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Ladies 1st Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Sevenoaks 1st Team (Home (L) L 0-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week faced unbeaten Sevenoaks at The Nest.  Magpies knew they would be facing an experienced Sevenoaks team that will no doubt finish towards the top of the table at the end of the season.

The first half was dominated by Magpies pressing the Sevenoaks defence and creating goal scoring opportunities but the Sevenoaks defence stayed strong and kept the score at 0 – 0.

The game was tightly contested with frustrations showing from both teams as they couldn’t break through.  Magpies received an unfortunate injury at the end of the first half with Emma Lee-Smith receiving a knock to her jaw.  Followed by a Sevenoaks injury later in the game.

Sevenoaks took the lead early in the second half, taking full advantage of a short corner and scrambling the ball into the goal. This kicked Sevenoaks into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence.

Overall, it was a great game for the spectators to watch but not the result Magpies were hoping for.  The ladies will take a lot from this game into training next week.  Travelling to Chelmsford next week, Magpies hope to bounce back from defeat with a win, in this early part of the season.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Emma Lee-Smith, Olivia Locke, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Lizzie Clymer.

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Cambridge City 1st Team (Away (L) L 3-0)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estates Agents this week travelled to Cambridge City. Magpies went into the game knowing that they would be a Cambridge City team much boosted from that of the previous season. With an ever increasing injury list and school fixtures making some of the younger players unavailable, Magpies called up Laura Tibbenham and Olivia Locke to the team to make their National League debuts.

The game started slowly, however, as the first-half progressed Cambridge’s Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh inevitably began to take control of midfield. After 15 minutes Cambridge worked a great move down the left, carrying along the baseline and the resulting cross being put past Magpies’ keeper.

For the remainder of the first-half Cambridge continued to control the game and created several half chances without really putting the Magpies’ keeper, Charlotte Peet, under too much pressure. Emma Lee-Smith continued to probe with some strong injections into our attacking circle but unfortunately Magpies’ forwards were unable to get on the end of them.

1-0 down at half-time, coach Rob Sorrell rallied the troops and Magpies came out fighting. For the first ten minutes Magpies controlled the game and created several chances to score. Magpies won a number of short corners and a Lucy Whiting effort was denied by the post; but sadly Magpies were unable to find a break-through. Midway through the second half Cambridge broke down the right and following a quick free hit on the edge of the D penetrated the circle which was well deflected by the Cambridge forward to make it 2-0.

Magpies did not allow their heads to drop and continued to press. After a quickly taken free-hit, a fantastic through ball to Emma Lee-Smith drew a foul, resulting in a penalty flick to Magpies; unfortunately, the firm shot to the bottom left was well saved by the Cambridge keeper.

This appeared to really spur on Cambridge who then took control of the remainder on the half and forced a number of short corners one of which was stopped on the line by a Magpies’ foot and a penalty flick was awarded. Helen Richardson-Walsh stepped up and coolly converted making it 3-0, which was the resultant final score.

It was a tough day for Magpies, with Cambridge worthy winners but Magpies will take heart that they worked hard and gave it their all. Those stepping up made a great contribution and gained confidence as the game went on.

Next week, Harleston Magpies welcome high-flyers Sevenoaks to the Nest, who will be looking for revenge after Magpies’ 1-0 home win last season.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louise Greenacre, Olivia Locke, Emma Lee-Smith, Annie Nunn, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Laura Tibbenham

Ladies 1st Tea Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs St Albans 1st Team (Home (L) W 1-0)

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team sponsored bMusker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed St Albans to Weybread for their first National League home game of the season. After last week’s disappointing performance away at league newcomers Barnes, Magpies were determined to improve key areas of their game and pick up their first points of the season in front of a home crowd. 

Magpies started the first half at a high intensity, moving the ball early and utilising the forwards athleticism to attack with pace and press the St Albans defence. This pressure forced an error the from the St Albans defence which saw Magpies regain possession in the attacking twenty five and with an accurate pass, Emma Lee-Smith set up Lizzie Clymer who hit a first time strike from the top of the circle which beat the scrambling St Albans defence and goalkeeper to give Magpies a deserved early lead. 

Before half time Magpies were unlucky not to extend their lead when Abby Gooderham was denied by the post and further Magpies attacks were contained by the St Albans defence.

The second half saw Magpies continue to threaten the St Albans goal but unfortunately they were unable to create a clear goal scoring opportunity which would have eased the nerves of the home crowd. 

