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.
The Ladies 1s and 7ths leagues both started this weekend against Bedford and North Norfolk respectively. The Sevenths welcomed Megan Dickson, Grace Clarke, Georgia Scott, Jade Bishop, Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie who fledged from the Girls Development team and impressed on their debut in Division 3. Regardless of the 2-0 defeat the newly formed team worked well together and the skills of the young players impressed the opposition and teammates alike.
Meanwhile in Bedford, goals from Tor Findlay, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe ensured that the Ladies 1s got off to a winning start. The win gives them the upper hand going into Saturdays home fixture against Wimbledon who lost to Hampstead and Westminster on the opening day of the season.
Anticipating a tough game against West Herts who were relegated from the National League last season, the Magpies Men’s 1s broke the deadlock when Captain Ridley set up Simon Hipwell for a defected goal. Continuing to dominate, the lead was doubled by an unstoppable Jack Hobbs shot from the top of the ‘D’ before the home side pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go. Frayed nerves resulted in players from both sides being sent to the sin bin where the West Herts player returned to the pitch without the umpires realising. Magpies conceded a short corner which was expertly converted to end 2-2 in a disappointing conclusion to a controlled performance. Congratulations to Ranauq Rai on his debut, replacing the injured Leigh Sitch in defence.
There were draws for the Ladies 2s and 4ths at The Nest whilst the Men’s Thirds travelled to Sudbury where team perseverance, a Man of the Match performance from Seth Read and goals from James Stacey, Jamie Hudson, Ben Emms and Matt Brand contributed to a 4-0 win. Then Men’s 2nds were desperate to make amends for last week when they welcomed Upminster to Norfolk and they dominated the London side, with Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner bagging a brace each in the 4-1 win.
The Ladies Fifths bagged a 2-1 win against Watton with goals from Ella Spear and Jose Tibbenham whilst the Ladies Sixths faced Breckland in Thetford. Jane Collins opened the scoring for Magpies following hard work from Louise Davy and Shirley McAllen in midfield. Rachel Clifford (2) and Janna Freeman got in on the action to cement the 4-0 win.
This Saturday sees both the Men’s and Ladies First teams at home, the Ladies push back against Wimbledon at 1.30 followed by the Men who host Letchworth at 3pm.
U12 event with Langley Schools
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club were delighted to be part of the Langley Schools open morning in Loddon on Saturday 29 September, sending 30 under 12 youngsters there for a coaching masterclass and some game play.
Harleston Magpies’ relationship continues to grow with Langley Schools sharing facilities, players and coaching staff whether possible. Langley Schools open morning is now a regular fixture in Magpies youth calendar giving all our youngsters the chance to dust off their hockey sticks and play some competitive yet friendly matches and get some extra coaching in.
Langley head of hockey and Magpies Youth coach Stuart Field said: ‘It was a fantastic start to the season for our under 12s, who all enjoyed a few games in the sunshine against Magpies. The partnership is going from strength to strength and continues to encourage school children to play club hockey as well as enabling both Langley and Magpies to share facilities, providing specialist coaching opportunities and a base at Langley for the hockey club to do indoor training’.
After an initial round of matches, all closely contested, the young Magpies tried their hand at a goal scoring master class led by the Langley Hockey coaching team. Magpies Youth Development Officer James Smith was delighted with the success of the event, saying: ‘Every year we have more and more youngsters who want to come and get involved – which is great. I am hoping this years’ focus on goal scoring for our under 12s will put us right back in the action at our first tournaments which start in October.’
Harleston Magpies youth hockey coaching is well underway now. The hockey club has capacity for more youth players across the age ranges from year 2 upwards. Get involved by emailing email@example.com.
Ladies 5th v Watton 2 W 2-1
Another good win for the 5ths. Watton were a young team setting their press well and organising their defence well marking tightly. Magpies moved the ball around well particularly down the right hand side with the pace of Beth Moodie and Honey Lamdin causing problems. One such move ended in a perfect right wing cross from Beth Moodie which was met on the penalty spot by Ella Spear and swept into the back of the goal. Play was end to end but neither keeper was really tested with the final shot being wide at both ends. The second half continued in the same vein but magpies were pressing harder and getting the better of possession. Midway through the second half Jess Menzies was trying to pull the ball back from a prostrate keeper, the ball fell to Tibbenham who smashed the ball into the back of the net. Two nil and the 5ths were looking comfortable for the win, a lapse in concentration allowed Watton to pull a goal back, causing a bit of panic in the spectators. Magpies kept fighting and creating chances and sealed a well deserved win.
Girls development v Dereham Panthers W 11-0
After the disappointment of a cancelled match last weekend the girl’s development squad got their season off to winning ways with an impressive 11 – 0 win away to Dereham. It was a good result for this new look team, with many of the girls starting their first season of development hockey.
Amie Hunt opened the scoring, rounding the keeper, after an incisive run into the penalty area onto an Evie Brice pass. In response Dereham pressed strongly, leaving space for the Magpies forwards to demonstrate their swift counter attacking play, Loulou Ford picking up a brace of goals and Amie Hunt another as the first quarter ended with the ‘Pies 4 nil up. Dereham were altogether more cautious in a second quarter that featured several mid-field battles. Kate Ford and Tilly Dodds doing a good job in screening the Magpies defence. It took clever play along the right wing from first Jessica Smith and then Florence Collins to break the deadlock. The Dereham defence was drawn across creating precious space down the middle for Amie Hunt to run into. Again she latched onto an accurate pass and scored past the keeper with confidence. Further pressure at the end of the half then allowed Ellie Bowden to nip in with a fifth for Magpies.
For the second half, being 5 goals up, the development rules are that the adult must come off the pitch, so player-manager Sandra shouted her encouragement from the side-lines. Dereham switched to all-out attack which kept the defence much busier, Harriet Soper having to cut out several attacks backed up ably by Emma Ford playing in the sweeper role. In attack Evie Brice found space to line up an outstanding shot into the bottom corner of the Dereham goal and quickly scored a second, meeting a cross from Amie Hunt. Loulou also scored again with Kate Ford providing the assist. Both Loulou and Evie got one more each before the close, to complete a comprehensive victory for Magpies.
Goal Scorers: Loulou 4, Amie Hunt 3 (also named player of the match by the Dereham players), Evie Brice 3, Ellie Bowden 1
Squad: Sandra E (Manager): Amie H, Amy F, Ellie B, Emma F, Evie B, Florence C, Georgia F, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Kate F, Loulou F, Tilly D.