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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.


Ladies 3rd Team v Norwich Dragons 3  W 3-0

We welcomed Dragons to the nest anticipating a tough match. We had a slightly changed squad having leant our forward line to the ladies 2’s and borrowing Catriona Maciver from them meant we had a really strong midfield. We started strongly and moved the ball well, really making our mark on the game early, with Lucy Field & Millie Preece linking well up front, with Millie skilfully driving the ball into the D and banging in our first goal! Great work from Bettsy & ‘Little’ Sophie Govier – Schaay on the right and left of midfield meant Dragons really struggled to get into any kind of rhythm. Great 1-2’s all over the pitch creating lots of passing play meant we maintained possession well. We had a number of short corners awarded and were very happy to put our new routines to the test (thanks Barbs and Princess!). Left slip went out to Bettsy and she sent the ball home. We went in to half time happy and hoped to maintain the momentum from the first half. We cracked on again second half creating lots of chances and again successfully winning short corners. Jess Green stepped up this time to bang the ball home and make it 3-0.
A special mention to Abi Lewis who gets her league debut for the Ladies 3’s this week! She wasn’t able to show off her skills this week as her defenders Plum, Helena and Little Woolly did such a good job keeping dragons out of the D, not getting a single shot off!
A very well deserved player of the game for battling hard and being a little whippet- Sophie Govier-Schaay.
Next week away to UEA.


Ladies 6th Team v UEA 3 W 4-1

The ladies 6s continued their great start to the season with another win, this week against UEA 3s.
The young UEA side started the match with high energy and forced Magpies to work hard to settle into the game. Great defending from Amelia McIntyre and Jane Collins meant the away side rarely pressurised the D. This gave Magpies great confidence and composure; Settling into a better rhythm of play magpies dominated possession in the first half. Good link up play from Mary Nelson, Laura Woodgate and Janna Freeman leading to sustained attacks in the D. Rachael Clifford scored two excellent goals before half time.
Second half UEA came out determined to get back into the game, getting rewarded for their efforts with a sneaky goal.
This ruffled the Magpies feathers and demanded a much higher intensity of play.  Alyssa Walker and Lucy Basey-Fisher worked extremely hard in midfield winning back possession with well-timed tackles. A well taken goal from Georgie Hood increasing the magpies lead to 3:1.
To their credit UEA did not give up, at times Magpies had to grit their teeth and battle their way out of trouble.
Vice Captain Rachael Clifford scored another excellent goal, meaning Magpies won the game 4:1.
Player of the match: Alyssa Walker


Mens 2nd v Old Southendian L 1-4

On a wet October morning the men’s 2’s took the long trip to Southend looking to build momentum following last weeks victory. A depleted and changed team from the week before travelled down in good spirits only to be met with terrible traffic meaning a delayed push back and a rushed warm up.
This was evident in our start and some sloppy passing and turn over balls soon saw us 1-0 down. The early goal didn’t put us off and we soon found our smooth rhythm and started creating chances. The forward line of AJ, Greg, Oakley, Kinsella and Wiggins started twisting the thumb screws and were winning short corners but Kinsella’s stallion just couldn’t beat the defenders on the line.
1-0 at half time and we were still in the game. The second half started at 100mph and a tackle from Kinsella which would have been better at home on a rugby pitch soon had the umpires wagging their fingers. No card for Kinsella as his puppy dog eyes showed how sincerely sorry he was so just a stern talking to. Dickon would feel hard done by shortly later as a fairly innocuous challenge saw him take a green card breather!
Southend played a positive style of hockey and their 3 goals in 10 minutes killed off the game, but to magpies credit they kept pushing for a consolation goal. Kinsella, Baynes and the ever quality Larkin were controlling the middle but the run of the ball just didn’t go our way today. Chris “the cat” Routs was keeping the score line down with some saves that show why he is an England veteran.
AJ “the canon” pulled a goal back with a well worked short corner but it was too little too late.
MOM Chris “The Cat” Routs


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Wimbledon starting at 1.30pm. This will be one of our toughest games of the season as Wimbledon came 2nd last season and won the League the season before narrowly missing out in the play offs to qualify for the Premier Division. Both Wimbledon and Hampstead and Westminster were the top two teams last season and ironically they met in the opening match of the season last week with Hampstead winning 3-0.
Magpies made a tremendous start to the season last week beating Bedford 3-0 away. Over the years this has been a difficult place to go and we drew 1-1 last season. After a sticky start Magpies took the lead through Tor Findlay who managed to hold off the attentions of the Bedford goalkeeper to slip the ball into the goal. Rose Winter made it 2-0 before half time with a cracking cross shot from the right of the circle. From then on Magpies were always in control and Lauren Rowe completed the scoring in the second half with a reverse stick shot. This was a very sold all round team performance.
Last year against Wimbledon we lost 4-0 at home to a very impressive Wimbledon performance. In the return fixture in London Magpies lost 2-1 in a much improved performance and we were always in the game right until the end. Magpies will be looking for that type of performance again on Saturday to push Wimbledon all the way.
Magpies will be without Rose Winter this week but Emily Rash has been called up to make her first team debut.|
1st Team Squad against Wimbledon: 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.


