This season has been a tough old slog for the Men’s 2s who gained promotion last season but have been on the receiving end of 13 defeats since September. On Saturday they travelled to Wisbech in the knowledge that anything other than a win would result in relegation and started positively with Robbie Kinsella, James Osborn and Andy Hipwell linking up well on the forward line. Support from Tristan Baynes, James Stacey and Simon Hipwell led to Morgan Manly pouncing on a Kinsella rebound to give Magpies the lead which was doubled by Osborn at the back post. Despite numerous chances at the Wisbech goal, Magpies were unable to keep hold of the advantage and allowed the home side back into the game, going into half time at 2-2.
Some tidy saves from John Livings in the Magpies goal kept things tight at the back with Dickon Taylor working hard to get the ball to through to the midfield from where the visitors won a short corner which Hipwell dispatched in trademark fashion. A tap in for Hipwell and a backhand cracker from Kinsella gave the 2s a 5-2 lead but fatigue played a role in Wisbech clawing the score back to 5-5 and keeping themselves safe from relegation at the expense of Magpies, who will join the promoted Men’s 3s next season.
The already promoted Ladies 1s faced a determined St Albans side who wanted to secure a 6th place finish to ensure their place in either Division 1 North or Division 1 South next season under the new National League structure. St Albans converted two short corners to take a 2-0 lead before England U18 Rose Winter picked up the ball on the half way line and outpaced the defenders to then strike from the top of the D into the bottom corner of the goal. Chances from Lizzie Clymer and Charlie Harrison didn’t squeeze through but Rose equalised with a tap in from a short corner routine. St Albans pushed their forwards up which stretched the Magpies defence and enabled a deflection into Jade Daly’s goal, ending the game 3-2. The Ladies play their final game of the season at home on Saturday when they host Southgate at 2pm.
Wins for the Ladies 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s ends the season on a positive note for the Ladies club with the Ladies 6s gaining promotion having won 15 out of their 18 games. Despite last Saturdays loss against Chelmsford, the Ladies 2s remain safely in the East Premier League for another season with Laura Tibbenham claiming the golden boot for her 9 goals in 22 appearances.
Player/manager Sandra Elliner has had another fantastic year with her fledgling Girls Development team, fielding 29 girls throughout the season and winning the league with a goal difference of +80! This league provides a vital stepping stone between minis and Ladies hockey, offering match experience on a full pitch so players can adjust to the positions and skills needed for their hockey careers in a nurturing environment against players their own age. The Boys Development team face Dereham at The Nest this weekend (3.30pm) and sit comfortably mid table, level with Norwich Dragons.
The Men’s 1s ended their league campaign with a hatrick from Tim Whiteman and a debut for Jude Potruff. The defensive efforts of Chris Leek, Tom Summer, Richard Larkin, Will Tew, Ollie Whiteman, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell ensured the season ended with a 4-3 win over St Albans much to the delight of manager Kevin Ridley. The team look forward to the challenge of the National League next season and would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.
Both the girls and boys under 14 teams had qualified for the Regional Finals which took place on Sunday. The Boys faced a difficult group (Canterbury, Old Merchant Taylors and Old Loughtonians) with all three matches played to a very high standard. Sam Emms captained the side and epitomised the spirit of Magpies despite two losses and a draw. Coach Richard Larkin said ‘A lot of the squad were playing at a regional level for the first time and everyone should be proud of themselves, especially their attitudes and team spirit.’ Three wins for the Girls U14s sees them progress to the National Finals on May 12th with a skilful display against Spencer, Amersham & Chalfont and Southgate. Coach Jim Menzies said ‘This was a genuine all squad display with everyone playing their part and contributing.’
Although most leagues have now finished for the summer there is plenty to look forward to including the Family Fun Day (Sat 6th April), the Annual May Bank Holiday Tournament (May 4-6th) and the End of Season Dinner & Dance (11th May). Plus, the U12 and U14 Girls can’t hang up their sticks just yet. The club would like to wish Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Jake Caston, Jack Hobbs and any other players heading out on loan during the summer transfer window the very best and remember you are always welcome back at The Nest!
There was a jubilant atmosphere at The Nest on Saturday as the club welcomed a huge crowd including many sponsors to watch both first teams play at home and secure their promotion to the restructured National Leagues next season. The Ladies took the lead against Sevenoaks through Emma Lee-Smith but it wasn’t long before the visitors drew level. Lauren Rowe and Lottie Summers took Magpies up to 3-1 but Sevenoaks upped the pressure and converted a short corner before employing a kicking back to add an extra outfield player. The Magpies defence were able to absorb the threat and add another goal through Lizzie Clymer to win the game 4-2.
Following last week’s defeat away to Bedford the Men’s 1s were determined to put on a good performance against local rivals Norwich City. Captain Thomas Ridley followed up James Gray’s shot and deflected the ball past the ‘keeper but Magpies lacked cohesion and sloppy play allowed City to equalise. Ben Gowing lured a Norwich defender into conceding a penalty stroke which Dave Gilbert slotted home to take Magpies ahead again, with Gilbert extending the lead to 3-1 in the second half. The Men travel to bottom of the table Saffron Walden next week in the knowledge that a win will secure 2nd place in the league before the visit of St Albans on the last day of the season.
Whilst there were losses for both second teams, Saturday saw wins for the Men’s and Ladies 3s and 4s with the Men’s 4s notching up an impressive 7-1 result against Norwich Dragons. Grace Collison, Cassie Ayms and Victoria Spouncer threatened the Evergreens ‘D’ early on for the Ladies 4s before Alice Evans Hendricks deflected Cathrine Kilbourn’s short corner strike to go 1-0 up. Sophie Meynall Anderson connected with Emily Woollatt’s pass to double the lead before Cassie Ayms added the third which takes them safely to fourth in the table.
The Girls Development team took a step closer to being crowned champions of their league with yet another emphatic win, this time against Norwich Dragons. Ellie (2), Grace and Amie gave Magpies a 4-0 lead before midfielders Evie and Kate got in on the act. Dragons continued to fight and score some well earned goals but Loulou, Ellie and Kate found the net and ensured a 9-3 result for Magpies. The Ladies 7s also scored 9 times when their young team hosted Dragons 8s, with goals from Anna S and Jess (2) taking the team into half time with a 3-0 lead. Ellen, Anna C (2) and Jenny Meyer got on the scoresheet and Anna S completed her hatrick to ensure the 7s remain in the top third of their league.
On Sunday our U16 Boys and Girls made the long journey for their regional finals having qualified from the county group. The Boys will be disappointed with two defeats (vs Canterbury and Southgate) and a draw with Cambridge meaning they won’t progress to the National Finals this season. The U16 Girls were also drawn in a challenging group but started strongly with a 6-0 win over St Albans and a 1-0 victory over Canterbury. Following a 0-0 draw in the final game against a well drilled Southgate side Magpies topped the group but devastatingly missed out due to goal difference when Southgate beat Canterbury 3-0.
The Men’s O50s travelled to Bury for the National Plate quarter final with a squad of thirteen due to injuries and lost trainers! Bury showed their class and youthfulness, taking the lead and responding immediately when Magpies fought back. Two goals from Jonathon Aldridge and one from Andy Catchpole weren’t enough to progress to the semi finals, final score 6-3.
The Men’s 2s have an important weekend ahead of them, facing Sudbury at home (1.30pm) on Saturday before travelling to Cambridge University on Sunday. Last weekends defeat away at Norwich City leaves the team in the thick of a relegation battle amongst Crostyx and Wisbech with a game in hand and everything to play for.
It’s been a tough season for the Men’s 2s but they are currently third from bottom following a 4-3 win against Potters Bar at The Nest on Saturday. With Rob Kinsella, Andy Hipwell, Jude Pottruff, Greg Jagger and James Osborn rotating through the frontline the visitors struggled to get to grips with Magpies’ pressure. The midfield of James Stacey, Lawrence Baynes, Morgan Manly and Dave Francis were able to find the forwards and Hipwell gave Magpies the lead with a neat flick past the ‘keeper.
Potters Bar fought back with an equaliser but the combination of the home crowd and steadfast back four of Jamie Hudson, Dickon Taylor, Richard Larkin and Jack Richards led to another short corner which Hipwell managed to thread into the bottom corner for 2-1. Seizing the momentum, Baynes picked out Pottruff who beat one, carried the ball into the oppositions half, picked out Hipwell who had pre-scanned and laid an early ball across the ‘D’ for Kinsella to take a calm touch and find the roof of the net to make it 3-1. The combination of Jagger and Richards enabled Hipwell to secure his hatrick before Potters Bar grabbed two quick goals but thankfully the final whistle blew to cement the 4-3 score line, and lift the 2s out of the relegation zone before they travel to bottom place Norwich City this weekend.
The Ladies 2s faced a tricky West Herts side who narrowly won the away fixture and took the lead against the run of play when they travelled to Harleston last Saturday. Going a goal down spurred Magpies into action and Tor Findlay managed to steer the ball home just before half time following a scramble in the ‘D’. A goal line clearance from Jess Howland kept the scores at 1-1 when Magpies were under pressure and the Ladies began to create some good opportunities and play a more fluent style of hockey. After neat interplay down the right Georgie Gardens drifted in field leaving defenders in her wake. The run cross field took her into space at the top of the D which was exploited as Georgie fired home with an unstoppable reverse stick effort to give Magpies the lead and secure 3 points ahead of their visit to league leaders Brom & Becks.
