U14B - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14 R3) - W 5-0 - Dominant City U14s Go Top
U14 COLTS XI - 08/11/2015 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14 (A) |
TEAM: U14 Colts XI
FIXTURE: U14 Colts XI VS 08/11/2015
HEADLINE: Dominant City U14s Go Top
LEAGUE: U14 championship
VENUE: Shotford Heath
RESULT: 5:0 win
The U14 Colts team rose from their beds early on Sunday morning for a championship match at Harleston. The water based pitch had been adequately dampened by the weather, allowing both teams plenty of prep time.
Magpies began the game strongly, dominating possession but yielding no good opportunities from their early pressure, due to the robust defensive skills of Bailey, Husband, Milne-Brown and Byrne.
As the half wore on, Norwich City grew into the contest and took the lead through a Cameron Cooke goal. Magpies continued to press and would have equalised but for a great reaction save from Woodhead. From the resulting clearance, Keeley forced his way out of the Norwich half, breaking multiple tackles before Harrad received the ball on halfway and threaded a superb through ball to Cooke, who beat the keeper for his second goal.
A third goal was added by Harrad off the keepers pads. Harleston continued to have a good share of possession, but their attacks were mostly dealt with by the outfield defence and any shots they did manage were comfortably dealt with by Woodhead's solid goalkeeping.
In the second half the pattern of play continued and Norwich added a fourth goal free Keeley had worked the ball into the D from the right wing to lay the ball off to Cooke, who finished confidently for his hat trick.
The match was finished off after an unfortunate incident in which Magpies conceded a penalty corner off a foot in the D just as one of their defenders came in from the wrong side and took a nasty blow to the head from Cooke's attempted shot. Un-phased by the incident, it was Cooke who put away the corner to complete the 5:0 victory, which leaves City 3 points clear at the top of the group table.
RESULT: W 5-0
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,George Harrad,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke
POTM: George Harrad
U14B - Ipswich & ES U14 (EH U14 R1) - W 4-1 - Norwich 4 Ipswich 1
COLTS XI - 04/10/2015 VS IPSWICH & ES U14 (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 04/10/2015
HEADLINE: Norwich 4 Ipswich 1
LEAGUE: EH U14 R1
RESULT: 4:1 win
REPORT: City colts U14 team opened this season's cup competition with a good win at home against Ipswich & East Suffolk. With the older and more experienced boys available for this match, Norwich opened the scoring through Cameron Cooke, who went on to add the second from a narrow angle.
I&ES managed to pull a goal back, despite the best efforts of Tom, Luke and Cameron Husband, who gave strong defensive performances. Cooke got his habitual hat-trick before a goal-bound shot from Ben Pestell was deflected in by Louis Hart.
RESULT: W 4-1
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Louis Hart
POTM: Cameron Cooke
U14G - Saffron Walden U14G (EH U14G RF) - W 2-0 - City Fillies Reach National Finals!
FILLIES XI - 19/04/2015 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14G (H) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 19/04/2015
HEADLINE: City Fillies Reach National Finals!
LEAGUE: U14 Girls EHC Regional Finals
REPORT: After topping their group in the early round the U14 Girls played in a group of four in the Midlands regional Round with the winner going through as one of only eight teams to the National Finals. City were drawn against Oxford Hawks, Stourport and Saffron Walden.
Our first game was against fellow group winners Oxford Hawks. They were a well drilled team with a particularly strong midfield combination. City started well and had a couple of short corners which were close. Oxford hit back and scored first with a very well taken reverse hit. City continued to press and were rewarded with their own goal when Abbie Ingham fielded a wide pass and brilliantly lobbed two defenders and the keeper to level the game on the stroke of half time. City sacrificed a forward player to bolster our midfield and throughout the second half continued to press. Emily Rash joined by Tilly Mann in the second half did a great job in stopping their two best players in midfield. We again had two short corners and a couple of chances. Importantly the defence of Becky Gaffney, Elllie Pitcher, Molly Crabtree and Maddie Anthony were rock solid, not allowing Oxford a single shot on goal. Right at the end we thought we had won when Emily dribbled past two defenders and scored only for an obstruction to be seen! However, after a draw City remained in the competition.
