Ladies 5th Team v Norwich City 5 (Home (L) W 6-0)
This game was more evenly contested than the score suggests although the magpies keeper only had to make a couple of saves. Victoria gave magpies a two goal lead early on with similar goals following up the first strike from the penalty corner tapping in on the near post. This settled the nerves and enabled the team to play some composed hockey. Magpies moved the ball well and when they moved the ball early looked very dangerous. The defence mopped up most attacks outside the defending 25 giving Norwich little opportunity at goal. Victoria and Beth were working tirelessly in midfield and creating many attacks. Janna got the 3rd with a screamer of a strike giving the goalkeeper little chance. The captains request to keep up the effort and double the score in the second half was well executed. In contrast to the last couple of weeks when the team has looked sluggish at times magpies continued to move the ball early and create chances. Tibbenham struck a short corner midway through the second half, a second for Tibbenham soon followed after good interplay down the right and a slick final pass from keira. Tabitha finished the scoring with a deft touch late in the game. A much improved performance from the last couple of weeks setting us up nicely for the top of the table clash next week against Pelicans. Pelicans currently sit top with the 5ths 2nd but with a game in hand on Pelicans. Broadland and Diss are also still in the fight for promotion just one and 2 points behind respectively.
Ladies 5th Team V UEA 3rds (Away (L) W 9-1)
What a performance!. The 5ths are full of confidence and just getting better and better. Playing without Victoria who has been putting in some very consistent performances of late welcomed the experienced Janna to the fold. UEA were under the kosh from the first whistle and goals came at regular intervals in the first half. Jose got the ball rolling poking the ball under the keeper. Keira this weeks player of the match got a couple in the first half along with Ellen Pope deflecting in a corner strike at the near post. Tibbenham hit the post at a penalty corner and the loose ball fell sweetly for Janna who thumped the ball in at the far post. Beth was working tirelessly in midfield and got a well deserved goal following excellent passing between Honey, Keira and Beth. Half time 6-0 and magpies were cruising. UEA just didn’t have an answer to the pace and skill of the magpies team and rarely entered the magpies defending 25. What would the second half bring? It is not always easy to keep the momentum up when you have scored freely in the first half. A request from the captain for double figures almost came to fruition. Jose and Janna both doubled their tally and Keira completed her hat-trick with some fine individual skill to make it 9-0. Despite the score UEA kept plugging away and with magpies all high up the pitch UEA sent their forward through on the break and got a consolation goal. Another excellent team performance to keep us hot on the heels of the top two with a better goal difference than the second placed team who are one point ahead of us.
Ladies 5th v Beccles (Home (L) W 5-1)
The 5ths carried on their teamwork from where they left off last week. As the weeks pass the girls are getting stronger and stronger. Sophie has progressed and moved up to the 4ths and I think there could be some more knocking on the 4th team door after this performance.
Jose Tibbenham got the ball rolling with a repeat of last weeks penalty corner just inside the left post with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Magpies took the game to Beccles and despite finding their keeper in good form as in the previous encounter when Magpies couldn’t break the deadlock they extended the lead with another Tibbenham penalty corner. Lucy Fields was prominent at right midfield and her cajoling of the youngsters to keep fighting for every ball ensured another great team performance. Rachel Goodson scored when a loose ball found her unmarked in the circle. Victoria was once again giving a commanding performance in the centre of midfield, well supported by Beth who between them snuffed out most of Beccles attacks. Beccles scored a consolation goal between further strikes from player of the match Victoria and Keira.
