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LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 6th Team v Breckland W 4-0

Magpies started this match somewhat nervous following the previous week’s defeat. This, Coupled with a few changes of position, meant the team took a while to settle into a calm passing rhythm. 
Breckland, came out with good intent, working hard to break down magpies play and push their team forward. However defenders Jane, Marie and Kristina made sure the ball barely entered the Magpies defensive 23 with well timed tackles and effective clearances. 
Magpies claimed most of the possession. Midfielders Judith, Elena, Holly and Georgia S combining well to build strong attacks into the Breckland circle.
 Magpies worked to create space in the circle, Georgia H making driving runs along the baseline to fire the ball back to the P. spot. By half time Rachael had scored two good goals. 
Second half Breckland found themselves under more pressure from sustained Magpies attacking play. Imogen in the magpies goal was rarely troubled as Magpies worked to keep possession high into their attacking part of the pitch. Janna created a lot of space out on her wing, sending great balls into the circle and force many chances, Rachael again converting to take the score to 3:0. 
Player of the match Louise in the centre of the Magpies team kept the tempo high, breaking down play and fielding passes out wide as Breckland sunk back into the centre of their defensive area. 
A strong forward pass into the circle was calmly deflected into the goal by Rachael taking the final score to 4:0. 
Magpies were pleased to be back to their winning ways and will look to take confidence from this into the tough match against Herlings in a few weeks time.
All 6s and 7s players are invited to an inter club friendly on Saturday at 11am. 

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 9TH FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 6th Team v Pelicans 3 L1-4

The Ladies 6s travelled to Kings Lynn looking to find their previous strong form. Today it wasn’t meant to be. The team, minus a few regular players due to unavailability and Illness, started with a much changed formation.
Initially, Magpies found they had a lot of space to pass the ball round the back of the field of play and make some strong drives forward. Determined attacking play from Flea and Laura resulted in a few good chances for the away side, testing the home keeper.
Play was reasonably end to end and it was Pelicans who scored first from a strong open strike in the circle. This spurred the away side into action, claiming a quick goal in reply from a reverse stick strike from Rachael.
Magpies were rattled going into half time. Reminders from captain Flea to use the space available and take time to look up for that pass meant that the second half started strongly for the magpies side, and players settled in to their different positions from previous weeks. The whole team worked hard to keep possession of the ball, and Imogen made some good saves. Clearing the ball well, decisive long passes from Jane regularly found Janna who fired several great balls across the face of the goal that just didn’t find the end of one of our attackers sticks.
Pelicans scored again, this time from a well executed penalty corner. Magpies continued to battle to keep pressing forwards but with a few players having had to double for the 7s game previous to the 6s match, tired legs were showing.
Louise and Elena executed some strong tackles, feeding the ball out to Kristina, Judith and Georgia H. The away side had much play in the attacking circle with some narrowly missed shots at goal frustrating the team and causing heads to go down.
Pelicans though, thrilled to be in the lead, played with more confidence, making the most of every chance they had in the circle. Scoring two further goals to finish the match 4:1 to them.
Player of the match: Jane

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 2ND FEBRUARY 2019

Ladies 6th Team v Dereham 4 D 1-1

The Ladies 6s knew this would be a tough match as Dereham had been on a winning streak for several weeks. Indeed it was Dereham who scored first carving their way through the middle of Magpies defences and scoring from a first strike.
Not to be undone, Magpies regrouped and battled back. Marie, Liv and Jane making great tackles and transferring the ball either side of the pitch.
A reshuffle of defence put Kristina on man marking duties to isolate the key Dereham threat, this worked effectively, with Magpies beginning to dominate more and pin Dereham back into their half. Good movement from the home side created space for midfielders Holly and Flea to drive the ball into the Dereham circle. A well taken short corner strike from Janna meant we went in at half time with scores levelled at 1:1.
With the second half came the ice-like rain which tested both sides, particularly under the floodlights. This half was a much better performance from the home side who claimed much more of the possession. The Georgia duo worked doggedly, both got stuck in to some physical play to steal the ball and fire it into the circle. Judith forced more turnovers in midfield to get the ball up to Rachael and Laura on the forward line who both worked tirelessly to force many chances at goal.
With Kristina holding the central role well, Dereham had to work a lot harder to find their way into the Magpies circle. Imogen kept alert in goal and our defence cleared the ball effectively to send the ball back up to our forwards, thus neutralising any threat.
Today was a day of frustration, the ball just wasn’t going in, instead skimming agonisingly close to a Magpies attacking stick or just the wrong side of the post. A good reminder for the Ladies 6s that a top two finish is not yet secure.
Player of the match: Kristina

