The Norwich Devils Youth team made the long journey to South Croydon to play their first fixtures of the 2014 season. The first game of the day saw the Devils face the Watford Cheetahs in what turned out to be an exciting offensive shootout. Watford took the lead with the Devils responding quickly. From there the tone was set with each team taking turns to snatch the lead. Both teams heaped points on the board with neither defence able to provide an answer. In the later stages of the game the Devils paid close attention to the clock to ensure Watford had no time left to snatch victory. The game finished 51-44 in the Devils favor marking the youth team’s first win since re-entering the league last year.
Game two saw the Devils face host team the London Warriors. The Warriors started strongly on both sides of the ball and despite the Devils managing to move the ball well, they found themselves behind at the half. Things improved in the second half for the Devils with the defense slowing the Warriors progress allowing the offense to start chipping away at the deficit. Despite the Devils outscoring the Warriors in the second half it wasn’t enough to affect the overall result with the Devils losing 46-29.
Lastly the Devils faced the Essex Spartans in what would turn out to be another offensive battle. This time the Devils were never able to grab the lead, despite matching each Essex score and drawing level on numerous occasions. In the second half Essex seized the initiative when they recovered a Norwich fumble and opened up a nine point lead. The Devils offense kept firing and managed to reduce the deficit to just one point with fourteen seconds remaining. The Essex defense held firm and stopped the two point conversion to end another nail biting shootout 53-52.