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U14B - Saffron Walden U14 (U14 T1 R1) - W 8-0 - Supportive win
COLTS XI - 17/11/2019 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14 (H) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 17/11/2019 
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! 
RESULT: W 8-0 
SCORERS: Harvey Nkrumah,Corey Rushton,Harvey Nkrumah,Matthew Roy,Max Wilson,Harvey Nkrumah,Corey Rushton,Harvey Nkrumah 
POTM: Krishna Patel

U14G - Ipswich & ES U14 (U14G T2 R2) - L 0-1 - So close and yet so far
FILLIES XI - 17/11/2019 VS IPSWICH & ES U14 (A) 
TEAM: Fillies XI 
DATE: 17/11/2019 
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 17/11/2019 
HEADLINE: So close and yet so far 
VENUE: IESHC, Rushmere Hockey Centre  
RESULT: Lost 0-1 
REPORT: The U14 Cup Team travelled down to Ipswich for a horribly early start, accompanied by a plethora of supporters and chauffers for the second game in their cup run. In fact, we travelled with so many vociferous supporters that our applauding and cheering drowned out any supposed home team advantage. Good job guys! 
On the pitch, we fielded a young, but exciting squad, who have all experienced playing in either Regional or National Finals at some stage and it showed, against an older, faster and more experienced squad. At no stage were the girls overawed or made to look second best. Once they got into the flow of the game they realised that they needed to defend and support each other if they were to still be in the reckoning at the end of the match. This tenacious spirit was best summed up by Emily, Rosie and Lucy in midfield, who put in tackle after tackle and ran their opposite number down, wherever they tried to hide. This never say die attitude was soon picked up by all the girls as they hunted in small packs to stop the faster IES girls. Behind the girls in goal, stood a resolute Sophia, who appeared to be re-enacting Gandalfs famous "they shall not pass" moment as she made save after save, with early decision making, good movement and strong ground work. Enough to earn her POTM.  
With 15 minutes left Alice managed to get an early shot off that pinged against the left hand post of a wrong footed IES keeper, then promptly span along the goal line and back into open play. Unfortunately our raucous cheering drowned out the umpires calling of "play on" and we had to accept that the game still stood at 0-0. A hard-luck moment reinforced by IES squeezing a topped shot in at the far post, minutes later. The fight was now on and with just 5 minutes remaining Rosie and Grace managed to combine twice to create two breakaway chances for our front line, but they just wouldn't go in. 
A sad result, for one of the most tenacious efforts that I have had the pleasure to see as a junior coach. Well done girls. 
RESULT: L 0-1 
POTM: Sophia Colman

U14B - Ipswich & ES (EH U14B T1 Reg) - W 4-0 - City start regionals with with win
COLTS XI - 24/03/2019 VS IPSWICH & ES (H) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 24/03/2019 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 24/03/2019 
HEADLINE: City start regionals with with win 
LEAGUE: Under 14 boys tier 1 Cup Regional 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT:4-0 win 
REPORT: Norwich started strongly against Ipswich and East Suffolk with Max Wilson and Freddie Smith causing havoc down the right hand side. They controlled the match through the passing ability of Sam Hyatt and James Cross but could not convert their early chances. Ipswich showed some threat on the break but it was tough for them as they had so little of the ball. Norwich took the lead just before halftime with a well struck Sam Hyatt shot from a short corner. 
Norwich continued to dominate after half time and extended the lead shortly after half time when Toby Pallister tapped in a James Cross strike. Ollie Miller added the third having taken up a great position at the far post and Henry Baker concluded the scoring with a powerful backhand shot. A good confidence building win.  
RESULT: W 4-0 
SCORERS: Jason Hyatt,Toby Pallister,Oliver Millett,Henry Baker 
POTM: Sam Hyatt

