MENS 1ST XI - 10/11/2018 VS LETCHWORTH 1 (A)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 10/11/2018
HEADLINE: Norwich seal their first win in the season
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION A
VENUE: Letchworth Hockey Club
This week the 1st XI went away to Letchworth following a tough string of fixtures. The pressure for a result was building and a game against a team near the bottom of the table proved to be the perfect opportunity to bring home the first win of the season
The match was fiercely contested from the start with both teams creating early chances, but it was City who took the lead: a neat passing move was finished when Chris Wardale fired the ball into the bottom corner from close range 1-0 City. The opposition rallied but some astute defending and a quickly taken counter attacking aerial to Stuart Wardle who proceeded to body feint the keeper, two centre-backs and then the keeper again before passing into an empty net to double the lead (Classic Stu). Feeling a little left out Thomas Cooke decided he wanted in on the goal scoring action, however, his exquisite near post deflection came at the wrong end of the pitch. An own goal courtesy of some Letchworth crash ball hockey 2-1.
Half Time 2-1 to City
City struggled through the early stages of the second half, Letchworth battled their way back into the game and capitalised on their chances scoring first in open play and then from a short corner 2-2. Tense. City then lost the lead after Luke Corden, known for his physical play, brutishly tripped an opposition forward who was through on goal, got himself a 2-minute rest for his troubles. Letchworth upgraded their penalty corner to a flick which was they put away to give them the lead.
Norwich found a second wind and set out with strong attacking intent to save the game. It didn’t take long before City’s top scorer Cameron Cooke found himself back post unmarked to level the scores once again. City pushed on desperate for a winner, firmly in the driving seat. With little time remaining what can only be described as a miracle goal from Luke Corden won City the game. A near post deflection threaded through the Letchworth defence by Cookie Senior. It proved to be the last touch of the game giving them a 4-3 win, amplifying the celebrations and confirming City’s first win of the season.
Next week City will be looking to extend their good run of form when they welcome local rivals Harleston Magpies in what will hopefully be a close encounter.
MENS 1ST XI - 03/11/2018 VS WEST HERTS 1 (H)
TEAM: Mens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Mens 1st XI VS 03/11/2018
HEADLINE: Eventful 3-3 Draw for City Against West Herts 1's
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION A
VENUE: Taverham H20
REPORT: This week City faced top half of the table side West Herts 1's, hoping to get a result after the disappointment of losing at the Lee Valley last week, despite playing some good hockey.
City started well controlling the early stages of the game, moving the ball well round the back and getting the ball down the sides of the pitch when the opportunity arose. It was, however, the away side that struck first with a goal. Despite the frustration in conceding, after being the more dominant team in the opening minutes, City did not panic. After a well worked move from City, Pete Morgan found the ball at his feet around the p-spot and finished calmly, putting City back in the game. It wasn't long before City got a second, a sublime drag flick from Tom Cooke was fired into the top right corner of the West Herts net, giving City the lead. Some resilient defending from City was required towards the end of the half to keep the opposition from levelling the scoreline. In the dying minutes a City counter attack lead to a third goal. Cameron Cooke on the score sheet again this week, finishing well from a tight angle to put City in a good position going into half time.
Half Time 3-1 City.
The second half began with West Herts coming out on top during the early stages of the half. However, City held on and had a few chances of their own. Midway through the second half Jeremy Elliot received a very harsh yellow putting City down to ten. The pressure mounted from the away side but the City defence held strong once again, keeping out some well worked short corners from the opposition. With City back to 11 it took a few minutes before another card was brandished. This time Tom Cooke was shown a yellow and in the new few minutes Jack Ingham and Pete Morgan also received a yellow card. City were down to 8! Frustratingly for City, West Herts used their man advantage well and using the space that had opened up with 3 City players in the bin, they managed two goals in quick succession. For the final minutes of the game it was City's turn to have the man advantage with a West Herts playing been shown yellow. Unfortunately for City there wasn't enough time to punish the opposition and the game ended all square.
Full Time 3-3
Overall, City will be disappointed with the result as the 3 points was definitely there for the taking. If City can keep up this level of performance and keep 11 men on the pitch they will definitely start getting the results they deserve.