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LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 4th v Dereham 3rds (Home (L) L 2-3)

Dereham started strong, pushing Magpies back into their 25 and forcing Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Krystal Jenkins and Marnie Blair to baton down the hatches but Dereham found their way through and opened the scoring from a loose player on the back post. 

Magpies began to rise to the occasion with Sarah Louden linking up with Janna Freeman on the right wing to pull the Dereham defence apart. Against the run of play the visitors doubled their tally via a brilliant shot from ex-Magpie Evie Gardener which Alice Gooch in goal had no chance of stopping. 

Undeterred, Magpies continued to work the ball around a tiring opposition. Imogen Ramsdale and Sophie Maynell Anderson worked together in central midfield to push the play into the Dereham half and a resulting pass found Julie Davy in the D who cooly slotted the ball into the goal. 

Magpies continued in this vain in the second half, sensing the game was still within reach. Despite some strong tackles Dereham’s key player found space on top of the D and hit the ball neatly into the goal. 

With frustration building on the pitch Magpies relied on the experience of Judith Masters who was instrumental in the next goal which was put away by captain Sophie Maynell Anderson. 

At 2-3 down Magpies were relentless in their tackles, keeping Dereham at bay and closing down players before they had a chance to do any damage. In the dying minutes of the game Magpies won a short corner which was stopped, struck and scored by Cassie Ayms but was disallowed, denying the struggling Fourth team their first point of the season. 

Magpies are sat firmly at the bottom of the Norfolk Premier league table and need to pick up some points soon to avoid relegation. The ladies face Norwich City 3s on Saturday who are third in the table having won their last four matches. 

Ladies 4th Team Report 21st October 2017

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 4th (Away (L) L 1-3)

After a heartbreaking defeat against their 5ths last week, Magpies travelled back to Norwich Dragons to face their 4th team in what we expected to be a tough fixture.

Magpies started brightly and had a good amount of possession, with Julie Davy standing in as right back linking up well with Rachel Goodson in midfield we created chances in the Dragons’ 25, eventually winning a short corner. This was hit out by Rach to Janna Freeman who’s strike nearly broke the backboard! 1-0 Magpies.

Sadly the lead was short lived and a change of positions by the Dragons forwards complexed the Magpies defence and despite the best efforts of Megan Beckett and Beth Farrow resulted in the equaliser.

The second half was just as even. Birthday girl Sophie Maynell, Judith Masters and Player of the match Imogen Ramsdale worked tirelessly in midfield with support from Lottie Nickson and Imogen Maynell Anderson upfront.

We worked our socks off but Dragons snuck another two goals away before the final whistle, meaning the Ladies 4ths are firmly stuck to the bottom of the league table…with Norwich Dragons 3rds next up!

Ladies 4th Team Match Report 16th September 2017

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 Match Report

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

Ladies 4ths Match Report

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

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Magpies’ Ladies’ 4ths 1 Dereham Ladies’ 3rds 1

This week, Ladies 4s saw Dereham 3s at home. As predicted, the opposition came out strong but Magpies responded with many strong tackles from Krystal Jenkins, Emily Evans and Alice Wiseman, alongside some controlled clear-outs from Treacle Griffin too. Meanwhile, Magpies’ forward line matched the pressure onto Dereham’s defence, with Imogen Meynell-Anderson making frequent runs down the right line, linking up with Janna often. We had many goal-potential chances, but unfortunately just couldn’t find the net.

Dereham took their free hits, to move up into our defensive half and caused trouble for Magpies’ mids and defence, but our central players Helena Knock and Sophie Baxter worked hard to protect our 25. Eventually, their pressure led to a well-worked short corner, which despite Magpies’ best efforts, inevitably went in the net minutes before half-time.

After half-time, the Magpies forward line pushed up and covered a lot of ground, with Helena and our right-mid working together to provide an efficient link between our defence and forwards. Despite Dereham’s defence being so composed and leaving us little room to work with, the pressure eventually paid off, with some quick thinking on free hits by right-mid and Imogen, Rachael Clifford deservedly put the equaliser away.

