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Ladies 5th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2nds W 7-2

The 5ths made an excellent start moving the ball with pace and accuracy.  Possession was dominated by magpies early on and many chances created.  Jess Menzies opened the scoring to settle any nerves, 4 more goals were scored without answer in the first half, 2 for Honey Lamdin, one for Beth Moodie and a second for Jess.  The score was kept respectable in the first half with some excellent goalkeeping and the fact that the magpies captain was having a real off day.  In the second half the 5ths took their foot off the gas a little and allowed Lowestoft back into the game conceding 2 soft goals.  Captain Tibbenham finally scored only for the Lowestoft umpire to confer with the magpies umpire and change the decision, not Jose’s day!  Mollie Largent then got on the scoresheet to make it 6 before going off injured after a collision with one of the opposition.  Finally Tibbenham rapped up the victory in the final minute finally hitting the target.  Next week Magpies take on Dragons away.


U 16 Boys v Norwich City U16 W 3-1

Magpies fielded a strong squad for the trip to Taverham and came out on top as 3 – 1 winners
The boys had Norwich on the back foot for most of the game.
After clever team approach work, a smart finish from Ben Emms gave gave us the lead. Some lovely stick work and finish by Josh Wiggins for the second and a reverse stick shot which looped in over the keeper gave Johnny Taylor the third.
It could have been a hatful of goals for the Magpies but for an incredible performance by the N C Keeper.
C Hope, T Caston G Mobbs,
T Drake, O Hall, M Arhens,
H Thomas, J Largent, E Brice,
F Herschel Shorland, J Wicks are ALL worthy of a mention because of the way they played today. A real team effort.
Thanks as always to Bedders, another fine vocal performance and to Stu Peters for staying on dispite the weather
Well done everyone, really looking forward to Bishops Stortford on the 4th Nov


Ladies 4ths v Norwich City 3rds L 2-5

The ladies 4ths had a big squad of 15 this week for a sunny game at home.  They got off to a great start to the match with an early goal in the first 5 minutes from Keira Wheeler – assisted by Sophie Matsell.  Unfortunately we then narrowly missed goals with some great injections from Ellen Pope and some well worked shorts corners which hit the posts on 2 occasions ☹.
Norwich city then equalised to make is 1-1 and added to their score by getting a short corner as the half time whistle blew.  The second half, we went out fighting and hassling the opposition from the forward line but City found the back of bet making it 3-1.  We were not giving up though and continued to work the ball well around the oppositions defence and quick passes allowed Keira Wheeler to score her second goal. Unfortunately City scored another 2 goals to make the final score 2-5.
Mom was awarded to Ellie Bale and her positivity.


Mens 3rd Team v Lowestoft Railway W 7-2

After a tight draw the previous week, Magpies were at home again, this time against Lowestoft Railway, a very physical side with a different style of play.
Five minutes into the first half with magpies pressing, Lowestoft scored the opening goal from a short corner against the run of play. However, Magpies responded with some good passing from the push back in midfield with Ed threading though Johnny who fired home across the keeper at a narrow angle. Things seemed to settle with magpies keeping Lowestoft in their own half and some good attacking moves created from Matt Brand led to Johnny hitting a reverse from the top D, which the keeper saved, but Ben Emms was on hand to tap in the rebound. Magpies kept on pushing but had little reward apart from a well deserved goal from Matt Brand. This seemed to wake up the opposition, requiring some strong defensive play from a well prepared back four of Phil, Max, Adam and Seth.

Magpies started the second half slowly, with a few too many dribbles into contact. However they soon found their play as a great ball in from Dave Francis lead to Matt deflecting the ball up and over the keeper. Some good passing and great link up play all the way through the team lead to a ball across the goal where Dave was on hand to finish off. The quick movement of magpies meant that the Lowestoft team changed their methods into long balls, one of which found its way into the D and was finished off by one of their high attacking players. Despite this set back, magpies stepped up again and some good passing moves (including a 3/4er pitch aerial into wind by Captain Adam), lead to Ed being set up for two more goals, making the final score 7-2 to Magpies.
There was close contention for Man of the match, Matt Brand being a good candidate for his stand out play up front, however it was Johnny who claimed it with some excellent contributions to play on and off the ball.


