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.