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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.

Ladies 1st Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 1st Team v Chelmsford 1 (Away (L) W 1-0)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Chelmsford to play a team full of new faces including on loan Magpie Bryony Lund.   

Magpies dominated the first half, putting the Chelmsford defence under pressure and winning a number of short corners.  Rose Winter used her pace making some excellent runs down the right into the circle.  Magpies came close on a couple of occasions but finally found a break-through after good work from Lizzie Clymer led to another Magpies corner which Katherine Ridley cooly dispatched.  

The second half was more end-to-end with Magpies pressing higher this led to more space for Chelmsford to counter attack.  Despite this Magpies remained on top but missed vital chances to extend their lead. 

The Magpies defence of Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre and Charlotte Peet in goal, stood strong and soaked up any Chelmsford attacks in the final ten minutes.  Magpies kept possession in the final stages to see out the game and get a vital three points. 

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

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.