Mens 1st Team v Ipswich 1 W 5-2

This week saw Harleston Magpies mens first team sponsored by Dybamic Club Shop take on local rivals Ipswich in a thrilling game of hockey. Even before the whistle there were scraps as a vocal Ipswich team fought for the push back even after the toss. Magpies warm up started very flat and needed lifting! A quick team gathering and a few words put us all on the right track which saw the Harleston boys hitting full speed before the final whistle.
The game began and Magpies quickly took control of possession, however it was Ipswich that had the first sniff at goal. Some good play from them saw the ball flicked over the bar from open play. An early eye opener for Magpies that this was going to be a battle until the final whistle. Chances began to come for the men in white as a few balls fizzed into the box narrowly missing an attackers stick for a deflection. The first break through came when Ipswich made a loose challenge outside their D resulting in a penalty corner. A miss placed injection came out to the wrong castle at the top of the D which was controlled and hit low and hard into the bottom corner by James Gray to give Magpies a 1-0 lead. Not long after this Magpies doubled their lead when Dave Gilbert on the back post tapped in a bouncing ball that came across the D. 2-0 Magpies! With just seconds on the clock, we became sloppy and lost our discipline for the first time in the game. A bad tackle outside the D was upgraded into a short corner. unfortunately an early break saw the shot charged down by Magpies number 1 runner but was only resulted in a re-award. A clinical drag flick from Ipswich took the score to 2-1 before half time.
The first half was fast and ferocious and was only going to get more intense as the game went on. We knew a 2-1 score wouldn’t secure us victory so we pressed on and despite the run of play early into the second half, Magpies extended their lead through Jack Hobbs with a nice reverse into an empty goal. 3-1 Magpies. We were quickly put on the back foot with Ipswich attacking our circle and winning another short corner. This time there was no early break from Magpies but this didn’t stop the Ipswich flicker closing the gap. A flick low to the right beat John Livings and the score now 3-2. A composed last 15 minutes saw us hold the ball better and dominate play, and eventually we were rewarded from our patience. A short corner – again from a poor tackle outside the D. This time the injection was good and Oli Whiteman found Leigh Sitch on the back post to deflect it into a Ipswich body and a stroke to be awarded. Dave Gilbert stepped up and slotted the ball calmly into the bottom right of the goal. Some poor language from the Ipswich keeper saw a yellow card pulled out and Ipswich were down to 9 (with a green given for the short corner challenge prior to the flick). Some more bad language from Ipswich saw a kicking back also receive a yellow before play had even begun again from their keepers yellow. Ipswich down to 8. with 14 minutes on the clock Magpies didn’t change tactics. We still pressed high as instructed by skipper Thomas Ridley himself. Tired Ipswich legs began to show as Harleston increased their lead through hatrick hero Dave Gilbert who tapped the ball in at the back post past the substitute keeper! 5-2 was the final score despite a corner gives to Ipswich on the last play of the game.
A huge result for Harleston who make it 3 games unbeaten and are rapidly climbing up the league table!
Next week the squad travel to Chelmsford looking to avenge their disappointing result last year. 


Girls Development v Dragons Development W 8-2

There was a helter-skelter start to the development game away to dragons with three goals in quick succession. Magpies scored first, very much against the run of play, as Evie B took advantage of a break-away chance.  Then Dragon’s pressure was instantly rewarded with an equaliser before Ellie B pounced to put in a rebound after the home keeper saved well from Evie B.  Spectators were able to draw breath as the game settled down, and Magpies circulated subs on and off the bench as girls development again fielded a full squad of fifteen.
Magpies dominance down the right channel created chances.  Kate F put Elle B through and she did well, sprinting ahead of the defenders, rounding the keeper to put Magpies ahead three to one at the end of the first quarter.  After the break, again from the right, an accurate cross from Jessica S was put away by Evie B although the umpire indicated the award of a Magpies short corner rather than playing the advantage which led to some head scratching. Dragons kept themselves in it with a well-placed flick which glanced in off of the outstretched hand of  Georgia F in goal.
Mapgies then dominated the second half with a combination of crisp passing and clinical finishing (my notes indicate that there were Oooos and Ahhhhs from the travelling support!!).  Ellie B got her third with a nonchalant back-hand scoop past the on rushing keeper after being played in by Loulou F. Amy Hunt then scored three in succession, ending high quality flowing moves with a variety of tricks including a sublime lob.

