MENS 3RD XI - 24/02/2018 VS BURY ST EDMUNDS 2 (H)
TEAM: Mens 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 3rd XI VS 24/02/2018
HEADLINE: City another 3 points closer to Division 2!
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 3 NORTH EAST
VENUE: Taverham - Sand
Well after a couple of recent defeats in the league City 3s were looking to return to winning ways with a home game against Bury 2s who were compiled of youth and experience. City had a strong squad of 14 with Chris Perry returning to strenghen up the defence as well as a call up for Matthew Brine.
City started strong and dominated the ball early on, however despite City's ball retention they struggled to create any real half chances, Bury did however put one good move together and forced a save from Jake Aisthorpe. City continued to dominate the play and started to create chances with Mark Fletcher, Lloyd Sayer and Rees Leonard all having efforts wide.
City did finally take the lead when Rees Leonard converted a PC low into the corner of the goal. City's 2nd goal came from Matthew Brine stole the ball high up the field and drove at the GK to then play in Mark Fletcher who had a easy finish. The 3rd goal came from another PC just before half time when Perry played a great ball to Joe K who finished low into the corner.
After the break City focused on keeping the ball and playing wide into the channels. Despite a strong start from Bury, City added a fourth goal from a PC with Matthew Brine placing the ball between the keepers legs. A fifth goal came when Adam Sayer played a great ball into Mark Fletcher who turned and fired a low shot past the keeper.
City continued to look good for the rest of the half, with Matthew Brine finishing off a great move involing both Leonards with a great finish round the keeper and into the goal. At 6-0 skipper Ling stepped up into midfield and despite having two shots his presence was obviously missed at the back as City managed to concede the last goal of the game. FT 6-1
A great win for the team but more important a good performance. Next week a big one away to Dragons, at least this away game is only down the road!
MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 24/02/2018 VS WATTON (A)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 24/02/2018
HEADLINE: Keeper misses hat trick!
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: NCHC 6-0 Watton
Watton is a great club that has entered a boys development team in the league for the first time this year which is fantastic for Norfolk Devs Hockey but does mean that they are at present one of the weaker teams in the league. With that in mind City deliberately played a number of players out of their normal positions including playing one of our goal keepers, Will Morrissey as a forward.
As expected City dominated the game but were indebted to the outfield keeper to score the only goal of a somewhat disjointed first half. True there were some excellent passing moves but the finishing left a lot to be desired with short corner and open play shots frequently going just high and or just wide! Whilst a number of players almost got too carried away with scoring wonder goals, Angus “Goosie” Irving and Krishna Patel were notable in their calmness and ability to keep the game simple....to telling effect!
A half time score of 1-0 hardly representative of City’s dominance (and could have been 1-1 had not a rare Watton break not been thwarted by last ditched defending from Sam Hyatt and a covering Jonty Black).
The second half was much more pleasing to the eye, with one-twos, passing and moving on and off the ball and a general desire to retain possession. Will Morrissey extended his tally to two when he made it 2-0 and Jonty Black made it 3-0, finishing off an excellent move down the right (Sam Hyatt, Henry Baker, Oliver Millett) with a simple tap in. With the substitutions and positional changes occurring every couple of minutes it was very pleasing to see the team play some genuinely good hockey: Oliver Millett previously known for his pace produced some excellent and well timed tackles, and Jack Whitlam and Archie Ward produced some great one-twos in midfield and again on the front line.
The Goosie, Jack, Jonty combination on the left was balanced by the Henry, Oliver, Sam combination down the right. Corey Rushton made it 4-0 before Jonty added a couple, and thereby completing his hat trick, before a final short corner provided a glorious opportunity for Will to complete his own hat trick from the final short corner. Sadly, he pushed his shot centimetres wide of the right hand postpone.
In such a one sided game I’d just like to thank Will Farrow in goal (we all know keepers are an essential part of the game and often the difference between winning and losing) for staying focused despite never touching the ball in freezing conditions (and retaining his humour), and to the players that took turns in defence - Krishna, Ethan, Henry, Sam and Corey.
Jonty (for his hat trick), Will Morrissey (the keeper who didn’t quite get a hat trick) and Krishna (for staying focused and mostly keeping things simple) were all contenders, my man of the match for just doing the basics really well, tracking back and keeping passes accurate and simple was Goosie.