The closing stages of a well-fought game, saw some outstanding saves our goalie Jess Harvey, throughout many tense short-corners. But, Magpies kept their cool and held on for a well-deserved draw, against a very strong Dereham side. The overall Man of the Match much deservedly went to Emily Evans.

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Norwich City 2nds 3-3 Magpies 4ths

The Ladies Fourths weren’t too thrilled by the prospect of playing in the rain at Taverham but stand in Captain Laura Betts rallied the troops and after a snappy warm up we were ready to go. City are sitting high up the table so we anticipated a tough game and the defensive trio of Nicole Eaves, Krystal Jenkins and Rosie Blackmore were kept very busy at the back.

Harriet Celerier, Sophie Maynell-Anderson and Emily Evans worked together in the centre of the pitch to protect our ‘D’ and support the forwards. With City on the back foot we won a short corner which was beautifully struck by Georgie Cantrell to open her tally for the day. Georgie, Imogen Maynell-Anderson and Rachel Clifford covered a lot of ground on the forward line, closing down lose balls and working back to support the midfield.

City piled on the pressure in the Magpies 25, with Rachel Goodson working hard on the right and Laura Betts making some big tackles on the left we managed to keep them at bay despite their numerous short corner attempts. A penalty stroke was eventually conceded and converted to take the score to 1-1.

Krystal found herself last man standing a couple of times when the speedy City forwards slipped through the net but she timed her tackles to perfection and was able to pass her way out of trouble. Down the other end we won a penalty stroke and Georgie doubled her tally when she coolly sent the ‘keeper the wrong way. Georgie completed her hatrick in style with another sweet strike from a short corner.

With luck on our side we hung on by the skin of our teeth as numerous ‘That was a bit close’ moments came and went, we had goal line clearances and shots rebounding off the post but Jessica Harvey remained calm and won ‘Man on the Match’ for keeping us in the game with some fantastic saves.

Frustratingly, after all our hard work we crumbled at the final hurdle and conceded two late goals, with the game ending 3-3.

Ladies 4s Match Report

Magpies 4s 0-4 Broadland

With an awful lot of movement in the higher teams during the week (at one point we had a squad of 18!) it was rather a re-hashed fourth team that ventured out in the uninspiring November weather on Saturday. We were expecting a tough game against league leaders Broadland and the opposition let us know that they meant business when they scored in the opening minutes.

After the initial shock of going a goal behind we settled into the game and began to attack the Broadland half. Emily Evans, Phoebe Eglington, Sophie Baxter, Amelia Herschel-Shorland and Sophie Maynell-Anderson worked hard in midfield to try and protect our 25 and Laura Betts ran her socks off on her return from maternity leave providing a link between the defence and forward line.

We won a few short corners but were unable to convert them despite the best effort of Georgie Cantrell on top of the ‘D’ with support from Imogen Maynell-Anderson and Harriet Celerier (chief jelly baby provider) alongside her. We conceded another goal before half time due to a lack of communication at the back. Despite this, after a rousing half time talk from skipper Treacle, we had a plan of action and managed to keep the opposition out for a little while!

Helena Knock, with support from Krystal Jenkins and Rosie Blackmore, was very busy in defence and made a number of crucial tackles. Unfortunately Broadland’s third goal came when we all dived in for one such crucial tackle on top of our ‘D’ and failed to notice some sneaky forwards had crept in behind us. The final nail in the coffin came from a penalty corner which was flicked over ‘keeper Jessica Harvey’s head and into the net.

MOM – Rosie Blackmore

Ladies 4s Match Report

Loddon 1-2 Magpies 4s

The Ladies 4s were bolstered by the inclusion of Sophie Baxter, Krystal Jenkins and Rosie Blackmore this week away against Loddon. We anticipated a tough match against a strong and experienced side and looked a little scrappy in the first half, panicking on the ball and conceding a goal midway through which ‘keeper Jessica Harvey could do little about.

