Ladies Hockey Harleston Magpies 3rds v Pelicans 2nds 5 – 1
Magpies thirds finished their premier division season in style winning 5-1 against Pelicans. Magpies were expecting a tough game following the draw earlier in the season, but a combination of the changes in the pelicans team and the improvement in the magpies girls over the season meant the task was easier than expected.
In cold, blustery and wet conditions magpies started confidently moving the ball early, creating many attacks on the Pelis goal. Julie Podd opened the scoring from a penalty corner, the first shot was well saved by the keeper, but another foul and an excellent advantage by the umpire allowed Julie to follow up her own shot. Jaz bartlett who was using her pace to good advantage on the right added a second before half time. Magpies defence allowed few serious threats to the home teams goa with CC and Julie Podd holding firm in the tackle.
Podd adding a third from a short corner, the clean strike deflected off the advancing defenders stick. Lizzie Clymer who had been commanding in midfield all game was then allowed to dribble her way into the ‘D’ and her strike found the roof of the net. Pelicans continued to make magpies work hard and after some sloppy defending scored from a penalty corner of their own. Laura Tibbenham then rounded off the scoring after good interplay between Becky Marshall Jaz Bartlett.
An excellent season for the thirds with only one loss since the christmas break. If only the two draws had been won magpies would have been looking at promotion now.
Harleston Magpies 3rds 3 – 3 Norwich City 2nds
Magpies started this league game in confident mood and scored an earl goal through Becky Marshall. The magpies continued to pass the ball well and put pressure on the city defence with the goalkeeper called into action at regular intervals. Lizzie Clymer scored a cracker from a short corner to put magpies 2-0 up. City didn’t give up and magpies were lucky when the half time whistle went and seconds later the ball crossed the goal line. This seemed to spur Norwich into believing they could score and they pulled a goal back early in the 2nd half. Magpies continued to press forward but City equalised on one of their breaks. Becky Marshall once again gave magpies the lead just before the end. Magpies believing they had the game won, lost concentration and allowed City to put two passes together from the restart and score an immediate equaliser.
Disappointing for magpies as without the City keeper putting in a man of the match performance the game would have been won easily by magpies.
Watton 2nds 0 – 4 Magpies 3rds
Magpies found themselves under immediate pressure and faced three short corners in the first five minutes. Magpies then woke up and took up where they left off last week, midway through the fist half Jazz Bartlett picked up a through ball on the halfway line and took the ball round a defender and then the advancing keeper and put magpies 1-0 up. This score remained until half time. Early in the second half Nic Beevors shot was saved only for Jose Tibbenham to push the rebound through the keepers legs.
Meanwhile at the other end the defence were thwarting any attacks Watton made with Georgie Scott making her premier league debut and showing the improvement she has made this season. Magpies pressure continued to produce shots at goal and penalty corners from which Lucy Chubbock struck just inside the left post to put magpies 3-0 up. The young team continued to play with confidence moving the ball around well.
The final goal came from a melee in the circle Becky Marshall was first to pounce and slotted the ball home to complete a fine team performance.
Loddon 1sts v Magpies ladies 3rds 3-7
Within the first 20 minutes magpies found themselves 2-0 down after goals from top of the table Loddon. Emily Wilford pulled a goal back with a precision corner strike inches inside the right had post. This was followed by an equaliser from Jazz Bartlett with a reverse stick shot leaving the teams all square at half time. Loddon once again took the lead in the second half when Elizabeth Skinner scored her second. Magpies upped their game with the pace of Wilford and Bartlett causing problems.
Wilford got her second corner strike this time to the left post and magpies went from strength to strength. Jose Tibbenham’s long corner found Julie Podd unmarked at the top of the D who made no mistake with a powerful strike to give magpies the lead for the first time. Loddon had more chances but good interpassing between Bartlett and Wilford saw Wilford get her hat-trick. Loddon allowed their heads to drop and the game was put beyond doubt when Lucy Chubbock spotted an opening and sent a free hit into the D which was swept into the goal by Tibbenham. Wilford wrapped up a fine individual and team performance with a neat dummy at a short corner allowing the defence to run past her and then slotting the ball home.
