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Mens 5th Team v Felixstowe 3 (Home (L) W 4-2)

Today was all about Ed Brice, how quickly would he score, who else would he set up, how many times would he get round his opposite number. The youngest player on the pitch showing all how the game can be played in the modern era with tricks and skills that the opposition had no answer too.

Ed put Magpies into a first half lead with a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle which evaded the on-coming Felixstowe keeper and then doubled his tally and extended Magpies lead with a similar style goal in the second half, a goal which was even more sweetly struck.

With Ben Emms, Tom Caston, Jake Caston and Jack Largent all combining well with Ed and Jack working tirelessly supporting from defence Ed and the young lads tormented the oppositions older and wiser defence, leaving gaps for Magpies senior players in the form of Andy Caston and Angus Wilkinson to add a goal each and ensure the win.

The only slight disappointment, Magpies defence giving Felixstowe a sniff of getting back into the game with a couple of goals.

Magpies Mens 5ths are now unbeaten in 4 matches and take their new found confidence and form to the UEA next weekend for what is bound to be a more challenging match against a team equally as fit and quick as Magpies.

Man of the Match – Ed Brice



Ladies 6th Team v Loddon (Away W 7-2)

A friendly against Loddon this week was a great chance for a team run out with a few extras from the 5ths and 7ths. A large squad headed to Loddon for a 9.30 push back.

Loddon started the match without a keeper, and it took some time for the Magpies to even notice. A short corner was awarded to the visitors early in the game, and the Magpies scored after a passage of play that lead to Shirley knocking in a waist high aerial ball to secure the goal. It was a tennis shot – from all those years on the courts.

The large squad rotated players all game, but the changing personnel did not affect the performance of the team, who looked much improved on earlier weeks. The Magpies went into half time 2 – 0 up.

The second half saw a flurry of goals at both ends, by this time the Loddon ‘keeper’ managed to get some pads on. Loddon scored from a short corner on one occasion, and Honey snuck one past their keeper. Rachael scored a hat trick, with some great play through the middle. On the left, Flea, Jenny and Laura passed well to set up one of the goals for Rachael.

The final mention must go to Shirley’s second goal, following a short corner a head height ball was lose in the D, and Shirley made sure that it hit home. She claims it was mostly “self defence’, but team members commented “She plucked it from the air and hammered it home’. Nice one Shirley.

Perhaps scoring a few goals this week will inspire some to go in during a league match in the next few weeks.

Thanks to Loddon for inviting us to play the friendly.

Squad – Imogen Flatt (GK), Emma Tolhurst, Felicity Perry, Shirley McAllen, Treacle Griffin, Heather Brand (C), Rachael Clifford, Elena Flatt, Jenny Meyer, Jane Collins, Lucy Baser-Fisher, Honey Lamdin, Laura Woodgate and Karen Hunt.

Ladies 6th Team Report 21st October

Ladies 4th Team v Watton (Away (L) L 0-2)

An early start to the weekend saw the Ladies 6ths travelling to Watton to play the Breckland Ladies 1sts in an early push back. The early start meant that Storm Brian hadn’t quite reached the East so we were spared the worst of the wind.

Breckland played some good passing hockey and their skilful midfield dominated the game. They kept the pressure on for the full 70 minutes, and provided a passionate atmosphere.

Magpies failed to convert a string of attacking short corners, lacking the consistency of usual personnel to strike and inject. Highlights include some great match ups and personal battles, and Marie tripping on a stick early in the first half, taking a tumble. The opposition capitalised on a short corner to score, and the meaning that Magpies were 0:1 going into half time.

Goalkeeper Katie Davey played particularly well this week, and was rewarded with the Woman of the Match award. Her fearless approach to defending against the Breckland attack, and in particular making a great save of a powerful strike in second half. Defenders Olivia Addison-Carter and Karen Hunt who usually play with the 7ths provided consistent defensive might and we hope they enjoyed the trip to Watton.

