The 2’s went into the last league game of the season with plenty still to play for, as a win would give them a fighting chance of finishing 3rd in the league. At a sun drenched California Road the Magpies warm up was very relaxed as the teams prepared to do battle.
In an open start to the game both sides were keen on using the flanks which lead to a number of early penalty corners. However both were having great problems injecting from the by-line which resulted in wasted opportunities. Magpies finally perfected the routine when Jess Howland sent a reverse stick effort past the keeper and into the net.
In truth the Magpies were looking very threatening in the D with Laura Tibbenham, Anna Tighe and Alice Woollatt making some great leads but we were just missing the final clinical touch. At the other end the defensive trio of Plum sweet, Shev Wooltorton and Kath Johnson kept the home side reasonably quiet although St. Ives were still a danger on the break. However the Pies deservedly went to half time a goal up.
St Ives came out the sharper in the second half and forced a couple of penalty corners from which Jade Daly made a smart save to keep the scores level. The Pies burst into life with a fine second goal. Good ball retention at the back allowed Kath to send an ariel into space for Tibbs to brilliantly drive into the D, draw the keeper and find yet another strong run from Lottie Summers who slotted home.
The Magpies were now pressing home the advantage with Olivia Locke and Howland in charge of the middle of the park, allowing the platform to launch fast breaks with Lottie, Martha Lawrence and Sophie Child driving deep into the opposition D as the game became stretched. This lead to further goals being added by Anna Tighe and Alice Woollatt as Magpies ran out comfortable winners 4-0.
Following Dereham’s win at the league champions, Magpies finished in 4th place but can look back on a solid enjoyable season and with a little bit of luck in certain games could have pushed Peterborough and Cambridge even closer.. The party bus departed for the last time this season with everyone looking forward to a quiet beverage at the Awards Evening.
The players would like to thank Sam Tea for coaching the side as well as a big thank you to everyone back at the club whose efforts behind the scenes are really appreciated by the team. Likewise thanks to our band of loyal supporters who follow the team offering advice and support on the field and pay the occasional match fee as and when required off it.
Player of the Match – Kath