Ladies 5th v Yarmouth (Away (L) W 4-0)
Magpies travelled to a very cold and blustery Cliff Park. Someone made the mistake of suggesting that the opposition goalkeeper was ‘all over the place’. This talked up a star performance from their keeper. Despite dominating possession in the first half goals were elusive. Two identical short corner strikes inches inside the left post from captain Tibbenham in quick succession early in the second half set up a comfortable win. Magpies continued to pass the ball well and support each other in defence and attack. Ellen got the 3rd following up a penalty corner save. Honey was having her best game of the season on the right flank causing Yarmouth all sorts of problems with her fight and crosses. Towards the end despite a big wind up Honey scored into the roof of the net, thoroughly deserved for her efforts throughout the match
Ladies 5ths v Dereham 4ths (Home (L) W 4-3)
Magpies seized the initiative in the first half and were cruising following goals from Jose Tibbenham and Keira Wheeler. The first half was cut short by 5 minutes to observe 2 minute silence for remembrance. Dereham pulled a goal back early in the second half but Magpies managed to stretch their lead once more through Tibbenham. Play was then pretty even with neither goalkeeper being troubled. Dereham got a goal back and within a minute of their 2nd goal were on equal terms – bit of a lack in concentration! Magpies continued to fight and Keira got on the scoresheet for a second time to secure all 3 point
Ladies 5th Team v Watton (Away (L) W 2-1)
Following the disappointment of last weeks draw against Beccles, magpies were keen to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Magpies started well but the final pass into the D was elusive. Rachel Goodson put magpies ahead from a short corner variation. Despite some good strikes a second goal didn’t come. Once again Magpies let their concentration slip and allowed Watton a soft goal to let them back in the game. Magpies continued to fight for the win and eventually got their reward when Keira slotted home following a pin point pass from midfield. Keira was player of the match
Ladies 5ths v Norwich City 5ths (Away (L) W 2-1)
A third win on the trot for the 5ths following the disappointing draw against Beccles. Magpies dominated the first 10 minutes possession and pressured the City 25. Midway through the first half Jose Tibbenham finished off an attack down the right flank, calmly sweeping the ball into the back of the net from a neat cross. Magpies made life difficult for themselves giving away silly fouls for constant stick tackles giving away possession unnecessarily. Norwich scrambled a goal back after magpies failed to clear their lines just before half time. A stern half time talk about tackling saw a marked improvement in the second half. Although the flow was end to end it was Magpies who created the most chances but found the City keeper in good form. Eventually the pressure told when a strong run and cross from the right from Honey was met on the P spot by player of the match Beth to give magpies a deserved 3 points.
Ladies 5th v Beccles (Away (L) D 0-0)
Beccles started the game strongly but couldn’t get into magpies D. After 10 minutes Magpies started to control more of the possession and make inroads into Beccles 25. Marnie was in commanding form in defence for Beccles but the real thorn in magpies side was their goalkeeper. Jose Tibbenham should have scored with one of the first short corners but the keeper tipped the ball past her post a full stretch. More chances came and went and it became pretty obvious that the Beccles keeper was not going to surrender a goal easily. Beccles had a couple of cracking chances but put the ball wide of the target. In the second half having listened to the half time talk Honey sorted out her positioning and created much more space for herself and magpies giving the defence and Sophie at centre mid a lot more outlets. Magpies dominated the second half, alas even short corner variations failed to beat the Beccles keeper who was undoubtedly man of the match. If possession was a pointer to the result Magpies should have won but all credit to Beccles who defended stoutly and congratulations to a stunning performance from the Beccles keeper.
Ladies 5th Team vs Reepham (Home (L) W 4-0)
Following last weeks disappointment of losing 4-3 to an blatent foul which should have resulted in Broadlands winning goal being disallowed Magpies came out full of fight.
Jose Tibbenham put Magpies ahead early on to settle any nerves. Magpies played some flowing hockey down both flanks and created many chances but the final touch eluded them.
A nasty fall resulting in a stick hitting a Reepham player in the head resulted in a lengthy break for treatment early in the second half . Jose Tibbenham went kicking back while the goalkeeper was temporarily suspended and then went back up the other end soon after to score a follow up from a short corner. The ever dependable defensive three were once again in complete control. Tibbenham rounded off her hat-trick before player of the match Victoria Spouncer followed up a short corner to cap a fine display
Ladies 5th Team vs Diss (Home (L) D 2-2 )
Another solid performance from the new group of youngsters against Diss who finished 3rd in the league last season. Magpies pressed from the start but Diss went ahead against the run of play through ex-magpie Clemmy Ardley-Forder. Once again the back 4 were very solid and broke down Diss play and put magpies on the front foot. Disappointed to be one down at half time magpies came out fighting and soon equalised through Vanessa Vigrass. Ellen Pope then followed up on a short corner to give a well deserved lead. A momentary lapse in concentration allowed a Diss player to tap in a rebound to level the scores. Magpies were unable to find the winner despite having the better of the possession. For the second week running Sophie Govier-Schaay was voted player of the match.
