Girls Development v Norwich City L 0-1
It was the narrowest of losses for the development squad under the lights at Norwich City. The late goal, hacked past the Magpies keeper was all the separated the evenly matched teams after an hour of battling hockey.
Norwich City had most of the attacking play in the first quarter but the Magpies defence blunted this early pressure effectively so there were no clear shots at goal. Across the back Tilly, Emma, and Amy F all played well, ably marshalled by Jane. The second quarter started in a similar vein then a lovely bit of skill from Ellie B, turning the Norwich adult defender inside out seemed to create a bit of belief amongst the Magpies forwards and the momentum shifted and several promising breaks followed. On one of these Amie H was sent crashing to the ground picking up a heavy knock and several friction burns from the artificial surface. She show great resilience in playing on and much of Magpies attacking play was achieved through her link up play with both Jessica and Grace along the wing.
The second half doubled up in intensity, Norwich pressing strongly and Magpies looking dangerous on the break. Florence C show a lovely bit of skill to slip past Norwich’s adult defender who just managed to recover in time to disrupt the shooting chance. Norwich also had a couple of shots on goal, keeper Georgia covering the danger. After breaking up the left Amie H was again sent to the ground, picking up a further knock. A minute from the end Norwich managed to fight into the Magpies area, and after a couple of half clearances a shoot came in. Georgie went to ground to save well but City were quickest on the rebound hacking the ball through to score the winner. It was the girls first defeat this season but they will have learnt more from this challenging match than from all their previous wins.
Squad: Jane Collins (adult player/coach), Grace S, Amy F, Natalie S, Amie H, Alex PS, Emma F, Kate F, Florence C, Ellie B, Ellie C, Harriet S, Georgia F, Tilly D
Mens 3rd Teams v North Norfolk L 1-4
An unusually nice day in Cromer welcomed an experienced but youthful magpies team, hot off two comfortable wins and ready to take on a high flying North Norfolk.
The dressing room was also filled with optimism after an inspiring pre match rally from captain Lacelles in the absence of GB Masters Legend Cobbold and possibly because the hopes of post match fish and chips.
It started well, magpies went one up with a James Stacey spectacular inside 10 minutes, sadly, that was the beginning of our end good fortune.
North Norfolk then equalised from a well crafted short corner deflection which managed to outfox the usually lightning sharp Moss and Caswell-Dodd which created rapturous applause from the oppositions bench.
Norfolk Norfolk then scored again quickly just before the break and 3s went in 2-1 down, the ball was slotted home through mosses legs and his pink helmet was somewhat hiding his pink face.
The Half time team talk from Captain Lacelles had a tremendous Impact and Magpies went out and dominated the second half. At 2-1 down magpies thought they’d scored through Toby Hughes to regain the status quo only for it to be disallowed.
The half was sprinkled with flashes of brilliance from Hipwell and Taylor with Captain Lascelles throwing aerials like paper planes.
The half went on with continued pressure from magpies, North Norfolk playing counter attacking hockey forced a lightning quick stick save from Moss to keep the score at 2-1, magpies then broke and Hughes smashed the cross bar after running the length of the pitch to make it to the back post.
In Andrew Johnsons absence and with the pressure building Greg jagger took the mantle of burning bridges with the opposition and received a yellow card for dissent.
North Norfolk broke again despite pressure from Magpies and slotted the ball under the desperate diving Moss.
With the score at 3-1 magpies pushed again but could not find the break through. North Norfolk then broke again which led to confusion in the box between the usually dependable Moss/Caswell-Dodd combo, the ball flew in the air from a save ran down the back of the confused keeper and then ended up rolling home to leave magpies 4-1 in the red.
Once again Mosses pink helmet sheltering his blushes unfortunately it couldn’t do the same for Caswell-Dodd
And there you have it sports fans.
Sometimes you play well and end up on the losing side, leaving the pitch with black veils of melancholy, thats the way it goes.