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Ladies 2 v Canterbury 2 D 1-1

Following on from last weeks fine display against Chelmsford, we welcomed promotion chasing Canterbury to the Nest. The result earlier in the season was a narrow defeat for us ,so we were looking forward to trying to get a positive result against the side with the best defensive record in the division. The game began in blustery conditions with the low sun proving difficult as we defended the Club House End.
The intensity in our performance was there from the first whistle as we moved the ball around with good tempo and we were well on top from the start.. With Canterbury struggling to settle, we began to create some clear chances in front of goal. Firstly Laura Tibbenham fired just wide with the keeper beaten then after a good move we all thought Anouska Stott had opened the scoring only to be denied by an incredible clearance off the line by a Canterbury defender.
Still we pressed and carved out further opportunities as both Eva Harness and Tor Findlay were denied by fine saves from the away side’s keeper but still we could not break the deadlock.
Canterbury grew into the game and imposed their high intensity game on ourselves and were getting joy by hitting through our defensive press and releasing their high running forwards. With Magpies digging in, the mid-field of Jess Howland, Cat Maciver, Charley Seaman, Katherine Ridley and Lucy Field all contributed to keep any danger to a minimum and managing to launch some attacks of our own. Just before half-time Canterbury had a clear site of goal but Alice Wells pulled off a magnificent reflex save to keep things all square at the break.
In truth it would have been a fair reflection of the first half if we had taken a lead into the break.The team talk at half time was based on us keeping our intensity high but with a focus on passing the ball with a little more accuracy which would hopefully see us create some more chances. 
Canterbury came out very much on the front foot at the start of the second half and penned us back into our own half. The opposition had a flurry of 5 penalty corners which we bravely defended with again Alice Wells making some great stops in between the sticks. Likewise the defensive trio of Shev Steggles,Louisa Greenacre and Kath Johnson were showing dogged resistance and skillfully sticking to the task of keeping us on level terms.
Having weathered the storm. we gradually started to get ourselves back into the game as an attacking force as we started to find some joy down both flanks. On 51 minutes, we made the breakthrough following quick thinking from Jess Howland who quickly took a free hit and drove into the D where Anouska Stott rolled the keeper with her back to goal and applied a deft finish for her 5th league goal of the season.
This stung the visitors again into forcing us back as they tried to get back into the game as it entered the final quarter. Once again more penalty corners had to be defended but the pressure finally saw a deserved equaliser as the Kent side levelled from close range with ten minutes to go.
Both sides were pushing for the 3 points and we so nearly regained the lead after lovely build up play saw Anouska round the keeper but from an ever decreasing angle her diving reversed stick effort hit the outside of the post and away to safety.
At the end of a hard fought sporting battle both sides shared the spoils as we added another point to our seasons tally. This was again a very spirited display from the Pies who can go into the Christmas break in good spirits and looking forward to the season beginning again in mid January, After the game , the squad enjoyed a Christmas meal
@ The King’s Head in Brockdish where they met up with old pals from Australia, namely Bruce, Shelia, Nigel and Alf.


Ladies 2nd Team v Chelmsford D 2-2

After last weeks fine derby day win, the Nest was the venue for our next league outing against table topping Chelmsford ( Featuring on loan Magpie Bryony Lund ). The weather had closed in prior to the start of the game and it began in heavy drizzle.
Magpies started the game in slick fashion, moving the ball around sweetly and making early inroads into the Chelmsford D. With only 6 minutes on the clock, we went one up. A quickly taken free hit by Cat Maciver caught the away defence on the hop as she drove into the D and after a melee in front of goal Laura Tibbenham scrambled the ball home. This gave the team the belief to impose themselves further as our impressive start to the game continued.
On 18 minutes a fast break out of defence down the right flank saw Anouska Stott make a great run into the D before crossing the ball for Laura Tibbenham to apply a calm composed finish as we bagged a second.
With the leaders on the ropes at this time and the Magpies being roared on by the hardy Nest faithful it was important to get to half time unscathed. Chelmsford showed their mettle as they pushed hard upto the break as the game became a battle of wills. A flurry of penalty corners right on half time were kept out by some super reflex saves from Alice Wells as the defence stood firm to go in two up at the break.
The half time talk was about keeping up our intensity and maintaining discipline as we knew the leaders would come out strong looking for a way back into the game. Right from the start of the half we were pushed back as Chelmsford we’re making hard running breaks into our defensive areas and creating a number of opportunities but we were standing tall and tackling everything that was being thrown at us.. Alice Wells once again made some smart saves when they gained a sight of goal.
With the intensity and desire of both teams to the fore, green and yellow cards were shown as the game entered its final quarter. Magpies had an escape when a shot glanced off the post but we then began to look a threat on the break as the away side committed bodies forward.
Chelmsford found their route back into the game after yet another penalty corner was worked towards the goal and the shot was stopped by a head of a Pies defender. The resulting Penalty Stroke was converted to leave us with a grandstand finish.
The game was now end to end and a swift break saw us isolate the goal keeper only for the shot on goal to scrape the post of the empty net.
Chelmsford kept driving for the equaliser and duly obliged with a under a minute left on the clock as they forced the ball home from close range to break Magpies hearts and pick up a hard earned draw.
Full credit to both teams after an epic match where fortunes swayed one way and then the other. The whole team showed great heart, determination and no little skill in all parts of the field and duly got a point but so nearly bagged all 3.
This was our best display of the season against a side who although still top, knew we had run them oh so close. Next week, yet another stern test as a strong Canterbury side visit the Nest in the last game before the Mid season break


