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Mens 2nd Team v Wisbech D 5-5

Harleston magpies 2’s made the trip to Wisbech knowing that anything but a win would see them leave Div 1 after only a seasons return.
The team saw John Livings return in goal, the Hipwell brothers were back and on loan magpie James Osborn had patched up his hamstrings enough for one more run out.
Magpies started the game with a ferocious pace and immediately Andy Hipwell, Kinsella and Osborn were starting to link up nicely upfront and with the support of the midfield of Manly, Baynes, Stacey and Simon Hipwell things were looking positive. Things went our way when a clean cross from Kinsella saw the Wisbech keeper kick over the top and allowed Morgan to pounce at the back post to make it 1-0. We were creating numerous chances but were unable to convert until Osborn got a tap in at the back post to make it 2-0.
As has been the pattern of the season we have been unable to keep leads and finish games off and much to our frustration Wisbech struck back twice to make it 2-2 at half time.
Magpies still looked comfortable and after the break we didn’t look like a side that had just given up a two goal lead. John Livings made some tidy saves to keep it tight at the back. The back three of Taylor, Sharky and Max were working well at getting the ball to the midfield where we could then go on the offensive. When Hipwell took a trademark short corner and fired it into the bottom corner we thought something might be changing and when Hipwell got his second with a tap in and Kinsella fired in a trademark backhand shot into the roof of the net it looked like we were going to be staying in Div 1, but fatigue and fear started to show its ugly face and to give Wisbech credit they never gave up. Even with the rolling subs of Dave Francis, Hugo and Jamie Hudson we were unable to keep the work rate going and Wisbech soon clawed a goal back. One goal became two and it was now 5-4 and the horrid sense of the return fixture was soon become very real. Sadly a well executed finish from a tight angle made it 5-5 and Wisbech had the score line they wanted. Time ran out and with it our hopes of Division 1 hockey went with it.
We have had a tough season with multiple changes each week meaning a consistent side has rarely happened but have never given up and no player has ever given less than 100%.
A massive thanks to Bob Skinner for giving up his time in the last few months to manage the side and to Tris Baynes for picking up the captaincy when Stu Field sadly had to be sidelined with injury. We also wish Lawrence Baynes a speedy recovery after he underwent surgery for a hernia.
We will look to bounce straight back next season and look forward to all your support again.


Mens 2nd Team v Norwich City L 1-4

It’s hard to write a match report when you feel so deflated after a game but it is important to document any result. When you’re at the bottom end of the league the run of the green can play a huge part in a game. Today was one of those days.
We headed to relegation strugglers Norwich on the back of a superb win last week, hoping to maintain some momentum and pick up more points.
We welcomed John Livings in between the posts and the team remained fairly unchanged just missing hat trick hero Andy Hipwell who was away skiing.
We pressed hard as we always do but Norwich got the vital first goal and from there it was like climbing Everest.
We had chances and had by far the most possession but a game can be won or lost in the first 15 minutes and sadly this was true today. Some superb attacking play saw Norwich score some slick break away goals and for most there was nothing John could do about them. Dave Francis pulled one back for us and Kinsella had chances but was unable to put them away. Greg Jagger worked tirelessly upfront and Lawrence Baynes must be eating at least 3 Weetabix every Saturday morning as he was dominant in the middle again. It was good to see Tris Baynes get 70 minutes under his belt after the ongoing hamstring issues.
We face Sudbury at home next Saturday and still are very much in Div 1 and are still very much the authors of our own destiny.
Thanks again to Bob Skinner for his sideline management and words of wisdom.


