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LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 9TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Broadland 1st L 0-2

Magpies ladies 4’s welcomed Broadland to the nest knowing that the opposition had not been beaten this season. Magpies started the match in the same vein of form that has seen them climb the table and play attacking hockey.  The 4’s were unlucky not to be 2-0 ahead in the first 10 minutes, the Broadland keeper did well to save a fierce shot from Cassie Ayms and minutes later Millie Preece was denied by a good save also.   Magpies didn’t have the best start to the day when Centre back Catherine Kilbourn had to withdraw through illness, Izzy Slade stepped in at centre back alongside Sophie Baxter who looked comfortable and dealt with the early Broadland attacks.  Magpies maintained the momentum forcing a flurry of short corners from which magpies nearly took the lead when Emily Woollatt’s deflected shot went agonisingly wide of the goal.

Broadland started the create chances of their own , Abi Lewis in the magpies goal who is growing in confidence each week kept the scores level with excellent saves and has become a commanding figure behind the 4’s defence. This was developing into a real battle of two inform teams going toe to toe with each other looking to make the first break through. Honey Lamdin always looked a danger making strong runs down the right and Katie Woollatt was working tirelessly in centre midfield. Half time 0-0

Magpies started the 2nd half hoping to get a change of luck with the 50/50 decisions, Grace Collison and Victoria Spouncer combined well on the left flank showing a great understanding and tireless running from Alice E H and Cassie caused the Broadland defence problems at the back.   Broadland never gave in and magpies were punished when they didn’t clear a lose ball, Broadland went 0-1 ahead but magpies didn’t lay back, the team showed a real fighting team togetherness when the decisions didn’t go their way.  The Broadland keeper continued to make saves to deny Millie Preece and good play on the edge of the Broadland D by Keira Wheeler created a another goal scoring opportunity for Magpies.  We continued to look for an equaliser but Broadland broke away and made the score 0-2 against the run of play. Sophie M A made overlapping runs late on as magpies threw everything forward looking for the goal that that the performance deserved.  The final score was a 0-2 defeat but the score line doesn’t show that the performance deserved much more. In previous weeks Magpies 4’s have kept raising the bar to a level now that shows that they can compete with the best teams in the league and this team will only grow in confidence and strength and hopefully keep moving forward together.

Player of the match – Abi Lewis

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 2ND FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Broadland Ladies 2 W 6-0

Magpies ladies 4’s faced Broadland ladies 2’s at the nest on a bitterly cold Saturday morning. Broadland 2’s are in the bottom half of the the table and Magpies were looking to continue their amazing string of results are looking to finish the season in the top 3, it was only back in October that Magpies were in the bottom 3.

Magpies started the match on the front foot and it wasn’t long before Millie Preece opened the scoring with a well taken goal.  Magpies pushed forward at every opportunity and constant pressure resulted in Millie quickly scoring 2 more goals.  Just before half time a contender for goal of the season was scored by Victoria Spouncer who picked up the ball in her own half and carried the ball past numerous Broadland defenders into the D and calmly beat the Broadland keeper to make the half time score 4-0.

With the half time warming over a confident 4th team started the 2nd half where they left off.  Magpies looked to attack at every possible opportunity, quick closing down of the Broadland defenders gave Millie the opportunity to ruthlessly make the score 5-0.  Last weeks away 1-0 victory over Norwich City 3’s saw Magpies play their best hockey of the season, todays game never reached that level of performance even though the in the final 5 minutes Millie made the score 6-0 and bagged herself an impressive 5 goals. A good 3 points and another clean sheet by GK Abi Lewis.

Next week Magpies take on Broadland ladies 1’s at the nest who are top of the league and currently have a 100% record.

Player of the match – Victoria Spouncer

Goal Celebration of the day – Mr Spouncer

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 26TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 3rds W 1-0