Ladies 2nd Team v Norwich City 1 W 3-0

After last week’s heavy home defeat, the Magpies made the short trip to Taverham for this eagerly anticipated local derby against a City side who had picked up a good win at Peterborough last time out. In decent conditions, the game started at a high tempo with Magpies settling quickly moving the ball around nicely. Norwich also made a comfortable start looking a threat on the break as both teams looked to strike early.
As mentioned earlier, we were passing the ball around nicely from front to back and our pace in forward areas was causing major problems to the City defence. We were then dominating the game with the front 3 of Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linking really well and after a period of sustained pressure of 18 minutes we went 1 up. After good work the ball fell to Georgie Cantrell who unleashed a fierce drive from the top of the D that was skilfully diverted home by Anouska Stott.
With Jess Howland and Cat Maciver winning all the 50/50 battles in the middle of the park, this allowed our wide players to exploit both flanks . Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington were making strong breaks down the left, whereas on the right, ex-City players Sophia Basset and Emily Rash were equally effective. We then took control of the game by the scruff of the neck as Anouska Stott bagged her second and Georgie Cantrell netted a deserved goal as we were good value for a 3 goal lead at the break.
The discussion at half-time was to keep up the work rate and passing  but be mindful that City would come out hard so we needed to be resolute and defend as a team. We knew gaps would appear in their defence as they threw more players forward in an attempt to get back into the derby.
City to their credit had read the script and pushed us back into our own half. They were making strong attacks down both flanks and started to create a number of opportunities in our defensive third. We were under a period of heavy pressure as City were running up the Penalty corner count but credit to Alice Wells in goal who made some very important saves to keep our lead intact. Likewise the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson were solid and calm during this pressure, winning their tackles and clearing the ball away from danger.
As the second half ticked by, we started to pick off the home side with some incisive breaks and only some last ditch defending kept us out. We were unlucky not to add a fourth as an excellent save from Glover in the City goal deflected the ball onto the face of the post and away from danger. Towards the end of the game, we looked after the ball well and came away with a very well deserved 3-0 nill win.
After a tough few weeks this is a real boost for the squad to bag their 2nd away win of the season, as everyone contributed to a solid winning performance. This win is also a reward to the commitment of the 14 other Magpies who have represented the 2’s so far this  season. Likewise the squad appreciate the support and coaching that they have received from everyone back at the Nest this season. Lastly, the win is also a thank you to the loyal band of supporters who follow the team home and away every week.
Next week, we look forward to welcoming Chelmsford to the Nest as the league reaches its halfway point.


