Tuesday 6 March
U9As v Norwich School score: 5 – 1
The boys took on Norwich School in a competitive fixture. The team started well and were soon testing the Norwich keeper who was on great form making some good saves from JC and Harry T. However, it was a good flowing move involving James A and JC that led to Arthur scoring the first goal of the game, and that was the way it stayed until half time. We talked about improving the ball speed and slapping the ball rather than trying to hit the ball in the second half. The boys took this on board and the team were soon further goals ahead through a brace from JC. Reily then drove forward and viewed two goals himself, one from a well worked short corner.
The defence stayed strong with Oliver threading some lovely passes to our front players and Archie making some important saves, before Norwich deservedly scored a goal just before the end. This was a good game but with work still to do, the boys still need to learn to be more disciplined about their positioning on the pitch and look to move the ball wide and draw the opposition out of their defensive shape.
Team: Archie R, Harry T, Oliver B, Reilly B, James S, Cameron C, JC M , Arthur C
U9Bs v Norwich School score: 9 – 0
The U9Bs lined up at Taverham to take on their Norwich School equivalents. The first half started with LPS@TH putting early pressure on the Norwich School defence, and within 5 minutes LPS@TH had the first goal with Henry S firing a low shot into the goal. The second wasn’t too far away with some excellent play including a swift passing move from Lazoros G, Henry S and Reuben B ended up with Sebastian L finishing low. There were some great tackles from Daniel F at the back, including one that turned into a great pass to Henry B who did a great pass to Henry S for goal number 3, Henry who wasn’t finished just yet completing his hat trick just before half time, as LPS@TH led 4-0 at the break.
The second half started an even affair with Norwich School playing some good hockey, however a great run down the left hand side from Reuben B created and scored the 5th goal. Henry B was next on the score sheet as he finished low into the corner, Henry went on to score a further two goals to complete LPS@TH’s second hat trick of the day with Reuben finishing off the scoring with LPS@TH’s 9th goal. Tolly W only had one kick all game but looked solid throughout in protecting his clean sheet, as well as Daniel F and Lazoros G who both had a really solid games in the middle of defence, making great tackles throughout. There was some great attacking play by all, with a special mention to all the scorers Sebastian L, Reuben B, Henry S and Henry B who had excellent games making good decisions and passes which led to 9 goals being scored. A great result which shows playing like a team can bring its rewards.
U9Cs v Norwich School score: 5 – 2
After supporting the A and B teams in their respective games, the U9 C team took their places on the Astro to play what would be an outstanding game of hockey. Although we conceded first, Archie pulled off some spectacular saves at the back to keep the game within reach, while some cool finishing from Zain put us back into the game. From that point onwards LPS@TH put on a spectacular show as some solid defending from Cameron and Freddy supported by some great work in the midfield by Marcus and Jack helped us to surge forward. Oliver finished calmly up front with assistance from Charles and at the end of the match, LPS@TH came out deserved winners 5-2. The match was played with great intensity and spirit and it was entertaining for all to watch. Man of the Match: Archie R.
Team: Marcus W, Oliver G, Zain B, Jack B, Cameron F, Freddy E, Charles B, Archie R
Wednesday 5 March
Colts C v Norwich School score: 4 – 0
This was definitely our best performance of the season so far. We started strongly and were 2-0 up very quickly; both goals being finished off by Brady, after excellent work from La’Sean on the right wing. William was solid in defence, playing his first game for the C team, and Tafadzwa bossed the game from midfield.
An even match with both teams giving it their all. The Norwich keeper was busiest in the first half with some good pressure being applied by Oscar M and Oscar T. Our hard work and perseverance paid off with a nice move down the right wing by Harry S culminating in a tidy finish from Tashinga M. The second half we were a little bit less organised in our positional play which allow Norwich more opportunities on goal, this eventually lead to Norwich equalising midway through the second half. We continued to press for a winner but sadly our final plays were not accurate enough. This was a fair result and the boys worked hard.