Mens 2nd Team v Potters Bar W 4-3

Magpies Men’s 2’s welcomed Potters Bar to the nest on a fine Saturday afternoon looking to get revenge on the away fixture and also looking to try and get ourselves out of the relegation zone.
Another well changed team saw on loan magpie James Osborn step in, Nick ‘The Hammer’ Moss in goal and Rob Kinsella returning from injury and family health issues. Magpies were without the injured Tris Baynes but he hopes to be back next week.
From the off Magpies were going to press Potters Bar and put the pressure on and this worked perfectly with their back four unable to deal with the rotating frontline of Rob Kinsella, Andy Hipwell, Jude Pottruff, Greg Jagger and James Osborn which caused them to turn over ball and allow us to start to twist the screw and win the ball in the final third. The midfield of James Stacey, Lawrence Baynes, Morgan Manly and Dave Francis were finding the forwards superbly and the continued pressure soon led to the first short corner which Andy Hipwell flicked into the bottom corner delightfully. The home crowd sensed that today was going to be different, but it wasn’t, when Potters Bar soon went down the other end to equalise.
In recent games that would have been enough for us to implode but everyone sensed today was different.
The back four of Jamie Hudson, Dickon Taylor, Richard Larkin and Jack ‘Wingback’ Richards were controlling things from the back and getting up to support the midfield. It was from more pressure that magpies won another short corner which again Andy Hipwell managed to thread into the bottom corner for 2-1.
Goals are like buses and it was only a few minutes later when Weybread was about to witness something of such beauty and quite possibly, no most definitely the goal of the season. Magpies won the ball at the back and a ball out to Kinsella was laid into the middle where Baynes picked out Pottruff who beat one, carried the ball into their half, picked out Hipwell who had pre-scanned and laid an early ball across the ‘D’, it hit a defenders foot and gave it an awkward bobble but this didn’t stop Kinsella from taking one calm touch and then spinning on a sixpence unleashing something with such power that it fizzed past the keepers helmet and found the roof of the net to make it 3-1!
Magpies weren’t done there and a massive tackle from Greg Jagger winning the ball back and finding the adventurous run from Jack Richards where he managed to anti-skill a few players before cooly finding Hipwell in the ‘D’ to calmly finish for his hat trick.
4-1 at half time certainly does not mean the points are safe with the 2’s and Potters Bar soon managed to find the goal they needed to spur them on. Another Potters Bar goal now made it 4-3 and things were getting scrappy. To magpies credit the work rate and positivity continued and the final 7 minutes were certainly not pretty. Some expert defending from Larkin and some forceful dominance from Dickon ‘The Wall’ Taylor and Nick Moss just being massive were pivotal in seeing out the last few minutes. The final whistle went and we had the result we deserved. With that result we climb out of the relegation zone and have an away fixture with bottom of the league Norwich City which will be a tough match but certainly leaves avoiding relegation in our hands. Man of the Match went to Andy Hipwell for his hat trick and Lawrence Baynes for his tireless work in midfield.
A big thanks to Bob Skinner for his help running the bench and to the big home crowd for your continued support.


Mens 2nd Team v Crostyx D 3-3

Harleston Magpies Men’s 2’s welcomed Crostyx to the nest in a game that Magpies desperately needed to take some points to avoid us getting into a relegation battle. 

With returns to the team for Chris Routs and Josh Wiggins the quality of our side was clear to see. Sadly Dickon Taylor was a last minute call off due to sickness meaning Tris Baynes was going to take up his much favoured position at centre back. 

The game started  at a cracking pace and it was within 2 minutes that Josh beat a couple of players, entered the ‘D’ wide and cooly rifled a shot into the bottom corner. Crostyx had come to play hockey and it was turning into a great game for the neutral. Some sloppy play at the back saw us turn the ball over once too many times and Crostyx jumped on a loose ball to punish us and make it 1-1. 

The back four of Morgan, Hugo, Tris and Jamie looked comfortable on the ball and were able to pick out their midfield of Josh, Lawrence and Dave with ease. An aerial from our midfield which looked like it was going nowhere soon created a chance when the Crostyx keeper looked to volley it clear only to slice his kick to Ed Brice who pushed the ball past the keeper and the athletic figure of Robbie Kinsella was able to outpace the keeper and cooly tap the ball away to make it 2-1. 

Crostyx found an equaliser early on in the second half and so many times this season Magpies could have rolled over and given in, but not today!! 

