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LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 6TH OCTOBER 2018

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 2ND TEAM REPORT 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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 TEAM REPORT 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

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 2ND TEAM REPORT 8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

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 REPORT 17TH MARCH 2018

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 REPORT 18TH MARCH 2018

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 REPORT 17TH MARCH 2018

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 2ND TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 REPORT 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 2ND TEAM REPORT 13TH JANUARY 2018

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 2NDS TEAM REPORT 6TH JANUARY 2018

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 TEAM REPORT 2ND DECEMBER 2017

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

 

LADIES 2NDS TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

ladies 2nd Team v UEA (Away (L) W 4-1)

Magpies arrived feeling confident but knowing they mustn’t be complacent. They started pretty well creating some chances but didn’t have the same conviction as they had had the week before. It took some time to get their first goal into the net which eventually came from a lovely bit of play Katrina Sitch ran the ball to the line and a touch from Tibbenham got the ball to Anouska Stott to slot the ball in, 1-0. Play continued and no more goals came UEA were soaking up the pressure at the back and the goalie was making some good saves. Magpies went into the half time with a 1-0 lead.

 

Magpies started the second half much better than the first half once again they were attacking well. Unfortunately not far into the second half Debbie Francis took a knock to the face and had to go off. UEA managed to regroup and caught Magpies on the break and found the net to make it 1-1. Magpies kicked it up a gear after that they had a number of short corners which they failed to convert. It didn’t take long before A. Woollatt managed to cross the ball from the right, where Katrina managed to get a touch on the ball and Laura Tibbenham got her first of the game to make it 2-1 and put magpies back on top. Magpies kept the pressure on looking for another goal and it came this time from Katrina Sitch running in to the D beating the defence and a nicely placed reverse shot made the score 3-1. A great pass from Charlotte Seaman through to Tibbenham ahead of the defenders allowed her to run into the D with only the goalie to beat, she rounded the goalie and made the score 4-1.

 

Next week the ladies 2’s play St Neots at home at 12pm.

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 2nd Team v Bedford 2 (Home(L) W 6-2)

We welcomed Bedford Ladies 2’s to the nest and were anticipating a tough game against the team placed 3rd in the league.
We warmed up well and were straight out of the blocks with lots of attacking play coming down the right hand side from Shev Steggles & Plum Sweet. The Bedford defence succumbed to pressure and Laura scored the first goal from open play, after some silky skills from Angie. Laura soon after added her second from a well struck short corner.
Anouska banged in the 3rd after an initial air shot!
We went in confident and happy at half time with a 3-0 lead.
We maintained the pressure in the second half with lots of pressure from our forwards and lots of leg work from A. Woollatt &  Eglington to keep the ball in our half. It was only a matter of time, and Angie classily scored the 4th goal.
We had plenty of short corners and Olivia Locke found herself in a great position at the post to score a deflection on her reverse.
Bedford scored 2 goals, both on the break. We were not finished yet though and after some great work from Fran Burrell at another corner, the legend Kath Johnson was there to see the ball over the line!
Some really slick Hockey, a great team effort, very happy 2’s with a 6-2 win. 

Man of the match – Laura Tibbenham

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 28TH OCTOBER 2017

Ladies 2nd Team v Norwich City 1 (Away (L) W 3-2)

Both teams went into today’s match with 100% starts to the season. Magpies travelled to Norwich with a squad of 14 players knowing that this was an opportunity to inflict a first defeat on neighbours City.
     The match started with both teams seeing plenty of the ball, the first 10 minutes was evenly matched. Magpies forwards were creating good space and their hard work was rewarded by winning two short corners which narrowly went wide. It was Norwich that went ahead after 20 minutes, this setback didn’t make Magpies change the way they were playing and 5 minutes later a long pass from Plum into the D was finished by Anouska Scott to make the scores level.
     Magpies had to make a change when Charlotte Seaman suffered a nasty ankle injury and could take no further part in the match ( hopefully not out for too many weeks).
                        