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 26TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 6th Team v UEA 3 W 3-2

Having missed last week’s match and training this week due to frozen pitches, the Ladies 6s were keen to get back on pitch.
UEA started the game at a much faster pace than the 6s have encountered this season, however the 6s showed they were able to match this. Georgia and Holly worked tirelessly in the midfield to brake down several UEA attacks. Being called into action regularly, Liv, Marie, Mary and Jane supported each other well as a defensive unit to mark their speedy opposition. Despite this UEA managed to pile on the pressure and force in the first goal of the game.
Magpies 6s dug deep, co-ordinating well to re-find the passing rhythm that has stood them in good stead all season. Forwards Laura and Georgie made UEA work really hard, all making good leads to create useful space. A few short corners were won this half that UEA shut down well. Thankfully Rach found space to score a great goal and level the to 1:1 at half time.
Second half UEA again came charging out of the starting blocks, catching the 6s off-guard with a well taken goal. This helped the 6s realise that they needed to up the tempo. Superb teamwork and passing play from the whole team lead to sustained attacks in the opposition’s half of the pitch. Judith intercepted play well to keep possession and fire the ball forwards to find Janna who forced the keeper to make some good saves. Again the team pressured enough to win not just short corners but two penalty strokes; Rach showed her class by coolly scoring the second of these to take the score to 2:2.
UEA did not let this deter them though; Imogen being called into play to pull off a string of good saves.
A final push and yet another short short corner was won. This time the 6s managed to convert through Mary.
A great contest, the 6s played doggedly right up to final whistle to seal the win, proving why they deserve their top of the table position.
Player of the match: Mary Nelson.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 12TH JANUARY 2019

Ladies 6th Team v Broadland 3 W 3-0

The ladies 6s were pleased to get back out onto a pitch after a long Christmas break. With a few newer faces and the memories of Christmas celebrations having had an impact on match fitness, it took the squad a while to find a positive rhythm of play.
Good interplay between Marie Davy, Holly Morris and Laura Woodgate led to some great attacking play down the left hand side of the field. Broadland worked hard to intercept and show that despite their bottom of the table position they are a team worthy of playing in our League. Magpies created a lot of chances in the attacking D from Janna Freeman and Anna Seggons, but somehow Broadland managed to keep the goals at bay.
A quick player shuffle resulted in good connection between Georgie Hood and Flea Perry, who together worked to ball fowards allowing Georgia Scott to finally break the deadlock with a well taken strike.
A quick drinks break and team talk allowed Magpies to come out more determined in the second half. Although Broadland called last defender Liv Addison-carter and goalkeeper Imogen Flatt into action a couple of times, Magpies claimed much more possession this half. Kristina Brinkley scored her first goal for the 6s to bring the score to 0:2 to the away side. In a much more controlled performance Magpies passed more accurately to each other, several chances flashed agonisingly close across the face of goal, and finally Rachael Clifford was rewarded for her attacking efforts with our final goal of the day to take the win to 0:3.

Player of the match: Georgia Scott. 

A super start for the 6s who need to find five more wins this half of the season to ensure a top two finish and promotion.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 1ST DECEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Loddon 2 W 4-2

