U18 Boys vs Norwich City U18 (Away (C) W 2-0)
A very competitive match saw Magpies take the honours making the most of the chances they created and being indebted to their goalkeeper for making a number of fine saves, particularly in the first half.
The game started at a frenetic pace with neither side really taking control. City looked dangerous on the counter-attack and having soaked up some early pressure threatened to take the lead but couldn’t find a way past Will Graver in the Harleston goal. With Archie Winter working tirelessly in midfield Magpies started to enjoy more possession, winning a couple of penalty corners but failing to capitalise on them. Then from another corner, the initial shot was well saved but Winter jumped on the rebound and calmly lifted the ball into the goal. Half-time 1-0′ to Magpies.
The second half continued in the same vein with Magpies having reasonable possession and City looking dangerous on the counter-attack. Magpies doubled their lead when Ben Watson slotted home from a short corner. With both sides tiring in the hot conditions the last few minutes were scrappy with lots of turnover ball and end-to-end play with neither side looking like scoring. Final score 2-0 to Magpies.
A very good game of hockey played between two very even and talented sides. Whilst Magpies took the honours both sides played some very good hockey and, but for some great goalkeeping, the result could have a silky been a win fat r the home team.
After the game Coach Peters said “This was a tough game, against quality opposition. Our work rate was excellent but we need to work really hard on our ball pace in the next round”.
Squad W. Graver (GK), W. Donsworth, W. Simpson, J. Hobbs (VC), K. Peters, C. Woodcock, A. Winter (Capt), G. Hunt, C. Cadman, J. Sewell, A. Kilbourn, M. Bensly & B. Watson