Ladies 2nd Team v Bromley & Beckenham 1  L 0-5

On a beautiful blue sky Norfolk day, Magpies welcomed Brom-Beck to the Nest in their latest EWL Premier League Game.  The game started at a high tempo with both teams trying to settle into their own respective styles of play.. The visitors struck early from close range and soon added a second to leave us 2 down with only 12 minutes on the clock. A change in our formation allowed us to get more of a foothold in the game as we started to catch the visitors on the break. A couple of promising breaks were only let down by us not picking the final pass to leave a clear run in on goal. Although the away team were looking a threat, we then began to ask some questions of the BB defence.. We were denied from a penalty corner by a brilliant low save by their keeper and likewise crosses were flashing across the D just waiting for a finishing touch. Sadly just before the break the away side bagged a third to leave the Pies with a mountain to climb at half time.
To be fair we made a spirited start to the second half as we pressed the away side and started to win the 50 / 50 battles as we enjoyed our best spell of the match. Once again we were denied by the keeper in a one on one battle as we tried to sneak the goal that would get us back in the game. BB weathered the storm and grabbed a couple more close range goals from well worked penalty corners. We lost Shev Steggles to a nasty head injury after she put her body on the line to deny a strike at goal.  To our credit we kept pushing forward right to the end and we did find the net but it was rightly chalked off as a PC had already been given.
On the face of it, a 5.0 Nill home defeat looks like a very bad day at the office but we can take a number of positives from the display.. As mentioned previously, this is a tough division and our opposition today were the best side we have seen down at the Nest this year. We will box this defeat and eagerly look forward to next weeks local derby away at Norwich.


Ladies 2nds v West Herts 1 L 2-3

The ladies headed to Hertfordshire expecting a hard battle against a home side who knew a win would take them above us in the table. Likewise we wanted to put last week’s result behind us and get back to getting some points on the board in this hotly contested division.
As the game began, so did the rain. which began as drizzle but ended up at stages more like a monsoon. However the Pies were soon on the front foot, pushing the home side back as the defensive press was working well which was allowing us to move the ball around on a very slick surface. After a couple of penalty corners for the Pies early on, we then broke up a home attack with devastating effect. Good passing and excellent running off the ball allowed us to get into the D where Laura Tibbenham beat the keepers lunge to send the ball towards goal, allowing Olivia Locke to put us a goal up in 6 minutes (certainly a change in fortunes in this respect based on recent games).

The ladies were now on top in all areas of the pitch, breaking up attacks and launching fast breaks down both flanks as West Herts were struggling to get to grips with our high tempo game. After a couple of close shaves, we then bagged a 2nd goal on 20 minutes after a lovely run into the D by Amelia Herschel – Shorland, who found Anouska Stott to finish expertly. In truth, we could have been at least 3 up at this stage and it would have been a fair reflection of the game at that stage.
This did fire up the home side into a response and they had us on the back foot towards the end of the half. We were defending well across the pitch and when the home side got shots away, Jade Daly dealt with them well. It was a blow to our chances  when after a goal mouth scramble the home side bundled the ball home two minutes before the break.
West Herts were encouraged by their goal and pressed really hard early in the second half ,as we struggled to get our passing game going. We were trying to hit through the defence, as opposed to playing the lovely pass and move hockey that was displayed in the 1st half. In this respect we were creating problem’s for ourselves, as West Herts were now well on top forcing a number of penalty corners as we were on the back foot. Likewise the threat to card players became a reality as we had 2 players awarded green’s as the pressure mounted.
It was no surprise when the home side finally netted from close range to level the scores at 2 each. They then began to press hard for a winner as we were at full stretch at the back with Jade again making some good saves. During this time we also had some promising breaks but could not find the final pass as we flashed the ball across their goal without applying the final touch,
As the game was entering its final stages and a draw looking the likely result, the home side were awarded a penalty corner which they converted to get them into the lead for the first time in the match. In the remaining time left on the clock, we pushed forward looking for the equaliser but could not create that final clear chance on the home goal.
This narrow defeat was tough to take and we feel that after being 2 up we should have got something out of the game.The ladies had put in a 100%  effort in a game played in very poor conditions. and its was a shame that we could not take any points back home to the Nest, However we are looking forward to next week’s home game against a high flying Bromley & Beckenham side.


