On the last home game of the season, Magpies Ladies 2s were faced with the league leaders and already promoted Cambridge City.
Magpies starting 11 flew out of the blocks in the first 10 minutes, pressing high and looking for an early lead. Having majority of possession Magpies were rewarded with a penalty corner, which was only just went wide. With City’s centre midfield player looking dangerous, distributing disguise passes all over the field, the Magpies press was tested to the max. With Kath Johnson and Charley Seaman making some outstanding one-on-one tackles this kept City from finding the net. With both teams having chances, we went into the break level.
After a constructive half time chat, Magpies knew they were going to have to convert their chances and be clinical to get 3 points out of a strong Cambridge side.
From the whistle, Magpies played some great attacking hockey with the midfield of Katie Woollatt, Lottie Summers, Olivia Locke and Jess Howland distributing some great passes to the forward line. This effort and determination was rewarded when Laura Tibbenham drove the baseline and then pulled the ball back for Lottie Summers to slot away. 1-0 Magpies. After restarting, City soon looked very dangerous playing fast, flat, diagonal balls all over the pitch. This lead to City winning their first penalty corner of the game after finding a Magpies’ foot in their defensive D. After a slick and obviously well reversed routine, Cambridge had now made the score line level.
Although disappointed, the home side were determined to bag three points, and had majority of the possession for the remainder of the second half. Within this time they were awarded with 2 penalty corners, where Tibbenham was unlucky not to convert after her strike was stopped on the line. With 5 minutes left, City’s centre mid played a deadly disguise pass to their centre forward, and quick break won them their second penalty corner of the game. With Magpies initially stopping the first strike, a frantic scramble at the ball ended in City rolling the ball over the line. With only a couple of minutes left, Magpies continued to fight and more chances came for the home side. The Cambridge goalie was having to make several saves to deny Pies from levelling the score again. With the final whistle being blown, Magpies were disappointed not to get 3 points out of the league leaders after being ahead. However, this was definitely the performance of the season!!
MOTM – Jess Howland.
Squad: Jade Daley, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Wooltorton, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Jess Howland, Olivia Locke, Katie Woollatt, Sophie Child, Lottie Summers, Laura Tibbenham, Lucy Chubbock, Plum Sweet, Sketch.