Lincolnshire Hockey Association

U13 Boys travelled to UEA Norwich

by Frances Dalton

The U13 boys travelled to UEA in Norwich on Sunday 4th March, on what has to be described as a return to winter weather conditions. There were four matches throughout the morning and the squad of 16 took a little settling after this long trip.

In the first match against Suffolk 1 the oppositions attack was very strong down the right wing and the first goal took Lincs by surprise. After a few adjustments the team managed to hold their own very well until 5 minutes before full time where Suffolk 1 scored their second goal.

In the second match against Norfolk 2's the team had settled better and looked strong going forward but were unable to convert their attacks into a goal and settled for a 0-0 result.

The third game against Suffolk 2's saw Lincs defending their own twenty five strongly and found it difficult to get the ball over the halfway line, but not through lack of effort on the part of the midfield and forwards, more due to the strength of the oppositions formation. Some great defending and goalkeeping kept the score down to 2-0 when it could have been much more.

The final game Norfolk 1 saw the weather deteriorating and unfortunately so did the score line with a final result of 4-0 to Norfolk.

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All in all the opposition were much stronger than the squad had experienced previously and they responded well, also many players were put into positions they had not played before and showed great adaptation to these changes. A lot was learnt in these games, by players and coach alike, and I am sure we will be able to recreate some of their success at BEdford and take it into the next tournament.

Squad: Luke Barkworth, Matthew Ward, James Coffey, Ben Crookes, Sam Curtis, Matthew Day, Thomas Holm-Johansen, Jacob Houltby, Dominic Ibrahim, Robert Johnstone, Zak LeGate, Jack Middleton, Louie Sadler, Samuel Steward and Harry Thorpe.