The frontline of Ed, Andy, Rob and Jude we’re making tireless runs and it was Andy’s super work rate that won the ball high in the Crostyx half and managed to find the dominant figure of Kinsella at the top of the ‘D’ who with limited backswing unleashed fury and the ball cannoned into the bottom corner. 3-2 Magpies! 

As is the way at the bottom half of the league no game is easy and to Crostyx credit they never gave up. A short corner late on sadly beat our short corner defence team and made the score 3-3. 

This was a game of great teamwork and determination with outstanding play from Tris at the back, Josh was influential in the middle and with the wise head of Kinsella upfront chances were always likely. No man of the match was chosen this week as there were too many good players on display today. 

A point is a great stepping stone for the squad as we look to build on this and go again next week. 


Mens 2nd Team v Old Southendian L2-3

Magpies mens 2’s hosted Old Southendians to the nest on a bitterly cold afternoon. Without the injured L Baynes and welcoming in A Hipwell, T Sumner and   a debut for J Hudson we again put out a much changed side.  
A good warm up and a bright start to the game saw chances come and go for both sides, but as has been the pattern of this year it was Southend who took the lead with a well worked short corner. Magpies did not let this shake them and the back four of Morgan, Hugo, Tom and Jamie looked very comfortable with the rock of Nick Moss behind them barking the orders. The decades of experience in the middle with Dave, Tris and Andy Hipwell were moving well and chances always looked like being created. It was good work upfront with the front line of Robbie, Andy ‘The Canon’, Ed and Jude who were making pockets for the overloading midfield. It was when Hudson made a great run and with some silky skills rolled it onto a defenders foot for our first short corner. The corner was expertly dispatched by Tris to level the scores. 1-1 at half time.
The second half started at a lightening pace and it needed some intervention from the umpires to just slow things down. Southend got a lucky goal to make it 2-1.
Hipwell was picking out some good aerials over to the front line and when Kinsella got on the end of one to pick out a perfect cross it just needed Jude to get more of a touch for the equaliser. Potruff didn’t let that miss get in his head and when another ball found Kinsella who eliminated the keeper and expertly on his backhand crossed to find Jude unmarked to tap into an open goal. 2-2.
When you’re at the lower half of the league points are hard to come by and maybe in looking for the winner we left ourselves open on the break. A dubious umpiring decision gave Southend the advantage they needed to hit us and from the resulting short corner they took the lead and the win at 3-2.
Magpies will come back fighting next week but want to say a massive thanks to the supporting crowd who braved the cold.


Mens 2nd Team v Upminster 3 L 2-3

Harleston Magpies Men’s 2’s made the trip to Upminster after the Christmas break looking to start to put their season back together again. As seems to be the pattern of this year we had another well changed side and Magpies welcomed in Nick Moss in goal, Ollie Whiteman, Andrew Bedwell in at the back and Simon Hopewell in the middle. 

Magpies started brightly and were creating chances. It was Upminster however who play the long game well and were able to hit us on the break to make it 1-0. It was sloppy play in the middle and too much turnover ball that led to another Upminster goal. 2-0 but by no means out of it.  

The back four of Manly, Bedwell, Whiteman and Warde-Aldam were keeping the ball well and with the dynamic midfield of The Baynes brothers, Hopewell and Potruff a two goal deficit was not beyond us. 

After a few tweaks in the press we came into the second half with new drive and determination and this told when constant pressure from AJ, Kinsella, Dunnett and Skinner caused Upminster into sloppy mistakes. The midfield were threading the eye of needle and some great passing soon created chances and T.Baynes pounced on a ball in the ‘D’ to dispatch perfectly. 

Upminster hit us on the break again to make it 3-1 but it was Magpies that had all the ball but couldn’t make it tell. Some super saves from Moss kept the score line within touching distance. Another well taken goal from T.Baynes made it 3-2 but we just couldn’t sneak a third and with time against us that is how it finished. Frustrating but plenty of positives to take into the next two home games. 