The short trip to local rivals bottom placed Ipswich resulted in a 2-0 win for the Ladies 1s thanks to a penalty stroke conversion from Lauren Rowe and a short corner strike by Emma Lee-Smith. With the top six teams gaining promotion from the National Conference East League this season due to the league restructure, there are three teams level on 25 points including Magpies and this week’s opposition Sevenoaks, push back 1.30pm at Weybread. The Men’s 1s came away from their clash with Bedford with a 4-3 defeat but are guaranteed promotion due to other results in the league. This is an incredible achievement and there will certainly be a celebratory atmosphere after their home match against Norwich City this Saturday, 3pm.
Goals from Tom Caston and Matt Brand meant that the Men’s 3s brought 3 points back with them from Bury whilst the Ladies 5s had a goal fest over in Lowestoft. A hatrick from Jessica Menzies combined with a brace of goals from Talitha Key and one each from Ella Spear, Julie Davy, Mimi Slade and skipper José Tibbenham moves the ladies up to fourth in the league ahead of Saturdays home tie with Yarmouth at 10am. The Girls Development squad hosted Watton and fielded a less experienced team than usual but the young girls proved themselves more than capable on a full pitch winning the game 9-0.
The Ladies 6s have stretched their lead at the top of Division 2 by 5 points following a 2-0 win against Herlings in the top of the table clash last weekend. Defenders Liv Addison-Carter, Elena Flatt, Marie Davy and Kristina Brinkley proved to be more than a match for their opponents, making good tackles and positive clearances. Settling into the game, midfielders Flea Perry, Holly Morris and Georgia Scott forced a short corner which Janna Freeman expertly dispatched as she has done numerous times this season. Herlings fought hard but Georgia Scott got on the end of a Rachael Clifford pass to double the Magpies lead meaning that the 6s can be quietly confident they will be promoted.
This Sunday the U16 Girls travel to Southgate for the regional finals whilst the U16 Boys head to Canterbury for theirs. The Men’s O50s will progress to the National Plate Semi Final if they can win away at Bury at 2pm. England international Phil Cobbald in unavailable due to injury but the team will travel with a strong squad which as ever includes Scotland international Murray Graham and England superstar Jonathon Aldridge.
Last Sunday Pelicans Hockey Club in Kings Lynn hosted the County Championships and Magpies entered a team of boys and girls in both age groups. The Girls U10s had won the pre Christmas tournament and have been playing some really good hockey in their training sessions but knew that Norwich City and Norwich Dragons had the advantage. Magpies started the morning well with a 1-0 win over North Norfolk with Freya scoring the goal, followed by a tough encounter against Norwich City where both teams produced some fantastic hockey but neither could find the net.
At this level, each game is 13 minutes one way over half a pitch, and Pelicans fought hard to keep Magpies at bay for 8 minutes before Abby opened the floodgates, followed by Lucy and Freya for a 3-0 victory. In the final game Norwich Dragons were physically dominant and edged the lead four minutes in which spurred Magpies to throw everything they had at the game to try and qualify for the regional finals. Charlotte and Havana had a fantastic game in defence but the team ran out of time to find the equaliser, finishing 3rd overall.
Two sets of twins, Guy, Hugh, James and Elliot, proved double trouble in the Boys U10s side who have made huge progress this season but are yet to chalk up a win. George held firm in midfield with Elliot B making some good saves in goal throughout the tournament, and Dax timed his crucial tackles to perfection. The Boys almost drew against overall winners Norwich Dragons but conceded a late goal to finish the afternoon in 4th.
The Boys U12s faced North Norfolk first up and the squad were keen to show what they could do. Archie put in a good performance in defence to keep the scores tied at 0-0 before heading straight into a match against Norwich Dragons. Whilst playing much better attacking hockey the game opened up and it was up to the centre back pairing of Harry and Benjamin to defend resolutely, and on the odd occasion when they were beaten the exceptional Oli came to the rescue in goal. 2 games 2 draws and no goals. However, goals would come in the next match as twice Henry found the Pelicans net in what was the best performance of the day. With Will leading the forward line superbly and captain Billy looking dangerous the defenders and goalie had a well-earned rest.
A slow start against a strong Norwich City side saw Magpies go a goal behind but tireless work from Connor and Finn led to a short corner which Henry converted for a 1-1 draw. Unbeaten, it all came down to the final game against Dereham who took the lead five minutes in. Magpies dug deep and continued to threaten the Dereham defence but were unable to find an equaliser, and with other results going against them, finished in 4th position.
The Girls U12s got their morning off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over season-long rivals Norwich City, before a six goal haul against Pelicans which included a hat trick for Amie and a penalty stroke conversion for Beth. Dereham proved a tough opposition but Harriet and Daisy worked well together in defence meaning the ball could move out to the wing at high tempo where Natalie set up Emily for the opening goal. Evie came on off the subs bench to provide a target upfront and was rewarded with the second goal of the game.
Having already secured qualification for the Eastern Regional Championships, the Girls scored goals for fun against a fatigued Norwich Dragons side, with Beth grabbing five, and Emily and Amie adding one each to finish off the tournament with a 7-0 win and being crowned County Champions.
Congratulations to every single player on Sunday who did themselves and Magpies proud by their hard work, good attitude and demonstration of the progress which has been made since the start of the season.
Magpies Men’s 6s are fourth in the league after a successful trip to Bury last weekend. Starting brightly, Magpies took the lead through Richard Alcock and Jack Glover before Bury pulled a goal back from a short corner. Jack took the visitors tally up to 3 but the hosts managed to score again. After the break Magpies increased the lead to 5-2 with goals from Jack Glover (completing his hat trick) and Simon Rodwell. A good passing move from Elliott Chapman and Elliott Cooper resulted in Magpies getting their sixth goal. Luca, Mark, Paul, Eric, Myles and Harry battled hard in defence but Bury were able to convert two short corners before the final whistle blew, ending the game 6-4 to the 6s.
The Ladies 3s sit fairly comfortably mid table following a 4-0 victory over Christchurch and took the lead early on through Sophie Child. Continuing to dominate, Magpies moved the ball up the pitch quickly from Helena Knock for Jess Green to add a perfectly timed touch past the Christchurch ‘keeper. The momentum was with the home side and runs from Ellen Pope, Alice Wiseman, Jess Green and Molly Warnes, earned Magpies their third goal, coming from a cross into the D and calmly finished by Sarah Legg.
Christchurch responded strongly in the second half, but a solid team press and calm defensive duo of Helena Knock and Rachael Baines ensured there was minimal options into Magpies D. Player of the match Amy Collison was a constant threat to the opposition and, with some great support play from Laura Betts, Lucy Fields and Phoebe Eglington, Magpies remained patient in the oppositions final quarter. Eventually, they were rewarded with a penalty flick, which was calmly slotted in by Ellen Pope, to finalise a great team effort and well deserved win.
The Ladies 2s and Men’s 5s both notched up 3-3 draws whilst the Ladies 6s got back to winning ways with Rachael Clifford scoring four times against Breckland. The Men’s 1s keep themselves in contention for an all important top four finish as goals from Simon Hipwell and Dave Skinner ensured they took all three points at home against Cambridge City. The team however will be without Jack Hobbs for the remainder of the season as he heads off travelling, we all wish him a fantastic adventure.
Goals from Jess Bloom, Emma Lee-Smith (2) and Lottie Summers provided a 4-1 victory for the Ladies 1s on Saturday before they travelled to league leaders Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday. Magpies did well to limit the score line to 2-0 thanks to Megan Brown in goal who will sadly miss the rest of the season due to injury. The Ladies host Horsham this Saturday at 1.30pm which will be a tight game with only four points separating the teams – head down to The Nest to cheer on the girls and watch some fantastic hockey!
Sunday saw three of the youth cup teams in action with the U16 Girls going down 5-3 against Cambridge City, the U16 Boys drawing 5-5 with Saffron Walden and the U14 Boys beating IES 3-0 to take them through to the regional finals. The club’s last remaining senior team in the cup are the Men’s O50s who took the lead against Peterborough when David Blackmore overlapped on the right wing to cross for Andy Caston to score the opener. Peterborough equalised from a short corner soon after half time and both teams continued to battle for the win, with Murray Graham making a superb save in goal to keep Magpies in the game. With honours even at full time, penalty strokes commenced where Jonathon Aldridge, Phil Cobbald, Tony Elston and Andy Caston secured a 4-3 victory and a place in the quarter finals away against Bury on March 10th.
With two out of the three regional opposition sides conceding their U18 Girls National Cup games, the Magpies team travelled to Chelmsford on Sunday looking forward to finally playing a cup game. Starting confidently, Sophia Basset dispatched a short corner strike before Emma Williamson’s clinical finish doubled the lead just before half time. Following a half time team talk from Coach Lauren Rowe, Sophia scored again after good skills from Millie Preece. With the momentum with Magpies Sophie Govier Schaay made it 4-0 before Lara Taylor added the fifth with a brilliant run down the right flank.
