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LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

1st Team v St Albans L 1-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents came into this week’s game sitting top of the league and full of confidence after a great performance the previous weekend. There were a few changes to the squad with Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell unavailable due to school commitments and Lucy Whiting injured. Magpies did however welcome back Emma Lee-Smith and Louisa Greenacre both having recovered from injury.
The game started with St Albans winning battles all over the pitch but failing to produce any real chances, allowing Magpies time to recompose and up their own intensity. The home side started to press with Tor Findlay and Lizzie Clymer setting the pace and forcing the turnover. Emma Lee-Smith continued this great work and won the ball mid press, taking on and beating with excellent skill a couple of the St Albans players before setting up Jess Bloom. A beautiful reverse stick strike into the roof of the net put Magpies 1-0 ahead.
Unfortunately, Magpies lost the momentum that they had gained and some good play from St Albans saw them work their way up the pitch, pressurising the defence.  A short corner was awarded which was converted to bring the scores level just before half-time.
The second half started with the same intensity but it was scrappy with both sides failing to maintain possession and allowing through balls down the centre of the pitch. St Albans took advantage of this and were able to convert a chance from open play, 2-1.  
Despite Magpies best efforts and injuries coming from all angles they could not find an equaliser and with just a couple of minutes to play, another loss in possession up the field led to St Albans having a breakaway attack which they converted well at the back post.
Magpies were left frustrated after a difficult afternoon and a 3-1 loss. Next week, the squad hope to get back to winning ways as they travel to Horsham.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown(GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom and Charley Seaman.

LADFIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 1st Teram v Ipswich 1 W 5-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents warmly welcomed newly promoted and local rivals Ipswich Hockey Club to the Nest on a sunny Saturday November afternoon.
Magpies, this week, were without goalkeeper Meg Brown (running the New York Marathon) and Jess Bloom, so this gave the opportunity for Jade Daley to step in as goalkeeper and for Georgie Cantrell to make her senior debut – we also welcomed back Charlie Harrison and Lucy Whiting.
From the start Magpies were in no mood to allow Ipswich to settle and seized the initiative immediately. In the first minute, an arrow like through ball from Lizzie Clymer, found Lauren Rowe free at the top of the D who collected the ball calmly, rounded the keeper 1v1 to slot home in to an empty goal; 1-0 after 52 seconds.
This gave Magpies great confidence and within the next seven minutes there was real penetrative work down the right from Lara Taylor which led to Clymer winning two short corners. Both were injected, as always, with power and accuracy by Rose Winter allowing Rowe time to dispatch them both towards the corners of the goal with the keeper only able to parry them into net.
3-0 up inside 8 minutes of a Ladies National League Game and with a true ‘Denham Hattrick’ (3 consecutive goals by the same player with no other player scoring in between) had the large Saturday crowd in fine voice and others heading to check the club’s record books.
With the fluid combination of youth and experience, Magpies continued to dominate and it was not long before Rowe’s scoring continued with another trade mark, unstoppable, drag flick into the top corner of the goal after 20 minutes.
The intensity understandably dropped off for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half allowing Ipswich into the game and they were awarded a series of short corners – Daley in goal, and her defensive team including Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis, Katrina Sitch, Fran Burrell stood firm and Magpies reached half-time 4-0 up.
The second half of the match was a much more even affair and saw several of our younger players given the opportunity to gain valuable confidence at this level. With Charley Seaman looking confidently skilful and Georgie Cantrell forcefully impressive means Magpies have an exciting prospect.
Magpies scoring was completed on the hour mark when the combination between Tor Findlay and Winter led to a cross to an unmarked Rowe, who while on the ground, made a reverse stick deflection into the goal.
A fantastic all-round team performance supported from the bench by injured non-playing captain Lucy Belsey, coach Clyde Camburn, asst. coach Annie Nunn and team manager Nick McAllen. A 5-0 win and a well-deserved Player of Match award for Lauren Rowe, was topped off with the knowledge that other results went in Magpies favour, leaving them top of the League Table.