Ladies 2nd Team v Wapping 1 L 1-5

Following last weeks solid win, the Ladies returned to the Nest for a morning start against a fast improving Wapping side who were level on points with us at the start of the day.
Sadly, we have seemed to have picked up a nasty habit recently of going a goal down in the first 5 minutes. Today was no exception as the visitors swept home from close range with just a minute on the clock to leave us a goal down.
In fairness, the ladies responded in a really positive manner with a good high press forcing turnovers in the Wapping defensive area, although the away side were dangerous on the break leaving 3 hard running forwards high up the pitch. However  we were exerting pressure on the home goal and we went close when Bobbi  took the ball into the D, rounded the keeper but put her shot narrowly wide. We now started to create a number of penalty corners and we deservedly equalised when a PC was slipped left to Ridders who crashed home a shot on 20 minutes. Up to half-time the game ebbed and flowed as both sides looked dangerous although just before half-time Magpies were down to 10 after a green card for not being 5.
With the scores level at the break, the need to keep up the intensity and belief was going to be the key against a very good side going into the second half.
Wapping started the second half on the front foot playing some slick passing hockey which left us struggling to get a foothold in the game. Ten minutes into the second half we lost Molly who turned her ankle over as the Wapping side were attacking. They exploited this space and crossed the ball into our D where it was scrambled over the line. In truth, we never really recovered from this and Wapping added 3 more goals in quick time as we lost our shape and pattern as the away side were running us ragged. We were not helped when we went down to 10 for a harshly awarded yellow card for a stick tackle.
Although we managed to stem the onslaught, the damage had already been done as the away side run out worthy winners after a dominant second half performance.
As mentioned previously, this league is a major learning curve for all and there will be no easy games. Our first half performance showed that we can match most sides in the league however if we fall below these standards then we will get picked off like we were in the second half by a very good side.
However we have a positive / talented group of players and move our thoughts to next week with an away trip to West Herts.


Ladies 2nd v St Albans 2 W 4-2

Conditions for the game were cold with a biting northerly wind but thankfully dry after the pre-match sprinkler soaking.
The Ladies got off to a bad start when a lofted ball into the D was swept home from close range to get the home side ahead after 4 minutes. St.Albans went hard looking for a second as we were looking to get a foothold in the game. We gradually started to look more threatening in the final 3rd but were finding it difficult to carve out any clear chances on the home goal.
However on 20 minutes the hard work paid off as a fine move down the left lead to Katherine Ridley unleashing a rocket of a reverse stick cross shot to get us back on level terms. We then started to push on playing some neat triangles which were making inroads into the home defensive areas.
With half time looming, we edged ahead following good work from Jess Howland who spotted a great run into the D from Lucy Whiting who converted with a deft deflection into the net leaving the keeper helpless. A great way to end the half as we went in ahead but the half time talk centered around keeping up the intensity and being mindful that the home side would start the half strong.
With Magpies now pressing all over the pitch, we managed to win the ball in midfield that allowed Laura Tibbenham to break down the left. Aided by unselfish running by the forwards she run half the length of the field, holding off the chasing defence before applying a calm finish into the corner of the net to put us 3.1 up.
St.Albans then upped the ante and piled on the pressure creating a number of opportunities from open play and penalty corners which caused some anxious moments in Pies defence. However Jade Daly made some excellent saves and the whole team were battling hard to hold on to our hard earned advantage.
With the home side throwing numbers forward our swift counter attacks were looking dangerous and in the 63rd minute we worked the ball out from the back where Anouska Stott found Laura again with a lovely cross field pass who ran in on goal to net once again with a neat finish.
St.Albans never gave up and netted with 2 minutes to go but it was too late to deny the Ladies a first League win of the season against seasoned Premier League opposition.
Every game in this league will be tough but the whole squad worked so hard for each other to get back into the game. By putting in the legwork all over the pitch, it allowed us to play some good free flowing hockey that saw us net 4 times away from home.
The team are looking forward to returning to the Nest next Saturday for an 11.30am start where they will face another hard game against a fast improving Wapping side.


Ladies 2 v Sevenoaks 2 D 2-2

The Ladies were looking to build on last weeks excellent performance against Peterborough and made the long trip to Kent in good spirits.
As is the case with trips to this part of the world, traffic delays meant that pre-match prep had to be cut short which is never ideal.
The home side were looking for their first points of the season and saw this as an opportunity to start fast and that is exactly what happened.
Within 8 minutes, Magpies were 2 down and Sevenoaks were rampant. Our very sluggish start to the match assisted them as the goals we gave away were not works of art either.
It was looking like it was going to be a very long afternoon for the Pies as we were struggling to get a foothold in the game. If it was a boxing match, the referee would probably have stopped it to save us taking any more punishment.
After a period of midfield sparring, we began to piece some exciting counter attacks with Georgie C causing the Sevenoaks side lots of problems with her skill and speed down the right wing.
The team had now grown into the game and were now matching the home sides work rate and enthusiasm. As a result the ladies were now looking a real threat in and around the home goal. Our efforts were rewarded with a lovely team goal. Kath found Molly in midfield, she turned her defender and fed Georgie C who went on a mazy diagonal run across the D before beating the keeper with a reverse stick cross shot that Tibbs applied the finishing touch to. To go in at half time only a goal behind was certainly a big confidence boost for the team.
After a positive discussion at half time, it was essential that we kept the hard work going if we were to get something from the game.To use another cliche,the next goal would be crucial.
Once again Sevenoaks started quick but now we were matching their intensity and still looking a real danger on the break.. Sevenoaks had plenty of possession but the midfield / defence were working well but when they did get a sight of goal Jade made some good saves to keep us in the game.
With time beginning to run out, a fine direct run into the D from Bobbi W caused havoc resulting in a penalty corner. We then grabbed the equaliser when a reverse stick drive from Georgie C found the net to bring us back on terms with 12 mins to go. It so nearly got better for the Pies when the home keeper had to make a couple of decisive saves and after great work along the by-line the ball flew across  goal but Tibbs could not find that elusive final touch.
This stung the home side into a cavalry charge on the Pies goal and both sides lost a player to yellow card offences in a frenetic finish. Oaks had claims for a stroke infringement in the last few minutes and had one final penalty corner as time on the clock had run out. One last chance but the defensive unit survived and we had bagged a hard earned point.
In truth, this was not our best display of the season but immense credit to the squad ( 7 players Under 18 ) for digging in and finding a way for getting something out of the game. There are plenty of things to work on for sure but lots of positives as well that should not be overlooked. A very valuable point for the Ladies and we look forward to another away game at St Albans next Saturday.


