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Match Report – U18 Boys National Indoor Finals – Sat/Sun 21/22 January 2017

U18 Boys National Indoor Finals – Phoenix Leisure Village, Dawley, Telford
Harleston Magpies Report

Surbiton 6 – 1 Magpies

Magpies opened their defence of their national title with a tough looking game against Surbiton. Surbiton quickly took control of the game opening up a 4-0 lead, which could have been more but for some superb saves by Will Graver. The second half was much tighter as Magpies pressed better and started to exert pressure in the attacking half. However, Surbiton extended their lead before Sam Paterson grabbed a deserved goal. Unfortunately, Magpies conceded another goal to see Surbiton close out the game as 6-1 winners.

Ashmoor 2 – 3 Magpies

Knowing 3-points were vital from their second game, Magpies started well outsmarting the Ashmoor press and forcing a number of good opportunities. Eventually, the deadlock was broken by Archie Winter as Magpies took the lead. Unfortunately, Ashmoor grabbed an equaliser just before half-time to see the score level at 1-1. With vociferous support now cheering them on, Ashmoor took a surprise lead in the second half. Magpies didn’t panic, stuck to their game plan and were rewarded when Archie scored his second of the game. Magpies were now in control of the match and a flowing team move resulted in Vincent Leruth scoring the third. The final couple of minutes were frenetic but Magpies held their nerve to secure a 3-2 victory.

Timperley 2 – 5 Magpies

Taking a lot of confidence from the victory the previous evening, Magpies started strongly against Timperley and raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time courtesy of a goal from captain Myles King and a brace for Jack Hobbs. The game was effectively over shortly into the second half with another goal from Myles and one for Sam. With an opportunity to rest legs the final few minutes were a little scrappy as Magpies used their bench, allowing Timperley to grab a couple of consolation goals. However, Magpies closed the game out as Timperley lost their discipline spending most of the final few minutes with at least one of their players in the sin bin.

Lichfield 1 – 5 Magpies

The final game would see the winner advance to the semi-final. With confidence high Magpies were the quicker team to settle and, as in their previous game, raced into a 3-0 lead with 2 goals from Myles and one from Sol Barker. Lichfield threatened briefly at the start of the second half but the goal they scored galvanised Magpies with Matt Bensly and Sam scoring twice more to seal a comfortable 5-1 win.

Canterbury 4 – 2 Magpies

Having improved as the tournament progressed Magpies, whilst underdogs, new they had every chance to progress to the final. Both sides set-up well and the first few minutes were very even. Magpies went closest to scoring but the final touch just eluded them. Half-time 0-0. The second half saw Canterbury slowly take control and with a good short-corner routine they moved out to a 4-0 lead. Magpies, though, were always in it and goals from Archie and Sam narrowed the gap and ensured Magpies were on the front foot for the final few minutes. However, Canterbury defended very well and closed out the game as 4-2 winners.

Magpies should be very proud of themselves for their effort and commitment across the weekend. Starting slowly but improving game on game they thoroughly deserved their semi-final spot and only narrowly lost out on making the final in which Surbiton beat Canterbury. The tactical input from coach Richard Larkin, who was superb all weekend, was invaluable and the boys executed the game plan excellently in every match. This was a big squad effort and everyone played their part, which made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

A big thanks to all the supporters that made the trip to Telford and for your support and encouragement across the whole weekend.

Squad – Will Graver (GK), Myles King (C), Sam Paterson, Jonty Herschel-Shorland, Sol Barker, Ben Kilburn, Matt Bensly, Kieran Peters, Archie Winter, Jack Hobbs, Jolyon Summers, Vincent Leruth.

Coach – Richard Larkin

Manager – Stuart Peters

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 17 January 2017

U18 TEAMS BID FOR NATIONAL INDOOR GLORY

The indoor season comes to an exciting conclusion this coming weekend when our two U18 teams compete in the national indoor club finals.

The Girls go into their finals at Whitgift School in South Croydon as East champions and in Pool B they play Isca (West 1, 2.45) and Wycombe (South 2, 5.05) on Saturday and Beeston (Midlands 1, 9.35) and Brooklands (North 2, 11.55) on Sunday before, hopefully, the semis and final. In Pool A the teams are Stourport (Midlands 2), Surbiton (South 1), Canterbury (East 2), Taunton Vale (West 2) and Fylde (North 1). Squad – Tor Findlay (captain), Alice Gooch (GK), Katie Crawford, Charlotte Seaman, Lauren Rowe, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Sophie Child, Olivia Locke, Rob Sorrell (coach), Andrew Woollatt (manager).

