Tough game but much improved second half for W-CH
By Roberto Simi
After Mellor away in the last game W-CH faced the other leading U14 team - again away
The first half was pretty one way traffic with a couple of outstanding Norbury players and some direct play through a weakened W-CH defence. Norbury took 4 goals in each of the first 2 quarters with only one notable response - Rhys cleared the ball up field which was well caught and turned by Ben who put Harry through but shot wide. The third quarter saw a much more dogged determination and better organisation in defence restricting them to a single goal. Sean was winning most of the faceoffs and both Jack and Ethan made numerous bursts upfield with their long sticks to start a number of chances, a good move from Ben to Sean saw a strong shot just wide. Jack speculatively launched a long ball from the back that looked a lost cause when it went straight to their keeper - but Ross decided otherwise and putting him under pressure won the ball. He passed to Harry who hustled through a melee of defenders and launched a shot that looked goal bound only for it to hit the upright and bounce down. Despite the hopeful shouts from the sidelines that it had crossed the line it was ruled out. The third quarter ended with only 1 goal to Norbury and the final quarter improved further - with much of the Norbury firepower dampened W-CH got some reward for their improvements right at the end. Some great build up play around the back of goal involving Ross and Sam and a pass to Harry who once again muscled his way to the edge of the crease. With their defence draw in to his attack there was space for Ben to pick and place a pass to an incoming Luca who scored with a clean finish. With 2 tricky away games out of the way hopefully the next few fixtures will see more wins under their belts.