Ladies 2nd Team v Broxbourne 1 L 1-3

The youthful 2nds made the long trip to newly promoted Broxbourne, looking to build on a couple of good team performances.
We were greeted with a wet windy afternoon but welcomed re-inforcements from the 3rds with Harness,Collison and Wells making their 2nd team debuts.
After a short warm up, the game started with Magpies trying to draw the sting but it was the home side who started quickly and were soon to take the lead after a well rehearsed PC found the net.
The game was quite open and Magpies were looking a threat on the break but likewise the committed home side were looking a serious threat in our defensive D.
The home side doubled their lead after a PC was cleared off the line but straight to a home forward who fired home.
Magpies then had periods of good play down the flanks which had the home side on the back foot and a number of driven crosses fizzed across the home goal without us getting the decisive final touch. Likewise at the other end Wells made some fine saves to keep us in the game
Although 2 nill down at half time, the Pies had grown into the game but knew the home side were a well organised outfit so we would need to start the 2nd half well.
A blow for Magpies came when Broxbourne netted a 3rd PC, early in the second half and and for a while it looked like the home side may run away with it.
To the team’s great credit, we had our best spell of the match with great work down the flanks again producing dangerous moments in the home defence and from one such break down the left by Harness, the ball was squared across to Legg to tap into the unguarded net with around 15 mins to go. Magpies then pushed hard for a further way back into the game and towards the end carved out a flurry of Penalty Corners but the home side kept us out to run out 3.1 winners.
In truth the strong committed skilfull home side deserved their win but the Pies never gave up with the young side battling to the end,
Next week, a home game versus COP where we welcome back a couple of on loan Magpies to the Nest.


Ladies 2nds v Cambridge City 2 D 0-0

Following on from last week’s narrow defeat at Canterbury, the ladies were keen to build on that fine display at home against Cambridge City who also suffered an opening day defeat.On a perfect day for hockey down at the Nest, both teams came out and “Got in each others faces ” so to speak, trying to establish an early lead in the game.
The Magpies high press was working well causing City to turn the ball over in their defensive area on a number of occasions. One of these turnovers resulted in a Penalty Corner for Magpies on 15 minutes which Tibbenham forced a fine save from the visitors keeper. The only thing lacking during this period was the killer pass in the final 3rd to allow us to carve out some opportunities on goal.Cambridge were playing their part in an open game, constructing some good moves and looked lively in our defensive 3rd and it needed a fine save from Daly to keep out an angled drive just before the break.
Magpies were awarded another Penalty Corner as the half-time whistle blew but sadly never got a shot on goal so the half finished scoreless.
Cambridge made a tactical change at half-time resulting in a really high press that allowed them to dominate possession and get a grip on the game.They were looking dominant but the Ladies dug in all over the park to try an contain wave after wave of City attacks. In truth,other than a couple of Penalty Corners for City, the defensive trio of Steggles, Herscel-Shorland and Johnson allowed them very few clear sights of goal. Likewise the tireless midfield work of Howland, Maciver, Seaman and Locke was equally impressive.
During this period, we looked a threat on the break with M.O.M Ridley continuing to make impressive breaks down the right. The trio of Warnes, Child and Eglington also gave us good energetic options down the flanks. The front 3 of Tibbenham, Stott and Wiseman were causing the visitors problems as a result and only a couple of last ditch tackles stopped us getting in on goal.
Inspired by this defensive effort, we then took the game back to City in the last 15 minutes and started to push hard for the winner.The ball flashed across the City area on a few occasions as we piled on the pressure. A flurry of late Penalty corners offered opportunities to score but we were thwarted by a couple of decent saves or a good piece of Cambridge defending.
A very good display by Magpies once again and its fair to say a draw was a fair result for both sides in a keenly contested game 