Mens 3rd Team v Sudbury 2nd W 4-0

It was a quiet warm-up from magpies 3s to start with against the Sudbury 2s. A quick inspiring pep talk from Phil and Adam, then the eager magpies side began. In the first 10 minutes the attack piled the pressure on the slow Sudbury back four, with the magpies defence not having to much to do, however  not letting the Sudbury forwards anywhere near our circle.
The first goal came from a fast counter attack. Phil hitting the ball towards a good lead from Matt Brand who managed to pick out James Stacey leading behind the defence, who with a couple of touches at the top of the circle rifled the ball into the bottom corner. 
After some more probing attempts from the magpies  forward line, Sudbury made a couple of threatening attacks, but man of the match Seth Read with some  great tracking back and solid tackles stopped the attacks in their tracks. Then the half time whistle blew for 1-0 magpies at half time.
A couple of words from Phil and a quick swap of the Sudbury keepers, saw a re-energised magpies side back out to go and score some more goals and that’s what they did. 5 minutes in, and a cracking goal from Jamie who picked the ball up after a save from the keeper and hit the ball in around the top of the back board in the corner.
Then many more attacks came and after a bad tackle  from the opposition defence a penalty corner was given. A good injection from Jamie then lead to Matt Brand going past the 2 runners to flick into the net to put the magpie side up 3-0. Then with 10mins to go, after some ‘odd’ decisions from the umpires, Ben Emms scored on the back post, lifting the ball over the keeper to finish off the Sudbury side. The final whistle blew, magpies gaining a solid win away from home, with their young players now getting used to the pace of men’s 3’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


Mens 2nd v Upminster W 4-1

Desperate to make amends for game week 1, the Men’s 2s hosted Upminster at the Nest. From minute 1 it was clear it was going to be a battle of strength and discipline. Magpies dominated the first half and an absolute ‘baseline’ worldy from Kinsella gave the home side the lead. The Stallion pricked up its ears and Kinsella doubled his tally shortly after half time with a superbly struck corner and things looked comfortable. Then sticks, hands and cards were thrown around Willy Nilly, the visitors put away a corner to make it 2-1 and the game hung in the balance. Upminster’s flames of encouragement were soon put out though when Skinner scored his first Magpie goal from the spot and then bagged his brace with a fine diving reverse after rounding the keeper. 4-1 reflected the effort and ability of this new look 2s and this was a deserved win after a heart in the oven, head in the fridge performance. MoM Kinsella and his Stallion







Mens 1st v West Herts D 2-2

Magpies Mens 1st XI sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops after their disappointment last week travelled to West Herts who were relegated from National League at the end of last season. The squad welcomed in Ranauq Rai for his 1st team league debut replacing Leigh Sitch who missed out due to a head injury sustained in training. The squad also welcomed back Dave Gilbert following a series double knee injury last year.
Feeling confident after a good training session during the week and warm-up, Harleston started strongly, keeping ball possession with good interlink play between the midfield and forward line.  The deadlock was broken when a head coach pass found Tom Ridley at top of D, to pass to Simon Hipwell to score with a deflected shot.  Magpies continued to play good hockey but could not add to their lead and went into half time deservedly 1-0 up.
Continued domination after the break for Harleston was rewarded with a Jack Hobbs unstoppable shot from just inside the top of the D. With the match drawing into the last ten minutes the home side scored from a short corner.  Nerves came into play for Harleston as they struggled to the get ball out.  A poor tackle on Tim Whiteman resulted in the West Herts player being given a ten minute yellow and Tim Whiteman a 5 minute yellow for his reaction.  The West Herts player returned onto the pitch unnoticed by the umpires at the same time as Tim Whiteman was beckoned on.  A short corner was soon awarded for West Herts.  The umpires realising their mistake conferred and resent the West Herts player to the sidelines, but unfortunately did not overturn the awarded short corner. This was expertly dispatched by the West Herts drag flicker to equalise for the home side in the dying stages.
A disappointing conclusion to  a match that Harleston deserved to win. However, the squad will take great heart in the fact that this was more controlled display than that agasint Wapping in the opening game of the season. Next week Harleston welcome Letchworth to the nest at 3:00pm.


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.