U14B - Bromley & Beckenham (EH U14B T1 Reg) - W 2-1 - Max Inspires City Win
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 24/03/2019 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 24/03/2019 
HEADLINE: Max Inspires City Win 
LEAGUE: National Cop Regional Finals 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT:2-1 win 
REPORT: In there second pool game against a Bromley and Beckenham the Norwich City under 14s took. The Norwich forwards of Max Marcus O'Sullivan, Jack Whitlam, Duncan Mallett and Ollie Millett pressed the Bromley defense hard all game. Their work and this pressure lead to Max Wilson intercepting a Bromley and Beckham 16 before driving into the D and calmly slipping the ball past the on-rushing keeper. 
City continued to dominate the game through the midfield work of Tom Ellis, Freddie Smith, James Cross and Henry Baker. They stretched their lead when Toby Pallister defected a James Cross shot/cross into the goal and could have sealed the match if the combination of keeper and post had not come to Bromley and Beckham's rescue following shots from James Cross, Marcus O'Sullivan and Toby Pallister.  
Bromley and Beckham scored through a short with under 5 minutes to go and then won a short corner with the final attack of the game. They moved the short corner right and fired at the goal. Sam Hyatt blocked the shot defecting the ball over the top of the goal. A draw v Sevenoaks would be enough to gain qualification to the National Finals. 
RESULT: W 2-1 
SCORERS: Max Wilson,Toby Pallister 
POTM: Max Wilson

U14B - Sevenoaks (EH U14B T1 Reg) - W 2-1 - NCHC under 14 Boys seal win to Nationals
COLTS XI - 24/03/2019 VS SEVENOAKS (H) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 24/03/2019 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 24/03/2019 
HEADLINE: NCHC under 14 Boys seal win to Nationals 
LEAGUE: National Cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT:2-1 win 
REPORT: Sevenoaks had won all their qualifying group fixtures and were expected to be the toughest opponents that the Norwich City under 14s would face in there regional finals. Despite the fact that Norwich only needed a draw to qualify for the national finals and Sevenoaks required a win it was Norwich who started the fastest creating a couple of early chances before taking the lead through a short corner. Toby Pallister beat a couple of players at the top of the D before clipping a backhand shot past the keeper for Henry Baker to tap in.  
Although Sevenoaks did pose a threat down the flanks Archie Ward, Krishan Patel, Cameron Hansell and Farren Miller prevented them from creating an real chances. Norwich through Max Wilson, Ollie Millett and Jack Whitlam continued to threaten. Norwich extended their lead through a well struck Sam Hyatt short corner.  
Sevenaoks now chasing the game pulled one back with a couple of minutes to go and might have equalized if Will Farrow in the City goal had not pulled off an incredible stick save.  
The City boys are now looking forward to playing the other top sides in the country at Reading Hockey Club on the 11th May.  
RESULT: W 2-1 
SCORERS: Henry Baker,Sam Hyatt 
POTM: Toby Pallister

U14B - Saffron Walden U14 (EH U14B) - W 6-0 - City Boys win comfortably
COLTS XI - 27/01/2019 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14 (H) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 27/01/2019 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 27/01/2019 
HEADLINE: City Boys win comfortably 
LEAGUE: Tier 1 Under 14 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Taverham 
REPORT: Norwich City's under 14 cup team produced another dominant display to virtually guarantee winning their cup group. Norwich started well moving the ball around the pitch with great pace. They took the lead through a reverse stick shot from Marcus O'Sullivan; the lead was stretched first through a James Cross drag flick and then a solo dribble and reverse stick shot from Toby Pallister. Norwich could have extended their lead when Henry Baker's was fouled in front of goal following a driving run. The resulting penalty flick rebounded off the cross bar. Minutes later Henry smashed a powerful openside shot into the corner of the goal only for it to be ruled out by the umpires. 
The second half did not provide any let up for Saffron. Any attacks were snuffed out by Archie Ward, Farren Miller and Sam Hancock. Sam Hyatt and Krishna Patel passing ability exposed weakness in the Saffron Defence; Max Wilson and Ollie Millett's pace kept causing constant problems for them; The dynamic Freddie Smith never allowing Saffron midfield to settle; second half goals came for both Duncan Mallett (2) and Jack Whitlam. All in all a quiet game for Seb Kimber in goal!  
RESULT: W 6-0 
SCORERS: Marcus O'Sullivan,James Cross,Jim Pallister,Duncan Mallett,Jack Whitlam,Duncan Mallett 
POTM: Toby Pallister

