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Girls Development Team v Pelicans W 5-1

Magpies topped the league with victory in the ‘battle of the birds’ away to Kings Lynn Pelicans.  Congratulations on a brilliant league campaign and special thanks to player / manager Sandra for all her hard work organising the team.

In the first half the team gave a chance to those not normally in attack to experience life in the forward positions.  Emma F, Amy F and Lily M did a great job up front keeping Pelicans under constant pressure however it was Evie B who gave Magpies the lead.  She was the furthest forward for Magpies after taking a short corner, Emma F’s shot was partially cleared before her sister Kate pinged it back in for Evie to nudge home through the keepers legs.   Further pressure saw a series of half chances and Amy was unlucky not to score as she drew a double save from the keeper.

Pelicans looked to create opportunities by countering quickly from defence. Their number seven played well in the centre forward role, looking to hold on to the long pass and play in her midfielders on the break.  One such move brought Pelicans back level as Daisy lunged to clear a speculative shot only to deflect it past Jasmine in goal.  Magpies regained the lead just before the end of half though, Evie B banging in a long range shot. 

Magpies started the second with a more familiar front-line and scored two goals in quick succession.  Kate F showed how well her shooting has developed this year, firing home a short corner, before Evie B rattled in another. At the back, Harriet S starred in the sweeper role; she is another one who has improved throughout the season and now has a very effective passing game.  She snuffed out Pelican’s best attacking moves and launched Magpies on the counter with long-range, accurate passes.

 Flo C and Jessica S were industrious, running up and down the wings and Magpies scored their final goal via this route.  Jess supplying a cross to Evie B in the centre where she was allowed the space and time to wrong foot the keeper and tap home. 

Next week, all twenty-nine girls who’ve played development this year are invited to an end of season game and tea.  It will be a chance to celebrate the league championship with all those who took part and mark the graduation of those moving on to ladies hockey next year.

Players (Goals in Brackets)

Jasmine F (GK), Jessica S, Lilly M, Isabelle P, Emma F, Kate F (1), Dulcie S, Amy F, Harriet S, Ellie B, Daisy, W, Florence C, Rosie M, Evie B (4)

Player Manager: Sandra Elliner 


Girls Development v Yarmouth W 8-0

With the league administrators raising concerns about too many one sided results, Magpies played this game like someone with nine points on their licence who didn’t want to get caught speeding again.  

The team have a talented front line and took an early lead from a flowing passing move through Evie B to Amie H and on to Beth G for a simple tap-in to score.  An Ellie B goal followed soon after which prompted the coaches to ring the changes bringing on subs. Kate F, whose confidence in front of goal has increased as the season’s gone on, had a firm shot on goal saved by the keeper and Magpies also earnt a couple of short corners to keep the pressure on until the end of the quarter.

Much of the excitement for the second quarter revolved around Evie B who was full of energy all game.  She was at the centre of most the Magpies attacking play scoring a goal and also having a couple of shots saved by the keeper. Amie H also popped up to score to make it 4 goals to nil at half-time.

The second half saw the under-12 attacking duo of Amie H and Beth G combine well. Beth scored with a strong shot that deflected in off a defender’s stick before turning provider in passing moves that saw Amie score twice in quick succession.  Flo C, always a threat, had a decent shot that beat the keeper but rattled out off of the post.

In the final quarter the shape of the team was inverted with defenders in attack and vice-versa.  Harriet S, the team’s defensive rock, was shifted into the centre-forward role and scored a good goal, finding the space to drive into the D and beat the keeper with a low shot to the far post. With eight goals reached the remainder of the game fizzled out as Magpies, following the league protocol, shifted down a gear and took the foot further off the accelerator.

Team (Goals in brackets):
Catherine P (GK), Ellie B (1), Evie B (1), Tilly D, Emma F, Kate F, Amy F, Lily M, Rosie M, Florence C, Beth G (2), Amie H (3), Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S (1).

Team Manager: Jane C


Girls Development v Norwich Dragons W 9-3

With back-to-back first team games on the other pitch, there were crowds of people down at the nest this afternoon as girl’s development took one more step towards the league title beating Dragons 9 goals to three.

The girl’s started off at one-hundred miles an hour racing to a four – nil lead by the end of the first quarter.   As per last week Ellie B and Amie H were aggressive in attack, the first goal came from Ellie following up on a strong shot from Amie which rebounded off of the keeper.  Jessica S and Loulou F then combined well to create a simple tap in for Grace S at the back post.  