The Ladies 6s started this late afternoon fixture nervous to prove they deserved their top of table position. This was to be a tough fixture against a team with a string of good results that have taken them higher in the table.
The first half was dominated by strong passing play from the magpies side who welcomed Megan Dickson and Grace Clarke from the 7s; Both played very well.
The match was tilted towards the home team after a goal was scored by Rach Clifford after 10 minutes. Magpies defended well and created some promising opportunities throughout the half, Rach Clifford weaving a good move through the D to score her second.
After half time both teams came out more determined and stronger than before, Loddon passed well in triangles to gain ground up the pitch putting the home side under increasing pressure. Magpies then found themselves at the receiving end of some excellent Loddon play and scores levelled at 2:2.
This was the jolt the home side needed, All soon then dig deep with excellent defending and interceptions across the pitch claiming back possession. Magpies created some lovely play to link passes and gain lots of D entries.  A great cross from the right hand side into the D was swiftly converted by Rach Clifford to put Magpies back in the lead.
Tensions rose as both sides battled to claim the winning edge. Great support from the sidelines for both teams really upped the atmosphere which was superb for such a late afternoon game; many thanks to all who came.
Magpies had a string of short corners in the last 2 minutes after a good spell of possession; there was huge cheers when Janna Freeman scored a cracking goal from one of these to take the final score to 4:2.
This has been a great half of season for Magpies ladies 6 who are 7 points clear at the top of their league and look forward to new challenges when their season resumes on 12th January 2019.
Player of the match: Rachael Clifford
Squad: Flea Perry (C), Rachael Clifford (VC), Imogen Flatt (GK), Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Liv Addison-Carter, Megan Dickson, Heather Brand, Grace Clarke, Holly Morris, Judith Masters, Georgia Hood, Janna Freeman, Laura Woodgate

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich City 6 W 5-0

Magpies 6s took on Norwich City determined to play well from the first whistle.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the midfield of  Flea Perry, Georgina Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris were forcing the Norwich to play deep into their half. Forwards Rach Clifford, Janna Freeman and Laura Woodgate made sure they nipped in front of their defenders to create space and ensure we heaped pressure on the attacking D. The City keeper was in fine form making a string of great saves. Eventually Laura Woodgate found herself in good space  to receive a cross into the D and deflect the ball into the goal.
With several subs; Magpies captain changed things up a little second half, giving players a chance to test out their skills across the pitch. Kristina Brinkley dropped into defence, combining well with Jane Collins to to feed the ball down the wing to keep the City side under pressure. Rach Clifford opened the barrage of second half goals for Magpies as mazed her way through the D to score two good goals.
Defenders Marie Davy, Heather Brand, Liv Carter and Imogen Flatt kept their concentration clearing the rare City ventures into our D with calm precision.
Two more goals completed the scoring, another good strike from Rach and a determined poach at the left post by Laura Woodgate.
The game finished 5:0 to Magpies, a solid performance which Magpies will hope to take into their tough home fixture next week against Loddon.
Player of the match: Georgina Scott.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVENBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich Dragons W 3-1

Harleston welcomed Norwich Dragons 7s to Weybread on a sunny but somewhat damp morning, hoping to continue their winning streak. Harleston started positively, putting pressure on the back line and winning the ball in midfield; Somehow though, Magpies struggled to find their rhythm. A minor injury forced a quick player reorganisation; Georgina Scott slotted into defence showing great versatility. Dragons worked hard to thwart any attacking charges, in particular flooding their defensive D with so many players that Harleston struggled to find their way through. A frustrating half for the home side, lots of possession but no goals.
Second half, Captain Flea Perry reminded all to take their time and make accurate passes. The winning edge finally returned when Magpies went 1-0 up after a well taken goal by Rachael Clifford.
This galvanised renewed vigour from the home side, Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battling exceptionally hard in midfield to feed balls down to Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who were making excellent lead runs to create space. This pressure finally paid off when good attacking play forced a foul in the D, Rachael Clifford calmly slotting home the resulting penalty flick.
Dragons didn’t let Magpies have it all their own way, they capitalised on Magpies playing so high by slamming the ball through the press, luckily the ever reliable Marie Davy was always on hand to make a timely tackle and clear the ball.
Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson defended well, Mary finding good space to drive the ball down the right. Immense pressure from one such attack saw Georgie Hood slip in a sneaky goal by the right post.
Following the goal however, Harleston succumbed to a mental slip conceding a last minute goal when Dragons managed to respond the rebound of an Imogen Flatt save.
Magpies should be pleased that they dominated the game and managed to force the win following good defensive tactics from Dragons.
Player of the match: Hollie Morris

