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LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 23RD MARCH 2019

Ladies 1st Team v St Albans L 2-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, travelled to St Albans, who needed a win to secure their spot within the National League Division One for next season. When St Albans visited Weybread earlier in the season, St Albans came out 4-2 winners, so Magpies knew this wasn’t going to be an easy game.
 
Magpies wanted to start strongly as the team knew that St Albans had everything to play for in this game. Unfortunately for Magpies they started the slower of the two teams and could not keep possession. This caused pressure on the Magpies defence, who managed to deal with this threat for the first 20 minutes. But the St Albans continued pressure and Magpies inaccurate passing resulted in St Albans winning a number of short corners in which they managed to convert one of them. As the first half moved on Magpies started to build their momentum and managed to create some chances for themselves, but couldn’t find the goal.
The second half started as the first half finished with Magpies trying to create a goalscoring opportunity. With this though St Albans were a threat on the break and shortly into the second half Magpies conceded a short corner and again St Albans converted this. This meant Magpies needed to find 2 goals now to even up the scores. This however did spur on the team and the passing improved and they started to cause some problems for the St Albans defenders. The first goal came after Rose picked up the ball, just over the half way line, out paced the St Albans defenders to then strike from the top of the D into the bottom corner of the goal. This gave Magpies the extra boost they needed and they continued to pressurise and create chances, with Lizzie just shooting wide and Charlie having a shot cleared off the line. The equaliser finally came after a well worked short corner found Rose on the post to tap in for her second goal of the game.
Magpies were back in the game, which caused St Albans to push four forwards high up the pitch and stretch the Magpies defence. St Albans managed to secure the win when a ball went to a forward towards the top of the D and they deflected it first time into the goal.
Next week Magpies welcome Southgate to Weybread, for the last game of the season and the team will be looking to finish the season with a home win.
 
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Jade Daly, Kristine Ayling, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Rose Winter, Georgie Cantrell, Katherine Ridley, Lizzie Clymer, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Emma Lee-Smith, Frances Burrell, and Lara Taylor.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 16th MARCH 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Wimbledon L 0-6

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, travelled to Wimbledon who were second in the league before the game. When Wimbledon travelled to Weybread earlier in the season the game was very close and Wimbledon narrowly won 4-3. 
 
Magpies knew the game was going to be a hard game, but knew if the could replicate their performance from last week they could compete against Wimbledon. The game started fairly evenly but Wimbledon gradually got into the game and they were moving the ball round he pitch and pulling Magpies press out of shape. The movement of the Wimbledon forwards meant they kept creating chances. Before Magpies knew it they were 2-0 to two well worked short corners from Wimbledon. Magpies kept trying to create some of their own chances, but Wimbledon were showing their class and managed to score two more goals before half time. 
In the second half Magpies continued to try and create some chances and to do the simple things well. The team managed to test the Wimbledon defence more than in the first half. But Wimbledon continued to threaten and the Magpies defence couldn’t keep them out and Wimbledon scored again. Towards the end of the game the Wimbledon pressure was too much and the Magpies defence conceded a penalty stroke in which Wimbledon converted. 
Next week Magpies travel to St Albans, for another tough game as St Albans came out winners when they came to Weybread earlier in the season, but Magpies will want to get back to winning ways to try and get the top four finish they are aiming for.
 
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Jade Daly, Kristine Ayling, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Katherine Ridley, Lizzie Clymer, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Emma Lee-Smith, Frances Burrell, and Lara Taylor.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 9TH MARCH 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Sevenoaks W 4-2

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, welcomed Sevenoaks to Weybread in what was always going to be a close competitive match with both teams starting the day on the same points, with Sevenoaks ahead on goal difference.  
 
