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Dragons 3’s 0 v 1 Magpies 3’s

In a must win game for both sides we arrived at Dragons full of confidence after last weeks win. The game started with us putting pressure on dragons and for the first 10 minutes we dominated possession. We played at a fast pace not allowing them time on the ball. We were passing the ball well and using the full width of the pitch.
This is where our goal came from, Mia King crossed the ball for Katie Kinsella to finish well. Towards the end of the half Dragons got more into the game. Hollie Riches in goal was not feeling 100% but she was performing superbly, quickly closing the dragons forwards down.
The 2nd half started and we were creating a few openings, Laura Tibbenham was finding good space and was unlucky not to score. Dragons knew the importance of this game, and this showed through their play.
Once again our defence Sophie Child, Plum and Rachel Baynes were playing well, Plum was strong and was having a very good game.
In the final few minutes we held firm when dragons had a flurry of short corners, excellent work from Sophie and goalkeeping from Hollie prevented Dragons scoring. Dragons almost scored in the dying seconds when a lifted shot hit the crossbar. A superb team effort and another clean sheet!

Player of the Match: Mia King


Loddon 1’s 1 v 5 Magpies 3’s

After a couple of frustrating weeks we knew we had to win to keep our hopes of winning the league alive.
We started brightly and the confidence was high as we played the ball around well.
Despite having all the play in the first half we couldn’t get the ball in the goal.
The beginning of the second half Loddon got an early goal. This made us work even harder and after some good passes between the midfield and forwards Laura Betts scored!!!
After that the goals kept coming. Rachel Baynes, Sophie Child and Plum in defence transferred the ball round and worked well together.
The second goal came again from Laura Betts, this was then followed by two more goals from Katie Kinsella and one from Rachel Holloway.
We all worked well together, and let’s hope for another win this weekend against Dragons!

Player of the Match: Caz Aldous Goodge


Magpies 3’s 0 v 0 Evergreens 1’s

After a frustrating goalless draw two weeks ago we knew that we had to take all 3 points today.
We started well, putting pressure on the Evergreen defence but without testing the goal keeper. Evergreens had a defensive game plan at times having nearly all the team back defending in our D. This didn’t give us much room to work in the opposition D.
It was a fiercely contested game, Plum and Katie W winning the centre midfield battle while the defence of Sophie C, Sophie B and Rachel weren’t seriously put in trouble. Thanks to Georgie who played in goal, it was a quiet game for her but when called upon was in top form.
We had numerous short corners but it wasn’t going to be our day in front of goal!
We did manage to get the ball in the net but to our disappointment it was ruled no goal. We dominated play from start to finish at times desperate to score and this was showing in our play, we weren’t getting the ball out wide opting for the more direct approach.
Very tight at the top now with the 4ths leading the race on goal difference with Dragons and us.

Joint player of match Plum and Caz


Magpies 3rds 0-0 Norwich City 3rds

We started the first game back after the Christmas break feeling refreshed and raring to get going. The game started at a fast pace, we were having a lot of possession but not able to create any chances.

As the game progressed City were growing in confidence but could not find a way past Holly Riches in goal, who kept us in the game with a string of short corner saves.

We weren’t playing with the same freedom as when we played our best hockey of the season against Norwich City 2’s in the last game before Christmas. The game was played at a very fast pace and City matched the commitment that we were putting in.

The defence were playing well, particularly Sophie Baxter who was very determined. As the game went on it was clear that only one goal would win it, City had a couple of good chances late on to score but nothing was going to getting passed Holly.

Overall a hard fought game which keeps us top of the league!

Player of the Match: Holly Riches


Norwich City 2’s 0-2 Magpies 3rds

After the hard fought goalless draw against the 4’s last weekend, we knew it was going to be another tough game.

We were given our pre match instructions and soon settled into the match. We had good possession early on, but we didn’t really test the City keeper. Rachel Baynes was a rock at the back as Norwich got into the game, and when they got into our D Hollie was equal to them.