The Boys (as East runners-up and defending national champions) travel to the Phoenix Leisure Village in Telford and in Pool A they play Surbiton (South 1, 2.10) and Ashmoor (West 1, 5.40) on Saturday while on Sunday they face Timperley (North 2, 10.10) and Lichfield (Midlands 2, 12.30). Hopefully they will progress into the semis and final. The Pool B teams are Beeston (Midlands 1), Doncaster (North 1), Canterbury (South 2), City of Peterborough (East 1) and Taunton Vale (West 1). Squad – Myles King (captain), Will Graver (GK), Sam Paterson, Jonty Herschel-Shorland, Sol Barker, Matt Bensly, Ben Kilburn, Kieran Peters, Jack Hobbs, Archie Winter, Jolyon Summers, Vincent Leruth, Richard Larkin (coach), Stuart Peters (manager).

The indoor season is over for the Ladies’ 1sts and Men’s 1sts after they battled hard over the weekend (the second of two) in Bristol and Nottingham respectively for the two wins both teams thought they would need from their four games to virtually make sure of retaining their Division One status in the national indoor league. In the event both achieved their target with the Ladies – who were without the injured Annie Nunn while welcoming Lucy Belsey back from her injury – managing to do so with four points. With two wins on Saturday the Men did so more comfortably than the Ladies who after heartaches from letting slip opportunities in their first three games had to beat Surbiton in the very last game of their championship to avoid relegation on goal difference which they did coming from a first minute goal down to win 5-2 with goals by Lauren Rowe (2), Maria Andrews (2) and Sarah Brook.

Earlier in the weekend they had disappointingly lost 3-2 (Lauren R, Maria) to Bristol Firebrands before drawing 5-5 (Sarah 2, Anna Tighe, Maria, Lauren R) having lead 5-2 at half time. In their penultimate game they lost 3-2 (Lauren R, Sarah) to Leicester who got their winner in the last minute after Magpies had recovered from two goals down.

The Men started their weekend with a 6-0 win over Cannock with goals by Ben Wright 3, Richard Larkin, Thomas Ridley, Tristan Baynes and followed up by beating Sheffield Hallam 6-3 (Chris Barber, Jack Knight, Tristan, Ben (2) and Simon Hipwell). On Sunday they lost 11-4 (Chris 2, Richard, Ben) to Brooklands MU before (with their Div 1 status now assured beyond any doubt) they scored a last minute goal to draw 3-3 (Jack 2, Chris) with Beeston to leave them in 6th place in the nine team league on 10 points.

Congratulations to both our squads including, of course, the coaches and managers. Let’s hope the club can build on these successes next season.

MAGPIES FUN BLIND WINE TASTING CHALLENGE
Saturday 28 January 7.30pm – Starston Place, Starston, IP20 9PF

Tickets £12.50 (from Jackie Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803 or the clubhouse bar) to include the tasting of 8 wines – plus cheese and biscuits. The wine tasting challenge to be run by a wine expert from Adnams with teams (organised on the night) competing against each other. PLEASE COME!

Only two of our twelve scheduled outdoor league games survived the wintry spell last weekend and both resulted in excellent victories for the club.

The Ladies’ 2nds, after their early start and long trip to Lincoln to play Lindum at 12 noon, were keen to get their 2017 programme off to a good start. They began the game strongly and created some good chances but were unable to find a way passed the in-form Lindum goalkeeper. Without their injured co-captain Plum Sweet Magpies continued to work hard as a team but despite numerous chances for them the game was still goalless going into the closing stages. The elusive goal came when Jess Howland (in her words) “fired in a stormer of a goal with four minutes left on the clock”! Well done to Jess and all members of the team on their best performance of the season. Their game and that of the Men’s 2nds scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until Saturday 18 February in view of the U18s playing in the national indoor finals.

Meanwhile the Ladies’ 5ths had a shorter distance to travel but they still had to go to the other end of Nelson’s County to take on Pelicans’ 2nds. After their disappointing loss before Christmas to Norwich Dragons 5ths captain Jose Tibbenham and her team needed a good performance to get back to winning ways to maintain their promotion bid and this exactly what they delivered. Molly Warnes, Alice Wiseman and Emily Woollatt were outstanding in a strong defence and this allowed the team to attack from the back creating two first half goals for Jose taking her total to the season to fourteen. Magpies continued to dominate after the break winning 2-0 with a strong team performance. On Saturday third-placed Magpies host fifth-placed Reepham (12.15) who beat them 2-1 early in the season.

