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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.

Magpies ladies 2’s Vs St. Ives

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

Harleston Ladies’ 2nds 1 Cambridge City Ladies’ 2nds 2

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.

Magpies Ladies 2s report

Lowestoft Ladies 1s v Magpies 2s

We went to Lowestoft needing 3 points to keep our slim chances of promotion alive. We started the match positively and we were passing the ball quickly. The majority of the play in the first 15 minutes was in the Lowestoft half. Kath, Charlotte, Shev, Plum and Holly in goal gave us a good platform to build on.

Just before half time Lottie made a good run down the left and crossed the ball to Alice who at full stretch scored a well deserved goal to go 1-0 ahead.

The second half started with both teams battling for possession in midfield. Our excellent team spirit showed when magpies went down to 9 players on the pitch, constantly pressing on the ball and working hard.

After a brilliant team performance, Magpies won 1-0. We will be looking for another 3 points next week when we play league leaders Cambridge City at Magpies.

Harleston magpies ladies 2’s Vs Bury

Ladies 2s vs Bury

The ladies 2s were on form again with a 2-0 win against bury. After a good warm up, magpies came out strong, working well as a team to get the ball up the pitch. Not long into the game, magpies won a short corner, straight out to Laura Tibbenham who scored the first goal giving us an early lead. After a few breakthroughs from bury, magpies came back fighting, winning 18 short corners in the first half alone. Bury put up a good defence against Magpies corners stopping some great shots at goal.

After half time magpies continued the pressure, with some great runs being made by Alice Woollatt and Anna Tighe down the wing and great passes being made into the D by Alice. Bury fought back and managed to get a very good run down the middle, but great defending from Charlotte Seaman, kath Johnson, Siobhan Wooltorton and plum Sweet and great defensive organisation from Holly Riches in goal led to the ball being sent back up the pitch. Some great tackles in the middle made by Olivia Locke and Jess Howland stopped bury from getting through and helped the ball to get out wide. Magpies kept going and won another short corner, a strike in from the top and a cool deflection from Kath Johnson into the back of the goal. Magpies now led 2-0. Katie Woollatt’s relentless pressure and brilliant tackles helped to stop Magpies from conceding any goals in the game; overall it was another good performance from the ladies 2s.

MOM: Sophie Child

Next week the ladies twos travel to Lowestoft ladies who have been on good form for an 11.30am push back.

Ladies 2’s vs Cambridge uni 2’s

Ladies 2’s Vs Cambridge Uni 2’s

The ladies 2’s travelled with mascot baby Ziggy this Saturday to play against the Cambridge students. Ziggy joined us for the warm until Mr Seaman took over in the role of ‘Manny’.

The students started brightly and were well organised. They transferred the ball well, and tested our communication with their constant switching of positions. However Magpies were quick to get into the game, disrupting their passing game. We pressed particularly well and managed to win the ball several times from their defence. We held the ball well in midfield, with Olivia Locke communicating calmly throughout with positioning & organisation. Forwards, Laura Tibbenham, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe & Mia King were all making excellent runs, a goal was coming as we created lots of play around our D. Anna found the net from a short corner, Jess Howland hitting the ball across goal and Anna following up the rebounds so score 1-0 Magpies! We continued to apply the pressure and found ourselves winning several short corners, with opportunities up the wings as well. Tibbenham picked up the ball on the 25 and ran it in to slip the ball past the goalie from the left, 2-0 up.

We looked comfortable & confident on the ball and looked like we could go on to score a few more. Cambridge had a close call at a short corner which Plum expertly deflected wide, but we looked the stronger team throughout. A great team performance and a well deserved 3 points.

Big thanks to rent-a-crowd for all their support and the mums for expert buggy pushing!! Next week the ladies 2’s host Bury at home @ 12pm.

MOM’s Anna Tighe & Lucy Field

Magpies ladies 2’s Vs Norwich Dragons

Anna slays Dragons

Magpies second string had been somewhat unlucky in recent games, as their performances were far better than the 4 points they had picked up in 2017. On a fine afternoon ,the ladies made the short trip to Norwich, for a re-arranged fixture with The Dragons.

After an intensive warm up, the game started in a very open manner, with both sides looking to get on top early on. The Pies took an early lead as a slick passing move from back to front, saw Anna Tighe round the keeper to slot the ball home. Not long after the advantage was doubled, when a quick release from Tibbenham sent Anna through again to net. Magpies were then looking to push on and put the game to bed. However this left some gaps that Dragons started to exploit but the defensive trio of Katie C, Shev and Charlotte held firm. They were backed up when Jade made an excellent save just before the break to keep the goal advantage intact.