With the classic combo of Treacle, Rosie and Rachel Goodson we started using the right side of the pitch better and get balls through to Imogen Maynell Anderson, Harriet Celerier, Sophie Maynell Anderson and Georgie Cantrell rather than just smashing them towards the ‘D’ and hoping that somebody would be there.

Helena Knock put in a Madame of the Match worthy performance in central midfield, supported by Emily Evans, Hannah Foxton and Sophie Baxter. Magpies equalised via a cricket shot from Georgie after being set up nicely by Imogen, Georgie then doubled her tally with a beaut of a strike from the top of the ‘D’.

Magpies 4ths 2 Dragons 4ths 1

After a motivating pre match talk from Treacle, the 4th’s were pumped and ready to go in their 3rd game of the season.

We came out strong from the start; keen to put pressure on Norwich Dragon’s,which paid off, as Georgie Cantrell scored an early goal. This put the team in a positive frame of mind to continue the game.

We had the majority of possession throughout both halves however a very strong goalie made it difficult for the trio of forwards to get any in the
net. Dragon’s had a break with miscommunication from ourselves which resulted in us conceding a goal, taking the score to 1-1 to end the first
half.

At half time is was clear that we deserved to raise our score and came out determined to do that.

After many efforts of finding a way to get around Dragon’s quality keeper we eventually succeeded from a strong ball in from Caz to Imogen who flicked it at the keeper, which came off her pads and Georgie got straight on and pushed in behind her, scoring her second goal of the game.

The next set of play came fast and we were straight back up the pitch ready to attack again, however frustratingly were unable to get around the keeper.

Magpies continued to attack but where only rewarded with a controversial yellow card, we continued a player down for the remaining two minutes of the game, despite this, our team stayed strong,keeping the majority of possession, and the few opportunities they had to score Alice kept out. The final whistle came signalling a great 2 – 1 win for Magpies.

We’re excited to face Evergreen’s 1’s next Saturday away and continue to form a stronger team as we settle into the season.

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Evergreens 1-4 Magpies Ladies 4ths

The Ladies 4ths traveled to Holt on Saturday knowing that 3 points would mean the Premier League title was ours. We had the full compliment of 15 players who have given their all this season and worked so hard as a team to surpass any expectations of our final league position. We knew that on paper we should be able to win but would have been foolish to underestimate Evergreens as they themselves needed a win to avoid relegation.

The rowdy Barmy Army of traveling Fourths Fans were in fine voice as the game got underway and Kathryn Bullen soon gave them something to cheer about when she scored from close range for Magpies to take the lead. The midfield workforce of Rheanna Coleman, HRH Russell and Rachel Goodson ensured the ball stayed in the Evergreens half and Laura Tibbenham and Anna Kilbourn had chance after chance to extend our lead but it seemed luck was not on our side.

With the opposition rallying for an equaliser, Krystal Jenkins, Treacle Griffin and Phoebe Preece did a fab job of absorbing the pressure but a mistake in the ‘D’ gifted Evergreens a goal which Georgie Goodin could do very little about. At 1-1 both teams still had all to play for and after defending a couple of short corners in our usual not pretty but effective manner, Magpies began to take control of the game.

Laura Tibbs, the clubs top scorer this season, found the goal when a pass/shot from long range trickled over the line. Most of her goals have been a lot more stylish but they all count and, with the whiff of a Magpies win in the air, we piled on the pressure. The fresh legs of Rachel Holloway, Anna Harrod and Nicole Eaves provided an injection of energy and passion, and Sophie Matsell certainly made her mark on the game, coming off the bench and putting 100% into every tackle. A rebound landed perfectly for Rachel Holloway to execute a beautiful forehand drive into the back of the net and Tibbs added one more before the final whistle to take the game out of Evergreens reach.

With the final score at 4-1 to Magpies we drew level on points with the Ladies 3rds at the top of the league and clinched the title due to our goal difference. A fine achievement from a bunch of has-beens and younguns that could not have been attained without the commitment and dedication of Captain Treacle and coach David Brook who have both given up so much time this season. Thank you so much to the loyal Fourths Fans who provided much needed vocal encouragement from the sideline on Saturday and to everybody who has umpired for us this season.

