NDHC Match Reports: Saturday 19th September 2020

Norwich Dragons Ladies 1s Vs Dereham

Score: 1-2

Scorers: Mia Bartram

MOM: Mia Bartram  DOD: Tabba Emma Tabrett

Ladies 1s travelled away to play Dereham on another sunny Saturday! This would have been our first game of the season, but had to be played as a friendly due to the change of start dates! Dragons started with good intensity thanks to having a full squad ready and keen to play! Our first goal came from a beautiful short corner with Mia Bartram finding the top left corner of the net! Dereham managed to equalise to bring it to 1-1. Half time came and wise words were shared amongst the whole team with contribution from mostly everyone (thank you Ollie King for running the bench)! Unfortunately Dereham managed to score another goal, which was awarded despite surprise from players on both teams! Overall a really good team performance. One more friendly this week before the real fun starts next Saturday (hopefully)!?


Norwich Dragons Ladies 2s Vs Norwich City 2s

Score: 2-2

Scorers: Lilli Ballard, Amy Beadman

DOD: Jessica

Ladies 2s came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich City 2s. Goals from Lilli Ballard and Amy Beadman. Great team performance showing resilience and positivity for the coming season.


Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s Broadland 1s

Score: 1-2

Scorers: Harriet Marlee

We tried a new format in the first half which proved to be tough work for us all and it would of killed us if we had kept going. So in the second half we worked on a different format and by the end of the match we smashed it!

This friendly made us work on our improvements. We are a bunch of smart players – we CAN do it but we need to work hard to find our own individual improvements to get there.

We lost 2-1, and I think they were meant to win, but we were meant to make the game our own, and we did towards the end


Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s Vs City 3s

Score: 2-5

Scorers: Amy Forse X2

MOM: Hannah Edwards

Dragons started with some very good hockey, moving the ball neatly and playing with great pace. As a result of this they went two up, both by Amy Forse.

City applied more pressure scoring from a short and then converting a second at the whistle. The second half proved the cliche ‘game of two halves’, City came out stronger and Dragons tired – losing the game 5-2. Lots of positives and some learning to build on!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s Vs Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s

Score: 6-1

Scorers: Jane, Liz McDonnell X3, Freya, Neet  

MOM: Liz McDonnell

Great friendly game in the sunshine. It was a game with some great passing, great team work & also some fantastic fluffs. First goal came from a great strike from a short corner by

Jane Elizabeth There was some great defending & goal keeping from the 6s preventing several goal attempts. However the second goal came from a great pass from Jane on the right to Liz McDonnell which was slipped through the goalies legs. The third goal came from a lovely reverse hit from Liz. Score 3-0 at half time. Half time team talk from the captains &

Will Kirby meant coming in to the second half we passed the ball more smoothly & round the back. There were some great runs down the wings from Freya, Mia & Floss with some great passing onto the forwards. The 4th goal came from some good stick play in the D from Neet & a tap round 2 defenders & the goalie. The 5th goal came from a strike just in the D by Liz. Goal number 6 was a great strike from Freya at the top of the D. Goal from the 6s came in the last few minutes of the match. There was a disallowed goal from the 5s that deserves a mention; a great strike by Freya from a short corner but unfortunately was a little too high.

Great game played with a great spirit from both sides. The score doesn’t reflect the competitiveness from the 6s and some great play they put together.


Norwich Dragons Ladies 6s Vs Norwich Dragons Ladies 5s

Score: 1-6

Scorers: Adelice Stanley  

MOM: Emma North

Ladies 6s played Ladies 5s in our first intra-club clash of the season. Great effort from all the girls in the heat! Ladies 5s kept the pressure on throughout all four quarters, scoring 6 goals in total. 6s perseverance paid off with a well-deserved goal by Adelice Louise in the final quarter topping off a high effort performance from all. Final score 6-1. Really enjoyable game for both sides with Emma North taking MOM with a stormer in goal!


Norwich Dragons Ladies 7s Vs Norwich City 6s

Score: 0-2

MOM: Sophie Rice

Ladies 7s lost 2:0 to City 6s. POM Sophie Rice with Joanna Eke a close 2nd. Lots to be positive about and things to work on.


Norwich Dragons Ladies 8s Vs Norwich City Ladies 7s

Score: 1-5

Scorers: Bridget Le Good   

Ladies 8s played their first non-Dragons opposition since lockdown in a friendly against City 7s. On what was a gorgeous afternoon, Dragons soon went 1 nil up from a beautifully executed short corner by Bridget Le Good. In buoyant spirits, helped by lots of group fitness over the summer, 8s played some lovely hockey and huge improvements seen in all players. We held the lead for a while but City equalised from an equally well executed short corner and scored again to make it 2 – 1 at half time. The City team, which fielded a number of higher team players, gained confidence and scored another 3 in the 2nd half. Play seemed pretty equal and coach Sarah Wagstaff said the score didn’t reflect the game. The only thing we lacked was a bit of ‘grrr’ and so the team were tasked with getting hold of some before our first league match next Saturday. Well done, ladies – a lovely game to get us going. Plenty of ‘grrr’ next week!