CONGRATULATIONS and very best wishes to Annelli Clarke and Simon Bardwell on the birth of their son (8lbs 14 ozs) on Tuesday 10 January. All three are well with the name of the young man yet to be decided.

The Men’s 1sts will need to get back to outdoor mode when they travel to play promotion favourites City of Peterborough on Saturday (NB. 11.30) and they will need a win to retain any realistic promotion prospects of their own. Hopefully their hosts will also be affected by U18 indoor calls!

League leaders Men’s 3rds host Norwich Dragons 2nds (3.15) while the Ladies’ 3rds are at home to table topping Watton (1.45) so both teams should be in for a testing afternoon. The Men’s 4ths will be without Bob Skinner, who unfortunately chipped a bone in his wrist playing for the Men’s O50s against City of Peterborough, when they play Norwich Dragons 3rds (1.30) away while the Ladies’ 4ths will be hoping to complete the double over Evergreens when they entertain them at 3.30.

AUCTION OF PROMISES Saturday 4 March 2017 (7.30pm – clubhouse)
We have now gratefully received 32 ‘Promises’. The target is a minimum of 50 so we still have some way to go to achieve this number. Please see the club’s website for more information and for full details of the event including how to offer ‘Promises’ or items for auction. If you are thinking of kindly donating a Lot you might wish to think of gardening, theatre tickets, riding lessons, use of a holiday cottage for a week, lifts to the theatre, use of a caravan, music lessons etc. Or you might have an item for auction. This is the club’s major fund raising event of the season.

The Men’s 5ths are also at home when they play Sudbury 3rds (12.00) who are having a tough season while the Men’s 6ths face a tricky game away to mid-table Watton who beat them 3-2 at Weybread in early October. The Ladies’ 6ths also have a considerable challenge when they travel to play Evergreens 2nds (10.00) who beat them 4-1 earlier in the season while the Ladies’ 7ths are at home to UEA 4ths (10.15) who conceded their first meeting of the season.

The Girls’ Development, and league leaders, are away to third placed Norwich Dragons (2.15) while the Boys’ Development have a vital away test against unbeaten Norwich Dragons ‘A’ (3.45) who are three points above them at the top of their league.

In a very busy weekend for the club the Mixed team starts their bid for the EH Trophy on Sunday with an away game against Bedford (12.30 ) while also on Sunday (10.00 – 2.00) the club hosts a friendly tournament involving Girls’ U14 teams and Girls’ U14 Development teams from Blue Hornets, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge City, Ipswich and Magpies.

Good luck as always to all our teams this weekend.  Please see the Latest News page of the website for the full list of fixtures.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
17/1/17

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 10 January 2017

ALL STILL TO PLAY FOR INDOORS

After the first weekend of the national indoor league both our teams have all to play for this coming weekend when they fight to avoid the two relegation places from their respective Division One. At the UWE in Bristol the Ladies’ 1sts finished the first of their two weekends with four points from their four games to sit in sixth place with three teams below them while at Nottingham Trent University the Men’s 1sts finished with three points from their four games to sit in eighth place.

The Ladies will have been disappointed not to have gained more than one point from their games on Saturday going down 5-2 (Sarah Brook 2) to Chelmsford and drawing 4-4 (Sarah 2, Annie Nunn, Lauren Rowe) with Ipswich before on Sunday gaining a splendid 6-3 win (Anna Tighe 2, Sarah, Maria Andrews 2, Lauren R) over Brooklands Poynton. They then lost 5-3 (Lauren R, Maria, Sarah) to league leaders Clifton Robinsons for whom out-on-loan Magpies Hannah Coulson and Jess Bloom were playing. This coming weekend Magpies play Bristol Firebrands and St Albans on Saturday and Leicester and Surbiton on Sunday looking for a couple of wins to retain their Division One status for next season.

