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NPHC Family Club Day - 10 Sept 2017

NPHC Family Club Day & Hockey Fest

Sunday 10th September 2017

Come along for an afternoon of fun. Create a team with a theme and take part in our it’s a knock out competition and mini matches.

This is a family event that is part of England Hockey’s nationwide #Hockeyfest programme. So plan to come and to bring your family, and it is also open to the general public so please invite anyone you think may want to come and give hockey a go. It’s not just hockey, there’s also a mini its-a-knockout.

When the Activities end at 5.00pm we will head into the Bar for our auction with all proceeds going back into the club


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NPHC Men’s 1s 2016/2017

Back Row (L-R) Dunn, Dickie, Oldham, Draper, Brown, Woods, Dockrell, Dicken, Wilson (Coach)
Front Row (L-R) Parker, Sev, Shaw, Harman (Captain), Carter, Farr, Kettley


Players 5 vs Buxton 4

If matches were won on short corners, then the 5th Team would have won 11-3 away at Buxton today! The opposition might have thought they’d come for a Badgers match as we’d just three over-18s, but we had the pace and youth that allowed to dominate for a long period in the second half.

We lost the game 3-0, one goal towards the end of the first half and two from the very experienced player that came on to transform their strike force in the second half. We did have plenty of chances, both on-target and marginally wide, but not the experience of playing together (or practising short corners) that allowed us to capitalise,

A great contribution from those making their first senior experience, and a delight to see Ben and Ryan team up in the centre of midfield. Ben got MotM and Dillon was recognised for the Performance of the Day.

Plenty of goalmouth action at our end, including a goal-line stick-sweep that briefly demoralised the opposition.

So not quite the performance to reproduce our famous win in this fixture last year (it was our first away win of the season, which we achieved with just 9 players), but a great game – well-played, entertaining to watch and a good indication that we’ve a competitive 5th team for the coming season.


Players 5 vs Derby 5

The temperature was remarkably chilly on Saturday, away at Derby. Not only our last match of the season, but also Alex’s last game as Captain – so plenty of motivation for ending the season with a bang.

Derby had the first spell of sustained pressure but weren’t able to convert into a goal. We lost Alex to injury after no more than 10 minutes, so took a while to get ourselves organised at the back of midfield.

Nick scored the first (with Joel ensuring it crossed the line), and was also credited with the second – though the opposition played a significant part. We went into half-time 2-0 up.

Derby reorganised themselves and pulled one back, before Nick added a third. Again they scored and the action was all down in our D for a while. But then Nick scored to make it 4-2, which was the final score.

Many thanks to our vocal away supporters, and to Alex for captaining a great season.


Players 5 vs West Bridgford 8

Today the 5th Team played West Bridgford 8, six places above us in the league. The form book seemed to suggest a tight match, as we only lost the away fixture 4-2. But the team that arrived bore at least as much similarity to their 10th team which beat us 7-0 at home just three weeks ago.

The first half exhibited three clear phases – we dominated the first, conceded two goals in the second and then equalised in the third. Nick scored both goals, generously assisted by Joel Davies. Vociferous and boisterous support from the clubhouse terrace certainly played its part in the comeback, as did the team digging deep and organising itself better.

After the excitement of the first half, supporters were only treated to a single goal in the second half – and that was credited to our opposition. Whilst the 3-2 loss was certainly disappointing, none of us returned to the dressing room without giving our all. A creditable performance, even if ‘pointless’.

Ryan Sanders picked up MotM, ahead of Isaac Green. Joel Davies also deserves credit for his two assists.

Many thanks to Stephen Dockrell and John Arris for umpiring (and breaking the recent spell of awarding penalty flicks against us).


Players 5 vs Boots 7

It took a while to get onto the pitch yesterday, as the running order at Lady Bay had been delayed earlier in the day by two teams arriving with the same colour kit. Pitchside, we were entertained by a hailstorm which gives some idea of the temperature and left us with a blue carpet covered in marbles as a playing surface.

The Men’s 5th Team came up against well organised opponents who were very comfortable in moving the ball around in our D. We had the best of the chances early on, with Ryan hitting the post early on and Matthew Shipway’s top shot claiming the first goal. But by then they’d started to spot our frailties and reorganised at half-time to take full advantage.

Our cause wasn’t helped by a controversial penalty flick converted in the second half, but we were already 3-1 down by that point. 5-2 was the eventual scoreline, with Nick adding our second goal. Matt Shipway won MotM.


The one that got away! (Players 5 vs Derwent 5)

Typically the 5th Team gets to play its matches as the light begins to fade, so it was honoured with a noon push-back at home against Derwent 5 today. The opposition are currently second in the league, so here was a great chance to do the 4th Team a favour. We had 6 great juniors on display, and just 11 of us in total, but were all very up for the challenge.

It looked as if they’d open the scoring when awarded a penalty flick, but our keeper successfully defended his first ever competitive flick. We then went 1-0 up, but the score was quickly levelled by the most stunning goal of the match – as an inadvertent defender deflection neatly lobbed the keeper. We went 2-1 up before half time and things were looking good, but then they levelled again. With the last hit of the match they scored a third, and so we lost 3-2.

Despite all that, it was great match to watch and play in. Our team played well and enjoyed themselves, but taking no points was disappointing. Impartial observers thought a draw would not have been unfair.

MotM was awarded for Goalkeeping duties, particularly saving the penalty flick. DotD went to Nick’s socks!

Thanks to Simeon and Jake for umpiring.


NPHC 5 vs West Bridgford 10

After the high of last week’s performance, maybe a slight dip was inevitable for the 5th Team this week. West Bridgford 10 were below us in the league and a home win against them would have left us equal 5th on points, whereas we ended the day at 9th!

The only people more bemused by the heavy loss than our team were the opposition. We really didn’t play that badly! Conceding a quick goal in the opening minutes didn’t help matters, but then we’ve had a few of those recently.

Thank you to Jono for helping out in goal.


Cometh the hour, cometh the men! Players 5 vs Buxton 4

The 5th Team haven’t won away all season and so the long trip to Buxton today didn’t bode well, with the opposition sitting two places above us in the league. Add to that the fact that we had just 9 players against their squad of 14, and it looked a forlorn hope.

But cometh the hour, cometh the men! Our team may have included four U18s, but there were no juniors playing today. We finished the day with a 1-0 win, our first clean sheet and first away win of the season!

We weathered some early pressure and some heart-stopping moments within the D but then grew in confidence, and over time grew to exploit the extra space. Matthew Shipway taunted them down our right and Isaac Green on the left, linking well with Ryan Sanders in the middle. Mike Brooks did the work of two men in midfield working with Alex – leaving the Nettleton duo (David & Matthew) as the last line of defence.

Nick Pearce had a short-corner ricochet off the post, but buried another for a top goal. At the other end, Julian used the full extent of his limited repertoire to keep his first ever clean sheet.

Ryan was the runaway winner of MOTM. Mike was the clear favourite as DOTD for appearing to cavort with an opponent on the floor (in what they claimed was a tackle), as if Valentine’s Day had come a day early!