Magpies ladies 4’s travelled to 2nd in the league Norwich City 3’s who had only lost 2 games this season, this was going to be a tough game but the 4’s who are raising the bar for their own level of performances and are growing in confidence each week arrived at Taverham looking to take all 3 points. Magpies were without injured Honey so Alice E H started at right midfield and we soon began to play the ball out wide and create goal scoring opportunities in the City D. Sophie M A managed to attack down the right and push forward from full back position to deliver several crosses that the magpies forwards of Millie Preece and Cassie Ayms just failed to get the important goal bound touch. The match was being played at a furious pace and both teams created early chances. Abi Lewis in the Magpies goal made 2 very good early saves to keep the score 0-0. Centre backs Catherine Kilbourn and Sophie Baxter looked comfortable and looked assured along side each other.  On 20 mins magpies forwards constant pressure made City concede a long corner, Emily Woollatt found Katie Woollatt on the edge of the D and she fired the ball in to the D where Cassie Ayms timed her run perfectly to deflect to ball into the city goal to give us a 0-1 lead.  Magpies continued to look a threat and Victoria Spouncer looked assured at left back, attacking down the left flank and linking up well with Grace Collison who worked extremely hard closing the Norwich players down and putting in a good display.   Millie Preece weaved her magic into the City D but unfortunately couldn’t find the net, a fiercely hit reverse hit just flew over the bar.  
The 2nd half started with Norwich City putting pressure on magpies goal and again Abi thwarted the city forwards with fine saves. Catherine Kilbourn was dominant in defence and Katie Woollatt was having and excellent game in Centre midfield winning the midfield battle and allowing Emily Woollatt to thread probing balls through to Alice E H who worked tirelessly pressing the city defence.  Keira Wheeler made good runs from midfield and Imi Ramsdale was unfortunate not to score when her shot hit the city post. Norwich weren’t giving in and we’re playing like a team that was 2nd in the league , but magpies were not intimidated and raised their own game,  magpies had a short corner which Catherine’s shot was saved on the line and Emily followed up only to see her shot also cleared off the line.  Magpies fully deserved this 0-1 win, credit goes to all the players who worked extremely hard and are looking stronger each week . Next week we are at home to Broadland 2’s.
Player of match Katie Woollatt.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 19TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 4ths W 8-0

With a chilly 3.00 pm start we welcome Beth Moodie into the 4th team from the 5ths. It was lovely to see Keira Wheeler also return back after a 6 weeks due to injury.
After only 15 seconds of play, Millie Preece dribbled into the D where the ball went onto foot leading to a short corner but unfortunately this wasn’t converted. The ball came off the goalkeeper and was cleared, good positive start to the game though.
Then after 2 1/2 minutes, Honey Lamdin came charging into the D and strike to score our first goal! Not long after, fantastic pass by Katie Woollett straight into the D Millie picked up the ball to make it goal two! Next goal was a fantastic turn in the D by Millie and strike into the goal! Goal 3! Lovely Ball from Imi Ramsdale to Cassie Ayms who slapped it into the back on the goal!!! Goal 4! Short corner, Ellie pushes out to Katie who slips it left to Mille who shoots the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal!! Goal 5! 

A awesome long ball from Ellie which Millie passed to the right hand corner of the goal and Kiera Wheeler dinked it into the goal. Goal 6!!! Half time…. 6-0 Phew – time for a quick drink and a chat !!!!

Starting the second half we were still looking for more goals and a Keira hits the ball into the D it bounced off the opposition stick which Honey Lamdin deflects into the goal. Goal 7!!! Lovely stick work from Ellie who pasted it to Imi who smashed it into the back of the net! 8-0!! Bang!!! Katie Woollatt and Grace Collison worked tirelessly in the midfield. Sophie Meynell- Anderson and Sophie Baxter Communicated well as our CB. Abi Lewis in goal didn’t have much to do but when needed did some fantastic saves.

What a fantastic game ladies – well done !!

Shoutout to Andrew Woollatt who is with the under 18s at the indoor competition ! Great support still for the Ladies 4ths and updates by text message were send.

Player of the match – Beth Moodie 

 

 

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 12TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 4 W4-1

