Wardale is hat-trick hero
Chris Wardale hit a hat-trick as Norwich City beat Wisbech Town 4-3 in Premier Division B of the East Men's Hockey League. They produced an improved performance after the dismal opening match defeat at Wapping, but there is still much potential to be realised.
Chris Wardale hit a hat-trick as Norwich City beat Wisbech Town 4-3 in Premier Division B of the East Men's Hockey League. They produced an improved performance after the dismal opening match defeat at Wapping, but there is still much potential to be realised. City started very brightly and went ahead after 10 minutes when Matt Brine swept home from close range. Wisbech equalised through Andy Mills from a short corner, but City soon regained the lead when Wardale converted the rebound from a well-saved shot.
Brad Apted made it 2-2 with an awesome reverse stick and then put Wisbech ahead before the break, but Norwich came out fighting in the second half.
Wardale equalised after good work from Sibson and Defoe, and then, with six minutes left, Jones and Perry linked up well and, with the Wisbech keeper stranded, Wardale completed his hat-trick.
City's player of the match, keeper Clarke, then came to their rescue with a string of wonderful late saves.
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Pelicans, meanwhile, picked up their first point, from a 2-2 draw at Colchester.
Harleston Magpies hit back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to record their second successive Premier A win, by 5-3 against Ipswich II.
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They are second in the table, on goal difference behind Broxbourne.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, they made a couple of changes, came flying out of the traps and pulled a goal back with a drag flick from Toby Tibbenham.
Neil Toulson then poached the equaliser, only for Ipswich to regain the lead.
Magpies were not finished, though, and, after winning a short corner, Andy Hipwell lifted the ball over the keeper from close range to level the scores.
Colin Wheelhouse then won a penalty stroke which Tristan Baynes converted to put Magpies ahead, and with five minutes to go Tibbenham drew the keeper and slipped the ball to Hipwell, who slotted home his second goal.
Magpies also played Dereham in the HA Cup second round, winning 3-2, with goals from Toulson (2) and Wheelhouse.
Dereham are bottom of Premier A after suffering their second defeat, by 4-3 against Bedford Town.
Norwich Union are still seeking their first Division One point after losing 4-2 to Cambs Nomads, their goals being scored by Tom Bell and Olly Browne.
Norwich City II produced another improved performance to beat Norwich Union II 3-2 in Division Two North of the East Men's Hockey League.
They should, though, have won more comfortably following a first period in which they were particularly dominant.
John Grange, Nick Hooper, Clive Crichton and Tom Hindle started well for City, controlling the midfield and providing plenty of possession to forwards Rich Silvester, Tom Sandland and Adie Land.
However, despite creating half chances and winning several short corners, City failed to capitalise, lacking the incisive final pass.
City went into the break 1-0 ahead, following another crisp Chris Key short corner strike, and increased their advantage when Tom Sandland converted a short corner flick.
Union hit back, but City then scored their best goal of the match, with some sweeping passing across the pitch completed when Land picked out Crichton, who slotted home at the far post.
Union pulled another back with 10 minutes remaining to ensure a nail-biting finish.
Norwich City III, fielding a young side, showed a lot of character in a 4-2 Division Four North East win over Gorleston. Player of the match was 16-year-old Anton Schon, who took control of the midfield. He scored one of City's goals, the others coming from Cushion (2) and Simms.
Thetford head Division Six North East after recording their second win, by 4-1 against Ipswich & East Suffolk III.
Lee Godbold gave them an interval lead and Dave Anderson made it 2-0 after a good short corner routine.
Godbold scored again after combining with Chris Harper, who scored the fourth goal after good play by Godbold.
Norfolk's under-14 boys beat Hertfordshire 5-2 and drew 3-3 with Lincolnshire in their first two inter-county games of the season.
Goals from Ben Wright, Call Calliman and Sam Plater (penalty stroke) gave them a 3-0 interval lead.
Will Martin made it 4-0 and Norfolk scored again before Herts came back into the game with two late goals.
Norfolk trailed after 10 minutes against Lincs, but equalised through Ben Wright with the last shot of the first half.
Calliman scored a deflected goal at the back post from a short corner to put them ahead and then Wright scored again, but Lincs hit back with two late disputed goals.
Norwich City Colts were beaten 6-1 (Rupert Wood) in a friendly against Dereham Colts, who led 5-0 at half-time. Will Stuttard produced an excellent performance in City's defence to foil many Dereham attacks.