Sophia and Millie claimed the last two goals of the game to send the girls through to the Quarter Final away at Cambridge on Sunday 24th February. Magpies’ participation in future seasons of the Youth Cups look secure with some phenomenal talent on show from the Girls Development side, a team made up of players aged 12 and under who cannot legally play in a Ladies league yet. Six goals from Anna, four from Evie, three from Amie, two from Florence and Isobel’s first league goal totalled a 16-0 win against Dereham Penguins on Saturday.
The Ladies 7s went a goal down early on in their game away against Pelicans but fought back to equalise when Anna Seggons set up Joanna Meyer on the edge of the circle. Magpies seemed to have the upper hand in the second half and took the lead when Gillian Stokes found Georgia Hood to strike home. Pelicans had their chances but Peg Bridges, Marie Davy and Karen Hunt battled hard in defence to prevent them from getting back into the game. Jessica Tarrant and Madi Wright added two more goals to give the Ladies a 4-1 win and keep them safely in third position.
A squad of 16 travelled to Cambridge for the Ladies 1s first outdoor game since Christmas but despite some excellent saves from ‘keeper Megan Brown, City, led by Olympian Helen Richardson-Walsh, won the game 3-0. No doubt the Ladies will receive a confidence boost from the home supporters when they host Bedford on Saturday (1.30pm) before travelling to Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday for their rearranged game.
The Men’s 1s faced Cambridge University who are also challenging for promotion so the team expected a tough encounter despite nicking a win in the home leg. The students dominated early on and scored when a crash ball looped off a Magpie defenders stick, gifting the forward a simple tap in. However, a moment of brilliant individual skill from Jack Hobbs enabled him to unleash a backhand shot and level the scores. Cambridge pulled one back after a melee in the Magpies circle but Captain Ridley exploited the students hesitant defence and drove home a crisp strike to equalise once again.
Dave Gilbert gave Magpies the lead from Ollie Whitemans’s cross before Tom Ridley set up James Gray to extend the cushion to 4-2. Cambridge won a short corner from which they scored but thanks to Chris Leek’s agility between the sticks and maintained concentration from the likes of Gowing and Tew, the boys held on to all three points. The team welcome Cambridge City to ‘The Nest’ this Saturday (3pm) and have five games left of the season to ensure a promotion to the National League.
Having taken the lead through Laura Tibbenham, the Ladies 2s had a tough battle against St Albans who equalised and then took the lead. At the back, Kristine Ayling, Kath Johnson and Amelia Herschel Shorland were having to work hard to keep the back door shut but with ten minutes to play Lucy Field picked a pass to Aoife Lowe Davies on the right. Aoife made an incisive break into the right of the D before squaring a perfect cross to Anouska Stott who applied a well struck finish to end 2-2. A narrow defeat for the Men’s 2s on Saturday sees them one from bottom of Division One prior to their trip to Broxbourne this weekend.
The Men’s O40s lost 2-3 to Dereham in the National Cup last Sunday but the O50s will try to go one step further when they travel to Peterborough this Sunday, boosted by the availability of Andy Caston and Alan Quinton. At the slightly more junior end of the club, the U14 Boys play IES and U16 Boys host Saffron Walden, with the U16 Girls away at Cambridge City.
And finally, a huge congratulations to Ross Carter and Graham Mobbs who are now qualified Level 1 Umpires and to those who completed the Level 1 Theory Course at the weekend. If you would like any information on upcoming courses please email email@example.com
Having not played a game outdoors since November, Magpies Ladies 1s travel to Cambridge City this Saturday. Cambridge are currently 3rd in the League with 21 points, whilst Magpies are fifth on 16 points with a game in hand due to last weeks fixture at Hampstead and Westminster being cancelled because of the weather. The Men’s 2s and Boys Development sides also had a rest day as their away games were called off but thankfully Weybread’s microclimate meant all home games could go ahead.
There were wins for the Men’s 4s (2-0) away at Norwich City and the Men’s 5s who put 5 past IES. Jake Hayward opened the scoring for Magpies early on and Jake Caston doubled the lead, then scored again by netting at the back post. A superb drag flick completed Jake’s hat trick and Sam Moore added the final goal. The Fifths host Norwich Exiles on Saturday who are currently second in the table so will expect a tough match.
The Girls Development side go into this weekends clash with Dereham Penguins 9 points clear at the top of their league following a two nil win over Dereham Panthers last Saturday. Ellie put away Amie’s pass to give Magpies an early lead but Dereham proved a handful and tested the defence of Harriet, Isobel, Tilley and Amy, with Georgia being called on to make a dynamic save. Jessica and Grace combined well to create chances at the other end and Evie’s hard work paid off when she smashed home the second goal.
On the back of his selection for the England U18 side, Oliver Juszt made his debut in goal for the Men’s 1s as they hosted mid table Chelmsford. His short corner save was passed wide by Leigh Sitch to Thomas Ridley who was able to catch Chelmsford off guard and get the ball to Tom Dunnett who threaded a pass through to Ben Gowing to open the deadlock. Birthday boy Andrew Bedwell linked up with Will Tew to set up Raunaq Rai who doubled the tally but Chelmsford pulled one back via a penalty flick.
Continuous pressure resulted in a Magpie short corner which was converted by the veteran duo of Sitch and Bedwell and the home side were able to put the game to bed when Tom Dunnett clinched the fourth.
The youthful Ladies 5 sit a point behind leaders Diss after their fantastic 6-0 defeat of Norwich Dragons whilst the Ladies 4s are enjoying a great run of results since Christmas. Millie Preece scored a hat trick in a short space of time before Victoria Spouncer’s brilliant solo effort took Magpies four up at half time. Two more from goal machine Millie sealed a 6-0 victory ahead of this weekends tough match against league leaders Broadland who currently have a 100% record.
The Men’s 3s faced a strong UEA team and conceded early on to a well taken goal. With patience and good movement of the ball Magpies created chances but were unable to score before the break. Soon into the second half however some quick interplay led to Gavin Cole finding the equaliser and, despite mammoth efforts from both sides and outstanding saves from Nick Moss in goal, the game ended 1-1.
Sunday saw two cup games at ‘The Nest’ with the U14 Girls welcoming Norwich City for their final group game. Emma scored first for Magpies who were dominating the possession but City got back into the game and found an equaliser. Responding well, Hollie and Holly restored the lead and took the home side into halftime at 3-1. Emma scored twice to complete her hat trick but City continued to fight, forcing the back four of Sophie, Ruby, Tabitha and Evie to defend solidly. Ella and Hollie added two more to ensure the team progress to the regional final on March 24th.
In a repeat of last seasons Ladies O35s Cup final, Canterbury travelled to Norfolk to face a strong Magpies side and the teams ended the 70 minutes with honours even. The game went on to penalty flicks with Canterbury coming out on top winning the shoot out 4-3. There is more Cup action this Sunday with the Men’s O40s hosting Dereham (1.30pm) and the U18 Girls making the trip to Chelmsford for their rearranged cup game.
With 51 goals scored and not a single defeat across the 13 matches, Saturday was a good day to be a Magpie! The ladies 6s were back in action having had last weeks game cancelled due to the frozen pitch and UEA started the game at high tempo, attacking through the midfield and forcing Liv Addison Carter, Marie Davy, Mary Nelson and Jane Collins to man mark. The students scored first but Magpies dug deep and Rachael Clifford found the equaliser before half time.
UEA charged into the second half and caught Magpies off guard with a well taken goal. In response, Judith Masters and Janna Freeman had some attempts on goal before Rachael converted a penalty stoke to even the scores again. Imogen Flatt in the Magpies goal was tested by the students as both teams fought for the win but in a final push, player of the match Mary Nelson converted a short corner to seal yet another three points for the mighty 6s.
On the back of last weekends narrow defeat, the Mens 2s desperately needed points when they welcomed Crostyx to ‘The Nest’ to avoid heading into a relegation battle. Josh Wiggins opened the scoring for Magpies on his return to the team but some sloppy defending allowed Crostyx to equalise. However when a Magpies aerial from midfield fell nicely for Ed Brice he managed to push it into the path of pacy Robbie Kinsella for a cool tap in.
Crostyx levelled the score early in the second half but the Magpies forward line continued to make tireless runs which came to fruition when Andy Hipwell won the ball and picked out Kinsella on top of the ‘D’ who unleashed a cannon strike into the bottom corner. A late short corner for Crostyx took the final score to 3-3 and a single point for the struggling 2s who should use the result as a stepping stone and build on a great team performance going forward.
After victory at home last week the Ladies 2s travelled to promotion chasing City of Peterborough anticipating a tough game. The teams went into half time at 0-0 thanks to a magnificent reflex save from Jade Daly in the Magpies goal and the hosts came out fighting after the break, penning Magpies back into their own half, requiring extremely resolute defending. Holding firm paid dividends when Amelia Herschel Shorland carried the ball past three defenders then passed to Laura Tibbenham who aimed for Anouska Stott at the back post but was deflected into the net via a defender’s foot to give Magpies the winning goal.
