This Week’s Results
|Team||Opposition||H/A||Score||Scorers||Player of Match|
|L1s||Cam Uni 1||A||7-0 (L)||Gina Hunt
|L2s||Watton 1||H||3-2 (W)||Katie McKenna x2|
|L3s||Christchurch 1||H||2-3 (L)||Beth Prakesh|
|L4s||Dereham 3||H||5-0 (W)|
|L5s||Beccles||A||0-4 (W)||Gemma Ballard|
|L6s||Low Ladies 2||H||3-2 (W)||Kelly Mills|
|L7s||Dereham 4||H||1-2 (L)||Adelice Kraemer||Nat Crisp|
|M1s||Cam South 1||H||5-4 (W)||Matt Knights x3|
|M2s||Sudbury 2||H||5-0 (W)||Alex Brooks|
|M3s||Bury 2||A||0-0 (D)||James King|
|M4s||Watton 1||H||1-4 (L)||Phil York-Smith||Dan Murphy|
|M5s||Watton 2||A||1-3 (W)||Andrew Cross|
|M6s||Pelicans 4||H||0-0 (D)||Stephen Holland|
|BD A||No Fixture|
|BD B||No Fixture|
|GD||Yarmouth||H||5-0 (CW)||Hattie Stuart|
East League, Ladies 1N
Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s v Cambridge University: 0-7
MOM: Gina Hunt, Shelly Seaman, Olivia Thomas
The ladies 1s were dealt a hockey masterclass on the road by Cambridge University 1s.
The opening moments of the game set the tone for how things would progress, with the
students having the lion’s share of possession and moving the ball quickly around their
whole team, from the defence through to the forward line. Stretching the game both
high and wide, the university began to find holes in the Dragons’ defence and created a
number of opportunities. Despite absorbing a significant amount of pressure in the first
10 minutes, the hosts capitalised on their excellent passages of play, taking a
controversial long corner quickly and placing the ball hard and fast to the back right post,
for the incoming striker to deflect into the net for a textbook goal.
The rest of the half saw much of the same, with the students placing the visitors under a
lot of pressure, and winning several short corners. They managed to convert two of these
with some very slick routines to put them 3-0 up at half time. The Dragons came out
harder in the second half, and managed to create a few chances going forwards.
However, the Cambridge defence were strong and mopped up our attacks with relative
ease. Again and again, the students were patient, playing the ball around their team,
stretching the game, and then capitalising on the gaps that were emerging through the
middle and down the sides of the pitch. They extended their lead to 4 with a drive along
the base line, and despite tackles from both Holly Setchell and Sarah Jenkins, the ball was
slipped to the opposite post and tapped in by the waiting striker. The final three goals
came from another three textbook short corner routines leaving the final score 7-0. The
Dragons were outplayed by a classy team this week, and while a humbling experience, it
has given us a lot to aspire to and to think about as we move forward. Player of the
match was split between Shelly Seaman, Gina Hunt and Liv Thomas, with a number of
other votes being spread around the team.
East League, Ladies 2NE
Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s v Watton 1s: 3-2
Goalscorers: Kate McKenna x 2, Hannah Hardy,
MOM: Kate McKenna
Dragons faced 2nd placed Watton in what was likely to be a close encounter at the Den. The home team was once again largely unchanged, Stella Windsor-Waite who moved up from the 3’s the week before, rightly retained her place. Unfortunately, illness meant Dragons were down to 12 being denied the services of the talented Liv Leary, becoming unavailable late on Friday.
The game started brightly for the home team, with the ball being moved around well, the midfield of Gail Thomas, Annabelle Phoenix, Sam Franklin and Harriet Green battling extremely hard and distributing the ball well. Watton looked a threat in attack, but Issi Mumbray was strong in the Dragons goal, making some fine early clearances.