Magpies knew they needed to start strong and tight as Sevenoaks would be looking for revenge as Magpies won in the fixture earlier in the season 2-1. The team started how they wanted and were moving the ball around the pitch and started to cause trouble for the Sevenoaks defenders. A slick move that started from the back was calmly converted by Emma Lee-Smith for the opening goal. After this Sevenoaks started to build into the game and cause the Magpies defence some problems. Sevenoaks eventually broke through the Magpies press and found themselves 2 v 1 and calmly slotted home to equalise. This only fired up the Magpies Ladies and they continued to play flowing hockey all over the pitch from the defence to the forward line, which was rewarded with a goal from Lauren Rowe. 
The second half Magpies knew they are playing some of their best hockey of the season, but they knew Sevenoaks would come out fighting. Sevenoaks stepped up their pressure on Magpies, but Magpies kept calm and contained any threat that Sevenoaks tried to throw at them. Magpies kept searching for the third goal to create a 3-1 cushion and this breakthrough came when Lottie Summers picked up the ball in the D and found the net. Again Sevenoaks stepped up their pressure and were causing a lot more problems in the Magpies defence, who conceded a few short corners. Sevenoaks converted one of these. Sevenoaks then tried another tactic to try and get back into the game and went to a kicking back. Magpies absorbed the additional pressure of the extra outfield player and Lizzie Clymer then managed to score on the break. 
This was definitely the teams best performance of the season which they have been searching for since Christmas and this lead to a very happy team in the clubhouse after the game. This game also confirmed National League Division 1 status for next season.

Nest week Magpies travel to Wimbledon, for another tough game as Wimbledon currently sit second in the league with Magpies now in fourth. Magpies know they can compete with Wimbledon, after narrowly losing to Wimbledon at Weybread earlier in the season 4-3.
 
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Jade Daly, Annie Nunn, Kristine Ayling, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Katherine Ridley, Georgie Cantrell, Lizzie Clymer, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Frances Burrell, and Lara Taylor.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 2ND MARCH 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Ipswich W 2-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, made the short trip to Ipswich this week for the local derby. This match is always a tough fixture, with both teams having players that have played each other over the years. Magpies knew Ipswich would have gained confidence after a draw away at St Albans last weekend.  
 
Magpies knew they had to start strong to have any chance of repeating the scoreline from earlier in the season, which is what the team tried to do in the first half but the final pass or shot was not working out for them to start with. This let Ipswich build into the game and start putting pressure on the Magpies defence. Ipswich created some chances and won some short corners. Magpies kept all the threats out and managed to create some chances on the break to try and catch Ipswich out. Magpies didn’t manage to find the breakthrough until just before half time when the team won a penalty stroke. This was converted calmly by Lauren Rowe.
In the second half Magpies knew Ipswich would put pressure on the defence and they had nothing to lose. Magpies tried to stick to their own game and continued to create chances but Ipswich’s defence were keeping Magpies attackers at bay with their strong defending and tackling. Magpies eventually managed to win a short corner and a strike from the top of the D from Emma Lee-Smith found the bottom corner of the goal. After this Ipswich changed their tactics and moved their forwards higher up the pitch and were consistently putting pressure on the Magpies defence. Magpies kept all their chances out and managed to come away with a 2-0 win.

Nest week Magpies welcome Sevenoaks to the nest, which will be a tough match as Sevenoaks are currently sat on the same points as Magpies but with a better goal difference. Sevenoaks will also be looking to take away the 3 points as Magpies did when playing at Holly Bush Lane earlier in the season with a 2-1 win.
 
Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Jade Daly, Annie Nunn, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Katherine Ridley, Georgie Cantrell, Lizzie Clymer, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Frances Burrell, Sarah Bracey.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 23RD FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Horsham W 1-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents, warmly welcomed Horsham to the Nest on a sunny Saturday afternoon. As it was half-term this was the only match at The Nest, however due to its importance attracted a large crowd. There was however one notable absentee in Mike Denham.  With the lure of lunch and a Box, Mike decided Carrow Road was far more appealing option.

The resulting away fixture ended in a 2-2 draw, at a time when Magpies were flying high in the League and with Horsham twice coming from behind, Magpies knew that this would be a keenly contested fixture. With Magpies’ opponents only a few points behind in 6th it had added importance in maintaining position in the league.

