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LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich City 6 W 5-0

Magpies 6s took on Norwich City determined to play well from the first whistle.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the midfield of  Flea Perry, Georgina Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris were forcing the Norwich to play deep into their half. Forwards Rach Clifford, Janna Freeman and Laura Woodgate made sure they nipped in front of their defenders to create space and ensure we heaped pressure on the attacking D. The City keeper was in fine form making a string of great saves. Eventually Laura Woodgate found herself in good space  to receive a cross into the D and deflect the ball into the goal.
With several subs; Magpies captain changed things up a little second half, giving players a chance to test out their skills across the pitch. Kristina Brinkley dropped into defence, combining well with Jane Collins to to feed the ball down the wing to keep the City side under pressure. Rach Clifford opened the barrage of second half goals for Magpies as mazed her way through the D to score two good goals.
Defenders Marie Davy, Heather Brand, Liv Carter and Imogen Flatt kept their concentration clearing the rare City ventures into our D with calm precision.
Two more goals completed the scoring, another good strike from Rach and a determined poach at the left post by Laura Woodgate.
The game finished 5:0 to Magpies, a solid performance which Magpies will hope to take into their tough home fixture next week against Loddon.
Player of the match: Georgina Scott.

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 2nd Team v Norwich City 1 W 3-0

After last week’s heavy home defeat, the Magpies made the short trip to Taverham for this eagerly anticipated local derby against a City side who had picked up a good win at Peterborough last time out. In decent conditions, the game started at a high tempo with Magpies settling quickly moving the ball around nicely. Norwich also made a comfortable start looking a threat on the break as both teams looked to strike early.
As mentioned earlier, we were passing the ball around nicely from front to back and our pace in forward areas was causing major problems to the City defence. We were then dominating the game with the front 3 of Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linking really well and after a period of sustained pressure of 18 minutes we went 1 up. After good work the ball fell to Georgie Cantrell who unleashed a fierce drive from the top of the D that was skilfully diverted home by Anouska Stott.
With Jess Howland and Cat Maciver winning all the 50/50 battles in the middle of the park, this allowed our wide players to exploit both flanks . Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington were making strong breaks down the left, whereas on the right, ex-City players Sophia Basset and Emily Rash were equally effective. We then took control of the game by the scruff of the neck as Anouska Stott bagged her second and Georgie Cantrell netted a deserved goal as we were good value for a 3 goal lead at the break.
The discussion at half-time was to keep up the work rate and passing  but be mindful that City would come out hard so we needed to be resolute and defend as a team. We knew gaps would appear in their defence as they threw more players forward in an attempt to get back into the derby.
City to their credit had read the script and pushed us back into our own half. They were making strong attacks down both flanks and started to create a number of opportunities in our defensive third. We were under a period of heavy pressure as City were running up the Penalty corner count but credit to Alice Wells in goal who made some very important saves to keep our lead intact. Likewise the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson were solid and calm during this pressure, winning their tackles and clearing the ball away from danger.
As the second half ticked by, we started to pick off the home side with some incisive breaks and only some last ditch defending kept us out. We were unlucky not to add a fourth as an excellent save from Glover in the City goal deflected the ball onto the face of the post and away from danger. Towards the end of the game, we looked after the ball well and came away with a very well deserved 3-0 nill win.
After a tough few weeks this is a real boost for the squad to bag their 2nd away win of the season, as everyone contributed to a solid winning performance. This win is also a reward to the commitment of the 14 other Magpies who have represented the 2’s so far this  season. Likewise the squad appreciate the support and coaching that they have received from everyone back at the Nest this season. Lastly, the win is also a thank you to the loyal band of supporters who follow the team home and away every week.
Next week, we look forward to welcoming Chelmsford to the Nest as the league reaches its halfway point.