Lizzie Adcock appeared up front, in her first game with the sixths this season, and both her, Annie and Jane battled hard all game against a physical defensive strategy.

Ladies 4th Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 4th (Away (L) L 1-3)

After a heartbreaking defeat against their 5ths last week, Magpies travelled back to Norwich Dragons to face their 4th team in what we expected to be a tough fixture.

Magpies started brightly and had a good amount of possession, with Julie Davy standing in as right back linking up well with Rachel Goodson in midfield we created chances in the Dragons’ 25, eventually winning a short corner. This was hit out by Rach to Janna Freeman who’s strike nearly broke the backboard! 1-0 Magpies.

Sadly the lead was short lived and a change of positions by the Dragons forwards complexed the Magpies defence and despite the best efforts of Megan Beckett and Beth Farrow resulted in the equaliser.

The second half was just as even. Birthday girl Sophie Maynell, Judith Masters and Player of the match Imogen Ramsdale worked tirelessly in midfield with support from Lottie Nickson and Imogen Maynell Anderson upfront.

We worked our socks off but Dragons snuck another two goals away before the final whistle, meaning the Ladies 4ths are firmly stuck to the bottom of the league table…with Norwich Dragons 3rds next up!

Ladies 1st Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 1st Team v Chelmsford 1 (Away (L) W 1-0)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Chelmsford to play a team full of new faces including on loan Magpie Bryony Lund.   

Magpies dominated the first half, putting the Chelmsford defence under pressure and winning a number of short corners.  Rose Winter used her pace making some excellent runs down the right into the circle.  Magpies came close on a couple of occasions but finally found a break-through after good work from Lizzie Clymer led to another Magpies corner which Katherine Ridley cooly dispatched.  

The second half was more end-to-end with Magpies pressing higher this led to more space for Chelmsford to counter attack.  Despite this Magpies remained on top but missed vital chances to extend their lead. 

The Magpies defence of Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre and Charlotte Peet in goal, stood strong and soaked up any Chelmsford attacks in the final ten minutes.  Magpies kept possession in the final stages to see out the game and get a vital three points. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davies. 

Ladies 2nd Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team v Colchester 1 (Home (L) W 3-2)

The ladies 2’s were ready & raring for a game in the sunshine at the nest against Colchester at home. We expected a tough, close game and that certainly was how it played out.
Colchester moved the ball well and Magpies went 1-0 down, but did get it back to 1-1 with a well timed strike from Angie Wheelhouse. However we quickly gave away another goal, and went into half time 2-1 down. We all agreed that we were working hard but needed to keep our structure, discipline and up our communication to ensure we were rewarded with some points from this game.
So we went into the second half feeling positive and early on it was a much higher quality of Hockey. As we have come to expect Debbie was holding the midfield well and threading balls through to the forwards, another goal was brewing!
Angie was working hard to keep possession in our D with Cantrell and Locke making some excellent runs down the right hand side of the pitch. The ball again found Angie right in front of the keeper and in typical fashion, she roofed it to make it 2-2! We maintained this momentum and again after some great team play, Angie bagged her hat trick! Then just to keep me and our spectators on their toes we had a rather tense final 10 minutes where we gave away far too many short corners! Kath was not letting one get past her and the defence and fortunately we played it out and came away with 3 points and a 3-2 victory.

Man of the match – Angie Wheelhouse

Mens 5th Team Report 21st October 2017

Mens 5th v Bury St Edmunds 4th (Away (L) D 1-1)

Magpies travelled to Bury buoyed by two successive league victories and much improved individual and team performances but knew they would be in for a tough match which looked even harder on paper when Magpies could only field a team of 11, very light on regular defenders.

However with a makeshift defence Magpies took the approach of playing the game in the oppositions half well away from our back line which proved very successful. Magpies dominated the early exchanges gaining possession and creating shooting chances but at half time the best the team had to show for this effort was a scrabbled shot that hit the post but rebounded to safety. However increasingly as the half progressed Bury got stronger testing Magpies defensive resolve albeit finding no way through to James Harvey in goal.

