U18B - Sudbury (EHB U18B R3) - L 1-3 - Next year we will be stronger
TEAM: COLTS XI |
LEAGUE: U18 Cup
VENUE: Tav H2O
RESULT: 3-1 loss
HEADLINE: Next year we will be stronger
Despite the loss, the Norwich U18s in no way disgraced themselves in a game that saw them lose to a Sudbury team boosted with their two highly talented (and yet eligible) guest players from Ipswich, one of whom put away two excellent penalty corner drag flicks, the other whom almost certainly prevented goals from spirited attempts by Henry Crane, Felix Broadway and Oliver Cooke.
The City squad was made up of several regular club members, but few of which play regularly together (Alastair Cooke, James Carnell, Felix Broadway, Jack Ingham, Harry Brown, Sam Southgate & Henry Brock), with the help of several club-less (but far from clue-less!) Norwich School boys (William Perkin, Ben Douglass, Tom Beckett & Henry Crane), to which the squad owe a debt of gratitude in enabling the game to be possible at all. The first half was clearly a period of discovery and the City team smacked of a team unfamiliar with each other’s activity. In contrast the Sudbury team appeared to gel from the start and soon made it pay with a field goal on 10 minutes and a well-executed penalty corner on 20 minutes. If it hadn’t been for several excellent saves by keeper Cookie (one brilliant one with his stick), it could have been more. Score 2-0 at half time and a job to do. A change in formation, risking leaving just 3 at the back, resulted in a much more effective 5-man midfield (swelled by the addition of Sam Southgate) and City dominated much of the second half with excellent, high work-ethic performances from all, but particularly Jack Ingham, Tom Beckett and Felix Broadway. The defence stayed solid and James Carnell, Harry Brown and Henry Brock put in sterling efforts to keep Sudbury away from their D. City were unlucky to lose Captain Ingham after an injury to his knee. Jack and Felix had been rotating their top and bottom diamond positions very effectively and losing Jack was a significant downturn, although Ben Douglass did well as his replacement. Eventually, a pass from Felix to Henry Crane deep into the right corner, that initially looked far to wayward, was picked up by the Usain Bolt like sprint of Henry, who skilfully took the ball into the D, had his effort on goal saved, but beautifully slotted home on the rebound by Will Perkin, from a ridiculously tight angle from the left of goal. Score 2-1 and game on! Unfortunately, Sudbury reacted with an immediate long-ball attack, won a penalty corner and with their smartly organised routine slotted in another low drag flick goal that would have been difficult for anyone to save. For the last 10 minutes the game was end-to end, but neither team were able to breach the solid lines of defence and City eventually ran out of time – 3-1 the final score. So, an improved second half (1-1) and yet another sign that these lads need to play together more often. The good news is that the majority of this squad will remain as U18s next year – we must organise some pre-Cup friendlies next year to get a squad that will gel from pushback until the final whistle every game.
Many thanks to Seth Brown for his help in the dug-out and to all the parents and club member supporters….. we will be back next year!
RESULT: L 1-3
SCORERS: William Perkin
POTM: Felix Broadway
U18G - *BYE* (EHB U18G R1) - BYE
BYE in the first round. |