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
Ladies’ 7ths 5 Loddon 2nds 2
The Ladies’ 7ths went into this match in confident mood after last week’s win. This stood us in good stead with two cracking goals from Fi Brice in the first 6 minutes, one from a short corner. Loddon’s talented side came back quickly, but we replied before the final whistle with another goal from Mrs Brice. In the second half, a light touch in the D and a miscalculation from the keeper led to a goal for Evie Tibbenham, who shows more strength in every game, but again Loddon came back as we left our end pretty much undefended. However nothing could break our confident mood, with a final terrific short corner strike off Shirley McAllen by Fi Brice, taking the final result to 5 – 2 to the Ladies’ 7ths. We celebrated our last match of the year with a small sherry and After Eights. Lovely to see the team doing so well with a great mix of young and experienced players and some back-to-hockey mums!
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Norwich Dragons Ladies 7t team
Our match was played at home on a bright, sunny morning; there were four spectators, two of whom were dogs. We kept the play at our end of the pitch and when Dragons ran towards our goal, the defenders played superbly. Peg Bridges made a diving save when a Dragon forward took a shot from the edge of the circle. Bex Pottruff struck the ball to Shirley McAllen who smashed it home. Just before half time, Shirley McAllen sent a timely shot to Evie Tibbenham who, being near to the goal diverted it home.
The second half involved lots of ball-following and we seemed to lose our structure. Dragons had a few short corners but luckily these were well-defended. Our own short corners were quick but Dragons were always ready. Fiona Brice fought hard for every ball and Lizzie Adcock made some brave tackles. Next, a spectator shouted, “Keep it clean girls,” which made me think of rugby tactics until it twigged that she meant the score. Sure enough, with two minutes to go, Dragons scored.
Score: 2 – 1
Norwich Dragons 8ths 0 Magpies’ 7ths 1
We had blue skies and sunshine for our match at Norwich. Dragons started and had a few experienced players on their team so Peg Bridges, as goalkeeper, had her work cut out but played superbly. Karen Hunt and Daphne Beckett were solid in defence and showed textbook tactics in deflecting a Dragons’ short corner. Magpies also had numerous strikes at goal and short corners but Dragons’ defence were always ready.
At half time we made changes to positions which worked well. Jane Collins, as right defender, fought for every ball and smashed it straight to Georgia Hood who diverted it into the goal. Dragons fought hard to level the score but Sophie Govier-Schaay was always on hand to stop them. She made some superb tackles and Annie Lancaster made some fine runs. Score 0-1.
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Dereham Ladies 5th team.
Our home match was played in the rain again. Dereham were a fairly strong team and our defence were hard pushed to keep the ball away from our goal. Shirley Mc Allen kept striking the ball to the forwards and shots were made at the Dereham goal but their defence always stopped our best efforts. Peg Bridges dived to save a goal but eventually they scored.
Within minutes of the second half, Dereham scored again. Fiona Brice made some fine runs and Sophie Govier-Schaay played like a demon and never gave up. Dereham scored their final goal from a short corner. Despite being soaked, it was a very enjoyable game.
Score: 0 – 3
Harleston Magpies Ladies 7th team versus Broadland Ladies 3rd team.
Our away match against Broadland was played in constant rain and being top of the league, they kept possession of the ball. However, there was a memorable moment when Evie Tibbenham took the ball over the halfway line and Jo Meyer took a free hit which Georgia Hood smashed into Broadland’s goal. Our elation was short-lived because the umpires had a discussion and our goal was disallowed. Broadland scored just before halftime.
Despite feeling like drowned rats, we were all enjoying the match and during the second half, play was evenly spread. True, Broadland had multiple short corners but did not score a goal from them. Sadly, Olivia Anderson-Carter took the full force of a hit, twice, on her foot and had to leave the field. Meanwhile, Broadland showed their strength by scoring three more goals.
Score: 0 – 4