Boys’ Development v Norwich City – Saturday 15 October
Magpies played a good spirited even encounter against a skilled Norwich City side at Weybread. A well-executed short corner scored by Ben Emms in the first quarter turned out to be the only score of the game. Magpies should have made more from good breaks made by Freddie Herschel-Shorland and Joe Wicks. Ben Waters made his development debut and looked strong at the back and there was another confident display from Ed Brice now settling into centre mid. Magpies are joint top of the league with Dragons ‘A’ after the first round of fixtures. Magpies 1 City 0.
U14 Boys v Bury St Edmunds – Sunday 16 October
Magpies put in an encouraging all-round team performance against a young Bury St Edmunds side at Culford. Unselfish team play by the midfield and wing attacks allowed Jude Pottruff to score the four goals by which the team led at the break. A further three goals for Pottruff, two for Ben Emms and one for Michael Ahrens, with only a consolation breakaway goal for Bury, allowed the boys to record a 10-1 win and maximum +8 goal difference in their opening East League 2 game. The boys played much better as a team and need to continue this improvement as they look forward to taking on tougher opposition in the form of Sudbury at home on Sunday 6 November.
Dereham 6 Harleston Magpies 5
Magpies took a young team to play Dereham in their last Development game before the Christmas break. We started much the brighter side passing the ball well and were 2-0 up by the end of the first quarter with goals from Tom Caston and Arthur Johnson. Dereham started to fight back well in the second quarter, counter attacking with an effective long passing game and by half time the score was 3-2 to Magpies, after another goal by Caston.
Magpies continued to struggle to cope with some direct running through the centre and by the end of the third quarter found themselves 5-3 behind to a Dereham team gaining in confidence. Magpies, with Louis Calvert injured and on the bench, refused to give up and pressured from the start of the final quarter. With five minutes to go Magpies had pulled the game level though Caston and Johnson and were pushing for the winner which nearly came. However, with minutes left to play Magpies conceded an unfortunate own goal to go down 6-5.
Magpies should be proud of their efforts against a much older Dereham team (who fielded 5 U15’s and one adult against Magpies 3 U14’s and younger players) pressing for and gaining their first morale boosting win of the season. We gave 5 of our older players the benefit of playing in the men’s club friendly and the team still remains top of the league at Christmas, ready to fight another day. Bright performances were given by Arthur Johnson in his third Dev game and Ed Brice in his second game, playing up from the U12’s.
PELICANS 2 MAGPIES 3
Boys Development made an early morning trip to Pelicans with a young team, having given more chances for Seth and Max to play up in the Men’s 5ths. The side started brightly and soon went into a 1-0 lead after a short corner variation was both injected and scored by Michael Ahrens, to net his first development league goal. Pelicans fought back well but Magpies looked comfortable but having squandered a few chances the score frustratingly remained 1-0 at half-time.
Pelicans scored early in the third quarter and Magpies were suddenly putting themselves under more pressure. The midfield were creating good chances but no-one was able to supply the final touch.
After a quick substitution (for the manager to re-tie his shoelaces) the re-introduction of Magpies youngest player Sam Emms, from defence into the attack, proved to be the turning point of the match. Taking up a forward role he quickly made a nuisance of himself in the D, soon finding himself on the end of a driving Pottruff run and cross to slap the ball round the keeper to put Magpies back in the lead. Barely two minutes later Tom Caston was the supplier of the cross with the same result as Emms nutsed (he tells me that means put it through the keeper’s legs) to score his second and give Magpies a lead they could hold onto.
Good work by the Magpies defence, especially Louis and Ollie in the centre, with a nice save earlier from Rory was enough to hold on for a 3-2 Magpies victory in a close game. The team now has a week off with the U14’s in action away to IES next Sunday. The boys have made a great start to the season, with 27 different players having had a chance to play, putting their Monday night coaching onto the pitch and topping the league with maximum points from their first six games.
Magpies vs. Norwich City (away)
Result: 4-1 to Norwich
A late push back away at Norwich this weekend for a game that everyone knew would be tough. Magpies lost the push back but opened up with a strong first ten minutes coming from the away team. Renee took a brilliant shot which flew past the keeper into the bottom corner of the goal, unfortunately he was just outside the D when he took the shot. Norwich then started to dominate and a cross coming into the D with a deflection of a magpies stick saw Norwich take the lead.