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 1st Team v Saffron Walden W 2-1

This week Harleston Magpies men’s 1s, sponsored by dynamic club shops, were looking to continue their winning streak to make it 8 from 8. The team welcomed Dave Skinner who replaced the injured Tim Whiteman.
The team warmed up well with no injuries this time. With a shortage of midfielders, the team had to adapt to the circumstances and Raunaq Rai was pushed into the midfield line.
It was clear from the off that Saffron Walden relied heavily on their centre-half, with his aerials occasionally managing to catch the Harleston men off guard as their half backs sneakily crept through our lines.
After identifying the problem, the boys in white managed to set their press well and limited the opposition’s options.
After missing a number of back post deflections, the closest coming within the first minute as David Gilbert hit the post, Harleston were bound to open the score line. 
Some impressive work from Ollie Whiteman saw the ball roll towards goal, and Dave Skinner made sure of its entry.
Dave Gilbert was determined to score as usual and effortlessly flicked the ball into the net. This goal, unfortunately was disallowed and Magpies were forced to regroup and go again.
In a brief lapse of concentration, a Saffron Walden forward was found unmarked inside our D and the score became level at 1-1.
Getting frustrated with their own poor decision making, it was clear that Harleston were desperate to score. Finally the time came as Tom Ridley manoeuvred himself up the pitch in style, and managed to find an open James gray who reversed it low past the keeper.
With the time running low, Magpies’ game scenarios kicked in and let the clock run down.
The score ended 2-1 to Magpies who look forward to a challenge next week against St Albans.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Dereham 3 W 3-0

t’s was a cold dark afternoon away at Dereham.
We started off strong with lots of passing using triangles, which lead to a short corner.
The short corner was a text book stop by Imi and fired in the bottom right corner by Cassie.
We started to get quiet towards the end of the 2nd half and went off at half time with a score of 1-0, a good team talk got us back on track for the 2nd half.
After some drives through the midfield by Honey and Julie we earned another short corner earned by magpies which lead to a strike on goal being saved but treacle was there to pick up the rebound which she put through the goalkeepers legs.
A strong drive in the D from the mids lead to a couple of shots which were rebounded but Sophie M receiving and have a flick which was placed nicely in the net.
Dereham had some long balls through which gave the defensive line of Izzy, Rosie, Diana and Treacle some bits to do before clearing it to Sophie B. Sophie B then placed it on a foot of a Dereham player, which then rebounded to Honey who had a shot, which was saved and picked up by Cassie who took a reverse shot on goal and scored.
A well earned 3 points for us which gives us a good attitude to go in to next weeks game which is at home at 3pm against pelicans.
MOM – Honey

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against League leaders Hampstead and Westminster starting at 1.30pm.
This will be Magpies final League match before the Christmas break and the Indoor season. Hampstead and Westminster currently top the League and this will be Magpies toughest match of the season so far. Hampstead won the League last season but failed to successfully negotiate the Play Offs to secure a place in the Premier Division. They will be doubly determined to win the League again.
Magpies will be encouraged by the fact that Hampstead lost 3-2 to Cambridge City a few weeks ago so anything is possible. Magpies are currently 3rd in the League three points behind Hampstead and one point behind second placed Wimbledon. Sevenoaks and Cambridge City are very close behind us.
Last week Magpies drew 2-2 with Horsham away in a very hard match. After the worst possible start of conceding a goal in the first minute Magpies battled back through Emma Lee-Smith to equalise before half time and took the lead on 60 minutes thanks to Lauren Rowe. Unfortunately Horsham equalised with four minutes to go, but although it was disappointing to concede so late it was a fair result.
Injuries have been a feature in recent weeks for Magpies but after this game there will be a chance for every player to recover.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison,  Emma Lee-Smith, Katherine Ridley and Rose Winter.

U16 GIRLS TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2018

U16 Girls v Hertford W 8-0

On a sunny Sunday lunchtime the U16s girls took on the new edition to the league Hertford HC. Being a new edition today’s opposition where a bit of an unknown quantity and straight from the pushback they showed a bit of class with a 25 yard aerial   into our D. A good block from Grace R saw the danger cleared and our girls having been given a wake up call started threading their passes together working the ball from side to side looking for an opening. 
This came after 7 minutes with some good combination play leading to Georgie C drilling the ball on her reverse stick into the bottom corner. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and further goals followed, again often using all the members of the side with patient build up play. Our style of play and movement was good, culminating in a half time score of 5 0. 
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Magpies controlling the tempo looking for an opening as Hertford sat slightly deeper. Some precise passing led to 3 more goals the final score being 8 0. 
Goals: 
Georgie Cantrell    5
       Eva Harness   2
    Grace Nicholls  1 