With only one goal between the teams St Albans pressed for the equaliser creating numerous problems for the Magpies defence. The defence was strengthened this week with the addition of Lottie Summers who made many crucial tackles and interceptions on her National League debut. 

The team continued to work hard until the final whistle to maintain a clean sheet and record their first league win of the season. 

Next week the team travels to Cambridge City who have also started the season with one victory and one defeat.

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 23rd September 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Barnes (Away (L) L 0-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled into central London, some via the scenic route of Big Ben, for their first league game of the season.

Magpies started the first half confidently with some good drives down the right by Jess Howland and Lucy Belsey resulting in a early short corner. Unfortunately, the powerful shot from Lauren Barber narrowly went wide. From this Barnes got into a good stride putting Magpies under relentless pressure going forward. The home side then took the lead half way through the first half with a well executed short corner. The remainder of the first half was fairly even with neither side dominating and both creating scoring opportunities.

Following coach Rob Sorrell’s half-time team talk the forward line began to make more leads which resulted in chances in front of goal narrowly going wide. However, some good aerial clearances from the Barnes defence led to a second goal for the home team. Magpies refused to let their heads drop with Charlie Harrison and Lauren Barber working tirelessly in the midfield creating opportunities for Annie Nunn who made some great runs down the left which maintained pressure on the Barnes’ defence.

Overall Magpies were disappointed to come away with a loss but will hope to get back to winning ways in next week’s fixture back at the nest.

Congratulations to Aoife Lowe-Davies on her National league debut.

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

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 17th September 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Oxford Hawkes (Away (F) W 2-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Old Loughtonians hockey club to play Oxford Hawkes in their final pre-season encounter.  This week the squad welcomed back captain Lucy Belsey and the experienced Debbie Francis.

Oxford started the game brightly, despite already having played this weekend, creating opportunities to score with quick counter attacks, a good defensive transfer and playing attacking hockey. Oxford dominated possession in the first half, however it was Magpies who opened the scoring from a short corner.  An accurate drag was stopped by Tor Findlay at the top of the circle for Aoife Lowe-Davies to drag low and right where Lauren Mickleburgh was well positioned to deflect past the keeper.

After a positive team-talk Magpies started the second half on top. The midfield of Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn and Debbie Francis worked hard to lead and create opportunities for the defence to get higher up the pitch.  Despite a bright start, Magpies were guilty on a number of occasions of losing possession in key areas, putting themselves under pressure.  Oxford took their opportunity, winning a short corner which they converted after some confusion in the Magpies’ defence.

Magpies continued to work hard and were rewarded with another short corner opportunity.  Despite the routine not going quite to plan, the ball found Lucy Whiting on the penalty spot, who cooly turned the defender and found the corner of the goal.

Magpies took a lot of positives from the game and now look forward to kicking off their league campaign.

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

 

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st Team Match Report – 9th September 2017

Southgate 4 Harleston Magpies 3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Southgate for another pre-season friendly. The team welcomed Aoife Lowe-Davies and Laura Tibbenham, both making their first team debuts.

Magpies came flying out of the blocks right from the whistle, pressing high and aggressively which resulted in a short corner being won within the opening minutes of the game. Captain Lauren Barber stepped up to the plate with her initial sweep finding the backboard to open the scoring. Southgate soon bounced back and started to stretch the Magpies’ press which led to a corner being conceded.  Southgate opened their account when a bobbly ball found its way over the line.   Following this, Magpies had a good spell of attacking hockey down the right side of the pitch.  A flick was won after the Southgate goalkeeper took out Aoife Lowe-Davies on the baseline. Again, Barber stepped up and calmly converted to put Magpies 2-1 up at the break.

After a critical half-time talk, Magpies went out in the torrential weather hoping to add to their score.  They did exactly this, when Charlie Harrison made a good baseline carry, pulling the ball back for Tor Findlay to finish in her usual cool fashion.  Soon after, a defensive error led to a 1v1 with Charlotte Peet in the Magpies’ circle. After an impressive initial save, another Southgate forward was on hand to get the rebound and pull a goal back.

With a small squad, it was evident that Magpies’ legs were starting to tire towards the end of the game.  Some questionable decisions within the defensive 25 led to a corner being converted by Southgate, levelling the scores. Within the closing minutes of the game the Magpies’ defensive unit of Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley and Sketch Titley were being put under a lot of pressure and were very unlucky to concede another corner on the final whistle.  Southgate took advantage of the opportunity and converted to give them the win.

