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Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths Match Report 25th September 2010

Harleston magpies Mens 4ths vs Dereham 3rds – Lost 1 – 0

Magpies were unable to repeat their previous weeks friendly win over Dereham 3rds despite a spirited efforted in their first Division 3NE league match of the season. Magpies opted for a younger team this week welcoming Sam Ashurst, Josh Fitzgerald and Toby Williamson into the squad but Derehams older approach to team selection proved decisive with just too much knowledge and experience on the pitch for Magpies to compete with. Despite defending well Magpies eventually conceed a goal early in the second half from which they were unable to recover. Sam Ashurst came close to bringing the scores level in open play and then again from a short corner but otherwise Derehams strong defensive play kept Magpies at bay.

James Smith

HMHC Mens 4ths Captain

Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths – Match Report Saturday 18th September 2010

Dereham 3rds vs Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths 1-4 Win
Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths pre-season came to an end with an enjoyable training match with Dereham 3rds.  Both teams used the opportunity to test new players and bring back a few old friends however it was Magpies Mitchell Tomkins on his debut for the 4ths who out shown everyone bringing some pace to the Magpies attack and deservedly scoring a quick brace to settle the tie.  Toby Hughes impressed in a new midfield role yet still managed to find the back of the net and Chris Barber completed Magpies score line.  Dereham continued to work hard and their efforts finally paid off with a consolation goal in the final third of the game, shaking off their pre-season rustiness in readiness for next weekend when both these teams will meet again in their opening league match.
James Smith
HMHC Mens 4ths Captain

Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths – Match Report Saturday 11th September 2010

Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths vs Norwich City 3rds – 7-2 Win
Harleston Magpies Mens 4ths have found some good early season form producing a victory in their first outing, an impressive 7–2 victory over Norwich City 3rds.  Despite the convincing score line it was Norwich City 3rds, who play their competitive hockey in a league below Magpies 4ths, who took the lead capitalising on some uncertain defending in front of the Magpies goal and finally beating debutant keeper James Graham with a close range snap shot.
Magpies responded well to this early set back, gaining confidence in defence and control of the midfield which opened up many scoring opportunities.  By half time Magpies had made it 3 – 1 and eventually ran out comfortable winners, goals coming from Richard Larking, Andy Caston, Stuart Peters, Elliot Smith and a hat-trick from Toby Hughes showing some good early form and fitness.  A well worked second for Norwich late in the game completed the score line.
James Smith
HMHC Mens 4ths Captain


Saturday 26th September

HMHC Mens 4ths vs Bury St Edmunds 2nds

The mens development team got off to a disappointing start loosing 3 – 1 at home to Bury St Edmunds 2nds in Division 3NE

Despite promising spells Magpies couldn’t retain possession for long enough periods of play to put the Bury defence to work.

A solid performance by Ewen Cumming, a good debut by Charlie Blandy and a well worked short corner routine finished by Stuart Peters the highlight of Magpies performance.

Back to the training ground the only way forward for the team.



Norwich City 3s 2-8 Magpies Mens 4s

Both teams had to make several changes to their regular line ups before this match including a last minute switch in umpires due to traffic problems on route but Magpies mix of youth and experience settled the quickest and took the early initiative. Dan Legg was in sparkling form and too much for the Norwich City midfield to handle firing Magpies into the lead with a brace of short corner strikes.

Norwich City deservedly pulled a goal back, their dangerous forward pairing causing Magpies defence problems and leading to various short corners being conceded in the first half from which Norwich City pulled a goal back but with just a few minutes left before half time Will Bamber and Duncan Stevens added a goal a piece to put Magpies in a commanding position and close to their first away win of the season.

In the second half Magpies were determined not to let their first away win slip away and continued to attack the Norwich defence, breaking fluidly and control possession many scoring opportunities came but it was late in the half before Magpies added to the score line.

Finally Dan Legg completed his hattrick with a further short corner strike, Will Bamber added his second and Simon Bardwell filling in for absent team regulars added a pair turning in two pin point crosses from Craig Snelling on the left.


Magpies Mens 4s 3-2 Bury St Edmunds 2s

This was by far Magpies Development XI best performance of the year if you exclude the first 10 minutes of the match! Magpies started very slowly against one of the top teams in the league and Bury seized upon this and took the initiative scoring twice in quick succession.

With the game looking like a one way affair the resilience and determination of Magpies young players shone through and with the introduction of Dan Legg and Ben Wright into the Midfield Magpies turned round the slow start and started to pressurise the Bury keeper who looked unbeatable saving shots with all parts of his body.

Craig Snelling eventually managed to break the deadlock arriving late in the D to sweep the ball low and hard into the goal. This goal before half time proved to be decisive and gave Magpies the encouragement they needed to keep chasing the game in the second half which they all did. The forwards of Will Bamber, Andy Caston, George Moore all created opportunities and eventually completed the victory through a Bamber brace of short corner variations.


