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.
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 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.
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. ”
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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)
Evie W – 2
Dulcie S – 1
Florence C – 1
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.