Ladies 4th v Norwich Dragons 4 D 1-1

With fighting spirit from Magpies we started strong. The team had fire in their bellies after the extra long warm up (it was definitely warm).
With some strong hits from the defence helping to get the ball high for the upfront line to show some strength in the D. Our rehearsed short corners were put to use and they ended in success. Meaning we started with a 1-0 lead. Sadly, just before half time Dragons snuck in a goal from a short corner after a streak of short corners they got lucky and managed to out-speed Alice who has found her niche running 1.
Ellen provided jelly for half time to keep us all going and Treacle headed off to be Belle of the ball!
The second half was a real battle and we had a few close opportunities but even with a last minute shot on goal we didn’t manage to score another! We are pleased to have our first point of the season. Well done to all players for their great effort and special mention to Catherine Kilbourn who was man of the match for her powerful defence  despite fighting through her jetlag from Thailand. Thank you to the umpires John Pope and Chopper


Ladies 2nds v Cambridge City 2 D 0-0

Following on from last week’s narrow defeat at Canterbury, the ladies were keen to build on that fine display at home against Cambridge City who also suffered an opening day defeat.On a perfect day for hockey down at the Nest, both teams came out and “Got in each others faces ” so to speak, trying to establish an early lead in the game.
The Magpies high press was working well causing City to turn the ball over in their defensive area on a number of occasions. One of these turnovers resulted in a Penalty Corner for Magpies on 15 minutes which Tibbenham forced a fine save from the visitors keeper. The only thing lacking during this period was the killer pass in the final 3rd to allow us to carve out some opportunities on goal.Cambridge were playing their part in an open game, constructing some good moves and looked lively in our defensive 3rd and it needed a fine save from Daly to keep out an angled drive just before the break.
Magpies were awarded another Penalty Corner as the half-time whistle blew but sadly never got a shot on goal so the half finished scoreless.
Cambridge made a tactical change at half-time resulting in a really high press that allowed them to dominate possession and get a grip on the game.They were looking dominant but the Ladies dug in all over the park to try an contain wave after wave of City attacks. In truth,other than a couple of Penalty Corners for City, the defensive trio of Steggles, Herscel-Shorland and Johnson allowed them very few clear sights of goal. Likewise the tireless midfield work of Howland, Maciver, Seaman and Locke was equally impressive.
During this period, we looked a threat on the break with M.O.M Ridley continuing to make impressive breaks down the right. The trio of Warnes, Child and Eglington also gave us good energetic options down the flanks. The front 3 of Tibbenham, Stott and Wiseman were causing the visitors problems as a result and only a couple of last ditch tackles stopped us getting in on goal.
Inspired by this defensive effort, we then took the game back to City in the last 15 minutes and started to push hard for the winner.The ball flashed across the City area on a few occasions as we piled on the pressure. A flurry of late Penalty corners offered opportunities to score but we were thwarted by a couple of decent saves or a good piece of Cambridge defending.
A very good display by Magpies once again and its fair to say a draw was a fair result for both sides in a keenly contested game 

Next week we travel to Broxbourne for a 3.30pm start


Ladies 7th v North Norfolk   L 0-2

At last the ladies 7ths were ready to be let loose on the water pitch for their first league match of the season.  
Six players were fledging from the development team and we were pleased to welcome Megan Dickson, Grace Clarke, Georgia Scott, Jade Bishop, Anna Seggon and Ellen Moodie
The game started fast and furious and it didn’t take long to realise that this was not the team the 6ths had faced last year.  North Norfolk scored from a well worked short corner and quickly added another 2 goals.  A tactical decision was made to drop a forward to defence and no more goals were scored until well into the second half.
The new girls all played extremely well and the opposition were impressed with their skills as were the older section of the team.  Of special note was Georgia Scott who worked tirelessly winning tackle after tackle and distributing the ball well.  Peg Bridges had an excellent game and pulled off some good saves.
Many thanks to Bex for being our manager and to Irene and Treacle for umpiring.



Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Bedford hoping to start their season with a win.
The game begun at a frantic pace but with neither team able to retain possession or find a break-through in the final quarter.  Magpies best chance in the early play was created when Lauren Rowe’s short corner drag was saved spectacularly by the Bedford goalkeeper sending the ball high into the air. As the ball fell and Rose Winter was about the pull the trigger the umpire awarded Magpies another corner due to the perceived dangerous play.
As the half an hour mark approached without a breakthrough Magpies were getting anxious that they needed to make their early possession count.  They did just that after a quick passing move down the right found Emma Lee-Smith who burst into the circle and slipped the ball square to Tor Findlay who calmly slotted home under pressure from the Bedford goalkeeper.
Two minutes later another excellent move down the right found Rose Winter, after an excellent driving run to the top of the circle she doubled Magpies lead with a classy strike into the corner of the goal which left the Bedford goalkeeper with no chance.
At half-time with a 2-0 lead Magpies knew that they needed to continue to play fluid passing hockey in order to push on and extend their lead further.  Bedford came out strong in the second half attacking with more vigor and purpose. The Magpies defence however held strong and cleared up any Bedford attacks, not conceding one short corner all game.
As the hour mark approached Magpies were able to extend their lead further after Emma Lee-Smith found Lauren Rowe in space in the circle. Under pressure from the Bedford goalkeeper Lauren managed to get a reverse stick shot away beating the goalkeeper at the near post.
A drilled Magpies performance with great flair in attack allowed Magpies to see out the game and take all three points from their opening encounter. 