The second half saw an interesting twist with Bury trying to take the pace out of the game sitting back on holding the ball but as time moved on again the game opened up and both goal keepers were called into action to keep the game goalless.

With only 6 minutes left to play it looked at is both teams had settled for a drawer but Magpies youngsters conjured up an opportunity for Angus Wilkinson to bounce on a loose ball in the D and put Magpies ahead. Where Magpies able to hold on and steel a win, sadly this was not to be. With only two minutes remaining Bury stole possession and final found a way past James Harvey in goal.

A very enjoyable game for all, well umpired and played in the right spirit the end result being the right result for all concerned.

Magpies man of the match award being presented to Ed Brice, chief tormentor of the Bury defence.

U13 Tournament at St Joseph’s 22nd October 2017

U12A Girls Match report from St Josephs U13 tournament.

A big thank you to St Josephs College for hosting a hockey tournament for the first time this year to run alongside the rugby tournament that they have hosted on this weekend for many years. It was great for the Magpies teams to play different opponents to the ones we meet on the usual Norfolk minis circuit. We were a little nervous that we had entered our u12 team in an U13 tournament, and trepidation grew even stronger when we realised our first opponents Sudbury had supplemented their team with some U14s as well to make up their numbers. However, it proved to be just what we were hoping for – a really good opportunity for this promising outfit to be really tested. We opened the game strongly with some penetrating balls out to the right wing and the Sudbury GK was soon in the action. After a couple of good chances we converted one (Beth) and could have had a couple more at that stage. Sudbury then got into gear and started attacking strongly down the centre and our defence was under persistent pressure. Unfortunately we could not hold out and Sudbury equalised just before half-time. The second half was an end to end affair with both teams having good scoring chances but the score stayed at 1-1 which as a great result for such a comparatively young team. The games against IES and St Josephs were more comfortable affairs and it was good to see the Harleston team moving the ball around and creating good space and some well worked team goals. The score against St Josephs was 7-0 (Anna x 3, Amie x 3 and Ellie) and for IES it was 6 -0 (Amie x 2, Anna x 2, Ellie and Beth). These goals meant that overall Magpies maintained their winning ways claiming 1st place in the tournament by goal difference over Sudbury.

Ladies 5th Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 5th v Beccles (Away (L) D 0-0)

Beccles started the game strongly but couldn’t get into magpies D. After 10 minutes Magpies started to control more of the possession and make inroads into Beccles 25. Marnie was in commanding form in defence for Beccles but the real thorn in magpies side was their goalkeeper. Jose Tibbenham should have scored with one of the first short corners but the keeper tipped the ball past her post a full stretch. More chances came and went and it became pretty obvious that the Beccles keeper was not going to surrender a goal easily. Beccles had a couple of cracking chances but put the ball wide of the target. In the second half having listened to the half time talk Honey sorted out her positioning and created much more space for herself and magpies giving the defence and Sophie at centre mid a lot more outlets. Magpies dominated the second half, alas even short corner variations failed to beat the Beccles keeper who was undoubtedly man of the match. If possession was a pointer to the result Magpies should have won but all credit to Beccles who defended stoutly and congratulations to a stunning performance from the Beccles keeper.

