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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

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

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.

Ladies 4ths Match Report


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.


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”