In the second half a confusing mix of fouls resulted in a short corner for Norwich taking the lead up to 2 goals. Within 5 minutes of that happening they had scored again from another short corner. They then managed to get another goal putting them firmly in the lead and looking dominant. In the last ten minutes magpies began to look more confident and Alex collided with the keeper sending the ball straight up in the air and putting the keeper on the floor. Jack then managed to put the ball in the goal after a third attempt at hitting the ball. This boosted maggies confidence and they played the end of the match well but not quite managing to take any of the chances they created. Norwich played well but the score line was quite flattering. Magpies played well at the start and the end of the match but they slacked in the middle resulting in a loss. It was nice to have Roger back guiding the team, hopefully next week when we play them at home we can get a better result.
Dereham 0 – Magpies 6
It was a cold, frosty night for the boys but they coped with it well, putting in a great performance against Dereham.
For the first 10 minutes Magpies had the majority of the possession; in the 12th minute Ben Emms won a short corner allowing Rob Neal to rocket it in. 1-0. In the 19th minute Renee Ball put in some fantastic effort sprinting down the right wing beating midfielders and defenders. He crossed the ball into the D, Ben swivelled and scored. 2-0. 4 minutes later Ben was able to make a pass into the middle to Tom Caston. Smashing past the keeper Tom made it 3-0. Only after 3 more minutes Ben did a couple of roll outs then passed it into Rob who scored a brilliant reverse stick shot. The half time whistle wasn’t far away, yet Renee kept on putting as much effort as he could down the right hand side, but suddenly out of nowhere Seth Read picked it up and shot from the top of the D into the bottom right hand corner. 5-0. Arguably the best half we’ve had all season, the attack were strong, the defence were solid and the midfield were dominant.
6 minutes into the second half Rob crossed the ball to Jake Caston who forced a rebound which his brother Tom pushed in. 6-0. Ollie Hall made some great tackles and interceptions causing trouble for the opposing attackers, Jamie Hinsley powered up and down the wings, Morgan Manly and Louis Calvert made some good passes. Jack Robertson got close to scoring on many occasions, and with 10 minutes to go, a debut for Sam Emms at right back making some good passes, tackles and interceptions. Dereham fought hard and managed to get a few good chances against James Harvey (GK) who had little to do all game.
A special thanks to Andy Caston for replacing Roger in the first half and thanks to Mark Emms for managing us lot once again.
Magpies 1 – Dragons 1
Magpies again faced up to a much older Dragons team pushing them hard at the top of the league, their only previous loss being to Magpies. Dragons pressure from the start resulted in a short corner on 10 mins which was well converted to make it 1-0 Dragons. The first half territory was nearly all Dragons with Roger Sweet coaching some great work out of the Magpies defence, with Max and Louis putting in some well timed challenges to keep the skillful attack frustrated.
Magpies did manage to mount a handful of good first half counter attacks, briefly relieving the pressure, but couldn’t get enough support to get clear shooting opportunities against Dragons strong keeper. Dragons took a narrow lead into half time with Magpies still very much in the game.
After a rousing half time team talk by Sweet and Emms, Magpies came out fighting and started to press higher up in the Dragons half. Something seemed to happen to Magpies, and as the 1st team warm up disco fired up on the water based pitch, the Dev team found their groove and also sparked into life. Robertson and Ball were by now all over the pitch, but crucially taking more control in the midfield. Reed was intercepting from the back and creating havoc driving through the centre of the pitch putting balls into the D, but still Magpies couldn’t get the shots in.
Into the final quarter Roger came off, having hardly needed to touch the ball all game, and Magpies then camped themselves around the Dragons D. By this stage the tension was getting too much for the parent supporters club, and into the final minutes of the game a scramble from the right produced a scuffed shot (from somewhere?) which the diving Dragons keeper just kept out. Out of nowhere up popped Jake Caston to calmly push the rebound through a crowded goal line of Dragons defenders – cue mad celebrations! Magpies shut out the last minute and claimed a well deserved draw against a very good older Dragons side.
Men of the Match: Seth and Max, although the whole team really played their best game of the season.
Q) to men’s 1sts – can we borrow the PA system for next home Dev game and can Roger connect his decks?
Magpies 2 – Pelicans 1
After a motivational talk from our coach Roger, we stepped onto the slippery pitch. We were looking forward to an exciting match. Rain was a difficult obstacle to deal with throughout the match.
