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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.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REP[ORT 6TH JANUARY2018

Ladies 6th Team v Hornets (Away (L) W 4-2)

Any Christmas cobwebs were swiftly brushed away in the first match of the new year. The Magpies ladies 6th took to the road, and the short journey to Loddon to play Pelicans. Following a canceled game and a slip week at the end of 2017 the return to the pitch after an extended break was something the Magpies were looking forward to.
The team, which has shown much improvement over the season so far wanted to make an impact on teams that they’d played earlier in the season. This match did exactly that, there was positive air to the team as they took to the field against the Hornets. This time the Magpies were determined to put more points on the board.
New face, Jess Surname, joined the ranks of the 6ths. And the game kicked off in sunshine, but there was a January chill in the air.
True to form, Shirley was first onto the board with a cracking shot into the top left corner, their keeper had no chance. The result of a short corner, the first McAllen shot was blocked but the defence, but the rebound gave Shirley another attempt at goal. The Pelicans gave the Magpies legend too long on the ball and, as usual Shirley’s shot was on target. Meaning the visitors were 1-0 up, and were looking confident.
The Pelicans were a mix of experience, youth and new players, and in the first half they struggled against the 6ths now well practiced press defence. Their only option was a strong hit, but the Magpies made it very difficult for them to gain possession of the ball with this method. It was a strategy that kept the opposition at bay for most of the game.
The Magpies defence wasn’t troubled much in the tfirst half and the team took opportunities down the middle of the pitch, via Rachael and Jess to set up and score another goal. Vanessa on the wing battled her way into the D and then made sure that she finished the job by skilfully passing the keeper to take the score to 2 – 0.
The second half was a much more even contest. The Pelicans showed great determination and spirit, and their speed and a great pairing up front meant they made the most of counter attacks in the second half. They caught the Magpies defence on the back foot and scored a well-deserved first goal, the score was now 2-1. Magpies responded with another goal of their own, hard work and great passing play saw Rachael score her first of the game. This was then repeated, Pelicans scored on a counter attack, and the Magpies responded. Another for Rachael, to make the final score 4-2.
Another 3 points for the 6ths, lifting them well above the relegation zone that was nipping at their heels at the beginning of the season. The pelicans summed up the team’s progression, as they were overheard to say something along the lines of “This can’t be the same team we played earlier in the season, they are just so much more skilful”.
Jess Green played excellently in her debut game, her hard work in the central midfield position, lovely strikes and excellent defence won her the Player of the Match award.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Heather Brand(c), Louise Davy, Rachael Clifford, Jenny Meyer, Shirley McAllen, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate, Jess Green and Lydia Barratt

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th Team v Pelicans 3 (Away (L) D 3-3)

Magpies Ladies 6ths secure another point in their trip to north west Norfolk this week, and make it four games in a row without a loss. The game started rapidly, and Magpies were left feeling a little bewildered as the Pelicans scored in the first few minutes. As the feet began to thaw, both teams got into a rhythm and found some flow whist attacking. This lead to Rachel Clifford equalised with a splendid one-on-one strike to hit the far sideboard.

She was later heard to say, “I only really got to grips with hitting the ball this season” – we can’t wait to see what she can do after a few more weeks of practice!

With the score levelled at 1-1 the Magpies worked to string together some confident attacks down the middle of the pitch, but struggled at times to keep up with some of the Pelican’s counter attacks. Their speed was impressive!

Despite some great possessional play Magpies failed to convert and found themselves behind after another goal from the home team took the score to 2-1 going into half. The team regrouped, vowing to work on quickly setting the press and putting in the effort into getting back to defend. The younger ones were encouraged to cover the threat from the Pelicans speedy forwards, and we were quickly back on the pitch determined to make amends.

Rachael Clifford, set up by Laura Felgate scored her second to once again level the score. Magpies were back in the game. Unfortunately, soon after finding themselves trailing 2-3. The Pelicans had stepped up once more, frustrating the Magpies who were looking to get ahead on the score board for the first time in the game.

A run of attacking play saw a short corner awarded to the Magpies, Jane Collins injected a great ball that was slotted away by Rachel for her hat trick.

The game ended 3-3, a fair result for the Magpies, who at times lacked coherence in defence, and were caught out by the speed and control of the Pelicans attacking players.

Over all, a fantastic game to play, and it was worth getting up early to make the long journey north. The 6ths play a friendly next week against/with the Girls Development team. A 10.30 push back at the Nest, and a great opportunity to see a team on the up against some of the brightest up and coming stars from the club.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry(c), Rachael Clifford, Jane Collins, Jenny Meyer, Annie Lancaster, Emma Tolhurst, Lucy Basey-Fisher, Laura Felgate and Elena Flatt

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 18TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich City 6th (Home (L) W 3-1)

A busy day down at the Nest with both ladies and men’s 1st teams playing at home, the Harleston Magpies 6ths joined the fun and played Norwich City 6ths in a 3.30pm push back. The late start meant they were lucky to avoid the rain which fell earlier in the day, and there were a handful of spectators.