For Magpies, a combination of holidays, illness and injury had several players unavailable. As a result Magpies welcomed back Jade Daly in goal (for the unfortunate Meg Brown who played two games last weekend with a broken wrist) Tor Findley, Lucy Whiting and finally Lauren Rowe returning back earlier than expected from injury.

From the start Magpies were in no mood to allow Horsham to settle and seized the initiative immediately.  Within the first two minutes Lauren Rowe collected the ball on the right-hand side and made a quick and decisive pass into the circle to a lively Lara Taylor, who’s quick thinking to round the keeper resulted in her being up-ended, gaining our first short corner of the match. From this Lauren Rowe sent a trade mark flick towards the top right which was parried by their impressive keeper, only for Lara to be the quickest to react to the loose ball, and despatched the rebound into the net, 1-0 to Magpies.

This start put the home supporters in a good voice and Magpies responded by continuing to have good levels possession throughout the half. Horsham’s resolute defence and at times our final ball restricted Magpies to only a number of half chances which were dealt with well by their keeper. The first half was marred with a couple of nasty looking injuries one to Emma Lee Smith and also a stick to the head on Lucy Whiting who was unable to play any further part in the match.

The early part of the second half Horsham pressed high and began to take some control.  At times Magpies struggled to penetrate the ball up the pitch and relieve the pressure.  As a result Horsham gained several short corners all of which were well marshalled by our defence and protected by Jade in goal.

The game continued to ebb and flow, but both attacks struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances and with both defences holding strong. The large crowd were nervous at times however Magpies managed to hold on for a well-earned 1-0 win.

This was not in any way our best performance of the season and the players were made to work very hard by a determined Horsham side who have acquitted themselves very well in this League since their promotion last year. For once the result was probably more important than the performance and enabled Magpies to open up a 6-point gap between 5th and 6th with only 5 games remaining.

A game played in a good spirit and was well umpired and all the locals went home happy with the result.

Nest week Magpies travel to local rivals Ipswich hoping for a repeat of the 5-0 home win in October.  If successful, this will give us a good opportunity to push for a higher league position by the end of the season

Squad: Lauren Barber (Captain), Jade Daly, Annie Nunn, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Victoria Findley, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Lizzie Clymer, Lauren Rowe, Emma Lee-Smith, Frances Burrell, Kristine Ayling.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Bedford W 4-1

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Bedford to Weybread and knew it would be a tough game. In the first half of the season Magpies came away from Bedford with a 3-0 victory.
The start of the game was pretty even and both teams created opportunities in their attacking half. After 10 minutes Emma received the ball at the top of the D and managed to get a reverse stick shot towards goal which was deflected in by Jess. Bedford continued to attack, but the Magpies defence held strong. Just before half time Emma again received the ball and drove towards the goal, around a couple of defenders and slipped the ball into the goal.
In the second half Bedford came over strong and pressured the Magpies defence in which they tried to absorb the attacks but eventually the Bedford found the goal from a short corner strike from the top of the D. This gave Bedford some confidence and they continued to try and find the equaliser in which Magpies managed to capitalise on the break twice before the end of the game with another goal from Emma and a goal from Lottie.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Emma Lee-Smith, Sarah Bracey, Kristine Ayling, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Hampstead and Westminster L 0-2