After the first 12 minutes, Magpies were fighting hard and managed to defend a heart-pounding short corner just shot wide by Pelicans. We took our opportunities and Tom Caston making a break towards their end made a fantastic shot just missing the right post. Magpies’ first goal was from a short corner, on 22 minutes; Jack Robertson injecting a fast ball to James Webster who made the keeper do a quick dive only for Jack to finish the rebound. Magpies were in the lead 1-0.
One of our faster players, Renee Ball, was injured by a stick to the nose after some great runs.
Going into the second half, Pelicans had a disallowed goal which gave Magpies a warning to step up their game. Some great saves were being defended by our keeper, James Harvey, who stopped a high ball near the post.
Pelicans put a lot of pressure on the Magpie players who then levelled the scores after a great Harry Fox effort! The score tied. The flood lights were put on due to the grey skies above us. A lot of slipping and sliding and red knees!
Towards the end, Ben Emms drove the ball down the left wing to give Tom Caston a well passed and received ball. Tom secured our victory with a ball in the back of the net. A well- deserved match tea was to look forward to.
Some great play gave us a good victory and credit to all players.
Man of the Match: Tom Caston
BY MAX WARDE-ALDAM
Norwich City 0 – Magpies 1
Travelling to Norwich City for a later push back than normal (5:30pm) the undefeated Boys Development Team knew that this was going to be a tough game on a very bouncy pitch. Roger couldn’t make the match so he called upon Simon Bardwell to be the adult and help guide the team. Jamie Hinsley made his debut for the development squad. During the game fireworks could be seen going off in the distance, illuminating the cold dark night.
After Alex won the pushback Magpies had a difficult first 5 minutes after being put on the back foot by City. It was a very high tempo start but after a while Magpies took control and started to relax. We were soon attacking their D and forcing a few short corners, but on the bouncy pitch it was hard to control the ball under a lot of pressure. Magpie’s gained the lead on the 26th minute, a sharp counter attack started by Alex winning the ball, Jack then split the defence with a lovely pass for Jude to deliver a first strike which was then calmly put away by Tom.
After that the play died down a bit with Magpies having the majority of the ball play but with not very many chances on goal. Norwich came close to scoring at times forcing tackles from the defence and a few fantastic saves from James and an off the line clearance from Renee.
A slightly scrappy performance from both teams with a lot of free hits being given to both teams. But on the whole it was a well-earned win and another 3 points to keep Magpies at the top of the table and taking an impressive 15 out of 15 points so far this season.
Magpies 6 – Dereham 2
Magpies started in positive fashion, with Louis Calvert and Morgan Manly making their season debuts in the Boys Development Team. The home side applied constant pressure on the Dereham defence for the first 10 mins of the game. However with the game becoming congested in the opposition D, on 13 mins Dereham broke well and Joel Spilman scored a good goal on the counter attack.
Not used to going behind this season, the team worked hard and after good Tom Caston drives from right midfield, on 22 mins Jude Pottruff slotted an equaliser to the side of the keeper from close range. Their confidence restored Magpies now started to introduce more width to the game and create holes in the Dereham defence. With 2 mins left to half time Alex Kilbourn drove into the D and split the defence with a pinpoint pass which a running Jack Robertson deflected sharply past the Dereham keeper to allow Magpies to take a 2-1 lead into half time.
In the second half the team came out trying to play a wider game from the whistle. This was quickly rewarded when Alex set Jude up again and at close range he put his own rebounded shot past the keeper. Dereham fought back again with good play in the midfield which resulted in another goal by Spilman down the right to make the score 3-2. This spurred Magpies on into the last quarter of a game that was opening up. Seth Read was by now making regular breaks out of defence, and with 12 mins to go a left field cross from Ben Emms was hammered home by Alex Kilbourn making the score 4-2.
Roger Sweet came off and left the boys to wrap up the game. This was achieved through a short corner which Alex converted and then after some nice play through the centre allowing Jude to complete his hat-trick. Magpies deserved to win after a much better second half performance, but the game was much closer than the final 6-2 score line might suggest. Renee Ball was man of the match for his intelligent midfield and sweeping play which kept Dereham out of the Magpies D and set off many Magpies attacks.
The Boys Development Team now have a break until the 8th November when they will continue the second quarter of their season. We will be looking to grow the squad further whilst trying to build on their 100% start..
NORWICH DRAGONS 2 – MAGPIES 4
After a delayed start Magpies came out strongly from the whistle. Alex Kilbourn scored first to make it 1-0 to Magpies pushing in around the keeper from close to the goal. Dragons fought back hard but Magpies continued to pressure the Dragons end. After a scramble in the box an unfortunate own goal by Dragons made it 2-0 to Magpies, with Jude Pottruff being the last Magpies player to touch the ball.