MOM: T.Baynes 


Mens 2nd Team v Wapping 3 L1-2

Magpies 2’s welcomed Wapping 3’s to the nest in a return fixture which saw Wapping win 2-0. Magpies were also in desperate need to bounce back from the devastating 5-4 loss the week before. For once Magpies put out a virtually unchanged side but did welcome back Tris Baynes and what would be Will Donsworths last game for the squad as he heads off travelling.
From the start Magpies had decided we were going to take the game to Wapping and as a unit we pressed hard forcing turnover ball and building pressure. The frontline of Kinsella, Skinner, Elsom and Johnson were working hard like Santa’s elves and it was a superb counter attack that saw Elsom break down the right beat his man, slipped the ball to Kinsella who craftily dinked the ball over the defenders stick to find Skinner in the ‘D’ who calmly took the ball wide of the keeper and dispatched the ball superbly into the goal.
A much deserved lead. Wapping are a good side and we knew they would come back fighting but the back four of T.Baynes, Taylor, Donsworth and Warde-Aldam were not letting anything through and with the aggression of L.Baynes, Potruff, Manly and Wiggins as a unit we were finally working hard for each other. A lapse in concentration saw Wapping win a short corner and after the initial save from Ollie the ball sadly fell to a Wapping forward for an easy tap in for the equaliser in the first half. Some more fine saves from Ollie Juszt saw us go into the break at 1-1.
The second half played out much like the first but today was going to be down to who could take their chances and we were certainly creating opportunities but just couldn’t get the ball over the line, a Hollywood dive from AJ sadly came bouncing back off the post and it was with us pressing that Wapping were able to break away and nick that crucial second.
Magpies continued to press hard and look for the equaliser but sadly time was against us.  
A 2-1 loss but the effort, team work and desire was just what we needed going into the Christmas break. We know we can compete with the best teams in the league and we take that forward to next year. Man of the Match was handsome midfielder Lawrence Baynes.
Magpies 2’s would like to wish all our supporters a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


Mens 2nd team v Wisbech Town L 4-5

Magpies Men’s 2’s welcomed Wisbech 1’s to the nest in what was always going to be a competitive match. With multiple changes again this week the 2’s have struggled to put out a consistent team and are still yet to find the right combinations.
Magpies came out of the blocks firing and looking to take it to Wisbech. Wisbech took an early lead but the usual magpies spirit was there to weather the storm and try to turn things around. This was made somewhat harder when magpies legend James Osborn limped off injures after 10 minutes with a pulled hamstring.
Magpies levelled the scoring through ‘Good Magpie’ Andrew Johnson and we went into the break all square.
After the break we came out more aggressive and decided to take the game to Wisbech. Some slick play in midfield from Kinsella who in turn found new boy Tom Dunnett who with the nimblest of feet dodge tackles and rifled a backhand shot across goal where Jack Hobbs cooly tapped in high at the back post. Magpies were cooking on heat now and a lobbed ball down the middle found Kinsella unmarked and at his trademark tight angle sent the ball rattling into the bottom corner. Another Andrew Johnson ‘Match of the Day’ diving goal made it 4-1 and the game should have been won.
Sadly poor decision making, too much turn over ball and a lack of discipline allowed Wisbech back into the game and to their credit they never gave up and to the crowd and the teams devastation put 4 goals past us in the last 10 minutes.
The team left the pitch broken and it’s hard to see where we go from here. Credit must go to Ollie in goal who made a whopping 19 saves in the game, Lawrence Baynes in midfield was as ever a major cog in the wheel. Man of the match Rob Kinsella.
Magpies look to try and bounceback next Saturday at home to Wapping in a fixture where points are a must so we can go into Christmas on a high.