#squadgoals

Kathryn Bullen, Anna Harrod, Krystal Jenkins, Sophie Matsell, Phoebe Preece, Anna Kilbourn, Rachel Holloway, Rachel Goodson, David Brook (Coach), Treacle Griffin (Captain), Kate Russell (Duchess), Rheanna Coleman, Laura Tibbenham, Rosie Blackmore, Nicole Eaves, Georgie Goodin (GK).

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Magpies 4ths 7-1 Norwich City 3rds

With some banging tunes in the changing room we were pumped and ready for action on Saturday morning, except Krystal who confused the start time for the meet time so was slightly delayed! With a strong squad and Brooksie on the sideline we came out of the blocks fast and opened the scoring early doors through Kathryn Bullen.

The relentless work rate of Rachel Goodson, Rheanna Coleman, Kate HRH Russell and Phoebe Preece ensured the majority of the play was in the City half and the forwards had plenty of action. Laura Tibbenham smashed in a short corner to open her tally, soon to be followed by Anna Kilbourn who is in great form at the moment.

Brooksie rotated through the bench, getting the fresh legs of Rachel Holloway and Nicole Eaves onto the pitch to keep the tempo up. Magpies were awarded another short corner which again was superbly executed by Tibbs. Kathryn added another in open play before our ‘Players Player of the Season’ Tibbs converted yet another short corner.

Treacle and Krystal worked hard in defence when called upon but unfortunately Rosie Blackmore was caught napping which gave a City player a one on one opportunity against Georgie Goodin in goal, resulting in a 6-1 score line going into the second half.

There’s not a lot to report about the second half other than Tibbs getting her fourth goal!

Thank you so much David Brook for coaching us from the sideline (and for subbing me off before I embarrassed myself any further!) Also thanks go to Lauren and Irene for umpiring and Kate and Rach for the delicious teas.

With the final result 7-1, and the Ladies 3rds getting a very convincing win over Dereham, we currently sit in second place in the table, 3 points behind the 3rds. A win against Evergreens on Saturday would see us take the title on goal difference.

Ladies 4’s Match Report

Ladies 4’s Match Report 12th March

UEA 2nds 1 v 4 Magpies Ladies 4th Team

The day started with it all to play for. Yet another pressure game against UEA 2’s, we had to stay focused.

The push back was delayed, increasing the stress levels but with DB on the side line (thank you)will and our cool headed Captain Kate “Duchess” Russell we stuck to the plan…WIN.

After a tentative start DB made a tactical change, Rachel Holloway stepping off the bench to fill in at right back which got pacey Nicole Eaves into the action further up the pitch.

The successful pairing of Kate HRH and Phoebe Preece in the centre, flanked by Rachel Goodson and Rheanna Coleman overwhelmed UEA’s middle leading to a fantastic first half brace by Katherine Bullen. Magpies outstanding forward line was complemented with Anna Kilburn’s incredible leg work, Sophie Matsell’s determined strength and Laura Tibbenham’s silky skills.

Going into the break at 2:0 Magpies had the upper hand but were not taking anything for granted.

UEA upped the tempo, increasing the pressure on our defence. Krystal Jenkins making superb interceptions, her performance giving her the “Duchess of the Day”. Treacle Griffin’s trusty tackles shoring up the back line enabled us to push forward once again. Phoebe and Kate working the ball up through midfield led to a much deserved short corner. Laura stepped up and scored to keep us in the safety zone.

Pressure was on from UEA’s push back, their attack left us short a couple of times as they battled to get on the scoreboard. Finally they broke free with a quick foray through the middle which led to us conceding, Georgie Goodin in goals obstructed by the well intentioned Rach H tracking back.

Our aim was to carry on scoring. Laura tearing through UEA with a trade mark finish gave us a well deserved win.