Ladies 1 v Chelmsford 07/01/2017

The Men got off to a bad start losing 11-3 (Ben Wright 3) against  West Herts on Saturday before they had a superb 7-5 win (Ben 2, Thomas Ridley 2, Tom Hughes, Chris Barber 2) over Southgate. The scores were level at 4-4 after 32 minutes before Magpies pulled away with three goals in five minutes. On Sunday they went down 4-3 (Chris 2, Thomas) to St Albans after twice being in the lead before St Albans hit back with three goals. Magpies then reduced the arrears but were unable to find another goal against their East Premier ‘A’ rivals. In their last match they were up against a star-studded Holcombe team going down 12-1 (Ben). This all leaves Magpies with the demanding task of needing the minimum of two wins from their four games this weekend. On Saturday they play Cannock and Sheffield Hallam while on Sunday they take on Brooklands MU and Beeston.

MAGPIES FUN BLIND WINE TASTING CHALLENGE
Saturday 28 January 7.30pm – Starston Place, Starston, IP20 9PF

Tickets £12.50 (from Jackie Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803 or the clubhouse bar) to include the tasting of 8 wines – plus cheese and biscuits. The wine tasting challenge to be run by a wine expert from Adnams with teams (organised on the night) competing against each other. PLEASE COME!

Meanwhile at an overcast Weybread we had four Norfolk league games to watch before the East leagues resume this coming Saturday after the Christmas/New Year break. Three of the games were against Norwich Dragons and they didn’t go well for Magpies with defeats for the Ladies’ 4ths, 5ths and 6ths to get the club’s second half of the outdoor season off to a disappointing start.

All three games followed a similar pattern with the Magpies’ teams having plenty of possession without creating gilt-edged chances while the Dragons’ teams were clinical in front of goal. The Ladies’ 4ths started well against Dragons 3rds, who had ex-Magpies’ club captain Kristina Smyth in goal, and a win looked a distinct possibility in the early stages but they were unable to put away several penalty corners. In contrast Dragons converted their first chance before going on to complete a comfortable 4-0 win. This Saturday Magpies are away to Norwich Dragons 4ths (10.30). The Ladies’ 5ths conceded a first half goal against Dragons 5ths before Janna Freeman made it 1-1 at half time with her ninth goal of the season. After the break Dragons went into a 3-1 lead before in the last few minutes Amy Collison rounded-off an impressive personal performance when she converted in a goalmouth scramble. The final whistle came with the team looking for the equaliser. Hopefully they will be return from Pelicans 2nds (1.45) this Saturday with the three points.

The Ladies’ 6ths were next into action against Dragons 6ths and they included four members making their debuts in ladies hockey after reaching the age of 13 in December. They were Ellen Pope, Holly Hanrahan, Honey Lamdin and Victoria Spouncer and all did well against a strong Dragons team who scored early in the first half. Magpies responded having a considerable amount of play in the Dragon’s half but they found the visitors’ goalkeeper in good form while at the other end Imogen Flatt was having a splendid game in goal for Magpies. Dragons eventually went on to win 3-0. Players of the Match for Magpies, who are at home to Pelicans 3rds this Saturday (1.45), were Verity Tomson and Ellen Pope.

One can normally rely on the Girls’ Development, under player-manager Sandra Elliner, for a win and last Saturday was no exception despite the team going a rare goal down (only their third conceded all season) to Yarmouth. After their slow start Magpies, who were all aged between 9 and 12, came into the game and Jessica Tarrant equalised in open play before half time. Their deserved winner came when Jessica crossed from the right and the ball was deflected into the goal off two defenders. Magpies continue to lead their league three points ahead of Norwich City and this Saturday they are away to Watton (10.00).

AUCTION OF PROMISES Saturday 4 March 2017. Please put the date in your diary and please excuse me going on about this event! We have now gratefully received 28 ‘Promises’. The target is a minimum of 50 so we still have some way to go to achieve this number. Please see the club’s website for more information and for full details of the event including how to offer ‘Promises’ or items for auction.

The resumption of the East leagues feature some vital games for Magpies with none more important than those involving our 2nd teams. The Ladies’ 2nds have their longest trip of the season when they travel to Lincoln to play Lindum and they will be looking to get back to winning ways in pursuit of promotion after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dereham before Christmas. They drew 1-1 with Lindum early in the season before embarking on their fine run with 22 points from their next eight games.

Meanwhile the Men’s 2nds, who are battling to avoid relegation, will be encouraged by their 4-1 win over Blueharts 2nds as they entertain joint league leaders Shefford & Sandy (2.00) who have done extremely well following their promotion. When the teams met earlier in the season the Bedfordshire side won 5-3 but with a little luck Magpies could have come away with at least a point.

