Football: Bede’s Alumnus Scores Hat Trick During England C Debut
Bede's alumnus James Norwood, currently at Forest Green Rovers, was selected to play for England C in their warm up match in Bermuda on Tuesday 4 June.
James, who has had a terrific season scoring 16 goals for Forest Green, travelled this week with the 16 man squad in preparation for the up and coming International Challenge Trophy.
The game kicked took place on Tuesday evening (11.30pm GMT) and James jumped off the bench to fire a second half hat-trick as England C overpowered a youthful Bermuda team.
His first goal came in the 53rd minute when James got on the end of a cross and headed the ball pass a stranded Dill in goal for Bermuda to put England up 3 - 1.
In the 70th minute Norwood beat the off-side trap and calmly slipped the ball pass the advancing goalkeeper to give England the 4 - 1 lead.
England C were award their second penalty of the game in the 80th minute as Norwood stepped up and completed his hat-trick making the score 5 - 1.
When the whistle blew James was then declared Man of the Match.
Despite England C including 14 newcomers in their travelling party, Norwood said the team felt cohesive and should be confident ahead of their upcoming International Challenge Trophy campaign.
"We've only trained for a few days but the standard was top quality and we've got to learn a lot about each other," he said. "Everyone has done themselves justice for another call-up. We need to maintain this kind of form to stay in the squad, but if it's the same squad going into the International Challenge Trophy then I definitely fancy our chances. There were only two lads who have played for England C before and I think we gelled perfectly."
The England C's travelled out on Saturday 1st June and, after a relaxing Saturday evening following the eight-hour journey, the squad took part in their first training session on Sunday morning at the National Football Centre in Hamilton. Monday was more hectic for the group as, in addition to a more intense training session, the players visited local schools to talk to pupils about their experience in the game. Both sessions were well received and enjoyed by both the children and the players involved.
"It was a dream debut and I can't believe it to be honest, last season (at Forest Green) was a lot better for me; I got a lot more goals and assists and I felt my overall game came on nicely. Hopefully I can build on it next season."