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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played at home this Saturday against St Albans in their last match of the season. The women wanted to end the season on a high and after an emotional and motivating highlights video from Coach Rob Sorrell they were ready and focused on the game. The large crowd that was down at the nest also helped spur on Magpies to put in a great performance and so they did!

The first half started with both teams fighting to gain momentum and at first this did not go Magpies way as quickly St Albans won a succession of short corners. Magpies were prepared and defended the corners well keeping the score 0-0. After riding this wave of attacks from St Albans, Magpies worked hard to retain possession with Debbie Francis putting through some good balls to link with the forwards who were making some great leads. Magpies had chances to take the lead but the St Albans keeper kept them a bay with shots also just going wide of the post. Magpies continued to work hard and make good tackles all over the pitch as well as creating chances upfront. The game was well matched with both teams having chances to take the lead but it wasn’t until the 33rd minute that Magpies broke into a counter attack and scored from a cross into Elizabeth Clymer, taking them 1-0 up and ending the half.

The second half started a little shaky for Magpies with St Albans having some good chances to equalise but these were defended well and Magpies held on. The momentum shifted with Magpies pushing St Albans back into their half and putting pressure on their defence which allowed the forwards to gain possession of the ball high up the pitch. After some good attacking play up the right hand side of the pitch, Maria Andrews picked up the ball in the circle and flicked it in to the St Albans goal. Soon after, Magpies pressure high in the away team’s half led to a short corner and this was again put away by Andrews, leading to her becoming the top goal scorer in the National League and later being rewarded by being voted Magpies 1st Team’s Player of the Season. This formation, pressing high, at times left Magpies vulnerable to counter attack and at times this called for the home team’s defence to make some excellent tackles and saves. The last and final goal of the season for Magpies was scored after some great skill by Abby Gooderham who calmly flicked the ball in to the St Albans goal making it a 4-0 win for Magpies! Magpies finished the season 4th in the league and retained for another year their National League status. Congratulations also to Victoria Findlay and Charlotte Peet for receiving Young Player of the Season and Captains Player of the Season respectively. What a great season Magpies have had and let it continue into next season!

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Bryony Lund, Abby Gooderham, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SEVENOAKS HC

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SEVENOAKS HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played away this Saturday against Sevenoaks. The home side are second in the league and the last time the two teams met, Magpies came out on top giving Sevenoaks their first defeat of the season. Magpies travelled down on a windy day to try and deliver a performance like last weekends against Wimbledon and hopefully bring home a win.

Despite Magpies good warm up and preparation the game started with Magpies unable to work together as a unit and this allowed Sevenoaks to gain momentum and take free hits quickly, making it hard for Magpies to set their press. Even though Magpies were putting in the effort the momentum would not swing their way, with a decision for a short corner against them coming quickly after the starting whistle. This was saved by Charlotte Peet but quickly after another corner was given and this one was put away by Sevenoaks despite Magpies calling for a foot. Magpies tried to compose themselves and did make some good leads up the pitch with Elizabeth Clymer holding the ball up and slipping it through whilst Maria Andrews and Victoria Findlay used their pace and skill to earn some shorts corners for Magpies. However, these did not bring any success with some good saves being made by the Sevenoaks’ keeper. Sevenoaks defended well and broke quickly moving the ball around and with some quick skills from one of their forwards, managed to break through the Magpies defence and make it 2-0. Shortly after Magpies received another blow as Sevenoaks again gained a short corner and with a hard strike from the top of the circle made it 3-0. Despite being 3-0 down Magpies picked themselves up and fought hard to get themselves back in the game. Moving the ball round well, they changed the momentum and reduced the amount of attacks by Sevenoaks as well as increasing their possession and their own offense. Unfortunately none of the attacks by Magpies would hit the backboard and the first half finished 3-0 to Sevenoaks.

After a motivating team talk Magpies were ready for a comeback. They worked hard as a unit, successfully holding onto the ball to keep Sevenoaks from attacking and producing good opportunities to bring Magpies back into the game. With Charlotte Harrison having a great game making leads and tackles on the left and the rest of the midfield fighting hard and putting some great balls through to the forwards, Magpies were able to keep the ball in the home sides half and successfully gained short corners and attacking chances. At the other end Sevenoaks were reduced to only a few chances in this half which were stopped by the Magpies defence even when at times Magpies were reduced to ten. Sadly, even with a good performance and determination there was no luck for Magpies and the score remained the same until the end. Martha Lawrence and Alice Woollatt stepped up to the plate this week in their first league match and both played very well and brought new energy to the game. Magpies have their final match of the season next weekend against St Albans at home at 14:00 and hope to see a large crowd down at the club to hopefully finish on a win.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Bryony Lund, Abby Gooderham, Martha Lawrence and Alice Woollatt.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST WIMBLEDON HC

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST WIMBLEDON HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played at home this Saturday against league leaders Wimbledon. The match was going to be tough as Wimbledon had only lost 2 matches all season but the ladies were ready to up their game and start well. The game started at a fast pace with both teams quickly making scoring opportunities. With the game going from end to end, the tension was high as both teams battled hard for possession. Some great attacking play by the Magpies forwards, supported by the midfield was awarded with short corners but a deflection narrowly missed the goal and another skimmed past the post. At the other end, Wimbledon also caused the home side problems with a goal being initially awarded and then disallowed but a short corner given. This was saved by Magpies keeper Charlotte Peet and the two sides were on a level playing field going into the second half.