Next week we travel to Broxbourne for a 3.30pm start


Ladies 2nd v Canterbury Ladies 2 L 0-1

The Ladies 2nds began their East Prem campaign away to last years runners up, anticipating a hard battle against a proven outfit.
With rain falling, the game began at a relentless pace with both sides on the front foot trying to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
The early chances fell to Magpies with a penalty corner from Tibbs well saved on 10 minutes. Anouska then forced the keeper into another save from a well hit cross shot.
Still Magpies poured forward and Anouska was denied by an overhead stick clearance off the line by a covering Canterbury defender. At this stage a goal was the least we deserved.
This drew a response from Canterbury who after a couple of penalty corners, made an incisive break into the D which resulted in a Penalty Stroke after a goal bound shot struck a Pies foot .
The stroke was duly converted leaving us a goal down but still full of hope.
Canterbury then became the dominant force but Charley and Olivia won tackle after tackle in the midfield backed up with excellent support down the flanks by Pheobe, Molly and Sophie C. During this spell Sophie G.S also entered the fray to make her 2nd team debut and she too was fully committed to the cause by chasing, tackling and closing down etc . The defensive trio of Kath Shev and Amelia held firm at the back and although Canterbury had a flurry of penalty corners, in truth we managed to get to half time only a goal behind. When in truth parity was the least the ladies deserved after a battling skillful performance.
More of the same was needed in the 2nd half as Magpies felt confident they could get back into the game. The second half began with both teams trying to get on top as the game got stretched at times. A fierce battle ensued but with that we were the victims of a couple of green cards that depleted our numbers down to 9 at one stage.
However once again,we were still creating chances and after a great press, Bobbi got herself through one on one with the keeper. In trying to go round the committed keeper, she was sent flying in the D. A 50/50 call for the umpires to make but sadly we did not get the stroke that on another day may have been given.
Great combinations between Noush and Molly play carved the home side open again with Tibbs firstly rounding the keeper but angling her shot wide and then having a goal rightly ruled out after a driven cross hit her on the foot before crossing the line.
Canterbury were stung into life forcing us back again and Jade made a lovely save high to her left to save a goal bound rocket hitting the top corner. As the pressure mounted we unluckily lost Sophie G.S to a yellow card for not retreating ( Not her fault but a crafty move from an experienced Canterbury head at the time ) and then Kath also saw yellow for a stick tackle which again saw us down to nine for the last few minutes of the game. Unfortunately the game ended with Canterbury winning subjecting the 2nds to only their 2nd defeat in 30 league games which in itself is a magnificent achievement.
The Ladies deserved a point for such a committed skillful performance against a very good side on their home patch.. A long way to travel for a defeat but we proved that we can mix it with the best in the league. Time to regroup before a home game down at the Nest v Cambridge City next Saturday.


Ladies 2 v Norwich City 1 won 2-1

After last years brilliant season, this season brings a step up to the East Premier League for the Ladies 2’s and the Magpies made the short trip to Taverham for their 1st pre-season game against a strong looking Norwich City squad.
Pies started the game on the front foot winning most of the 50 50 battles all over the pitch and not allowing the home side to settle into their patient passing game.. This positive approach allowed us to keep the home defence on their toes as well as forcing the home keeper into a couple of decent saves from penalty corners.
This drew a reaction from City who had a strong period of pressure before halftime when they also looked dangerous in and around the D but the hard working Pies managed to see off the threat to go into half-time on level terms.
The second half began with Pies out of the blocks early and duly went a goal up when a well worked penalty corner allowed Bobbi to nett from close range.
Norwich began to rotate their squad trying to find a way back into the game and duly had their strongest period of dominance in the game.. Despite excellent defensive work all over the field, a well worked move down the right gave City the chance to level the scores 12 minutes into the second half.
However, this drew an immediate response from the team and after good work down the right, the ball was fed into Anouska at the top of the D who sent the ball crashing into the net with a sweet strike.
The remainder of the game was closely contested with City looking to get back on terms whilst Magpies always looked dangerous on the break. Both teams created chances in the final stages of the match but we managed to bag a solid away win.
A spirited hard working skilful display from the 12  Magpies on show gave us a well deserved first victory of the season.


