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LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 25TH MARCH 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 24TH MARCH 2018

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TERAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD DECEMBER 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2017

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

Harleston Magpies 3 Southgate 0

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

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

LADIES 1ST TEAM REPORT 28TH OCTOBER 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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.