NDHC League Match Reports: Saturday 15th February 2020

This Week’s Results

TeamOppositionH/AScoreScorersPlayer of Match
L1sNorth Norfolk 1A2-1 (L)Holly SetchellAlex Daplyn
L2sNorwich City 2H1-1 (D)Grace KidnerKristina Smyth
Karen O'Neill Simpson
L3sUniversity of East Anglia Women 1A7-0 (L)
L4sSlip Date
L5sSlip Date
L6sSlip Date
L7sSlip Date
L8sSlip Date
M1sLong Sutton 1A2-0 (L)
M2sBury St Edmunds 2AP:P
M3sNorwich City 3H1-0 (W)Jon MilesTom McLean
M4sBury St Edmunds 4AP:P
M5sSudbury 3H3-4 (L)Will Gwyther
Jamie Allsop
Casper Lind
Ed Cross
M6sNorwich City 7H0-1 (L)Will Sexton
BD ASlip Date
BD BSlip Date
GD ASlip Date
GD BEast CoastH6-1 (W)

East League,  Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v North Norfolk 1s:  1-2

Goalscorer:  Holly Setchell
MOM: Alex Daplyn

The Ladies 1s lost 2-1 against North Norfolk 1s. A very unlucky and frustrating score line as we played extremely well. We were patient on the ball, waiting for a suitable pass to open up, there were good transfers around the back and movement off the ball was fantastic. The Dragons goal came from Holly Setchell after a scramble during a short corner. A lot of chances but sadly just couldn’t make much of the short corners that we had. The opposition scored their first goal from a short corner, and the second was an unlucky own goal. But we had great support, happy to say that there was no heckling from the sideline by Mr Barrow, and Storm Dennis didn’t push us off the ball! Player of the match went to Alex Daplyn for her amazing runs, composure on the ball and tenacious work rate.

East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Norwich City 2s:  1-1

Goalscorer:  Grace Kidner
MOM:  Kristina Smyth, Karen O’Neill Simpson

Whilst Storm Dennis threatened, conditions for the early local derby were actually quite pleasant so the game got away as scheduled! Dragons had slightly depleted numbers, whilst City arrived with a full squad of 15.

Early encounters were extremely one-sided with City forcing a number of early short corners and forcing Dragons to defend for their lives, GK Kristina Smyth and Karen O’Neill Simpson throwing themselves at everything whilst Ally Windsor Waite took one effort off the line. Eventually however City’s pressure counted with the ball forced home after a bit of a scramble in the D.

This served as a bit of a wake up call for Dragons, who started to get themselves back into the game, beginning to close the ball down and finding each other better with their passes. Sophie Farrow was having a fine game in midfield, whilst both Lucy Buxton and Piper Hempsall were also battling hard and winning possession back for the home team. 

Midway through the half, another commanding run from the ever dangerous Grace Kidner saw a free hit awarded. Once again Grace saw the opportunity to pick up the ball quickly and drive into the D, once there her shot at goal was deflected off a City stick, flying up over the keeper and into the net.

From here on, the game remained pretty even. Both teams had their chances and had good spells of play, but there was some strong defending meaning the final score remained 1-1. Given their depleted numbers, Dragons were relatively happy to take the point. 

Some excellent performances for the Dragons, notably Stella Windsor-Waite in a new position which she is starting to make her own, Grace Kidner, who improves week on week with the strength of her tackling and all round play, and Sophie Farrow, stepping up for the 3’s and battling really hard for the team. To a player however, Dragons showed excellent spirit and workrate. Thank you to both umpires for a well umpired game.

PoM was split between Karen O’Neill Simpson and Kristina Smyth. 


East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s v UEA 1s:  0-7


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s – slip week


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League,  Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s – slip week


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s – slip week


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s – slip week


Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s  – slip week




East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Long Sutton:  0-2


With storm Dennis the Destroyer on the horizon – causing many a strange happening to occur across the land – in a deep forgotten corner of Lincolnshire cutting crosswinds saw the Dragons’ flight falter.

The sporting bout began crazed and confused, with slow play and our opposition maximising the long ball to wise effect – knowing that to play a ground-pass in the thick yellow wasteland was futile.

End to end, we soon ‘scored’ through Dan Rix but alas was disallowed, just not be 😕 minutes later Long Sutton bundled the ball in! After a reflective half-time we pushed ahead and had much of the ball with Rixy, Pedro Goss, and I (Sean Orton) having decent chances to level proceedings. Long Sutton applied their game-plan very well and Olly Buck saved us on the line with Pete Dickerson pulling off some spell-binding saves. They scored a rasping short corner in the dying minutes to all but end the game.

A frustrating day for the Dragons.

This season’s shock giant killing result – understandably boisterously celebrated by Long Sutton, and one that will surely be celebrated in the barns of deep Lincolnshire for many moons to come!

We dust ourselves down and empty all pockets and orifices of sand, and go again in a fortnight!

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Bury St Edmunds 2s:  P:P

East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Norwich City 3s:  1-0

Goalscorer:  Jon Miles
MOM:  Tom McLean

Dragons Men’s 3s secured a huge win in their fight to stay up today during storm Dennis. A home game against relegation rivals Norwich City 3s in a windy affair saw the home team come out 1-0 victors thanks to a stunner from Jon Miles.

After a reasonably well imposed (if with grumbles) Friday night of sobriety the home side defended excellently and made the best of the few chances they had. Special mention should go to the back 4 of Jim Goodson, Ed Smith, Stu Kelly and Harry Brown who played 70 minutes of excellent defensive hockey but ultimately MoM goes to captain fantastic T Mac for the game of his season keeping the clean sheet including a few stunning short corner and double saves (not to toot my own horn too much). Outfield highlight of the game goes to Rob Goodson’s last ditch sliding tackle in the D. DoD to John Ives for breaking the curfew and spending a bit too much time searching for gold in his nose 

A massive 3 points today and a nice relaxing slip weekend to enjoy next!

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Bury St Edmunds 4s:  P:P

East League, Men’s 5NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v  Sudbury 3s:  2-4

Goalscorer:  Will Gwyther, Jamie Allsop, Casper Lind
MOM:  Ed Cross

East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Norwich City 7s:  0-7

MOM:  Will Sexton

Development Leagues

Dev Girls A  no fixture

Dev Girls B  v East Coast:  6-1

Goalscorers:  Katie Hume x1; Megan Davis x1;  Poppy Francis x4 
MOM:  Poppy Francis

Dev Boys A v 


Dev Boys B v