Team: Sandra E (Player / Manager), Ellie B, Evie B, Ellie C, Tilly D, Georgia F (GK), Emma F, Kate F, Loulou F, Amy F, Florence C, Amie H, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S.

Goal Scorers: Ellie B (3), Amy H (3), Evie B (2)


Ladies 6th Team v Dereham 4 W 4-2

In their away coloured green strip the 6s started their match against Dereham with a positive frame of mind. The team passed the ball well between each other piling the pressure onto the home side.
The team were pleased to welcome back captain Flea Perry who played with her usual energy ensuring Magpies pressed high up the pitch. Georgie Hood and Janna Freeman made excellent leads forcing the Dereham players out of position and creating good space for Rach Clifford to score her first goal.
Dereham worked hard to come back into the game, making some forceful runs only to be thwarted by great tackling from Jane Collins, Marie Davy and Frankie Wildmun.
Returning player Kristina Brinkley worked hard in midfield making good interceptions and finding the forwards with decisive passes. A period of constant pressure from Magpies resulted in a good goal for Laura Woodgate.
Right at the end of the first half Rach Clifford scored her second goal from a first time strike in a short corner.
Second half Dereham came out fighting and were rewarded with a well taken goal. This stunned Magpies back into action, the team finding their passing rhythm and pulling Dereham away from the centre of the pitch and enabling Rach Clifford to get her 3rd goal.
Having 15 players meant Magpies occasionally lost their shape a little. Dereham managed to capitalise on one such time to grab a late second goal.
A 2:4 win for Magpies and a fourth win of the season is an excellent testament to the work put in by the 6s squad, not just in terms of improving their skills in training but also with gelling as team. This week Magpies even had extra cake in honour of Liv’s 16th Birthday.
Player of the match: Rachael Clifford.



Mens 2nd v Crostyx W 4-2

Magpies men’s 2’s we’re looking to bounce back from last weeks disappointing result at Southend when they made the familiar trip down to Lee Valley.
Magpies welcomed Oli Juszt in goal, Raunaq Rai, Karl the German, Stu Field back from injury and the ever available Simon Hipwell into a much changed side from the week before.
Travelling down to London usually results in a physical game and from the offset Crostyx were determined to try and shake us up.
Crostyx scored early on but magpies character of late stood strong and a skilful individual goal from Raunaq soon levelled the scores. A Crostyx short corner managed to find its way through Olis legs to make it 2-1. A short corner on the stroke of half time which wouldn’t have looked out of place on Danny Kerry’s clip board was slipped to Tris, who threaded the eye of a needle to find Kinsella had ghosted to the backpost to dispatch the deflection perfectly.
Magpies started the second half much the better side and the formation was starting to twist the thumb screws. The back line of Taylor, Thomas and Slaven we’re transferring the ball nicely creating space for the midfield of Baynes, Baynes (aka The Bash Brothers) , Rai and Field. This in turn was making space for the front guys in Hipwell, Jagger, Manly, Kinsella, Amdy “The Canon” Johnson and Karl. It was a great steel from Kinsella that lead to the third goal when he carried at pace and found jagger who made a meal of it before slotting the ball nicely into the corner.
The final goal came when midfield veteran Field found his way to the back post and a strong early ball from Hipwell deflected off Stu to nestle beautifully into the top corner.
A great team effort and three deserved points!
Final score Crostyx 2 – Magpies 4


Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 4  D 2-2

In the first half we started a little slow and as their youngest player drove towards the goal she delivered a reverse stick aerial shot that found the back of the net. One nill down in the first couple of minutes, we then gathered momentum and joined some nice passes through the midfield but struggled to make the connection with the forward line. With a lifted cross Kiera struck the ball and scored a brilliant goal to make the score line to one all. Finishing the first half on a high the whistle went and (without jelly) we gathered together to discuss tactics. We started the second half with fast passes up the wings and good low defensive work especially from Kat and Sophie B in defence.  Victoria kindly played upfront this week and was making great runs into the D which unfortunately where not converted into goals. With great work from the midfielders including Sophie M, Ellen,Imi and Julie the ball was passed through into  Kiera who managed to break away from the city’s defence and scored a second goal, continuing with the same velocity we played on pressing hard and aggressively. In the last three minutes in a moment of disillusion city broke and claimed their second goal.  Unphased and knowing we had minutes to get the game back we fought hard and kept the ball in city’s half.  The final whistle went and the game ended with a two all draw. All in all a great game with good teamwork and play. Wins will come! 