Huge thanks to all the supporters.

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Norwich Dragons 1-4 Magpies 4ths

Anticipating one of our toughest games of the season and having dropped points last week, we arrived at the Dragon’s den determined to come away with a win. We couldn’t allow the pressure to get to us and after a wet and windy warm up we started the game strongly, with Kate ‘Duchess’ Russell pouncing on any loose balls and Anna Kilbourn piling on the pressure when the opposition were in possession.

Despite our goal tally for the season we have been unable to convert many short corners, so, when we were awarded one 15 minutes in I have to admit to not being overly optimistic! However the hours of practice paid off when Rachel Goodson hit out to Laura Tibbenham who, in the most anticipated routine of the season drove the ball towards Rheanna Coleman on the ‘P’ spot who, with precision skill and accuracy deflected the ball just inside the post, nailing ‘The Hasslehoff’.

Magpies were relentless in attack, sending ball after ball through to the forwards who had countless chances to extend the lead, forcing a string of fine saves from Kristina in net for the Dragons. Unfortunately on the break Rosie Blackmore made the schoolboy error of deciding to make the non threatening player, leaving one free to slot the ball past Georgie Goodin.

We could have had ten goals by half time with the amount of shots on goal we’d made but we knew what Mike would be saying if he was on the sideline and we went into the second half reassuring each other that #goalswillcome!

We had a few defensive short corners to deal with but with the pace of Phoebe Preece and Nicole Eaves running one and two the Dragons were unable to cause many problems, especially with Treacle and Krystal Jenkins solidly protecting the goal and timing their tackles to perfection.

Through consistent hard work the floodgates eventually opened and the Mighty Fourths extended our lead and extinguished the dragons’ fire with goals from ‘Duchess of the Day’ Anna Kilbourn, Laura and Rhe in quick succession. Sadly Rachel Holloway’s beautiful goal wasn’t given as the umpire had whistled for a short corner as the ball was heading goal wards.

Ladies 4th Team Match Report

Ladies 4ths Match Report
27th February 2016

Norwich City 2’s 1 v 1 Magpies 4’s

Magpies 4’s came home to a crisp and bright start to this Saturday’s game. The two week break left us eager in anticipation for a top of the table encounter.

This was always going to be a tough, competitive match and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

From the first push back it looked like the teams were evenly balanced. Our midfield trio of Rheanna Coleman, Kate “Duchess” Russell and Rachel Goodson holding good possession. City had very few forays into our ‘D’ (excellent defending from the front!) and although missing Rosie Blackmore we dealt any breakaways expertly.

Persistent attacking runs from Laura Tibbenham began to apply the pressure on their back line. We dug out several opportunities to strike, foiled only by the Norwich ‘Keeper working hard to stop Sophie Matsell and Katherine Bullen from getting on the score sheet. Finally we gave ourselves a chance from a short corner, Laura’s quick reactions tucking away a rebound from her original strike.

With the score line 1:0 at half time we knew we were still under pressure. DB in the technical area giving us direction.. ‘the next score would be the decider.’

Norwich came back after the break with a renewed intensity. Their attacking backs started creating chances on the overlap. Excellent leg work from Phoebe Preece thwarted their attempts to get through our defence. However, the constant pressure proved too much to contain and in efforts to stop the shot we gave away a short. Their slickly taken move resulted in a goal despite our best efforts.

It was time to regroup and regain our composure. Getting possession was proving difficult as wave after wave of attacks crashed in on us. Working hard on our tracking back, Nicole Eaves provided an outlet in attack. We conceded another short corner which was brilliantly dealt with by star GK Georgie Goodin deflecting the shot off her pads. The whole team dug deep with Georgie and Captain ‘Treacle’ orchestrating the back line up of Krystal Jenkins, Rach Holloway and Phoebe to keep the scoreline level.

Congrats to Phoebe winner of the “Duchess of the Day”

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Magpies 4ths 4-0 Broadland 1sts

After the Ladies 1sts had kindly warmed the crowd up it was time for the day’s headline act to take to the pitch. We anticipated a tough game, having lost 1-0 to Broadland in the away leg earlier in the season, but we had Captain Treacle back at the helm and everyone was fit and raring to go.