U 12 Tournament at St Joseph’s 22nd October

U12B Girls match report from Tournament at St Josephs on Sunday 22nd October 


The U12B girls had a very enjoyable and successful tournament, showing continued improvement from the tournament they played in a couple of weeks ago.
We fielded a very young side, with all the girls being under 11 years old with just one exception. This however did not hold our girls back; they worked hard, displaying good stick skills, passing the ball well and making good use of the width of the pitch.Lily-Ann made some fine saves in goal along with Ellie, Isabelle and Dulcie in defence who put in some great tackles and were much more involved in play when we were on the attack. Emily, Grace and Jess worked tirelessly down the wings, dodging defenders and putting in some great crosses into the D for Florence to connect onto. Alex worked hard in the middle and distributed the ball well.We played 4 matches, starting off against our C team which was played in great spirit and it was clear to see how much all the girls have improved over the last few weeks. Training with David is really making a difference! Score 2-0 to the B team (Florence & Emily). We then took on IES who we knew were going to be tough opposition. Again the girls played well as a team and were unlucky to go down 1-0. St Josephs were next who came out very strong and we found ourselves down 1-0. However, the girls fought back well and two goals followed (Florence) for us to secure the win. In last game against Felixstowe, we had a convincing 4-0 win (Florence). We used this match to move players into different positions and it was interesting to see how well some of them played, particularly Isabelle on the wing and Dulcie in midfield. Overall, the team came 2nd. A great team effort and I’m sure the girls will be looking forward to the next tournament which is at Magpies on 12th November.
Many thanks to James for his input with team talks and for all the umpiring!

Mens 3rd Team Report 21st October 2017

Mens 3rd Team v Norwich Dragons 1 (Home (L) W 4-2)

An unbeaten visiting team on 10 points against a home team not yet off the mark. A miss match? Well potentially.  But the home players were looking at it quite differently and saw it as an opportunity, at home and on the water, to prove they could play in this league.
However the initial exchanges saw the visitors shading it bringing a couple of telling saves from George Baldwin in the home goal. This defensive strength certainly helped Magpies and gradually the midfield and forwards began to find some wriggle room, no more so than Kieran Peters. From a quick turnover he weaved from the right channel across the pitch before beating the keeper on the reverse. A goal you would be satisfied to score once in a season. But not for Kieran. About 5minutes later he was at it again with almost a carbon copy. 2-0 up, lots of quality and looking solid. Almost the perfect half which Kieran looked like he would cap with a hat trick after great work by Gavin Cole. However Dragons flew up the other end to secure a short corner which they would convert.
Dragons took this momentum into the second half and started to look the more likely to score next. But a resolute wall of white kept their opponents at bay and when skipper Matt Brand stole the ball and drove into the circle he did the only sensible thing and teed up Kieran to beat the keeper for a third time.
To keep the spectators guessing, Dragons would respond with a poached short corner goal but Magpies had the belief and with Jamie Hudson and Jack Richards (both fullbacks) keeping their side on the front foot a well earnt short corner was duly converted by Matt Brand; and the breathing space was again in place.
A couple of small scares later and the points were in the bag. 4-2 and onwards and upwards.

Mens1st Team Match Report 21st October 2017

Mens 1st Team v Ipswich 1(Home (L) W 8-0)

Saturday was hockey’s very own derby day as Harleston Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Sport took on local rivals Ipswich Hockey Club for bragging rights in the area. Harleston started very brightly and within five minutes had taken the lead with David Gilbert, finishing low into the right corner. Gilbert was at it again moments later sweeping in a one-time shot underneath the keeper after good work on the right from Matthew Richardson. A storm was brewing at Webread but not just the weather, it was clear this Harleston team were determined to put last weeks disappointing result to bed. After more pressure Harleston went 3-0 up before half-time with Tim Whiteman, making in first appearance of the season after 12 years away from the club, lifting the ball over the keeper after excellent work from Jonty Gosling and Archie Winter. Half time: 3-0.

In the second half Magpies remained relentless in their pursuit of a fourth, which was found in an unlikely manner with defender Andrew Bedwell finding the net via a Thomas Ridley pass after a short corner break-down. Harleston continued to pass the ball around confidently, finding space in the circle and after good pressure from Stuart Leate and the excellent Thomas Sumner, Sam Patterson was released to slap in for the fifth. Patterson then added his second and the teams sixth with an accurate finish into the bottom corner. Mid-way through the second half Ipswich went down to ten and Harleston applied further pressure and after an excellent turnover in midfield found Whiteman who scored his second with a back-hand finish low into the near corner. Gilbert, Leate and Bale all went close shortly after and eventually Harleston added a 8th with Archie Winter rounding off a fine game by guiding the ball in at the far post.