Katie Woollatt and Char were having a good half, strong tackles and closing down the City players before they could create any attacks. Mid-way through the first half we took the lead when Leggy scored following a good short corner routine.

The goal seemed to calm our nerves and we started to play some excellent hockey. Alice Woollatt was linking up the midfield and the forwards superbly, passing great balls into the D.

The second half started the same as the first finished. Plum and Sophie Child were having a good game continuously pushing City back. We had a few chances to score a second goal, but City managed to defend well and at 0-1 down they were always a danger.

We scored our second goal again from a short corner, this time PLUM!!!! powerfully finished.

Hollie Riches made an excellent save towards the end of the game to keep another clean sheet and to keep us top of the league!!

This performance was the best we have played this season, the whole team working for each other with a top team spirit. Another 3 points keeping us TOP OF THE LEAGUE ready for after the Christmas break!

Joint Players of the Match: Katie Woollatt and Alice Woollatt


Dereham 3rds 0-5 Magpies 3rds

We started the game a bit slow after a delayed start. But once we hit out stride Dereham struggled to defend against our constant pressure.

Char got the first goal from a short corner, this was then closely followed by Katie Kinsella’s goal.

By half time we were winning 2-0.

We got straight back into it again with our constant pressure and work rate. Our defence were strong as usual and everyone was linking together. Due to our work rate it led to another 3 goals, two from Leggy and another one from Char.

Player of the match: Sophie Child

Bring on Saturday’s match against Magpies 4ths!!


Broadland 1sts 2-2 Magpies 3rds

We went to play Broadland knowing that they had already beaten our 4’s. We started brightly and we attacked the Broadland goal from the start. We were passing well and carried on from the UEA game.

Laura Betts opened the scoring mid-way through the half. It followed a good move down our right, Millie Preece crossed it in and Betsy finished well.

We had several shorts in the first half but we couldn’t manage to score.

Broadland were beginning to get more into the game, at times having a lot of possession in and around our D. Rachel Baynes was equal to their attacks and calmly got us out of trouble with help of Sophie Child and Plum.

Our second goal was scored by Katie Kinsella, finishing a good reverse stick pass from Alice Woollatt.

Broadland scored two goals to bring the score to 2-2, Char kept working hard and as the game went on we kept attacking only to find a heavily packed defence. In a frustrating final ten minutes it seemed inevitable that Magpies were going to have to settle for a draw. A point gained that keeps us top of the league, and again a hard working team effort.

Player of the match: Rachel Baynes


Magpies Ladies 3rds 7-2 UEA 2nds

A grey, chilly and drizzly Norwich morning was the setting for this weeks match for the Ladies 3rds. We braced ourselves for a good match against UEA, with the addition of Lauren Rowe, and a rousing pre match team talk from Lucy, we were determined to enjoy our hockey and play well.

After a slick warm up we made a great start playing the ball around with good pace and creating lots of chances in our D. Despite the UEAs continued pressure we capitalized on these chances after several strong series of passes leading to goals from Alice Woollat and Sarah Legg.

With fantastic effort and commitment from everyone we got to half time with a score of 5-2. As expected UEA came out strongly after the break and continued to play good hockey. However we dug deep and played our hockey, and again were rewarded with another two goals from Sarah Legg.

It’s fair to say that as the whistle blew for the end of the match we all felt immensely proud of our work rate and efforts. The final score being a fab 7-2 and MOM was awarded to Alice (mini) Woollatt for playing out of her skin!


Magpies Ladies 3rds 3-0 Pelicans 2nds

We started the game joint top of the league, so we knew only a win was good enough. It was a wet and windy afternoon start, we started strongly and had a lot of the play in Pelicans half.

We were rewarded with a goal from a short corner which Char scored with a powerful shot from the edge of the D. We dominated possession, and our defence didn’t let anything past them.