The second half started and again the intensity of the game was high with both teams wanting to take the lead. Magpies pushed hard to try and cause Wimbledon to make a mistake and had opportunities to take the lead that went just wide or were defended well by the away side. However, this attacking press caused some problems on the break with Wimbledon taking the lead after two quick counter attacks that led to over loads and finally two goals. But Magpies didn’t give up and with plenty of possession continued with their attacking play, causing Wimbledon to defend well and have to make some good saves. Magpies were awarded a short corner which the injection did not come out smoothly but with some quick skills from Maria Andrews and Lauren Barber, Barber was able to put the ball in the goal. Magpies were boosted by the goal and were playing well with the whole team working hard to push for another one. Unfortunately, an attacking play from Magpies which nearly resulted in another goal was saved by Wimbledon and a quick counter attack saw a goal for the away side. With just under ten minutes to go Magpies still believed they could win and pressured Wimbledon in to having to make more great tackles, but it was not Magpies day and they were unable to pull back the game, leaving the score 3-1 to Wimbledon. Next week Magpies are away against Sevenoaks at 12:00 and are hoping to take the pace and determination of this game into the next and come away with 3 points.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Bryony Lund.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CAMBRIDGE CITY HC

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CAMBRIDGE CITY HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played away this Saturday against Cambridge City HC. The two teams drew last time they met and with Cambridge winning against league leaders Wimbledon last weekend, Magpies knew it was going to be a tough game. Following a high energy warm up Magpies felt ready to take on the test of Cambridge.

Magpies start to the game couldn’t have been better, passing the ball quickly and leading well, creating problems for the Cambridge defence and winning a short corner in the first minute. Magpies forward Maria Andrews stepped up to calmly hit the ball in to the bottom right hand corner, putting the team one nil ahead. Magpies were pushing hard and trying to put themselves another goal ahead, with chances just missing the goal and some great defending by Cambridge preventing this. However, quick counter attacks from Cambridge were a danger and one such attack ended in a goal for Cambridge, putting the score level. Both teams carried on fighting and each team had chances both in open play and from penalty corners to put them in the lead but neither team were able to capitalise on them, leaving the score 1-1 going in to half time.

The second half started, both teams wanting to win and Magpies pushing forward making some good leads up the pitch with the midfield working hard to link play and causing a few problems for the home sides defence, but none were successful in putting Magpies ahead. At the other end Cambridge had won a short corner and with a routine that took Magpies by surprise the ball rolled over the line taking Cambridge ahead. However, Magpies, never a team to give up, put everything they had into the game, pushing Cambridge back into their half, moving the ball around the pitch and winning short corners but unfortunately no success came from these. Chances on the posts were just missed or deflected wide in open play but still Magpies did not give up. You couldn’t fault the players for their effort but it was not to be and however much Magpies pushed forward or had shots the ball would not go in, leaving the score line 2-1. Next week Magpies will be playing league leaders Wimbledon at home at 14:00 and will be ready to defend their undefeated run at home.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Bryony Lund.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SOUTHGATE HC

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SOUTHGATE HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played away at Southgate on Saturday coming away with a hard-fought draw. Magpies started the game trying to push high up the pitch and pressuring the Southgate defence but the home side also came out strong and created problems for Magpies, crashing balls through the press at times and causing the Magpies to have to defend well as a team. Magpies carried on pressing high and created some scoring chances from short corners but it wasn’t until the 25th minute that a chance was finally converted, Maria Andrews scoring a beautiful drag flick past the keeper and into the goal. Magpies had settled into the game and were passing the ball well, still creating chances throughout the half but in the last minute of the half a ball hit into the circle deflected into the Magpies goal, levelling the score going in to half time.

All was to play for and Magpies were focused on their opponent’s goal, pressing hard and pinning Southgate into their half. Within the first thirty seconds Andrews managed to shoot reverse stick at goal, forcing the Southgate goal keeper into a great save to keep them level. In the next fifteen minutes the game was concentrated in the Southgate half with crosses just missing the mark and shots narrowly missing the goal, keeping the score level. Then Abby Gooderham stepped up to take a penalty corner and guided the ball past the keeper in an excellent drag flick. Magpies were ahead and kept on fighting, wanting to put the game out of reach but unfortunately this did not happen and in the last ten minutes Southgate managed to hit the ball down in to Magpies half, creating momentum and putting pressure on Magpies. This shift in momentum Magpies couldn’t undo and in the 66th minute another crashed ball into the circle was miscontrolled by a Southgate forward and deflected slowly past the Magpies keeper, into the goal. Magpies continued to fight for a win but with little time left the game was left at a 2-2 draw. Magpies play away at Cambridge next week at 12:30 and hope to bring home 3 points.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CHELMSFORD

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CHELMSFORD

Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played Chelmsford on Saturday. Magpies started off very positively and could have been two goals in front in the first ten minutes. They continued in this positive vein and looked very secure at the back and mounted a lot of meaningful attacks…eventually going one nil up midway through the first half with Victoria Findlay converting one of the many chances created by the enthusiastic and hard working forward line.