Ladies 3rds v Reepham won 7-1
Magpies ladies 3rds have only played on alternate weeks since the christmas break due to weather breaks and the indoor. However against a Reepham side who are struggling in the premier division the girls took advantage to show they can score with ease. With captain Tibbenham unable to play she gave Emily Wilford a rare opportunity to play with Emily having no school commitments. Emily got her name on the scoresheet four times, with Jazz Bartlett netting two and Lucy Chubbock following up a short corner in the free scoring match.
Norwich City 2nds v Harleston Magpies 3rds 0-2
Magpies 3rd team continued their winning streak with a two nil win over City 2nds. In freezing cold and blustery wet conditions magpies started well. Early movement of the ball and some excellent interpassing gave the 3rds the early territorial advantage. The first goal came when Becka Banham rode a couple of tackles outside the circle and slipped the ball to Jose Tibbenham from a narrow angle squeezed the ball between the post and keeper. Verity Blyth used her pace well on the right flank and interchanged well with Sam Williams, both sending some glorious balls across the D. Unfortunately none were turned into the net. Magpies gained some short corners and it was from one of Nic Beevors strikes that Tibbenham was on hand to deflect past the keeper.
Magpies continued to press in the second half and City played their part in the well fought game. Sarah Cole and Charlotte Catalano stifling the City attacks. A couple of good saves by Flora Marfleet kept a clean sheet for magpies who now go into the christmas break on a run of good form. Special thanks to the umpires who braved the appalling conditions and also all supporters, you all deserve a medal!
Harleston Magpies ladies 3rds v Norwich Dragons 3rds 2-1 win to Magpies
The opening quarter was fairly evenly contested, with Hazel Medlar strong in the home teams defence thwarting the magpies attacks. Dragons took the lead with a sloppy goal which spun and evaded the magpies keeper. This ended up being the only save the magpies keeper had. Gradually magpies started to dominate with Lizzie Clymer and Nic Beevor working tirelessly in midfield and the forwards creating openings. Magpies equalised early in the second half with a textbook goal. CC won the tackle inside her own half, passed wide to Jose Tibbenham who played an early ball down the line to Sam Williams whose perfect cross was swept into the net by Laura Tibbenham. Magpies were in the ascendency and despite some heroic clearances by Medlar Jose Tibbenham finished off another slick move to tap in the winner following an excellent advantage by the umpire.
Harleston Magpies Ladies 3rds 4-2 Sprowston 1sts
Magpies ladies continued their winning streak with a convincing 4-2 win over Sprowston. Magpies were 1-0 up after only a couple of minutes when Hannah Linger latched onto a loose ball before the keeper could recover. Jas Bartlett was working hard up front and coolly slotted the ball home after a solo run.
Sprowston pulled a goal back shortly after and then equalised early in the second half having kicked the ball into the shooting circle. Things became edgy for a while but Magpies continued to pressure the SProwston goalie and were awarded a penalty when with the keeper beaten a defender did a last ditch tackle inches from the goal line. Jessie Withers calmly converted deep into the left corner. Hannah Linger added a second to seal the win.
Haverhill 1s 2-3 Harleston Magpies 3s
Harleston remained 4th in the table after this hard fought win. Haverhill started strongly in the first ten minutes but once magpies settled they played with guts and determination. Julie Podd found herself well up the pitch and screamed a long corner across the circle, surprisingly Jose Tibbenham made perfect contact and gave the Haverhill no chance with her first time connection. Haverhill equalised from a short corner just before half time. Haverhill were letting themselves get rattled by the umpires and had could have no excuses when Magpies went two goals up with Lizzie Clymer cooly converting. Caroline Aldous made Magpies comfortable when she followed up a short corner. Haverhill pulled a goal back with 3 minutes remaining. Magpies were not going to let their grip on the game and Lizzie Clymer who had been a thorn in Haverhills side all afternoon continued to keep them on the back foot. Magpies kept their cool in another feisty encounter.
Magpies ladies 3s 2-1 Yarmouth 1s
Magpies ladies 3rds took an early lead when Helen Brook dribbled into the circle unchallenged and slotted the ball neatly into the right hand corner. The match was a rather niggly affair with Yarmouth challenging umpiring decisions and constantly appealing. Play was end to end for the rest of the first half. Helen Brook completed a fine performance with a second goal, a crisp corner strike this time into the left hand corner. With a minute to go a foul on Helen Brook strangely resulted in a free hit against her gaining Yarmouth a penalty corner which they scored a late consolation.