The second match saw us play a powerfull looking Stourport side who were playing with confidence after defeating Saffron Walden. City made a sluggish start and defended for most of the first half with Stourport missing a great chance to take the lead. With seconds to go in the half Eliza Barclay broke down the right with tremendous speed and slipped it to Abbie who beat her marker to score and take the lead. City started the second half strongly and soon had a second from another clinical shot by Abbie after some good work by midfielders Emma Richardson and Abigail Bourne. Again Stourport had a chance to score but somehow missed. They took their keeper off and played with an extra outfielder. This resulted in some exciting end to end hockey but without another clear cut chance and the game ended with City securing a crucial 2-0 win.
With City playing in the final game of the day against Saffron Walden we were able to see the other games played out. Another defeat for Saffron Walden by Oxford was then followed by Stourport playing City's closest rivals Oxford. Stourport won 2-0 and this left City with the knowledge that a victory in the final game would be enough.
The game was completely dominated by the City attack and after a couple of missed chances we took the lead from a well worked move from the left involving Grace Kidner and Abi releasing Abbie who passed to Eliza to blast it in for City to take a 1-0 lead into half time. Saffron Walden did not give up but with Maddie Anthony remaining steadfast in the centre they could not get the ball out of their half. The pressure told and the midfield broke through once again for the attack to create a chance which Grace Kidner slotted home to see us safe with a 2-0 lead. The final whistle blew with City on top and into the National Finals to be played at the Lee Valley Olympic Stadium on May 10.
The girls deserved to win as they played the best team hockey when it mattered most and showed the determination needed to continually win the ball back and create the chances which they ruthlessly took.
Sophie Turner (GK)
Maddie Anthony (C)
We had lots of support on the day and the Club did a great job as hosts. Managers Ian and John really benefitted from have Ali on the touchline and Pies offering advice between games.
RESULT: W 2-0
SCORERS: Eliza Barclay,Grace Kidner
POTM: Maddie Anthony
U14B - Bury U14 Boys (EH U14 Cup) - W 3-1 - U14 Boys win Local League
COLTS XI - 01/03/2015 VS BURY U14 BOYS (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 01/03/2015
HEADLINE: U14 Boys win Local League
CUP: EH Under 14 Cup
VENUE: Culford School
RESULT: Bury St Edmunds 1 Norwich City 3
City visited Culford School to play their re-arranged Under 14 Cup fixture which was previously rained off. City were already top of the league, but were aware a heavy defeat could see them lose top spot. However, City were confident having conceded no goals thus far in the competition.
Bury proved to be no pushovers and started brightly initially penning City in their own half. As a result the City defence of Sam Bingham, Jack Watling, Fitz Hornor, George Harrad and Dan Phillips had to look sharp to keep Bury at bay and repel the opening short corners. However, City then started to gain a foothold and with an early counter attack took the lead. A break down the left culminated in Ben Chapman playing a a ball to Cameron Cooke behind the Bury defence who took the ball into circle and crashed the ball home.
This goal lifted City and they started to assert their authority on the game adding a second soon after. A lovely 1-2 in midfield between Ben Withers and Harry Paterson opened up the Bury defence allowing Ben to release Cameron Cooke. Though his initial shot was blocked Cameron was on hand to convert the rebound. A third soon followed which was a great team goal. Starting from a 16 City put together a number of passes moving the ball from the back to front. The ball again fell to Cameron Cooke whose shot was saved by the keeper. Cameron reacted quickest to retrieve the ball from the edge of the circle and his cross was turned in by Ben Chapman. Dan Byrne entered the fray as City rotated their squad.
With a 3-0 lead at the break City were asked to make more use of width and to improve their marking. After the restart City immediately moved the ball wide to Alex Merron and his cross almost resulted in a further goal. Bury responded forcing a short corner and from a variation smashed the ball home to reduce the arrears. The match then became very even with both sides creating chances. City were indebted to Player of the Match Sam Bingham for some timely interceptions and tackles and Ben Millett in the City goal made some vital saves to deny Bury further goals.
A hard fought win that sees City top their group with a 100% record. They now await the draw for the Regional Finals.
