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.
Mens 2nd Team v Horncastle 1 (Home (L) W 16-0)
Stu Fields x3 (First of which was in 21 seconds)
Marty Field x3
Jake Sewell x2
Matt Bensly x2
Mitch Tompkins x1
Tris Baynes x2
Sam Moore x1
Robbie Kinsella x2
7-0 at Half Time
16-0, Roll on next game at Dragons!
Mens 2nd Team vs Dereham 2nd Team (Away (L) W 7-0)
We started off strong with some brilliant link up play, which was finished off by a slick finish from Bensley after just 34 seconds.
We carried on this momentum all throughout the first half. By keeping it simple and working hard off the ball we created 3 more goals before the half time whistle. 1 by Sam and 2 from Marti. We took a slow start to the second half, despite conceding a few short corners our defence stayed strong, and sniped the ball off Dereham’s attack at any given moment.
Our fitness proved vital in the later stages of the game, as we were able to get in and behind the defence for 3 more goals. 1 more from Bensley (set up superbly by Jake) and 2 from Ben.
Mens 2nd Team vs Mens 3rd Team (Away (L) W 11-3)
The highly anticipated seconds vs thirds game was upon us and it didn’t disappoint!
The beginning was very tense with the seconds pushing hard to get the opener however a quick counter from the thirds resulted in a goal with his 2nd bite at the cherry. Not to be disheartened the seconds quickly got back on level terms with a superb team goal with Jamie Legg to finish it off, after getting the first goal the seconds quickly gained an advantage from a penalty won by Stu Field which was then calmly tucked into the top right corner by Marty Fields.
As the first half was coming to a close the seconds stepped up a gear and quickly put 3 goals away coming from a lovely diving effort from Leggy, a worldy deflection from Sam Moore, and a clinical finish as per usual from Richard Larkin. The half time score 5-1 to the formidable second team!
After a good performance in the first half the seconds looked to carry on this form into the second half and it didn’t take long for Jamie to complete his hat-trick with a reverse hit into the bottom corner. The floodgates then opened as the seconds went on to score 3 more in quick succession as Leggy picked up another reverse goal, Stu Field grabbed himself a goal with a lovely finish into the net, and a well taken back post goal from Matt Bensly (who unfortunately couldn’t go on to get a triple triple) left the seconds 9-1 up with 15 to go.
The thirds then decided to turn up and started to play some good hockey which lead to them nicking 2 goals against a rocky seconds defence. Have the thirds managed to find a way back in? No, as was soon found out as the seconds scored 2 well worked counter attacks with the scorers being Jamie Legg to get his fifth for the day and Marty picking up his second. All the seconds had to do now was keep the ball and let the game come to an end however Matt Bensly decided otherwise and put a horrific tackle in to only get shown a yellow card. The final whistle blew with a result of 11-3 to the Men’s seconds!
MOM – Jamie Legg
Any thirds looking for counselling after their traumatic loss please call the helpline 113 113!!
Mens 2nd Team vs UEA 1st Team (Away (L) W 6-0)
The first game of the season went to plan for the two’s with a solid three points. Magpies seemed to the first half with two quick goals from Matt Bensley. Some great work from the Magpies back four made sure that UEA didn’t have much of a chance to grab a goal back before the half was over.
The second half stated off pretty much the same with the Magpies grabbing another goal in under a minute with a lovely strike from Jamie followed by a goal from Greg Jagger, who should have had two goals but decided to miss an open goal (just trying to get Robbie on the score sheet!). Which followed shortly by being sent off for a poor challenge and possibly the reason why I have been set the task of writing this match report!
With great play from the Magpies team, Matt was able to get his hat trick with a very well taken goal. UEA’s team seemed to be defeated and started to make mistakes all across the field. And the final ten minutes saw Magpies running the show with Sam Moore grabbing the last goal of the match.
Well played to everyone in the team and hopefully we can carry this on to next week when we face Magpies thirds in the league.
Man of the match – Matt Bensley
On a bleak February afternoon Magpies 2’s took the relatively short trip to Cambridge in a game that only three points would do. A brief but intense warmup we went into the start confident of a result. We were moving be ball around well and the back line of Francis, Cumming, Taylor and Herschel-Shorland had very little to trouble them in the early passages of play. A timely substitution and a quick thinking sideline taken by Martin Fields found Matt Bensly in acres of space and once he’d taken five touches to control the ball dispatched it calmly into the bottom corner. Cambridge continued to press well and a broken down short corner which Leek cleared well went straight to a Cambridge player who quickly sent back into the D leaving Leek stranded with nothing he could do for their tap in. Half time came and Magpies were confident that their hard work was going to be rewarded. We went into the second half with a positive intensity and pressed well winning the ball in the Cambridge half. Some good skills form Tom Hughes and a bit of faffing allowed the ball to bobble to Tris Baynes who with all his years experience slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Some tense passages of play kept magpies clinging on for the points and it was a few minutes from the end when Magpies pushed Cambridge back to their centre half and a roaming Rob Kinsella went on the offensive and the back pass to the keeper was then kicked to Kinsella just outside the 25, who then surged at the D rounded the keeper and then dispatched the ball into the top left corner to seal all three points. Magpies can take the positivity into next week’s home game against Long Sutton.