mens 2nd Team v Norwich City 2 W 2-1

Magpies 2’s took on Norwich City 2’s in a local derby not rivalled by any other. Magpies welcomed back Oli in goal, Karl the German, Richard Larkin and long time on loan magpie James Osborn. It was also a debut start for Max.
A high intensity warm up showed that magpies meant business today.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the front line of AJ, Rob K, Dave S, Jude and Karl were forcing the Norwich defence to turn the ball over. The midfield of LB, Dave F, Morgan, Ozzie were pouncing on the lose balls and we were looking like banging the goals in. This would have been the case had the Norwich keeper not been in such fine form. A string of saves frustrating us until LB picked the ball on the left side of the ‘D’ and delivered a ball in with such precision that Ozzie need only get a stick on it to deflect it away for 1-0.
With no Dickon, Tris dropped into the back line and between him, Hugo, max and Larkin they were controlling the game from the back with the odd assistance from Oli The Wall.
Norwich grabbed an equaliser from a short corner and that’s how it ended at the break.
The second half was a mixed affair of quality hockey, ill discipline, poor composure and confusion. We were desperate for the winner and bragging rights and it was good work through the middle that finally saw us get an equaliser when Jude ‘twinkle toes’ Potruff mazed his way through before feeding AJ in the ‘D’ who’s saved shot fell kindly to Tris who used his years (and years) of experience to dispatch the ball into the net.
The game finished 2-1 and a well deserved, well fought 3 points.


2nd Team v Potters Bar L 1-4

Harleston Magpies mens 2’s made another long trip down to Potters Bar.
John Livings made a debut appearance in goal and we welcomed Oakley in up front.
Potters Bar were a well drilled team and soon their transferring and long ball game started to open us up. Two quick goals from them put us onto the back foot. We continued to press well and good pressure resulted in a short corner which Tris Baynes executed perfectly. Potters Bar grabbed another before the break.
It was still positive at half time and the brotherhood spirit still lives on so we knew we always stand a chance of getting back into a game. Some super skilled dribbling from Josh Wiggins and Oakley that resulted in both of them being tackled in a way that John Terry would’ve been proud but that should not be seen on a hockey pitch. No punishment for either tackle frustrated the team but pulled us together.  
Bar grabbed another goal late on and a 4-1 score line in biblical rainy conditions is a little harsh.
Plenty to go away to work on but always positives to feed off.
We take on Norwich city next Saturday at the nest. Pushback at 3pm.


Mens 2nd Team v Broxbourne 1 W 3-1

Harleston magpies Mens 2’s welcomed Broxborne to the nest this weekend in a tight mid table match. With Magpies losing captain, tactician and solid midfielder Stu Field for the foreseeable future with injury a change in leadership sees Tris Baynes take the reigns.
A solid and fast start saw magpies having the percentage of possession but a lack of composure in the ‘D’ saw the few chances go begging. Broxborne were also creating chances but the back three of Hugo, Dickon and Sam Rowe, with the assistance of Tris and the dominant figure of Ollie in goal were keeping the chances out. The first half somehow finished 0-0. A positive chat at the break and we were out for the second half playing in an aggressive positive style. Broxborne hit us on the break against the run of play and it was a lucky lobbed bobble or lobble as it is now known that opened us up and they took the lead.
The front line of Ed, Toby, Kinsella, Josh, Morgan and the younger Baynes were playing well and it was Brice and Manly that got the equaliser through some brave diving and good tapping in!
Magpies continued to press and Broxborne never looked like taking the lead. A well executed short corner saw T.Baynes throw back the years and fire a short corner into the bottom corner!!  
Some ill discipline and lack of verbal control saw Jude sent off once again for a little breather but magpies remained dominant and on the final whistle won a short corner. It was from this short corner that veteran top scorer Kinsella scored the crucial third to tap home and clinch all three points!! A great team effort and a well earned MOM for Kinsella.
Magpies head off back to London to take on Potters Bar in another close placed match this weekend.


Mens 2 v Cambridge City 3 D 0-0

The icy winds were blowing as the 12 men of magpies lined up to face a strong Cambridge city side.
From the moment the whistle blew Magpies were all over the Cambridge side, with the high press working very effectively. Chances were beginning to come as the Cambridge back 4 were looking ruffled and red faced at the blistering pace of the Magpies front line. With some short corners dancing wide from both sides and a few glancing chances the first half was at an end.
Magpies went into the second half brewing with confidence, with the Cambridge side looking nervous for what the Magpies side had to offer. With elegant skills from the debutant Edward Brice and brutal stick tackles from the ‘haymaker’ Hugo Thomas the second half was much more eventful. After 30 more minutes of dominance Magpies began to pile on the pressure. The likes of Toby Hughes and Dave Francis coming close towards the end the game, the result may have been different with a bit of luck.
In the end the game finished 0-0, and Magpies took away a well deserved point that could have easily been 3.