The Ladies’ 3rds, who have taken nineteen points from their last eight games, host Dereham 2nds (12.00) who are just one point behind them in 6th place and both teams are still in with a chance of promotion.

The Men’s 3rds still lead their league despite dropping five points in their last two games so they will be keen to take the three points from their home game against IES 3rds (3.30) while the Men’s 4ths travel to play IES 4ths (1.00) looking to boost their promotion hopes in a very open league. Meanwhile the Men’s 5ths entertain Magpies 6ths (12.15) and when the teams met early in the season it was a very exciting affair. Archie Derbyshire opened the scoring for the 6ths with Arthur Johnson and Ben Emms replying for the 5ths. Richard Allcock then equalised for the 6ths before Andy Caston twice scored for the 5ths both side of a response by Fabien Mitchell to clinch a 4-3 win for his team. Let’s hope for similar fare on Saturday!

The Ladies’ 7ths get their post-Christmas/New Year programme underway when they play Norwich City 7ths away with a late start of 4.45.

The fortunes of our team in the second half of the season (especially the Men’s teams) will depend on the availability of players. It is hoped that those with school commitments will make themselves available whenever possible.

The Boys’ Development are without a game this Saturday but as last weekend (when Dereham called off) a training game is planned for 10.45 at Weybread.

Good luck as always to all our teams this weekend. Please see the Latest News page of the website for the full list of fixtures.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
10/1/17

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U18 Girls Indoor East Regional Final

HARLESTON MAGPIES U18 GIRLS ENJOY A SUPER SATURDAY.

East U18 Club Indoor Champions

Harleston Magpies won the Norfolk U18 girls indoor hockey final and qualified for the East regional final which took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Essex university. Magpies had five games to play against teams from Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Cambridgeshire with the top two teams qualifying for the National final which takes over the weekend of 21st/22nd January 2017.

Harleston’s first match was against Canterbury who were representing Kent. Magpies won the opening game 2-0 with goals from Sophie Child and Lauren Rowe.

The next match was against St Albans representing Herefordshire and after Magpies going a goal behind won the match 2-1, goals scored by Sophie Child and the winner from Charlotte Seaman.

Our third match was against neighbouring Suffolk rivals Ipswich, goals from Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Sophie Child meant we won the match 4-2.

Three games played and with two games remaining Magpies knew they had a great chance to qualify for the U18 girls National indoor hockey final in Croydon on 21st/22nd January 2017 and next up to play was Peterborough representing Cambridgeshire. Magpies played some great attacking hockey and won the game 7-1, goal scorers were Lauren Rowe 4, Anna Tighe 2 and Sophie Child.

Alice Gooch was having a good afternoon in goal for Magpies and the whole team were growing in confidence as the competition went on. The final game was against Old Loughtonions from Essex who also went into this match knowing a positive result would send them through to the National final.

Magpies started the game strongly and soon went 1-0 ahead thanks to a goal from Lauren Rowe, this was soon followed by the best goal of the afternoon when a slick passing move involving all five outfield players was finished by Anna Tighe. Anna then added a third and Katie Crawford completed a fantastic afternoon by scoring the fourth goal and securing a 4-0 win. Magpies finished the afternoon with the proud record of played 5, won 5 and finished U18 girls indoor hockey East champions.

Magpies will now represent the East region at the National final.
Harleston Magpies squad: Victoria Findlay (captain), Alice Gooch (GK), Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Seaman, Katie Crawford, Sophie Child.

Match report/press release of Santas v Elves – Saturday 10 December 2016

Santas and elves take time out for hockey at Harleston Magpies

On Saturday 10th December Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted what is hoped to become an annual Dads – v- Lads Christmas hockey fixture. The game was played at Weybread over four quarters in high spirits between thirteen Santa dads, just one Mrs Claus and twenty two keen and highly excitable elves.

A jovial crowd warmed by mulled wine cheered on the players and were treated to a festive game of hockey, which ultimately finished 1-1 after an overtime short corner was converted by the Elves.

Event organiser and Magpies Boys Development Team Manager Mark Emms said: ‘The spirit of this summer’s Rio Olympics GB hockey success still lives on at Magpies Hockey Club, and we had lots of dads keen to try out their stick skills with a festive twist. A Christmas fancy dress Dads –v-Lads match seemed just the ticket!

Mr Emms continued: ‘We all enjoy the competitive cup and league hockey we play across the different age groups here at Harleston Magpies, but it’s also important to make time for friendly socials like this’.