Ladies 2nd Team v Wisbech (Away (L) D 1-1 )

Harleston Magpies 2’s were due to travel away to Wisbech, after confirmation that the cold weather had not affected their pitch the girls set off.

The girls got off to a great start and the first ten minutes Magpies had all the possession but were unable to find the net. A quick break from Wisbech caught Magpies out and they went 1-0 up. Undeterred by the goal Magpies fought on to try and get the game back. Their efforts were rewarded near the end of the first when a lovely run down the line By E. Rash was crossed into Laura Tibbenham to slot the ball home and make the score 1-1.

With Woollatt picking up an injury going into the second half Magpies were down to the bare 11 players and had to reorganise and keep the ball. The girls continued to attack Olivia Locke working hard and creating chances and Wisbech were playing the ball around nicely making life difficult for the midfield and defence. Magpies although winning some short corners and making chances were unable to score and the final score was 1-1. The first points that the girls have dropped all season, but the girls were ready to go out and get another three points the next day away at Newmarket.


Ladies 2nd Team v Newmarket (Away (L) W2-0)

The girls traveled away to Newmarket this Sunday for a long awaited rearranged game. A lot of the regular 2’s players were unfortunately unavailable so a number of three’s players stepped up to help out, thank you to all of them.

On a rather cold day the girls layered up and had a god warm up ready to attack from the start. The magpies girls got of to a great start keeping hold of possession and working the ball around. It didn’t take long for the girls to get into the circle and start making chances. New comer to the twos, Ellie Bale and G. Gardens both working hard and making life difficult. The first goal came from a good ball through from G. Gardens to Tibbenham to run on to and have a shot. The first shot was saved and Sophie Child ran in from the right to slot the rebound home 1-0. Newmarket’s efforts to get into our circle were thwarted by Rachel Baynes and Kath Johnson. There were no more goals in the first half and the girls went into half time feeling confident that they could get the three points they wanted.
 In the second half Newmarket continued to push to get a goal but the hard work of the all the midfielders and defence was proving too much. Magpies carried on working for a second goal and chances came. The second goal came when Amelia made a great run down the left hand side of the pitch and rounded two or three players then slotted the ball past the keepers left foot. To make the score 2-0 and her first goal of the season. The rest of the game played out with no more goals and the girls took away a well deserved 3 points.
Next week the girls play another two fixtures Saturday @home vs Watton and on Sunday away vs St Neots.


Ladies 2nd Team v Wisbech (Away (L) D1-1)

Harleston Magpies 2’s were due to travel away to Wisbech, after confirmation that the cold weather had not affected their pitch the girls set off.

The girls got off to a great start and the first ten minutes Magpies had all the possession but were unable to find the net. A quick break from Wisbech caught Magpies out and they went 1-0 up. Undeterred by the goal Magpies fought on to try and get the game back. Their efforts were rewarded near the end of the first when a lovely run down the line By E. Rash was crossed into Laura Tibbenham to slot the ball home and make the score 1-1.

With Woollatt picking up an injury going into the second half Magpies were down to the bare 11 players and had to reorganise and keep the ball. The girls continued to attack Olivia Locke working hard and creating chances and Wisbech were playing the ball around nicely making life difficult for the midfield and defence. Magpies although winning some short corners and making chances were unable to score and the final score was 1-1. The first points that the girls have dropped all season, but the girls were ready to go out and get another three points the next day away at Newmarket.


Ladies 2nds v Newmarket (Home (L) W 3-0)

Magpies ladies 2’s were at home this Saturday in the much anticipated and over due fixture against Newmarket. Magpies started as they meant to go on outing strong pressure on the Newmarket defence we dominated the first half and Newmarket struggled to get the ball out of their half. Woman of the match  Katherine Ridley was feeding some good balls into the circle for the forwards, however the forwards struggled to find the net with lots of outfield Newmarket players packing the home teams attacking D.The first goal came from a strike from a Penalty corner the keeper saved the first shot and Anouska Stott was on hand to slot home in the second phase. The second goal came from a good initial pass in from out side the 25 and a little touch from Tibbenham helped the Ball through for Anouska to make the score 2-0. Magpies continued to push forward and a third goal came from a well timed strike from Emily to make the final score 3-0.