Next week, Magpies host St Albans Hockey Club who are always tough opponents but Magpies will be keen to keep the successful winning run going.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly(GK), Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Georgie Cantrell, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 27TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 1st v Sevenoaks 1 W2-1

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Sevenoaks knowing it would be a tough game with reduced numbers due to injuries. Sevenoaks started the game well and dominated play but solid defending gave them no opportunity to take the lead. Magpies won a short corner within the first ten minutes which was comfortably slotted home low and hard by Lauren Rowe. Within a few minutes Magpies won a second short corner which once again Lauren Rowe found the back of the net with an awesome drag flick.
Sevenoaks fought back winning short corners and a penalty stroke but still could not get on the scoreboard. Half-time saw Magpies 2-0 up.
Sevenoaks came out hard in the second half desperate to get back into the game but an amazing team effort held solid for a substantial amount of time soaking up pressure. Sevenoaks won several short corners, finally slotting one home with ten minutes remaining.  Lara Taylor made a brilliant run down the right, passing the ball across the circle for a deflection from Lauren Rowe which beat the goalkeeper and initially was given but then disallowed. Sadly not quite getting her hat-trick!  Sevenoaks then opted to go to a kicking back but Magpies stayed strong to secure another three points and send them to second in the league table. 

Next week Magpies welcome local rivals Ipswich to Weybread. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Georgie Gardens, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 21ST OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 1 v Cambridge City 1 W 2-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week took on table-topping Cambridge City at home on a warm Sunday afternoon at Weybread. Magpies were expecting a difficult challenge ahead with Cambridge winning all three of their games so far this season. Magpies without Emma Lee Smith through injury and Charlie Harrison were pleased to welcome Rose Winter and Lottie Summers back into the squad.
After a good warm-up Magpies started the game well which was pleasing and an improvement on previous weeks. Magpies forwards were putting great pressure on the Cambridge defence and resulted in a string of corners for Magpies. The final one was converted by Lauren Rowe on the tenth minute with a powerful drag flick to the top corner. Putting Lauren on four goals for the season and joint top goal scorer in the league.
The latter part of the first half belonged to Cambridge who kept the ball well and moved it across the pitch but nothing clinical was created as a result of some excellent defending in the Magpies D by Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre and Katrina Sitch.
After more inspirational words at half-time by the coaching team Magpies started the second half well and forced more corners and this time a low and hard drag flick by Lottie Summers on the 45th minute put Magpies 2-0 up. From then on Magpies played with confidence and dominated the play. Superb pressing and leg work by the forwards led by Rose Winter and supported by Lizzie Clymer enabled the Magpies midfield to step up and turn over possession high up the pitch.
Magpies did concede some corners towards the end but they were defended well including some excellent saves by Megan Brown in goal for Magpies. The second half was a commanding display by Magpies, disciplined, organised and controlled with lots of attacking flair and many happy supporters who added great atmosphere to a quality game!
Player of the match was Debbie Francis who stood out with a dominant second half performance in which she controlled the centre of the pitch. 

Next Saturday Magpies travel to Sevenoaks who sit just behind them in the league table.  It is sure to be another testing game for the team but one they will go into full of confidence. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Lottie Summers, Rose Winter, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 13TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Southgate W 3-1

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Southgate full of confidence after a battling performance against Wimbledon the previous week.  Despite the delay in push back and the hot weather, Magpies started the game strongly, creating some good attacking opportunities and within a couple of minutes winning a short corner.  Magpies took the lead thanks to a perfectly placed drag flick from Lauren Rowe in the bottom right corner.
Unfortunately for the rest of the half the intensity of the game dropped, probably due to the unexpectedly hot weather.  Southgate won many of the 50/50 balls and were dangerous in their fast counter attacks. Magpies had a few chances but failed to convert them and eventually Southgate equalised from a short corner. The initial shot was saved by goalkeeper Megan Brown but Magpies were unable to clear their lines before the fast-thinking Southgate player tapped it in.
Magpies came off at half-time disappointed with their first half performance knowing they had not shown their full potential and had given Southgate too much space and time on the ball.  With a motivational team-talk from injured captain Lucy Belsey and coach Clyde Camburn Magpies went into the second half with optimism.  Starting with great intensity winning the 50/50 balls and quickly putting pressure on Southgate when they had possession. This led to many more attacking opportunities.
Five minutes into the second half Lara Taylor picked up a mis-trapped ball from one of the Southgate defenders, running it down the right to the baseline and lifting it past the Southgate goalkeeper into the net to give Magpies a 2-1 lead.
Magpies kept up their fast attacking mentality and less than a minute later some great individual skills and linking play between the attack and midfield won the team a short corner.  A fast, accurate ball from Lauren Rowe was met on the right post by a diving Lara Taylor giving Magpies a 3-1 lead and Lara a well-deserved brace.
Towards the end of the second half, Southgate stepped up the pressure and were more physical. However, the Magpies defence kept strong and calm, making lots of good tackles and interceptions. They also distributed it quickly and accurately to the midfield who provided some great linking play to the attack. In the last few minutes Southgate had a couple of opportunities to get back into the game from short corners but the Magpies defensive short corner unit held firm.
Overall it was an encouraging performance showing resilience and the ability to up our game in the second half, despite not always playing their best hockey. A special mention also goes to Jess Bloom and Emma Lee-Smith who both worked tirelessly hard for the team with their experience helping Magpies to the win. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Emily Rash. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 6TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 1st v Wimbledon L 3-4