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday at Southgate starting at 2.00pm. Southgate have had a tough start to the season losing their opening two matches 5-0 away to Cambridge City in the opening fixture and 3-0 at home last week to Sevenoaks. Both these matches were against two of the potential top teams in this League so it is difficult to assess the potential strength of Southgate at the moment. They did have a difficult time last season and just survived relegation by winning two play off matches.
Magpies on the other hand have had a very positive start to the season winning their opening match away at Bedford 3-0. Last week we lost 4-3 at home to Wimbledon in a tremendous match against a team who have ambitions to win the League this season. In the first half Wimbledon went into a 2-0 lead and at this point they would have felt very comfortable. However in a 5 minute spell just before half time Magpies levelled the scores from two penalty corners through Lara Taylor and Emma Lee-Smith. This set the match up for an intriguing second half. Magpies struck first through Lauren Rowe to put Magpies 3-2 in front. To be fair to Wimbledon they responded like a top team and put Magpies under pressure levelling the scores with 10 minutes to go. Unfortunately Magpies could not hold on to what would have been an amazing result and conceded the winner with four minutes left to go.
However it will give Magpies the belief that they can take on the top teams and push them all the way. This week they have to make sure they maintain the same attitude if they want to get the result.

  1st Team Squad against Southgate: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Emily Rash, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer and Tor Findlay.



This week the Mens 3s hosted an experienced and well turned out IES 3s in a late 4:30 fixture, with conditions somewhat undesirable.
IES started the game strongly and Magpies had to react well to avoid conceding early, however the combination of youth and experience was enough to keep IES at bay. Magpies worked hard to regain possession and arguably had the better run towards the end of the half.
The second half started as the first finished with good intensity from Magpies, however an unfortunately miss-trap in the Magpies D led to a clinical finish from the IES forward. IES 1, Magpies 0…
Shortly afterwards ‘Man of the Match’ Ed Brice led the ‘move of the match’, with link up play straight off the training pitch linking well with back from injury Stu Fields who rounded the keeper and allowed Johnny to equalise with a neat finish at the back post.
The proceeding minutes saw outstanding saves from both keepers and the game finished a very fair 1-1.
The IES captain was very complementary of the quality & pace of the game, and one of the more senior members of the 3rd team was even heard saying that the past 3 games were amongst his most enjoyable in several years.


U10 and U12 Teams at Dragons Tournament

Magpies U10s and U12s boys and girls teams got their first taste of tournament hockey at Norwich Dragons this Sunday 7 October.  With 28 teams from across Norfolk taking part over the day, everyone had a chance to play several games and get in some early season competition practice in.
Magpies fielded a bumper crop of youngsters with no less than five girl’s teams and three boy’s teams. Every team enjoyed their hockey and loved getting the chance to play some real matches after a month of hard work training at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club in South Norfolk.
Magpies Girls U10 and U12 teams took to the pitches first.  With many new faces, it was a day to test their strength and try out line ups, and for the coaches to assess the best way to approach team training session in the coming weeks.
At U10 level, both teams finished fourth in their respective tournaments the U12C team also secured fourth place with the U12A team going one better finishing third against some strong opposition. The U12 girls B team finishes second with the best result of the day for a Magpies girls.
The afternoon found Magpies boys back in action.  The U10 boys team found themselves in the gold tournament with some challenging draws, and finished fourth overall.  However the U12 boys really showed their potential with the B team finishing as runners up and the A team, although finishing fifth, dominated a number of their matches and could have finished much higher up the pecking order with a little more composure in front of goal.
James Smith, Magpies Youth Development Officer commented: “It is always exciting to get on the pitch and play some competitive hockey, especially when the sun’s out!  Our girls and boys impressed across the teams and really enjoyed their matches, which is so important at this age. Many thanks to Norwich Dragons for hosting a great tournament. ”

New players are always welcome at Magpies email for more information. 

