Ladies 7th Team v Carrow 2s W 10-0
Our last match of the season was played at Langley School on a fine, sunny day. After searching for the changing rooms, hockey pitch and team, in that order, we began the match. From the start, we tended to dominate the play; rarely did the ball enter our half of the pitch. If it did, our defenders, Gillian Stokes, Jenny Meyer and Karen Hunt played their hardest to send the ball back up to the forwards. First to score was Jess Tarrant with a good strike from the edge of the circle. Buoyed up with a goal, young Anna Cogdill scored twice more before half time!
During the second half, Olivia Evans sprinted past Carrow defence and scored. Annie Lancaster and Alison Priest were invincible on the left wing and took the ball past Carrow defence to Jess Tarrant who scored with a backhand strike. Next, we were awarded a short corner, the first of the match, and Anna Cogdill struck the ball home from a rebound. Carrow seemed to have new-found energy and took the ball past our defenders; their forward just had the goalkeeper to beat. However, Georgia Flatt rose to the challenge and the kicked the ball hard and out of danger. After a succession of short corners, which the Carrow goalkeeper ably deflected, young Anna Seggons scored. Next, skipper Gillian Stokes at the edge of the circle, received a pass from Olivia Evans and scored; she was delighted! Megan Dickson skilfully took the ball through the Carrow defence and passed to Anna Cogdill who smashed the ball home. A great team effort.
Ladies 4th Team v Evergreens W 3-0
The ladies 4’s again set their alarm clocks and arrived in North Norfolk at 9.00am to play against Evergreens 1’s. Magpies were keen to return to winning ways and quickly pressed Evergreens back . With a few players unavailable due to being called up to the 3’s and work commitments and injuries the team soon settled into their rhythm. Grace Collison was too quick and skilful on the left flank for the Evergreen defence and her persistence lead to early scoring opportunities for Cassie Ayms and Alice Evans Hendrick who were looking dangerous in the D. Victoria Spouncer made surging runs from full back and looked very composed on the ball, it was from one of her overlaps that we won a short corner. Magpies had been working on their corner routines at training and an accurate injection from Emily Woollatt was firmly struck by Catherine Kilbourn which Alice EH skilfully deflected the ball into the goal to give Magpies a deserved 0-1 lead. Magpies 4’s strength has been playing attacking hockey and they continued to apply pressure on Evergreens. Sophie Baxter and Sophie Meynell Anderson linked up well on the right flank . Sophie Govier Schaay was very solid in winning tackle after tackle in the holding midfield role this gave opportunities for Magpies to launch numerous attacks.
After a positive half time team talk we started the half again positively. Centre backs Izzy Slade and Catherine Kilbourn looked composed and dealt well with the Evergreens forwards. It wasn’t long before magpies scored again, Emily Woollatt received the ball in the corner of the D and skilfully beat her defender and crossed the ball for Sophie M A to calmly beat the keeper to make the score 0-2 . As the game went on the team continued to play simple effective hockey, Victoria Spouncer and Sophie Baxter were still pushing forward at every opportunity. Hard work by Imi Ramsdale and Cassie helped magpies win another short corner, again another smooth routine was fired into the net by Cassie Ayms to make the score 0-3 to round off a good team performance. Katy Davy didn’t have the busiest match in goal for Magpies but when she was called upon she made excellent saves. It was normal service resumed today , the 4’s have a really good team spirit/togetherness and with our last home game next Saturday against bottom team Dereham we are looking to finish the season positively.
Player of the match – Sophie Govier Schaay
Ladies 4th Team v Pelicans 2 W5-2
It was a miserable day at the nest, sadly potential rain was forecast.
First goal was scored by Vanessa Vigrass with a powerful cross from Honey Lamdin, Vanessa was on the back post to score the 2ndgoal, 3rd goal was scored by Cassie Ayms from another cross into the D and the first half ended 3 – 0 to Magpies.
Second half Pelicans came out strong and scored a couple of breakaway goals. Magpies momentarily had lost their quick passing skills but another good spell in the 2nd half they scored 2 more goals from Amelia Slade and good short corner routine got Katie Woollatt on the scoring sheet.
Proudly we move up a place in the league and look forward to taking on UEA 2nds next week who beat us earlier in the season.
Player of the match Honey Lamdin
Ladies 4ths v Norwich City 3rds L 2-5
The ladies 4ths had a big squad of 15 this week for a sunny game at home. They got off to a great start to the match with an early goal in the first 5 minutes from Keira Wheeler – assisted by Sophie Matsell. Unfortunately we then narrowly missed goals with some great injections from Ellen Pope and some well worked shorts corners which hit the posts on 2 occasions ☹.
Norwich city then equalised to make is 1-1 and added to their score by getting a short corner as the half time whistle blew. The second half, we went out fighting and hassling the opposition from the forward line but City found the back of bet making it 3-1. We were not giving up though and continued to work the ball well around the oppositions defence and quick passes allowed Keira Wheeler to score her second goal. Unfortunately City scored another 2 goals to make the final score 2-5.
Mom was awarded to Ellie Bale and her positivity.
Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 4 D 2-2
In the first half we started a little slow and as their youngest player drove towards the goal she delivered a reverse stick aerial shot that found the back of the net. One nill down in the first couple of minutes, we then gathered momentum and joined some nice passes through the midfield but struggled to make the connection with the forward line. With a lifted cross Kiera struck the ball and scored a brilliant goal to make the score line to one all. Finishing the first half on a high the whistle went and (without jelly) we gathered together to discuss tactics. We started the second half with fast passes up the wings and good low defensive work especially from Kat and Sophie B in defence. Victoria kindly played upfront this week and was making great runs into the D which unfortunately where not converted into goals. With great work from the midfielders including Sophie M, Ellen,Imi and Julie the ball was passed through into Kiera who managed to break away from the city’s defence and scored a second goal, continuing with the same velocity we played on pressing hard and aggressively. In the last three minutes in a moment of disillusion city broke and claimed their second goal. Unphased and knowing we had minutes to get the game back we fought hard and kept the ball in city’s half. The final whistle went and the game ended with a two all draw. All in all a great game with good teamwork and play. Wins will come!