We started the second half cold and wet but it was the same pattern as the first half, we had a lot of possession but we weren’t finding any width or creating any clear channel.

Char scored from another short corner to make it 2-0 and Millie Preece got the ball in making it 3-0 shortly afterwards. Sophie was able to make some good runs towards the end of the game.

Overall was another good team effort, and we definitely deserved the win.

Player of the match: Sophie Child


Magpies Ladies 3rds 2-0 Loddon 1sts

Knowing that 3 points today was a must, we started very brightly. Kaz and Alice Woollatt were getting plenty of the ball in the opening 10 minutes, forcing the Loddon keeper to make the first of many good saves.

Betsy put us 1-0 ahead in the first 10 minutes following good pressure in the Loddon D.

We gained confidence from the goal and were soon 2-0 up as Betsy scored again!!! The defence were very quiet in the opening 25 minutes, but we created some good passes around the back. As the tempo of the game slowed down, Loddon began to have a few attacks and when they did get into the D they were faced with Hollie, determined to keep a clean sheet.

The half finished 2-0. After the break Loddon were more of an attacking threat than the 1st half. The midfield of Katie Woollatt and Char were breaking up the Loddon play, Katie was making strong runs into the D and Katie Kinsella kept trying to find a way through the Loddon defence. Sophie Child was playing well at right back and was also a good attacking force when linking up with Mia King.

We continued to press well but we were not as accurate with our passes as in the 1st half, and we weren’t finding the width.

Loddon continued to attack and we were thankful to Hollie Richies in goal for producing a wonderful save in the last 5 minutes.

Overall a hard, well deserved win which we can take encouragement from as we didn’t play our best hockey of the season, but still managed to win.

Player of the match: Katie Woollatt


Magpies Ladies 3rds 5-1 Carrow 1sts

After the physical, away victory last week we turned up at magpies in good spirits.

The game started and for the first 20 minutes Carrow outnumbered us and for their efforts went 0-1 up. We as a team could not link together, and as the game went on at 0-1 down we began to play to much through the middle, not using the width of the pitch.

Rachel Baynes, Sophie Child and Plum were working hard to keep the score at 0-1 and they were helped again by Hollie in Riches in goal. We could see Lucy in the dugout jumping about!! We new she would have something to say at half time! And for the last 5 minutes we started to play good hockey. Alice Woollatt did good work down the left and cut the ball into the D, and after a flurry of shots we were awarded a penalty flick (this unfortunately was missed by Katie Woollatt). We continued to attack and Betsy was getting lots of the ball and making good passes. In the last 2 minutes of the half, from a short corner, Char smashed the ball into the goal to make it an equaliser.

We were right, Lucy definitely had something to say, and it definitely woke us up! Sophie Baxter was getting the ball on the right and making good runs as was Betsy on the left. The game now was more in Carrow half and Betsy got the ball into the goal to put us 2-1 ahead.

We pressed well and from another short corner Alice scored high into Carrows net to make it 3-1.

Katie and Char were winning every tackle and Katie Kinsella was making good runs into the D.

The 4th goal soon followed and was nicely scored with a well played shot by Betsy, who was having a big impact on the game.

The defence were quieter than in the first half but when called upon they dealt with the attacks well. We scored the 5th goal when Sophie B finished off an excellent attacking move. Overall, after a sluggish start to the match, we deserved to be winners!!!

Player of the match: Betsy


Evergreens 1sts 0-2 Magpies Ladies 3rds

We’re back, after losing last week 3-0 we had a well deserved win this week.

From the first push back we kept possession, working the ball round Evergreens. Caz, Alice Woollatt and Anna Harrod did a great job of being in good positions in the D when balls were passed in by Katie Kinsella, Char, Millie Preece and Sophie Baxter.

Our first goal was scored by Sophie Baxter She ran along the back line and popped the ball pass the goal keeper.

When Evergreens did have the ball we all made a great press. Katie Woollatt had a lot of space in the middle, which created opportunities to switch the ball to either Plum or Sophie Child.