LADIERS 6TH TEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings W 2-0

Every year, the teams in Norfolk Division Two head out for their only grass fixture of the year. The trip to East Harling to play the Herlings is one we always approach with trepidation. This year was no different, but in contrast to last season we were blessed with a clear, mild day and the team were up for the challenge of a unfamiliar surface.
One member of the team, had never played a match on grass, and for the benefit of everyone we talked through some useful tactics for success on grass. As we arrived at the pitch the opposition were out preparing the field, raking leaves and moving the goals into position for the match. It was wet underfoot, following heavy rainfall overnight, but the pitch was in good condition and we set to warming up.
Both teams went into the match having won all five previous league games. Undefeated in 2018, there was a lot to play for. The Herlings won the toss and chose the end looking away from the low autumn sun, and we were attacking the downhill goal. The Magpies started the play confidently quickly working the ball into the D. It was clear that both teams were athletic, determined and looking for a win. Magpies took their chances early on, and secured a run of short corners, but failed to convert. The Herlings’ keeper working hard to keep the home team out of danger.
The slightly re-arranged defensive formation worked well together, Jane Collins and Marie Davy together in the middle, Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson on either side of the experienced duo. Marie could be seen covering a wide swath of the pitch, marking their high forwards and making confident tackles. The midfield worked hard to keep the ball moving, and were rewarded with another attack into the D, and this time Janna Freeman converted the attack into a goal. 

LADIES 6THTEAM REPORT 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings W 2-0

Every year, the teams in Norfolk Division Two head out for their only grass fixture of the year. The trip to East Harling to play the Herlings is one we always approach with trepidation. This year was no different, but in contrast to last season we were blessed with a clear, mild day and the team were up for the challenge of a unfamiliar surface.
One member of the team, had never played a match on grass, and for the benefit of everyone we talked through some useful tactics for success on grass. As we arrived at the pitch the opposition were out preparing the field, raking leaves and moving the goals into position for the match. It was wet underfoot, following heavy rainfall overnight, but the pitch was in good condition and we set to warming up.
Both teams went into the match having won all five previous league games. Undefeated in 2018, there was a lot to play for. The Herlings won the toss and chose the end looking away from the low autumn sun, and we were attacking the downhill goal. The Magpies started the play confidently quickly working the ball into the D. It was clear that both teams were athletic, determined and looking for a win. Magpies took their chances early on, and secured a run of short corners, but failed to convert. The Herlings’ keeper working hard to keep the home team out of danger.
The slightly re-arranged defensive formation worked well together, Jane Collins and Marie Davy together in the middle, Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson on either side of the experienced duo. Marie could be seen covering a wide swath of the pitch, marking their high forwards and making confident tackles. The midfield worked hard to keep the ball moving, and were rewarded with another attack into the D, and this time Janna Freeman converted the attack into a goal. 

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Pelicans 3 W 5-0

Following a two week break for half term the ladies 6s were keen to get back into playing matches; A dynamic warm up the hill ensured the ladies were ready and enthusiastic for push back.
The team started strongly, passing the ball effectively around the field of play.
Link up play from midfield to forwards was strong in the first half. Shirley McAllen finding Georgie Hood in good space to lead an attack from the right hand side of the pitch. Janna Freeman was a constant threat in the Pelicans D forcing the keeper to have to make some good saves.
Judith Masters, Rachael Clifford and Laura Woodgate worked well together on the left to ensure the Pelicans were under constant pressure.
Magpies ended the half 4:0 up and with positive words from Captain Flea Perry they went into the second half determined to break their record of scoring four goal per match.
The young Pelicans side started the second half determined to claw back a goal. Magpies worked hard to ensure this didn’t happen, Holly Morris battling hard in midfield to thwart any Pelicans attacks.
Great clearances from defenders Jane Collins, Frankie Wildmun, Marie Davy and Liv Carter meant Imogen Flatt was untroubled in goal.
Magpies legs did seem to tire slightly, with some less effective passing play creeping  in, but they still put a lot of pressure on the Pelicans D.
Final score 5:0. Goal Scorers were Janna Freeman x2 Rach Clifford x2 Georgie Hood x1
Player of the match Heather Brand

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 13TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Dereham 4 W 4-2