U14B - Harleston Magpies U14 (EH U14B) - W 6-1 - Under 14 boys win again
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 04/11/2018 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 04/11/2018 
HEADLINE: Under 14 boys win again 
LEAGUE: Under 14 Cup  
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: 6-1 
Another good victory for the City under 14s; this time against Harleston Magpies. City took an early lead when Jack Whitlam took a reverse stick shot from close to the base line which ended up in the roof of the net. City stretched the lead when (man of the match and captain for the day) Freddie Smith put away a rebound from a short corner. The third goal created by Ollie Millett’s delightful pass was calmly finished by Max Wilson. Toby Pallister completed the first half scoring with a solo effort which saw him carry the ball from the half way line leaving the Magpies defenders in his wake before lifting the rebound following the Magpies’ keeper’s initial save. 
City’s dominance in the first half was build on the outstanding performances from Sam Hyatt, James Cross, Krishna Patel and Cameron Hansell. The patience and good decision making of the “defensive” unit created the space and gave the forwards the opportunities to score. 
The second half was tighter. Magpies came out hard and converted an early chance. City’s control of the match was quickly re-established with Jamie Granville, Sam Hancock, and Mattie Roy harrying the Magpies from the front to the back. Then the tireless Henry Baker picked out Ollie Millett for the fifth goal and Jack Whitlam reverse stick completed the scoring. 
Despite the good team victory they boys felt they could play better! 
RESULT: W 6-1 
SCORERS: Jack Whitlam,Freddie Smith,Max Wilson,Toby Pallister,Oliver Millett,Jack Whitlam 
POTM: Freddie Smith

U14B - IES U14 (EH U14B) - W 6-0 - Good away win to kick start cup run... Hopefully
COLTS XI - 14/10/2018 VS IES U14 (A) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 14/10/2018 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 14/10/2018 
HEADLINE: Good away win to kick start cup run... Hopefully 
LEAGUE: Under 14 Tier 1 Cup 
VENUE: Ipswich 
RESULT: 0-6 Win 
REPORT:Everyone arrived on time and raring to go at the Ipswich school ground to play in the first round of the competition against IES. The pitch is a fantastic facility and it was a warm and bright morning....perfect conditions! The Norwich City team was constructed with strong players including newcomers Duncan Mallett James Cross and Max Wilson and the match began with heads high and a positive attitude. Within minutes Jack Whitlam had received the ball and manoeuvered it cautiously round the keeper and into the back of the net. Some excellent passing back and around the edges secured a further two goals from Ollei millet and James Cross before the half-time whistle.  
Into the second-half IES never really posed a threat, the defence was strong with some fine interventions from Archie Ward, Sam Hyatt and Krishna Patel. We missed some opportunities to further increase our lead but the midfielders worked hard to keep getting the ball up the field and present more chances. The subsequent two goals scored by Duncan and Freddie were secured after some superb passing and control of the ball down the length and breadth of the pitch and some good cohesive teamwork.  
Jack completed the game with a sixth goal with a reverse stick scooping the ball up high and straight into the back of the net - this time it paid off! Huge credit should be given to Sam Hancock, Max, Matty, Joe and Toby who worked tirelessly to get the ball up the pitch and of course Seb who managed to stave off a few challenges to keep a clean sheet. The final score 6-0 ... a credible score from a very able team which showed potential to go far in this competition. Come on Norwich City under 14! 
RESULT: W 6-0 
SCORERS: Jack Whitlam,Oliver Millett,James Cross,Duncan Mallett,Freddie Smith,Jack Whitlam 
POTM: Archie Ward