Rachel Baynes held it together at the back, not letting anyone pass. Another good performance from Hollie Riches in goal.

During the second half we carried on pressing. We got a few short corners, but the goals just didn’t happen from them. Anna Harrod got the second goal after the goal keeper had made a dive. She scored by flicking the ball over the goal keeper.

Player of the match:


Magpies Ladies 3rds 0-3 Norwich Dragons 3rds

After a 100% start to the season we started this game full of confidence. Despite learning during the week we will be without our captain Lucy Field for the rest of the season as she’s expecting baby number 2!!! (Congratulations)

We started the game strongly and for most of the 1st half we dominated play, but the ball wouldn’t run for us in the Dragons D. We had lots of possession in midfield, Catherine was able to get forward on the right but when she crossed the ball into the D our forwards were outnumbered by a heavily packed Dragons defence. Unfortunately Dragons went 0-1 up. We didn’t let our heads drop, Katie Kinsella was working hard and made some good runs into the D.

The second half was a hard fought-Alice Woollatt was very busy closing down the dragons defence and we continued to push for an equaliser. After a few minutes into the second half Dragons went 0-2 up.

We continued to get the ball forward as quickly as possible, but when we did have a shot at goal ex magpie keeper Kristina was in very good form.

Dragons scored a third goal towards the end of the game. The 3-0 score line was not a fair reflection of the match. We had a lot of possession in midfield but could not create any goals.

Player of the match:


Norwich City 3rds 0-4 Magpies Ladies 3rds

We arrived at Taverham in good spirits following a good win over Norwich City 2nds last week. On paper Norwich City 3rds should be an easier game.

We started strongly and for the first 20 minutes we dominated possession. We were always in the City half, but play wasn’t quick and passes weren’t being moved on quick enough.

Lucy Field was having a lot of possession down the right being fed the ball well by Sophie Child. This resulted in the first goal. Lucy ran to the base line and crossed the ball so Millie Preece could tap the ball in.

We thoroughly deserved the lead and continued to press City backwards, Katie Kinsella was having a good half, linking up well between the midfield and forwards. The
few occasions in the first half when Rachel, Sophie and Plum were called upon in defence, they were superbly backed up in goal by Hollie Richies. The half finished 0-1 to us.

After a half time talk, we started the second half again strongly, moving the ball quicker and with more accuracy. This spread the City defence and left gaps, these were exploited by Katie Kinsella who ran into the D and from a tight angle put us 0-2 ahead.

The game now was a lot more open with players tiring in the warm conditions. Good hard tackling from Char and Katie Woollatt broke down the attacks from City, they moved the ball out wide to Lucy and Kaz. Kaz was making some good passes and finding our players in good attacking positions.

Midway through the second half Katie Kinsella made it 0-3, forcing the ball home. Alice Woollatt was fighting for the ball and found Anna Harrod (who was making some good runs) with a reverse stick pass. Unfortunately Anna’s shot just went wide.

Hollie in goal made some vital saves as City didn’t give in. In the last ten minutes Alice rounded the keeper to make it 0-4 to us. Overall the second half was better than the first and it was another very encouraging result.

Player of the match: Katie Kinsella


Magpies Ladies 3rds 3-1 Norwich City 2nds

The game started at a fast pace with the ball moving swiftly from the midfield to the forwards. We knew this was going to be a hard game as like us they beat their own 3rds team.

Norwich didn’t get time to settle into their own playing pattern, with great tackling and closing down from Char and Katie. This enabled Lucy and Betsy to use the width and play passes to Mia and who were backed up by Millie.

This was how we went 1-0 up, the midfield won the ball back quickly and Alice ran down the right and crossed the ball to Betsy who made no mistake coming in at the back post to make it 1-0.

We continued to have possession-Rachel, Plum and Sophie were solid at the back, and that was exactly what we needed to continue attacking. And after a shot at goal by Millie was saved, Anna tucked the rebound away to make it 2-0.

