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 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.