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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!


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 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