The Formidable 4’s made the journey to the goals centre to play Norwich Dragons 4’s who were 3 points ahead of them.  Magpies knew that if we won by more than 2 goals they would leap frog Dragons to 5th in the league.  We were forced to make a couple of changes from last weeks impressive victory over Lowestoft, welcoming back Sophie M A and Abi Lewis in goal, Sophie M joined up with the 3’s and Millie had to work.
The match started with Magpies attacking the dragons goal and if it wasn’t for good saves from the dragons keeper Cassie would have opened the scoring in the opening 2 minutes. We should have been 0-2 ahead after 10 minutes,  but with dragons first attack a moment of hesitation allowed dragons to opening the scoring.  Earlier in the season heads would have dropped and it would have been a up hill struggle to get back into the game but the togetherness of this team made them roll their sleeves up and were back in the game a few minutes later when Honey beat the dragons keeper with a calmly taken finish to level the scores.  Magpies looked to put dragons under pressure at every opportunity, Victoria Spouncer continued where she left off last week, growing into the wing back role and making that position her own, she combined very well with Grace Collison who had a great game to create many attacks down the left flank. After 15 mins we lost Captain Treacle to a nasty looking knee injury, Sophie Baxter slotted in at CB with Catherine Kilbourn and both coped well with the dragons attacks. Katie Woollatt was having a very good match, protecting the CB’s and winning all the 50/50 balls. After 20 mins Magpies won a short corner after hard work by Alice E H, this resulted in a goal for Catherine K who rifled the ball into the dragons goal to give Magpies the lead. Magpies were buzzing and just before half time quick play from Emily Woollatt in CM beat her player and spread the ball wide for Honey who easily beat her defender and looked up to see Cassie arriving at the back post, her cross was inch perfect for Cassie who took the ball in her stride and calmly beat the keeper to make the score 1-3 at half time.
Magpies started the 2nd half knowing that the next goal would be important,  Sophie M A and Victoria  pushed up high up the pitch allowing Honey and Grace and Emily  to continue to create chances for the forwards of Cassie, Alice and Imi. 15 mins into the half Katie W picked up a loose ball in the dragons D after good battling from Imi and Katie W smashed the ball into the dragons goal to make the score 1-4.   Dragons didn’t give in , Abi Lewis in the magpies goal was equal to anything that dragons put at her, making excellent saves.  Magpies finished the game looking for a 5th goal but not for the lack of trying were unable to add to the final score of 1-4.  A great result that sees the 4’s go from strength to strength, we are now 5th in the league and will be looking to continue this great run and put pressure on the top teams and try to make the top 3.

Joint players of the match – Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collison.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 5TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 4th Team v Lowestoft W 7-2

Magpies ladies 4’s welcomed Lowestoft to the nest for their opening match of 2019.  Pre Christmas we had enjoyed a 5 match unbeaten run in which we have climbed to mid table to just below todays opposition and we wanted to start 2019 positively and continue to climb the table.  Magpies started the game brightly and for the opening 10 mins play was all being played in the Lowestoft third.  Against the run of play Lowestoft scored the opening goal. Magpies didn’t panic and continued to play the way they had set out to play at the start of the game with the full backs Sophie M and Victoria S pushing high up the pitch, this allowed us to press high and soon we were level thanks to a goal from Millie P.  As the game progressed the team were growing in confidence and they were settling into the new formation, moving the ball quickly and working hard for each other.  A well taken goal from Alice E H and a well struck short corner from Catherine K quickly made the score 3-1, this was deserved on the balance of play, just before half time Millie and Imi R scored to make it 5-1.
After a half time team talk which gave us the chance to take a well deserved drink, Magpies again looked assured passing the ball quickly and accurately from the defence and midfield, this created chances and  2 more goals for Alice E H  completed her well deserved hat trick to make the score 7-1.  Alice Gooch made two great saves late on but Lowestoft managed to score again to make the final score 7-2.   This was an all round excellent team performance in which the players worked hard for each other displaying a great team spirit and showed that we are capable of climbing the table even further.

Player of the match – Sophie Matsell.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 8TH DECEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v UEA2 L 0-1

On a four game unbeaten run the 4’s played away against UEA. Magpies started brightly and quickly put the UEA defence under pressure.  UEA who are just above Magpies in the league grew into the game, Magpies defence of Izzy Slade, Emily Woollatt, Treacle and Sophie Baxter coped well with the UEA attack and they were backed up well by Katy Davy in goal. Magpies were having the majority of possession and continued to force numerous short corners which the UEA goal keeper dealt with very well.
Magpies thought they had taken the lead following a short corner after 15 mins when Imi Ramdale shot found the net but the umpires conferred and after a lengthy discussion the goal was disallowed as the ball was adjudged not to have come out of the D.  After the half time break Magpies raised their game, both teams continued to look for the opening goal which was looking like who ever scored it would go on and win the match.   Victoria Sppouncer  and Cassie Ayms put the UEA defence under pressure well, Cassie Ayms had a couple of shots saved by the UEA keeper who was having one of those matches, and Catherine Kilbourne who found good space in the D just failed to apply the finishing touch to a great cross from Honey Lamdin.  With 15 mins to go Magpies were caught on the break and UEA broke away and scored. Magpies pushed forward and threw everything at the UEA goal looking for a equaliser. Sophie Matsell, Imi Ramsdale, Julie Davy and Katie Woollatt continued to fight for the 50/50 balls, we had chances to score in the last few minutes but again we were denied by the keeper.
The 1-0 defeat didn’t really reflect the possession and chances we had but although the unbeaten run comes to an end we can start the new year in great spirits at home to Lowestoft and hopefully continue to climb the league.