A very strong first half spell gave the Mens 3s a convincing win away at Lowestoft Railway with Gavin Cole (2), Johnny Taylor, Ben Emms and Greg Jagger on the scoreboard whilst the 4s hosted IES, with the sides separated by only a point going into the game. Pressure going forwards by James Bensly and Sam Emms won numerous attacking short corners and the harassment paid off when a pinpoint pass from Oli Hall found Matt Bensly who put Magpies 1-0 up. IES fought back in the second half but Bob Skinner and Dan Middleton kept them at bay, ensuring a clean sheet and the win.
The Ladies 4s knew they faced a tough test away at Norwich City who are second in the league having lost only twice this season. Speedy Sophie Meynall Anderson created opportunities by attacking down the right from full back to deliver crosses for Millie Preece and Cassie Ayms on the Magpies forwardline. Abi Lewis, Catherine Kilbourn and Sophie Baxter commanded the defence whilst the midfield pushed forward, forcing a long corner. Emily Woollatt’s ball found sister Katie on the edge of the City ‘D’ who fired goalwards for Cassie to connect with and score. Despite hard battling from Victoria Spouncer, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Keira Wheeler, Immy Ramsdale and Grace Collinson; critical saves by the City ‘keeper prevented Magpies extending the lead but the girls are slowly climbing the table with this fantastic string of results.
Meanwhile, the Men’s 1s journeyed over the border to Ipswich for the local derby and thought they’d taken an early lead through Dave Skinner only for the goal to be disallowed for the use of a foot in the build up. Chances for Dave Gilbert, Thomas Ridley and Raunaq Rai came and went before Ipswich scored on the break however Magpies were level pegging again within 5 minutes thanks to Dave Skinner’s rebound shot falling to Raunaq to calmly slot home.
Magpies gained control of the midfield through Ridley and Pete Bale but against the run of play Ipswich were awarded another short corner which was not converted and the counter attack, led by James Gray, resulted in Dave Gilbert squeezing the ball home. Despite a stunning low save from Chris Routs in the Magpies goal, Ipswich found the equaliser which spurred Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch into a counter attack, resulting in James Gray scoring the winning goal for Magpies who are only three points behind league leaders Wapping.
With the Norfolk Championships just a month away, 9 teams of Magpie chicks took part in Norwich City’s Mini Hockey Festival on Sunday and the progress the youngsters have made since the start of the season was apparent for all to see.
Its all go next weekend with the Ladies 1s back in league action away to Hampstead and Westminster (1.30pm) and the Men’s 1s hosting Chelmsford at 3pm. Sunday will see a replay of last seasons Womens O35s final when Canterbury travel to Weybread for a 2pm pushback. The U14, U16 and U18 Girls all have cup matches so keep your eyes on the club website and social media for the latest scores.
Following last weekends narrow defeat at the hands of Cambridge City, Magpies Ladies 2s welcomed promotion hopefuls Broxbourne to The Nest on Saturday searching for their elusive third win of the season. Neat interplay between Anouska Stott and Tor Findley led to a flurry of short corners for the home side but efforts from Katherine Ridley and Laura Tibbenham narrowly missed the target.
Broxbourne gained control of the midfield, forcing saves from Lucy Hayman in goal who was drafted in to replace Alice Wells who dislocated her shoulder at training this week. The experienced defensive quartet of Shev Steggles, Kath Johnson, Louisa Greenacre and Kristine Ayling rode out the threat and as the second half began both teams pushed for a breakthrough. Jess Howland gambled with a run from deep as she picked up the ball and drifted past a couple of Broxbourne defenders before applying a fine finish to give Magpies the lead.
With the home crowd in full voice, Broxbourne pushed hard for an equaliser and won a series of short corners in the dying minutes, pushing the whole team up to pack out the Magpies circle but a hard fight and top work rate from the 2s meant they held on to all three vital points. The Ladies travel to mid table Peterborough next Saturday in search of another win.
Following last seasons promotion the Men’s 2s have found it tough going in Division 1, taking 4 wins from the first 14 games. Hosting Old Southendian on Saturday Magpies started brightly with some good chances but it was the visitors who scored first from a short corner. However, the veteran midfield of Tristan Baynes, Andy Hipwell and Dave Francis kept their cool and continued to create opportunities. Jamie Hudson, on his debut for the 2s, used his silky skills to find a defenders foot in the ‘D’ and in a short corner which Tristan deftly dispatched to even the score line.
Southend pulled one back but Robbie Kinsella linked up with Jude Potruff to level the scores again. Committing players forward to try and get the winning goal Magpies were left open and heart breakingly conceded a short corner which was converted to leave the Boys in black and white second from bottom.
In contrast, the Men’s 3s are in line for a promotion push following their 3-2 win against IES on Saturday. The 4s travelled to Newmarket where Freddie Hershel Shorland and Joe Wicks made their debuts. Short corner conversions from Matt Bensly (2) and Freddie gave Magpies a comfortable lead before Newmarket pulled one back but Sam Emms put the game to bed by scoring the fourth. The Men’s 5s are mid table after putting 4 goals past Sudbury at The Nest with goals from Sam Moore (2), Dan Kinsman and Gavin Cole on his return from injury.
The Ladies 4s continued their winning run with goals galore at home against Norwich City. Honey Lamdin, Millie Preece (3), Cassie Ayms and Keira Wheeler got on the scoresheet in the first half with Abi Lewis having a quiet game in the Magpies goal. Tireless work in midfield from Katie Woollatt, Grace Collinson, Sophie Meynall-Anderson and Sophie Baxter kept City at bay whilst the Magpies attack pushed for more. Honey managed to deflect in a rebound from Keira’s shot before Ellie Bale set up Imi Ramsdale to smash in the eighth.
On the back of a successful indoor season the Men’s 1s faced struggling Letchworth away and welcomed Tom Dunnett and Chris Routs to the squad. A combination of Jack Hobbs and Dave Gilbert forced a deflection into the roof of the net to give Magpies the lead. Letchworth equalised via a short corner to take the teams into half time with a goal a piece.
Coming out strongly in the second half Magpies created a lovely bit of play down the left hand side between Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch and Tom Dunnet which found Dave Gilbert at the back post to calmly put the ball away. With relentless pressure Tom Ridley picked out James Gray to score the third before Leigh Sitch and Jack Hobbs secured the 5-1 score line and three points to Magpies, who travel to Ipswich next weekend for the local derby.
Last weekend the U16 and U18 Girls took part in the National Indoor Finals weekend where the U16s won one game from their pool, and the U18 won all four. The U18s sadly lost 4-1 against Repton in the semi final but all the girls and coaches should be immensely proud of their achievements.
The Mixed ‘A’ team travelled to Peterborough for the second round of the National Cup and started well but it was the hosts who scored first by sneaking in at the back post. Conceding another goal soon into the second half Magpies were on the back foot but a swift counter attack saw Rose Winter hold the ball up for Andrew Bedwell who found Dave Gilbert to cross for Tom Ridley who pulled a goal back for Magpies. With nothing to lose, Harleston threw players forward and, with the clock ticking down, Rose slotted the ball into the open goal.
The game went to flicks to decide who progresses to the next round and Peterborough came out 5-3 winners. In the Mixed Plate competition Norwich Dragons clinched a 1-0 win over Magpies to knock out the ‘B’ team.
Magpies Ladies Indoor team started the last weekend of the Super 6s Indoor Championships in second place from Surbiton on goal difference and three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield. After another four tough matches they finished in a respectable fourth position but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams who won promotion to the Premier Indoor Division. The Men’s side which included Raunaq Rai, Jack Hobbs and John Livings who replaced Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes and Simon Hipwell for the second weekend of tournament, got off to a cracking start with a 9-3 win over St Albans and continued to move up the table, ending the tournament in fifth position. The Men head straight back to league action this weekend with a trip to Letchworth whilst the Ladies have another week until the National League commences again.
Superstar Matt Wicks stepped in as eleventh man for the Men’s 5s who arrived at Dereham with 10 players on Saturday but breathed a sigh of relief when Joe’s dad produced his kit from the car which was stored away ‘just in case’. Dereham started strongly and Magpies initially failed to cope with their fast and direct style, with the home side taking a 3-0 lead before Sam Moore and Chris Hall pulled two back before half time.
Despite Derehams’ attempts to crash the ball into the Magpies ‘D’ most of their passes fell to Jerry Blackmore and Ewie Cumming in defence whilst Sam caused chaos at the attacking end and equalised. Dan Klinsman scored for the visitors to give Magpies a 4-3 lead only for Dereham to add another. At 4-4 Magpies were relentless in their press which resulted in Sam completing his hat trick and seal the three points.
There were more wins away from home from the Ladies 5s who put six goals past Watton 2s and the Men’s 6s who notched up their fifth win of the season at Newmarket. The Ladies 7s enjoyed a late push back at home where, despite starting with great intensity after the Christmas break, it was visitors Watton who scored first. Ellen Moodie soon equalised for Magpies and, following some tactical changes at half time, Annie Lancaster gave the home side the lead. Continuing the momentum Gillian Stokes and Jessica Tarrant linked up well which resulted in a fine strike and goal from Jess. Annie claimed Magpies’ fourth goal to take the team into next weeks match against league leaders North Norfolk full of confidence.