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Wimbledon to Weybread in an encounter which the squad knew would be a difficult game, with Wimbledon finishing second in the league last season.
The game started at a high intensity set by Wimbledon which Magpies struggled to adjust to. After 15 minutes Magpies found themselves 2-0 down after some slick passing moves from Wimbledon.
Magpies finally started to settle into the game and after winning a few short corners, one was converted when Emma Lee-Smith struck from the top of the D and Lara Taylor made sure it was going in on the post.
This gave Magpies the belief that they could get something out of the game and they continued to attack. With this came more short corners and after Emma Lee-Smith struck another ball, it took a deflection off a Wimbledon player and beat the keeper to level the scores at 2-2 going into half-time.
The game was pretty even in the second half with both teams attacking and creating chances but the defences standing strong. It was Magpies however that took the lead after a long ball found Lauren Rowe on the baseline in which she managed to carry it towards goal and beat the goalie with her reverse stick.
Wimbledon then stepped up the pressure on Magpies in which Magpies continued to defend well and keep them out, but after some continued pressure Magpies conceded a corner and Wimbledon then converted.
Shortly after Magpies conceded another corner which unfortunately took a deflection off a Magpies defender and found the back of the net.
|It was a disappointing result for Magpies having fought back from 2 down to take the lead before having it snatched away.  Despite the score line it was a very competitive game in which Magpies proved that they are capable of competing with any team in the league.
Next week Magpies travel to Southgate who will be keen to get some points on the board having been unsuccessful in their opening two fixtures. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Emily Rash. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

LADIES 1 V BEDFORD W 3-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Bedford hoping to start their season with a win.
The game begun at a frantic pace but with neither team able to retain possession or find a break-through in the final quarter.  Magpies best chance in the early play was created when Lauren Rowe’s short corner drag was saved spectacularly by the Bedford goalkeeper sending the ball high into the air. As the ball fell and Rose Winter was about the pull the trigger the umpire awarded Magpies another corner due to the perceived dangerous play.
As the half an hour mark approached without a breakthrough Magpies were getting anxious that they needed to make their early possession count.  They did just that after a quick passing move down the right found Emma Lee-Smith who burst into the circle and slipped the ball square to Tor Findlay who calmly slotted home under pressure from the Bedford goalkeeper.
Two minutes later another excellent move down the right found Rose Winter, after an excellent driving run to the top of the circle she doubled Magpies lead with a classy strike into the corner of the goal which left the Bedford goalkeeper with no chance.
At half-time with a 2-0 lead Magpies knew that they needed to continue to play fluid passing hockey in order to push on and extend their lead further.  Bedford came out strong in the second half attacking with more vigor and purpose. The Magpies defence however held strong and cleared up any Bedford attacks, not conceding one short corner all game.
As the hour mark approached Magpies were able to extend their lead further after Emma Lee-Smith found Lauren Rowe in space in the circle. Under pressure from the Bedford goalkeeper Lauren managed to get a reverse stick shot away beating the goalkeeper at the near post.
A drilled Magpies performance with great flair in attack allowed Magpies to see out the game and take all three points from their opening encounter. 

Next week, Magpies welcome Wimbledon to the nest, anticipating very strong opposition from the side that finished second in the league last season. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Rose Winter, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 25TH MARCH 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Southgate (Away (L) W 2-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents took to the pitch determined to take 3 points from Southgate in their second away game of the weekend. Cheered on again by a large contingent from Harleston, Magpies were quick out of the blocks to assert their authority.

Good work from Lauren Rowe and then Emma Lee-Smith resulted in two early Magpies short corners.  Magpies continued to dominate possession and territory but couldn’t get the elusive breakthrough.

In the 12th minute, a break by Southgate brought the first danger to Magpies’ defence but nothing came of it and the ball was cleared.  Magpies took control again and from a short corner Rowe slammed home the opener.

Magpies continued to press with Aoife Lowe-Davies having three shots on goal blocked in quick succession.  Then from a short corner Lee-Smith saw her shot drift wide. Next it was the turn of Martha Lawrence to bare down on Southgate’s goal but the keeper did well with a couple of blocks to keep the score down to 1-0 in favour of Magpies at half time.