After the game players and spectators enjoyed hot turkey rolls and hospitality in the club house provided by parents. James Smith, the Club’s Boys Youth Development Officer was delighted with the turn out, saying: ‘It’s great to be able to celebrate our achievements so far this season in such festive style. With our growing youth membership, we’ll be arranging more friendlies and fun tournaments in the future’.

Bex Pottruff

Match report – U18 Boys – Saturday 10 December 2016

EAST U18 BOYS INDOOR FINALS – UEA
SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016

Having qualified for the East finals as a lucky loser, Magpies were determined to acquit themselves well in this round-robin event and to try to qualify for the national finals to defend their title.

City of Peterborough – Lost 3-2
Magpies were handed a tough opening match against a strong looking Peterborough team. The game started at a frenetic pace with both sides playing some good hockey. Unfortunately, Magpies didn’t convert their early chances and found themselves 3-0 done at half-time. Undeterred, the team upped the intensity in the second half and it was no surprise when Archie Winter scored to reduce the arrears. Magpies now had control of the game and Sam Paterson scored the second to ensure a tense finish. With Peterborough now on the back foot an equaliser looked possible but the final touch eluded the hard working Magpies’ forwards so the boys had to settle for a loss despite a very encouraging performance.

IES –  Drew 4-4
Next up were IES and in a good opening spell Archie put the team 1-0 up and seemingly in control of the game. However, IES were in determined mood and pulled a goal back to show we had another tough tie on our hands. Matt Bensly restored the lead only for IES to score 2 quick goals to lead 3-2 at the break. The second half continued in similar vein with Vincent Leruth scoring the third only for IES to take the lead again. However, in the final couple of minutes Archie scored again and, with time running out secured a short corner, but despite a superb drag flick from Sam, Magpies just couldn’t apply the final touch.

Norwich Dragons – Won 5-2
Knowing a win was vital to stand any chance of qualifying for the finals Magpies started well quickly taking the lead through a goal by Sam. Unfortunately, a lapse in concentration saw Dragons equalise. Again, Magpies upped the intensity and goals from Myles and Sam saw them lead 3-1 at the break. Dragons had to come out in the second half to try and get back into the game, which opened up the pitch and Magpies capitalised on more space taking a 5-1 lead with Sam grabbing his third and Archie scoring from a short corner. Dragons scored a 2nd goal but Magpies closed out the final stages of the match to record their first victory.

Saffron Walden – Won 7-0
Next up was a potential banana-skin as Saffron Walden had a young but talented side. Nerves were quickly settled when Myles opened the scoring and Magpies took control with goals from Vincent, Archie and Sol Barker to lead 4-0 at the break. The second half was slightly scrappy as the squad was rotated to ensure we could rest everyone before the final game. However, goals from Matt, Sam and Sol gave us a real boost going into the “win-at-all-costs” tie against Old Loughtonians.

Old Loughtonians – Won 3-2
The game started in the worst possible way with Old Loughts scoring in the 1st minute. Magpies slowly took control of the game and went in 2-1 at half-time via goals from Sam and Myles. Knowing the next goal was crucial Magpies extended their lead with another goal from Myles. The final few minutes should have seen the game killed-off but Magpies couldn’t beat a determined Old Loughts keeper. With time running out Old Loughts scored to make it 3-2 but with time up Magpies knew they had secured the victory to see them finish as runners-up to C of P and with it a place in the national finals to be played in Telford over the weekend of 21/22 January.

Overall, this was a superb team performance with Magpies improving in each match and deservedly finishing in second place. Well done to the whole squad and to coach Richard Larkin for his tactical input throughout the day.

Squad – Will Graver (GK), Myles King (C), Sam Paterson, Archie Winter, Vincent Leruth, Jonty Herschel-Shorland, Sol Barker, Ben Kilburn, Jolyon Summers, Matt Bensly

Stuart Peters (manager)

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 6 December 2016

LADIES’ 7THS AND MEN’S 2NDS PROVIDE NEEDED CHEER

I have to admit that on occasions my hockey glass is half empty and last Saturday was one of those occasions! From the moment the Girls’ Development conceded their first goal of the season in losing to Norwich City in the opening game at Weybread until the Ladies’ 4ths lost to Norwich City 3rds I was not the only one to feel a sense of gloom. Played eight, lost seven was our home record. Fortunately the weather was mild for the considerable number of spectators and we were cheered by the Ladies’ 7ths beating Loddon 2nds 5-2. We were further cheered by the news that away from home the Men’s 2nds had beaten Blueharts 2nds 4-1, the Boys’ Development had beaten Norwich City 7-2 and that there were draws for the Ladies’ 3rds, Men’s 3rds and Men’s 5ths.