The second half started with Magpies caught slightly on the back foot and finding themselves under pressure when a ball came loose in the circle, Chelmsford capitalised on this opportunity, making it one all. Magpies then pushed forward and pressured Chelmsford back in to their half where Maria Andrews created an opportunity out of nowhere to score a fantastic reverse stick goal! Magpies never looked back and kept the pressure on. Finally, gaining a penalty flick which was confidently taken by Lauren Barber to put the game out of reach. Magpies have carried on their unbeaten winning streak at home! They look to take this in to next weeks match against Southgate away at 12:30.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST HAMPSTEAD AND WESTMINSTER

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST HAMPSTEAD AND WESTMINSTER

Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday in a tense and dramatic match. Last time the two teams met Magpies came off worse losing 4-1 but this time Magpies were prepared to defend their unbeaten run at home.
With a large crowd cheering the ladies on the team wanted to show how much they have improved over the season with new players such as Rose Winter making her National League debut. The game started quickly with both sides trying to gain momentum, Hampstead had control of the ball but Magpies were dominating the direction of play and within the first ten mintues had two goals under their belt. The first was from a brilliant run up the pitch to gain a short corner and a drag flick by Maria Andrews soared past the goalkeeper. The second, only a minute later was a counter attack by Magpies where the forwards played round Hampstead’s defence and Andrews flicked the ball over the goalkeeper and Elizabeth Clymer tapped it in in mid-air. Hampstead responded with a quick attack, resulting in a short corner. Charlotte Peet made a great diving save to her right-hand side to keep Magpies two goals clear. Magpies played solidly to break down any more threats from the away sides forwards and at the other end the forwards narrowly missed a couple of chances ending the half 2-0.

Hampstead started strongly in the second half and Harleston quickly conceded a short corner. After saving three short corners in a row a deflection caused injury to our centre back and the opposition took advanatage of the situation as Magpies were rearranging their formation. A scrabble in the goalmouth resulted in the ball dribbling over the line making the rest of the game a very tight and tense affair. With Hampstead gaining momentum and confidence a couple of vital decisions went Magpies way and they clung on to their 2-1 victory to earn three vital points to keep them ahead of their opponents in the table. Magpies hope to take this win in to next weeks game against Chelmsford at home at 14:00.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents started the second half of the season with a convincing win against Northampton after a long break over Christmas. With Lauren Rowe debuting in her first National League match and with it being the first game after Christmas, Magpies had lots of energy and enthusiasm going into the game. The team wanted a good start to this half of the season to keep them near the top of the league, following a successful first half.

The game started strong with Magpies putting pressure straight away on the Northampton defence and creating chances with balls crossing the face of the goal. It wasn’t long until Lauren Mickleburgh got on the end of one of the crosses and made it one-nil. Shortly after this Mickleburgh scored again, diving on the floor to tap the ball into the goal. Northampton caused Magpies some problems with long balls catching them off guard but the majority were quickly dealt with. However, a penalty stroke was given to the home team after a counter attack and a scramble in the circle ended up hitting a Magpies player in front of the goal. This was put away by the Northampton player making it 2-1 and all to play for. Magpies reacted to this with quick attacking play being awarded with a short corner. Abby Gooderham drag flicked the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal making it 3-1 at the end of the first half.

Magpies knew they had to continue with their own game, pushing forward and putting pressure on Northampton from the start of the second half. With some great linking play between the midfielders and the forwards, Lauren Rowe was able to create space for a reverse stick shot on the edge of the circle which went flying past the keeper in to the netting, 4-1. Northampton broke through Magpies press at times but this was quickly cleared up by the defence. The ball was moved quickly around by Magpies and dynamic leads by the forwards caused yet more problems for the home team’s defence with short corners being given against them. Gooderham stepped up to plate again but this time the ball fell to her after the first shot was saved and with quick hands she placed it between the goalkeepers legs. Magpies pressed high up the pitch but used width and pace to create chances for balls to be hit across the face of the goal. After a few missed chances, Victoria Findlay made a great run to the back post where she reached her stick towards the goal to guide the crossed ball over the line. With Magpies leading to the ball and working hard it was Maria Andrews and Elizabeth Clymer who linked together, passing the ball around the defence and making space for Clymer to place the ball into the corner of the goal making the final score 7-1. Magpies hope to continue this great start next weekend where they are at home against Hampstead and Westminster at 14:00.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Elizabeth Clymer, Victoria Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Match report – Ladies’ 1sts Indoor – Sunday 18 December 2016

EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Ladies Indoor team, sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents, began preparations for their indoor campaign in the England Hockey Super 6’s Championships in January with two warm-up games at the East Championships at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre in Cambridge on Sunday 18th December.

The team once again welcomed back Sarah Brook from university and were also joined by Tor Findlay and Lauren Rowe making their 1st team indoor debuts the day after their success in the Under 18 East Championships.

Magpies started slowly against St Albans, taking time to adapt to the pace of the indoor game and conceded an early goal. The game was

close throughout with both teams creating clear chances in open play. Magpies converted two penalty corners (Sarah Brook and Lauren Rowe) but were unable to prevent St Albans converting two further chances to win the game 3-2.

Magpies started the second game against Chelmsford with more control and confidence on the ball. Sarah Brook put the team ahead after being set up by some skilful work on the right from Lauren Rowe. The second goal came from a strong run out of defence from Bryony Lund who found Lizzie Clymer in the circle who calmly beat the keeper. The third came before half time when Annie Nunn won the ball in midfield and set up Lizzie for her second of the game.

The team’s final goal came from a powerful penalty corner flick from Maria Andrews. Chelmsford pulled two goals back before the final whistle to give Magpies a 4-2 victory.

St Albans also beat Chelmsford to win the championship.

