Men’s 3rds match report – Saturday 1 October 2016

Norwich Dragons 2nds 1 Magpies 3rds 5

Over the years Magpies 3rds against Dragons have produced some classic encounters and having finished last season so strongly the hosts would have been hoping to force another one.

Magpies kept up their pattern of fast starts and early pressure soon brought a Luke E goal. A second from Jon A at a short corner and things were looking comfortable. But slick passing from the hosts would immediately half the deficit.

Back came Magpies and Phil C got his just rewards when he sneaked home a short corner, after it looked like the chance had gone.

Having played some seriously impressive passing hockey and taking a two goal lead into the break there was reason for optimism as the sides lined up for the second half. But at the same time Dragons may have felt they had weathered the storm as the movement and link play of Magpies could surely not be maintained!

A far grittier half was therefore required from the visitors as Dragons, determined to create another classic, stepped up. However when a simple triangle move produced a goal for Greg Jagger the game was effectively done.

With the remaining time, territory was conceded to the hosts but not chances. And a back four of Tiger B, Jamie H, Tristan H and Joe C shut down any opportunities; with Will G in goal superbly snuffing out anything that did creep through. Another Aldridge, Brand, Cobbald triangle would see Gavin C get on the score sheet to conclude events for another match.

Maybe not a classic this time, but with a notable team debut for Vincent L, Magpies will take a league leading perfect record into next week’s home game (3.30) against Norwich City 4ths.