Dragons posed a threat on the counter attack all match and one such break-away brought Georgia F in goal into the action, kicking away a shot from the right side of the D. Amie and Ellie continued the assault on the Dragons goal. Amie scored with a characteristically strong shot, minutes later putting Ellie through with a sublime pass; Ellie beat the last defender with some excellent reverse-stick work before rounding the keeper to finish off an good first quarter.

The second quarter saw more emphatic goals, this time from the mid-fielders.  Evie B driving into the D to shoot home and then Kate F got in on the act scoring with a thunderous long range shot.  Rosie M provided further threat, picking up the ball from half-way and running it forward well, willingly taking on the Dragon’s defenders.  

After half-time the Magpies performance tailed off considerably and Dragons matched them goal for goal.  Early pressure saw Georgia in the Magpies goal fall awkwardly, twisting her knee and back, whilst making a save. Dragons were quickest to the follow-up to score into the roof of the net via a deflection.  

Loulou and Ellie B scored two more for Magpies and Kate F, who obviously had her shooting boots on today, also got one with another fantastic long-range effort.  Dragon’s scored two more on the break and celebrated each one with enthusiasm, the only team to score more than one goal in a game against Magpies development this season. Good work in defence, especially from Tilly D provided protection for the reduced mobility keeper, maintaining the lead until the final whistle. 

Magpies now have one hand on the league title with two games to go. 

Team (goals in brackets): Amie H (1) Evie B (1), Rosie M, Lily M, Amy F, Jessica S, Loulou F (1), Emma F, Kate F (2), Ellie B (3), Harriet S, Grace S (1) Isabelle P, Tilly D, Georgia F GK

Coach: Jane Collins.


Girls Development v Watton W 9-0

With Magpies Development fielding a less experienced team today we were wondering if this would be a tight game (earlier in the season, the girls had to work for the win against Watton and were only one – nil up at half time, eventually winning six – nil).  

We needn’t have worried, the late season debutants Cara R and Dulcie S fitted into the team seamlessly and Daisy W with only one development game under her belt looked very much at home in defence.   

Amie H was the driving force behind the win; she played centre-mid for much of the game linking-up play between defenders and forwards and providing a constant threat with her shooting from the top of the D.   Both Dulcie and Cara showed well in attack as wingers, providing options for Amie to move the ball forwards.  Daisy’s first contribution to the game was in winning a footrace with the Watton forwards to see off danger from a long-ball.  

The first goal came after Amie drew a double-save from the Watton keeper Ellie B following up quicker than the defence to tap in.  Soon after the lead was doubled when Amie converted a short-corner conceded by the keeper following a goal mouth scramble. Amie bagged two more in the second quarter as she continued to combine well with Ellie B.  Defensively, Harriet S, Amy F and Isabelle P were very solid, providing coverage in front of goal with keeper Georgia F not needing to touch the ball in the first half. 

For the second half the girls swapped around trying out some different positions.  Kate F, normally a mid-fielder spent time as centre forward and was unlucky not to score as the ball was scrambled clear by the defence after she beat the keeper.  Grace S also played in a more advanced role and had a couple of half chances to score as Magpies piled on the pressure.  The ball eventually found its way in from an Ellie B shot before Dulcie got her name on the score sheet to round off an excellent debut.

The last quarter saw Amie get her just reward for a fine all round performance.  She scored a brace of goals and also set up another for Ellie to tap in.  At the back Georgia was finally in the action, kicking the ball away twice in quick succession.  Overall then a fine performance and another win on the board as the team close in on the league championship – three more games to go!

Team (goals in brackets): Daisy W, Amie H (5), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Grace S, Jessica S, Cara R, Dulcie S (1), Amy F, Ellie B (3), Kate F, Georgia F (GK).