As in Saturday’s game, Magpies made a poor start to the 2nd half conceding a goal in just the 3rd minute.  Magpies had to dig in as Southgate showed that they were willing to fight for the win that would provide them another week’s stay of execution from the relegation play offs.

Fatigue was setting in as the match went into the last quarter but Magpies got their second wind and started to show some quality through the whole team.  Rowe flashed a pass across the face of goal that Lowe-Davies just failed to get a firm enough connection with and then Lawrence nearly grabbed the vital second goal.

But eventually it did come. A great combination between Lizzie Clymer and Lee-Smith allowed Rowe to smash in the winner from a tight angle.  Magpies’ resilience was tested by Southgate as they took off their keeper in favour of 11 outfield players but they kept their heads to see the game out. A satisfying win, making that a season’s double over Southgate, meant that the team could head back to Norfolk with a great deal to be proud about from their two weekend performances.

After a break for Easter, Magpies return to league action with their re-arranged fixture and final game of the season at home to Bedford on Saturday 7th April 2018. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davis, Martha Lawrence. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 24TH MARCH 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Sevenoaks (Away (L) L3-4)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents came very close to completing a remarkable comeback at high flying Sevenoaks only to end up disappointed on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat.

 

Thanks to massive delays on the M25, the hosts agreed to a delayed 2.15pm push back and it was Sevenoaks that exerted the initial pressure spending a lot of time in Magpies’ half without seriously threatening their goal. Despite the dominant possession enjoyed by Sevenoaks they found it difficult to penetrate the Magpies’ D.  As the half wore on, Magpies gained some traction with more possession and territory but after 20 minutes Sevenoaks opened the scoring with a strike from the top of the D. 

 

Despite this setback Magpies continued to go toe-to-toe with their opponents and looked good value for an equaliser but a sloppy pass out of defence was intercepted and a quick fire move ended in Sevenoaks’ second goal and a 2-0 half-time lead for the home team.

 

The second half started badly for Magpies conceding a goal within 2 minutes of the restart. But rather than be down-hearted by this setback, Magpies turned in a fantastic half an hour of attacking hockey. After 10 minutes of dominant play Aoife Lowe-Davies picked up on a loose ball in the D and was fouled in the process of shooting in a one-on-one with the Sevenoaks’ keeper.  A penalty flick was awarded and Lauren Rowe stepped up to calmly slot the ball home and start the comeback.

 

Within 2 minutes Lowe-Davies robbed the ball from a Sevenoaks defender and slipped it to Emma Lee-Smith in the D. After a scramble in the goal mouth Lee-Smith found the net to make it 2-3. Magpies continued to press with Lucy Whiting, Lizzie Clymer, Lee-Smith and Katherine Ridley causing havoc in the Sevenoaks’ half.

 

Completing a mad 10 minutes, Magpies got their third goal to draw level at 3-3 when Lizzie Clymer shot past the stranded Sevenoaks’ keeper. The game then got quite feisty with several green and yellow cards issued and Lucy Belsey suffered a head injury from a deflected ball.

 

There only looked to be one team that would win from this point but Sevenoaks pulled themselves together and from a strong hit into the D a Sevenoaks forward dived to deflect in what turned out to be the winner.  It was a cruel blow for Magpies as their comeback warranted at least a point but they must have taken heart that they can compete at the highest level. With less than 24 hours rest the team stayed over in London in preparation for their match with Southgate on Sunday.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davis, Martha Lawrence. 

 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Hampstead & Westminster (Home (L) L0-5)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Hampstead and Westminster to The Nest. 

The game started evenly with both teams taking their chances in attack and remaining solid in defence.  In the 23rd minute the deadlock was broken when Kate MaCaw was quickest to react to a rebound to give Hampstead and Westminster the lead.  Magpies remained composed and continued to play their game.  Hampstead and Westminster were denied a clear goal scoring opportunity right on the stroke of half time as the whistle was blown to signify the break before they were able to get their shot away. 

Both teams gathered for a quick tactical talk with Magpies reassuring one another they could get the game back on level terms and even try to steal the crucial 3 points.

The second half came with a rain shower but both teams remained focussed despite the adverse weather conditions and fought hard.  In the 42nd minute Magpies conceded a short corner which was unfortunately converted by Amy Askew taking the score 2-0.  Despite determined defending Kate McCaw added to Hampstead and Westminster’s tally in the 44th minute leaving Magpies shaken.  One minute later Amy Askew found the net with a backhand shot from the top of the circle, taking their score to 4. 

Magpies encouraged each other to stay composed and did manage to create a few chances at goal from counter attacks but unfortunately couldn’t quite finish them.  Both teams were fighting hard in the closing stages of the match but it was Hampstead and Westminster who managed to grab the final goal of the game in the 64th minute, which was scored by Melanie Wilkinson.