Despite this we looked a little nervous throughout the first half and weren’t playing our usual flowing hockey. Magpies opened the scoring when Laura Tibbenham received the ball inside the ‘D’ and neatly rolled out and slotted the ball past the ‘keeper.

On the attack Broadland won a short corner which, after a goal mouth scramble, was unsubtly saved on the goal line by Rosie Blackmore’s foot! Thankfully the resulting penalty flick didn’t cause Georgie Goodin too much trouble in goal and Magpies retained the lead, which was then extended when Laura got her second goal in similar style to her first.

At half time we were faced with a grumpy Brookster who was decidedly unimpressed with how we were playing! He certainly did not mince his words when letting us know his thoughts which resulted us playing the second half with a lot more conviction and utilising Kate ‘Duchess’ Russell in centre midfield, giving her the opportunity to make a real impact on the game which earned her the accolade of ‘Duchess of the Day’.

With the majority of the half played in the Broadland ’25’ we won a penalty corner which gave an opportunity to show off the routines the girls had worked on at training. Laura received the hit out from Rachel Goodson, slipped in left to Kate who smashed it in – success. We rely heavily on Rachel in the right midfield position, not only her close skills protruding the ‘D’ but also constantly tracking back to cover when we are under pressure.

Laura cemented our win with her third goal to end the game at 4-0. All in all a decent result, extending our goal difference and playing some pretty hockey! We now go into a two week break with the Norfolk Premier league as follows…

1- Harleston Magpies Ladies 4s 17 13 1 3 64 16 48 40
2- Harleston Magpies Ladies 3s 17 11 5 1 44 12 32 38
3- Norwich Dragons Ladies 3s 17 12 1 4 62 16 46 37
4- Norwich City Ladies 2s 18 11 2 5 51 29 22 35
5- Broadland Ladies 1s 18 10 3 5 46 27 19 33
6- UEA Ladies 2s 16 10 1 5 50 38 12 31

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Loddon 1-2 Magpies 4s

With Captain Treacle still unavailable due to work commitments and midfield powerhouse HRH Kate playing for the Thirds, we knew this was going to be a tough game. Kathryn got the troops rallied with a rousing team talk and we took to the field knowing that only a win would do.

Thankfully, Magpies didn’t have to wait too long before we opened the scoring via a neat cross from Anna Harrod to Laura Tibbenham on top of the ‘D’ whose touch set Kathryn Bullen up to put the ball away.

We then decided to make life hard for ourselves and looked a bit panicky on the ball, making risky decisions and loose passes. The Loddon ‘Keeper was having a fantastic game between the posts and kept out numerous opportunities from Magpies on the attack. We were unable to convert any short corners and missed connecting with a few crosses in the ‘D’ by a fraction. I must mention Phoebe Preece’s beautiful reverse stick strike which was sadly saved, but we’d like more of those please Phoebe!

With the majority of the possession and a lot of leg work from Nicole Eaves in centre mid, we managed to keep pushing the play into the Loddon ’25’ and add to our tally when Laura sent a lovely cross in from the left to Anna Kilbourne who took the score to 2-0.

All credit to Loddon who piled on the pressure in the last quarter and won a short corner which was smashed into our goal from a straight strike which Georgie Goodin had no chance of stopping. Thankfully we had the terrific trio of Rachel Goodson, Krystal Jenkins and Rachel Holloway in defence who coolly mopped up any balls that got through to them and sent some cracking passes down the wings for midfielders Sophie Matsell and Rheanna Coleman to utilise.

Our loyal fans who have been unable to see us play away from home will be delighted to hear of our return to The Nest next Saturday at 3.15. Look forward to seeing you Mike!

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Carrow 0-5 Magpies 4s

With the competition at the top of the Norfolk Prem getting tighter every week with Dragons snapping at ours heels we knew we needed to keep the goals coming in this week to keep ahead on goal difference.