Despite the scoreline, a great team performance taking into account the squad size and conditions on the day.  Next week the ladies travel to Old Loughtonians where they face Oxford Hawks in their final pre-season encounter.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lauren Barber (Capt), Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Sketch Titley, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith, Charlie Harrison, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Tor Findlay, Laura Tibbenham and Alice Woollatt.

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Match Report – Friendly vs Ipswich

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Match Report – Friendly vs Ipswich

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to local rivals Ipswich in a pre-season friendly.  Magpies welcomed Charlie Harrison, Rose Winter and debutant Lottie Summers to the squad this week.

Playing in quarters offered the management good opportunity to review tactics.  Each team had their phases of possession and Ipswich dominated in the second quarter exploiting gaps in the Magpies press and pinning them into their own 25.  Against the run of play, Magpies took the lead at the end of the second quarter with Annie Nunn deflecting in on the left post from a well-worked penalty corner routine.

Magpies had their best spell in the third quarter creating a lots of chances at goal. They extended their lead when the ball found Lucy Whiting on the far post who scored with a reverse stick sweep.

The final quarter was more end-to-end with both teams struggling to retain possession. In the closing stages Ipswich caught Magpies on the break out-numbering the defence leaving an unmarked player on the back post to tap home.

Magpies were pleased to come away with a win against an experienced Ipswich team. Next week the squad travel to Southgate as they work towards the start of the season.

Squad: Charlotte Peet, Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Sketch Titley, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woolatt, Anna Tighe.

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Pre Season Tournament at Cannock HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Pre Season Tournament at Cannock HC.

This weekend Magpies Ladies 1s sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Cannock with a mixed squad of prospective first team players. This tournament gave Magpies the opportunity to play other National and Premier league clubs and apply pre-season tactics and technical elements of the game into practice.
Match 1 vs Reading
After a shakey first five minutes, Magpies soon settled into their formation. Tor Findley broke the deadlock after Emma Lee-Smith played a through ball creating a one v one. Tor calmly finished this having rounded the keeper.  The midfield of Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith and Abby Gooderham pushed forward to support the attack and create numerous chances in front of goal. Magpies finally extended their lead when Alice Woollatt was well-positioned to deflect Lizzie Clymer’s initial shot. Lucy Whiting came close to scoring one of her famous deflections within the closing minutes, however the game ended 2-0 Pies.Magpies were pleased to come away with a win and a clean sheet in their first game. This was down to a tight defensive unit of Charlotte Peet, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Micklebough and Sketch Titley.
Match 2 vs Birmingham Uni
Magpies went into the game confident against a young Premier League Birmingham university team. Birmingham took the leak with a well-worked corner routine deflected high into the net. Magpies tried to remain composed and work to create chances to equalise. Within the closing minutes their patience paid off when an Abby Gooderham drag flick found the back of the net from a penalty corner.  This was a successful end to day one.
After the Saturday evening proved to provide lots of entertainment under the wing of Howland, Magpies team spirit was certainly at a high going into to day 2.
Match 3 vs Isca
With some tired legs, and some fresh faces joining the squad, Magpies were feeling positive on another hot day. Isca were to prove to be more of a challenge for Magpies with good organisation, fast ball pace and good movement off the ball. The press worked hard with plenty of leg work and trialling a new formation, Magpies tried to cope with the fast Isca attack. Unfortunately, Isca took the lead after Magpies were caught on the break. They added to their score with a reverse stick shot from a tight angle from a short corner routine.  Despite the score, Magpies players  gained valuable experience from playing in a new formation.
Match 4 vs Slough
After another change of formation, Magpies started strongly by retaining possession in key areas. Chances came and went and at halftime the scoreline remained level. At this point, the win was up for grabs for either team.After a high Slough press, they turned over the ball at the edge of the D and took the lead. Minutes later, they added to their score after a bobbling ball crept into the corner of the goal.
After a mixed weekend of results, Magpies had a lot of positives to take away and will continue to work hard in preparation for the forthcoming season. Next week Magpies travel away to play Ipswich Ladies 1s in another pre season friendly.

Squad: 
Charlotte Peet (GK), Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleborough, Charlotte Seaman, Sketch Titley, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn, Olivia Locke, Lucy Field, Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt and Katie Woollatt.

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