Mens 2nd v Crostyx W 4-2

Magpies men’s 2’s we’re looking to bounce back from last weeks disappointing result at Southend when they made the familiar trip down to Lee Valley.
Magpies welcomed Oli Juszt in goal, Raunaq Rai, Karl the German, Stu Field back from injury and the ever available Simon Hipwell into a much changed side from the week before.
Travelling down to London usually results in a physical game and from the offset Crostyx were determined to try and shake us up.
Crostyx scored early on but magpies character of late stood strong and a skilful individual goal from Raunaq soon levelled the scores. A Crostyx short corner managed to find its way through Olis legs to make it 2-1. A short corner on the stroke of half time which wouldn’t have looked out of place on Danny Kerry’s clip board was slipped to Tris, who threaded the eye of a needle to find Kinsella had ghosted to the backpost to dispatch the deflection perfectly.
Magpies started the second half much the better side and the formation was starting to twist the thumb screws. The back line of Taylor, Thomas and Slaven we’re transferring the ball nicely creating space for the midfield of Baynes, Baynes (aka The Bash Brothers) , Rai and Field. This in turn was making space for the front guys in Hipwell, Jagger, Manly, Kinsella, Amdy “The Canon” Johnson and Karl. It was a great steel from Kinsella that lead to the third goal when he carried at pace and found jagger who made a meal of it before slotting the ball nicely into the corner.
The final goal came when midfield veteran Field found his way to the back post and a strong early ball from Hipwell deflected off Stu to nestle beautifully into the top corner.
A great team effort and three deserved points!
Final score Crostyx 2 – Magpies 4


Mens 2nd v Old Southendian L 1-4

On a wet October morning the men’s 2’s took the long trip to Southend looking to build momentum following last weeks victory. A depleted and changed team from the week before travelled down in good spirits only to be met with terrible traffic meaning a delayed push back and a rushed warm up.
This was evident in our start and some sloppy passing and turn over balls soon saw us 1-0 down. The early goal didn’t put us off and we soon found our smooth rhythm and started creating chances. The forward line of AJ, Greg, Oakley, Kinsella and Wiggins started twisting the thumb screws and were winning short corners but Kinsella’s stallion just couldn’t beat the defenders on the line.
1-0 at half time and we were still in the game. The second half started at 100mph and a tackle from Kinsella which would have been better at home on a rugby pitch soon had the umpires wagging their fingers. No card for Kinsella as his puppy dog eyes showed how sincerely sorry he was so just a stern talking to. Dickon would feel hard done by shortly later as a fairly innocuous challenge saw him take a green card breather!
Southend played a positive style of hockey and their 3 goals in 10 minutes killed off the game, but to magpies credit they kept pushing for a consolation goal. Kinsella, Baynes and the ever quality Larkin were controlling the middle but the run of the ball just didn’t go our way today. Chris “the cat” Routs was keeping the score line down with some saves that show why he is an England veteran.
AJ “the canon” pulled a goal back with a well worked short corner but it was too little too late.
MOM Chris “The Cat” Routs


Mens 2nd v Upminster W 4-1

Desperate to make amends for game week 1, the Men’s 2s hosted Upminster at the Nest. From minute 1 it was clear it was going to be a battle of strength and discipline. Magpies dominated the first half and an absolute ‘baseline’ worldy from Kinsella gave the home side the lead. The Stallion pricked up its ears and Kinsella doubled his tally shortly after half time with a superbly struck corner and things looked comfortable. Then sticks, hands and cards were thrown around Willy Nilly, the visitors put away a corner to make it 2-1 and the game hung in the balance. Upminster’s flames of encouragement were soon put out though when Skinner scored his first Magpie goal from the spot and then bagged his brace with a fine diving reverse after rounding the keeper. 4-1 reflected the effort and ability of this new look 2s and this was a deserved win after a heart in the oven, head in the fridge performance. MoM Kinsella and his Stallion







Mens 2nd Team v Pelicans (Away (L) W 6-3)

After 2weeks of snow disruption, magpies men’s 2nd 11 were glad to be back on the pitch playing again. This week away to Pelicans who sit third in the table.