NEWS FROM THE NEST “9” 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

It was goals galore for Magpies Fifth teams on Saturday with the Ladies scoring 9 against Yarmouth and the Men putting 6 past Lowestoft Railway. The youthful Ladies side gave a lethargic first half performance with only two successful attempts on goal against a team who are yet to pick up a point this season. Some stern words from captain Jose Tibbenham boosted the girls with Vanessa Vigrass getting four goals, Jose two, Talitha converting a penalty flick and Ella Spear adding the ninth.

The Men’s Fifths have had a tricky start to the season having notched up three draws and five defeats going into Saturdays game. However they were determined to press high and inhibit the opposition which was executed well, enabling Sam Emms, Evie Cumming (2) and Sam Moore to get on the scoresheet before half time. Despite Railway scoring three times, Sam Emms scored again in the second half and Simon Bardwell added the final goal to clinch the Fifth’s first win of the season.

There seems to be no stopping the Ladies Sixths who welcomed Norwich Dragons to The Nest last weekend and had a frustrating first half with a lot of possession but no goals to show for it. Eventually Rachael Clifford broke through the Dragons’ defence to give Magpies the lead which produced a renewed vigour from the home side. Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battled hard in midfield, providing passes into space for Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who made some excellent runs into the ‘D’. Rachael converted a penalty stroke and Georgie Hood scored the third to end the game 3-1. The Ladies Sevenths move up to fourth in their league following a 5-0 win over a struggling Dragons 8th team. The goals came from player of the match Anna Seggons (2), Ellen Moodie (2) and a classic penalty corner strike from Shirley McAllen.

With three wins from eight games the Men’s 2nds are starting to adapt to life back in Division One and go into this weekends game against Sudbury boosted by their defeat over local rivals Norwich City last Saturday. Good intensity from debutant Max McCauly, Dave Francis, Morgan Manly, Andrew Johnson, Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner forced a string of saves from the City ‘keeper before James Osborn deflected in Laurence Baynes’ precise cross on his return to the club after a number of seasons out on loan. City equalised before the break but, desperate for three points, Magpies fought on and scored the winner when Andrew Johnson struck from Jude Potruff’s pass which was saved but fell to Tristan Baynes who safely dispatched the ball for a 2-1 win.

On a six game winning streak the Men’s 1s also faced Norwich City and, despite early chances from Tim Whiteman and Simon Hipwell, City scored first in response to having a goal disallowed. Magpies answered by growing in confidence and levelled the scores with an impressive bit of individual skill by U18 Raunaq Rai. Asserting their dominance in the second half, and following some commanding hockey from Thomas Ridley and Pete Bale, Magpies took the lead for the first time in the game. This was extended thanks to a well taken short corner from Ben Gowing, cementing the win and the seventh consecutive win.

The Men host Saffron Walden (3pm) on Saturday who are currently joint bottom of the league with Cambridge City and Letchworth. The Ladies 1s face a tough last match before their winter break when league leaders Hampstead and Westminster travel to ‘The Nest’ for a 1.30pm pushback. After going a goal behind last weekend goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe put Magpies ahead only for Horsham to pull back an equaliser for a 2-2 draw.

Sunday saw plenty of cup action with wins the U14 Boys winning 3-1 over Saffron Walden and the U14 Girls travelling to IES where they found themselves 4-0 up at half time with Jessica grabbing a brace of goals and Hollie and Emma getting on the scoresheet. Anna added two more in the second half to put the game to bed before the final group game in February. The U16 Boys drew 2-2 with Cambridge City and the Girls continued their good form with a 8-0 victory away at Hertford. The U18 had their second consecutive cup game conceded by the opposition whilst the U18 Boys got a good 5-1 win against Long Sutton.  

The O35 Ladies got their cup campaign off to a good start against Ipswich with a first half hatrick from Emma Lee-Smith. A cracking strike from Anouska Stott took Magpies to 4-0 before debutant Vanessa Vigrass scored with her first touch of the game. Angie Wheelhouse and Jose Tibbenham added a goal each to take the team comfortably into the quarter finals with a 7-0 win.  