Marie Davy, Holly Morris and Laura Woodgate led the Ladies 6s into a positive rhythm of play against Broadland with numerous chances created by Janna Freeman and Anna Seggons. Georgia Scott finally broke the deadlock following good work by Georgie Hood and Flea Perry. Kristina Brinkley scored her first goal for the 6s to take Magpies 2-0 up before Rachael Clifford added a third to extend the teams lead at the top of the table.
The Boys development team got a good 4-1 win against Norwich Dragons ‘B’ whilst the Girls used the width of the pitch to put together some fine attacking moves which resulted in Kate converting a short corner. Grace proved a menace for Yarmouth by linking up with the attacking trio and setting up Ellie and Evie for a strike which forced a save from the oppositions’ keeper. A flowing team goal which started with Rosie out on the left resulted in Ellie clinching the second goal, followed by another to secure the win.
The Men’s 3s claimed a 4-1 victory on Saturday when they hosted Sudbury who currently foot the table. The Ladies 4s enjoyed the same score line away at Norwich Dragons and started fiercely with Cassie Ayms forcing the Dragons ‘keeper into action early on. A moment of hesitation in defence allowed Norwich to grab the first goal but Honey Lamdin calmly slotted home to level the scores soon after. Cathrine Kilbourn converted a short corner before Emily Woollatt and Honey set Cassie up at the back post to extend the lead. Connecting with Imi Ramsdale, Katie Woollatt added the fourth goal to take the team up to fifth in the league which is a fantastic achievement considering their tough start to the season.
Magpies O40s Men’s Cup side hosted Peterborough on Sunday where a hat trick from Matt Brand, and goals from Gavin Cole and James Stacey ensures the team progress to the next round with a 5-1 win. This weekend the U18 Girls Indoor team head to Croydon for the National finals whilst the Girls U16s travel to Wolverhampton for theirs, best of luck to both teams. Sunday sees the Mixed teams in action with the ‘A’s facing Peterborough in the Cup and the ‘B’s heading to Norwich Dragons for the Plate competition.
Magpies Girls Development team top their league on goal difference following Saturdays 6-0 win over Watton. Kate, Emma and Rosie patrolled the midfield and linked up well with the attacking trio, breaking the deadlock when Evie slipped the ball to Florence who scored. Watton then enjoyed a brief period of possession but Georgia calmly organised her defenders to keep any shooting opportunities out.
Constant pressure broke through the Watton defence in the second half and opened the floodgates with Evie scoring three in a row. Florence added another with a fantastic solo effort using her skill to pass two defenders and finish from a tight angle. In the dying minutes of the game Magpies were awarded a penalty stroke which Kate bravely stepped up to take and score to put the game to bed.
A strong Men’s fifth team hoped to extend their recent good run when they hosted Pelicans 3rds on Saturday. Despite good organisation, the visitors struggled to cope with the Magpies pace. Freddie Hershel-Shortland opened the scoring and the goals kept coming at regular intervals. Sam Moore bagged a hat trick, Andy Caston added another and Dan Kinsman got on the scoresheet to end 6-0 and take the team fourth from bottom. The Men’s 3s go into the Christmas break third in their league following a 3-2 win against Ipswich with goals from Ed Brice, Phil Cobbald and Greg Jagger.
A string of good results has lifted the Ladies 4s to a much more comfortable mid table position with this week’s opposition UEA 2s just above them. Izzy Slade, Emily Woollatt, Treacle and Sophie Baxter coped well with the UEA pressure and Magpies won numerous short corners which the students’ goalkeeper dealt with well. Imi Ramsdale had a goal disallowed which spurred on forwards Victoria Spouncer, Cassie Ayms, Catherine Kilbourne and Honey Lamdin who continued to push for the first goal. With 15 minutes left on the clock UEA broke through and scored, Magpies were unable to find the equaliser despite the best efforts of Julie Davy, Sophie Matsell and Katie Woollatt.
Encouraged by last weeks performance against Chelmsford, Magpies Ladies 2s welcomed Canterbury to ‘The Nest’ and moved the ball around with good tempo from the start, creating chances for Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott, Eva Harness and Tor Findlay who were all denied the opener. Canterbury upped their intensity but Jess Howland, Cat Maciver, Charley Seaman, Katherine Ridley, Alice Wells and Lucy Field dug in to keep the score 0-0 at half time.
The visitors penned Magpies back into their own half as the second half began, forcing five short corners which were doggedly defended by Shev Steggles, Louisa Greenacre and Kath Johnson. Gradually coming back into the game, the 2s attacked down both wings with the breakthrough coming when Jess Howland’s quickly taken free hit found Anouska Stott who rolled the keeper to take Magpies ahead. Canterbury fought back and equalised with ten minutes to go to leave both teams with a point each.
With four wins so far this season the Mens 2s desperately wanted to bounce back from last weeks painful 5-4 defeat. Hosting Wapping, who are second in the league, Magpies pressed hard, forcing the turnover ball and building pressure which culminated in Oakley Elsom breaking down the right, slipping the ball to Robbie Kinsella who fed Dave Skinner in the ‘D’ who calmly dispatched into the goal. A lapse in concentration saw Wapping win a short corner which Ollie Juszt initially saved only for a Wapping forward to poach the rebound. Whilst pushing for the winner Magpies were left exposed and Wapping broke away to grab a crucial second goal, ending 2-1.
Following last weekends defeat, Magpies Men’s 1s host West Herts this Saturday at 1.30pm and anticipate a tough match against the team who are just two places below them in the table. The teams drew 2-2 when they faced each other in September so spectators can expect an entertaining seventy minutes. This is the only league game of the day as everyone else has broken up for Christmas, but Saturday sees the U16 and U18 Girls head to Hatfield in Hertfordshire for the East Indoor Championships.
Magpies Men’s 3s are fourth in the East Division 3 table after getting their sixth win of the season last Saturday. The Men travelled to Norwich Dragons where a solid team performance culminated in goals for Phil Cobbald, Ben Emms, Dave Francis, Greg Jagger, Matt Brand and a 5-3 victory. Seth Read displayed commendable commitment when his diving attempt to stop a Dragons shot resulted in an injured knee and the goal moving a couple of feet!
The Ladies 3s showed no mercy against struggling Felixstowe who are yet to pick up a point. A lacklustre goalless first half was turned around with goals from Sarah Legg, Eva Harness and Ellen Pope which encouraged the young side to grow with confidence and transfer the ball quickly at the back between Helena Knock, Alice Evans-Hendrick and Izzy Slade. Eager for more goals, Sophie Meynell-Anderson sped down the right wing and crossed for Sarah to get her second goal of the game before completing her hatrick following a goal line scramble. At 5-0 Magpies maintained composure and found Jess Green in the ‘D’ for a first time slap which was to be swiftly followed by Leggy’s fourth. Seven goals and a strong performance sets the team up for a tough game against league leaders Watton on Saturday.
Following a shaky start to the season the Ladies 4s are finding their stride and have strung together some decent results over recent weeks. O35s superstar Vanessa Vigrass opened the scoring away at Pelicans following a powerful cross from player of the match Honey Lamdin. Magpies led 3-0 at half time thanks to another goal from Vanessa and one for Cassie Ayms, before Pelicans came back fighting and pulled the score back to 3-2. The Fourths managed to settle back into their rhythm and add another two goals (Amelia Slade and Katie Woollatt) to end 5-2.
With Graham Mobbs and Sam Emms travelling to Felixstowe with the 4s (where Magpies won 2-1), the Men’s Fifths fielded a slightly more experienced side than usual. Looking for their second win of the season Magpies put the visitors under pressure from the start and led 3-0 at half time, ending in a 5-0 victory and a very satisfying goal when the two youngest members, Olly Kinsman and Joe Walsh combined to virtually walk the ball into the net.
With only goal difference splitting the teams in the league, the Men’s 1s headed to St Albans aiming to make up for last seasons disappointing result. Twenty minutes in Magpies broke the deadlock when Dave Gilbert forced a save from the St Albans keeper which fell comfortably to James Gray to slot home. Lovely interlink play between Tim Whiteman, Elliot Marsh and Tom Ridley found Gilbert on the right who carried the ball down the base line and pick out Gray who scored again from close range.
Coming into the second half, Raunaq Rai’s scintillating stick stills drew a foul outside the circle and Ridley scored from the resulting short corner to give Magpies a 3-0 lead. Despite some great saves from John Livings in the Magpies goal, St Albans pulled 2 goals back taking it to 3-2 with twenty minutes to play. With a succession of short corners to defend, Magpies threw everything at the game and came away with their ninth win in a row, securing the second spot in the league – just below Wapping who they face next weekend.
The Ladies 2s knew they faced a tough game when they hosted league leaders Chelmsford last Saturday but started well and went ahead six minutes in when Laura Tibbenham scrambled home Cat Maciver’s free hit. Laura doubled the lead before Chelmsford, featuring ‘out on loan Magpie’ Bryony Lund, retaliated with a flurry of penalty corners before half time which Alice Wells and her defence managed to keep out. With the intensity rising, green and yellow cards were shown and Chelmsford pulled a goal back by converting a penalty stroke, then, equalised in the final minute of the game much to the despair of the Magpies supporters.