Good pressure from Dragons before half time resulted in a short corner. A great strike from the Dragons number 7 in the bottom corner, 2-1 at half time. Magpies successfully defended another short corner and held on to half time.
After drinks and a calming team talk Magpies started the second half strongly. It wasn’t long before we were 3-1 up with Jude slotting another good goal from close range. With players tiring and gaps appearing the play was a bit broken at times, Dragons scored a great goal on the counter attack by their centre forward rounding our sweeper and keeper to score. This spurred Magpies on and after short corner pressure; Rob Neal picked the ball up inside a packed D and calmly lifted it over the Dragons keeper to score a great skilful goal in the top corner.
The final score was 4-2 to Magpies who had won by working hard to outplay Dragons in the midfield area.
By Ben and Mark Emms
PELICANS 0 HARLESTON MAGPIES 4
Boys Development 2nd game of the season
As soon as the whistle blew for the start of the game Magpies were pressuring Pelicans forcing them to lose possession many times. Magpies kept this pressure on winning themselves 4 short corners in the first half. This eventually led to their first goal scored by Jude Pottruff after tapping in a rebounded shot from Alex Kilbourn. The keeper for magpies, James Harvey, made 2 fantastic saves which kept Magpies ahead going into half time.
As the game carried on into the second half, Magpies were looking even stronger and even more dominant. A second goal soon occurred when Alex skilled their centre back and smashed it perfectly into the corner. Tom Caston followed with an excellent, powerful shot from a very tight angle. Brilliant goal, 3-0. A second goal came to Jude as he was able to control an amazing long pass and slip it around the keeper. 4-0. In the later stages of the game Rob Neal pulled off a stunning shot which hit the crossbar and bounced pitch side of the goal line, so unlucky! They kept a clean sheet thanks to the keeper and their very solid defence. The game finished with a great 4-0 win to the Maggies.
By Seth Read.
Magpies vs Norwich city
Boys Development 1st game of the season
We started the game with a very high line pressuring Norwich to make mistakes. This tactic seemed to work as not long after the start of the game, Alex Kilbourn scored a good goal through the legs of the keeper.
We kept pushing and soon we scored again with Ben Emms hitting it through the legs of the keeper once again.
We came back after half time and Norwich were a different team. They scored a decent goal early on and wanted more. We held on well and looked like scoring another and we did, Alex scoring again this time with a great individual goal.
The score finished 3-1 to magpies. Our first win in a while, and a great one too. Everyone played well, it was a terrific team effort.
By Jude Pottruff
Roger Sweet’s player of the match was Seth Read for his running and support play.
Norwich Dragons 0 – 1 Harleston Magpies
Having lost the previous week to a very good Pelicans team, Magpies were determined to get back to winning ways against Dragons. The game started evenly with neither side creating any chances despite lots of good attacking intentions. As the half wore on Magpies started to dominate possession with lots of strong attacks down the right side involving Kieran Peters, Rob Scott and Jack Newbery. The opening goal eventually came following a flowing move started by Cameron Woodcock, a strong run from Harry Haigh and a great finish from close range from Sol Barker. Half-time score 1-0 to Magpies.
The second half saw Magpies dominate early exchanges with Jack Frere-Smith dominating the midfield and lots of hard work involving Alex Lawrence, Myles King and Jonty Hershel-Shorland. With ten-minutes remaining Dragons pushed hard for the equaliser but Ollie Sharp made a number of strong tackles and when Dragons did finally get into the circle Jordan Wiseman in goal coolly saw off the danger. Despite Dragons continued pressure Magpies always looked solid in defence and ran out deserved winners, maintaining their composure in the face of some robust tackling. Man of the match was Sol for his hard work and excellent passing.
North Walsham 0 – 5 Harleston Magpies
Magpies put in another strong performance against North Walsham who were playing their first ever development game. Both sides started brightly enjoying reasonable amounts of possession without really looking like scoring. As the first half progressed Magpies started to pass the ball round well and looked the more dangerous forcing a couple of short-corners, which they didn’t capitalise on. However, the opening goal came when Harry Haigh latched on to a loose pass and deftly pushed the ball past the advancing keeper. Goals 2 and 3 followed after good work from Jack Newbery, who had an excellent game, setting up Harry to score his second hat-trick of the season. Half-time score 3-0 to Magpies.