Norwich Dragons 1st XI vs Dereham 1st XI

Score: 1-6

Scorers: Jon Miles

MOM: Sam Avery

The curtain closed on pre-season with a performance that had a lot of great takeaways, despite the result. Working as a unit, the first half ended with us down 1-2, with Jon Miles

scoring with a fine reverse stick finish as their keeper helplessly sprawled in rushing to the edge of his D.

The second half saw Dereham take a more dominant position on the score line, with the game still hotly contested on the pitch in contrast. Aaron John went mightily close from a short-corner drag flick, with a great save from their keeper to deny a top-corner rasper!

Big mention to Sam Avery who powered through the entire game with incredible perseverance and energy! The much anticipated season opener at the Den is on the horizon. We look forward to delivering a momentous season!


Norwich Dragons 2s vs Dereham 2s

Score: 1-2

Scorers: Chris Simmonds  

MOM: Ben Sathitsuk

DOD: Rohan Kaushal

Fair performance against a team who will be a strong force in our league this year after just being demoted. Plenty of chances created in a good contest. It puts us in good stead to go for a big win when it matters next week!


Norwich Dragons 3s vs East Coast 1

Score: 3-2

Scorers: Bobby Shepperd x 2 & Charlie Creasy

A strong East Coast team came out blazing and went 2-0 up in the first half. Dragons defence remained composed and got us back into the game. Their confident passing around the back helped the team find shape, which paid off with a goal from Charlie Creasy and two from Bobby Sheppard. Thanks to East Coast for a competitive match.


Norwich Dragons 4s vs Thetford 1

Score: 3-5

Scorers: Will Kirby, Owain Hall & Ross Barnshaw

MOM: Rahul Kaushal

This was a great game at an unusually sunny Dragon’s Den. Thetford only managed to mobilise 10 players on this occasion, so for the sake of having a fair friendly game Dragons offered to cover the vacant position with one of their own midfielders, which they would have regretted if this had been an official league game.

Thetford played their cards very well on the first half, earning a well-deserved three-goal advantage at half time. Dragons fought well but Thetford had an outstanding player who, despite the great effort made by keeper Dave King, managed to make his way to the D and slot the ball in three times. The game had to be interrupted for a few minutes after one of Thetford players fell on the ground and bumped his neck, luckily without consequences, but serious enough to leave Thetford with 10 players for the rest of the game.

Dragons reacted well on the second half and managed to level up the score with three consecutive goals by Will Kirby, Owain Hall and Ross Barnshaw. They could have scored two more if Kirby’s stick hadn’t been lifted by a defender on the goal line, and if Owain’s magnificent finish hadn’t hit the top of the right post. Unfortunately, Thetford’s star player reappeared at the end to score two more. All Dragons’ youngsters played really well, with Rahul Kaushal playing a key role in the midfield, what granted him a well-deserved MOM award.


Norwich Dragons 5s vs North Norfolk 2s

Score: 0-0

MOM: Will Sexton

Men’s 5s Draw 0-0 against North Norfolk 2s. MOTM: Will Sexton.


Norwich Dragons 6s vs Magpies 5s

Score: 1-3

Scorers: Mike Banham

MOM: Connor Kerrigan

Great start to season for M6 who played Magpies 5 from a league above. 0-2 at Halftime with all 11 men in their own 25 for last 10 mins of the half. A real effort to get forward in the 2nd half was rewarded when skipper Mike Banham slotted our 2nd short corner only for a disputed Magpies 3rd in last minute, robbing M6’s of winning the 2nd half – MOM keeper Connor Kerrigan whose positional play kept Magpies out – Special mention Harry & Noah who look confident to really take the opposition on this year – Thanks to  Andrew Cross, Ali Smyth & Dave Kidner from last year’s higher teams for helping us out. – Excellent debut by Jos – Rest of M6 put in an excellent shift & on this performance look capable of competing for honours.


Norwich Dragons 7s vs Dereham 4s

Score: 0-2

MOM: Team

The last pre-season friendly for the 7’s was away to Dereham 4’s. The 12 man squad put in a sterling effort in the heat of the sun with a 0 – 0 score line by half time. An early goal in the second half followed by a successful penalty flick by Dereham did not dent the team’s determination with some great passages of play and plenty of possession and chances. Overall a great effort from everyone in the team and lots to be positive about. By consensus the whole team is MOM this week.