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