Dragons came out strong early in the second half but the experienced trio of Lucy Field , Plum and Kath ensured that Harleston always had options on the break. With Jess, Olivia and Katie W providing forceful runs from the midfield ,this allowed the Pies forwards to create down the flanks ,with Martha and Alice looking dangerous.

In truth Magpies spurned opportunities to score from a string of penalty corners and a nervy ending became a reality when the Dragons netted with 8 mins left. Magpies saw out the remainder of the half deep in Dragons territory, with Anna just missing out on a hat trick when a close range effort was chalked off.

A deserved win for the Magpies was celebrated by the team and supporters alike with a mix of flat white coffee and cheesy pasta at the Oak

Next week, a road trip to Cambridge University

MAGPIES LADIES 2’s V. COLCHESTER

Magpies went out this week desperately wanting 3 points after narrowly losing the last two games 2-1. Unfortunately we only secured one point from Colchester with a score of 1 all at the final whistle.

We looked strong going forwards especially from the right with the work of Alice Woollatt, Lucy Field and Charley Seaman who used their speed and skills to work their way round the opposition. We had lots of opportunities for goals from several short corners with speedy injections from Lucy to Laura Tibbs who narrowly missed the post. We eventually managed to score first from some sister magic where Katie Woollatt ran the ball down the base line and with a quick cross across the goal her sister was waiting on the right post to tap it in. We were finally 1 goal up. However after the goal we received a lot of pressure in or own half with great defending from Kath, Katie, Shev and Charley we managed to keep it to 1 goal up, even after a lot of pressure from a couple of defending short corners with the man of the match Charley saving a goal right on the line. When the half time whistle blew it was 1-0.

After an inspirational team talk from Sam Tea at half time we went out looking to score some more goals. There was some great work from Rose Winter and Martha Lawrence with lots of quick passes between the two working their way up the pitch from the left, however with no success on goal. After a few well played attacks from the opposition they were pushing further up the pitch looking dangerous for Magpies. Colchester unfortunately managed to secure a goal against Hollie who had been making some great saves throughout the match making the score 1 all. We looked strong going forward with Anna Tighe using her speed on the right and Plum on her comeback from injury was making some great opportunities through the middle alongside Jess which won us some more short corners, however sadly we could not convert these to goals.Towards the end both teams became frustrated leading to three cards for Magpies and two cards in total for Colchester. Neither teams were able to score any more gaols in the final minutes, meaning the final score was one all.

Next week Magpies will be hoping to win away at St. Ives and hopefully gain three more points.

Magpies ladies 2’s V Bedford 2’s

Post denies Magpies.

In the mid afternoon Bedford sunshine we started the match still knowing that we were in contention for promotion along with 5 other teams. The match didn’t get off to the best of starts for Magpies as Bedford scored an early goal within the first 5 minutes.
After this early setback, we began to settle and after Amy Hipwell joined Jess Howland in midfield this allowed Magpies to gradually put their authority on the game.
The first half had chances for both teams , Holly Riches kept us in the game with a good save and good defending by Kath Johnson Charlotte Seaman and katie Crawford denied Bedford extending the lead. The forwards were pressing well , Alice Woollatt and Anna Tighe were creating chances and Tibbs was unlucky not to score an equaliser before half time.

The second half started and Magpies continued to improve, Rose Winter and Jess Howland were winning a lot of balls in midfield and the high work rate of Katie Woollatt and Lucy Field kept pushing Bedford back and after 10 minutes in the 2nd half Tibbs scored to make it 1-1 and we deserved to be level.

We were having a good spell of Hockey and were unlucky not to go 2-1 ahead when Kath fired a ball into the D which Tibbs just failed to connect with. During this spell of pressure Magpies could not score another to go ahead, frustratingly Tibbs hit the post twice and Alice narrowly missed following a short corner.
Magpies momentum was interrupted when play was stopped for 5 minutes for the Bedford keeper to receive repairs to her helmet. This allowed Bedford to reorganise and shortly after the restart broke away to score to go 2-1 ahead. Bedford were spurred on the home pitch side supporters and despite a good final 5 minutes of pressure for Magpies we could not score an equaliser which we deserved.
Next week we are at home against Colchester in a must win game if we are to keep our chances of promotion alive.

Player of the match – Alice Woollatt