Photos on Facebook

For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on or 07500 945247 



News from the Nest

Having taken just a point from the opening two matches Magpies Men’s 4ths faced Newmarket at ‘The Nest’ on Saturday and had a fantastic first half scoring 5 goals without conceding. A shaky start to the second half saw Newmarket score twice before the hosts secured the win pulling back another two goals. James Bensley (2), Pete Thornett (2), Jonathon Aldridge, Arthur Johnson and Lewis Belsey provided the goals to ensure all three points came to Magpies.
Norwich Dragons’ Thirds had one both their league games before they came up against our Ladies 3s who fielded a changed side to last weekend. Millie Preece and Lucy Field linked well up front and Millie opened the scoring by skilfully driving into the ‘D’ and striking cleanly. Plum Sweet, Helena Knock and Emily Woollatt protected Abi Lewis in goal on her league debut and Laura Betts and Sophie Govier – Schaay performed solidly on the wings preventing Dragons from building momentum. Magpies possession led to a number of short corners, with Bettsy and Jess Green getting on the scoresheet for a 3-0 result.
Following an ‘edge of your seat’ match between the Ladies 1s and Wimbledon where Magpies came back from 2-0 down, to lead 3-2 but end up losing 4-3, the Men’s 1s got off to a slow start against Letchworth. Forcing the visitors back into their half for the majority of the game, Dave Gilbert’s penalty stroke conversion took Magpies into half time with a one goal lead, having failed to convert a number of short corners and given possession away too cheaply. A higher intensity in the second half led to more opportunities and the hosts put the game to bed with goals from James Gray (2), Pete Bale and Dave Gilbert. Magpies host local rivals Ipswich next weekend (PB 1.30pm) where an improved performance will be necessary in anticipation of a more testing physical game.
Wins for the Ladies 6th and 7th team over UEA 3rd and 4th teams is a reflection of the attendance and work rate at training and a positive attitude on the pitch. Mary Nelson, Laura Woodgate and Janna Freeman linked up well for the Sixths leading to sustained attacks into the UEA ‘D’ and providing Rachael Clifford two excellent goals in the first half. The students responded with a goal but Alyssa Walker and Lucy Basey-Fisher were relentless in their tackling from midfield which created the opportunity for Georgia Hood to get on the scoresheet, and Rachael Clifford to bag her hat trick.
With Magpies stalwarts Daphne Beckett and Karen Ray at the helm, the Sevenths broke the deadlock via Georgia Scott, followed by goals from Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie. Three more girls, Rosie, Tess and Lily, made their Girls Development debuts away at Watton this weekend and impressed in their first game on a full sized pitch where Ellie scored the only goal of the game, meaning Magpies go clear at the top of the table. The next generation of Magpies tasted their first competitive hockey of the season at Norwich Dragons Mini Hockey tournament on Sunday. Eight teams of boys and girls ages U10 and U12 had a fantastic experience and showed a lot of potential.

Boys National Cup Preview
Magpies boys U14’s start this years England Hockey Teir 1 Clubs competition with an away fixture against City of Cambridge this Sunday. Manager Mark Emms is hoping to repeat last seasons success of reaching the National Finals and is pleased to have 6 of last years successful team available again this year. ‘Hopefully if we can work hard again this season under the coaching of Richard Larkin, the lads may put another good run together, a lot of them are already playing men’s hockey and this will help them’.

The Magpies boys U16s are feeling positive at the start of their campaign, with some talented youngsters to select, including some new faces who have joined the Club at the start of this season. The first match is on Sunday away to Norwich City, with the Magpies group also including Bishops Stortford, Saffron Walden and Cambridge City.

Manager Chris Hall said: ‘The boys enjoyed our U16 cup hockey last year, but we didn’t progress beyond the group stage, as we had hoped. We knew this season we would be able to field a stronger side with lots of capable U14s moving up.  With plenty of talent to chose from, its great to be in the position of being able to select a strong side for our first fixture away to Norwich City. What we’re most pleased about this year is to have Andrew Bedwell as our U16s boys coach. Bedders knows the team well, and we are looking forward to having him pitch side this season to bring the very best out in our boys. We have some tough sides to play, and we’re up for the challenge’.


