Leaders made to fight hard

HOCKEY: Norwich Union 4 Felixstowe 2A MUCH-improved performance by Felixstowe against the league leaders ensured Norwich Union had to work hard to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division Two North of the Printwize East League.

Norwich Union 4 Felixstowe 2

A MUCH-improved performance by Felixstowe against the league leaders ensured Norwich Union had to work hard to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division Two North of the Printwize East League.

Settling into their game much quicker than in previous weeks, Felixstowe took the lead after 15 minutes. Following some fine close work by Rob Earl on the left wing, the ball was worked across the top of the Norwich circle to James Judge who made no mistake with a crisp strike.

Unfortunately, this only served to kick Norwich into action and they begun to push men forward in ever greater numbers and were rewarded with three goals in a five-minute spell just before the break.

Undeterred, Felixstowe started the second half in much the same vein as the first with Steve Taylor and Olly Holloway tearing great big holes in the Norwich defence which had so far only conceded one goal all season.

Taylor was eventually dragged down by a Norwich defender inside the circle and with Holloway coverting the resultant penalty stroke the game was back in the melting pot.

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As they sensed an opportunity to cause an upset the Felixstowe side became over-zealous and twice were reduced to ten men as players spent time in the sin-bin for late and clumsly tackling. However, these setbacks did not prevent them from pressing forward and creating opportunities, but

unfortunately, despite a series of short corners, none were converted.

Eventually Norwich sealed the game with a fourth goal in the final five minutes to leave Felixstowe feeling disappointed not to to gain any reward for their efforts although still optimistic that they can begin to pick up points in the coming weeks.

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