Player / Coach: Sandra E



Girls Development v Dereham Penguins W 16-0

There was a veritable goal rush for the girl’s development team as they scored sixteen against Dereham Penguins.
One: Isobel P scored her first league goal as players who usually play defence were given the opportunity to try out attacking roles during the second half.
Two: Florence C bagged a brace tapping in both at the back post.
Three: Amie H opened the scoring from a short-corner and was denied several times by the Dereham keeper before increasing her tally to three in the second-half.
Four: Evie B scored four to keep herself in the hunt for top scorer in the league.  The best after being sent clear by a glorious through ball from Anna C.
Five: Five – Nil was the score at the end of the first quarter
Six: Anna C scored six goals, including four in the second quarter. As well as top scoring her pin-point, cross-field passing was excellent!
Seven: There are seven players on a mini’s team.  Evie B, Anna C, and Amie H all featured as forwards in the mini’s team that reached sixth place in the national finals last year; the depth of understanding between them being a telling factor in today’s match.
Eight: The eighth goal was one of Anna C’s back-hand specials…I also wrote ‘thwack’ in my notes, so it must have been a good one!
Nine: Nine – Nil the score at half time.
Ten: About the number of minutes player / coach Sandra was on the pitch for before league rules meant she had to depart.
Eleven: The age of the youngest player.
Twelve: Sitting pretty at the top of the league, six points clear and with a goal difference of twelve over second place team Norwich.
Thirteen: Thirteen – Nil at the end of the third quarter.
Fourteen: The age of the oldest player (accept Sandra, she’s 21)
Fifteen: The number of players in the squad today (excluding player / coach Sandra)
Sixteen: The final score, Sixteen – nil.

Team (goals in brackets): Anna C (6), Rosie M, Lily M, Ellie C, Emma F, Amy F, Amie H (3), Harriet S, Florence C (2), Tilley D, Jessica S, Ellie B, Evie B (4), Isobel P (1), Georgia F (GK)
Player / Coach: Sandra E.


Girls Development v Dereham Panthers W  2-0

The girl’s development team braved a freezing deluge to see off a much improved Dereham side by two goals to nil.
Earlier in the season this fixture yielded eleven goals for the Magpies but with Dereham maintaining their shape and counter-attacking well this proved to be a much tougher match.  Magpies started brightly earning two short corners in quick succession. The girls scored from the second, Amie H maintaining her cool under pressure at the top of the D to slip the ball through to Ellie B to slot home.
Dereham’s forwards proved a handful all afternoon, Harriet S had to play well to keep on top of their right-sided attacker and Isobel P, Tilley D and Amy F were similarly tested.  Towards the end of the quarter Dereham created an excellent breakaway chance which keeper Georgia, sliding out, cleared dynamically.
The skies darkened, the floodlights were switched on and the rest of the game was played in ‘weather’ an awful lot of ‘weather’; all of it windy, wet and freezing.  Both teams stuck to their task well though, Jessica S and Grace S combining well together down the right to give the Dereham defence problems.
Evie B had a stand-out second half; she was at the heart of Magpies best attacking moves driving into the D at every opportunity.  She twice went close, drawing ‘oooo’s’ from the spectators huddled under their umbrellas before smashing home Magpies second. This reporter then retreated to his car behind the goal (so I could keep better match notes, not because I’m a wimp).  With the wipers going and the demist fan on max I spotted Alex P-S running the ball forward down the middle with determination on a number of occasions. This pressing style of play ensuring Dereham were kept on the defensive right up to the final whistle. 

Team (goals in brackets): Kate F, Emma F, Amy F, Amie H, Harriet S, Florence C, Alex P-S, Tilley D, Jessica S, Grace S, Ellie B (1), Evie B (1), Isobel P Georgia F (GK)
Player / Coach: Sandra E.


Girls Development v Norwich City  W 1-0

The Girls Development team travelled to Taverham for a much anticipated clash with rivals Norwich City. This was going to be a re-match for the top two teams in the League, with the previous outing giving Norwich City a 1 – 0 win after a very well contested, hard fought game. The only defeat of the season was not taken well by many of the young Magpies so with a strong squad, this was the opportunity to reverse their fortunes!

The first quarter saw a dominant Norwich City spreading the ball well and retaining the ball for extended periods. With much of the play taking place in the Magpies half, it was predominantly a quarter of defence and containment, with both forwards and mid-field being forced back to hold off the probing Norwich City. With everyone sitting so deep, the few occasions Magpies did manage to work the ball up into the Norwich City half saw them break down due to lack of support. Magpies did manage to win a few short corners but were unable to put these chances away. At the end of the first quarter, Magpies had done well to contain Norwich City and keep the score at 0 – 0.