Coach Tim Whiteman commented after the game, “after letting a 2-0 goal slip last week we were searching for an immediate reply and we certainly got it. This was a performance we can gain significant confidence from as it demonstrated huge progress from previous weeks efforts, particularly on the ball with our passing game.”


Next week Harleston travel to Letchworth who currently sit mid table in the league. M

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 21st October 2017

The Men’s 1sts made up for a lacklustre performance last week with a rather convincing 8-0 win against Ipswich. Boosted by the inclusion of fan favourite Richard Larkin and Tim Whiteman’s first league appearance in a Magpie shirt for 12 years, Magpies started brightly with David Gilbert bagging the opening two goals. Whiteman opened his tally to make it 3-0 followed by Andrew Bedwell’s second goal of the season, before Sam Patterson added two more. Tim Whiteman and Archie Winter added another couple to round off a fine display and seal the score at 8-0.

The Ladies 1sts travelled to Chelmsford where they dominated the first half and came close on a couple of occasions before finally finding a break-through after good work from Lizzie Clymer led to a Magpies short corner which Katherine Ridley cooly dispatched. The second half was more end-to-end but the defence of Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre and Charlotte Peet in goal, stood strong and soaked up any Chelmsford attacks in the final ten minutes resulting in the 1-0 win.

The Ladies play Wimbledon at home at 2pm on Saturday

The Men’s 2nds turned up to the game against Norwich City 2nds in high spirits after a fantastic performance last week. It was an end to end start however there were no real chances until the ball fell to Robbie Kinsella who crunched the ball unfortunately onto the post. After 10 minutes of nervy hockey a driven Matt Bensly won a foul which he took quickly leaving 4 of the opposition behind finding the in-form Jamie Legg who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. 1-0 Magpies.


Magpies Ladies 2nds expected a tough battle when they hosted Colchester 1sts and were proved right when Colchester scored first. Angie Wheelhouse equalised only for the visitors to add another goal. Debbie Francis held the midfield well in the second half with Georgie Cantrell and Olivia Locke making some excellent runs. Angie roofed the ball passed the ‘keeper to take it to 2-2 before completing her hat trick and securing a 3-2 win. The seconds face Norwich City away next week in a top of the table clash.

When Norwich Dragons 1sts arrived at the Nest unbeaten this season the Men’s 3rds wanted to prove that they could play in this league. Gradually the Magpies midfield and forwards began to find some wriggle room, enabling Kieron Peters to beat the ‘keeper twice in quick succession. Dragons converted a short corner and started the second half strongly but were unable to break though the wall of black and white shirts. Captain Matt Brand set up Kieran for his hat tricky which Dragons responded by converting a short corner, only for Matt Brand to convert one himself and bag the first (and very satisfying) points of the season.

Magpies Men’s 4ths faced their biggest challenge of the season so far with the visit of unbeaten Ipswich 3rds. Chris Routs, making his debut in goal, calmly dealt with any threats and the Magpies midfield started to create chances, leading to Alex Kilbourn opening the scoring. Ipswich applied pressure which resulted in an equaliser. The game finished 1-1 thanks to a diving stick save from Routs.

The Ladies 4ths need to remain positive after being denied their first points of the season against Norwich Dragons 4ths. Janna Freeman opened the scoring for Magpies with a circa 1997 short corner conversion only for Dragons to score three times and take the game to 3-1. Despite the scoreline Magpies are improving week on week and with a more consistent squad, look forward to welcoming Dragons 3rds to the Nest after the half term break.

The Ladies 5th drew 0-0 with Beccles following a fine display by the Beccles ‘keeper and an out of character missed opportunity from Jose Tibbenham. The Men’s 5ths took 11 players to Bury and dominated the first half. With only 6 minutes left to play it looked at is both teams had settled for a draw but Magpies youngsters conjured up an opportunity for Angus Wilkinson to bounce on a loose ball in the D and put Magpies ahead. With only two minutes remaining Bury stole possession and final found a way past James Harvey in goal.