It was a massive team effort away at Carrow, with Skipper Treacle still unavailable for selection we welcomed Emma Tolhurst back to the squad, Katherine Bullen has thankfully recovered from the ankle injury she sustained before Christmas and Amelia Herschel-Shorland stepped up from the 5ths.

Despite a few nervy moments when Emma decided to play a bit of football in the D the defence played well and supported each other superbly. Centre back Phoebe Preece cruised through and passed a brilliant ball through to Kate ‘Duchess’ Russell for a slender touch deflected into the goal which started the five goal haul. Sophie Matsell was subbed straight into action and scored, with Laura Tibbenham adding from short corner.

With the score at 3-0 by half time, Magpies showed our resilience with strong recovery play from defence through the field linked with accurate passing in attack which led to 2 more goals from Katherine and Rheanna Coleman. Fabulous effort from all the team and a big shout to Amelia who looked very comfortable at this level and was awarded joint Duchess of the day with Phoebe.

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Pelicans 1-5 Magpies 4ths

It was a frantic start to the second half of the season as we had an early start away against Pelicans and faced two problems before setting off from Weybread, Georgie’s kit was locked inside the clubhouse (thank you Jose for coming to our rescue), and Nicole was still in bed! Eventually we got on the road and made it to Kings Lynn with 10 minutes until pushback, much to vice-captain Rachel Goodson’s relief as she’d envisaged starting the game with 5 players!

Despite a less than ideal warm up we came out of the blocks quickly and got two early goals through Laura Tibbenham and Anna Harrod. However we then took our foot off the gas and slipped back into Christmas casual mode, allowing Pelly’s through the defensive line, (consisting of Rachel Holloway, Rachel Goodson, Nicole Eaves and Rosie Blackmore) and giving them a chance for a shot on goal which unfortunately went through Georgie Goodin’s pads.

At half time we decided it was time to dust off the glitter and play some decent hockey so we came into the second half with all guns blazing. Caz Aldous, Sophie Matsell, HRH Kate Russell and Rheanna Coleman managed to keep the opposition at bay from the midfield and send plenty of balls through to Laura Tibbenham upfront, enabling her to add to the days goal tally.

With support from Anna Harrod and Anna Kilbourne, Laura scored another three in the second half (a true hatrick Mike!) and despite some sloppy play, a few hairy moments and a lack of communication, we held on to the lead and came away with a decent result.

Duchess of the Day – Caz Aldous

Ladies 4ths Match Report

Magpies Ladies 3rds 0-0 Magpies Ladies 4ths

With both teams having come a long way from the opening day of the season when we last faced each other and the 3rds took all 3 points, this was always going to be a tough game considering how strong the teams are looking and how successful the first half of the season has been for us both.

We were delighted to welcome Krystal Jenkins, Anna Kilbourne and Imogen Maynell-Anderson back to the squad and after a good warm up we felt ready to give it our all. The Thirds started strongly, putting the pressure on our defenders Treacle Griffin, Krystal, Phoebe Preece and Rosie Blackmore. Thankfully we managed to keep them out and started to play a bit of attacking hockey. Rheanna Coleman, Nicole Eaves, Sophie Matsell and Rachel Goodson did an awesome job providing the link between defence and the forwards, working tirelessly to close down any advances from the Thirds, win the ball and get it through to Laura Tibbenham, Anna Harrod, Anna Kilbourne and Imogen who not only looked threatening going forward but tracked back and helped out when necessary.

We had opportunities to score but unfortunately Anna Harrod’s strike went in off Rhe’s shin pad so was disallowed! We were unable to convert any of our short corners but thankfully Georgie Goodin in the Fourth team goal made sure the Thirds didn’t either with some fab saves to keep the scores even.

Both teams had periods of really good play but we couldn’t break through the Third team defence and the combination of Treacle and ‘Man of the Match’ Phoebe ensured that Georgie’s goal was protected and that we came away with a well-deserved point.