RESULT: W 3-1
SCORERS: Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman
POTM: Sam Bingham
U14G - Dereham U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 9-0 - U14 Girls Finish Top of the Midlands Cup Qualifying Group
FILLIES XI - 15/02/2015 VS DEREHAM U14 (H) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 15/02/2015
HEADLINE: U14 Girls Finish Top of the Midlands Cup Qualifying Group
U14 Cup - City Finish First
City knew a win today would see them top their group. With five member of the regular squad missing a number of younger players made their debuts. The team were not going to settle for second best and this showed from the very beginning with Dereham pressed back from the push back and unable to get the ball away from their D. City scored their opener after Abbie stole the ball from a defender and beat the keeper to score. Just now minute later after an interception by Maddie the ball was played through to Tilly on the edge of the D and she placed it in the corner to put City two up. More good work from the tireless Becky saw a flowing move which allowed Grace to calmly slot home on the far post. Captain Maddie scored the fourth with a powerful hit from a shot corner. The defence well marshalled by Ellyn, saw strong tackles by Molly and Hannah keeping Dereham to just one shot. Half time saw City lead 4-0.
The second half followed the same pattern with more pressure from the midfield of Emma, Tilly, Maddie and Becky resulting in most of the game being played around the Dereham goal. Abbie scored two more, Maddie blasted in a short corner, Rachael followed in a shot to score and Abbie unselfishly played in Verity who scored on her debut. City changed the positions around a little and Dereham had chances to score but Rosie in goal was determined to keep a clean sheet and made a fantastic diving save towards the end of the game. The final score was 9-0.
City finished on top of Midlands League 4 scoring 27 goals and conceding 4 in just four games. They will go forward to the Regionals on April 19 with the opportunity to qualify for the Nationals.
RESULT: W 9-0
SCORERS: Abbie Ingham,Grace Kidner,Maddie Anthony,Rachael Phillips,Abbie Ingham,Maddie Anthony,Abbie Ingham,Verity Wills,Rachael Phillips
POTM: Abbie Ingham
U14B - Norwich Dragons U14 (EH U14 Cup) - W 2-0 - City U14 Boys Win Local League and Qualify for Regional Finals!
COLTS XI - 08/02/2015 VS NORWICH DRAGONS U14 (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 08/02/2015
HEADLINE: City U14 Boys Win Local League and Qualify for Regional Finals!
LEAGUE: EH U14 Cup
RESULT: WON 2-0
On a cold and crisp afternoon, Norwich City U14 Boys beat local rivals Dragons 2-0 to win the league and qualify for the Regional Finals of the England Hockey U14 Cup, despite still having a game to play.
Buoyed by easy wins earlier in the competition, and despite some words of warning from their coach, City opened in a relaxed fashion against Dragons. It quickly became clear that this was going to be a tougher game, with the first fifteen minutes being very evenly matched and both teams having their share of play. However, with Sam Bingham and Tom Bailey marshalling the defence and the ever-alert Ben Millett in goal, Dragons had few chances. Meanwhile, our strong midfield spine of Harry Paterson, Ben Withers and Dan Phillips began to win the crucial battles, getting the ball forward to Alex Merron and Ben Chapman on the wings. Time and again City entered the Dragons D, only to come away with nothing, having managed to pepper the Dragons goalie with shots and narrowly miss the goal on either side.
Still 0-0 at half time, this was a game for the taking but one we could also easily lose. We talked about keeping our shape and winning short corners. As the second half began, City’s dominance continued, with all our players camped in the Dragons half and just the occasional breakaway to contend with. With the Dragons goalie supreme and City not being clinical enough, the game was in deadlock. But then, with City’s sixth short corner of the game, Ben Withers fired a torpedo of a shot which Dragons could not keep out.
With the game at 1-0, City began to play more confidently and, within minutes, Ben Withers scored again from the right hand side of the D with another absolute exocet of a shot which smashed into the backboard.
City continued to attack but could not quite get the third and the game finished a 2-0 win. It was a good, if nerve-wracking, game of hockey against strong opposition and we will have learnt a lot from it – on another day we could have won this by a lot more. Equally, it was a game that we could have lost and all the boys put in huge amounts of effort to keep City on top.
Most importantly this win sees us through to the u14 Regional Finals on top of the Group – despite having a game to play. Our record so far: played 3, won 3, goals for 15, goals against 0.
Man of the Match went to Ben Withers who played a great game as inside forward, scoring two and causing real problems for Dragons. Special mention also goes to our unsung heroes, Sam Bingham and Tom Bailey, who played a disciplined and faultless game as our two central defenders and gave us the platform for our attacking game.
RESULT: W 2-0
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Withers
POTM: Ben Withers
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