Players of match were Emily Woollatt, Spouncer , Honey Lamdin and  Izzy Slade

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 1ST DECEMBER 2018

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 4TH TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Dereham 3 W 3-0

t’s was a cold dark afternoon away at Dereham.
We started off strong with lots of passing using triangles, which lead to a short corner.
The short corner was a text book stop by Imi and fired in the bottom right corner by Cassie.
We started to get quiet towards the end of the 2nd half and went off at half time with a score of 1-0, a good team talk got us back on track for the 2nd half.
After some drives through the midfield by Honey and Julie we earned another short corner earned by magpies which lead to a strike on goal being saved but treacle was there to pick up the rebound which she put through the goalkeepers legs.
A strong drive in the D from the mids lead to a couple of shots which were rebounded but Sophie M receiving and have a flick which was placed nicely in the net.
Dereham had some long balls through which gave the defensive line of Izzy, Rosie, Diana and Treacle some bits to do before clearing it to Sophie B. Sophie B then placed it on a foot of a Dereham player, which then rebounded to Honey who had a shot, which was saved and picked up by Cassie who took a reverse shot on goal and scored.
A well earned 3 points for us which gives us a good attitude to go in to next weeks game which is at home at 3pm against pelicans.
MOM – Honey

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Evergreens D 0-0

Magpies welcomed Evergreens on Saturday morning in what was going to be a tough game but also finely balanced as both teams were on the same amount of points.
The team stayed strong and held their shape well during the 1st half with the majority of play in the Evergreens half, however without being able to truly test their keeper.
After the break, Magpies piled on loads of pressure having multiple short corners and playing the majority of the game in the Evergreens half. Their keeper and particularly their defenders kept the Magpies out time after time from Kate who marshalled the midfield and strong runs by Grace and Alice. The Magpies defence were rarely troubled with Izzy, Mimi, Diana and Emily easily mopping up anything that Evergreens tried to do, which was more around clearing their lines.
In the end of the game finished 0-0, which was extremely harsh on Magpies given the amount of effort the girls put in to try and get a result. Great performance that really deserved a win!

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Loddon Ladies 1 D 0-0

Loddon Ladies 1’s came to the Nest having scored 32 goals and only conceded 10 so far this season. Magpies knew this game was going to be a tough test. With a few fresh faces in the 4’s this week Magpies took the game to Loddon from the first whistle, magpies quickly settled and played excellent hockey, Cassie and Sophie were winning every 50/50 ball in the midfield and brilliant crosses into the Loddon D from Honey and Alice E-H were creating plenty of scoring openings but the Loddon GK was having an excellent game. Sophie M-A was on the end of a quick break from  one end of the pitch to the other with a combination of accurate passes and good movement but Sophie M-A’s deflection went narrowly past the Loddon post with the keeper beaten. The defence of Rosie, Emily, Alice E-H and Izzy protected Abby in goal not allowing Loddon to increase their impressive goal tally . Good early accurate passes from Rosie and Emily allowed magpies midfield to break quickly and maintain the pressure in the Loddon D. Izzy and Honey caused Loddon problems all game with their pace and pin point passes. The 2nd half was a similar pattern to the 1st half with constant magpies pressure but unfortunately could not force the ball into the goal. At the start of the match a draw would have been a good result, by the way Magpies dominated the game and created chances they feel all 3 points should have been taken. However its a point gained and following on from last weeks 2nd half performance we can now start to climb the table and be in the position our performance suggests we could be.
Next week we have at home against Evergreens.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Broadland 1 L 0-3

Magpies ladies 4th has an away fixture against top of the table, Broadland 1s – we knew it was going to be a difficult game.
We started off slow. It took us a while to settle and as a result of this, within the first 20 minutes Broadland scored 3. However, during the end of the first half and the second half we started to play our own game. We began to stretch the pitch a lot more, letting us have a more chances at goal that were close to going in. We also made sure no more goals were let in due to great clearances and goal keeping from motm Abi Lewis.
We look forward to starting next week the way we battled in the second half today. We have another tough draw, playing Loddon who are 2nd in the league at home at 11.30am.

