Magpies 0 Norwich City 5 (EH Championship)
With everyone early for the warm up, the under 14s were ready to take on what would prove to be thier toughest test to date. After a positive team talk from coach Larky and Mark Emms, the boys lined up to face what looked like a very strong City side.
The first five minutes was high tempo hockey with both teams feeling their way into the game and the Magpies settled into a neat passing game which serves them so well with Jude Pottruff forcing a good save from the City keeper. For the first 15, the Magpies were holding firm and just shading possession, Tom Caston was unlucky not to score following clever interplay between Michael Ahrens
and James Webster. Around the 20 minute mark and against the run of play, a hard ball forward from the city centre found their front man in space who took his chance well. This tactic turned into the City game plan as they registered twice more before the break despite the best efforts of captain Seth Read, Oli Hall, Max Warde-Aldam and Louis Calvert who were trying to keep the bombs at bay.
The half time team talk from Managers Hall and Emms steadied the ship and gave the boys the lift they needed on going 0-3 down. After the restart the Magpies took the fight to City and enjoyed a long spell of pressure, pressing high up the pitch looking for the break through, with Ben Emms, Tom Caston and Jude Pottruff all finding the City keeper was having a good day at the office.
The Norwich City game plan then came good for number 4 but instead of giving up the Magpies responded with their best hockey of the game. James Hardy, Michael Ahrens and James Webster, all still full of running, started to use the full width of the pitch and upped the tempo with hard and fast passing which produced a series of penalty corners but the opposition keeper again stood his ground and the Magpies came away empty handed.
With time running out a determined Louis Calvert made a last ditch tackle attempt as Norwich pressed forward only to receive a stick to the head and a change of colour to his shirt for his efforts. After a short stoppage Graham Mobbs came on as an able replacement but City made it 5
from the resulting penalty corner.
A mention for Archie Derbyshire who played in different positions which allowed us to try different options.
The score line did not reflect the effort put in by the U14s and with a little more composure in front of goal the outcome would have been different.
Well played everyone.
Thank you to Anna Caston and Colin Brown (NCHC Coach) for swift action with the Louis injury.
Thank you Larky and Mark