The break through came mid way through the half, Jessica Bennett, finding Hannah Hardy in the D, who turned in front of the outrushing GK and was able to slot the ball under her, to find Kate McKenna, who had found a great position to slot home. Dragons continued to be a threat, and before the break scored a second, with Donna Vaughan finding Kate McKenna with a firm ball, McKenna found a deft touch, deflecting the ball into the path of Hannah Hardy who swept home.
Despite the lead, Watton threatened the Dragons goal on many occasions but the defence was strong – Sarah Borrett her usual composed self, Karen O’Neill Simpson and Stella Windsor-Waite are already forming a good understanding, whilst Donna Vaughan was her usual dominant self in front of the back three. Watton forced short corners and had various routines, but Keeper Issi Mumbray was commanding kicking and clearing strongly.
After the break, as anticipated Watton came out firing and Dragons knew they were going to be in a battle. The deficit was reduced to one, with a Watton goal from a short corner directly from their left slip. This served to fire up the visitors and Dragons perhaps dropped a little deep, inviting the pressure. Again the whole team defended for their worth, putting their bodies on the line, none more so than Jess Bennett, who made an excellent run from deep, driving into the Watton D towards the outrushing GK; as she released her shot, the two collided, with Bennett taking the full impact. Fortunately she recovered to continue play and was instrumental in Dragons 3rd goal, forcing the ball down the left to Hannah Hardy who had come out to a wide position, turning the defender, Hardy spotted Kate McKenna who had once again found an excellent position in the D. Calmly McKenna drew the keeper, took it onto her reverse and slotted home for her second and Dragons third.
Watton were not done and piled on the pressure, pulling back another goal with around 10 minutes remaining. Both teams gave everything in this full blooded battle between 2nd and 3rd, and with Watton continuing to pile on the pressure, the final whistle went. A good contest against a strong attacking opposition; both teams headed for the warmth of Goals, for their well deserved hot cheesy pizzas.
Dragons Player of the Match went to Kate McKenna, not only for her 2 goals, but for her extremely high work rate, great positioning and all round confident play; special mention should also go to Issi Mumbray, who was dominant in goal for the home team.
East League, Ladies 2NE
Ladies 3s v Christchurch 1s: 2-3
Goalscorers: Ally Windsor Waite, Beth Prakash
MOM: Esme Potter, Beth Prakash
Norwich Dragons Ladies 3 rd team played Christchurch Ladies 1st team at the Den and following a heavy defeat in the previous encounter were keen to put in a good performance. Dragons started promisingly, creating some good play all over the pitch and were soon awarded with a goal by debutant Beth Pakrash.
Christchurch continued to look for long hits across and through the field to their forwards who were dangerous in attack, which resulted in two goals in the first half making the score 2 1 to the visitors at half time.
Dragons began the second half determined to gain something from the game, creating some good runs down both wings and winning a few short corners, but the game remained evenly balanced with both teams having opportunities to score.
Dragons managed to level the score with 15 minutes of the match remaining from a short corner strike from Ally Windsor Waite. However, Christchurch managed to clinch all the points in the final ten minutes also from a short corner strike. Player of the match was shared between Beth Pakrash and Esme Potter.
Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Premier Division
Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s v Dereham 3s: 5-0
Goalscorers: Victoria Earley, Lilli Ballard, Niamh Somers x3
MOM: Fiona Fletcher
Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s v Beccles: 4-0
Goalscorers: Anita Mancini, Gemma Ballard, Amy Forse, Sue Cross
MOM: Katherine Hardwick
In recent tradition, ladies 5s have written their match report from expert note-taking on the bench. This week, we open with “Anita was late”. Which she was. Leaving Jane to fend for herself in the car park, nearly half the squad squashed into Amy’s car, the team congregated at Beccles. The team talk on the pitch involved lots of whiteboard action, followed by a pumped warm-up to Taylor Swift.
After shaking everything off, Dragons started strongly with early pressure on the Beccles defence with Anita Mancini pushing a great ball to Gem Ballard; sadly stopped by a diving save from the keeper. Gem then got swiped!