Whatever was said to the girls at the interval worked! As the second quarter commenced, we started to compete in mid-field, with Beth G, Evie B and Loulou F chasing and harassing everything. As well as running with the ball themselves, this increase in possession re-invigorated others with Ellie B being released to make searching runs down the righty.  As play shifted up the field and confidence began to appear, Alex P-S, Jess S, Kate F and Amie H started to adjust to the tempo of the game and support the runners ahead of them while working hard when not in possession. But Norwich were always a threat. Whenever the ball was squeezed through the mid-field, Harriet S, Amy F, Emma F, Tilly D and Sandra E were kept busy while Georgia F in goal needed to be alert for any stray ball. While defending one of the Norwich City short corners, the ball managed to roll into Magpies goal but fortunately was disallowed as a whistle for a foot in the D had previously been blown by an umpire. At the end of the first half, still 0 – 0.

The third quarter saw both teams continue where they left off, with good pressure and opportunities for Loulou F, Evie B and Ellie B up front, then some stout defending by Alex P-S and Amy F in defence. The game was seesawing from end to end with much of Magpies success coming from Beth’s resilience in mid-field, defending anything that Norwich City tried to bring through the middle and, when in possession, moving the ball wide or up the pitch to eager runners. Half way through the quarter, Magpies managed to win a short corner. Although not blocked correctly, Kate F and Evie B managed to work the ball back into a congested D where there was a frantic flurry of sticks from both sides – the result being a goal for Jess S! The deadlock had been broken and after few more minutes play and with smiles on faces, the whistle went for the end of the quarter. Score 1 – 0 to Magpies.

The final quarter saw no let up from either side, both knowing how precarious a one goal lead was. Magpies defence with Georgia in goal continued to thwart numerous Norwich City intrusions in and around the D while, Beth G, Amy H, Ellie B and Evie B continued to have their fair share of attacks at the other end. After what seemed an eternity the final whistle went, with the resultant smiles from all the girls involved showing what this win meant to them. It also proved an opportunity for coaches, parents and supporters to mop their furrowed brows with anxious relief!

Team: Sandra E, Georgia F, Emma F, Tilly D, Amy F, Harriet S, Alex P-S, Kate F, Amy H, Jess S, Beth G, Evie B, Flo C, Ellie B, Loulou F.

Goal Scorer: Jess S (1)


Girls Development Team v Pelicans W 11-0


This weekend saw the Girls development team take the long haul north to Kings Lynn, but they were thankfully blessed with fine (but cool!) weather and a lunch time start.

After the first couple of minutes weighing up the opposition, Harleston began to exert pressure in the oppositions half and managed to sustain this pressure for much of the first half. The mid field of Jess, Emma and Rosie were working hard to thwart any escape for Pelicans from their own half, culminating in a regular supply of passes to the forward line of Evie, Ellie and Kate. Good running into space by Ellie was rewarded by a quick pass from Evie resulting in Ellie scoring the first goal. Not long after, a good run from the midfield by Rosie saw her bring the ball up to the D and find Evie, who confidently worked a way through for a successful shot resulting in a goal.  With the midfield supplying good ball and the front line working hard together in and around the D, this successful formation was rewarded by a further 6 goals before half time – the rewards going to Evie(4), Ellie(1) and Rosie(1) 

On the few occasions Pelicans did manage to get through the midfield, Issabelle, Harriet and Lily stood firm in defence, with Amy sweeping behind and covering her sister Jaz in goal.   

For the second half, with confidence the game was won and with ‘development’ in mind, a re-shuffling of positions saw the original defensive line take up the attacking role and likewise, the attacking line forming up in defence – a new formation enjoyed by most!  

Similar to the first half, most of the play was in the opposition’s half which gave new opportunities to numerous players finding their feet in unfamiliar positions. Some good battling up front from Harriet, Jess and Amy resulted in a loose ball falling to Kate, who managed to knock in past the keeper.  Numerous short corners saw Jess confidently delivering good ball into the D but through no lack of effort, the ball would not go into the goal. With a good run down the right from Evie, the ball was delivered to Kate, then immediately into Jess in the D who, after a short battle of wills, managed to get the ball over the line to score. With Amy and Harriet working hard but continually being denied in front of goal, a good run into the D by Rosie and Evie saw Rosie finally work the ball into the goal for the last score of the match.