Ladies 5th Team v Reepham L 1-3

A last minute call up for Marie Davy meant that the Fifths fielded two Mother-Daughter duos on Saturday with Katy in goal, and Molly and Vanessa proving a threat on the forward line.
2-0 down at half time, Magpies came out fighting in the second half and found the net when Talitha confidently rounded the last defender and slotted the ball home. The young side turned it up a gear, taking sidelines and long corners quickly in an attempt to get the equaliser.
Reepham scored their third on the break but we continued to battle valiantly with Jessica, Talitha, Amelia and Ruby covering a lot of ground in midfield and linking well with the forwards who, on another day, could have scored half a dozen times.
A disappointing score line but a mature performance from the youngsters who are growing with confidence every game.


ladies 7th Team v UEA 4 W 3-0

With a full squad 7ths were ready to attack from the start. Despite constant pressure half time was 0-0 deadlock.  Break through came soon in 2nd half with goal from Georgia Scott.  Another followed from a good position on the right by anna seggon and a similar from Ellen moodie saw us 3 0 winners before the rain .


Mens 1st Team v Letchworth 1 W 5-0

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st XI sponsored by Dynamic club shop entertained Letchworth hoping to produce their first win of the season. The team welcomed back Leigh Sitch and Ben Gowing. With a number of stalwart supporters braving the elements, Magpies got off to a flying start immediately forcing the opposition back into their own half where they camped for most of the first half. The Magpies call of Goals will come was rewarded when Simon Hipwell stayed calm in the D winning a corner. The corner was dispatched by Ollie Whiteman only to hit a Letchworth foot on the line, the ball fell to Thomas Ridley to slot home but the whistle had already blown and a penalty stroke awarded. Without hesitation, Dave Gilbert stepped up to convert to end his goal draught. Half time 1-0.
Head coach Tim ‘the stat man’ Whiteman was not happy with conceding possession too often, especially with first time passes. This was rectified in second half, with only the veteran Pete Bale allowed to complete 1st time passes with his years of experience. With ball pace improved, combined with opposition tiring, due to our fitness, many scoring chances were produced. Further goals from James Gray x 2 one of which being a penalty flick. Another goal from Dave Gilbert (tap in). Also Pete Bale on the score sheet with a celebration of shock as he smashed it into far corner. Overall a deserved 5-0 win.
Next week a local derby we entertain Ipswich at Shotford Heath which will be a far more testing physical game, push back at 1:30pm.


Minis U12 Dragons Tournament

The absence of key attacking players meant that this tournament was a chance to try out new positions, and the new look Girl’s Under 12s A team showed a willingness to improve and learn as the morning progressed.
Being drawn fifth in the five team pool meant the team had to wait a while before a tough match up against Norwich City A who already had one game under their belt.  The team withstood the early Norwich pressure well until a cross took an unlucky deflection off of a Magpie stick for an own goal.  Pressing for an equaliser Magpies left spaces at the back which allowed Norwich to confirm the win with a well taken breakaway goal just before the end.
Coach Nick’s pep talk on roles and positioning was taken on board and Magpies looked much more fluid in the next game against Watton.  Emily C started owning the Centre Mid role, her passes finding willing runners, Grace S and Florence C, down each flank.  Evie W and Flo C providing the finishing touches to well-crafted passing moves before a great solo effort from Dulcie S topped off a good 3 – 0 win.
Against Dragons, Magpies were more than a match defensively with Harriet S and Daisy W snuffing out attacks and launching the ball down each wing.  Again this was where Magpies put in most of their good work with Jessica S performing well in this energy sapping role. Frustratingly, chances were either hit wide or straight at the Dragons keeper and it took until the last minute before Evie W got the winning goal Magpies deserved.
The team looked somewhat off pace for their last game whilst Norwich City B still looked full of running.  Jasmine F in goal did a good job at her near post as the Norwich attackers repeatedly tried to run around the outside of the defence. In attack, Magpies couldn’t quite find their earlier fluidity and the game broke down into a scrappy 0-0 draw. Overall, there are many reasons to be optimistic for the season ahead and time on the training pitch will knit this group into a tougher unit.