Squad; Tosh Peet, Lucy Belsey, Lauren Barber, Katherine Ridley, Bryony Lund, Annie Nunn, Sarah Brook, Lizzy Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Maria Andrews.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST WEST HERTS

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST WEST HERTS

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents were at home this Saturday against West Herts HC for their final game of this half of the season, and what a game it was! The Magpies team finished on a huge high with a 6-0 win leaving them 3rd overall in the league table just behind Wimbledon and Sevenoaks.

Magpies were again cheered on this weekend by a large crowd all wanting to see the ladies win in their final game before Christmas. Magpies had already played West Herts in their first game of the season and had won 5-2 so they had confidence they could do it again. With the added experience they have gained so far throughout the season, they firmly believed they could come away with another win and prove they deserve to be at the top of the league. Magpies started the game with intensity but at first were unable to find their rhythm and retain the ball with West Herts pushing forward and making some good leads, forcing Magpies to make some good tackles in defence. The away side completed this phase by gaining a short corner but this again was quickly dealt with by the home team. Magpies changed tactics and found their feet, with the dynamic of the match changing you could feel a goal coming for Magpies as they quickly moved the ball around the West Herts press, making space and having shots at their keeper. After a short corner was given it was Annie Nunn who started the goal scoring with a rebound falling for her on the near post for her to slap in. Not long after the next goal was scored for Magpies with Victoria Findlay receiving the ball delivered across the goal face for a short tap in. Magpies were on a roll and every player was working hard for the ball and winning 50/50 balls all over the pitch. With good distribution coming from the centre of the pitch to make space for leads out wide the Magpies team were looking good, finishing the half with a flourish as Maria Andrews picked up the ball at the top of the circle and taking a shot on her reverse into the top left hand corner.

Magpies could feel their confidence grow but knew they had to concentrate as the last time they had played West Herts they conceded two quick goals against them straight after half time. But Magpies were ready and continued to dominate play, making it 4-0 within the first five minutes of the half. Debbie Francis turned over the ball and delivered a pass to Elizabeth Clymer who carried the ball along the base line before making an accurate pass to Lucy Whiting on the near post for a first time deflection. With the home side controlling the play and the crowd keen to cheer again, it was Andrews with her second goal of the game and the goal that has made her top goal scorer of the league that was next. With Francis again turning over the ball it was put through to the forwards who with great skill all linked together and it was Findlay who tried to take it around the keeper but it was just going wide before Andrews tapped it in to the corner. At the other end, West Herts had some attempts at attacking Magpies with some balls breaking through the press and one short corner being given but these were quickly stopped by Magpies and they were on the attack again. The last goal of the match to make it a glorious 6-0 win was by Findlay who received a well-placed ball through from Lucy Belsey, to take on the keeper, moving her to make space to slot the ball into the goal. Magpies are very happy to end this half of the season on a great win and to take this into the indoor season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Annie Nunn, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Match report – Ladies’ 1sts – Saturday 19 November 2016

Harleston Magpies ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to, second in the league, Wimbledon this week in high spirits after the win against league leaders Sevenoaks last week.

The first half started evenly but as the half went on Wimbledon started to dominant the game and Magpies were having to drop back and were struggling to get the ball out of their half. Neither team created many chances on goal, but Wimbledon managed to find the net after a deflection caught out Charlotte Peet in goal and there was a Wimbledon forward on the post waiting to tap in.

Magpies continued to try and get back into the game creating a few chances of their own by trying to put Wimbledon under as much pressure as possible at the back.

Magpies knew they had to come out fighting in the second half and put Wimbledon under pressure to try and find the equaliser. This was exactly what Magpies did, and they dominated the start of the second half, creating attack after attack and winning a couple of short corners. The breakthrough came when Maria Andrews dragged the ball from the top of the D and it took a deflection of the number one runner to deflect into the goal over the Wimbledon goalkeeper. The game then evened out with Wimbledon trying to reply to Magpies equaliser. Unfortunately Wimbledon then won a couple of short corners and managed to convert one after a battle on the goal line. Magpies tried as much as possible to find another equaliser but couldn’t find the back of the net.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lauren Mickleburgh, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Annie Nunn, Hannah de Selincourt and Jess Howland.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SEVENOAKS

Harleston Magpies ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played league leaders Sevenoaks at home on a chilly Remembrance Sunday. The atmosphere at the club was buzzing with people from sponsors to friends and family assembling to watch. With a large crowd gathering Magpies could feel the pressure to put in a great performance against a formidable side. Sevenoaks were yet to lose a match this season but Coach Rob Sorrell had no fears in telling the team that they could win and that this is what they had been training for and with this confidence Magpies took to the pitch.

After the two teams had warmed up they both stood to face the crowd as they took part in a minute’s silence. Then the two teams were ready to face each other. Magpies knew to take advantage of the first ten minutes where Sevenoaks may be on the back foot from a long journey on a Sunday morning and they were correct. They gained momentum and were soon dominating play, moving the ball smoothly around the pitch, finding gaps and making the Sevenoaks players have to rethink their positioning. The movement by the Magpies midfield allowed for balls to be aimed down the lines to the forwards who took on the Sevenoaks defence, earning the team short corners. However, these short corners were narrowly saved by the Sevenoaks keeper who kept the score level. Holding onto the play and making great leads up the pitch, Magpies created more and more chances with one play going from defence to midfield, midfield to forward Maria Andrews who hit the ball square across the pitch to Lucy Whiting. Whiting took a bouncing deflection towards the goal and caused the crowd to cheer with excitement, only for the Sevenoaks keeper to dive across goal and make the save. The confidence of the team grew and even when Sevenoaks did break through the Magpies defence held strong making some necessary tackles to allow no open play opportunities for the away side to dominate on. They did however gain some short corners but these were saved by Charlotte Peet and cleared away by the defence. More chances came for Magpies to go ahead and with everyone working hard it was unlucky for the home team to not break away with a goal. The first half ended 0-0 and all was to play for.

