Ladies 7th Team v Pelicans (Away (L) W 3-0)
On a freezing cold Saturday, we battled through the snow and ice up to Pelicans, feeling sure the match would be cancelled at any moment given a whole day’s play had been lost in Harleston to the Beast from the East – mark 2! We arrived to find it was a balmy 2 degrees in Kings Lynn, although that didn’t stop most of the match being played through 40 mph winds and horizontal snow! But the Ladies 7ths are a tough bunch, welcoming both Ruby Pottruff and Katy Davy making their debuts for the Ladies 7th, and Alison and Jessica Menzies to just their second game for the team.
Against a young Pelicans side, Magpies got off to a strong start with Jessica, Miri and Alison moving the ball positively in midfield. Their confident play led to Ruby scoring the first goal after just seven minutes. Magpies stayed focussed, with more great passing play, using Katy and Jo Meyer effectively on our wings to bring the ball back into the D again at sixteen minutes. Ruby made a lovely pass in to Bex Pottruff who scored neatly into the left corner.
Feeling positive, Magpies kept pushing, but failed to score again despite several missed goals during the rest of the first half. Daphne Beckett gave us a rousing half time team talk, encouraging us to pass quickly and accurately. Pelicans upped their marking though, and looked strong at the start of the second half. Liv, Karen and Daphne in defence kept us safe with determined and repeated challenges, and Peg in goal delivered a fantastic brave diving save at one point.
In the final fifteen minutes, Miri, Chy and Alison pushed on strongly in midfield, and after a few scrambles in the D, when Jo narrowly missed out on scoring, Bex popped another into the left corner again to bring the final score to a very well deserved 3 nil victory. It was lovely to have a great mix of young, more experienced and new to the club players, all working together so well as a team.
Player of the match was Karen Hunt with her marvellous hit towards the end of the second half, struck so hard she managed to split the ball impressively into three and was crowned ‘champion ball breaker’ of the match!
Ladies 7th Team v Loddon 2 (Home (L) L 0-1)
Our morning match started well but we had our work cut out against Loddon who were a strong team. This soon showed when a small mistake in our circle ended up with Loddon taking full advantage – well who wouldn’t? – and scoring a goal. Play was fast and furious with the ball flying from one end to another. We had short corners but Loddon’s defenders swiftly deflected the ball away from their goal.
During the second half, Loddon struck the ball at our goal but it pinged off the goalpost and was sent clear by our strong defenders. At one point, Karen Hunt dived sideways to send a ball clear of the goal and our defence played superbly. The forwards made a great effort to take the ball to Loddon’s circle but any shots at goal either missed or were blocked by their defenders. It was a hard game but exciting.
Ladies 7th team v Dragons 8 (Home (L) W 3-0)
With a chilly, Siberian wind blowing across the pitch, we started our late afternoon match. Every ball was hard-won with lots of running, tackling and blocking so when the ball finally got to Dragon’s circle, we were delighted when Annie Lancaster, with sheer determination, smashed the ball past the keeper. Dragons came back with a vengeance but we had a strong team and with some expert dodging and a fast pace, young Ella Spear took the ball past their defence and sent the ball home.
Our skipper, Daphne Beckett, reminded us to look up before passing and this certainly helped during the second half. Dragon’s did take the ball to our circle but our goalkeeper, Katy Davy, played superbly as did the defenders. A short corner, struck by Jo Meyer, was received by Shirley McAllen who calmly hit it straight into Dragon’s goal. Shortly
Ladies 7th Team v Norwich Dragons 7 (Home (L) W 3-1)
After a frosty start, our match was played later in the morning with a squad of fourteen. Both teams stood for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to David Brooks who has done so much for Magpies. Play began in a bitingly cold wind; it was hard and fast but with a strong Magpie’s team we soon swept the ball towards the Dragon’s goal and were rewarded with a short corner. A strike from Jo Meyer went straight to Shirley McAllen who smashed it towards the goal where it was deflected by a Dereham player into their own goal! Delighted, a second goal followed when young Ella Spears skilfully took the ball into Dragon’s circle and pushed the ball past the keeper.
