Holt Harlequins go marching on
Holt Harlequins 5 Norwich City III 1
After a week off due to a waterlogged pitch, Holt continued their charge up the leagues with a 5-1 victory over a good Norwich City side.
Norwich started brightly and passed the ball around well, utilising John Grange in the middle of the park. Holt were the team to find the breakthrough however, when Will Amies collected the ball, dribbled past two players and showed great composure to roll the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
The first half ended with the score at 1-0 to the home side after a very tightly contested half of hockey.
The second half was less even with Holt dominating. Charlie Mack found the net after a mishap by the City goalkeeper left an open goal and two soon became three when Henry Sayer deflected home with a well-rehearsed penalty corner routine.
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Ross Smith produced some excellent work down the right to set up Mark Farmer-Wright for the fourth, with the Holt right half powering the ball into the top corner.
Finding themselves 4-0 down, City picked up their game and forced some good saves from Andy Day and he did not look like being beaten until a well worked move unlocked the defence. There was still time for one more goal, and Mack notched up his second of the game, receiving a cutting through ball from Sayer and flicking the ball home.
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It was another good win for the newly promoted side which leftthem sitting pretty in second place -n East League 3NE with a game in hand.
Broadland 1, Sheringham and Holt Panthers Ladies 0
The first half saw domination from Broadland, as they settled into the match quicker than Panthers. They were well organised and used their big hitters to move the ball effectively up the pitch.
Panthers did eventually settle into the game, and the first half sawsome good breaks and opportunities, but they failed to capitalise. Broadland had the majority of the play, with several short corners, but a couple of excellent saves from Panthers' keeper Natalie Brooks, along with excellent defensive work, maintained the 0-0 scoreline at half time.
The second half saw Panthers raise their game, and it was their turn to dominate much of the play. They settled into good passing moves, with Lou Longhorn creating much of the play through the middle of the pitch and into Panthers' attacking half. Unfortunately Panthers couldn't quite find the finishing touch and the Broadland keeper was left relatively unchallenged.
Despite Panthers' control of the half, Broadland sneaked a messy goal across the line, making the final score 1-0 to Broadland.
Evergreens II 2 Reepham Ladies 1
Reepham were unlucky not to take at the very least a share of the points.
Reepham dominated the first half, hitting the post three times. Evergreens took their chance, scoring with their only attack.
Reepham remained patient and a through ball found Becky Briggs in front of goal to calmly slot the ball home. Reepham pushed for the winner but in the dying minutes Evergreens scored again.