A lively start to an eventful game saw Magpies take the lead in the first minute, when Greg Jager finished calmly after good work from Jude and Martin down the left flank. Pelies found a reply immediately and then had the audacity to take the lead within two rather frantic minutes. Magpies were maybe missing veteran defenders Dickon and Flatman and the newly formed jnr back line was taking time to settle in, when magpies conceded a third. A physical and vocal first half, void of the usual passing delights so often on show, came to a close with Pelies 3-1 in front.

An inspired half time rallying cry from Stuart Fields led to a much improved second half, where magpies superior fitness led to a flurry of short corners, the first two were converted by brothers Baynes, LB and Tris. With their 100% unbeaten record now looking safer, magpies continued to press their advantage, with excellent wing back work from Cadman and Manly, when over enthusiasm led to AJ receiving two umpire enforced rest brakes. This only galvanised the spirit of the magpies forward line, as they attacked impressively on the break. Greg Jager, ever a danger, was up ended in the D and Tristan  calmly converted the penalty stroke to make it 4-3.
As a tired looking Pelies seached for an equaliser, magpies punished them with late goals from the in form Martin Fields and Greg Jager.
The game finished 6-3 to Harleston Magpies.

Next up are St Ives who travel to the nest nest Saturday at 3:30pm.


Mens 2nds v Horncastle (Away (L) W 7-1)

On a bright and sunny winters day 12 members of the second team headed north to face bottom of the league horncastle, 
Magpies started brightly after getting on the score sheet within 41 seconds by man of the match LB, not long after Marty bagged another for the pies. Intelligent play at a short corner from Tris and Stu gave us a nice 3-0 lead at half time. 
Magpies newly formed sliding press came to fruition with stu intercepting and realising Marty to bag a second! 
A string of fine saves from Routsey kept horncastle (their star player) at bay while at the other end magpies continued to dominate with further goals from Bensly, Jude and Tris, a clean sheet looked on the cards but horncastle scored a much deserved goal towards the end of the game
This result ensures the men’s second team finish as champions of div 2 north with three games remaining 


Mens 2nd Team v Cambridge University 3 (Away (L) W 2-1)

10.30 would normally be way too early for anything when you’re a student, but the boys in blue managed to drag 16 players 3 coaches and some travelling reserves to the fixture. The men’s 2s on the other hand, travelled light, with 11 and the ‘bad magpie’. The game started at a high pace and we had our cursory early chances. The students were intent on playing a good style of hockey with their midfield 3 working the old washing machine rotations on a 1400 rpm spin cycle. This didn’t phase old boys Field and Brothers Baynes as they set about a sturdy press. Missed opportunities in front of the Cambridge goal led to the students countering and taking first blood. But Magpies didn’t flinch. Quick thinking in midField, a great run by Jude and awesome 1st time finish by Fields. 1-1! The game should have continued as a great battle between 2 good hockey playing sides but the umpires were keen to stamp out the constant aggressive chat from both sides… and from that point it began raining cards. It was going to take something special to break the deadlock. The forwards pressed tirelessly and Moore’s ball retention was exquisite, even when prone on the floor. Hugo, Morgan and Cadman defended with real steel and Flatman even took one in the face with his man of the match performance and Baldwin, cat-like in goal, thwarted the Cambridge corner attack. With all in the balance, a likely hero stepped up and drilled one bottom corner; the bad magpie came good and Bean scored the would be winner. The sidelines talked about a tense finish, but this Magpies team only knows winning and the win was never in doubt. Credit to the young boys in blue, but Wiley old Magpies and a smattering of youth made it 16 from 16. Teams continue to make it difficult for us and we continue to find ways to win. Promotion is secured, but the job is far from done. We welcome Bury St Edmunds to the nest next week. Bring it on!