Along with a full day of fixtures on Saturday, this Sunday will see three more cup teams playing and the U10s Minis Tournament held at Weybread. The Mixed ‘A’ team have their opening game of the season at home against Norwich Dragons (1.30pm) where they hope for a strong performance and to go on to emulate their tournament win of two seasons ago. The Men’s O40s host Norwich City (3.15pm) in their second round and the Mixed ‘B’ team head to Dereham for their opening draw. Dereham were finalists in the plate competition last season so a tough game is anticipated but captains Sarah Legg and Nick Moss hope “the enjoyment of the game will be at the forefront of the teams minds.” Greg Jagger and Andrew Johnson join the squad this season alongside club veterans Sam Moore and Emma Tolhurst.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Evergreens D 0-0

Magpies welcomed Evergreens on Saturday morning in what was going to be a tough game but also finely balanced as both teams were on the same amount of points.
The team stayed strong and held their shape well during the 1st half with the majority of play in the Evergreens half, however without being able to truly test their keeper.
After the break, Magpies piled on loads of pressure having multiple short corners and playing the majority of the game in the Evergreens half. Their keeper and particularly their defenders kept the Magpies out time after time from Kate who marshalled the midfield and strong runs by Grace and Alice. The Magpies defence were rarely troubled with Izzy, Mimi, Diana and Emily easily mopping up anything that Evergreens tried to do, which was more around clearing their lines.
In the end of the game finished 0-0, which was extremely harsh on Magpies given the amount of effort the girls put in to try and get a result. Great performance that really deserved a win!

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 1st Team v Norwich City 1 W3-1

This week Harleston Men’s 1s sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops were looking to continue their superb run of form away at close rivals Norwich City. The team welcomed Oakley, Epsom, John Livings and Ollie Whiteman back into the side. 
Early in the warm up it was clear that the difficult pitch was going to cause some issues and this was evident with an early injury for magpies. The first 20mins saw Harleston fail to secure a few early chances and struggle to take control of the game. Tim Whiteman and Simon Hipwell pickpocketed the Norwich defence a number of times which created some golden opportunities but no finish to put them ahead. 
An early disallowed goal from Norwich City made it seem to be not magpies’ day and soon afterwards Norwich City were able to take the lead; but this proved to be a stern wake up call for the boys in white. The remainder of the first half saw Harleston grow in confidence and an impressive piece of individual skill and finish from Raunaq Rai meant it was level at half time. Overall a disappointing half with lots of individual errors and turn over balls, much unlike previous games this season.
With the second half underway Harleston began to assert their dominance on the game and some ruthless pressure in the D from James Gray and Dave Gilbert gave magpies the lead. However, despite some commanding hockey from the likes of Thomas Ridley and Pete Bale in the middle of the park, Harleston continued to lack the quality of previous performances and were unable to rack up the score line. A well taken short corner goal from Ben Gowing secured the victory but this was certainly a game with little to say afterwards other than to move on. 
Looking positively on the game it’s the sign of a promotion worthy side to get the win even when not playing at their best. Next week magpies face Saffron Walden at the nest where they look to make it eight wins in a row and continue to put pressure on Wapping at the top of the table.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

ladies 1st Team v Horsham D 2-2

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Horsham welcoming Katherine Ridley into the squad but unfortunately Lucy Whiting missed out again through injury.
Magpies started slowly and Horsham capitalised on that, winning several short corners. One of which they converted when Megan Brown initially saved the shot and Horsham were first to the rebound and flick it into the goal.
After this Magpies started to build into the game and gain some confidence in themselves, leading to some goal scoring opportunities. With some continued pressure Magpies finally broke down the Horsham defence when Emma Lee-Smith got hold of the ball and the shot came off a Horsham foot finding its way into the goal.
In the second half Magpies tried to keep up the intensity that they finished the first half with. They succeeded with this and keep the pressure on the Horsham defence who were defending solidly. Eventually Magpies managed to breakdown the Horsham defence once again when Lauren Rowe beat the keeper with a reverse stick shot.
Magpies continued to defend together as a team as Horsham stepped up the pressure to try and find the equaliser. Horsham pressure paid off when a forward received the ball at the top of the D and found another player waiting on the post to tuck the ball in the goal. Magpies tried to find a winner but could not find the final pass.
In the end a draw was a fair result for both teams and Magpies were pleased to take a point away from Horsham after the long journey. Next week the ladies welcome top of the table Hampstead and Westminster to the nest for their final game before the winter break. Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Charley Seaman