Midway during the second half, a decision to ‘play on’ confused our defenders and we were caught napping; Dragons took swift advantage and scored. This was the one and only time that our defence was down as goalkeeper, Peg Bridges, played a blinder as did Karen Hunt, often throwing themselves to the ground in a bid to stop any goals and Janet Brown made a sterling effort. In addition, Jenny Meyer and Annie Lancaster made some excellent runs. Towards the last few minutes of the game, Ella Spears took the ball to the Dragon’s circle and struck the ball towards Georgia Hood who sent it home.
Score: 3 – 1
Ladies 7th Team v Dereham 5 (Away (L) L 0-1)
With a late start and just nine players, including one who hadn’t played for over ten years, we started the game with some trepidation. However, Dereham with their full team, far from keeping the ball, had their work cut out trying to keep possession. Time and again, the ball flew to the Dereham circle to our great delight. Newcomer, Victoria Brock really threw herself into the game and our defenders were solid. However, with minutes to go before halftime, Dereham scored.
Skipper, Daphne Beckett, was impressed with everyone’s play and we started the second half in high spirits. It got darker and despite the floodlights, the yellow ball seemed to blend in with the faded pitch. Louise Davy was struck across the throat during a tackle and fell to the ground. She bravely got up and carried on. Towards the end of the game we had a series of short corners but despite shots at goal just couldn’t equalise and then the whistle went.
Ladies 7th Team v Watton 3rds (Home (L) W 2-1)
Our late afternoon match started with cheers from the few spectators braving the cold. Watton took the pushback but we soon gained possession and raced with the ball towards their goal. However, the Watton defenders managed to thwart our efforts and in some ways were a strong team; well, they had more short corners than us. During one of our breaks to the Watton half, Shirley McAllen struck the ball into the Watton circle and Georgia Hood was in the right place to smash the ball home.
The second half saw Watton take more control with many attempts at goal but goalkeeper Katy Davy played brilliantly as did Karen Hunt, Sandra Ellinor and Daphne Beckett in defence. Despite our defenders’ valiant efforts, Watton did score. The pitch became darker despite the floodlights and the temperature colder but literally four minutes before the end, Ebony Hoskin scored our winning goal right on the goal-line. We just managed to keep Watton from scoring again.
Ladies 4th v Norwich Dragons 8 (Away (L) W 1-0)
With an early start in Norwich and the torrential rain holding off, we fielded just ten players against Norwich Dragons. They flew with the ball down to our goal but Peg Bridges, the goalkeeper, kicked the ball skywards and saved the day. Play seemed to be fairly even until young Laura received the ball right on the Dragons goal-line and smashed it in; sadly, it hit her foot first. Next, Shirley McAllen ran with the ball up the right wing, calmly took the ball just inside the circle and with a resounding strike sent the ball home.
During the second half, we were keenly aware that we needed to play defensively to keep the score at 1 – 0. Karen Hunt played a blinder when she stopped the ball dead on our goal-line. Skipper, Karen Ray played her last match of the season before heading off on her travels and what a great match it was.
Ladies 7th Team vs Dereham 5th Team (Home (L) W 3-1)
It was a warm afternoon when we played Dereham and we seemed to be evenly matched but Dereham scored the first goal. Someone shouted to keep our heads up and that bit of encouragement was all we needed to get stuck in and sure enough, Lucy Basey-Fisher scored a fine goal. Shortly after, with some great runs by Georgia Hood, Jane Collins smashed the ball home from the top of the circle. The next person to score was our captain, Karen Ray, from a short corner. It was an inspiring game.
Ladies 7th Team vs UEA 4th Team (Away (L) L 0-3)
The match began with just ten Magpies’ players compared to a UEA squad of fifteen. Right from the start, UEA took control and we struggled to get the ball into their half of the pitch. Katie Davy, our young goalkeeper, played superbly and never gave up. However, when we managed to get the ball in UEA’s circle, Jo Meyer struck the ball hard at the goal but it hit the keeper’s leg and narrowly missed. UEA scored two goals during the first half.