Dulcie S, Grace S,  Harriet S, Florence C, Jessica S, Evie W, Jasmine F (GK), Daisy W, Emily Clarke (Cpt)

Goal Scorers
Evie W  – 2
Dulcie S  – 1
Florence C – 1


Ladies 2nd Team v Broxbourne 1 L 1-3

The youthful 2nds made the long trip to newly promoted Broxbourne, looking to build on a couple of good team performances.
We were greeted with a wet windy afternoon but welcomed re-inforcements from the 3rds with Harness,Collison and Wells making their 2nd team debuts.
After a short warm up, the game started with Magpies trying to draw the sting but it was the home side who started quickly and were soon to take the lead after a well rehearsed PC found the net.
The game was quite open and Magpies were looking a threat on the break but likewise the committed home side were looking a serious threat in our defensive D.
The home side doubled their lead after a PC was cleared off the line but straight to a home forward who fired home.
Magpies then had periods of good play down the flanks which had the home side on the back foot and a number of driven crosses fizzed across the home goal without us getting the decisive final touch. Likewise at the other end Wells made some fine saves to keep us in the game
Although 2 nill down at half time, the Pies had grown into the game but knew the home side were a well organised outfit so we would need to start the 2nd half well.
A blow for Magpies came when Broxbourne netted a 3rd PC, early in the second half and and for a while it looked like the home side may run away with it.
To the team’s great credit, we had our best spell of the match with great work down the flanks again producing dangerous moments in the home defence and from one such break down the left by Harness, the ball was squared across to Legg to tap into the unguarded net with around 15 mins to go. Magpies then pushed hard for a further way back into the game and towards the end carved out a flurry of Penalty Corners but the home side kept us out to run out 3.1 winners.
In truth the strong committed skilfull home side deserved their win but the Pies never gave up with the young side battling to the end,
Next week, a home game versus COP where we welcome back a couple of on loan Magpies to the Nest.


Ladies 1st v Wimbledon L 3-4

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Wimbledon to Weybread in an encounter which the squad knew would be a difficult game, with Wimbledon finishing second in the league last season.
The game started at a high intensity set by Wimbledon which Magpies struggled to adjust to. After 15 minutes Magpies found themselves 2-0 down after some slick passing moves from Wimbledon.
Magpies finally started to settle into the game and after winning a few short corners, one was converted when Emma Lee-Smith struck from the top of the D and Lara Taylor made sure it was going in on the post.
This gave Magpies the belief that they could get something out of the game and they continued to attack. With this came more short corners and after Emma Lee-Smith struck another ball, it took a deflection off a Wimbledon player and beat the keeper to level the scores at 2-2 going into half-time.
The game was pretty even in the second half with both teams attacking and creating chances but the defences standing strong. It was Magpies however that took the lead after a long ball found Lauren Rowe on the baseline in which she managed to carry it towards goal and beat the goalie with her reverse stick.
Wimbledon then stepped up the pressure on Magpies in which Magpies continued to defend well and keep them out, but after some continued pressure Magpies conceded a corner and Wimbledon then converted.
Shortly after Magpies conceded another corner which unfortunately took a deflection off a Magpies defender and found the back of the net.
|It was a disappointing result for Magpies having fought back from 2 down to take the lead before having it snatched away.  Despite the score line it was a very competitive game in which Magpies proved that they are capable of competing with any team in the league.
Next week Magpies travel to Southgate who will be keen to get some points on the board having been unsuccessful in their opening two fixtures. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Emily Rash. 


Girls Development v Watton  W 1-0

The girls development team looked solid as they beat Watton 1 : 0 to go clear at the top of the development league.  Three more girls made their debut this week, Rosie M, Tess J and Lily M all playing well.
Magpies established a good tempo in the first half with Jessica S, Grace S and Isabelle P linking up well together down the right wing, demonstrating the value of the time spent playing together at under 12s level.  Kate F went close with a well struck effort from a short corner and Watton needed their two adult players at centre-mid and sweeper to blunt further magpies attacks.
In the second-half Watton had an early short corner, but after that was scrambled clear they rarely troubled the Magpies goal.  Hard work and a good press across the mid-field from Emma F, Amy F and Harriet S amongst others gave the visitors little time on the ball.  The Magpies goal came from Ellie B who worked the ball past the keeper after good work from her fellow forwards Kate F and Flo C.
Magpies had further chances from a couple of short corners but well hit shots passed just the wrong side of the post.

Team: Sandra Elliner (Play Manager), Ellie B (1 goal), Georgia F (GK), Emma F, Kate F, Amy F, Rosie M, Tess J, Lily M, Florence C, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S, Grace S.