GIRLS U14 TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2018

U 14 Girls v IES W 6-0

A beautiful sun splashed autumnal morning saw the U14 girls play their second Tier 1 group game away at IES. Having finished the previous game with good positive momentum we discussed the importance of learning from what worked well in the last game and am pleased to report that there were good periods in this game that were a pleasure to watch. The first half began and Magpies passed the ball about well and probed continually down both flanks with good work from Holly W and Emma W in particular and it was from such a surge down the left that the first two goals came with Jessica M slotting home on both occasions from quality cut backs. Very good work all round. Neat work in the D saw a goal on debut for Hollie D-R, big thumbs up and then a solid strike from Emma W saw the first half finish 4-0 Magpies. Just before half time we almost scored what would’ve been a contender for club goal of the season as an intricate series of one twos and runs from the halfway line ended in a shot that just shaved the wrong side of the post and drew gasps and oohs from the crowd. IES fought hard throughout and frustrated us a little in the second half and we did probably if we were honest with ourselves resort to running too much with it again and it was only when we started to pass it again that more chances were created with Anna benefitting once from open play and then again with a sweet short corner strike. The girls worked really hard throughout and produced a good amount of excellent team hockey and it was this that produced some really well worked goals. I must add that the IES keeper had a very busy day and made at least 10 decent saves, four of which were quite outstanding and kept the score down without doubt but this was still a convincing 6-0 victory for Magpies. We have a few weeks now to do some fine tuning before out final group game v Norwich City on February 4th.

Squad – Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Molly L, Anna C, Jessica M, Emma W, Holly W, Hollie D-R, Ella S, Jessica T, Alicia P

MENS 5TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 5th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 W 6-3

The struggling 5th team welcomed Lowestoft Railway 2nds to The Nest determined to take the initiative and press high to stop the opposition playing. This tactic was exectuted well with most of the first half being played in the oppositions half. Goals from Sam Emms, Ewan Cumming x2 and Sam Moore lead to a halftime score of 4-2 which did not really show the extent of the sides domination. With the well organised defence giving Railway little scope up front and the hard working midfield constantly gaining possesion Magpies scored two further goals; Sam Emms scored goal of the game (he will tell you about it) and to put the cherry on top of an all round excellent team effort the final goal was scored by Bardy senior.

GIRLS DEVELOPMENT TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Girls Development v Norwich City L 0-1

It was the narrowest of losses for the development squad under the lights at Norwich City.  The late goal, hacked past the Magpies keeper was all the separated the evenly matched teams after an hour of battling hockey.
Norwich City had most of the attacking play in the first quarter but the Magpies defence blunted this early pressure effectively so there were no clear shots at goal.  Across the back Tilly, Emma, and Amy F all played well, ably marshalled by Jane.  The second quarter started in a similar vein then  a lovely bit of skill from Ellie B, turning the Norwich adult defender inside out seemed to create a bit of belief amongst the Magpies forwards and the momentum shifted and several promising breaks followed.  On one of these Amie H was sent crashing to the ground picking up a heavy knock and several friction burns from the artificial surface. She show great resilience in playing on and much of Magpies attacking play was achieved through her link up play with both Jessica and Grace along the wing.

The second half doubled up in intensity, Norwich pressing strongly and Magpies looking dangerous on the break.  Florence C show a lovely bit of skill to slip past Norwich’s adult defender who just managed to recover in time to disrupt the shooting chance.  Norwich also had a couple of shots on goal, keeper Georgia covering the danger.  After breaking up the left Amie H was again sent to the ground, picking up a further knock. A minute from the end Norwich managed to fight into the Magpies area, and after a couple of half clearances a shoot came in.  Georgie went to ground to save well but City were quickest on the rebound hacking the ball through to score the winner.  It was the girls first defeat this season but they will have learnt more from this challenging match than from all their previous wins.