Grace Clarke and Megan Dickson made their debuts for the Ladies 6s on Saturday and were thrown in at the deep end against Loddon who have had a string of good results. Rachael Clifford scored twice before half time to give Magpies the lead but the visitors came out fighting and levelled the scores. This jolted the Ladies back into action and saw interceptions and excellent defending lead to prolonged possession, another goal for Rachael, and a Janna Freeman short corner special. Full time 4-2.
Years of experience, wisdom and joint replacements ensured that the Men’s O50’s progressed to the third round on the National Plate competition on Sunday. Jonathon Aldridge and Andy Catchpole gave Magpies a 2 nil lead at half time and although IES fought until the end, and despite numerous missed opportunities, a short corner deflection and a skilful solo run from JA doubled the tally for Magpies.
As teams start to wrap up the first half of the season there are still plenty of games to watch on Saturday. The Ladies 6s and 7s play each other in a friendly at 10am followed by the Men’s 6s at 11.30. The Ladies 2s host Canterbury at 1.30pm whilst the Men’s 5s face Pelicans on the sand pitch and the Men’s 2s hope to return to winning ways against Wapping whilst the Ladies 5s have a tough match with league leaders Diss at 3pm.
The Ladies 2s bounced back from last weeks heavy defeat and grabbed themselves a second win of the season on Saturday when they travelled to Taverham to face Norwich City. Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linked up well in the forward line and a prolonged period of pressure resulted in the visitors taking the lead through Anouska. Jess Howland and Cat MacIver won every fifty-fifty battle in midfield which allowed Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington to make strong breaks down the left, and Sophia Basset and Emily Rash to control the right flank.
Anouska doubled her talley before Georgie Cantrell added a third to give Magpies a 3-0 lead at half time. City came out fighting after the break and won numerous penalty corners which were deftly dealt with by Alice Wells in goal, and the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson in front of her. The win gives the team a real boost before hosting league leaders Chelmsford at 1.30pm this Saturday.
A strong start with lots of short passing led to the Ladies 4s also notching up their second win of the season last weekend. Imi Ramsdale set up Cassie Aymes to strike a short corner which opened the scoring, giving Magpies the momentum from which another corner was awarded. Despite the first strike being saved, straight from her honeymoon Treacle Griffin was on hand to slot the rebounding ball through the legs of the Dereham ‘keeper. Maintaining the majority of possession, Magpies worked from the back for their third goal, by clearing the ball to Sophie Baxter who drove it into the D for a shot which rebounded to Honey Lamkin who’s strike was saved. Cassie was first to the lose ball and scored using her reverse stick, taking the 4s up to eighth in the league, just below next weekends rivals Pelicans.
The Men’s 1s are joint second in the East Premier A league following their eighth consecutive win last Saturday. Dave Skinner was called up from the 2s to replace the injured Tim Whiteman and an inspired management decision saw Raunaq Rai slide into midfield. Limiting Saffron Walden’s attacking options, and after a number of missed opportunities at the back post, Ollie Whiteman set Skinner up for his debut 1st XI goal. A lapse in concentration allowed the opposition to level but Tom Ridley found James Gray up high who reversed the ball low past the keeper. The 2-1 win sets Magpies up for a tough match on Saturday away at St Albans who are level on points but have a superior goal difference of the Norfolk team.
The Ladies Fifths were required to put in a better performance last weekend as they faced Norwich City Fifths who went into the game one point above Magpies. Fi Brice broke the deadlock after hard work from Alyssa a Walker in midfield but City equalised before the break. Jess Menzies set up Ella Spear for a calmly taken goal to put the home side back in the lead before Jose Tibbenham added another to cement the 3-1 win in a game where Katy Davy and Mimi Slade played fantastically.
The unbeaten Ladies 6s have stretched their lead to seven points following a 5-0 win against Norwich City at ‘The Nest’. An aggressive press from Flea Perry, player of the match Georgie Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris forced City back in their own half which led to Laura Woodgate deflecting in the first goal for Magpies. Goal machine Rachael Clifford bagged a hat trick before Laura scored the fifth to complete a solid performance.
Sunday brought together 24 teams of boys and girls aged U10 for a “Mini Sticks’ tournament hosted by Magpies. It was a brilliant morning of youth hockey with heaps of talent and smiling faces on display, huge thanks to all involved in running the morning. Later on there were cup games underway at ‘The Nest’ with the Mixed ‘A’ team putting eleven goals past Norwich Dragons and Matt Brand scoring a hat trick for the Men’s O40s against Norwich City to progress to the third round.
The Mixed ‘B’ team didn’t fair so well against Dereham which ended with a 9-1 defeat but the team will get another chance to shine as they will now compete in the Plate competition. Talking of which, the Men’s O50s will head to IES this Sunday boosted by the availability of Murrey Graham, Jonathon Aldridge and Andy Catchpole.
Saturday will see both Magpies 2nd teams play at home alongside the Men’s 6s (11.30am) and the 5s who host Felixstowe at 1.30pm. The Boys and Girls Development teams are on the road whilst the Ladies 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s are all at home which bodes well for takings behind the bar!
It was goals galore for Magpies Fifth teams on Saturday with the Ladies scoring 9 against Yarmouth and the Men putting 6 past Lowestoft Railway. The youthful Ladies side gave a lethargic first half performance with only two successful attempts on goal against a team who are yet to pick up a point this season. Some stern words from captain Jose Tibbenham boosted the girls with Vanessa Vigrass getting four goals, Jose two, Talitha converting a penalty flick and Ella Spear adding the ninth.
The Men’s Fifths have had a tricky start to the season having notched up three draws and five defeats going into Saturdays game. However they were determined to press high and inhibit the opposition which was executed well, enabling Sam Emms, Evie Cumming (2) and Sam Moore to get on the scoresheet before half time. Despite Railway scoring three times, Sam Emms scored again in the second half and Simon Bardwell added the final goal to clinch the Fifth’s first win of the season.
There seems to be no stopping the Ladies Sixths who welcomed Norwich Dragons to The Nest last weekend and had a frustrating first half with a lot of possession but no goals to show for it. Eventually Rachael Clifford broke through the Dragons’ defence to give Magpies the lead which produced a renewed vigour from the home side. Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battled hard in midfield, providing passes into space for Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who made some excellent runs into the ‘D’. Rachael converted a penalty stroke and Georgie Hood scored the third to end the game 3-1. The Ladies Sevenths move up to fourth in their league following a 5-0 win over a struggling Dragons 8th team. The goals came from player of the match Anna Seggons (2), Ellen Moodie (2) and a classic penalty corner strike from Shirley McAllen.
With three wins from eight games the Men’s 2nds are starting to adapt to life back in Division One and go into this weekends game against Sudbury boosted by their defeat over local rivals Norwich City last Saturday. Good intensity from debutant Max McCauly, Dave Francis, Morgan Manly, Andrew Johnson, Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner forced a string of saves from the City ‘keeper before James Osborn deflected in Laurence Baynes’ precise cross on his return to the club after a number of seasons out on loan. City equalised before the break but, desperate for three points, Magpies fought on and scored the winner when Andrew Johnson struck from Jude Potruff’s pass which was saved but fell to Tristan Baynes who safely dispatched the ball for a 2-1 win.
On a six game winning streak the Men’s 1s also faced Norwich City and, despite early chances from Tim Whiteman and Simon Hipwell, City scored first in response to having a goal disallowed. Magpies answered by growing in confidence and levelled the scores with an impressive bit of individual skill by U18 Raunaq Rai. Asserting their dominance in the second half, and following some commanding hockey from Thomas Ridley and Pete Bale, Magpies took the lead for the first time in the game. This was extended thanks to a well taken short corner from Ben Gowing, cementing the win and the seventh consecutive win.
The Men host Saffron Walden (3pm) on Saturday who are currently joint bottom of the league with Cambridge City and Letchworth. The Ladies 1s face a tough last match before their winter break when league leaders Hampstead and Westminster travel to ‘The Nest’ for a 1.30pm pushback. After going a goal behind last weekend goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe put Magpies ahead only for Horsham to pull back an equaliser for a 2-2 draw.
Sunday saw plenty of cup action with wins the U14 Boys winning 3-1 over Saffron Walden and the U14 Girls travelling to IES where they found themselves 4-0 up at half time with Jessica grabbing a brace of goals and Hollie and Emma getting on the scoresheet. Anna added two more in the second half to put the game to bed before the final group game in February. The U16 Boys drew 2-2 with Cambridge City and the Girls continued their good form with a 8-0 victory away at Hertford. The U18 had their second consecutive cup game conceded by the opposition whilst the U18 Boys got a good 5-1 win against Long Sutton.
The O35 Ladies got their cup campaign off to a good start against Ipswich with a first half hatrick from Emma Lee-Smith. A cracking strike from Anouska Stott took Magpies to 4-0 before debutant Vanessa Vigrass scored with her first touch of the game. Angie Wheelhouse and Jose Tibbenham added a goal each to take the team comfortably into the quarter finals with a 7-0 win.
Along with a full day of fixtures on Saturday, this Sunday will see three more cup teams playing and the U10s Minis Tournament held at Weybread. The Mixed ‘A’ team have their opening game of the season at home against Norwich Dragons (1.30pm) where they hope for a strong performance and to go on to emulate their tournament win of two seasons ago. The Men’s O40s host Norwich City (3.15pm) in their second round and the Mixed ‘B’ team head to Dereham for their opening draw. Dereham were finalists in the plate competition last season so a tough game is anticipated but captains Sarah Legg and Nick Moss hope “the enjoyment of the game will be at the forefront of the teams minds.” Greg Jagger and Andrew Johnson join the squad this season alongside club veterans Sam Moore and Emma Tolhurst.