          Half time 1-1

Magpies started the 2nd half with plenty of confidence after getting back into the game late in the 1st half and this showed in their play. Debbie Francis and Alice Woollatt were working extremely hard, winning tackles and moving the ball on quickly for forwards Laura Tibbenham , Anouska Scott and Angie Wheelhouse.
    Angie’s stick skills were proving too good for the City defence and won numerous short corners. It was from a resulting short corner that Debbie’s shot found its way into the Norwich net to make the score 1-2. Magpies were on the front foot now and continued to look for a 3rd goal but against the run of play Norwich scored the equaliser midway through the second half. The match was played at a frantic pace, both teams determined to take all 3 points.
     With 5 mins to go Magpies won yet another short corner. The ball came to Kath Johnson who thumped the ball into the Norwich City net to grab all 3 points for Magpies. This means Magpies go level on points at the top of the league with Norwich City with a game in hand. A well deserved hard working all round team performance.

Final score – Norwich 1’s (2). – Magpies 2’s (3) ( Anouska Scott, Debbie Francis, Kath Johnson)

Player of match – Alice Woollatt.

Best wishes to Charlotte for a speedy recovery.

    

Ladies 2nd Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team v Colchester 1 (Home (L) W 3-2)

The ladies 2’s were ready & raring for a game in the sunshine at the nest against Colchester at home. We expected a tough, close game and that certainly was how it played out.
Colchester moved the ball well and Magpies went 1-0 down, but did get it back to 1-1 with a well timed strike from Angie Wheelhouse. However we quickly gave away another goal, and went into half time 2-1 down. We all agreed that we were working hard but needed to keep our structure, discipline and up our communication to ensure we were rewarded with some points from this game.
So we went into the second half feeling positive and early on it was a much higher quality of Hockey. As we have come to expect Debbie was holding the midfield well and threading balls through to the forwards, another goal was brewing!
Angie was working hard to keep possession in our D with Cantrell and Locke making some excellent runs down the right hand side of the pitch. The ball again found Angie right in front of the keeper and in typical fashion, she roofed it to make it 2-2! We maintained this momentum and again after some great team play, Angie bagged her hat trick! Then just to keep me and our spectators on their toes we had a rather tense final 10 minutes where we gave away far too many short corners! Kath was not letting one get past her and the defence and fortunately we played it out and came away with 3 points and a 3-2 victory.

Man of the match – Angie Wheelhouse

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 14th October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team vs Watton (Away (L) W 4-1)

Magpies started the match by breaking down an initial attack from the outset then began playing the ball around and creating several attacks down both wings.  The pressure was on Wattons defence as several crosses and passes were shooting by the keeper without a magpie stick being able to open the score line.  After much persistence and a great bit of set play involving Burrell, Stott and then Tibbenham; Magpies opened the score line with a great finish by Laura beating the keeper at the far post.  It wasn’t long before another fast break from Magpies defence through to midfield and onto the stick of Stott to set up Tibbenham for her 2nd goal, once again beating the keeper with a perfectly placed slap at goal.  After various attacks from both sides and some end to end action the whistle blew for half time at 2:0 Magpies.

Watton came out fighting from the start of the second half with a few fast breaks but were unsuccessful with the Magpies defence being bossed by Johnson and keeper Daly making some great saves.  Magpies conceded a penalty corner which was converted into Wattons first and only goal of the game.  Magpies came back strong with more attacks and pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Woollatt.  The fourth and final goal came from a fast break involving Stott picking up a stray ball and beating the defender allowing a well-positioned Tibbenham to slot the ball behind the keeper for the hattrick.