Squad: Jane Collins (adult player/coach), Grace S, Amy F, Natalie S, Amie H, Alex PS, Emma F, Kate F, Florence C, Ellie B, Ellie C, Harriet S, Georgia F, Tilly D

MENS 2ND TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

mens 2nd Team v Norwich City 2 W 2-1

Magpies 2’s took on Norwich City 2’s in a local derby not rivalled by any other. Magpies welcomed back Oli in goal, Karl the German, Richard Larkin and long time on loan magpie James Osborn. It was also a debut start for Max.
A high intensity warm up showed that magpies meant business today.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the front line of AJ, Rob K, Dave S, Jude and Karl were forcing the Norwich defence to turn the ball over. The midfield of LB, Dave F, Morgan, Ozzie were pouncing on the lose balls and we were looking like banging the goals in. This would have been the case had the Norwich keeper not been in such fine form. A string of saves frustrating us until LB picked the ball on the left side of the ‘D’ and delivered a ball in with such precision that Ozzie need only get a stick on it to deflect it away for 1-0.
With no Dickon, Tris dropped into the back line and between him, Hugo, max and Larkin they were controlling the game from the back with the odd assistance from Oli The Wall.
Norwich grabbed an equaliser from a short corner and that’s how it ended at the break.
The second half was a mixed affair of quality hockey, ill discipline, poor composure and confusion. We were desperate for the winner and bragging rights and it was good work through the middle that finally saw us get an equaliser when Jude ‘twinkle toes’ Potruff mazed his way through before feeding AJ in the ‘D’ who’s saved shot fell kindly to Tris who used his years (and years) of experience to dispatch the ball into the net.
The game finished 2-1 and a well deserved, well fought 3 points.

MENS 4TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 4 D 1-1

Looking to secure another win this week the Mens 4s travelled to the Dragons Den to take on their 4s. Game got off to a good start from both sides with Dragons finding the back of goal from a nice volley hit early on into the game. Closing out the first half with a good hit into the D from Oli Hall and a small deflection from James Bensly made it 1-1 going into half time.
Second half was a very even game from both sides with opportunities at both ends of the pitch. However no goals were scored meaning the game ended at 1-1. Fantastic performances from everyone today in the 4s especially Toby Drake who was our Man of the Match.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVENBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich Dragons W 3-1

Harleston welcomed Norwich Dragons 7s to Weybread on a sunny but somewhat damp morning, hoping to continue their winning streak. Harleston started positively, putting pressure on the back line and winning the ball in midfield; Somehow though, Magpies struggled to find their rhythm. A minor injury forced a quick player reorganisation; Georgina Scott slotted into defence showing great versatility. Dragons worked hard to thwart any attacking charges, in particular flooding their defensive D with so many players that Harleston struggled to find their way through. A frustrating half for the home side, lots of possession but no goals.
Second half, Captain Flea Perry reminded all to take their time and make accurate passes. The winning edge finally returned when Magpies went 1-0 up after a well taken goal by Rachael Clifford.
This galvanised renewed vigour from the home side, Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battling exceptionally hard in midfield to feed balls down to Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who were making excellent lead runs to create space. This pressure finally paid off when good attacking play forced a foul in the D, Rachael Clifford calmly slotting home the resulting penalty flick.
Dragons didn’t let Magpies have it all their own way, they capitalised on Magpies playing so high by slamming the ball through the press, luckily the ever reliable Marie Davy was always on hand to make a timely tackle and clear the ball.
Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson defended well, Mary finding good space to drive the ball down the right. Immense pressure from one such attack saw Georgie Hood slip in a sneaky goal by the right post.
Following the goal however, Harleston succumbed to a mental slip conceding a last minute goal when Dragons managed to respond the rebound of an Imogen Flatt save.
Magpies should be pleased that they dominated the game and managed to force the win following good defensive tactics from Dragons.
Player of the match: Hollie Morris

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 2nd Team v Bromley & Beckenham 1  L 0-5

