Hockey round-up

North Walsham 5, Lowestoft Town 0After a challenging start in the new league, this was an encouraging performance from a Walsham team which is getting into its stride.

North Walsham 5, Lowestoft Town 0

After a challenging start in the new league, this was an encouraging performance from a Walsham team which is getting into its stride. In a frustrating game, they kept their discipline and were rewarded with a convincing win. The game started brightly with a strike from Ash Green but Lowestoft retaliated with consistent attacks. The Walsham defence, not yet settled, made some unforced errors, which put them under more pressure than necessary, but they held and Richard Nickerson put the second goal away before half-time, after some crisp passing around the circle. Walsham controlled the second half and capitalised on their possession with three more goals. James Lunn scored first, close to goal, and then a Tom Cox shot from a short corner bounced off the Lowestoft keeper, who performed well during the match, into the net. The final goal came from Dan Cheesman, who caught the rebound from his first lifted shot to put it over the keeper. A good team performance.

North Walsham Ladies 5, Sudbury II 1

Walsham easily beat lowly Sudbury II. Ellen Vanlint placed the ball past the keeper. But Walsham, despite numerous short corners, were unable to extend the score further and the defence had to soak up Sudbury pressure. The second half saw Walsham start again more positively, which in turn generated many attacking opportunities and scoring chances, culminating in one for Sarah Powell, who had a storming game in the centre of midfield, one for Nicky Pye, with a resounding shot and two more for Ellen to complete her hat-trick from short corners. Sudbury scored a consolation goal although the goal tally could have been much higher if it wasn't for a superb display from the Sudbury keeper. Special thanks go to Jo Todd for stepping in at the back and another stand-in keeper.

N Walsham Devel 0, Harleston Devel 5

The scoreline does not reflect the amount of possession enjoyed by Walsham, but the team learnt a valuable lesson about the importance of quick, accurate passing. Early on, Walsham soaked up some pressure but made breaks of their own. Then Harleston scored three goals. In the second half, Walsham attacked more convincingly, but Harleston scored twice. Kerenza Moffatt made a strong impression on the game and Alice Clohisey shows increasing confidence.

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