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U18B - West Bridgford U18B (EH U18 R3) - W 10-0 - A Hat-trick of Hat-tricks for City U18 Boys
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 19/11/2017 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 19/11/2017 
HEADLINE: A Hat-trick of Hat-tricks for City U18 Boys 
LEAGUE: EH Boys U18 Plate Competition 
VENUE: West Bridgford 
After a fortnight of scrabbling around to make sure we could field a full team, City Boys made the long journey to West Bridgford worthwhile with a convincing 10-0 win, including three hat-tricks. 
City started exerting pressure from the very beginning and within 5 minutes had taken the lead with a powerful Josh Bailey reverse stick shot. City continued at pace and, when Ben Withers was taken down by the keeper when through on goal, skipper Bailey stepped up and converted the penalty flick. Bailey then finished off one of the fastest hat-tricks you will see by smartly smashing home his third after good work on the right by Dan Phillips. City were well in control now and, with no substitutes, started slowing the pace down to conserve energy. Ben Withers scored the next goal before Harry Paterson got in on the act following some really good work on the right by Nathan Sharp. 
5 up at half time, City could afford to close down the match – or so the coaches thought. However, the players felt otherwise, and the West Bridgford goal was soon under siege again. Having hit the post and then had a great effort saved, Withers smashed in his second before Paterson did the same with a smart reverse stick shot. Withers made it a hat-trick with a shot from close to the byeline on the left hand side of the goal, before Paterson got the third hat-trick, dribbling through 3 players before nutmegging the keeper. 
With Rob Duffy surging forward from the back, it was to be Phillips who scored the tenth and final goal with a really well taken effort. City had played well for a convincing win which made the six hour round trip worthwhile. However, credit is also due to a West Bridgford side who kept going until the final whistle. 
Man of the match was a really difficult choice following a really good performance and with all the front five being strong contenders, but it goes to Harry Paterson for three really good goals, great passing and continuing to run into space right up to the final whistle. 
The final word has to be a thank you to all the players and parents who gave up their day for such a long journey – you are all stars! Fingers crossed for a home tie in the next round. 
RESULT: W 10-0 
SCORERS: Josh Bailey,Josh Bailey,Josh Bailey,Ben Withers,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Harry Paterson,Daniel Phillips 
POTM: Harry Paterson

U18B - Harleston Magpies U18B (EH U18 R1) - L 0-2 - U18 Boys Lose Out in Showcase Game
TEAM: U18 Boys XI 
DATE: 15/10/2017 
FIXTURE: U18 Boys XI VS 15/10/2017 
HEADLINE: U18 Boys Lose Out in Showcase Game 
LEAGUE: EH U18 Boys Championship 
VENUE: Taverham 
RESULT: Lost 0-2 
On an unseasonably hot October day, two U18 Boys hockey teams chock full of talent slugged it out in front of a large crowd basking in the sunshine. Both City and Magpies had a large number of first and second team players on show, and the technical ability of both sides was something to behold.  
Magpies started stronger, but City quickly came back, having several great chances to take the lead. Sadly our attacking line of Ben Withers, Alfie Cooper and James Hewett found they were up against a keeper having one of his best days, and saving everything including heading away one shot from close range! After a spell of City pressure, Magpies fought back and won a short corner, which they dispatched to take a 1-0 lead into the second half. 
City’s strong midfield of Josh Bailey, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Jake Cushion were in a real battle against an equally strong Magpies midfield group. The match was end-to-end with no team clearly on top. In defence, we seemed to be keeping Magpies star forwards quiet, with Sam Bingham and Rob Duffy doing a great job of snuffing out the speedy forwards. With Billy Buckingham making smart saves when called up and the industrious Nathan Sharpe, Alex Merron and Fitz Hornor working hard to mark their opposite numbers, the next goal was key. On 'one of those days' for City, the goal was to go Magpies’ way, again from a short corner which was well struck into a gap on the near post. 
With the game ebbing away, City worked really hard to get a goal back, but it wasn’t to be. The City coaches couldn’t ask for any more from the players and it was just a shame that someone had to win. The City Boys now go into the plate competition and are hoping for a good cup run. 
RESULT: L 0-2 
POTM: Rob Duffy

U18B - Lindum U18B (EH U18 C4) - W 3-1 - City U18 Boys into Quarter Finals of EH U18 Boys National Plate Competition beating Lindum 3-1 away in Lincoln
COLTS XI - 05/02/2017 VS LINDUM U18B (A) 
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 05/02/2017 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 05/02/2017 
HEADLINE: City U18 Boys into Quarter Finals of EH U18 Boys National Plate Competition beating Lindum 3-1 away in Lincoln 
COMPETITION: EH U18 Boys National Plate 
VENUE: Lindum HC, Lincoln 
RESULT: City 3, Lindum 1 
On the 5th of February, Norwich City U18's travelled to Lindum in the last 16 of the plate competition where both teams were competitive throughout, Lindum with the edge in the first 10 minutes, however Norwich had some good opportunities on the break, Ross Pitcher with a lovely chip which just cleared the bar. As the play opened up Norwich were capitalising on some wide weaknesses from Lindum with some good balls into the D, Norwich finally got the breakthrough as we came to half time with the finish from Alfie on the p-spot. As the second half commenced Norwich doubled their lead with a great deflection from Will Kidner. As we approached the last 20 minutes Lindum got one goal back from a lovely deflection past Jake's left shoulder, however, Norwich got a third from a pin point slap into the D from Fred Anthony which left Alfie with a tap in. Norwich had good structure throughout the game and kept it until the final whistle overall a good team performance, also we wish Ali recovers soon from his blow to the face. 
Final Score 3-1  
We all wish Ali Husband a speedy recovery after taking the ball in the mouth during the game and having to whizz off to A&E in Lincoln. 
Finally, thanks to Pies and Frosty and all the parents for driving. 
Report provided by POTM, Alfie Cooper. 
RESULT: W 3-1 
SCORERS: Alfie Cooper,William Kidner,Alfie Cooper 
POTM: Alfie Cooper

U18B - City of Peterborough U18B (EH U18 C2) - L 1-3 - Close encounter in first round of EH U18 boys Cup
TEAM: Colts XI 
DATE: 06/11/2016 
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 06/11/2016 
HEADLINE: Close encounter in first round of EH U18 boys Cup 
Last year saw the two City sides compete in the first round of the EH U18 boys cup, this season it was to be the same opening game of the competition and with City of Peterborough having gone all the way to the semi-finals last season it was clear that they were considering themselves as the favourites, especially with the result being very much one sided last season. 
This season the game was very unlike the previous encounter, both teams competing well and the game seeing chances for both teams throughout the game. It was however the visitors, City of Peteborough, who took the lead following a very long spell of deadlock hockey and some great midfield battles taking place, but the equaliser that followed from Norwich City was a remarkable team move, starting with their left half feeding the ball down the left, the ball moving around the top of the 23 and then finding George Brine moving in from the right to slot the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. With two late goals and the visitors running down the clock with even a two goal advantage it was clear that this was a tight game. 
Norwich City will take many positives out of a game against what was a very good travelling City of Peterborough team. The next stage is the EH Plate, hoping that performances like this will give the U18 boys a chance of a good run in the Plate competition instead. 
POTM: Fred Anthony 
RESULT: L 1-3 
SCORERS: George Brine





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