On a beautiful blue sky Norfolk day, Magpies welcomed Brom-Beck to the Nest in their latest EWL Premier League Game.  The game started at a high tempo with both teams trying to settle into their own respective styles of play.. The visitors struck early from close range and soon added a second to leave us 2 down with only 12 minutes on the clock. A change in our formation allowed us to get more of a foothold in the game as we started to catch the visitors on the break. A couple of promising breaks were only let down by us not picking the final pass to leave a clear run in on goal. Although the away team were looking a threat, we then began to ask some questions of the BB defence.. We were denied from a penalty corner by a brilliant low save by their keeper and likewise crosses were flashing across the D just waiting for a finishing touch. Sadly just before the break the away side bagged a third to leave the Pies with a mountain to climb at half time.
To be fair we made a spirited start to the second half as we pressed the away side and started to win the 50 / 50 battles as we enjoyed our best spell of the match. Once again we were denied by the keeper in a one on one battle as we tried to sneak the goal that would get us back in the game. BB weathered the storm and grabbed a couple more close range goals from well worked penalty corners. We lost Shev Steggles to a nasty head injury after she put her body on the line to deny a strike at goal.  To our credit we kept pushing forward right to the end and we did find the net but it was rightly chalked off as a PC had already been given.
On the face of it, a 5.0 Nill home defeat looks like a very bad day at the office but we can take a number of positives from the display.. As mentioned previously, this is a tough division and our opposition today were the best side we have seen down at the Nest this year. We will box this defeat and eagerly look forward to next weeks local derby away at Norwich.

MENS 3RD TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Mens 3rd Teams v North Norfolk L 1-4

An unusually nice day in Cromer welcomed an experienced but youthful magpies team, hot off two comfortable wins and ready to take on a high flying North Norfolk.
The dressing room was also filled with optimism after an inspiring pre match rally from captain Lacelles in the absence of GB Masters Legend Cobbold and possibly because the hopes of post match fish and chips.
It started well, magpies went one up with a James Stacey spectacular inside 10 minutes, sadly, that was the beginning  of our end good fortune.
North Norfolk then equalised from a well crafted short corner deflection which managed to outfox the usually lightning sharp Moss and Caswell-Dodd which created rapturous applause from the oppositions bench.
Norfolk Norfolk then scored again quickly just before the break and 3s went in 2-1 down, the ball was slotted home through mosses legs and his pink helmet was somewhat hiding his pink face.
The Half time team talk from Captain Lacelles had a tremendous Impact and Magpies went out and dominated the second half. At 2-1 down magpies thought they’d scored through Toby Hughes to regain the status quo only for it to be disallowed.
The half was sprinkled with flashes of brilliance from Hipwell and Taylor with Captain Lascelles throwing aerials like paper planes.
The half went on with continued pressure from magpies, North Norfolk playing counter attacking hockey forced a lightning quick stick save from Moss to keep the score at 2-1, magpies then broke and Hughes smashed the cross bar after running the length of the pitch to make it to the back post.
In Andrew Johnsons absence and with the pressure building Greg jagger took the mantle of burning bridges with the opposition and received a yellow card for dissent.
North Norfolk broke again despite pressure from Magpies and slotted the ball under the desperate diving Moss.
With the score at 3-1 magpies pushed again but could not find the break through. North Norfolk then broke again which led to confusion in the box between the usually dependable Moss/Caswell-Dodd combo, the ball flew in the air from a save ran down the back of the confused keeper and then ended up rolling home to leave magpies 4-1 in the red.
Once again Mosses pink helmet sheltering his blushes unfortunately it couldn’t do the same for Caswell-Dodd
And there you have it sports fans.
Sometimes you play well and end up on the losing side, leaving the pitch with black veils of melancholy, thats the way it goes.

LADIES 1ST TEAM PREVIEW 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Horsham starting at 2.00pm.
Horsham have returned to the National League this season after a brief absence and are currently in 7th place. Last week they had an excellent result drawing 2-2 away against Cambridge City having come back from 2-1 down and the weekend before that they beat Southgate away 3-2. So Horsham are in good form and they will be very difficult to beat on their own patch.
After Magpies setback last week in losing 3-1 at home to St Albans they will have to raise their game considerably in order to get a result at Horsham. Having said that Magpies are still in second place and they would have settled for that at the start of the season and it was their only disappointing performance this season. Hopefully lessons will have been learnt and with the right focus Magpies have the ability to go to testing places like Horsham and get a result.
Injury doubts continue to plague the squad but last week a number of returning players managed the game. The squad will be finalised at the end of the week when the injury situation is a little clearer.  