Whilst Magpies were disappointed with the score line and their second half performance, particularly conceding three goals in quick succession, they accepted that they had been beaten by a quality team with aspirations of playing in the top flight next season.  Magpies will take positives from their first half performance and work hard in training this week in readiness for two crucial games next weekend. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence. 

LADIES 1ST TERAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st v Cambridge City (Home (L) L 1-2)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Cambridge City to The Nest, anticipating a tough match against a strong side sitting just above them in the table.
Cambridge started off the dominant team, putting Magpies under a lot of pressure.  Despite some good defending by the back line and saves by Charlotte Peet in goal it was Cambridge who were first to score.  A well executed penalty corner by Cambridge put them 1-0 up.  Magpies at times had some good chances going forward but it was Cambridge who were continuing to attack and after a number of corners they won a penalty stroke. Up stepped Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh to take the stroke.  A superb stick save by Charlotte Peet denied Richardson-Walsh and buoyed Magpies to attack with more confidence.  Lizzie Clymer and Rose Winter playing some excellent balls through to the forward line to create chances for Magpies to score.
With Magpies now having the momentum, Debbie Francis won the ball from Richardson-Walsh in midfield and passed to Rose Winter. Rose turned on the burners, accelerating down the right and finding Abby Gooderham on the baseline. Abby kept strong and composed as she carried the ball into the D and squared to Lizzie Clymer who comfortably slotted the ball home to bring the scores even at half time.
The second half brought fast attacking play by both sides.  Unfortunately Magpies struggled to convert their chances whilst Cambridge were clinical and won another penalty corner which they converted, giving them the 2-1 lead.
With not long to go and nothing to lose, Magpies continued to press hard. Rose Winter began to control the midfield and linked up well with the forward line.  In the last few minutes a change of tactic sent Lauren Rowe to defence to switch the game up using her fantastic aerial to get the ball quickly to the forwards. Despite Magpies’ best efforts no further chances could be converted and the final score was 2-1 to Cambridge. 

Next week Magpies travel away to Southgate. A game which Magpies will be determined to take 3 points from. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Martha Lawrence, Abby Gooderham. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st v Wimbledon (Away (L) L 1-2)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week made the long trip to Wimbledon.
As expected Wimbledon came out strong and put Magpies’ defence under a lot of pressure.  The team worked hard to minimise any Wimbledon attacks conceding only three corners in the first half.  With some great running from Katrina Sitch closing down the intimidating figure and GB gold medalist Crista Cullen at the top of the circle, Magpies stood strong and kept the scores even.
With five minutes of the half remaining, after a quick move around Magpies’ defence Wimbledon found a player on the P spot who converted for them to take the lead.
On the stroke of half time, Emma Lee-Smith had a great run through the Wimbledon defence and was about to pull the trigger when the umpire blew the whistle for an earlier infringement and awarded Magpies a corner.  Despite Magpies’ corner routines looking sharp they were unable to capitalise. 

Going into the second half Magpies knew they were playing good hockey moving the ball well across the pitch and the game was all to play for.  The second half was much more end-to-end with hard work from the Magpies’ midfield led by Lauren Barber and Debbie Francis minimising any Wimbledon attacks through the middle of the pitch.  However, Wimbledon were able to add to their score from a well-worked short corner routine and an accurate strike into the corner of the goal.
Magpies did not let their heads drop and were further buoyed by some excellent saves by goalkeeper Charlotte Peet to keep Wimbledon’s tally to two.  They began to put Wimbledon under increasing pressure with some quick attacks of their own.  The forward-line also stepped up the pressure on the Wimbledon defence forcing them into making mistakes and winning a number of corners.
Magpies managed to pull a goal back with about 5 minutes on the clock with an excellent drag flick by Lauren Rowe, converted by Rose Winter on the left post.
Magpies dominated possession for the remainder of the game, with Lucy Whiting attacking at speed to win Magpies two more corners in the closing stages.  With the final whistle blown during the last corner of the game Magpies pushed their team forward.  Unfortunately Abby Gooderham’s initial drag was well saved by the Wimbledon goalkeeper and a powerful follow-up strike by Katrina Sitch eluded the Magpies’ post player.
Magpies walked away from this game with their pride intact knowing they performed well against a well-drilled and experienced Wimbledon side that really should be pushing for promotion into the top league. 

Next week Magpies host Cambridge City, a team which they lost to away from home and includes GB gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Martha Lawrence, Abby Gooderham. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Chelmsford (Home (L) W 6-1)

This week Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed Chelmsford to The Nest. 