Next week, Magpies welcome Wimbledon to the nest, anticipating very strong opposition from the side that finished second in the league last season. 

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


Ladies 6th Team v Breckland W 4-0

The ladies 6s arrived bright and early in Thetford for this week’s fixture against Breckland. Once the goals had finally been released from their padlock the match started with Magpies showing lots of energy and determination to keep possession and dominate play.
Louise Davy and Shirley McAllen had great games in midfield ensuring any opposition attacks were broken down higher up the pitch meaning Magpies were able to press high. Jane Collins capitalised on this by making an excellent run from right defence to score a superb goal.
Alyssa Walker and Krystal Jenkins combined effectively down the centre of the field, both distributing the ball calmly and decisively to stretch play across the pitch.
Magpies dominated possession in the first half, going into the break with a three goal lead curtesy of two further goals from Rach Clifford and Janna Freeman.
Second half Breckland had an injection of strength and pace meaning Magpies had to work harder. The 6s showed their growing confidence by passing the ball round the back when needed, working together to build sustained attacks on the Breckland D and hold on to their clean sheet.
A good goal from Janna Freeman secured a 0:4 win for Magpies 6s.
The 6s did extremely well to maintain structure and composure with a large 15player squad. Many thanks to Ross Carter for managing our rolling substitutions. 

Player of the match : Krystal Jenkins 


Magpies supported Langley Schools open morning by sending 30 U12 boys and girls for matches and a coaching master class.  Now a regular fixture in Magpies youth calendar it was great to dust off the hockey sticks and play some competitive yet friendly matches.
Well played to all those who took part and then tried their hand at a goal scoring Master class lead by the the Langley Hockey coaching team.  Hopefully goals will come for all our youth teams as they move into tournament hockey.
Magpies youth coaching is back in action at the Nest.  More players can be accommodated across the age ranges – Year 2 upwards.  Get involved by emailing


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.


Ladies 1st  Team 20th  Season in the National League

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1St team start the season on Saturday with an away game against Bedford at 1.30pm. This will be their 20th successive season in the National League, which is an astonishing achievement for a Club with such a rural location and competing with the London Clubs like Wimbledon and Hampstead, who have far greater resources and opportunities to recruit players.
This will be a very important season because of the changes to the National League for the following season. For the season 2019-20 the National League will have a new structure which involves reducing the number of National League teams from 40 to 30. The current structure has a Premier Division and a West, East and North Conference. The following season there will be a Premier Division (10) and a Division 1 North (10) and a Division 1 South (10). This is quite a change. For Magpies to qualify for a Division 1 place they will have to finish in the top 6 of the East Conference this season.
Clyde Camburn returns as Head coach for his third spell and he has had a remarkable record of achievement in his previous spells. This time he has added Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith and Debbie Francis as Assistant coaches to ensure that we utilise the vast experience and knowledge they all have of playing at this level.
On the playing side Annie Nunn has stood down from playing to concentrate on coaching. Charlotte Peet (Tosh) will not be playing in goal this season after many years of playing at this level. Both these players have made a big contribution. We have also lost a number of younger players who have moved on to College and University. Most significantly it looks like Captain Lucy Belsey is out for the season having suffered a terrible shoulder injury in the last 30 seconds of a pre season match at St Albans. Lucy has had an operation during the week and we can only wish her well on her long recovery. The squad will miss her as a Captain and a player. Vice Captain Lauren Barber will step up to lead the team.
Despite this loss the squad looks promising and Megan Brown will take over in goal and we are fortunate that she already has plenty of National League experience. Jess Bloom has returned to the Club after a number of years away playing for Premier League Clubs and that experience should be invaluable. Lara Taylor has joined from Norwich Dragons and has been impressive in pre season. In addition Rose Winter played England U18s last year and both her and Lottie Summers have been selected to train with the England U18 squad this season, although Lottie is currently recovering from glandular fever. Although too young to play for the 1s Georgie Gardens was also called up to train with England U16 squad. Preparations for the new season have included matches against Framlingham College, Reading, St Albans and Ipswich.

The Ladies 2s were promoted back to the East Premier League and they started the season last week losing 1-0 away to Canterbury 2s in a tight game. This will be a big step up for them but they are more than capable of doing well this season.

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