This week, guest 6th team manager, coach and side line support Lucy Field was on hand to give the team a pre-match pep talk. Urging us to battle hard, take opportunities to strike early in the D and to get back defending quickly.

The team took to the field confidently, and began the game at a good tempo. The Magpies were quick to set their press, with centre forward Rachael Gifford getting back behind the ball quickly to set a difficult to penetrate defence. The opposition were contained well, and at times this pressure seemed to get the better of them.

Despite multiple attacks into the Norwich City D, and a flurry of short corners the Magpies were unable to convert. The visiting keeper made some great saves and their defence were quick off the line when defending corners, this denied the home team goals until late into the first half. Despite the lack of conversion, the Magpies were not deterred, and their relentless attack was eventually rewarded. Vanessa, last week’s Woman of the Match found the goal just a few minutes before half time. The magpies regrouped, with some key tactical words from Lucy Field: Make the tackle, then win the ball, and rest when you’re back in position. With this in mind we took to the pitch.

In the second half, the relentless running of Poppy Felgate in midfield, with support from Felicity Perry saw some confident attacking moves from the Magpies, who began to pass confidently around the defence. Soon the home team found the back board, Rachael Clifford scoring a goal set up by Laura Woodgate. Magpies were 2:0 up.

Despite only having 11 players, the team kept up the tempo until the final whistle with everyone working hard to get back to defend, but also to take the opportunities whilst attacking. Norwich City put together some great passages of play and soon they too were rewarded with a goal. Magpies defence were left startled, but resolved that the visitors would not get past them again.

At 2-1, the game was drawing to a close, both teams were starting to tire. Captain Heather Brand, and goal keeper Imogen Flatt urged us to keep making options and to get back to defend. This encouragement, lead to a tremendous third goal, and second for Rachael Clifford. Securing the win, and bagged three valuable points. This result sees the 6ths jump up the table a couple of places, and builds their confidence going into their next match against Pelicans.

The Woman of the Match award this week went to Centre Midfielder, Poppy Felgate who worked hard to successfully disrupt the Norwich City defence, and to support the defence when needed. Special mentions go to Lucy Basey-Fisher in defence, who responded to the visiting team’s high forwards well, and to Captain Heather for her communication, solid defence and calm-head under pressure.

Next week the 6ths head up to Pelicans, at Kings Lynn for another chance to add to the points tally for the season.

Squad: Imogen Flatt (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Rachael Clifford, Heather Brand(c), Vanessa Vigrass, Elena Flatt, Poppy Felgate, Laura Woodgate, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Shirley McAllen.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 11TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th team v North Norfolk Ladies
(Away (L) D3-3)

Away in Cromer, the 6ths continued to bring home points after sliding close to the bottom of the league table. The 6ths took home one point, after a hard fought and great fun game.

In the first half both teams attacked confidently, and the home team did well to convert their chances. Unlike Magpies, who missed some clear chances on goal.

After this shaky start and conceding two early goals the Magpies have easily let their heads gone down. But the team, which has been building over the last few weeks did not let the score line get them down.

Our side line, bolstered by number 1 supporter and Men’s 4th team Goalkeeper Chris Flatt was at times slightly over keen, receiving a warning from the umpire. Despite this warning he continued to cheer us on with gusto.

After a rousing half time talk, from captain Heather, and some rearranging of positions the team took to the field with renewed confidence. They were rewarded with two goals from short corners, and many more chances which they could not be

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

Ladies 6th v Norwich Dragons 6 (Home (L) W 1-0)

At home this weekend the Ladies 6ths played the Norwich Dragons 6ths in another early push back. Damp conditions, but weather held with no rain at the outset, but that was not to continue.
Dragons came out strong, and for the first 10 minutes Magpies defended against some unrelenting attacks from the visitors. Goal keeper, 13-year-old Katie Davy held her own in the D, and made sure none of their early advances hit the target.
After the initial attack by Dragons, the Magpies begun to get into a rhythm and had some great periods of play. All in all this was a great team effort, with training paying off, our defensive positioning looked much improved. This week there was a solid performance defensively and going forward.
The Magpies attack were rewarded with a short corner, and Vanessa Vigrass smashed a strike into the right corner to score, Magpies were 1:0 up going into half time.
After half time the rain started, but this did not deter either team. Good passages of play by both, Magpies found themselves in space whist attacking, but could not convert to secure the victory.
A tense last five minutes, where the Dragons upped their attack. The Magpies stayed solid refusing to let the visitors snatch a goal at the end of a hard-fought game. Unbeknownst to most of the Magpies on the pitch, the Dragons 6ths are currently top of the league, and were unbeaten this season.
Everyone got back behind the ball to defend, and cheers erupted as the final whistle was blown. The 6ths had secured their first win of the season.
The game was played in great spirit, both teams battled hard but with great sportsmanship. The Dragons were friendly and gracious in defeat – they even put up with the 6th’s group hug after the match to celebrate.

Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Rachael Clifford, Jane Collins, Jenny Meyer, Heather Brand (c), Annie Lancaster, Louise Davy, Vanessa Vigrass, Elena Flatt, Lydia Barrett, Lucy Basey-Fisher.

 

 

 

 

 

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