A pass from Amy Forse to Sue Cross was intercepted with a foot, winning the Dragons a short corner. This resulted in yet another short, Gem injecting to Amy who performs the famous “5” manoeuvre whereby a scuffle ensued, Beccles keeper going to ground (the whereabouts of the ball could still be seen we are told) and Beccles win a free hit.
Dragons press hard around the big-hitting captain, Anita uses her foot to nicely block said hit but receives a bruise and Beccles win another ball.
Beth Elgood makes streaking progress up the right wing, crossing the ball width-ways to Mel Widdows and at some point Anita scores – 1-0 to Dragons. More action in the D sees Amy passing through to Jane Wells who’s shot was saved.
The Dragons heeded the instructions of captain Hannah Edwards to pass in triangles, the old faithful back-and-round and continue to press onwards. This worked beautifully, with possession dominated by the Dragons who were continuously looking for scoring opportunities.
Despite an injury, Jane valiantly continued into the second half (unknowingly at the time that a bone was broken, and now donning the nickname Bone Crusher). Fuelled by oranges, wine gums and squidgeletts, Dragons went straight out with a roar. Sue Cross scores, as does Gem Ballard and Amy Forse.
Georgia Butterworth defending very smartly, covering players and communicating well when Beccles made a break and working the ball back up the pitch to Charlotte Dowson. Katherine Hardwick covered the bottom of the diamond and kept the momentum high and attacking.
Hannah Edwards spent much of the second half in conversation the Dragons keeper Mia Somers, having a chat about not being afraid to kick the ball away really, really hard. Mia did this with great vigour. Fitbit statistics say that Hannah didn’t run very much at all.
Sadly, note taking desists from Crossy’s goal. Final score is 4-0, with MoM votes split between 7 players with Katherine Hardwick being the winner.
Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 1
Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s v Lowestoft Ladies: 3-2
Goalscorers: Hannah Woods, Kelly Mills, Amy Beadman
MOM: Hannah Woods
Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 2
Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s v Dereham 4s: 1-2
MOM: Natalie Crisp
Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Division 3
Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s – no fixture
East League, Men’s 2N
Norwich Dragons Men’s 1s v Cambridge South 1s: 5-4
Goalscorers: Sam Avery, Matt Knights x3, Alex Browne
MOM: Matt Knights
The men’s 1s bounced back in perfect fashion this week, beating league topping Cambridge South 5-4 in an exciting game for the neutral!
Dragons put in easily their most dominate performance of the season, moving the ball with pace and purpose and quickly found themselves two goals to the good courtesy from Matt Knights. The second in particular was a screamer, as he converted a waist high cross with a connection that Joe Root would have been proud of. Dragons conceded to make it 2-1, but Matt Knights then competed his hat trick. Again Cambridge responded before Sam Avery popped up to put Dragons two goals ahead. The score was 4-2 going into half time.
Cambridge scored another goal almost immediately after the restart to drag them back to within one goal. A signature Alex Browne short corner rocket made it 5-3. The rest of the second half was even until, with minutes left on the clock, Cambridge converted a flick to make it 5-4 and had a short corner awarded as the final whistle went, which was valiantly kept out by the Dragons defence.
A cracking team performance and sets a benchmark for future performances, starting with the City derby next week!
East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 2s v Sudbury 2s: 5-0
Goalscorers: Rob Wagstaff, Alex Brooks, Andy Saunders, Cley Hamilton, Rupert Snelling
MOM: Cley Hamilton
East League, Men’s 3NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s: 0-0
MOM: James King
East League, Men’s 4NE
Norwich Dragons Men’s 4s v Watton 1s: 1-4
Goalscorer: Phil York-Smith
MOM: Dan Murphy
East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 5s v Watton 2s: 3-1
Goalscorer: Peter Davison, Josh Bingham, Andrew Cross
MOM: Will Bloom
East League, Men’s 5NE(N)
Norwich Dragons Men’s 6s v Pelicans 4s: 0-0
MOM: Stephen Holland