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.
Ladies 5ths v Pelicans 1-2
The ladies 5ths made the long journey to Kings Lynn, knowing a win would
win them the league. Pelicans 2nds normally have a similar set up to
Magpies with 3 adults and the rest juniors. Today they 5 or 6 adults and
in the end the extra experience saw them edge through.
Magpies started very positively and had most of the first half pressure.
Any Pelicans attacks were thwarted well up the pitch. Unfortunately a
break away earned Pelicans a penalty corner from which they scored the
re-bound. A further scrambled goal early in the second half put Pelicans
in command. Magpies never gave up and Magpies top scorer Tor Findlay
pulled a goal back. Injury followed to Anna Tighe so a bit of pace was
lost. Magpies continued to press but the final pass let us down. Crosses
came and went but no-one was quite there to deflect the ball into the back
of the net. Another injury followed to Verity Tomson but Anna came back
on to help the cause. Pelicans filled their defence and magpies were
unable to work a final pass through and time ran out despite a lot of
A win for both Thetford and Diss meant they both finished one point above
magpies in the final league table. Despite the disappointing loss in this
final league game 12 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses 50 goals scored, 20
conceded is a fantastic record for a very young but talented team.
Thank you to all the parents for their vocal support on the sidelines each
week. Huge thanks to David Brown for umpiring most weeks for us. Thank
you to the girls for a very successful and enjoyable season and finally
thank you very much for the flowers, etc, you will definitely see me
coming in the fluorescent socks next season – thank you one and all.
Ladies 5ths v Broadland 2nd 5-1
Having not been able to field a team against the ladies 6ths last week it
was apparent Broadland arrived with a strengthened squad. Suspicions were
confirmed when divulged to a loyal supporter!
Magpies started where they left off last week playing fast, flowing
hockey. However Broadland were not going to play without putting up a
good fight and the game was harder than last week against Thetford. Their
tactic of keeping one player in their attacking ‘D’ stretched magpies
defence at times. Once again Anna Tighe worked her socks off in midfield,
well supported by Jose TIbbenham & Ismay Whittaker many attacks were
started. Alice Woollatt, who is improving week by week, was sent on many
runs down the right wing and interplay between Alice and Tor FIndlay was
causing all sorts of problems to the Broadland defence. Tor Findlay put
magpies ahead early on but Broadland kept probing. Two minutes from half
time Broadland equalised with a scrappy goal when the defence failed to
clear their lines. Almost immediately a fast 4 pass move saw Findlay put
magpies back in front with seconds remaining to half time.
Martha Lawrence made her debut for the 5ths in defence and showed
composure and skill. Janet Brown and Lucie Gooch marshalled the defence
well and with Sophie Child and Verity Tomson also in fine form magpies
were proving difficult to break down. Treacle arrived just after half
time bringing fresh legs enabling Jose and Anna to have a much needed
The forwards continued to find spaces and soon Tor Findlay added another
brace to her seasons tally. Matilda Warde-Adlam finished the scoring with
a perfect deflection from a Tibbenham corner strike.
This win puts magpies top of the table two points ahead of Thetford and
Diss and plus 31 goal difference compared to plus 29 and plus 15
respectively. So with one game to play magpies will finish in the top
three – a fantastic achievement for a very young but talented team.
Harleston Magpies 5ths v Thetford 1s 4 – 1
Wow. What a game – The 8th March 2014 was the day everything fell into
place for the ladies 5th team. The first half was the most disciplined,
controlled half of hockey played for the last two seasons.
Magpies started well and played fast, attacking, flowing hockey against
the current league leaders. Thetford are a composed, solid and experienced
side but the young magpies never let Thetford get into their stride. The
magpies goalie was untested in the first half. Anna Tighe scored twice
before half time to give magpies a well deserved lead. Without exception
everyone contributed to the first half display. A ten minute spell
early in the second half allowed Thetford into the game and Cathy Hammond
pulled a goal back. This probably came about because the half time team
talk was …. “Don’t change a thing this is the best half of hockey played
by us this season”. The captain will not make such a comment again! The
goal just seemed to spur magpies on even more. The flowing, passing
hockey continued. Thetford were getting more frustrated as it was obvious
it just wasn’t going to be their day. Tighe got her hat-trick when
following up a penalty corner strike on the near post. Tor Findlay
completed the scoring with ten minutes remaining. A near perfect
performance puts Magpies into 2nd place with a game in hand over Diss.
