We welcomed Norwich City to The Nest for the final tier 1 U14 group game with top spot in the group up for grabs for both teams. It was frosty and icy first thing to say the least but a 45 minute delayed start allowed the sun to do its thing and off we went at 11.30am. We didn’t have to wait very long for the first goal as Magpies started positively and dominated possession and took the lead in the 2nd minute after a strong run down the right from Emma W who finished calmly at the near post. Magpies had the better of the first 15-20 minutes, passing the ball well but City then got back into the game with a goal which was reward for some good passages of play from them, 1-1. Magpies responded well and restored their lead with a crisp finish from Hollie D-R and then with the half time whistle about to be blown Holly W roofed with a smart reverse stick finish to make it 3-1 Magpies at HT.
In a re run of the first half Emma W raced down the right and slotted in at the near post to make it 4-1 Magpies in the first minute of the second half before she completed her hat trick following a delicious through ball from Loulou F to round the keeper and again calmly slot home. Emma W then turned provider as a good break led to a classic 2v1 and she fed Ella S who turned the ball positively into the backboard. City then grabbed another to make it 6-2 before Hollie D-R completed her brace finishing well in a crowded D to make the final score 7-2 to Magpies.
Excellent work from both keepers Abi L and Georgia F who both made good saves at important times and really solid work from the back four of Sophie P, Ruby P, Talitha K & Evie B who communicated well, battled and kept City at bay who played positively throughout.
We can now look forward to a regional final on March 24th which gives us several weeks to iron out any wrinkles we might have and also keep up the momentum. Well done girls, good work all round.
Squad :- Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Evie B, Anna C, Jessica M, Jessica T, Alicia P, Emma W, Holly W, Hollie D-R, Ella S, Loulou F