Ladies 4th Team v Pelicans 2 W5-2
It was a miserable day at the nest, sadly potential rain was forecast.
First goal was scored by Vanessa Vigrass with a powerful cross from Honey Lamdin, Vanessa was on the back post to score the 2ndgoal, 3rd goal was scored by Cassie Ayms from another cross into the D and the first half ended 3 – 0 to Magpies.
Second half Pelicans came out strong and scored a couple of breakaway goals. Magpies momentarily had lost their quick passing skills but another good spell in the 2nd half they scored 2 more goals from Amelia Slade and good short corner routine got Katie Woollatt on the scoring sheet.
Proudly we move up a place in the league and look forward to taking on UEA 2nds next week who beat us earlier in the season.
Player of the match Honey Lamdin
Ladies 4ths v Norwich City 3rds L 2-5
The ladies 4ths had a big squad of 15 this week for a sunny game at home. They got off to a great start to the match with an early goal in the first 5 minutes from Keira Wheeler – assisted by Sophie Matsell. Unfortunately we then narrowly missed goals with some great injections from Ellen Pope and some well worked shorts corners which hit the posts on 2 occasions ☹.
Norwich city then equalised to make is 1-1 and added to their score by getting a short corner as the half time whistle blew. The second half, we went out fighting and hassling the opposition from the forward line but City found the back of bet making it 3-1. We were not giving up though and continued to work the ball well around the oppositions defence and quick passes allowed Keira Wheeler to score her second goal. Unfortunately City scored another 2 goals to make the final score 2-5.
Mom was awarded to Ellie Bale and her positivity.
Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 4 D 2-2
In the first half we started a little slow and as their youngest player drove towards the goal she delivered a reverse stick aerial shot that found the back of the net. One nill down in the first couple of minutes, we then gathered momentum and joined some nice passes through the midfield but struggled to make the connection with the forward line. With a lifted cross Kiera struck the ball and scored a brilliant goal to make the score line to one all. Finishing the first half on a high the whistle went and (without jelly) we gathered together to discuss tactics. We started the second half with fast passes up the wings and good low defensive work especially from Kat and Sophie B in defence. Victoria kindly played upfront this week and was making great runs into the D which unfortunately where not converted into goals. With great work from the midfielders including Sophie M, Ellen,Imi and Julie the ball was passed through into Kiera who managed to break away from the city’s defence and scored a second goal, continuing with the same velocity we played on pressing hard and aggressively. In the last three minutes in a moment of disillusion city broke and claimed their second goal. Unphased and knowing we had minutes to get the game back we fought hard and kept the ball in city’s half. The final whistle went and the game ended with a two all draw. All in all a great game with good teamwork and play. Wins will come!
Ladies 4th Team v Dereham 3 (Away (L) W 4-2)
Two days later and we were back at it, this time in a rearranged evening fixture away at Dereham who are fourth in the league. The first half summed up our season, relentless pressure and opportunities for Magpies but the opposition scored on the break. Undeterred, we packed the forward line and maintained momentum, firing in shot after shot and practising a variety of short corner routines to no avail.
Dereham doubled their lead against the run of play but Magpies continued to play attacking hockey with Emily Woollatt and Sophie Maynell Anderson bossing the midfield and Sophie Govier Schay enjoying the freedom to run with the ball and create chances.
Finally we got on the scoreboard when Jess Green connected with a cross into the back post. A come back was in reach now and the goals kept coming. Kara Kilbourn struck from a short corner and Alice Evans Hendrick deflected the ball into the net.
Not satisfied with just a point Magpies kept up the intensity and Helena Knock (accidentally) scored a wonder strike from long range. Finally our luck was changing and Kara bagged the fourth goal after silky stick work took her past the last defender and around the ‘keeper.
The win takes the Fourths into the Easter break one point clear of the relegation zone with two games left to play.
Ladies 4th Team v Evergreens (Home (L) L 0-1)
It’s tight at the bottom of the Norfolk Prem with Magpies, UEA 2s and Norwich Dragons 5s battling to avoid the dreaded drop zone, with two of the three teams destined for relegation.
Having won only three games all season the Fourths knew that a win on Saturday would really boost their chance of survival and as the game panned out we settled into our stride and pressed Evergreens high in their half. Beth Moodie came up from the fifths to make her debut for the team and stood her ground against physical opposition. Sisters Imogen and Sophie Maynell Anderson pinged the ball nicely between them in midfield and Cassie Ayms, Megan Beckett and Imogen Ramsdale worked relentlessly to get the ball up to Janna Freeman in the oppositions ‘D’.
Magpies commanded the game but frustratingly were caught on the break and allowed Evergreens to score the only goal of the match.
