Mens East League Division 2 North
UEA 1s P:P Norwich Dragons 1s
Mens East League Division 4 North East
Norwich Dragons 2s 3:0 UEA 2s
Dragons got off to a great start, completely dominating the first ten minutes. A combination of fast passing and great movement off the ball certainly piled the pressure on UEA. Dragons were rewarded within 2 minutes with a Simon Nisbet goal. The ball coming from the left side was picked up by Nisbet in the D, and a determined strike saw it slot past the keeper.
Midway through the half, Dragons seemed to lose some of their momentum. The UEA started to pass and managed to link up some passes. This gave the Dragons midfield plenty of work to keep themselves busy. Dragon persistence was rewarded by a Jason Wolfe goal. After collecting the ball in the D he rounded a defender and the goalkeeper with slick ball skills before slipping the ball into the goal.
With Wolfe and Captain Cley Hamilton upfront, Dragons were looking dangerous. The pressure was kept on the UEA defence by the midfield and forwards working well to make it difficult for the UEA to break through. This resulted in UEA playing some risky balls across their own goal. Dan Cheesman was able to intercept one such pass and pushed it pass the keeper to make the score 3-0 to Dragons.
The halftime team talk focussed on continued attack and effort. Despite a 3-0 lead, Dragons knew that they couldn’t afford to become complacent and would need to work hard.
The second half was fairly uneventful and resulted in no more goals. A few attacks by UEA were confidently charged down by Dragon keeper Sam Clark. Good defensive work by Andy Kelsall and Neil Shorten proving as solid at the back as always.
Man of the Match, Nisbet continued to make some fantastic runs down the right side, and once again Henry Laming was causing trouble for the UEA defence with his good stick skills. Mark Flatman kept up the Dragon attack with some confident runs, but Dragons just couldn’t get another past the UEA keeper.
Fulltime 3-0 to Dragons.
East Men’s Hockey League Division 5NE
Norwich Dragons 3s 5:1 Holt Harlequins 2s
Dragons mens 3rd team went into this match determined to keep their unbeaten record going but knowing the opposition would be tougher than their division position suggested. Initially the Dragons struggled with the fast paced pitch and found controlling passes difficult. Gradually the team became accustomed to the ball pace and started to attack down the flanks and from one of these moves a cross to the back post was swept into goal by Matt Jenkins to give Dragons a 1-0 lead. Dragons were dominating the match but were finding it difficult to beat the Holt keeper despite having several short corners.
The lead was increased when after several shots were saved by the Holt keeper the Dragons cut the ball back to Alec Bidet-Steele who on his debut for the third team coolly applied the finishing touch to add the icing on the cake of his man of the match performance. Just before half-time some careless play by Dragons was punished when the Holt forward intercepted the ball and drove into the D and scored with a strong shot to bring the half-time score back to 2-1 to Dragons.
This had been a better first half performance by Dragons than the week before but the scoreline did not reflect their domination but the team determined to come out in the second half and continue confident further goals would materialise. The early stages of the second half saw Dragons playing their passing hockey and a good driving run from central midfield by Jon Goodson finished with him making a strong pass into the D which the Dragons forward Adrian Kemp applied the perfect deflection to send the ball into the goal and re-establish Dragons two goal lead. This seemed to relax the Dragons players and some good play down the right flank with Lawrence Singleton supporting attacks from full back culminated in John Ives dribbling into the D and firing a low shot into the far corner of the goal to put Dragons 4-1 ahead.
Dragons captain George Walker was having a commanding performance in the cenre of the park. Dragons finished the match in style when a cross from the right travelled right across the D for the left midfielder Will Ives to time his run perfectly and hit a screaming shot that flew upwards and though the Holt keeper got a glove to it the shot was so powerfull that it carried on into the top corner to give the Dragons a 5-1 winning margin.
This result extended Dragons unbeaten run to 10 matchs this season and with their nearest rival losing unexpectedly the Dragons lead at the top of the division increased.
East Men’s Hockey League Division 6 North East
Norwich Dragons 4s 5:0 Ipswich Cranes 2s
After a disappointing result last week, Dragons played out the perfect response.
With both teams level in the league, it was shaping up to be a close game and certainly from the opening minutes that was the case, with either side sharing possession and creating a few chances, on the defence Dragons found their form from previous weeks seeing out the oppositions chances well.
Dragons moved the ball with confidence out from the back and played an excellent passing game to quickly attack the ‘D’ and started to take more control in the game; their efforts rewarded after about 15 minutes when the ball broke kindly for David Thornton to calmly slot home.
The remainder of the half was much the same, with both teams having further efforts on goal, but the score stayed at 1-0 until half time.
After playing some good hockey in the first half, Dragons knew the game was there for the win and went out in the second half, upping their game further and were now controlling the game. Continuous good pressure saw numerous crosses come across the oppositions area from Andy Key, but Dragons could not extend their lead.
Into the last ten minutes Dragons finally got their reward, with David Thornton getting on the end of one of Andy Keys’ crosses to knock the ball in the back of the net. That prompted the Cranes’ keeper and captain to go 11 all out field, substituting himself off.
With confidence high, Dragons needed no invitation to take advantage.