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 20TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 4thTeam v Broadland 2 W 2-0

The ladies 4ths we’re away this week at Taverham playing Broadlands 2nds. The team was looking youthful, fielding 8 U18 players.
We started off the game fighting for every 50/50 ball and some great calling – we were determined to win this game !
A well worked goal allowed Cassie Ayms to open the scoring and several short corners followed. Treacle (who is abandoning the team soon for a mid season break!) stepped up for a short corner, slipped it left to Grace Collison who calmly slapped it in the back of the net. 2-0 before half time things were looking good.
We were not going to let this lead go ! Victoria Spouncer who came into her element playing a forward was diving in front of the keeper – what dedication ! The ball for the first time this season was being pivoted round the back 3 of Izzie Slade, Sophie Baxter and making her debut for Magpies Rosie Osbourne. Confidence was growing ! The midfield of Sophie Matsell, Julie Davy, Ellen Pope and Imi Ramsdale where tracking players down so they had no where for them to go.
Forwards of Cassie Ayms, Alice (The Bolt) EH, Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collison were using there speed to get round the Broadland defence. Alice Gooch wasn’t troubled in goal.

Final score 2-0 to Magpies – we were so chuffed to get our first win under our belts.

We would like to thank the manager Mummy Spouncer and John Pope for umpiring plus

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 13TH OCTOBER 2018

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 REPORT 6TH OCTOBER 2018

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 REPORT 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th v Lowestoft Railway L 1-3

We were up at the crack on dawn to head to our match at 10:30 at Lowestoft Railway well it definitely felt like it. Treacle had us there earlier, we could have used with the extra 20 minutes in bed… We warmed up and had a good team talk, but we started out flat in our first half. By half time it was 0-0. After having jelly squares at half time, we went into the second half. Sadly, the opposition scored three goals. What was happening?! After many short corners, we finally scored in a short  – well done Alice! The score then stood at 3-1 to Lowestoft. This goal seem to lift us up because the last 5 minutes of play was our best. We dominated the pitch and we getting the ball into the D, but unfortunately not scoring. At full time the score was 3-1, we came off the pitch feeling disappointed.

Woman of the Match goes to Ellen, for consistent drive in the game down the left side

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Ladies 4th v UEA 2 home  L 3-5

Magpies had a bit of a slow start to the season and after the first five minutes or so we were 1-0 down against UEA 2’s. After some hard work and determination the score came to 1-1 with Alice Evans-Hendrick’s goal. Then with a penalty corner Ellen Pope score was disallowed as the umpire had blown for another penalty corner before the goal. But that didn’t stop us, as soon after, forward-Keira Wheeler scored making it 2-1 to us at half time.
Second half did not go so well for us, we all played well but didn’t grab all our chances but they took their chances well. We won a few more short corners but could not seem to convert to goals with the exception of when we managed to win a stroke and Ellen buried it into the bottom left corner.
The game finished 5-3 but our team spirit for even when the score was against us was high as we were still trying and didn’t let it get us down. The score didn’t bely play, and there was a positive feel for the start of a new season.

Thank you to Richard Stacey and Jose Tibbenham for being our manager and coach on the bench.

Sophie Matsell won player of the match deservedly.  Well played

LADIES 4TH TEAM REPORT 26TH MARCH 2018

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 REPORT 24TH MARCH 2018

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 REPORT 28TH JANUARY 2018

Ladies 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 5th (Home (L) W 3-0)

Despite the less than ideal first half of the season (where we failed to pick up a single point), the Ladies Fourths have had 2 wins from 3 games in 2018 and are finally off the bottom of the Norfolk Premier league table.
Spirits were high going into this 6 pointer with Norwich Dragons Fifths and, with the addition of Coach Stacey to the dugout and prolific midfielder Imi Ramsdale available for the first time since Christmas, Magpies were determined to get a win.
Coming out of the blocks fighting we soon had Dragons on the back foot and Imogen Maynell Anderson converted an early penalty stroke to put Magpies ahead. The pressure continued down that end and the in-form Janna Freeman slotted another goal home, before Cassie Aymes scored on her comeback, taking Magpies into half time with a 3-0 lead.
Dragons fought back and kept the back line of Treacle, Krystal Jenkins, Emily Woollatt and Rosie Blackmore on their toes but rarely broke through for a shot at Alice Gooch’s goal. The dynamic duo of Imi Ramsdale and Sophie Govier-Schaay in midfield were too nippy for Norwich to cope with and created even more chances in the second half which were narrowly missed.
We may not be promotion contenders this season but the comeback is on!