of their own with great work down the right from Dan Phillips. However, on 17 minutes, a rare series of defensive errors allowed the opposition a shot at goal which Cazier was unable to stop and the scores were level
City's good work was rewarded on 27 minutes when Josh Bailey dribbled into the 'D' and forced a good save out of the Blue Hornets keeper only for Harry Paterson to pounce on the rebound and put City ahead once more
Despite good work from City's back line of Duffy, Pierson, Ingham, Watling and debutant Nathan Sharpe, they were unable to prevent Blue Hornets from winning their first short corner of the match on the stroke of half time which they converted to make the score 2-2 at the break
The second half continued in much the same way as the first with both midfields battling for supremacy. City won a short corner after 13 minutes which Captain Cushion made short work of with a clean strike into a corner giving the keeper no chance
City were unable to hold on for the victory they deserved after allowing Blue Hornets to draw level once more from another short corner goal late on
3-3 at full time and City progress to the next phase of the competition in April
RESULT: D 3-3
SCORERS: Joe Flatt,Harry Paterson,Jake Cushion
POTM: Harry Paterson
U14G - Ipswich (EHB U14G R2) - W 1-0
TEAM: UNDER 14 GIRLS |
DATE: 10 NOVEMBER 2013
FIXTURE: NORWICH CITY v IPSWICH
CUP: ENGLAND HOCKEY U14 CHAMPIOSHIP
VENUE: TAVERHAM HIGH SCHOOL
RESULT: NORWICH CITY 1 IPSWICH
City produced a gritty performance to clinch a narrow victory over a good Ipswich side in the England Hockey U14 Championship. It was Ipswich who started brightly with their two midfield players and right winger looking particularly threatening, posing danger deep into City territory. City were guilty of giving the ball away too easily and found difficulty in relieveing the pressure. Despite the Ipswich pressure the City defence managed to hold firm, Evie Wills, Lydia Ellis-Baumber, Louisa Crabtree putting in some good strong tackles and interceptions. City eventually started to find their feet, intitially relying on breaks down the flanks through Eliza Barclay and player of the match Emma Richardson. City, slightly against the run of play, then found themselves ahead. An initial shot was saved but the ball fell to Eliza Barclay on the edge of the circle who expertly placed her shot into the far corner. The goal gave City a boost, whislt deflating Ipswich and the tide began to turn.
After the break City gained the upperhand forcing Ipswich onto the back foot. Flo Duffield and Emily Rash worked hard in midfield with support from Abbie Ingham to maintain the momentum. However, City were unable to increase their lead and as the final whistle approached City began to tire and were forced to defend again, Alice Beckett and Emma Richardson putting in some timely tackles.
A good result that sees City unbeaten in their league so far.
RESULT: W 1-0
SCORERS: Eliza Barclay
POTM: Emma Richardson