Ladies 5th Team vs UEA 3rd Team (Home (L) W 4-0)
With a new look team from last season this was an excellent start to the league campaign. From the outset the girls moved the ball well and kept the UEA defence under pressure. Vanessa Vigrass opened the scoring early on to settle any nerves and it could have been 3 at half time but the finishing needed improving. The second half continued in the same vein. A fine run and reverse sweep finish saw Issy get on the scoresheet, not bad for a right defender! Honey’s perseverance paid off with a goal and Vanessa put the icing on the cake with her second.
The fifths welcomed Watton to Harleston hoping to avenge the 6 3 defeat that had been inflicted on them only two weeks earlier.
Harleston started brightly moving the ball well, with the first chance of the game falling to Georgie Cantrell who’s shot came back of the keeper and fell to Imi Meynell-Anderson who struck a neat reverse stick shot into the bottom right hand corner giving the goal keeper no chance. It was not long before Harleston were 2 up. Imi latched onto a great through ball from midfield and drilled a low cross from the right. A slight deflection from a defenders stick meant Alice Evans Hendrich, arriving at the left hand post had to adjust her body position to calmly control and then slot the ball across the keeper for a 2 0 lead.
The second half began much the same as the first had finished with Harleston dominating possession, limiting Watton to counter attacks only. Janet Brown and Emma Tolhurst were looking strong at the back with Emily Woollatt and Louise Davey able to push forward from the full back positions adding more attacking play to the lively midfield and forward line.
Good interplay between Pheobe Eglington and Molly Warnes led to a short corner that was not cleared by the Watton defence allowing Jose Tibbenham to tap in at the back post.
A diving save from Alice Gooch put pay to Wattons only meaningful chance and the game was rounded off by a fluent move that start from the back and finished with Georgie sprinting into the right hand side of the box pulling the ball back for Jose to roll back the years with a crisp 15 yard first time strike that left the keeper rooted to the spot.
A resounding win for the fifths which was much deserved. Three games to play with a chance of reaching 4th place. Next week another home game!! 10.15 start v UEA.
Norwich Dragons 4ths 1 Harleston Magpies 5ths 2
After a 6-0 drubbing earlier in the season by Norwich Dragons 4th team this was always going to be a tough fixture, but equally it would be a measure of how far the young talent has come since the start of the season. Dragons started the game 9 points clear of Magpies having won 4 more games.
For the first ten minutes you would have thought Magpies were the higher team and Dragons really didn’t get a look in. Magpies gained 4 early penalty corners but each one ended in a defensive foul and another penalty rather than a goal. After ten minutes Dragons finally made it into Magpies 25 and gained a corner of their own. This was comfortably dispatched and Magpies continued their high tempo passing keeping Dragons on the back foot. Dragons then scored when Magpies failed to mark players around their D and then clear their lines. Magpies determination never wained and back up the other end more corners were won. Finally Georgie Cantrell got a thunderous strike off, though a powerful strike it was heading wide but Captain Jose Tibbenham had made it to the near post just in time and miraculously made a connection to deflect the shot into the net.
Magpies obviously felt they were the better team on the day and played some of their best if not THE best hockey of the season. The whole team worked so hard for each other tracking back, timing their tackles. Imi Meynell-Anderson was once again causing problems on the right with her greyhound pace. A perfectly weighted pass down the right was chased down by Tibbenham who this time turned provider, passing the first defender and then slipping the ball to Rachael Clifford who made not mistake in front of goal. Magpies continued to push forward, Cantrell found Tibbenham on the top of the D totally unmarked, a fine pirouette to be facing the goal and the goalkeeper appeared from nowhere to smother the strike. More one on one practice against the goalkeeper needed by the captain we think!! If only … this would have given Magpies a bit of deserved breathing space. However the last ten minutes when legs were weary Dragons had their only period of sustained pressure. Magpies were resolute and got a thoroughly deserved 2-1 win.