With almost 2 months since their last league game, the make-up of the second team changing room in East London looked somewhat different to how it looked prior to Christmas. Tom Hughes and Pete Bale both stepped up to complete the first team line up, while Jack Hobbs and Goalkeeper George Baldwin had school commitments. Vincent Leruth was providing Brando with some Belgian flare and Sol Barker had a Uni open day; so returning to the field of play were Martin Fields, James Osbourne and Duncan Roberts, with Declan Cobb taking the number 1 spot. It was evident that hockey had been just a distant thought for many weeks, when at 8 in the morning LB got a phone call from Dave explaining that he’d be 10 minutes late having left the house without his stick. Ad was late as per usual and eventually we set off for London.
Misunderstanding was at the forefront of our first game of the New Year. On arrival LB calmly announced he’d forgotten the balls and following a rather relaxed warm up 5 minutes into the game we were sill two players short. Control, passes and fitness were all far from perfect but eventually things started to settle down. Magpies were on the back foot for much of the first half, and despite weathering the storm it was evident that it was not going to be an easy game. The press looked unorganised at times and the back four of Ima, Dickon, Jonty and Adam were being pulled from side to side endlessly. Deservedly East London took the lead halfway through the half, when an unmarked East striker picked up the ball well within the D, slotting it passed Declan’s left foot. East London added a second to their tally in a similar manner, this time passing it round the goalkeeper for an open goal tap in. The half time score, 2-0.
The second half started much more positively, LB had now had the chance to explain the press to the full 12 players and all players had managed to find their touch again, within reason. Ozzy had a couple of good opportunities which he was unlucky not to convert, as did Marty Fields who having been sent clean through took a wild swing at the ball – missing it entirely. Just as it looked as if a goal was on the cards for Magpies, the East left back excellently picked a Dave through ball, setting a counter attack which saw East London further increase their lead. The Magpies cause wasn’t helped when Dickon ‘slightly’ missed judged a tackle, seeing him have a 2 minute sit down – then just as we were returned to full strength a rather angry looking Matt Bensly rugby tackled someone from behind – another sit down. East London did add another to their tally in the dying moments – the final score 4-0.
Next week the 2’s are at home to mid-table Bishops Stortford, looking to pick up where they left of before Christmas.
MOTM: Jonty Herschel-Shorland
9 points apiece at the bottom of the table, Magpies travelled to Blueharts this weekend, who earlier in the season beat Harleston 3-0 at The Nest. With this in mind, the 2’s were determined to finish the first half of the season on a high, and after last week’s fantastic performance away to League leaders Wapping, Magpies were keen to pull it out of the bag. Sol Barker and Vincent Leruth were reintroduced to the line-up, in place of Duncan and James.
After the usual away match stopover and pre-match coffee, Harleston arrived in good time and got a solid warmup under their belt. Attacking with the sun behind them, Magpies made a good start to the game. Both sides enjoyed spells of possession, and created chances at both ends before things started to settle. The breakthrough came from the first short corner of the game, when Tris flicked low and hard to the right of the keeper, the perfect start. Blueharts were not to be put off, and the back four of Jonty, Imma, Dickon and Adam were able to withstand a multitude of short corners – with George making numerous great saves. Magpies were then able to double their lead, with an excellent long corner move. Tris, taking the ball quickly, played an overlapping ball to Jonty on the left flank who narrowly picked out Bensly at the near post, touching it onto Vince for his first 2nd team goal. The score remained 2-0 until half-time, with both sides creating chances.
The second half underway and Blueharts came out of the blocks racing, setting a high and aggressive press. This was not to last for long though, as with barely 5 minutes played of the second half Tris picked up the ball midway into the opposition’s half, and once up to speed there was nothing to stop him; having beaten ‘at least’ two players he rifled home from the top of the D into the bottom corner – was a hat-trick on the cards? This question was soon answered. After withstanding a spell of pressure Matt Bensly superbly ran the baseline and won a short corer. Tris then scored what, in my opinion, was his best flick yet – rifling it into the top left corner to complete his hat-trick in style. Sol Barker then came close to scoring before the keeper smothered the ball, and conscious that there were still 15 minutes to play the game became stretched. Unfortunately Magpies were not able to keep a clean sheet, as with just seconds to go Blueharts finally converted a short corner, but this didn’t dampen the delight at a 4-1 win!
MOTM – Tris Baynes