Karen Ray advised us to block UEA’s passes and a loyal spectator told us to keep a tight formation. With this in mind we kept control of the ball and Megan Beckett made some fine runs. The defence played well and kept the ball away from the circle. However, UEA were awarded a short corner and scored a third goal from this. The game was really enjoyable and UEA were a friendly team.
Ladies 7th Team vs Norwich Dragons 7th Team (Away (L) L 0-6)
The match started well with fairly even play but Norwich Dragons scored fairly easily, six times, during the first half. Feeling despondent at half time, Shirley McAllen rearranged the team and boosted our confidence by saying that we were actually playing well. The second half proved this as Norwich Dragons did not score again and despite a few breakthroughs to the Dragon’s circle, Magpies were thwarted by their strong defence.
Ladies 7th Team vs Norwich City 7th Team (Home (L) W 3-0)
Our first match of the season started well with Magpies controlling the game and keeping the ball at City’s end of the pitch. With a few new players, play could have been muddled but passing was accurate, everyone worked their socks off and we had multiple shots at goal. Ellie Oliver scored at close range from a pass by Shirley McAllen.
Within minutes of the second half starting, Georgia Hood diverted a shot by Keira Wheeler into the goal. We were delighted but Norwich City started fighting back and one of their players landed on top of Peg Bridges, our goalkeeper, causing injury. With kicking back, Karen Hunt, we carried on and Keira Wheeler scored a cracking third goal. A great start to the season!
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Loddon Ladies 2nd team.
Our last match of the season was played away at Loddon in lovely sunshine. With a full team and two new players, the game started well and, although evenly matched, we managed to send the ball to Loddon’s circle a few times but without that finishing touch. Loddon made a few strikes at our goal but to no avail and Karen Hunt made a fine job of stopping any forwards in their tracks.
The second half saw Loddon play well and with formation and we needed to ‘up our game’ also. Georgia Hood was superb at sprinting up the wing but Loddon defenders were ready. Then, Sophie Govier-Schaay worked hard to take the ball through the middle with Lili Mohiddin stopping any forwards from scoring. One Loddon player was taken off the pitch with an injury and within minutes the game was over.
Score: 0 – 0
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Norwich Dragons Ladies 7th team.
Magpies played away at ‘Goal’ in Norwich and with a couple of players feeling a bit under the weather, the match started late. With only ten players we needed to work extra hard but Dragons soon showed their strength by scoring after a quick skirmish in the circle. However, play during the first half was excellent with some superb crosses from Jane Collins which, frustratingly, weren’t picked up. Dragons’ defenders were always ready to send the ball swiftly back to our circle and scored twice more before half time.
The second half saw Dragons up their game and the ball tended to stay in our half of the pitch. Any free hits were stopped by Dragons and trying to smash the ball right at them just didn’t work. They were awarded a few short corners and scored a goal from one of these. It was a delight to see Sophie Govier-Schaay sprinting past the Dragon defenders to their circle but with a hole in our middle, they scored again. Good defence work by Karen Hunt and Peg Bridges kept the score down and, boy, did we deserve those giant pizzas!
Score: 0 – 5
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Norwich Dragons Ladies 8th team.
It was a fine, warm afternoon at Weybread where we fielded just ten players against a full Dragon’s team plus reserves. Initially, Dragons dominated the play whilst we settled into the game but, knowing that we were short, made each Magpies player work hard. With Dragons threatening to score from multiple long corners, something had be done and swiftly. Jane Collins smashed the ball away from our circle and Evie Rogers ran up the left wing, dodged defenders and passed the ball to Georgia Hood who swept it home.
Knowing that Dragons would come back with a vengeance, we played even harder whilst trying to keep our width but marking our opposition who tended to follow the ball. Annie Lancaster made some fine runs and Lili Mohiddin stopped the Dragon’s forwards in their tracks. Soon, we were delighted to be awarded a short corner, struck by Jo Meyer to Jane Collins who smashed it home. Dragons were beginning to tire and there was some argie bargie with the umpires who good-naturedly kept their cool. With some excellent play, we managed to win the match.