Although they scored a goal, it didn’t make us drop our heads. We pressed and Alice made it 3-1 just before half time.

In the second half we continued to attack, but unfortunately we couldn’t get another goal in. Norwich didn’t give up, and Georgie in our goal made some great saves. At the end of the game the score remained 3-1 to us.

Let’s hope we can keep this up, well played 3rds.

Player of the match: Sophie Child


The 3rd team league got under way after a few weeks of training, with a game against the 4ths.

The 3rds had good possession, and started strongly. We were rewarded with a goal by Mia King half way through the first half. This was quickly doubled by Katie Kinsella. Our confidence grew, and two more goals were scored, one by Lucy Field from a short corner and the other by Sophie Child.

The second half was more evenly balanced. The 4ths got a goal early on, quickly then followed by another, both by Laura Tibbenham. The final score was 2-4 to the 3rds.

Overall it was a good start to the season.

Player of the match: Rachel Baynes


Norwich School Triangular Tournament August 29th

Magpies sent a Mixed Ladies 2nd and 3rd Team to the Norwich School Triangular Tournament at Redmayne Field. They started off against Norwich City and unluckily went 1- 0 down in open play, but they fought back hard and deservedly Lauren Mickleburgh scored a straight strike from a short corner to draw the game 1-1. The second game saw Magpies face Norwich School who they beat 3-0 with a short corner goal from Lucy Chubbock on her return from University, Izzy Knowles deflected a ball in from Millie Preece, and Ellie Tennant knocked one nicely into the top corner. Overall a really good team effort and great performances from numerous youngsters.

Melissa Ludlam


Magpies Ladies 3’s v Diss Ladies 1’s

Warm layers were a must on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Weybread where a full strength ladies 3’s squad gave a sound team performance against Diss. Magpies took control of the game from the start and dominated throughout the first half with consistent pressure on the Diss defence. A super strike by Char from a penalty corner and goals from Catherine Kilbourn and Issy Knowles notched up 4 goals before half time.

The second half involved lots of running by everyone to keep warm and Lucy Field scored her first goal of the season with her no. 1 fan Tilly cheering on the sideline. Magpies’ solid defence consisting of Phoebe, Katie, Plum and Nicole with guidance from Lucie Gooch in goal ensured Diss had no glimpse of scoring. Good work rate as always by Betsy and Wooly in midfield supported Kara Kilbourn who gave a great display of her sexy skills following a speedy dribble up the pitch neatly dismissing defenders and confidently outwitting the keeper with a slick tap into goal.

A further 2 goals from Caz and one from Leggy raised the tally to 10-0 before the game came to a close and players were keen to defrost in the warmth of the clubhouse.

Magpies Ladies 3rds v. Norwich City 3rds (22nd Nov)

It was a mild damp afternoon when the 3rds travelled to Taverham for their match against Norwich City. Minus Leggy who was not well, we arrived optimistic.

The squad warmed up under the excellent guidance of Rachel, off we went…….. Norwich took their time to gain any sense of play meaning that Magpies had many chances during the opening 15 mins to score but Norwich made a break for it and suddenly we were 1-0 down, pushing forward and again making headway we conceded another when Norwich broke through the defence, a third conceded through a short corner obtained by Norwich which was excellently executed, going into half time we found ourselves 3-0 down.

Onwards and upwards Magpies battled on still winning the ball, again having most of the play but not managing to hit the back of the net, Norwich once more took hold of the ball and after a good run managed to place the ball past Lucy making it 4-0. Only a few minutes to go and magpies seemed pumped up and buoyed by the great camaraderie of the squad and after a controversial card awarded to Catherine and a sending off for Caz we became determined to win one back and we did after good midfield play through to Kara who whacked it in the back of the net.

A great team effort who deserved more but will come back fighting next week looking for a win.

Magpies Ladies 3rd Match Report

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!)