In quick succession, Dragons got the ball in the area again, this time a deflection off a defender to make it 3-0. And with just minutes left Dragons continued to push with Ollie King getting on the scoresheet and newly-elected vice-captain David Thornton completing his hat-trick.
An all round excellent performance, capped off with a fully deserving scoreline. Man of the match was in no doubt, going to David Thornton, now on 9 goals this season.
On a very cold Saturday morning it was dubious whether this match would be played but it was clear that both teams were keen for the fixture to get under way and assess how the pitch held up after a frosty start.
The Dragons were delighted to see the return of Charly HEMMANT who sustained an injury in this fixture on the first game of the season.
The Dragons started the sprightlier of the two teams keen to maintain their run of good form. They certainly had the greater of the possession pushing Broadland deep into their own half. A fine effort from Laura SHREEVE forced Lauren HALLIWELL, the Broadland keeper, to parry the ball down; Nat BEAL was the first to react scoring from the rebound giving the Dragons the lead. The Dragons continue to push forward trying to extend their lead but in doing so Broadland caught them on the counter attack; Dani PARKE driving the ball into the Dragons D and attempted a reverse strike which she hit so sweetly it flew past the Dragons defence and into the top corner of the net leaving Freddie BRISCOE, the Dragons keeper, no chance. It was unstoppable effort and by far the best goal of the season seen by the Dragons so far. The Dragons responded almost immediately from the restart, Marie JAMES the Dragons captain, driving the ball past the Broadland defence and striking the ball from the top of the D which was deflected into the goal by SHREEVE giving the Dragons a 2-1 lead going into the break.
After half time the Dragons responded well to the team talk working harder and moving the ball quicker. The Dragons continued to dominant the game and at times played some attractive attacking hockey. This style of play presented them with numerous goal scoring opportunities testing the Broadland defence who proved to be very resilient.
From a free hit the third goal finally came for the Dragons. JAMES finding Emily ROLLS in space just outside the D who subsequently struck the ball to SHREEVE who diverted the ball into the goal. SHREEVE completed her well deserved hat trick, a pass from JAMES which she skilfully got under control and slipped past HALLIWELL.
Another solid performance by the Dragons defence who rarely looked troubled. In particular player of the match, Sarah BORREET, had another fine performance at right
East Women’s Hockey League Division 2 North East
Yarmouth 1s 0:0 Norwich Dragons 2s
This Div 2NE game was one of just a few to survive the hard frost. Despite the chilly conditions both teams were keen to get the fixture played. Many of the Dragons had enjoyed a ‘jolly’ bus journey to the East Coast, and joined up with their team-mates to came out full of confidence, looking to overturn their defeat by Yarmouth in the first game of the season.
Ruth Willmott continued at centre defence, allowing Alice Guest to push up to left midfield. With Lizzie Moulton and Debs Smith holding strong in the middle, Dragons managed to frustrate Yarmouth early in the first half, forcing a number of short corners, which unfortunately they could not benefit from. Yarmouth started to get more possession, however, some strong tackles from Player of the Match Angela Murgatroyd and Sarah Wagstaff, ensured the teams went into the half-time break goalless.
Both teams had their spells in the second half, Yarmouth forced a series of short corners, which the Dragons defence dealt with well. Ally Windsor-Waite started to have more and more impact on the game, with some mesmerising runs down the right hand side earning the side more short corners. Dragons had a couple of opportunities to break the deadlock, with Hannah Hardy forcing a good save from the keeper, the follow-up required a Yarmouth defender to make a last ditch clearance on the line.
With Niamh Lowe-Davies pushing up to the forward line, Dragons continued to threaten, and another short corner near the end was well struck to the near post by Debs Smith, where Ruth Willmott, managed to get a good deflection which was just wide of the post.
Ultimately a draw was a fair result, however this Dragons team can take huge credit and self belief from this performance against one of the top teams in the league, showing just how much they have developed as a Team.
Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Women’s League Division 1
Norwich Dragons 3s P:P UEA 3s
Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Women’s League Division 2
Breckland P:P Norwich Dragons 4s
Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Women’s League Division 2
Norwich City 6s P:P Norwich Dragons 5s
Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Boys Development League
Norwich Dragons 3:3 Magpies
On a cold Saturday afternoon we welcomed Harleston Magpies to the Den.
Harleston won the toss and chose push back.
After a close first 15 minutes the score was 1-1 with Ben Watson scoring our goal.
We then took the upper hand and with goals fromRaunaqRaiand a Jonty Gosling solo effort we went in at half time 3-1 up.
In the second half Harleston came on strongly and put us under pressure.
They eventually scored and made it 3-2.
On one of our few forages forward Ben Watson rounded the keeper and shot on the reverse, only for it to be cleared off the line by the last defender diving across the goal.
Magpies kept up the pressure and claimed several short corners. One of these was cleared off the line by Andy Carver.
Despite our best efforts Magpies equalised from open play.
They did score from a short corner only for it to be disallowed for not hitting the back board.
I think we should all be proud of this result against Magpies.
Thanks to all the adults that played andSteve Woodward for coaching on the day.
Ben Watson was voted POM.
Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Girls Development League
The hoof table this week is as follows