COLTS XI - 01/11/2020 VS BURY ST EDMUND U18 (H)
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 01/11/2020
HEADLINE: Scintillating Exhibition
EHA U18 Cup
RESULT: NCHC 8 - 0 Bury
The match started at a fast pace with Bury getting a relatively early shot on target that was comfortably dealt with by Bobby Rash. Norwich then went up the other end of the pitch and were awarded a penalty flick just as Jonty Black slapped the ball into the back of the net. Undeterred Freddie Paterson put the flick away well to make it 1-0 after just 4 minutes. City then settled into a good rhythm and scored three open play goals with Rafe Lochore, Monty Platt and Freddie Paterson benefitting from great creative interplay from Ethan Rushton and Robert McCall to make it 4.0 at half time.
The second half started slowly but City then turned on the style with their passing and movement a joy to behold almost in spite of City’s managements sometimes creative substitutions. City turned defence into attack when Alex Tomkinson reacted well following Bobby Rash’s save from a Bury penalty corner to release Ethan Rushton on the right wing who calmly crossed for Freddie Paterson to complete his hat trick. In as much as the fifth goal was counter attacking at its best the sixth was pure individual skill from Ed Taylor who thwarted a Bury attack inside his own 23, ran the length of the pitch with astonishing 3-D skills, dummied a pass to Monty before hammering the ball into the back of the net. 6.0
The crowd were then treated to some end to end hockey as Bury valiantly attempted to find a consolation goal only to be denied by the indefatigable Bobby and an ever changing but equally steadfast midfield and defensive line including Cameron Husband, Elliot Fox, Rafe Lochore and Ethan Rushton. In the final quarter City turned on the style with Joseph Roy, Rio Iaccarino, Rocco Iaccarino and Jonty Black slicing through the heart of Bury’s midfield like a hot knife through butter. Moments later Rafe almost emulated Ed’s solo goal before a dazzling passing move saw the ball go from Rocco to Joseph to Jonty to Ethan to Jonty to Rafe who hammered it into the bottom corner. 7-0. Whilst much of the second half had seen attacking players have a turn in defence it was somewhat fitting that the starting centre back, Elliot Fox, should complete the scoring from a penalty corner during his cameo as a centre forward. 8.0
Whilst the score line emphasised City’s dominance Bury created a number of good chances but thanks to good defending and excellent defensive teamwork across the whole pitch they were unable to convert any of their opportunities. Ultimately a fantastic advertisement for youth hockey and players playing for each other as a team.
Bobby Rash was named man of the match.