There was no team vote for Player of the Match as it was a fantastic all-round team effort. However the opposition vote went to Imi Meynell-Anderson
Watton 2s 6 Ladies’ 5ths 3
This game should have been played in November and the teams were split by one point before the game. Magpies 5ths started the game well and were in control for the first ten minutes but went a goal down following good work down the left by Jaz Vincent. Magpies continued to press forward and equalised through Rachael Clifford when a Watton defender raised the ball into her path and taking advantage of the new rule of being able to play the ball high Rachael ‘smashed’ the ball into the net. Play was end to end and Georgie Cantrell contined her scoring record after dribbling past two players and firmly planting the ball in the back of the goal. Watton equalised before half time.
There was everything to play for, in this evenly matched and competitive game but nothing was going to prepare us for what happened in the second half. Magpies went ahead once again. A good run and pass from Sophie Meynell-Anderson to her sister Imi set Imi off down the right wing, a firm pass across the D was perfectly met by Rachael who made no mistake. Magpies then gave away a couple of corners. Janet Brown was in inspiring form on the post clearing off the line but unable to stop the rebound – three all. Play continued to be end to end, Imi was unable to prevent the 4th Watton goal with the ball spinning into the goal rather than out after a fast run back to defend. More chances came for Magpies but went just as quickly, a mishit short corner left Watton with a chance of a breakaway, despite Alice Gooch best efforts in goal Watton capitalised on their one on with the keeper 5-3! Goal number 6 came from another defensive lapse failing to completely clear their lines. A strange final score in what was a very even game.
The Watton team was obviously bolstered by some first team players who didn’t have a match on this league slip date. It may well be a very different team that comes to Weybread in two weeks time so the 5ths will get an early chance to get their revenge.
Mapgies 5ths 2 Lowestoft Railway 2
This game ended in frustration for the magpies having twice been in the lead and deservedly so. It certainly felt like we were playing more than eleven throughout the game. With only two adults this week, magpies had a younger less experienced team than previous weeks. However Molly Warnes and Grace Collison stepped up to the plate and worked hard in a faster game than they were used to. Georgie Cantrell put Magpies ahead following good work from Imi Meynell-Anderson down the right.
In the second half a green card for a young magpie for not backing off 5 yards from a free hit gave Lowestoft an advantage. From the resulting free hit a Lowestoft player received the ball in their half and clearly kicked it well up the pitch to their forward who turned and scored. A cruel way for magpies to be back on level terms. Magpies continued to fight and deservedly regained the lead, Georgie getting her second from a penalty corner. Amelia Herschel-Schorland and Emma Tolhurst were thwarting any Lowestoft attacks. In the last minute a further misdemeanour of not backing off from a free hit from a fledgling magpie saw another green card and a penalty corner against us. Alice Gooch made the save from the initial shot but the rebound was slipped to the left and slipped past the unsighted player on the post to equalise. A disappointing and frustrating end for Magpies in a game they should have won.
Ladies 5ths v Carrow 2nds 3-1
The 5ths followed the 3rds onto the pitch and Carrow used a couple of their first team to boost the 2nds. Magpies started brightly creating many runs into the opposition attacking 25 but were unable to find the final pass to make the pressure count. The two ‘old heads’ of the Carrow team, Paula and Trish were using their experience to thwart the magpies but Carrow were unable to get into the magpies D to make their breaks count.
Scores remained level 0-0 at half time, but a telling cross from Imi Meynell-Anderson found Georgie Cantrell on the top of the D who slipped the ball past the defender for Rachael Clifford to sweep past the keeper. Soon after the 5ths made things look more comfortable when Cantrell scored the second after another perfect cross from Meynell-Anderson. A short stoppage for an injury failed to disrupt the pattern of play. Magpies were awarded a penalty stroke when with the keeper beaten a defender deliberately stopped the goal when kicking the ball on the line. Cantrell stepped up and made it 3-0. A strong run down the left and a defence splitting pass left Carrow with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper which they took advantage of to make it 3-1. Magpies continued to press for more goals and another deliberate foot on the line resulted in another stroke, this time saved by the Carrow keeper who was having a fine game in goal. This weeks team player of the match was Amelia Herschel-Shorland and the opposition vote once again went to Imi Meynell-Anderson.
Empresa Norfolk League Division One
Harleston Magpies 5ths 2 Reepham 1
Magpies Ladies 5th team turned the form book on its head beating league leaders Reepham whose loss meant they dropped to 3rd in division one and Magpies moved up to 5th place.