Ladies 2nd Team v Bedford (Away (L) EW 1-0)

Magpies ladies twos travelled to two second in the league Bedford on a gloomy wet day. A minutes silence was observed at the start of the game in memory of David Brook who has been a key member of the club for many years. The team wish to extend their condolences to David’s family and friends.
Magpies dominated the opening minutes of the match keeping possession but didn’t create any clear cut chances. The first and only goal of the game came from a ball out of the middle from Howland through to A. Woollatt whom slipped the Ball to Anouska Stott who found the back of the net.
In the second half Bedford stretched the play making magpies work for the Ball. They had a few breaks where the defence of Kath Johnson, Amelia, Katherine Ridley and Plum scooped the Ball up. Magpies kept themselves in the game creating some more chances but were unable to extend their lead.
Final score 1-0 to Magpies who retain their unbeaten record for another week. 

Woman of the match A. Herschel-Shorland  

Next week the ladies twos are at home against Newmarket 


Ladies 2nds v Dereham (Away (L) W 2-1)

The ladies started off well looking strong in attack but were unable to score. As the half wore on it looked as though either team could score, the first goal came from Magpies a good press at a 16, Tibbenham passed the ball in to Anouska Stott for her to spot the ball in. Magpies went into half time 1-0 up. Half time provided the chance to iron out the mistakes we were making.
Dereham came out after half time with a visible determination. Trying to take the three points, they were first to open the scoring in the second half, From a short corner. Magpies were not content with leaving the score as a draw. Some good attacking play saw Fran burrell with the Ball in the 25. A slick pass into the D to Laura Tibbenham who turned and put the Ball past the goalie to make the score 2-1. After a period of ill discipline magpies found themselves down to 9 players which gave Dereham the chance to attack and had a number of short corners all excellently defended and some great saved from Jade Daly. The final result was a 2-1 win to Magpies. Magpies will look to improve on a number of things when they are next in action on the 27th January. The ladies 2’s don’t have a fixture next week due to U16 and U18 players going to national indoor finals, good luck to all the girls. 

Man of the match : Jade Daly 


Ladies 2nd Team v Lowestoft (Away (L) W2-0)

The ladies 2’s returned refreshed from the Christmas festivities ready and raring to go at a rather nippy Lowestoft!
We welcomed Beth on her debut in the 2’s in goal.
We started strongly passing the ball round well, communicating and applying pressure. Rose was in fine form causing Lowestoft plenty of problems with her pace. We created several chances & corners but the Lowestoft keeper kept us out until we converted a short corner with a slip left which was struck by Anouska Stott in her usual fashion. It was heading for the goal but Fran Burrell made sure it definitely crossed the line! 1-0!
Rose continued her hard work in midfield and was rewarded by her efforts with a cracking reverse stick strike to make it 2-0!
We went into the second half with confidence and Kath Johnson and her team of defenders kept Lowestoft out after some increased pressure and short corners to defend.
We continued to create chances but were happy with another 3 points in the bag!
Mom – Rose

Next week – Dereham away


Ladies 2nd v Wisbech Ladies 1 ( Home (L) W 7-0 )

Sitting proudly on top of the league (unbeaten) the Ladies 2’s welcomed Wisbech to the Nest hoping to continue our excellent run. The match couldn’t have started better for Magpies as Captain Laura Tibbenham lead by example and scored in the 1st minute after good work from Anouska Stott to make it 1-0.
Magpies started the game confidently and were soon 2-0 ahead thanks to a goal from Alice Woollatt. After 15 minutes Magpies went 3-0, Alice broke down the right flank and passed to Tibbs who then picked out Anouska who calmly scored, this was the pick of the goals as it showed great team passing.
The team were playing some of the best hockey of the season, transferring the ball well and having lots of attacking play in the Wisbech half. Debbie Francis and Fran Burrell were controlling the midfield and before half time Anouska added another to make it 4-0 at half time.
The 2nd half continued as the 1st half finished, Tibbenham scored her 2nd of the game and made the score 5-0 . The defence didn’t allow Wisbech many scoring chances, Herschel-Shorland had a excellent match. Fran got on the score sheet scoring the 6th goal following good work by Katie Woollatt. Anouska completed the scoring and completed her hat trick after she picked up a long range pass from Alice and then rounded the keeper to make the final score 7-0.
Next week we are at home against Newmarket.

Player of the match – Amelia Herschel-Shorland