Team: Jaz, Amy Lily, Harriet, Issabelle, Jess, Emma, Rosie, Kate, Evie, Ellie

Goal Scorers: Evie(5), Ellie(2), Rosie(2), Kate(1), Jess(1).


Girls Development v Yarmouth W 4-0

Maintaining consistency is going to be key for the Magpies’ girls as they look to keep ahead of Norwich City at the top of the development league.  For periods of today’s game against Yarmouth they put together some fine attacking moves, passing from the back, using the width of the pitch to move the ball through mid-field on to willing runners upfront.
Magpies, had much the better of the early exchanges earning a short corner that Kate Ford converted well.  Her firm shot defected up into the roof of the net off a defender’s stick.  Magpies continued to have most of the attacking play but got bogged down in heavy traffic in front of the opposition D.  The second quarter saw much better build-up play, Grace S provided menace all match, receiving the ball out wide on the right before linking with the familiar attacking trio of Evie B, Ellie B and Flo C.  Grace set up a one-two between Ellie and Evie which the keeper did well to save and also drifted in on the back post missing out on two half-chances in quick succession.  Rosie M provided similar support down the left and a flowing team goal, crisp passes from front to back, went via her to the attacking trio with Ellie B providing the finishing touch.
The second half had a similar tempo, Ellie B scored her second after a series of consecutive short corners and the best play continued to come through the wider area.  Georgia in goal didn’t get a touch all game with the defensive line snuffing out any Yarmouth attack high up the pitch.   Yours truly then went in to sort out the pizza for teas so missed Flo C celebrating her 12th birthday with goal in the last quarter.  With cake and a rousing rendition of happy birthday rounding off proceedings, what’s not to like about Saturdays at The Nest?

Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (2), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (1), Ellie B (1), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Grace S, Lily M Georgia F (GK).

Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v Norwich Dragons W 3-1

The girls must have all enjoyed Christmas to the fullest as they commenced this game in a post-holiday daze.  Dragons, much the brighter at the start, were rewarded with a soft goal five minutes in.  After numerous chances to clear, the ball broke loose in the Magpies D and was pushed past the keeper. Dragons were probably equally disappointed with the Magpies levelling goal, some indecision from their defenders gifted Evie B a chance and she made no mistake with a confident shot.  Judging by my notes incidents of note were in short supply for the rest of the half as both teams battled the ball around a congested midfield.
The immediate improvement (thanks to the half-time team talk and further shouted coaching from the side-lines) was Magpies use of the width of the field.  At every opportunity the girls looked to move the ball wide.  This spread the Dragon’s midfield considerably allowing Flo C to burst free through the middle, Evie B running ahead of her latched onto the through pass and scored through the keepers legs to give Magpies the lead.  Dragon’s didn’t give up and pressed strongly for an equaliser.  Georgia F in goal was called into action on a number of occasions, most notably when the Dragon’s forwards had a break away chance right at the end of the game.  Georgia came confidently off her line presenting a sliding wall of pads to defect the shot away. Immediately Magpies worked the ball down the wing with Jessica S and Grace S linking well to get the ball into the Dragons D where the ball broke to Flo C who scored the a poachers goal and put the result beyond doubt.

Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (2), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (1), Ellie B, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Tilly D, Jessica S, Grace S, Boo H, Georgia F (GK).

Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v  Watton W 6-0

After a slow start the girls showed that they were no charlatans, beating Watton 6 – 0 and fully living up to their position at the top of the league.
A scoreless first quarter felt like a rewind back to the last game where the team struggled to turn possession into goals.  The weather conditions were distinctly bitter which may excuse the sluggish start, but at least there was no snow.
Patrolling the mid-field, it was Kate, Emma and Rosie who shifted the momentum when they started to link well with the attacking trio further up the pitch.  The breakthrough came from a through ball to Evie B who showed strength to hold off Watton’s adult defender before slipping Flo C through to score.
Further shots followed, Evie B went close with a double shot and Rosie also went close with a chance from the edge of the D.  At the other end a brief period of Watton pressure resulted in a short corner but Georgia was an oasis of calm, organising her defenders well and the shooting chance was snuffed out.
In the second half Watton were put under almost constant pressure and eventually crumbled. Evie B’s tenacity was rewarded with a run of three goals, the best of which came from a short corner. Her initial shot was blocked by the keeper but she was first to the rebound and slammed the ball home with confidence.
Flo C then scored a wonder goal.  She showed she had the verve to ghost past two defenders down the left hand side before beating the keeper and the tight angle with a screamer of a shot.
The final incident of the game came with the award of a penalty flick to Magpies after a defenders foot on the line prevented a score.  Player coach Sandra was off the pitch at this point and the girls went into a prolonged huddle.  After some discussion Kate F emerged to take the flick, going to the keeper’s right, her shot did enough to glance in off the pad of an out stretched leg, a fitting reward for her excellent midfield play.
Team (goals in brackets): Evie B (3), Rosie M, Amy F, Emma F, Kate F (1), Flo C (2), Ellie B, Harriet S, Isabelle P, Georgia F (GK).