The match commenced with even ball possession with Magpies’ defence holding strong, in particular Katrina Sitch who soaked up a lot of pressure from Chelmsford’s right forward.  Magpies began to dominate about ten minutes into the half and took the lead when Lottie Summers won the team’s first short corner, which was dispatched by Louisa Greenacre with a classy strike from the top of the circle.  

Lauren Barber made some crucial tackles in the middle of the pitch keeping Magpies on the front foot.  Magpies added to their tally in the 24th minute from another short corner, dragged from the top by Lauren Rowe and deflected in by Lucy Whiting.  5 minutes later, after an excellent through ball from Debbie Francis, Martha Lawrence scored after an excellent run into the circle.  Soon after Lottie Summers won the team another short corner, which after a 1-2 with Emma Lee-Smith was finished off by Rose Winter.
Emma Lee-Smith maintained a key role for Magpies not only by running the corner routines but dominating through the middle. There was also some exceptional ball carrying from Annie Nunn in the left midfield position.
The Magpies went into the second half confidently with a four goal advantage.  After four minutes, Lizzie Clymer rounded two defenders and squared to Lottie Summers on the P-spot who cooly reverse flicked in to take the home team’s tally to five.
The next ten minutes were a lot more end-to-end with Charlotte Peet making some awesome saves in goal, as well as Lucy Belsey providing great cover and motivation for the team.  In the 51st minute Lauren Rowe converted another corner for Magpies, flicking an outrageously spacey ball into the top of the goal.
With 19 minutes of the match remaining Chelmsford scored a consolation goal when a counter attack was well finished from the top of the circle.
The match finished 6-1, with another crucial 3 points in the bag.  Next week Magpies travel to third placed Wimbledon in what is sure to be a tough contest. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Barnes (Home (L) W 3-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed Barnes to The Nest in their first game after the indoor break.
Magpies started the game strongly but struggled to make the most of their possession. Mid-way through the half Magpies conceded a short corner which Barnes converted. This changed the momentum of the game and put Barnes on the front foot.
Magpies stood strong, opening their account four minutes later after Lauren Rowe dispossessed the Barnes defender and found Emma Lee-Smith who cooly rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.  Lauren Rowe doubled Magpies’ score deflecting in a penalty corner to make it 2-1 at half-time.
The second half started with Magpies determined to extend their lead. The defence were holding a high line putting pressure on the Barnes forwards whenever they got the ball. The Magpies midfield were controlling the game however despite some good interchanges down the right flank clear cut chances were hard to come by. Magpies did force a few short corners but a solid Barnes defence thwarted the home team’s efforts. Barnes were restricted to attacking on the break and did force a short corner of their own but the Magpies’ defence remained steadfast.
Eventually Magpies found the third goal that they were looking for from another penalty corner. Abby Gooderham flicked to the goalkeeper’s left and despite hitting a defender’s stick there was too much power for her to keep it out.
Barnes continued to look to hit Magpies on the break but the home team repelled all advances. Magpies looked to control the game with their slick passing although clear cut chances were not forthcoming and the game finished 3-1.
Magpies were pleased to kick off the second half of the season with a vital win. Next week Magpies have another home game against bottom-placed Chelmsford. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Charlie Harrison, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD DECEMBER 2017

Ladies 1 v Bedford (Home (EHC) W 2-0)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre estate agents, this week made their first appearance in the England Hockey cup, having been awarded a buy in the first round.  With a much changed team including a number of youngsters, Magpies welcomed Bedford, a side they had drawn with in the league only three week’s previous.  

Magpies always knew they would have to start strongly, with the forward line leading an aggressive press.  They found a break-through mid-way through the first half after Lucy Whiting turned the ball over high up the pitch winning a short corner which Abby Gooderham  converted following up a good initial save from the Bedford goalkeeper. Magpies soon doubled their lead with Lizzie Clymer scoring from close range.  

The second half saw a major improvement from the visitors forcing strong performances from the home side’s defence. Jess Howland was resolute at centre back with plenty of hard work from fellow defenders Lucy Belsey and Katrina Sitch.  After Tor Findlay retired injured, Magpies regained their composure and despite Bedford putting Magpies under increasing pressure, they had a few break away chances to extend their lead.  Lottie Summers and Lauren Barber worked tirelessly to control the midfield.

Bedford won a shortcorner in the final seconds to give Magpies one final test, but Magpies defended well for a well earned victory and a clean sheet.