The home team knew they had to take their chances as Sevenoaks were going to come out strong looking to keep their winning streak. The away side made this clear in the first few minutes with a lead up the line making it past the defence and having a shot at the Magpies goal. With the pressure mounting and both side wanting to get the first goal, a ball from the Annie Nunn up to Andrews was hit across to Victoria Findlay, who was pushed off the ball by the last Sevenoaks defender at the top of the circle and was awarded a penalty flick. After a short debate on who should take the flick Andrews to up the challenge. Under huge pressure she kept her cool and placed the ball in to the top left hand corner. Magpies were in the lead! As the game restarted the Sevenoaks team were determined to equalise and pushed all their players up the field pushing Magpies back in to their half. Necessary and determined tackles were made all over the pitch as Sevenoaks managed to find their way through the home sides press. But with the Magpies keeper, Peet, playing out of the skin making saves on the floor and in the air the Sevenoaks attacks were broken down in open play and in short corners. The home side took advantage of the away sides all in attack also creating some short corners where it was unlucky for Magpies Abby Gooderham not to score a drag flick in the bottom right hand corner. But Magpies hard-earned good luck at the defending end of the pitch continued with an open goal being missed by a Sevenoaks forward, the shot hitting the post and being cleared away. Magpies knew they didn’t have long to hold on for the win and were using all their strength and determination to keep the Sevenoaks attacks at bay with defenders, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund and Lucy Belsey marking tightly and making numerous fine tackles. But this did not hold them from getting a few last short corners, where one was called to be a flick against Magpies, despite the Magpies team believing there had been a Sevenoaks foot beforehand. All Magpies could do was wait, it was the last two minutes of the game and it was only Charlotte Peet who could keep Magpies in the lead. With the tension so high you could cut it with a knife, Peet made a spectacular save and the crowd went wild. The save brought about a 1-0 win for Magpies and Peet was named Player of the Match for her performance! The fantastic result spurs Magpies in to next week’s away game against second in the league, Wimbledon.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting and Kara Kilbourn

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CHELMSFORD

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CHELMSFORD

Harleston Magpies ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played Chelmsford HC on Saturday to bring them back to their winning form. With the ladies not having a game last weekend this meant they could focus on training hard and put behind them the disappointing loss against Hampstead and Westminster from the prior week. This break must have been a success as the ladies turned up ready to put all their hard work and effort onto the pitch.

The first half started and both teams began with pace, trying to keep possession of the ball, with play going from end to end. At times Magpies were stretched as Chelmsford moved the ball around the pitch quickly, breaking forward fast and causing problems with quick stick skills, gaining them short corners. These were successfully defended by Magpies and after the first initial ten minutes Magpies settled into the match and were playing the hockey they knew they could, retaining the ball, moving quickly and making great leads. With some great balls up the lines from Lucy Belsey and Katherine Ridley to the forward line, Magpies were creating chances and the opening goal was just on the horizon. Success came from Victoria Findlay, who used her pace and skill to move the keeper into diving for the ball. This shot was saved but the ball fell to Maria Andrews who took full advantage of this opportunity by slapping the ball over the keeper making it 1-0 to Magpies. The away side had settled into their playing style well, holding the centre of the pitch with Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison and Annie Nunn working closely together to stop Chelmsford gaining any advantage from overlapping players moving high up the pitch. The forwards worked hard to pressure the long balls coming from the home team, allowing the midfielders and defence to pick the ball high up the pitch making it difficult for Chelmsford to achieve momentum. A short corner was given to Magpies after battling for the ball near the goal mouth and Andrews was given another chance at goal and again she seized her chance. Andrews used her power to drag flick the ball in to the bottom right hand corner just over a defenders stick to make it 2-0. The away team continued with a great spell of hockey for the rest of the half causing problems for Chelmsford as well as defending the problems Chelmsford were causing for them before the half time whistle sounded.

The second half started with Chelmsford coming out hard at Magpies and pushing high up the pitch but Magpies didn’t panic and tried to hold onto the ball, continuing to make leads all over the pitch and causing problems for the Chelmsford defence. However Chelmsford put everything they had into the game and were putting in tackles that caught Magpies out at times allowing them to gain short corners. These were defended well with goal keeper Charlotte Peet making some great saves but unfortunately one of Chelmsford’s routines paid off, putting the score to 2-1 and leaving the game all to play for. Magpies tried to regain their form from the first half and moved the ball quickly with players pushing high up the pitch, forcing Chelmsford to re-evaluate their positioning. These moves were rewarded with some opportunities for Magpies with Elizabeth Clymer pressuring the ball and Abby Gooderham taking the ball off the Chelmsford defence in the circle to narrowly have a shot saved off the line. The play moved from end to end with both teams having chances but in the last ten minutes it was Chelmsford who managed to link together best and push hard up the pitch. Magpies were pushed deep into their half but with some good tackles made by Lauren Barber and Louisa Greenacre as well as the team working together to defend the middle of the pitch, Magpies kept Chelmsford efforts at bay and with one last drive forward from Magpies into Chelmsford’s half, the whistle blew and the away side were rewarded with a well-deserved 3 points. Magpies want to take this win into next week’s game at home on Sunday against league leaders Sevenoaks at 14:00.

Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews and Kara Kilbourn.

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST HAMPSTEAD AND WESTMINSTER

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST HAMPSTEAD AND WESTMINSTER

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents suffered their first defeat of the season this weekend to Hampstead and Westminster. It was a long journey to Westminster and Magpies wanted to be prepared for the hard game that was to come as Westminster have had some great results so far this season. The Magpies warm up was dynamic and the team was ready to start the game strong, knowing Westminster would also start fast. This was a success for Magpies as they caught Westminster off guard with Abby Gooderham making a swift tackle to gain the ball high up the pitch and some quick skills to put it in the Westminster goal. Magpies could not have had a better start and were spurred on to put in more effort and determination to keep the lead. But this was not to be Magpies’ day.

The team fought well together for most of the first half; stopping the attacking efforts of the Westminster players, making some crucial tackles all over the pitch where needed and stopping long balls going through the press. Nonetheless the Westminster pressure succeeded at times, forcing goalkeeper Charlotte Peet to make some crucial saves to keep the Westminster forwards at bay. With Westminster receiving two green cards and being down to 9 players, Magpies tried to gain the momentum back but a miss-placed pass allowed a Westminster forward to use some great skill to get past the Magpies defence and flick the ball over the keeper and into the goal, making the score 1-1. Magpies refocused and tried hard to regain possession of the ball leading to some chances falling to the Magpies forwards but these were quickly stopped by the Westminster defence to end the half 1-1.

At half time Magpies tried to refocus and get back into the game. The regrouping pushed Magpies to try to hold onto possession of the ball but this was stopped by the high press that Westminster put on the visitors. The Westminster team’s fast paced balls and width gained advantage over Magpies leading to one ball being picked up, driven into the circle and placed into the penalty area. The ensuing battle for the ball led to a Westminster goal and a call from the Magpies defence that the ball had hit a foot, however the goal was awarded and the home side were 2-1 up.

The Westminster team stretched the pitch for Magpies at times, but this also caused them problems with some long balls from Magpies being picked up by their forwards, with one chance narrowly being picked off the line by the Westminster defence. However Magpies could not hold off the attacking play of the opposition and with some short sharp passing, a fast ball crashed into a foot in the visitor’s circle and went up in to the air where a Westminster forward touched it over the goalkeeper, into the Magpies goal. Despite now being two goals behind, Magpies did not give up and kept trying to keep pressing high up the pitch to pressure the Westminster defence into making a mistake which resulted in the team gaining a short corner. The resulting shot was saved off the line with Magpies supporters at the brink of cheering but it was not to be and Magpies were still 3-1 down. Magpies stopped some good Westminster chances that had broken through with some great tackles, saves and tracking back from players who were giving their all to salvage a result. Magpies threw everything at the home side to get a goal but in the last few minutes a fast paced ball split the Magpies press, before being driven down the line and put across the circle for a final Westminster goal. Magpies refused to give in and battled hard until the end but it was not their day against a good team.

Magpies do not have a fixture next weekend but hope to regain their form and bring another win for the white and blacks on the 5th of November away against Chelmsford.

SQUAD FROM: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Hannah de Selincourt, Anna Tighe and Maria Andrews

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SOUTHGATE

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST SOUTHGATE

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played Southgate on Saturday in a thrilling 8 goal match. Magpies are yet to be defeated this season with two draws and two wins and this weekend they continued that great start with another win.

The home side wanted to start well and get ahead in the game early, knowing Southgate have also had a steady start to the season, scoring several goals against other good teams. However, the start Magpies wanted didn’t quite go as planned as they fell onto the back foot immediately, being forced to soak up a lot of pressure due to Southgate’s pace and skill. Magpies had some attacking chances but the Southgate keeper kept these at bay whilst the Southgate press started very high, causing Magpies to struggle to hold onto the ball. A short corner was given to Southgate in one of their attacking plays and unfortunately it slipped into the goal, putting Southgate 1-0 up. Magpies heads did not drop however as they knew they could fight their way back into this match and with Southgate still pressing high up the pitch, Magpies took this opportunity to stretch the game and hold onto possession. Slowly the momentum changed and Magpies started to link together in the manner they knew they could. Attacking chances came for Magpies but some good saves kept them out of the Southgate goal until a well-timed ball from Victoria Findlay found Maria Andrews on the penalty spot who firmly placed her strike into the goal. Magpies continued to retain the ball well for the remainder of the half with the teams going into half time at 1-1.