The second half continued in similar vein – Walsham working hard to win the ball but Magpies looking more assured in possession and always dangerous on the counter attack. Two more goals followed – the first a rasping strike from Jack Frere-Smith from the top of the circle and the second a well deserved goal for Jack Newbery. Excellent contributions were made by Jolyon Summers & Alex Lawrence on the right with Jack Stewart having an excellent debut on the left. This was a good all round team performance against a tough team setting up magpies well for the visit of Pelicans this weekend.
Harleston Magpies 7 – 0 Dereham
Magpies made a good start to the new season with a comfortable 7-0 win against Dereham. Unlike much of last season, Magpies started the game well and scored when Jack Newbery slotted in at the far post after great work by Kieran Peters and Trsitan Hipper down the right side of the pitch. Harry Haigh then poached a second and well struck goals from Kieran and Jack Frere-Smith from short-corners saw Magpies 4-0 up at the interval.
The game was a little more open in the second half with Sol Barker in goal having to make a couple of saves but, generally, Magpies remained in charge and underlined their superiority with three more goals. Harry Haigh scored twice more to complete his hat-trick on his debut and Jack Newbery scored a second. Jonty Herschel-Shorland had a great game at left midfield with Jack Norton, Rob Scott, Tom Goodge & Harry Murton performing well in defence and Jack Cullis making strong contributions at right midfield. A good performance setting up the side for next week’s trip to Cromer to play North Walsham.
Harleston 2 – 1 Norwich City
Magpies put in another good performance to win for the second week running against a well-organised Norwich team. Magpies started slowly and found themselves under pressure for the first 10-minutes with Norwich looking dangerous on the attack and only a good save Jordan denied them the first goal. The team then tightened up their defensive responsibilities and slowly started to turn-the-tide with Jack Frere-Smith dominant in midfield. Jolyon Summers made a number of positive attacking runs and was eventually rewarded when he scored from the top of the circle with a well-struck shot. Half-time score 1-0.
Magpies continued to create chances in the second half and should have extended their lead but wasted the opportunities that came their way. Then with the team pushing forward they were caught on the counter-attack allowing City to score the equaliser. Rather than let their heads drop Magpies continued to push forward and a surging run from Jack Frere-Smith saw the City defence clear the ball to the top of the circle where it was picked up by Kieran who smashed the ball past the defender on the line into the goal to score the winning goal
This was another good team performance from Magpies with everyone contributing to the result.
Harleston 2 – 1 Pelicans
Having played Pelicans twice in 2011 and losing heavily both times Magpies were determined to get something from this game. However, Pelicans enjoyed plenty of early possession and deservedly took the lead when their player found himself unmarked at the far post for a simple tap in from close range. A quick defensive reshuffle followed, which allowed Magpies to slowly edge the contest. Eventually, from a flowing attack down the right, Matt Bensly swept the ball home for the equaliser and take the teams in level at half-time.
The second half was an even affair with the defensive unit of Bertie Blandy, Harry Murton and Jack Heydon easily dealing with Pelicans attacks and Jordan Wiseman was in fine form when they did manage to break through. The Magpies midfield worked tirelessly creating more and more chances and from one surging run and shot by Jack Frere-Smith the loose ball was picked up by Kieran Peters who smashed home to give Magpies a 2-1 lead. The final few minutes were quite frantic as Pelicans pushed for their second goal but the whole team responded magnificently to hold on for the win.
This was a very good team performance with the all defenders playing extremely well and an excellent debut for Myles King stepping up from the U12s for the first time.
Pelicans 6 – 1 Harleston
A rather depleted Harleston side arrived at a very wet muddy Pelican pitch, so first things first we had to start by grabbing three Pelican players to bolster our side although we still started with one less than needed, within the first twenty minutes we were three down as the team settled in to its stride on a very difficult surface and also having three opposition players on their side but as the game progressed they became more confident and took the game to Pelicans with good chances at goal but with no reward as we went into half time we were 4-0 down.
The team came out for the second half determined to gain something from this match and although they conceded two more goals they never gave up and were rewarded with a Milo goal late in the half. For the Harleston parents who were watching it was frustrating to have so few lads playing BUT they were rewarded with a very determined bunch of lads playing some great hockey. The team of Jordan, Jack F, Jack H , Jack G , Milo , Sol and Tom B can come away with the knowledge that they played their very best in this game with some great individual performances that were a pleasure to watch.