Player / Coach: Sandra E


Girls Development v Norwich City L 0-1

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

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

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


Girls Development v Pelicans W 11-0

The younger girls showed how well they are adapting to the eleven-a-side game with seven of the eleven goals scored against Pelicans coming from those who play at under-12 level.  Florence C had a particularly good game as the left side attacker, popping up at the back post to score four goals.
With a large number of girls to choose from the development team has a different feel each week.  So the team had a quiet first quarter as everyone slotted into their roles.  The early attacking threat was carried by Amy H who opened the scoring and also drew the first of many saves from the Pelican’s keeper who was kept busy all game.
Second quarter Florence C scored the first of her goals with Ellie B the provider.  Pelicans looked to develop attacks along the wings but Harriet S and Amy F dealt with the threat.  The industry of Kate and Emma F in the mid-field then helped push Pelican’s back to such an extent that much of the play was taking place in and around their D.
The start of the second half brought a deluge of goals as the Magpies score went from three to eight in the space of five minutes.  Flo C and Ellie B, who also finished with four goals, doing the damage.  The game was then closed out with a couple more from Amy H, including a powerful reverse stick strike, and a final score from Ellie B.
A glance at the table shows Magpies at the top, played seven / won seven, with next week’s clash against second place Norwich City being one to look forward to!

Team (goals in brackets): Amy F, Amy H (3), Daisy W, Jessica S, Emma F, Kate F, Flo C (4), Ellie B (4), Harriet S, Isabelle P, Georgia F (GK).


Girls Development Team v Yarmouth W 5-0

After a short half-term break, the Girls development team were keen to continue their unbeaten run with an away fixture at Yarmouth.
The opening quarter saw Harleston working hard in the centre of the field, with both Evie  and Beth continually chasing any loose balls and driving up to the D at every opportunity given to them.  With Yarmouth fielding 3 adults, it became apparent that a little more creativity was required in and around the D in order to penetrate this line of defence and slowly, the ball started to be moved a little wider with Jess and Grace on the right and Kate and Flo on the left beginning to stretch Yarmouth out a little wider, leaving much needed space in the middle.  Continuous attacks down the middle and from both wings resulted in numerous short corners, with the first goal eventually coming from a crisp pass from just inside the D from Beth to Flo who cleanly stroked in past the goalie.
The second quarter followed a very similar format, with consistent pressure causing Yarmouth to struggle clearing the ball from their D.  Eventually the pressure told and in the confusion of players and sticks, both Grace (with a close range strike) and Kate (with a rebound off the Goalie) made the score 3 – 0.  For the majority of the first half, the defence of Harriet, Emma, Amy, Isabelle and Sandra was not really troubled, and when afforded the opportunity, had the time to deliver some good accurate passes to runners looking for the ball in the middle and out wide up both wings.
Trusting the girls would continue to perform as competently in the second half, Sandra made various positional changes for both remaining quarters, allowing many of the girls to experience playing out of position and begin to understand the roles/expectations of playing in these different areas.  Even Georgia forewent her normal pads and helmet for a role in central defence!   In keeping with the first half performance, Harleston continued to keep Yarmouth pressed deep into their own half, with plenty of action in and around the D and numerous short corners.  One battle in front of goal gave Flo her second goal and not long after, a powerful drag shot from Flo allowed Beth to touch in for the final goal of the day.
With several of the regular girls not available this week, Jasmine from the Under 11 squad was able to have her first game in goal for the development team. Again, with fewer than normal substitutes, there was plenty of pitch time for all players, particularly many of the Under12s.

