| L (1-4) 16/11/2019 - M1|
vs Cambridge University 1 (H / L)
DIFFICULT GAME THE CITY
MENS 1ST XI - 16/11/2019 VS CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 1 (H)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 16/11/2019
HEADLINE: Difficult Game the City
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION A
City arrived looking positively at a game that had been marked for an important home win. The boys were fired up and warmed up well, looking forward to the game. Unfortunately this didn’t translate into a fast start and the students scored a lucky rebound early on. Two more short corner goals followed before a very lucky close range shot looped over the keeper and in.
City addressed the issues at half time and came out hard, with Cameron Cooke testing the keeper on multiple occasions. The breakthrough came when Luie Corden won the ball high up the pitch and set up Felix Broadway who volleyed in. City can look back positively on the second half but need to do better next week in a must win at local rivals Dereham
| L (1-4) 16/11/2019 - M2|
vs Harleston Magpies 2 (A / L)
TOUGH TEST FOR CITY
MENS 2ND XI - 16/11/2019 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 2nd XI
FIXTURE: Mens 2nd XI VS 16/11/2019
HEADLINE: Tough test for City
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 2 NORTH
Norwich City 2's can be extremely proud of their performance at the weekend against the high flying Magpies going down 4-1 after a spirited display.
With a number of key players carrying injuries and having to resort to having Pies on the bench for the first half, City played some of the best hockey of the season so far against a team that had a number of current or ex National league players.
Magpies scored 4 scrappy goals with Ben Millet performing some great stops in the city goal from a couple of short corners. Norwich were never cut open and the defense were not in real trouble through open play but being undone by turnover ball.
Champagne moment goes to Silvy for his chest high conversion of a cross from the left slotting the ball home.
If we perform like this for the rest of the season City will be pushing for promotion.
| L (1-5) 16/11/2019 - M4|
vs Ipswich East Suffolk 2 (A / L)
BIRTHDAY BOY BLUES
MENS 4TH XI - 16/11/2019 VS IPSWICH EAST SUFFOLK 2 (A)
TEAM: Mens 4th XI
FIXTURE: Mens 4th XI VS 16/11/2019
HEADLINE: Birthday Boy Blues
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 3 NORTH EAST
VENUE: Ipswich school sports centre
IES 2s 5 - 1 NCHC 4s
4's travelled to Ipswich on Saturday the 16th of November, the first half was unfortunate and we were incapable keeping the ball for more than 5-6 passes. We conceded 3 goals with a spell of poor man-marking. Towards the latter part of the first half Joe gathered the ball on the edge of the D and crossed it to Ethan Rushton who reversed it into the bottom right corner. In the second half we greatly stepped up the performance and hit them hard in the first 20 minutes, unfortunate to find the second goal we conceded 2 more goals, one of which was a good long ball through the middle for their winger to deflect it in.
Special shoutout to the birthday boy Joe Konieczny, who was unlucky(ish) to convert his penalty flick hit straight at the keeper.
The game ended 5-1 but was a close game in terms of effort and possession.
| W (8-0) 17/11/2019 - MC|
vs Saffron Walden U14 (H / U14 T1 R1)
COLTS XI - 17/11/2019 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14 (H)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 17/11/2019
HEADLINE: Supportive win
LEAGUE: Cup Tournament
RESULT: Win 8-0
Just a quick note today on the performance this afternoon which at 8-0 we have to celebrate coming as it did through teamwork, sheer graft and good decision making.
The scorers had plenty of opportunities to finish and with composure made it, mostly, look easy. Given the supply and creativity of the team we had chances aplenty and, mostly, passed well to stick or thoughtfully into space. Our resilient defence put in a shift showing great courage when the dominance of our midfield area faltered, if it ever did. And finally, well, a clean sheet is always to be treasured.
Well done particularly to the younger players who lifted their games and proved their worth in this team by demonstrating their potential. To see them play so well, looking like it was their inalienable right to play on this pitch and in this team was the highest accolade we could ask for and I hope we squared our objectives away as coaches in this regard.
The key to unlocking further success in this tournament will come in the next 6 weeks by continuing to play and enjoy the sort of hockey that we played today. Let’s not take anything for granted, back to the coal face on Tuesday!
| L (3-4) 16/11/2019 - MD|
vs Harleston Magpies (H / L)
ENDED ON A HIGH
MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 16/11/2019 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (H)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 16/11/2019
HEADLINE: Ended on a High
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: NCHC 3 - Harleston 4
This game was going to be a test of nerves for City Devs with Magpies looking ready and prepared to go, warming up with a buzz of confidence.
Both teams started off well with end to end play and in doing so making several chances.
Most of the play was very concentrated in the midfield so short sharp play into space was required and an even, well fought battle ensued between the players.
Magpies over time were more consistent with their basic space awareness style of play which lead to them taking the lead.
With persistent pressure against City and making more mistakes, Magpies created more chances and in doing so winning short corners which lead to two more goals making it 0-3.
Into the third quarter City kept playing well and worked hard on their basics of pass and move, creating space and communicating positively, eventually a short corner was won with some lovely passing into the D.
This ended the third quarter with a penalty corner goal and we were starting to turn the tide and confidence crept in. Being 1-4 down by then we realised that the last quarter was going to be a ‘give it everything and leave nothing behind’ but keep to what we discussed from the start, moving into space, keep our shape, be positive and constructive.
This is where City have to take self pride from the game because the last quarter was an incredible display of determination, skilful play and team work.
Working together City dominated the Magpies team leaving them to replace their young players with another adult to try and stop the constant and endless attacking play which lead to two more City goals as penalty corner after penalty were won.
City Devs were beaten on the day but I can honestly say they will take away a very positive attitude from today’s game into the next.
Well done chaps.