The Girls Development team extended their lead at the top of their league with a fantastic 11-0 win against Pelicans Girls last weekend. With a large squad to rotate through the team has a different feel each week, providing valuable opportunities for the youngsters to experience hockey on a full sized pitch and the positions and tactics that comes with it. The girls shared the goals around between Amy (3), Florence (4) and Ellie (4) with Georgia keeping a clean sheet in goal which should fill them with confidence going into a top of the table clash against Norwich City on Saturday.
Mixed results for the Magpies 1st teams kept the crowds on the edge of their proverbial seats with Jess Bloom netting an early goal for the Ladies who went on to concede three times against St Albans. Simon Hipwell put the Men ahead before some lacklustre defending led to two goals from Bedford. Pete Bale had a goal disallowed before Dave Gilbert found the equaliser at the far post following fine skills from Tom Ridley and Leigh Sitch, only for Bedford to go ahead just before half time.
Two veterans of the Magpies side, Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell took Magpies into the lead by converting short corners with fifteen minutes to go. Captain Tom Ridley won a short corner which Tim Whiteman dispatched, much to the relief of those on the sideline. The visitors pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but thankfully Magpies held out for the 5-4 win which takes them within two points of the league leaders Wapping. Both of the 1st teams are away this weekend with the Ladies at Horsham and the Men nipping down the road to Norwich City.
Apart from a loss for the Men’s 2s it was a successful weekend for the Men’s side of the club with the Thirds notching up a 6-0 win at Bury, the Fifths bringing a point home, and the Sixths winning 6-2 against Ipswich. The Fourths went a goal behind when they hosted Bury before Jack Caswell-Dodd equalised at the end of the first half. An improved performance and goals from Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and Oli Hall ensured a 4-1 victory for the Fourths who sit mid table.
The Ladies Sixths have had a fantastic start to the season but approached Saturdays visit to East Harling with trepidation for the top of the table clash, on grass. Despite the heavy rainfall overnight, the leaves were raked up and the pitch was in good condition and both teams were determined to take three points from the match. The defensive formation of Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Liv Addison-Carter and player of the match, Mary Nelson kept the Herlings attacks at bay and goals from Judith Masters and Janna Freeman gave Magpies the 2-0 win.
Sunday saw both ends of the age scale in action with Magpies welcoming nineteen teams of U12s to the club. The U12 boys and U12 girls were declared champions in the gold tournament, albeit the boys did not have the final all their own way and had to share the title with Norwich City. Whilst in the silver tournament, Magpies looked increasingly competitive, a fifth and joint second finish for Magpies girls and a third place finish for the boys. The day showcased the enthusiasm and strength of youth hockey across Norfolk and the club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event run smoothly, especially our young umpires who did a fantastic job.
Due to the usual injuries and ailments associated with middle age, Captain Jerry Blackmore was delighted to field a full team for the first round of the Men’s O50s Cup against Ipswich on Sunday, at least five of whom had picked up a stick in the last 12 months! Losing Scotland O60s goalkeeper Murrey Graham to illness was a blow to the already depleted squad but Eric Davy stepped in and had a brilliant game between the sticks, just as well considering he had Kevin Ridley, Mark Collins and Tiger Young in front of him! The ever youthful Simon Bardwell had a fantastic game in midfield and, to everyone’s delight, the dynamic duo of Roger Kent and Jon Wells came through the match unscathed. John Pope scored Magpies’ only goal in the 4-1 defeat but the attitude of the team epitomises what it means to wear the Magpies shirt and we wish the lads a good run in the plate competition.
There is yet more Cup action this weekend with the U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls teams aiming to secure their spot in the second round. The Ladies O35s travel to Ipswich for their first cup game following last seasons defeat against Canterbury at the Olympic Park. Goal machine Vanessa Vigrass joins the squad who lost the cup final on shuffles and will be aiming to go one better this year.
Lauren Rowe claimed five goals on Saturday when the Ladies 1sts hosted Ipswich taking Magpies to the top of the East Conference League – their best start to a season for six years. At 3-0 up within eight minutes the home side dominated their local rivals and the comfortable 5-0 score line provided the opportunity for youngsters Charley Seaman and Georgie Cantrell to demonstrate their impressive skills.
The Men’s 1s started well away at Cambridge City and opened the scoring when a well-crafted move starting at the back through Andrew Bedwell found Tom Sumner, who popped the ball into Ben Gowing, who then sprayed a beautiful ball out to Ruanaq Rai at right half who carried to the baseline and delivered to James Gray to brilliantly finish from close range. However, a series of minor discretions saw Magpies reduced to 9 men for a period which Cambridge took full advantage of and scored a deflection past Chris Leek from close range. With one minute to play, the visitors were awarded a penalty corner which resulted in Dave Gilbert swatting the ball in at the back post to provide Harleston with their fifth successive win.
Following consecutive draws and an injury to Captain Stu Field the Mens 2s welcomed Broxbourne to ‘The Nest’ hoping for all three points but a lack of composure in the ‘D’ saw chances go begging early on. A bobbly ball against the run of play gave Broxbourne the lead but Magpies fought back, equalised, and then took the lead thanks to a beautifully executed short corner strike from Tristan Baynes. Continuing to dominate, the home side won a short corner on the final whistle from which Man of the Match Robbie Kinsella scored to make it 3-1. Magpies are away at Potters Bar on Saturday who are currently only one point behind the Norfolk side.
A two week break hasn’t put the Ladies 6s off their stride as they notched up their fifth successive win on Saturday against Pelicans. With Heather Brand, Holly Morris, Jane Collins, Frankie Wildmun, Marie Davy and Liv Carter thwarting any attacking opportunities, Shirley McAllen, Georgie Hood, Janna Freeman, Judith Masters, Rachel Clifford and Laura Woodgate had space to pile on the pressure and score five times. The win keeps Magpies at the top of the table with only goal difference separating them from this weekends opposition Herlings.
The young Girls Development team had to readjust their tactics in response to Yarmouth fielding three adults on Saturday and the girls coped well, stretching the play a little wider between Jess, Grace, Kate and Florence. Relentless pressure from Magpies culminated in goals for Florence (2), Grace, Kate and Beth whilst Harriet, Emma, Amy and Isabelle protected Jasmine who made her debut in goal and kept a clean sheet, finishing 5-0.
Many of the Magpies youngsters were in National Cup action on Sunday with the U14 Girls making a great start to their campaign with a 7-1 win against Ipswich (goals from Emma, Ella, Loulou, Jess and a hatrick for Anna). The U14 Boys were defeated 6-1 away from home but can still progress to the next round of the cup if they win their final group game.
The U18 Girls’ match was cancelled as Norwich City were unable to field a team so the girls were awarded the win and a day off to recover from their matches on Saturday. The U18 Boys went a goal ahead at Dragons when Raunaq Rai scored a drag flick and thanks to some fine saves from Ollie Juszt in goal, Magpies held the lead until half time. Dragons came out fighting in the second half and score three times but coach Tim Whiteman commented that ‘The boys should be very proud of their play without any practice together as a team ahead of the match and showed a very good attitude throughout the game.’
The U16 Girls set the tone of their game by scoring in the first minute and going on to beat Pelicans 16-0! Lovely flowing moves which cut through the oppositions defence combined with an all round team performance bodes well for the next round. Not to be outdone the U16 Boys put 13 goals past Bishops Stortford where Elliot Chapman and Bruce Daniels made impressive debuts for the team.
Not forgetting the O40s Men who travelled to Sudbury for the first round of their cup and came away with a convincing 8-0 victory. Goals from Neil Toulson (4), Andy Caston (2), Dave Francis and Matt Brand, along with a clean sheet from Chris Flatt in goal sees the spritely veterans progress to round two.
In addition to the Ladies 3s, 4s, 5s and 7s; the Girls Development team and the Men’s 3s and 4s, both the Ladies and Men’s first teams play at home on Saturday and go into the games on unbeaten runs. The Ladies host St Albans at 1.30pm followed by the Men who push back against Bedford at 3pm – both teams will appreciate a lively crowd! This Sunday Magpies are hosting a Minis Tournament for U12 Girls and Boys from the surrounding clubs where we look forward to seeing the progression the players have made since the beginning of the season.
Spirits are high at ‘The Nest’ following a successive streak of wins for both the Ladies and Men’s 1st teams. The Ladies travelled to Sevenoaks last Saturday and took the lead via Lauren Rowe’s brace of drag flicks. An amazing team effort and defensive display absorbed the pressure from Sevenoaks who were relentlessly hunting for a point. Despite the home side pulling a goal back from a short corner, and subbing their goalkeeper for a kicking back, Magpies stood firm and secured another three points, taking them to second in the table.
The Men’s 1s hosted Cambridge University and settled into the game quickly, keeping possession and moving the ball patiently waiting for an opening in the Cambridge defence. Andrew Bedwell’s blistering run past two defenders found Richard Larkin who’s shot at goal hit a Cambridge foot. Captain Thomas Ridley fired in the resulting short corner following a well worked routine to give Magpies the lead. Chances from Jack Hobbs, Dave Gilbert and Will Tew came and went but Magpies saw out the second half with maturity and composure to take them up to third in the league.