The team talk at half time spurred Magpies into believing that they could win this game on their home turf. With a supporting crowd the ladies made their way back onto the pitch to continue the game in a half that would see several goals scored. Magpies started with a high press, working hard to get the ball, hold onto it and move it quickly round the pitch with great accuracy. However the first goal this half was not to be Magpies as some miss-timed tackles and some quick skills saw Southgate score a reverse stick shot into the top corner of the goal from the top of the circle. Magpies knew this was not the end and kept pushing forward with some good tackles being made high up the pitch allowing a ball from Maria Andrews to find Victoria Findlay who took on the keeper, taking it round her and making it 2-2. Magpies had found their momentum once again with multiple chances falling to the team, leading to the Southgate keeper making numerous great saves off the line to keep the ball out of the goal. Eventually the pressure rewarded success as Magpies broke through, with a short corner being won and a strike from the top of the circle deflecting off the flat stick of Lucy Whiting and past the Southgate keeper. It was only a minute later that another short corner was won by Magpies and this had the same ending with Lucy Whiting deflecting the ball up over the keeper into the netting of the goal, taking Magpies into a commanding 4-2 lead. Magpies had control of the game and even with a card being received for the home side this did not stop them from continuing their great period of play and gaining another short corner. This time the ball fell to Louisa Greenacre at the top of the circle whose strike was stopped by the pads of the Southgate keeper allowing Debbie Francis to battle the rebound across the line to take Magpies to 5 goals in a game for the third time this season. However the 5-2 score line would not be the final result with some more cards being received for both teams and short corner being given against Magpies in the final 5 minutes. A great strike from the top of the circle took Southgate to 3 goals but it would have no effect on the final outcome with Magpies feeling they had dominated the second half for a final score of 5-3. Magpies hope to take this win into next week’s match, away against Hampstead and Westminster.

SQUAD FROM: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham and Maria Andrews

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1st TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1st TEAM AGAINST ST ALBANS

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played away against St Albans and continued their undefeated start to the season with a 2-2 draw, leaving them third in the league.

The away fixture at St Albans has always proven a tough game and Magpies were aware that a good performance would be required to get a result. Following a positive team talk and an energetic warm up, Magpies were ready to give the game their all. The first half started strongly with both teams battling to keep control of the play. The Magpies ladies held together, adapted their play and were confident on the ball, making dynamic leads up the pitch and getting early shots on target to test the St Albans keeper. Pushing high up the pitch and pressurising the St Albans defence presented Magpies with vital chances to take the lead with attempts just missing the post or being saved, until Maria Andrews finally put the ball in the back of St Albans goal, 1-0 Magpies. Continuing the high press, at times caused Magpies some problems with some good balls from St Albans getting through and allowing them to attack the Magpies circle but these chances were defended well and even the corners they gained were quickly dealt with by Magpies. The first half finished 1-0 to Magpies.

The second half Magpies started well, determined to build on their lead and get a result. They created great chances up front thanks to Lucy Whiting dispossessing the St Albans defence and leading to the keeper making some good saves. Magpies were unfortunate not to receive a number of short corners and a second goal would not come. Whilst pushing on and trying to keep formation Magpies received some unfortunate cards from the umpires leaving them with 10 players for short spells. St Albans seized these opportunities, putting Magpies under pressure and with a good ball through to their forward and some quick skill the hosts were level with Magpies. With St Albans having a good spell in the game, Magpies were forced to absorb the pressure and despite their hard work were unable to reverse the momentum of the game. St Albans gained 3 short corners with the third deflecting into the Magpies goal handing them the lead. However, the game was far from over and Magpies finally flipped the momentum of the game and came back at St Albans with force. The huge effort payed off in the 68th minute as Elizabeth Clymer put in the equaliser after some excellent play. St Albans pushed on for the three points and in the last minute had a great chance to take the win but luckily for Magpies it was put in to the side netting. The Magpies effort allowed them to come home with another vital point and remain undefeated 4 games into the season.

Magpies hope to continue their good form next week at home against Southgate at 14:00.

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against Cambridge City

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against Cambridge City

Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played Cambridge City on Saturday in a hard fought 1-1 draw.

Magpies knew that Cambridge City, who finished near the top of the league last season, were going to provide tough opposition but with two wins from their opening two games they were feeling confident. From the start both sides tried to gain momentum quickly but it was Cambridge who converted their chance first with a goal from a short corner, putting Magpies on the back foot. Cambridge looked strong and kept the ball well, making some good attacking advances but strong Magpie defensive play kept them to only a few shots on target which Jade Daly dealt with efficiently. Despite being 1-0 down Magpies did not stop fighting for the ball and soon made some good leads up the pitch, testing the Cambridge keeper and were unfortunate not to score. The play continued back and forth up the pitch with both teams working hard and creating chances but the score line stayed at 1-0 to Cambridge going in to half time.

The half time team talk encouraged Magpies to show what they have trained for this season and to push as hard as they could for a result. The teams press moved up the pitch, pressuring the Cambridge defence and causing errors, a confidence boost for Magpies who sensed an opportunity was on the horizon. The work rate of the team was high and Magpies retained the ball better, passing it around the Cambridge players and allowing more attacking plays to be created. Some great pressure applied up front by Elizabeth Clymer and Maria Andrews took the ball off the Cambridge defence multiple times leading to some great chances for Magpies. Unfortunately the shots kept avoiding the Cambridge goal until the 58th minute where, following some excellent quick passing, Maria Andrew’s was able to put the ball past the Cambridge keeper to level the score. Cambridge responded well, frustrated with losing the lead and forcing the Magpies defence into some great tackles, leaving the Cambridge forwards unable to put another goal past Magpies. The Magpies were unable to put one past Cambridge either, leaving the final score as 1-1.

The Magpies team, who had hoped for a win this weekend put in a good performance and were eventually happy to come away from a tough game with another point, keeping them in good spirit, ready to take on St Albans away next weekend.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Jade Daly, Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn and Maria Andrews

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against Northampton Saints

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against Northampton Saints

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played Northampton Saints on Saturday in their second league match of the season. Northampton were promoted this year to the National League and Magpies wanted to continue their good form following their win last weekend against West Herts and this they did, convincingly winning 5-0.