In their away coloured green strip the 6s started their match against Dereham with a positive frame of mind. The team passed the ball well between each other piling the pressure onto the home side.
The team were pleased to welcome back captain Flea Perry who played with her usual energy ensuring Magpies pressed high up the pitch. Georgie Hood and Janna Freeman made excellent leads forcing the Dereham players out of position and creating good space for Rach Clifford to score her first goal.
Dereham worked hard to come back into the game, making some forceful runs only to be thwarted by great tackling from Jane Collins, Marie Davy and Frankie Wildmun.
Returning player Kristina Brinkley worked hard in midfield making good interceptions and finding the forwards with decisive passes. A period of constant pressure from Magpies resulted in a good goal for Laura Woodgate.
Right at the end of the first half Rach Clifford scored her second goal from a first time strike in a short corner.
Second half Dereham came out fighting and were rewarded with a well taken goal. This stunned Magpies back into action, the team finding their passing rhythm and pulling Dereham away from the centre of the pitch and enabling Rach Clifford to get her 3rd goal.
Having 15 players meant Magpies occasionally lost their shape a little. Dereham managed to capitalise on one such time to grab a late second goal.
A 2:4 win for Magpies and a fourth win of the season is an excellent testament to the work put in by the 6s squad, not just in terms of improving their skills in training but also with gelling as team. This week Magpies even had extra cake in honour of Liv’s 16th Birthday.
Player of the match: Rachael Clifford.

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6TH TEAM REPORT 6TH OCTOBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v UEA 3 W 4-1

The ladies 6s continued their great start to the season with another win, this week against UEA 3s.
The young UEA side started the match with high energy and forced Magpies to work hard to settle into the game. Great defending from Amelia McIntyre and Jane Collins meant the away side rarely pressurised the D. This gave Magpies great confidence and composure; Settling into a better rhythm of play magpies dominated possession in the first half. Good link up play from Mary Nelson, Laura Woodgate and Janna Freeman leading to sustained attacks in the D. Rachael Clifford scored two excellent goals before half time.
Second half UEA came out determined to get back into the game, getting rewarded for their efforts with a sneaky goal.
This ruffled the Magpies feathers and demanded a much higher intensity of play.  Alyssa Walker and Lucy Basey-Fisher worked extremely hard in midfield winning back possession with well-timed tackles. A well taken goal from Georgie Hood increasing the magpies lead to 3:1.
To their credit UEA did not give up, at times Magpies had to grit their teeth and battle their way out of trouble.
Vice Captain Rachael Clifford scored another excellent goal, meaning Magpies won the game 4:1.
Player of the match: Alyssa Walker

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Breckland W 4-0

The ladies 6s arrived bright and early in Thetford for this week’s fixture against Breckland. Once the goals had finally been released from their padlock the match started with Magpies showing lots of energy and determination to keep possession and dominate play.
Louise Davy and Shirley McAllen had great games in midfield ensuring any opposition attacks were broken down higher up the pitch meaning Magpies were able to press high. Jane Collins capitalised on this by making an excellent run from right defence to score a superb goal.
Alyssa Walker and Krystal Jenkins combined effectively down the centre of the field, both distributing the ball calmly and decisively to stretch play across the pitch.
Magpies dominated possession in the first half, going into the break with a three goal lead curtesy of two further goals from Rach Clifford and Janna Freeman.
Second half Breckland had an injection of strength and pace meaning Magpies had to work harder. The 6s showed their growing confidence by passing the ball round the back when needed, working together to build sustained attacks on the Breckland D and hold on to their clean sheet.
A good goal from Janna Freeman secured a 0:4 win for Magpies 6s.
The 6s did extremely well to maintain structure and composure with a large 15player squad. Many thanks to Ross Carter for managing our rolling substitutions. 

Player of the match : Krystal Jenkins 

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

Ladies 6th team v Broadland 3 W 4-0

With a few new faces from last season, Magpies looked to start the season strongly. Early on it was clear the efforts in pre-season Training had paid off with good passing evident across the pitch.
Alyssa Walker had a great First Ladies league match with tireless running on the left hand side of the pitch.
Georgia Hood connected well with Shirley McAllen on the right hand side of the pitch, making several determined attacking runs into the D.
By half time Magpies were 2:0 up and determined to increase the score further.
Frankie Wildmun had a good first game for the 6s, making some excellent clearances and regularly finding the in-form Rachael Clifford.
New captain Flea Perry led the team well, playing a key holding role in midfield, distributing the ball well and often finding Laura Woodgate who worked exceptionally hard on the forward line.
Jane Collins, Marie Davy and Liv Addison-Carter dealt well with the high forwards Broadland had tactically tried to stretch the play with, between them and Imogen Flatt in goal a clean sheet was assured.
The match finished 4:0 to Magpies, goal scorers were Rachael Clifford x2, Shirley McAllen and Laura Woodgate.
Player of the Match was shared between Flea Perry and Georgia Hood.
The 6s are looking forward to an early start next week away to Breckland. 