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team vs Dereham 1st Team (Home (L) W 2-1)

A changed side took to the pitch at weybread in positive fashion ready for what has become a bit of a derby game.
Dereham were well organised and came out strongly and it was clear it was going to be a close game. The Magpies defence of Plum, Kath, Shev & Amelia were very busy and playing well, however after a surging run Dereham managed to score a decent goal taking them 1-0 up. This seem to prompt us into action and after some positional changes at half time we came out a lot more strongly and organised.
The team were determined to get something from this game and Debbie & Fran lead the way with lots of possession and passion from the middle of the pitch. Phoebe worked tirelessly at right midfield, applying plenty of pressure, showing her legwork and defensive skills when required. We were very glad to welcome Alice ‘Bobby’ Wiseman for her 2nd team debut, she showed exactly the type of skills & commitment we love to see, a promising future is ahead of her.
Our pressure was paying off Debs managed to break the deadlock and bang in a goal from a shortcorner, to great excitement from our coach Sam and temporary manager Lucy Field.
We kept the momentum and after some great linking play, Bobby won us another short corner, which in similar style, Debs banged in number 2!
After a few shaky minutes and a defensive corner on the 70th minute, we welcomed the final whistle and were all buzzing to get 3 points!
Lots of different nominations for man of the match showed what a fantastic team effort it was, but Bobby was the overall winner – well deserved.
Away to Watton next week!

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 2ns Team vs Lowestoft 1st Team (Home (L) W 7-0)

After a difficult start in the first league game, ending in the game being abandoned Magpies ladies 2’s were looking to get their first points of the season under their belts. Magpies had a strong team and went into the local derby fairly confidently.

In the opening minutes of the game Magpies looked strong, working the ball nicely around the Lowestoft players and looked threatening attacking the oppositions circle. Magpies were rewarded early when a good work of play saw Laura Tibbenham able to run into the D draw the Lowestoft keeper to the left and slip the ball right for Eglington to slot the ball home, 1-0. Magpies continued to press hard not letting up on the Lowestoft defence, resulting in a short corner for the Magpies ladies, a good drag out from Olivia Locke to Anouska Stott at the top gave Stott time to strike the ball, with a small deflection the ball ended up in the net 2-0! As the half went on the pressure continued for Lowestoft and in an effort to clear the ball out the ball hit a defenders foot on the line. Anouska Stott stepped up to take the flick and coolly put the ball left passed the goal to take us into half time with a 3-0 advantage.

Magpies were confident going into the second half but knew they couldn’t be complacent. They continued working the ball nicely Herschel-Schorland and Summers were getting the ball down the left hand side. The Magpies girls found themselves in the D several more times earning another short corner. The ball came straight out Debbie Francis who calmly strikes the ball from the top to make the score 4-0. The short corners kept on coming in the second half with Magpies attacking strongly; a nice ball out to Stott at the top, slipped left to Tibbenham who hit the ball in to the far post for Katie Woollatt to touch in to make the score 5-0. Shortly after another shot corner came a little scrappier this time, after the initial save Alice Woollatt was able to get the rebound in 6-0. In the final ten minutes of the game Tibbenham received the ball on the Penalty spot, turned and flicked the ball off her reverse past the goal to make the final score 7-0.

Overall a great result from the Ladies 2’s and a great way to come back from a difficult week before. The ladies will look to add another three points to their tally next week against Dereham at 12pm at home.

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 16th September 2017

Ladies 2nd Team vs Norwich Dragons 1st Team (Home (F) W 1-0)

This week the ladies twos had the last of their pre-season games. We faced Norwich dragons 1’s team, we all knew it was going to be a tough game with the opposition being in the league above.

We started well pressing forward and getting opportunities to attack their circle. Dragons looked like strong team and were able to pass the ball around the back and work the ball up the pitch. This meant lots of running for the magpies ladies. However although there was a string of good play by both teams no goals were to come in the first half. And we went into half time 0-0. After a quick conversation about positioning in the press magpies were ready to get going wth the second half.

The second half saw magpies starting strong our press looked much better. And dragons were finding it harder to get out of their defending half. Magpies were patient and continued to attack with a few promising opportunities, until Anouska had the chance to strike the ball in the D. 1-0 to magpies with very little time left on the clock. As the final whistle went magpies had an attacking short corner but unfortunately weren’t able to make it 2-0.

Over all a great result for the ladies twos, and a promising start for next weeks first league game. Next week sees the ladies playing Newmarket away at 12pm.