Magpies were out of the starting blocks early and had the ball
deflecting off the goalkeeper into the Reepham goal in the first few
minutes. Magpies showed true sportsmanship telling the Reepham umpire it was not a goal as no Magpies player had touched the ball inside the D. After discussion the game continued – Reepham were off the hook but Magpies continued to press and didn’t let Reepham settle into their match plan.
Imi Meynell-Anderson was asking many questions of the Reepham left hand side with many strong fast runs resulting in some excellent crosses into the D. Rachael Clifford got on the end of one of these to give Magpies a well-deserved lead at the interval.
Phoebe Eglington and Treacle Griffin were working exceedingly hard in midfield and Reepham were getting more and more frustrated with themselves, though in truth the young Magpies players have improved so much since their 4-0 loss to Reepham earlier in the season they were playing the better hockey and forcing Reepham to make mistakes. Early in the second half a pin point pass from Meynell-Anderson found Jose Tibbenham on the edge of the D, a quick pass from the captain set up Georgie Cantrell who made no mistake with her first time strike.
In the dying minutes Reepham scored a consolation goal but in the end it was a thoroughly deserved win for Magpies. An excellent team performance once again. Phoebe Eglington was voted player of the match by her teammates. Imi Meynell-Anderson got the vote from the opposition.
BROADLAND LADIES’ 2NDS 1 MAGPIES’ LADIES’ 5THS 2
The Ladies’ 5ths travelled to Taverham to take on Broadland 2nds who are a few places above the 5ths.
Despite the appalling conditions Magpies started brightly and instantly put Broadland under pressure with Anna Kilbourn and Georgie Cantrell in particular causing the Broadland defence problems with their pace and silky skills. In the 15th minute Anna Kilbourn put a fine cross in from the right which Rachael Clifford coolly slotted away. The Magpies defence was somewhat redundant in the first half restricting Broadland to one shot which whizzed wide of the post. The midfield of Imi and Sophie Meynell-Anderson and Kilbourn continued to work hard to win any balls that Broadland cleared. The Broadland keeper was having a fine
game but was unable to stop Clifford’s second goal which was a
repeat of her first.
In the second half Magpies continued to press hard but were unable to find a way past the Broadland keeper. As Magpies continued to press Broadland started to look more dangerous on the break. Amelia Herschel-Shorland was having a solid game in defence along with her older compatriots Emma Tolhurst and Katie Devereux. Alice Gooch in goal was called upon to make a couple of saves, one an excellent save from a one-on-one. Ten minutes from time Broadland pulled a goal back but failed to equalise. Molly Warnes who recently turned 13 made her 5th team debut and showed her potential for the future.
An excellent team performance in cold wintry conditions. Special thank you to Treacle for coming to watch and sorting the substitutes while the captain stood down from playing to umpire the match.
Ladies 5ths v Ladies 6ths
This started as the usual inter club match with the emphasis more on friendly than league game. Gradually the 5th team showed their speed and skill and opened the scoring though Matilda Warde-Aldam. Good teamwork and effective interplay saw three more goals added before half time.
With pride at stake for the 6th XI they continued to work hard and limited the 5ths to two goals in the second half. Verity Tomson playing well in defence and Emily Taylor and Elle Eglington working hard to stop the midfield being overrun. A good start to the league campaign for the young ladies 5th team showing much promise for the early part of the season.
Final score 6-0 to the 5ths
Harleston Ladies 5ths v Norwich Dragons 4ths
The new season got under way on a hot and sticky morning at Weybread. Magpies played the first half with ten. Despite the shortage magpies moved the ball around well and soaked up some early pressure until the marking was sussed out. Dragons had the better of the early shots but magpies held firm. Millie Preece opened the scoring with a strong strike when the defence parted in the middle and allowed a clean run through. Matilda added a second just before half time to give magpies a good cushion going into half time.
The cavalry arrived at half time in the form of Katie Woollatt and Treacle Griffin. This allowed a little rest for those who needed it!!. Goals continued to flow at regular intervals in the second half. A second for Millie Preece and a second half hat-trick for Matilda and one for the captain Jose Tibbenham. The young dragons side – although losing quite heavily never gave up the fight but just couldn’t contain the movement and running of the magpies. An excellent start for the 5ths.