LADIES 1ST XI - 14/10/2017 VS LOWESTOFT LADIES (A)
TEAM: Ladies 1st XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 1st XI VS 14/10/2017
HEADLINE: Sunshine and sand in Lowestoft.
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 1 NORTH
RESULT: 2-1 Win!
The Ladies ones took on Lowestoft Ladies away today. On arrival a rallying team talk from coach extraordinaire Matthew Pies Brine set out the game plan for the match ahead and Norwich were fired up to secure their fourth win of the season. The warmed up went well, with Norwich attempting to get used to the beachy pitch conditions, a stark contrast to their home pitch.
Norwich had the first touch of the ball, and with the sun on their backs attacked from the start, winning a short corner early on. Unfortunately the first short corner routine, though well executed by Oli who fired the ball across the goal to Ellie for the deflection failed to cross the line.
This was followed by another short corner powerfully struck by Micayla and deflected into the back of the goal, around Lowestoft's strong goalkeeper by Suze, to take the lead.
An early lead from Norwich was soon equalled by Lowestoft. A quickly taken free hit caught Norwich unprepared and won them a short corner which they deflected in on the far post to score.
The rest of the first half showed strong attack and movement off the ball from Norwich. Driving runs with the ball from Micayla and Fongy carried play forwards, but the Lowestoft defenders kept managing to cut out the final pass. Harriet and Dani kept up a high tempo taking quick side line balls and pressing forwards. The interplay between the full backs Suze and Sally helped to move the ball around the back effectively. Strong pressing in the attacking half against Lowestoft free hits, well organised by Ange, forced them to make errors and play some hit and hope style hockey. But Norwich had failed to achieve the allusive second goal when the half time whistle blew!
The second half was sadly strewn with dangerous balls and head injuries were incurred by both teams. This proved particularly difficult for Lowestoft who where fielding a bare 11, but all bravely played on.
Norwich maintained a relentless attack with shots fired in from all the forwards, Ellie, Oli, Krystal and Emily but Lowestoft's goalkeeper managed to smother these. Until Oli hounding the keeper after the initial save managed to release the ball to Krystal who skilfully created space and fired the ball home.
Norwich were careful to keep possession in the final moments as the clock ran down, in the face of strong pressure on their defence especially Fongy who had faced some "hard" challenges earlier in the game. Final result, 2-1 win, player of the match went to Captain Jo Staines.
LADIES 3RD XI - 14/10/2017 VS UEA 2 (H)
TEAM: Ladies 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 3rd XI VS 14/10/2017
LEAGUE: NORFOLK PREMIER DIVISION
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: NCHC 3rd XI 3 - 0 UEA 4th XI
A slow start for Norwich City Ladies 3rds at home with the bare 11 on a very warm autumn evening as a strong UEA team took an early lead within the first 5 minutes of the game. However, City equalised with shot from Jenni Stanghan just before the second half.
Norwich City looked more lively in the second half with Zoe Smith dominating the centre of the pitch and the midfield linking up well to provide the forwards with a number of opportunities saved by the on-form UEA keeper. The relentless pressure from Norwich City finally paid dividends as Captain Rachel Gregory, playing out of position on the forward line popped the ball into the goal, with Jenni Stanghan belting the ball home to secure bagging the full 3 points.