Score: 2 – 0
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Broadland Ladies 3rd team.
Magpies fielded a team of fifteen players against ‘top of the league’ Broadland for our home game. Broadland soon showed their strength by keeping the play at our end of the pitch. Indeed, Peg Bridges played courageously with numerous shots at goal deflected into the air. Georgia Hood made some fine runs up the wing but Broadland defenders blocked our attempts in the circle. Despite valiant efforts by our defence, Broadland scored.
At half time, skipper Daphne Beckett agreed that we were all playing hard and well. During second half, Karen Hunt who already had a hand injury from stopping a shot before the goal, took a hard ball to the knee but carried on. Broadland had a series of short corners and scored from a direct shot. Jane Collins played like a trooper and Broadland’s forwards were clearly tiring. During the last five minutes, a swift shot into the circle found Lizzie Adcock who sent the ball flying into Broadland’s goal.
Score: 1 – 2
Ladies 7ths 1 UEA 4ths 0
Fielding a strong team with no less than 13 players, including Honey and Jane joining us from Ladies 6ths, expectations were high of a cracking game, and we weren’t disappointed! The UEA girls were up for it, with lots of subs and a very vocal coach, and they put pressure on us from the start. But we were ready for them, and defended strongly in the face of a keen but inaccurate series of attacks. Once we found our shape, we started to make better use of the excellent and speedy Sophie in centre mid, who worked hard throughout the game and moved the ball around well with mum Lizzie and Alex, who have both recently joined the team. Sophie plus Honey in the centre played well, supported by Evie and Georgia on the wings, and around 25th minute, pushed forward into the D. It was a bit of a scrum, but we concentrated hard, with Rosemary finally pushing the ball past the keeper to score her first goal of the season for the 7ths! As one of our most committed players, we were all thrilled for her.
Going into half time one up, we were not complacent, particularly when we realised UEA had really upped their game about ten minutes into the second half. Our defence with Jane, Karen, Daphne, Liv and Peg played valiantly and kept the ball clear of the net. The last 15 minutes were really feisty, with UEA bearing down hard on us, but with strong loud Magpies support from the side-line, and despite several short corners, we kept a clean slate, and even managed a couple of late chances.
We were delighted to finish with a thoroughly well deserved one – nil win, a terrific result for the 7ths against a team of young and eager opponents. Roll on next week!
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Carrow Ladies 2nd team.
The rain and wind stopped for our match against Carrow at Langley School. With two new players on the team, we tentatively started passing the ball around but it was clear from the off that we had the upper hand. Play was mainly in Carrow’s half, much to our relief, and on the odd occasion that the ball slipped to our end the defenders were on hand to smash the ball back up to the forwards.
During the second half, despite having multiple long corners and three short corners, Carrow’s defenders thwarted our attempts at scoring. At one point, Carrow beat our defence but Alex Stephenson speedily blocked a strike at goal. Play was a lot harder and faster for both sides but Sophie Govier-Schaay took this in her stride, going hard into every tackle whilst Lizzie Adcock made some fine runs. It was a very enjoyable game.
Score: 0 – 0
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team vesus Hornets Ladies team.
Our first hockey match of the year was played at Loddon on a fine day. Hornets soon showed their muscle and scored within minutes of the start. They developed a superb system of stopping any shots that we tried to play through them and swiftly passed the ball to key players who ruthlessly sent the ball home. Peg Bridges, our goalkeeper, really had her work cut out and literally threw herself into it whilst Karen Hunt and Daphne Beckett stopped numerous players in their tracks. By half time the score was 7 – 0 to Hornets.
Magpie’s umpire gave us some advice…block them at the hit out. With this in mind, we stood in front of them and within minutes the ball flew to the other end of the pitch. Our first short corner was struck by Jo Meyer to Evie Tibbenham who smashed it into Hornet’s goal but our delight was short-lived; the goal was disallowed. Speedy Sophie Govier-Schaay played like a demon, challenging Hornet’s best player and winning, running up the wing with the ball and never giving up. The second half saw Hornets score four more goals.
Score: 0 – 11