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th v Lowestoft Railway 2nds ( Home (L) W 1-0)

In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.
Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.
The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.
The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home (L) W1-0)

In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.

Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.

The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.

The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Thetford (Away (L) D 2-2)

A close and hard-fought game at Thetford secured the Magpies ladies 6ths 1 point, and continues to show this teams improved form over the season. This game highlighted that their defensive press worked under pressure and that continued efforts at training to work on our attack has begun to pay off.
Having taken the lead from a short corner the team continued to pressure Thetford’s defence throughout the rest of the game. The home team capitalised on some nice breaks and showed skill in their counter attacks. The whole team worked hard to track back and defend, and Katie Davy in goal cleared many balls through from the midfield which went to no-one.
Thetford responded from a short corner to make the score 1-1. The second half saw both teams step up their games, and despite holding most of the possession for the half and looking confident in attack the Magpies left the field with a 2-2 draw. Magpies passing play was much improved on previous weeks, and shows real promise for the rest of the season.
Marie Davy battled long and hard all game against a strong and determined right sided attack from the opposition, she also saw herself up in the attacking 23 keeping the ball in play after a long sprint down the flank. This effort earnt herself the Lady of the Match Award. Well done Marie.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 28TH JANUARY 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Herlings (Away (L) L 0-3)

Following another cancelled game last week, the Magpies 6ths travelled to East Harling for the one and only grass fixture of the year. Many of the younger members of the team were unsure about playing on grass, so we had a few minutes in the changing room discussing the various changes to tactics that might help us during the game.
Even with this rousing team talk, the team were slightly hesitant to take to the pitch. The weather started to worsen, a constant drizzle turning into a more sustained rainfall. But with our now trademark aptitude to make the best of the situation, we took to the field with enthusiasm and determination to give this our best effort.
The first half was a balanced affair with magpies making good gains into the oppositions half, but squandering a couple of chances on goal. The Herlings responded and scored a clean goal from a smooth attacking move. Magpies rallied hard to keep the score at 1-0 in the first half despite the home team looking much more at home on the grass.
In the second half te weather took a turn for the worse, and with many of the magpies wearing astro shoes the slippery surface made any change of direction difficult. Herlings looked more confident, and two goals slipped past the Magpies defence.
I think everyone was relieved when the final whistle blew and despite the score line the Magpies had put in a valiant performance in less than ideal conditions. Vanessa scooped another player of the match award, well deserved as always for her tireless running and expansive play.
Squad: Imogen Flatt (GK), Marie Davy, Jane Collins, Elena Flatt, Felicity Perry (c), Louise Davy, Rachael Clifford, Jenny Meyer, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate, Marnie Blair, Vanessa Vigrass and

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 13TH JANUARY 2018

Ladies 6th v Broadland 3rds (Home (L) W 1-0)

Magpies start the match determined to improve upon the previous encounter that they lost 5:0. Advice from training to keep communication high, support each other and set the press really quickly we’re soon evident early in the match. Broadland tried to play the long ball game but increasingly found it difficult to find a clear route through the excellent Magpies press. Lydia Barrett and Jenny Meyer upfront worked hard to keep the ball live and pressuring the opposition D. Good passing play leading to a few short corners that were well saved by Broadland. Our midfield of Louise Davy and Marnie Blair worked hard to keep a high pace to the game and gave great support to the excellent Lucy Field (whom it was fantastic to see making her return from injury). Combined work from forwards Laura Woodgate and Rach Clifford put Broadlands under increasing pressure eventually meaning the 6s went into half time 1:0 up.
Second half Magpies knew they would have to work hard if they were to hold on to their lead. Fantastic tackles from Jane Collins and Marie Davy broke down several Broadland attacks with Katie Davy on fine form in the Magpies D clearing the ball effectively to Elena Flatt who made sure the ball was safely away.
This was an excellent, enjoyable match with great play from both teams. The 6s look to take confidence from this game into what will inevitably be a very tough match next week against table topping Railway.