LADIES 1ST XI - 17/02/2018 VS BEDFORD 2 (A)
TEAM: Ladies 1st XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 1st XI VS 17/02/2018
HEADLINE: Missed opportunities prevent city putting Bedford to bed!
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 1 NORTH
VENUE: Bedford HC
City in good spirits after a double win last week and descent weather finally (no snow or rain). City knew this would be a challenging match due to both teams battling for second place in the league. City started brightly not only in their hockey skills but in their new sunflower yellow playing shirts (thank you club and sponsors).
First 10 minutes were pretty even with both teams sharing position and opportunities in the D. City were confident in transferring the ball around the back between Danni, fongy, Harriet and flic in order to create spaces up the wings. This lead to accurate passing by the midfield of Ange, Jo, Alice and Abbie up to Bedford’s 23, but unfortunately couldn’t find the final ball to the forwards in the D.
All in all the first half was pretty average in comparison to previous weeks. Half time 0-0.
After a slow first half and a kick up the arse team talk by Pies, city knew they had to step up a gear if they wanted to win this match.
City started the second half much better than they finished the first, defending and attacking as a unit.
This lead to only their third short corner of the match. City decided to keep things simple with a straight strike by krystal at the top of the D. Krystal did not disappoint with an unstoppable shot into the left bottom corner. City 1-0.
Bedford stepped up a gear. Short corner straight after our goal. A well worked routine Bedford which resulted in another short corner which subsequently saved off the line by Micayla. After some questionable decisions going against city, lead to two city players evening green carded. Leading to Bedford taking this opportunity and scoring on their umpteenth short corner.
With the clock ticking down both teams pressed for a winner and the game become very physical. The forward line of krystal , Emily, Oli and Ellie used their skill and pace to produce several opportunities but were unable to convert successfully.
In the dying minutes ‘Micayla was possessed by lucifer himself’ (Bishop, 2018) intercepted a ball then bypassed several players and entered the D. However unluckily miss-hit her shot on goal.
Whistle finally blew after an intense and physical match with both teams taking a point.
Excellent work rate throughout the whole team but a special shout out to Abbie for playing excellent hockey in a new midfield role and to the defence and goalie summer for putting their bodies on the line (e.g. definitely fongy) throughout the match.
Final score 1-1. POTM Micayla Tootill
Match report co-written by Tootill and Bishop.
LADIES 3RD XI - 17/02/2018 VS DEREHAM 3 (A)
TEAM: Ladies 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 3rd XI VS 17/02/2018
HEADLINE: Third time’s a charm
LEAGUE: NORFOLK PREMIER DIVISION
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: Dereham 0 - 4 City (win)
On the third attempt at playing the fixture, the sun was shining as NCHC ladies 3s journeyed to Dereham.
City started strong and were keeping possession well, with plenty of positive attacking play. Liv Greenway then opened the scoring when Ellyn Roberts crossed the ball into the D, where Liv was waiting to deflect it into the goal from the left post.
Sister, Emily Greenway was next to find the goal when Sophia Basset crossed the ball from the right and Emily was able to reverse sweep the ball past the keeper.
Dereham were working hard to break through city's midfield, and did have a couple of chances, which were skillfully kept out by goal keeper Milly Hyatt.
City went into the 2nd half 0-2 up, and kept the momentum going, with some good passing round the back between Fiona Spencer, Kim Lusher and Kathy Sinnamon. The midfield continued to distribute the ball up to the forward line, with Jenny Brine and player of the match Jenni Stanghan linking up well on the left hand side.
Grace Kidner was working hard on the right, and was able to put a strong pass in to the D to Sophia Basset, who swept the ball to the left post where Holly Totten was waiting to ensure the ball went over the line.
Dereham looked dangerous on the break and were unlucky not to score when Emily Spencer appeared from nowhere to clear the ball off the goal line. City kept up their pace and work rate throughout the second half and were rewarded again with another goal from Holly Totten before the final whistle blew.