U14B - Harleston Magpies U14B (EH U14 R5) - L 1-4 - Local rivals take the honours
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 18/02/2018 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 18/02/2018 
HEADLINE: Local rivals take the honours 
VENUE: Magpies 
RESULT: Magpies 4-1 City 
After a few relatively easy cup games this was the top of the table clash for bragging rights as both teams qualified for the East Regional finals. 
City started well with some excellent ball movement between the defence (Sam Hyatt and Archie Ward) and midfield (Henry Baker, Ethan Rushton, Harry Mackenzie, Jonty Black and Toby Pallister). Having looked good playing the passing possession game it was somewhat of a surprise when City almost seemed to panic with their good possession and had to endure a 10 minute spell of excellent defensive tackles followed by giving the ball back to their hosts. The defence held out courtesy of some good saves from Tommy Ringer in goal. The introduction of Rocco Iaccarino on City’s left seemed to negate Magpies attacks down their right flank - a good, selfless display of doing a job for the team (sadly resulting in a reoccurrence of a heel injury which forced him out of the second half). 
With the game ebbing and flowing City then started creating chances thanks to the midfield linking well with Richard Mann, Rafe Lochore and Freddie Paterson, Ethan and Oliver Millett up front. Magpies took the lead after about 25 minutes only for City to respond with a goal (Toby) that initially looked to have been awarded by the umpire only to be ruled out in almost the same blow of the whistle. 0-1 at half time. 
The second half started in similar fashion with City moving the ball well and Magpies striking on the counter attack. The second goal was always going to be pivotal and it fell to the home side after a goal mouth melee involving multiple shots and multiple and crucial defensive tackles.  
City nearly reduced the arrears from the restart when the home keeper was forced to make a string of saves. One excellent move down the right, Jack Whitlam to Richie, along the base line, slipped back to Jonty whose first time effort was well saved. With City pressing they were caught on the counter attack by the goal of the match. Not much the defence or the keeper could do!  
Whilst it would have been easy for City’s heads to drop they continued to fight to the very end and made it 3-1 thanks to a clinical Rafe strike. Then a string of saves denied Sam, Henry, Jonty, Richie, Rafe and Freddie (credit to Magpies keeper for some excellent if rather frustrating saves!). Again Magpies broke on the counter attack and extended their lead with five minutes to go. Still City fought and almost in a microcosm of the game, were awarded a final short corner on the stroke of full time which despite multiple attempts we just couldn’t convert. 
Final score 4-1 which felt a little flattering to the home side but nevertheless this was an excellent game played in the right spirit which kept the crowd on their feet to the very end.  
Many of the City players had long periods during which they played particularly well (I was going to name then but happily realised that I’d be celebrating just about everyone). Overall my man of the match was Richie Mann. 
RESULT: L 1-4 
SCORERS: Rafe Lochore 
POTM: Richard Mann

U14B - Saffron Walden U14B (EH U14 R4) - W 9-0 - City slickers show no mercy
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 04/02/2018 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 04/02/2018 
HEADLINE: City slickers show no mercy 
LEAGUE: East tier 
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facility 
RESULT: NCHC 9 - 0 Saffron Walden 
Wow what a fantastic display showing control, versatility, some clinical finishing, some great defending and some fanstastic saves. I could stop there but that would be a disservice to a great bunch of U14 hockey players. 
Hand on heart I can’t remember the order of the goal scorers so I will celebrate some excellent play. Yes we dominated large parts of the game but we actually started by looking a bit congested in midfield, however normal service was resumed after about 5 minutes and City never looked back. Flowing moves down both flanks, aggressive and tenacious running and tackling in midfield and some splendid fast and dynamic running from a very quick forward line created numerous chances.. Rafe Lochore proved a real thorn in the visitor’s side throughout the first half without quite managing to get 9n the scoresheet. In terms of the score, City finished the first half 4-0 up with two goals sticking in the memory (I) a fierce shot from the top of the D flew high and wide of the right hand post where Richie Mann used an overhead “tennis” hit high towards goal where Ethan Ruston utilised the same “tennis” style shot to hit the ball into the goal, and (ii) on the stroke of half time Pedro Salcines Rueda somehow managed to beat three players at the top of D before reversing a shot into the opposite top corner. 
The score line suggests City were dominant from start, but this was far from the truth. The home defence of Archie Ward and Sam Hyatt, plus the ever alert Will Farrow in goal made sure there was not even a glimmer of a consolation goal. Our defenders set the standard and the rest of the team stepped up to the plate! 
Despite multiple substitutions and positional changes City played some fantastic hockey in the second half. Oliver Moore was commanding at centre half with Henry Baker, Rocco Iaccarino and Jack Whitlam all providing attacking options as outside halves whilst being disciplined enough to thwart just about every counter-attack. Being able to rotate Jonty Black, Pedro and Toby as insides meant we retained our energy and attacking flare throughout whilst the forwards, Rafe Lochore, Richie Mann, Ethan Rushton, Freddie Paterson and Jack Whitlam just never stopped running, moving with purpose and pace on and off the ball. Without an excellent display by the visiting keeper City could have racked up a cricket score. 
For the record the scorers were: Toby Pallister; Ethan Rushton; Freddie Paterson (2); Pedro Salcines Rueda; Oliver Moore; Richie Mann (2); and Sam Hyatt. 
In such a complete performance there were a number of genuine candidates for man of the match with Sam Hyatt being the worthy winner. 
RESULT: W 9-0 
SCORERS: Ethan Rushton,Richard Mann,Richard Mann,Sam Hyatt,Freddie Paterson,Freddie Paterson,Toby Pallister,Oliver Moore,Pedro Salcines Rueda 
POTM: Sam Hyatt





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