Squad: Jade Daly (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Katrina Sitch, Charlie Seaman, Lottie Summers, Abby Gooderham, Olivia Locke, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith, Alice Woolatt.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 1st Team v St Albans (Away (L) L 0-2)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre estate agents this week travelled to St Albans hoping to finish the first half of the season with a win. St Albans started the game with more intensity and it took Magpies 15 minutes to start gaining any momentum. Once Magpies gained a foothold in the game, the tide started turning and the best chances fell to the away team. Despite this, a breakaway goal led to Magpies going 1-0 down. 

The half time team talk focused on stepping up the pressure and the intensity. Magpies followed the instructions perfectly and created chance after chance, putting the St Albans defence under increasing pressure. Despite the impressive performance, Magpies were unable to beat an impressive goalie and a 2nd breakaway goal meant the visitors came away losers. Magpies certainly deserved something considering the number of chances created. Despite the loss, coach Rob Sorrell commented ‘the performance was fantastic and one of the best of the season. Unfortunately we couldn’t turn it into points today but it gives us great confidence for the second half of the season.’ The result leaves Magpies 5th in the table with 10 points. 

Magpies have a home tie against Bedford in the cup on Sunday 3rd December and the league resumes in February after the winter break.  

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Katrina Sitch, Lottie Summers, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 1st Team v Southgate (Home (L) W 3-0)

Harleston Magpies 3 Southgate 0

A brisk and bright Saturday at the nest saw Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents take on Southgate, in front of a large and supportive home crowd. After a run of disappointing results and a frustrating away draw last week the team had a few points to prove to both the supporters and themselves. They started well with a positive and searching tempo, putting Southgate on the back foot from the first whistle. The midfield line of Charlotte Harrison and Annie Nunn was superbly augmented but the return of the ever influential Debbie Francis with Lauren Barber driving through from defence to support. An early flurry of chances were not converted after some excellent interplay from the forward line of Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith and Lucy Whiting, but the deadlock was broken by the introduction of Tor Findlay who coolly slotted home after some strong running and an accurate cross from Whiting. Further chances and a couple of short corners were created before half time, before Southgate had there first real chance of the game. The Magpies defence held fast with Charlotte Peet in goal making an important save and Louisa Greenacre, Lucy Belsey and Katrina Sitch covering well and regaining control of the defence. The second half saw much of the same drive from midfield and space created up front with may more chances coming Magpies’ way. With the Southgate players getting punished for some illegal tackles and indiscipline they soon found themselves down to 10 players for most of the second half. This enabled more space upfront leading to a glut of chances. Lee-Smith found herself in space to score her first from the top of the circle after another interception by the midfield and pressure on the Southgate defence. She then finished off her brace firing in a rebound after another positive run from Whiting down the right and a saved shot from Harrison. By this time in the game Magpies had full control and were creating more chances on goal which unfortunately could not be converted. Overall a very classy performance and important result for the team at this point in the season. It was also excellent to herald the return of Katrina Sitch and Debbie Francis who both made a real impact in their areas of the pitch. Next week Magpies are away at St Albans where they hope to build on an excellent team performance.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Katrina Sitch, Lauren Mickleburgh, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 1st v Bedford 1 (Away (L) D 1-1)

 

On a chilly but sunny afternoon, Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Bedford in good spirits determined to get some more points on the board.

Magpies began brightly exerting pressure on the opposition in the first few minutes of the match pinning Bedford in their own half. The team looked sharp and alert as they took the game to Bedford.

Bedford’s first foray into the Magpies’ half was kept at bay with some good defensive tackling that kept them away from the D. However, from their first visit to the D Bedford scored after 8 minutes completely against the run off play.

Magpies resounded immediately by hitting a dangerous ball into the D but without finding a player. In the 12th minute Abby Gooderham intercepted a Bedford pass and managed to get a shot in but only to see it go off-target.

Good work by Emma Lee-Smith exerted more pressure on Bedford but they stood firm. Bedford earned a short corner after a controversial umpiring decision against Lottie Summers but Magpies defended it well.

At the other end there was a scramble in the hosts’ D but no shot on goal resulted. 

After a Bedford short corner that was well saved by keeper Charlotte Peet, Magpies broke down the right with Aoife Lowe-Davies making a great run and delivering a cross into the D that was cut out by the Bedford defence. Despite sustained attacking play it remained 1-0 to Bedford at half time.

Magpies started the 2nd half how they finished the 1st and continued to press Bedford back into their own half. Abby Gooderham saw a shot well saved and Emma Lee-Smith made a great run towards the D.

