U16B - Harleston Magpies U16 (EH U16B) - L 1-3 - Defensive masterclass
COLTS XI - 14/10/2018 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U16 (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 14/10/2018
HEADLINE: Defensive masterclass
EHA U16 Championship
RESULT: Norwich City 1 - 3 Harleston Magpies
This was a real backs to the wall effort against a very strong Magpies side that created a lot of chances. City fell behind inside the first two minutes when defensive indecision allowed Emms to rifle the ball home. City were lucky not to fall further behind as they struggled to deal with the visitor’s pace on and off the ball but gradually they found their feet to create a few chances of their own.
As is so often the case when you have to almost constantly defend City’s play got deeper and deeper and the home side found it hard to sustain meaningful possession inside the opposing half. When Wiggins made it 2-0 the signs looked ominous but in true testament to their character City defended as a team brilliantly. Yes we were indebted to some outstanding saves from man of the match Luke Elwes and some fantastic tackling from our new centre defensive pairing, Alex Tomkinson and Reuben Cooke but Magpies did not have it all their own way and we so nearly made it 2-1 when a blistering move in the forward line saw Freddie Paterson go just wide following a scintillating run and cross by Rafe Lochore.
Whilst the second half saw Magpies have plenty of shots we had brilliant saves, amazing tackles and a couple of fantastic goal line interceptions (Ethan Rushton’s being particularly memorable). City nearly made it 2-1 when a thunderous short corner shot from Rafe was somehow blocked by a player who admitted he genuinely knew nothing about how he’d stopped it - that’s just the way it goes sometimes! Taylor eventually made it 3-0 but still City didn’t give up despite tired legs and a few unfamiliar positions and they finished the match on a high when Rafe score a scorcher of a goal from the inside left channel.
When we stayed calm and played neat one-twos we looked really good - thank you for commitment and never say die attitudes.
RESULT: L 1-3
SCORERS: Rafe Lochore
POTM: Luke Elwes