Squad From: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lucy Whiting, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman, Emma Lee-Smith and Annie Nunn.

NEWS FROM THE NEST “8” 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

The Girls Development team extended their lead at the top of their league with a fantastic 11-0 win against Pelicans Girls last weekend. With a large squad to rotate through the team has a different feel each week, providing valuable opportunities for the youngsters to experience hockey on a full sized pitch and the positions and tactics that comes with it. The girls shared the goals around between Amy (3), Florence (4) and Ellie (4) with Georgia keeping a clean sheet in goal which should fill them with confidence going into a top of the table clash against Norwich City on Saturday. 

Mixed results for the Magpies 1st teams kept the crowds on the edge of their proverbial seats with Jess Bloom netting an early goal for the Ladies who went on to concede three times against St Albans. Simon Hipwell put the Men ahead before some lacklustre defending led to two goals from Bedford. Pete Bale had a goal disallowed before Dave Gilbert found the equaliser at the far post following fine skills from Tom Ridley and Leigh Sitch, only for Bedford to go ahead just before half time.
Two veterans of the Magpies side, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell took Magpies into the lead by converting short corners with fifteen minutes to go. Captain Tom Ridley won a short corner which Tim Whiteman dispatched, much to the relief of those on the sideline. The visitors pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but thankfully Magpies held out for the 5-4 win which takes them within two points of the league leaders Wapping. Both of the 1st teams are away this weekend with the Ladies at Horsham and the Men nipping down the road to Norwich City. 

Apart from a loss for the Men’s 2s it was a successful weekend for the Men’s side of the club with the Thirds notching up a 6-0 win at Bury, the Fifths bringing a point home, and the Sixths winning 6-2 against Ipswich. The Fourths went a goal behind when they hosted Bury before Jack Caswell-Dodd equalised at the end of the first half. An improved performance and goals from Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and Oli Hall ensured a 4-1 victory for the Fourths who sit mid table. 

The Ladies Sixths have had a fantastic start to the season but approached Saturdays visit to East Harling with trepidation for the top of the table clash, on grass. Despite the heavy rainfall overnight, the leaves were raked up and the pitch was in good condition and both teams were determined to take three points from the match. The defensive formation of Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Liv Addison-Carter and player of the match, Mary Nelson kept the Herlings attacks at bay and goals from Judith Masters and Janna Freeman gave Magpies the 2-0 win.

Sunday saw both ends of the age scale in action with Magpies welcoming nineteen teams of U12s to the club. The U12 boys and U12 girls were declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City.  Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The day showcased the enthusiasm and strength of youth hockey across Norfolk and the club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event run smoothly, especially our young umpires who did a fantastic job. 

Due to the usual injuries and ailments associated with middle age, Captain Jerry Blackmore was delighted to field a full team for the first round of the Men’s O50s Cup against Ipswich on Sunday, at least five of whom had picked up a stick in the last 12 months! Losing Scotland O60s goalkeeper Murrey Graham to illness was a blow to the already depleted squad but Eric Davy stepped in and had a brilliant game between the sticks, just as well considering he had Kevin Ridley, Mark Collins and Tiger Young in front of him! The ever youthful Simon Bardwell had a fantastic game in midfield and, to everyone’s delight, the dynamic duo of Roger Kent and Jon Wells came through the match unscathed. John Pope scored Magpies’ only goal in the 4-1 defeat but the attitude of the team epitomises what it means to wear the  Magpies shirt and we wish the lads a good run in the plate competition. 

There is yet more Cup action this weekend with the U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls teams aiming to secure their spot in the second round. The Ladies O35s travel to Ipswich for their first cup game following last seasons defeat against Canterbury at the Olympic Park. Goal machine Vanessa Vigrass joins the squad who lost the cup final on shuffles and will be aiming to go one better this year.