After further attacking forays led by Annie Nunn and Lucy Whiting, Magpies were awarded their first short corner of the game which was converted by Emma Lee-Smith with a ferocious shot that nearly broke the back board, to bring the sides level. 

Bedford raised their game and had their turn at piling on the pressure but Magpies’ defence stood firm thanks to great work from Louisa Greenacre clearing off the line and Charlotte Peet in goal.

In pursuit of a late winner Emma Lee-Smith’s determined run ended with a spectacular collision with the Bedford keeper which thankfully ended without injury. With three minutes to go Annie Nunn earned Magpies another short corner and only another great save by the Bedford keeper denied Emma Lee-Smith the winner. It ended 1-1, a good result but a performance that really deserved to take all three points.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Abby Gooderham, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith. 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

ladies 1st Team v Hampstead & Westminster
(Away (L) L 0-6)

After facing high-flying Wimbledon last week, Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Agents travelled to central London to face table-topping Hampstead & Westminster (H&W), in front of a good number of vocal Magpies’ supporters.
The game began with H&W applying some early pressure which resulted in a 4th minute short corner. A direct shot from the corner hit the back board to make it 1-0.
Despite being pushed back by some slick opposition play, Magpies defended resolutely and after 8 minutes following good work by Lizzie Clymer they earned a short corner themselves.  Lauren Barber’s resulting shot was cleared off the goal line by the H&W defence.
There was controversy in the 12th minute when the umpire initially ruled a penalty flick in favour of H&W, that was subsequently overturned for a short corner instead. From the set play Magpies’ keeper Charlotte Peet made a magnificent save with her outstretched left foot, one of many fine saves she would make in the match.
H&W continued to pile on the pressure racking up a number of short corners that the Magpies’ defence did well to keep out. Attacking moments were few and far between for Magpies but when they did break they looked dangerous. In the 26th minute they earned their second short corner of the match forcing the H&W keeper to make a great save from Abby Gooderham’s drag flick. Minutes later another Magpies’ attack saw the ball flash across the D but there was no one on hand to tuck it away.
On the stroke of half-time Magpies conceded their 6th short corner and from it H&W scored their second to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half continued where the first half finished with relentless H&W possession and from their 10th short corner of the match made it 3-0. Then two good goals from fast attacking breaks took H&W into a 5-0 lead.
Magpies continued to work hard despite the margin in the scoreline, that earned them a couple of short corners which saw good defending keep out shots from Abby Gooderham and Lauren Barber.
H&W made it 6-0 with three minutes to go but Magpies finished the game with a good spell that saw Annie Nunn‘s reverse stick shot well saved by the H&W keeper.
This was always going to be a tough game against a well-drilled team with a 100% record but Magpies proved their resilience by battling on. This experience should help them with the rest of the season and they move on to the next match away against Bedford.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Martha Lawrence, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Abby Gooderham, Annie Nunn.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 28TH OCTOBER 2017

Ladies 1st v Wimbledon (Home (L) L 0-4)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week headed into a tough game against Wimbledon who are a strong and skilful team.  After Wimbledon scored to make it 0-1 in the first 15 minutes from a counter attack, Magpies stepped up the pressure. Forwards worked well to put pressure on the transfer, being patient and making a few interceptions, breaking down the sustained Wimbledon possession.  Lauren Barber made some key tackles to ensure Magpies did not suffer from play down the middle.  Retained possession and patience lead to another goal from Wimbledon to make it 0-2.  Magpies threatened the Wimbledon side from good link up play down the right from Rose Winter and Charlie Harrison, with a good ball into the D where Magpies narrowly missed out on a goal.  An attempt to tackle GB Olympic Gold Medalist Crista Cullen from Tor Findlay, resulted in a green card for Magpies who were then down to 10 players.  At the end of the first half another two players received green cards and Magpies were therefore starting the second half with 9 players.

Having few scoring opportunities in the first half, Magpies were prepared to battle hard and try and create more attacking opportunities.  An early second half goal from Wimbledon made the score 0-3 but Magpies did not give up.  Magpies tactically changed their press to half court to make it more difficult for Wimbledon to use aerials successfully.  With some promising attacks, Magpies tried to gain a goal but were closed down quickly and put under pressure. Some great saves from Charlotte Peet who was continuously under pressure kept Magpies from conceding any more field goals.  Knowing Wimbledon’s short corners were a big threat, Magpies fought hard in the circle to deal with this but Wimbledon were clinical and scored another goal, leaving the score 0-4 at full time.  Magpies put in all their efforts and gave the Wimbledon side a competitive match.

Next week, Magpies travel to high-flying Hampstead and Westminster who are currently unbeaten and sit top of the league.

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