Norwich City II 3 IES 8
NE14 Hockey East LeagueDivision 2NNorwich City II 3 Ipswich East Suffolk 8Having last faced league opposition and conceding eight without reply, IES travelled to mid-tabled Norwich City who had faced a similar mixed season so far.
NE14 Hockey East League
Norwich City II 3 Ipswich East Suffolk 8
Having last faced league opposition and conceding eight without reply, IES travelled to mid-tabled Norwich City who had faced a similar mixed season so far.
With a strong squad totalling 14, IES welcomed Guy Marshlain back to the fold after a year and a half off with injury for his first league game.
The promise of facing the home team, who only had a bare eleven, soon diminished as a combination of poor defending, goalkeeping and a sheer pace attack meant that IES were 3-0 down within six minutes.
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Shell-shocked and unsure what to do, IES did what they often have had to do and fought back in a spectacular fashion.
David Taylor, who was on unstoppable form all game, opened IES' account with a crisp shot. He soon added his second through a pass from Cole.
Marshlain got his first goal on his return after his shot deflected off a defender's stick and past the Norwich keeper.
IES were now back to 3-3 and looked the more likely to win with their momentum. Taylor completed a first half hat trick with a perfectly struck penalty corner strike and Downey added the fifth before half time.
IES started the second half a little slowly but soon scored further goals through the magical Cole, who weaved through the Norwich defence to score two, including an excellent reverse stick effort that beat the keeper easily.
Tuitoek also got on the score sheet after Taylor, who finding himself on the left side of midfield, found the Kenyan free at the back post and he deflected it in.
An excellent result means that IES can face Division 2 North strugglers Bedford Town at the Copleston Centre (Saturday 26th January, 1pm) with great confidence.