Magpies Ladies 3rds 4 Norwich Dragon’s 3rds 2
After a lovely afternoon and light lunch at the Bayne’s Needham Manor, the girls were eager to beat the Norwich side again, after their first friendly way back in early September. With the team slowly arriving and once Rheanna had found a pair of shin-pads after disappearing off home to get them without her house key, it was time for Rachel Bayne’s fun-filled changing room challenge : Hungry Frogs (or for those born pre-millennium ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos’). This competition between the forwards and the defence was to demonstrate that we are wanting to ‘grab’ the opportunities for goals! And I must say, this game really showed each players true attitude towards the hockey game. Some, for example Lucy and Char, were determined (and slightly passive-aggressive) constantly attacking those little red balls and making those frogs go crazy, whilst other like Rachel and Issy showed cunning and chose the perfect moment to strike.
With plenty of time to spare, we made our way outside, and with the Ladies 1s still on the pitch we went for a warm-up up the road and once the pitch was free we got the hockey balls out (instead of hungry frogs balls) and got ourselves raring to go!
Right from the off, once again Magpies showed their dominance over the opposition with the ball moving rapidly around the pitch. And before we knew it a cracking strike by Kara Kilbourne soon put us ahead. Magpies continued to move fluidly with some great passes from Plum in centre defence transferring play from left to right. Unfortunately, just before the half time whistle, our opposition had a quick break in play and managed to slip the ball just past goal keeper Holly’s left foot.
Once again the half time team talk was centred around keeping our hopes high and was full of encouragement, and there was a quick chat from Char, referring to us as being ‘machines’ …. I can’t quite remember how that came about, but it was amusing all the same! I must also send my apologies out to the team for forgetting to get the Halloween Haribo out of my stick-bag.
Magpies soon got back into their rhythm again after the half time break, and before we knew it a short corner opportunity arose, giving us once again the opportunity to be ahead of our position. It was about time that we started getting some success from our short corners, and I think today’s game has definitely given us some confidence in them! First off a fantastic ball swept out by Lucy to Leggy at the top of the D, a quick left slip to Kara who shot it to Issy waiting to strike the ball into the net on the right hand post. A well-deserved goal by the right forward. Our game continued to develop and improve, hardly giving our opposition and chance or room to manoeuvre with the ball. And after another short corner opportunity arouse, we were eager to widen our lead. With our ‘Maiden of the Match’ Laura Betts kindly telling Leggy that the bottom left corner was wide open, Leggy was keen to get her name onto the scoreboard, and not screw it up like her first half’s attempt. A lovely sweep out from Lucy set Leggy up for the perfect strike on goal, and the ball couldn’t have gone more smoothly into that bottom left corner. With the game coming closer and closer to its conclusion, it was far from over as Kara Kilbourne managed to sneak another in, making it a marvellous 4-1 to the home side.
Another great game today ladies, we no game next week but don’t you forget the awesome play today and let’s continue this winning streak and have a good game against Thetford on the 8th of November!
(Just a mention to you third team players (and whoever else is reading) that volunteers are still needed for the Harleston Fireworks on the 7th of November. Give Leggy a text if interested!! Cheers girlies!)