Magpies warmed up well and were ready from the moment the game started. The team looked focused on their goal of another win, starting the game by moving the ball quickly round the pitch to find the forwards, who used their skills and training to create the opportunity for Elizabeth Clymer to make the score 1-0 after just 5 minutes. The midfield of Charlotte Harrison, Debbie Francis and Lauren Barber were using the space they created to good use with some great balls through to the forward line, whilst also holding up play and winning the ball high up the pitch. Magpies were looking strong as they won a number of short corners but these were narrowly missed or saved by the Northampton keeper. However in the 20th minute Maria Andrews outplayed the Northampton defence and struck the ball on her reverse, sending the ball high into the top right hand corner putting Magpies 2-0 up. Several more opportunities followed as Magpies dominated the first half but no more goals were scored before the half time whistle blew.

The second half was started strongly by Magpies with the forwards, midfield and the defence of Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley and Bryony Lund using the width of the pitch to create attacking plays and put pressure on the Northampton defence once again. This soon resulted in a goal from Annie Nunn, recently back from injury, taking the score to 3-0. However due to some misplaced passing, Northampton threatened the Magpies goal, hitting the post and forcing some good saves from Charlotte Peet to keep them from scoring. A raised ball from a Northampton player then hit the head of Captain Lucy Belsey, causing her to leave the pitch and for Magpies to reshape. Holding the middle of the pitch and stretching the Northampton defence led to more opportunities for Magpies, creating more corners and gaining space for the forwards, eventually allowing Victoria Findlay to score in open play, 4-0 to Magpies. With the return of the Captain to the pitch Magpies pushed forwards again up the pitch, holding Northampton in their half and allowing Maria Andrews to put another goal past their keeper to bring the game and final score to 5-0. This impressive win by Magpies at home boosts their confidence going in to next week’s game at home against Cambridge City at 14:00.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn and Maria Andrews

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against West Herts

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team against West Herts

Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played newcomers to the league West Herts and showed them the high standard needed to be in this league with a convincing win of 5-2.

With a good mindset, warm up and some excellent support from the injured Kath Johnson on the side line Magpies felt on their way to beginning their season well. The start of the game saw Magpies go 1 nil up after 2 minutes with Lucy Whiting scoring in open play. The women felt confident, although they did not have control of the ball all of the time with the defenders and midfield players battling hard to keep the ball out of the circle. However, this pressure on Magpies allowed for great opportunities to use the practiced counter attacking play. The forwards did not miss these opportunities and Magpies saw another goal from Victoria Findlay after 24 minutes with Kara Kilbourn following with another shortly after. This left Magpies on a high going in to the second half 3-0 up.

The second half saw Magpies pushed into their own half again finding it difficult to create opportunities to get the ball up the pitch with West Herts putting on a high press. However, the chances Magpies did get, they took, with a short corner being converted by Louisa Greenacre from the top of the circle and deflected in to the top of the goal. This was not the end of the goals in this game with West Herts fighting back and scoring two goals in quick succession whilst Magpies were on the back foot. Magpies women regrouped changed the formation and held strong to change the momentum and put Magpies back on top finishing with a goal from Elizabeth Clymer to finalise the score and the game at 5-2.

Magpies look to continue with this momentum in to next Saturdays game at home at 14:00 against Northampton Saints.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Maria Andrews.

HARLESTON MAGPIES 1st TEAM LADIES AT THE PLUM TOURNAMENT

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES AT THE PLUM TOURNAMENT

Harleston Magpies ladies, sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, played two matches this weekend at the Lee Valley Stadium at the Olympic Park in London against Exe HC and Oxford Hawks. The Magpies team were not at their full strength due to injuries and unavailability and the weather was far from glorious sunshine but this did not deter them from putting in two great performances, winning their first match 2-0 and drawing their second 1-1.

Magpies first match against Exe HC tested the Magpies defence in the first half with Exe creating some break away play allowing them to put pressure on Magpies and gain short corners. However, Magpies defence held strong and allowed no shots on target, whilst the midfield worked hard to pressure the Exe hockey players higher up the pitch gaining vital momentum for the forwards to put some shots on target to test the Exe goal keeper. Unfortunately, in this half these chances did not result in any goals and the score remained 0-0. The second half saw Magpies fighting spirit come through with them creating some great link ups up the pitch to allow the forwards to win several shorts corners resulting in two deflecting goals off the post by Debbie Francis and Lucy Belsey. Magpies held on to the ball and the lead for the rest of the game with no saves having to be made by goalkeeper Jade Daly leaving the score 2-0 at full time.

The second match against Oxford Hawks showed how much effort Magpies put in this pre-season. With weary legs and terrible weather Magpies fought hard and created some great attacking play, once again scoring from a short corner with Lizzie Clymer hitting it from the top of the circle into the bottom left hand corner. The pressure was not all on Oxford Hawks defence as they too made several attacking advances with an overload in midfield causing Magpies to pull together and hold the middle to stop any goals being scored in the first half. However, in the second half Magpies had a spell of being kept in their own half and the Oxford team took advantage of this by scoring the only goal that day against the Magpies keeper. Magpies picked up their formation and momentum again and created chances up until the end but could not put another goal past the Oxford keeper, leaving the score 1-1.

These were the last two pre- season matches before the start of the league. Magpies hope to take their successful pre-season lead up into the game next weekend.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Jade Daly, Olivia Locke, Kara Kilbourn, Tor Findlay, Mia King, Jess Howland, Amy de Selincourt and Jess Howland.