Pelicans 2s 2-2 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI suffered a rare case of player shortages this weekend and with 6 changes and an away form that to date is less than convincing this was always going to prove a difficult match.

However Magpies managed to get into a 2 – 0 lead with goals either side of half time and looked good for their first away win of the season. Duncan Stevens scored Magpies first, recalled to action late in the week and Dan Legg added a superb second beating the keeper with a rising shot from the top of the D. Craig Snelling deserved to make it three but was denied by an outstanding save by the Pelicans goal keeper.

However Pelicans fought back and two rare slips in defence gave Pelicans scoring opportunities which and they took and with Pelicans finishing strongly Magpies held on for the draw.


Magpies Mens 4s 2-1 Lowestoft

Magpies Mens 4th XI home form continues to impress. In this close fought encounter with few clear cut chances Magpies came through showing considerable experience for such a youthful team. Marshalled by Bob Skinner, Stuart Peters and James Smith the team took the lead close to the end of the first half when strong running by Dan Legg on the left enabled Ben Wright to find time and space in front of goal, converting his chance on the second attempt.

Lowestoft equalised just before the break from a well worked short corner but Magpies continued to press and following a period of pressure and short corners Stuart Peters fired home the eventual winner. The Lowestoft goal keeper a little unfortunate on this occasion. However with Magpies back in front there was still time for Lowestoft to find an equaliser and a nervous final 10 minutes was played out. The home team defence holding on.

Mens 4s v North Walsham, won 2-0, photos

Mens 4s 2-0 North Walsham

Magpies Mens 4th XI continued their winning running at home with a good win over North Walsham. A difficult first half saw Magpies eventually come out on with their midfield of Dan Legg, Ben Wright and Jamie Legg winning the battle for possession and creating the goal scoring opportunities.

Dan Legg opened the scoring from a short corner and on his return from injury Andy Caston added the second just before half time with a clever little touch diverting the ball around the advancing keeper at the last moment.

This second goal proved to be decisive knocking Walsham’s confidence and despite a barrage of North Walsham pressure in the second half Magpies defence held strong recording another home clean sheet.

With three wins and three clean sheets at home Magpies now just need to find a little away form.

Photos courtesy Diss Express

Mens 4s v IES 2s, won 3-0, photos

Mens 4s 3-0 IES 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI got back to winning ways at home with a very good performance controlling the match from the start leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with very little to do for long spells of the game other than marshal his defence.

In fact Magpies were unlucky not to have gone into the break a goal or two to the good, Will Bamber coming the cloest but early in the second half Will broke the deadlock turning the ball in at the back post.

As the game progressed into what looked like becoming a nervous last 10 minutes Craig Snelling settled the nerves turning a James Smith through ball round the advancing keeping. Dan Legg then completed the victory with a well worked short corner routine slotting the ball home from close range.

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Sudbury 2s 2-0 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI found their first trip on the road more challenging than they expected coming up against a spirited Sudbury 2nd XI who had only narrowly been defeated the previous week. Nevertheless the tireless work rate of the young Magpies team was a real positive of the day and a lot was learnt from this encounter.

Indeed it was not until the second half that Sudbury final found a way through Magpies solid defence to get the opener. Charlie Graham and Louis Stevens in Magpies defence proving just how much they have come on since the start of the season with outstanding performances.

Sudbury finally gaining their second close to the end of the game when, with Magpies chasing an equaliser, Sudbury caught Magpies on the break leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with a two forwards to deal with. A situation despite his best efforts he could do little about.


Magpies Mens 4s 1-0 Norwich Union 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI opened their 2007/08 league season with victory over Norwich Union 2nds. Magpies up and coming stars youthfulness and running off the ball overcame the experience of the Norwich Union XI and just after the break Magpies Ben Wright created a gap on the top of the D for Fred Merret to fire the ball home from.

Norwich Union pressed hard to find an equaliser but Ross Stannard proved more than a match for the Union forwards and with tireless running from the midfield of Snelling, Wright, Legg and Moore and decisive defending from Stevens and Graham Magpies secured a hard fought but well deserved victory.


Magpies 4s 7-0 Lowestoft Railway 1s

Magpies put in a very strong performance from start to
finish in order to secure 3 more points in division

The development team started strongly, putting
pressure on the opposition from the initial push back.
And after some solid defence and good passing moves,
Magpies found themselves 4-0 up at half time including
a penalty stroke from Will Harrison after good work
from Dan Legg and Richard Larkin in a break away move.

The second half also saw magpies on top. Chris Barber
completed his hat trick with a good variety of goals
and looked very lively up front, making good movement.
Richard Larkin managed to score his second after
converting the second penalty stroke of the match.
Mark Legg in goal also made some very good last ditch
saves which helped keep a clean sheet in defence. The
performance was very encouraging in many aspects, with
Dan Legg’s fitness looking improved, and no weak
performance amongst any of the team. Hopefully Magpies
will look to consolidate their 4th place in the league
in the last few fixtures.