Fantastic result today girls. Played top of the table Thetford of the
park to go ahead of them in the table.
Full report to follow – very proud of todays performance and thank you to
Nick and Sandra for their coaching
North Walsham 2nds v Harleston Magpies Ladies 5th 0 – 1
Magpies made the long trip to Cromer having not played for a month. With potential to be rusty it was not good when we had to start with 10 due to one youngster feeling sick following the long journey. Magpies started well and the defence were able to deal calmly with any attacks that Walsham made. The magpies keeper was the busier in the first half but made some cracking saves when called upon. Re-inforcements arrived 5 minutes before half time in the form of Anna Tighe and Tor Findlay and the extra legs proved very useful.
The second half was dominated by magpies, with Lucie in the magpies goal a spectator apart from defending a penalty corner right at the end of the match. Magpies were keeping the pressure on the Walsham circle, Penalty corners came and went, Jose Tibbenham got the strikes on target but the Walsham keeper was in fine form. A change of tactic saw Lauren Rowe try a couple of drag flicks, again to no avail. Eventually about 10 minutes from time Jose Tibbenham beat the keeper with a corner strike inches inside the right post. Just desserts for a very sound all round team performance. Despite having little to do in the second half Lucie Gooch in the magpies goal was voted player of the match for her first half performance.
This win leaves the 5ths in 3rd place just one point behind Thetford and Diss with 3 matches to go. Next week top of the table clash with Thetford!
Sprowston 2nd XI v Harleston Magpies 5th XI 1 – 4
The young magpies travelled to Langley School to play bottom of the table
Sprowston. Having done a thorough warm-up an injury in the previous game
delayed the start and magpies had switched off again. This resulted in
Sprowston waltzing down the pitch with 3 or 4 missed tackles, Janet Brown
giving away a beauty of a stick tackle and then bang – goal all within the
This was the wake up call that was needed and soon magpies were in their
stride, creating chances, missing chances, and equalising halfway through
the first half when a deft pass from Bella Hall on the left was fed into
the circle, Tor FIndlay helped it on its way and Anna Tighe popped up on
the right hand post to claim a deserved equaliser. It was only a matter
of time before Magpies took the lead. This time Tor finishing off a
flowing move down the right. Anna and Tor continued to cause all sorts of
problems with their pace and interplay. The back four of Brown, Verity
Tomson, Ismay Whitaker and Annabel Young thwarted any attacks Sprowston
had and this provided the platform for the midfield and forwards.
In the second half two penalty corner strikes by Jose Tibbenham sealed
what was essentially a very comfortable win. With slightly better
finishing the score could have been so much higher. Another good
all-round team performance leaving magpies 2nd in the league. Man of the
Match was Bella Hall.
Diss v Harleston Magpies 5th 2 – 1
Magpies had the better of the first few minutes but Diss soon got into their
stride and had the better of the possession in the first quarter.
Unfortunately Magpies gave Diss the lead with an own goal when the goalie
lifted her right foot to let the ball go into the goal only for it to skim
off the foot still on the ground and into the goal.
Magpies equalised in the first half in equally bizarre fashion when Jose
Tibbenham drove to the edge of the circle and shot from an acute angle and
what looked like a save from the keeper deflected off them into the goal.
Diss then took the lead early in the second half, following good
interchanges down the left and initial save by the keeper, the ball was
slipped right to an unmarked player who made no mistake.
Magpies continued to fight and had the best of the possession for the rest
of the game but could not convert any chances.
Player of the match was Sophie Child
Empressa Ladies Norfolk Division One
Harleston Magpies 5th 2 Norwich Dragons 0
For the second week running the young ladies 5th team totally dominated
possession. Lucie Gooch was once again merely a spectator in the magpies
goal. Dragons thwarted many attacks but were unable to penetrate the home
teams defensive 25 themselves. Alice Woollatt equipped herself well at
this higher level and showed her potential. The real threats on the day
though were Tor Findlay and Anna Tighe whose skill and pace caused
problems all match (including keeping the umpire fit!). Bella Hall also
showed her class playing her first game of the season following
injury/illness. It would have been good to have added to the tally but a
surprising loss for Diss against Broadland leaves DIss and Magpies equal
on points at the top of the league with the young magpies having the
superior goal difference. Top of the table could all change next week
when Magpies travel to Diss with at least 4 of their regulars missing.
Tor Findlay picked up player of the match, well deserved having scored