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Hampstead and with Hampstead at the top of the league Magpies knew it was going to be a hard game. When Magpies played Hampstead before Christmas, Hampstead came out on top with a 3-1 victory.
With most of the squad having played the day before and with some injuries the Magpies squad were going to be stretched to their limits. The game started off fairly evenly but Hampstead soon started putting the Magpies defence under pressure. Magpies then conceded a corner and Hampstead went for the deflection which unfortunately hit a Magpies defender on the line. Hampstead then converted the flick, in which Megan was close to saving. Magpies managed to create some chances, but couldn’t find the goal.
The second half started fairly equally again, with Magpies knowing they were still in the game and continued to try and create chances. Emma struck a short corner just wide and the Magpies defence continued to work hard and keep out Hampstead’s attacks. Hampstead then managed to find the goal again.
Next week Magpies welcome Horsham to Weybread at 1.30pm. The squad will be looking to build on the positive results of this weekend.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lizzie Clymer, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Rose Winter, Kristine Ayling, Annie Nunn.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 9TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 1st Team v Cambridge City L 0-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week resumed league action after the mid-season break and last weekend’s postponed game. They travelled to third placed Cambridge City for an evening game, expecting a challenging encounter.
Cambridge started brightly, dominating the early encounters and creating plenty of early chances. Megan Brown in goal made two excellent saves in the opening minutes to keep the scores level.  
Mid-way through the half Cambridge capitalised on their possession with two quick goals, converting a penalty corner for their first and their second from a counter attack which left Magpies’ defensive unit outnumbered.  With a few chances to get back into the game coming and going, Magpies struggled to get a foot-hold in the game
Magpies begun the second half much brighter and with a formation tweak they started passing the ball around much more confidently. Lottie Summers was unlucky, creating an excellent opportunity for Magpies best chance of the game.
Ten minutes in to the half and against the run of play, Cambridge converted their second corner to extend their lead to 3. An experienced Cambridge side, led by Olympian Helen Richardson-Walsh, played out the game to take all three points.
Despite Magpies best attempts it was not to be their day. They will take positive from an improved second half performance and will need to quickly learn from their mistakes going into a big double-header next weekend.  Magpies host Bedford on Saturday and travel to Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lizzie Clymer, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Lucy Whiting, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Hampstead & Westminster L 1-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Hampstead and Westminster to the nest. The match was started well with Magpies holding good ground and linking up some lovely passes.
The match was tilted towards the home team after a goal was scored from an early short corner.  Rose Winter getting the vital final touch to put the home team ahead.  Magpies defended well and created some promising opportunities but with a great deflection in the circle from Hampstead the scores were levelled, 1-1.  
After half time both teams came out fiercer and stronger than before and Magpies created some lovely midfield play to link passes and gain lots of circle entries and short corner opportunities. Magpies had good possession but tensions rose when Hampstead had a short corner in the last 2 minutes after a good spell of possession.  Hampstead scored a cheeky deflection to put them 2-1 up. Shortly after this Magpies conceded a goal in the last play of the game from another short corner, rounding up the game with heart-breaking 3-1 loss.
This takes Magpies into the mid-season break sitting 5th in the table on 16 points with Hampstead and Westminster sitting top of the league. The season resumes on 2nd February 2019.

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, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Rose Winter.

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

ladies 1st Team v Horsham D 2-2

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Horsham welcoming Katherine Ridley into the squad but unfortunately Lucy Whiting missed out again through injury.
Magpies started slowly and Horsham capitalised on that, winning several short corners. One of which they converted when Megan Brown initially saved the shot and Horsham were first to the rebound and flick it into the goal.
After this Magpies started to build into the game and gain some confidence in themselves, leading to some goal scoring opportunities. With some continued pressure Magpies finally broke down the Horsham defence when Emma Lee-Smith got hold of the ball and the shot came off a Horsham foot finding its way into the goal.
In the second half Magpies tried to keep up the intensity that they finished the first half with. They succeeded with this and keep the pressure on the Horsham defence who were defending solidly. Eventually Magpies managed to breakdown the Horsham defence once again when Lauren Rowe beat the keeper with a reverse stick shot.
Magpies continued to defend together as a team as Horsham stepped up the pressure to try and find the equaliser. Horsham pressure paid off when a forward received the ball at the top of the D and found another player waiting on the post to tuck the ball in the goal. Magpies tried to find a winner but could not find the final pass.
In the end a draw was a fair result for both teams and Magpies were pleased to take a point away from Horsham after the long journey. Next week the ladies welcome top of the table Hampstead and Westminster to the nest for their final game before the winter break. 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, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Charley Seaman

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.