The Ladies 2s found themselves a goal behind after 4 minutes away at St Albans when a lofted ball into the ‘D’ was swept in from close range. However, as the half progressed Magpies began to get a foothold in the game and the hard work paid off when Katherine Ridley unleashed a reverse stick shot to level the score. With half time looming the visitors took the lead following Jess Howland’s pass to Lucy Whiting which was skilfully deflected into the net.
Maintaining momentum, Magpies won the ball in midfield and Laura Tibbenham set off down the left wing, holding off the defenders she calmly dispersed her shot into the top corner to extend the lead. St Albans upped the ante and responded by piling on the pressure which caused some anxious moments in defence but Jade Daly made some excellent saves in goal and the whole team battled hard to maintain the advantage. Working the ball out from the back, a swift counter attack from Anouska Stott found Laura again who netted her second. Fighting to the death, St Albans scored in the dying minutes but it wasn’t enough to deny Magpies their first win of the season and give a confidence boost to the team ahead of hosting Wapping on Saturday.
The Ladies 2s game will be followed by the Ladies 1s who push back against Ipswich at 1.30pm. Ipswich gained promotion into the league last season and are currently at the foot of the table but Magpies have enough experience within the squad to know not to underestimate their local rivals. The in form Jade Daly will step into goal for Megan Brown who is running the New York Marathon, we wish Megan a fantastic weekend! Next up on the water based pitch will be the Mens 2s against Broxbourne (3pm). Despite elegant skills from debutant Ed Brice, brutal stick tackles from Hugo Thomas and close chances from Toby Hughes and Dave Francis, the 2s finished 0-0 against Cambridge City last weekend. Broxbourne sit two places above Magpies so a strong team performance will be required.
Sunday will be jam packed with National Cup action with the Men’s over 40s heading to Sudbury for the first round. A few injuries have not deterred the squad who welcome Chris Flatt to make his debut in goal and hope to improve on last years second round exit. The Boys cup teams all have away games with the U14s at Norwich City, U16s at Bishop Stortford and U18s at Norwich Dragons. The U14 Girls begin their competition with the first group game at home against Ipswich (10.45am). Coach Jim Menzies commented ‘Many of this year’s squad enjoyed playing in the U12 & U14 National Finals last season so hopefully they can draw upon their experiences from last year and the whole squad can look forward to a good campaign. Good luck to the girls on Sunday.’ Also at Weybread, the U16 Girls face Pelicans (12.15pm) followed by the U18s vs Norwich City (2pm), it promises to be a quality afternoon of youth hockey.
Having narrowly avoided relegation last season and with an inexperienced squad consisting of eight players who are still under 18, Ladies 4ths captain Treacle Taylor was chuffed to bits with her teams performance on Saturday. With two draws and a defeat to their name the Fourths travelled to Taverham to face Broadland 2nds full of determination which came to fruition when Cassie Ayms opened the scoring to give Magpies the lead.
Committed to maintaining the advantage, Sophie Matsell, Julie Davy, Ellen Pope and Imi Ramsdale covered a lot of ground in midfield to eliminate the Broadland opportunities and the defensive trio of Izzie Slade, Sophie Baxter and debutant Rosie Osbourne moved the ball between them well to ensure Alice Gooch wasn’t troubled in goal.
The speed and skill of Cassie, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collinson proved a threat to the Broadland back line and won several short corners. The second Magpies goal came from a short corner which Treacle slipped to Grace who calmly slapped the ball into the back of the net, 2-0 to Magpies. The Men’s 4ths managed to turn things around in their game against Norwich City where, finding themselves 2-1 down at half time, pressed higher up the pitch and retained possession which enabled 3 goals to come in the second half (James Bensly, 2, Lewis Belsey and Arthur Johnson). The skill and application from the three youngsters, Tom Caston, Toby Drake and Jack Largent was exemplary.
Knowing that Cambridge hadn’t yet conceded a goal this season, and missing some key players through injury, the Ladies 1sts anticipation a tough game at Weybread on Sunday. Starting well, Magpies put great pressure on the visitors defence which produced a string of short corners. Lauren Rowe converted with a powerful drag flick to put the home side ahead, and make Lauren joint top goal scorer in the league. The second half was a commanding display by Magpies who scored again when Lottie Summers drag flicked a short corner. The win takes the Ladies up to 3rd in the league, one point ahead of Sevenoaks who they will face on Saturday.
Having travelled to Chelmsford, Magpies Men’s 1sts started their game with high intensity which resulted in captain Thomas Ridley setting up Dave Gilbert for the opener. Chelmsford responded by increasing the tempo and winning some short corners which were calmly swatted away by Chris Leek in the Magpies goal. Tim Whiteman pounced on a rebound from a short corner shot to double the visitors lead before Chelmsford scored against the run of play. Magpies fought to maintain their lead and Leigh Sitch added the third goal with an expert back post defection from a short corner to end the game 3-1. The lads face Cambridge Uni at ‘The Nest’ on Saturday who currently sit two points ahead of them in 3rd place.
Following their promotion to the East women’s league, the Ladies 2nds had drawn two and lost two going into Saturdays game away at Sevenoaks. The home side came out hard and fast, scoring twice within the opening eight minutes before Magpies began to settle into the game with Georgie Cantrell causing problems on the right wing. Kath Johnson found Molly Warnes in midfield who turned her defender and slotted the ball through to Georgie who fired at goal with her reverse stick which Laura Tibbenham deflected into goal.
Sevenoaks fought back in the second half but Jade Daly kept Magpies game with some fine saves between the posts. Bobbi Wiseman ran the ball into the D, causing havoc for the home defence. A short corner was awarded and dispatched cleanly by Georgie. With twelve minutes to go the game heated up with both sides wanting the win and losing players to the sin bin but the final whistle blew at 2-2 to seal a valuable point ahead of the Ladies trip to St Albans next week.
Captain Felicity Perry couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Ladies 6s season with four wins from their first four games. With Herlings level on points, goal machine Rachael Clifford was determined to extend Magpies’ goal difference and utilised the space created by Georgia Hood and Janna Freeman to score her first of the day.
Laura Woodgate added the second following a period of constant pressure before Clifford doubled her tally with a short corner strike taking Magpies into half time with a 3 goal lead. Dereham came out of the break with renewed vigour and were rewarded with a well taken goal, only for the visitors to fight back and set up Clifford for her hat trick. Despite Dereham grabbing a late second goal, the game ended 4-2 which is testament to how well the Sixths have gelled early in the season.
The Men’s 1s anticipated a physical game against local rivals Ipswich and the home supporters were kept entertained from push back until the final whistle. James Gray gave Magpies the lead via a well controlled short corner and Dave Gilbert added the second at the back post. Ipswich converted a short corner to bring them back into the game but Jack Hobbs’ skilful reverse stick goal extended the home sides’ lead.
Ipswich responded by attacking the Magpies circle and winning another short corner which was flicked past John Livings in goal to take the game to 3-2. Leigh Sitch was awarded a penalty stroke which Gilbert converted before Ipswich were reduced from 11 to 8 players in quick succession due to ill discipline. Gilbert completed his hat trick to seal the 5-2 victory for Magpies who travel to Chelmsford next week.
Crostyx scored early against the Men’s 2s but some individual skill from Raunaq Rai produced the equaliser. Magpies went a goal behind again before winning a short corner which was perfectly dispatched by Tristan Baynes and Robbie Kinsella. Goals from Greg Jagger and Stu Field cemented the win for the 2s who are settling back into life in Division 1.
Magpies Mens 3s responded to Lowestoft taking the lead by Ed Brice setting up Johnny Taylor, then Ben Emms reacting to a rebound from Johnny’s long range reverse strike to clinch the second. Matt Brand added a brace and Dave Francis claimed another before Brice grabbed two more to move Magpies up to third in the league following last seasons relegation.
The Ladies Fifths came away 7-2 victors when they faced Lowestoft Railway on Saturday by moving the ball with pace and accuracy and dominating possession with Jessica Menzies (2), Honey Lamdin (2), Beth Moodie, Molly Largent and Jose Tibbenham providing the goals. Goals also came thick and fast for the Girls Development team who put 8 past Norwich Dragons thanks to Ellie Bowden (3), Amy Hunt (3) and Evie Brice (2).
The National Youth Cup got underway on Sunday with Magpies U14 Boys taking a good point from their match with Cambridge City (0-0). The U16 Boys beat Norwich City 3-1, (Ben Emms, Johnny Taylor and Josh Wiggins) and the U16 Girls got their campaign off to a fantastic start with a 6-1 win over Norwich City.
Magpies Ladies 1s travelled to Southgate on Saturday and brought all three points back to Norfolk with a 3-1 win and goals from Lauren Rowe and Lara Taylor (2). This Sunday the Ladies welcome Cambridge City to Weybread for a 1.30pm pushback. Cambridge top the league and are yet to concede a goal this season so Magpies will be hoping for a packed crowd at ‘The Nest’ and a continued display of resilience and determination from the squad.