Mens 2nd Team v City of Peterborough 3rds ( Home (L)W 3-1)

Magpies Men’s 2 are certainly having one of thier most successful seasons in recent memory, and went in to this weekends match against City of Peterborough 3s with the best record in the entire east leagues. Played 14, won 14, conceded 15, and scored 75. Confidence is certainly high, but everyone knew that we would have to be at out best to maintain our 100% record.

Starting the match strongly with large periods of possession, magpies looked the brighter of the two sides and created chances freely with the experienced forward line of Kinsella, Hipwell, and Fields. The first goal came soon after 10 minutes with a delightfully weighted pass from Hipwell to Fields, who deflected past the Peterborough keeper.
The second goal should have come sooner after a T. Baynes penalty corner was stopped on the line by the Peterborough defender. Unfortunately Fields was unable to covert the stroke, the first competitive flick of his career. The good news was that Magpies continued pressure created another penalty corner soon after, which L. Baynes delicately dispatched into the back of the goal.
The halftime whistle came soon after, and we went into half time happy with our performance so far.
We knew the second half would be tough, as a lack of substitute would start to take a toll, and it was Peterborough that start to create some more attacking chances. However, excellent defending from Morgan, Baynes, Tompkins, and Cadman repelled the visitors easily and maintained the 2-0 scoreline. 
Even when magpies were reduced to 10 men after a green card stick tackle from Potruff, composure and possession was maintained with some great defensive work from Field and L. Baynes.
It was magpies though who would score next, effectively sealing the win with 5 minutes to go. Some lovely transfers from the defence, into the midfield, resulted in a marauding Tompkins who got ahead of the play from centre back. Picking up the ball on the right side of the D, he peeled strong to the bi-line and took the keeper by suprise with a cheeky narrow angle shot. 3-0 magpies.
Still looking for more goals magpies continued to press, only to see the youngest member of the team, Potruff, collapse at the top of the Peterborough D. Concerned that he’d been seriously hurt, play was stopped only to discover it was merely a little bit of cramp.
When play continued it was Peterborough that had one final throw of the dice. A long ball managed to break the magpies defensive line, catching a now tired magpies team out of position. When the shot eventually came , Tompkins who did all the hard work of getting back couldn’t quite stop the ball from reaching the attacker just in front of Routs. The clean sheet wasn’t to be, but a 3-1 win was. 
This win means its now 15 wins from 15, and puts magpies 2s 9 points and a game in hand ahead of second place Norwich City 2s. Next week sees the team travel to Cambridge to take on the second bottom team of Cambridge University, which will be tougher than the league results imply.


Mens 2nd Team v Magpies 3rds (Home (L) W 7-1)

Table topping magpies 2nd team started the new year where they left the old, with another win, making it 12 from 12!
Their opposition, fellow club members of the 3rd team started brighter and looked to push an early advantage and were unlucky not to score though jager, after good work from the silver foxes, Tolson and Cole!
 The second team grew in confidence as the game went on and the evenly contested first half saw brothers martin and stuart fields both on the score sheet , the 2nds taking a narrow 2-0 half time lead!
The 2nd team were fast out of the blocks in the second half and grabbed two quick goals from kinsella and Bensly after great leg work from Sewell.
The 3rds rallied well, with plenty of aggression from Andrew Johnson. At the heart of the midfield was Francis who  hit the post, had a goal chalked off and finally netted a deserved goal, with great counter attacking play from Captain Brando.
Two late goals from Baynes jnr and Sewell finished any thoughts of a late come back. The final score  Magpies 2nds 7 Magpies 3rds 1.
The 3rd team only have 24 hours to recover,  before they face fellow strugglers Bury St Edmunds at the nest on Sunday. Magpies 2nds have to wait until next Saturday where they face Dereham.