Team: Sandra, Evie, Georgia, Emma, Kate, Amy, Flo, Beth, Isabelle, Jess, Harriet, Grace, Jasmine.

Goal Scorers: Flo(2), Grace(1), Kate(1), Beth(1).


Girls Development v Dragons Development W 8-2

There was a helter-skelter start to the development game away to dragons with three goals in quick succession. Magpies scored first, very much against the run of play, as Evie B took advantage of a break-away chance.  Then Dragon’s pressure was instantly rewarded with an equaliser before Ellie B pounced to put in a rebound after the home keeper saved well from Evie B.  Spectators were able to draw breath as the game settled down, and Magpies circulated subs on and off the bench as girls development again fielded a full squad of fifteen.
Magpies dominance down the right channel created chances.  Kate F put Elle B through and she did well, sprinting ahead of the defenders, rounding the keeper to put Magpies ahead three to one at the end of the first quarter.  After the break, again from the right, an accurate cross from Jessica S was put away by Evie B although the umpire indicated the award of a Magpies short corner rather than playing the advantage which led to some head scratching. Dragons kept themselves in it with a well-placed flick which glanced in off of the outstretched hand of  Georgia F in goal.
Mapgies then dominated the second half with a combination of crisp passing and clinical finishing (my notes indicate that there were Oooos and Ahhhhs from the travelling support!!).  Ellie B got her third with a nonchalant back-hand scoop past the on rushing keeper after being played in by Loulou F. Amy Hunt then scored three in succession, ending high quality flowing moves with a variety of tricks including a sublime lob.

Team: Sandra E (Player / Manager), Ellie B, Evie B, Ellie C, Tilly D, Georgia F (GK), Emma F, Kate F, Loulou F, Amy F, Florence C, Amie H, Isabelle P, Jessica S, Harriet S.

Goal Scorers: Ellie B (3), Amy H (3), Evie B (2)


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.


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.


Girls Development B v St Joseph’s College
(Away L 0-3)

The Girls Development B Team travelled to St Josephs College, Ipswich for a friendly fixture against their Girls U13 Team.
With a squad of only 11 girls, of mixed age range, (some only 10 years old), and several who had not played on a full pitch before, we knew it was going to be a tough fixture against a team of 14 older girls.
However, this did not deter our girls who came out from the start with enthusiasm and conviction. 
Magpies were under constant pressure from St Jo’s strong  attacking play but our defence absorbed much of the pressure, with Ellie Cook, Isabelle, Emma and Fern putting in some great tackles and clearing the ball out of our D. Georgia Flatt, voted ‘man of the match’ by her team mates, was amazing in goal, pulling off some dramatic saves, not only with her feet but also mid-air stick action!
Magpies worked hard in midfield and there was some good attacking play by the forwards resulting in a couple of opportunities of shots at goal.
St Jo’s opened the scoring in the first quarter and then went on to score another two goals in the final quarter
All the girls worked really hard, and should be very proud of their performance and did  well to only concede the three goals.
Squad: Georgia Flatt, Ellie Cook,Emma Ford, Fern Berry, Isabelle Potter, Hatty Cooper, Harriet Soper, Dulcie Seppings, Florence Collins, Ellie Bowden (capt) Kate Ford”
Many thanks

HMHC – Youth Development Officer – Nick McAllen

Harleston Magpies – Youth Development Officer

This is to let you know that Nick McAllen has decided after 27 years to step down as Girls Youth Development Officer at the end of the season. For many years he held the Boys Development post as well. The Club is indebted to Nick for the long hours that he is put in, both in coaching and administering the Youth Section of the Club. There is no doubt that much of the Club’s success at both Junior and Senior level has been built on the firm foundations that Nick has been responsible for building. This is true for both teams who have achieved success at National level, and individuals, some of whom have achieved International honours – or who just now enjoy an afternoon of hockey! Nick’s outstanding long service was recognised by the presentation of the Rushworth Ward Trophy at the Club’s 2015/2016 Awards evening. Our best wishes go to Nick, Shirley and their family who will no doubt continue to contribute to the Club in the future.

We are grateful that Nick has indicated that he wishes to carry on as part of the coaching team and will be available to support those who take over the baton from him. To this end a job description for a Youth Development Officer or Officers will be available on the website shortly. If you want to discuss the role or contribute (even in a partial capacity) please make contact with myself or Nick.

David Johnson

Chair, Youth Committee