Ladies 4th Team v Loddon (Home (L) W 2-1)
After a motivational team talk we decided to treat the second half of the season as a clean slate, having failed to even draw a game before Christmas. With fire in our bellies and fantastic runs with the ball down each wing by Rachel Goodson and Alice Evans Hendricks, the first goal came from Julie Davy who used her reverse stick to deflect Janna Freeman’s short corner strike into the net.
We maintained attacking momentum and played some lovely passing hockey which led to Magpies’ second goal, neat passing between sisters Sophie and Imogen Maynell Anderson allowed Imogen the opportunity to flick the ball past the Loddon ‘keeper.
Loddon pulled one back in the second half, thanks to some rusty defending from Rosie Blackmore, which fired them up. We lost Captain Sophie to a head injury and fell back into our default mode of ‘hit and hope’ hockey which didn’t look very pretty but a combination of well timed tackles from Treacle, Emily Woollatt and Krystal Jenkins at the back, together with some fab saves from Grace Robinson in goal meant we clung on for our first win, and first points of the season.
Ladies 4th Team vs UEA 2nd Team (Away (L) L 1-2)
The Ladies 4ths travelled to UEA for the opening league game of the season with lots of new faces in the squad. We welcomed Heather Brand and Louise Davy from the 6ths who both had strong games in defence, and Sarah Loudon and Cassie Aymes who have seen the light and joined Magpies this season.
With Cassie and Helena Knock holding the fort in central midfield the wide players had space to send balls up the pitch to Rachel Clifford and Julie Davy upfront who put pressure on the UEA defence from the start.
We shipped an easy goal due to slack marking at the back but soon equalised via a sequence of sharp passes from Sophie Maynell Anderson who transferred the ball accurately to Cassie who sent it through for a simple conversion by Rachel.
Thankfully Treacle arrived 15 minutes into the game, providing a sub so that some of us could rest our weary legs. She soon make an impact with her trademark timing and solid tackles.
On the counter attack the students managed to squeeze another goal past Alice Gooch in goal, who otherwise had a great game. A combination of over enthusiasm and lack of communication resulted in a clash of heads between Helena and Rosie Blackmore which halted the game for a few minutes, giving everyone a chance to take on some water and catch their breath.
Overall we shouldn’t be too disappointed with the result and worked well together despite an unfamiliar team. Next week we face Loddon away for an early push back.
The Dame of the Day award was shared by Cassie, Sophie and Helena.
Ladies 4ths 0-3 Norwich City 3rds
With the speedy Maynell Anderson’s abandoning us for the Thirds this week we were slightly concerned with the lack of forwards in our squad. Thankfully we were joined by Rachel Clifford, and Emily Evans took her place upfront after impressing last week.
We started well and almost looked like we knew what we were doing at times. The makeshift forwards were pressing the City defence right back into their 25 and we had most of the possession in the first half. Sadly, on the break we conceded a short corner which was slotted in past Jessica Harvey’s right foot as Rosie Blackmore had wandered off her post.
We continued to create chances. In midfield Rachel Goodson and Phoebe Eglington did some lovely runs down the wings and Helena Knock, Nicole Eaves, Sophie Baxter and Harriet Celerier tackled well and passed the ball between themselves nicely.
Despite our attempts on goal and a few attacking short corners that didn’t quite find the net, City never laid off and Krystal Jenkins, Treacle and Rosie Blackmore were kept busy protecting the Magpies ‘D’. Jessica Harvey is gaining confidence each week and kept us out of trouble a few times by running out to close down the attackers which allowed us slow coaches a chance to catch up with who we were supposed to be marking.
City got another goal before full time to make extra sure they took all three points back to Norwich.
Madame of the Match: Phoebe Eglington
UEA 2nds 0-2 Magpies 4ths
Despite most of the team being held up at roadworks in Long Stratton, 11 players made it to the UEA in time for pushback, and Harriet Celerier arrived just in time to give Sophie Maynell-Anderson’s legs a rest.
After last weeks draw we were determined to come away with three points and started the game well with the midfield of Nicole Eaves, Helena Knock, Sophie Baxter and Phoebe Eglington tackling well and managing to get the ball through to Sophie and Emily Evans upfront. Imogen Maynell-Anderson opened the scoring after a precision cross from Emily was slotted away skilfully.
Imogen narrowly missed adding to her tally a number of times but was kept at bay by the UEA ‘keeper. At the other end, Alice Gooch made some cracking saves for us after the nippy students found a way through the formidable defence, consisting of Rosie Blackmore, Treacle and Krystal Jenkins.
Both teams had chances during open play and a couple of short corners but it was Imogen’s persistence that was rewarded with her second goal, resulting in a 2-0 win for Magpies and a very happy captain!
Madame of the Match: Alice Gooch and Imogen Maynell-Anderson
MOM Immy and Alice