The Ladies’ 7ths and Men’s 2nds deserve joint top billing this week for their excellent wins and I will start with the Ladies’ 7ths who are a happy blend of youth and experience including some ‘back-to-hockey’ Mums. Fiona Brice, playing in central midfield, put them two up against Loddon 2nds in the first six minutes and after a response from Loddon Fiona completed her hat-trick by half time. Evie Tibbenham put them further ahead with her seventh goal of the season and while Loddon again hit back Fiona was on hand to make the final score 5-2. The team celebrated with sherry and After Eights!

I always ask our away captains to give me a few words regarding their games and I can do no better than quote Lawrence Baynes in full regarding the Men’s 2nds very welcome win over Blueharts 2nds.

We got our first away win on Saturday. Tris [Baynes] scored a short corner, then Vince [Leruth] scored a tap in after Matt Bensly had done some good work down the base line. 2-0 at half time. We soaked up a lot of pressure with George [Baldwin] playing well in goal. Tris scored an open play goal then got his third with a cracking drag flick into the top left corner. They scored a consolation in the last minute. Tris MOTM.

Back to Weybread.

The Girls’ Development, under player-manager Sandra Elliner, have enjoyed an excellent season (when their opponents are not calling off) and their 2-0 defeat by a talented Norwich City side was a reminder that losing is an inevitable part of playing sport and they are sure to bounce back after Christmas.

AUCTION OF PROMISES Saturday 4 March 2017. Please put the date in your diary!
We have now gratefully received eighteen ‘Promises’ – please see the club’s website for more information and for full details of the event including how to offer ‘Promises’ or items for auction! This is the club’s major fund raising event of the season and provides an opportunity for everyone to make a contribution by offering Lots and/or attending the evening to make bids.

Next into action were the Ladies’ 5ths looking for their seventh straight win and when 2-0 up against Diss with goals by Jose Tibbenham (the team’s leading scorer with 10) and Grace Collison all seemed to be going nicely. However, Diss hit back in the second half to win 3-2. This was an awful and lethargic display by the team and their worst in three years. Not my words I hasten to add but those of skipper Jose! Let’s hope a 10.00am start at bracing Lowestoft away to Railway this coming Saturday sees them return to form.

After losing to Dereham in the closing seconds on the first day of the season the Ladies’ 2nds were looking to right matters in their return game but it never happened as, frankly, they never really got going after Dereham converted a fifth minute penalty corner. Dereham looked sharper throughout and they increased their lead with a sweeping move from right to left. To their credit Magpies didn’t concede again in a goalless second half and despite this disappointing defeat they can be pleased with their season to-date.

If you want to see goals and some fast and exciting action the Men’s 1sts are your team – with plenty of goals at both ends! Wearing their smart new waterproof shirts for the first time, supplied by team sponsors Dynamic Club shops, they were up against second-placed St Albans looking to reverse their 4-1 opening day defeat in a game which the St Albans’ management admitted could have been won by Magpies. In another exciting game Magpies started and ended the game on top. Between these phases they went 3-0 down (2-0 at half time) before fighting back to draw level with ten minutes remaining.

Ben Wright converted a penalty stroke for his 22nd goal of the season before a brace by MOTM Myles King (a skilful deflection and a shot just inside the left post) had the home support buzzing and urging their team onto victory. But with two minutes to go and with Magpies’ skipper and defender Leigh Sitch off injured St Albans mounted an attack down the right and their bench were cheering the winner before the ball hit the back of the net. A draw would have been a fair result but sport doesn’t work like that. ‘Well done’ to St Albans, coached by England manager Andy Halliday, and the same praise to Magpies, despite their first defeat since 1 October in a game a credit to our sport, and to umpires Peter Lemon and Nick Lockhart.

James Meek in action against St Albans Photo courtesy of Pat Leate
James Meek in action against St Albans Photo courtesy of Pat Leate

The game was sadly the last for Magpies by James Meek. James, who is an avionics technician, is leaving the army at the end of the month and returning to Doncaster where he has bought a house. His plan is to join Doncaster HC while looking for another engineering job either in this country or abroad. Meeky, who has played for the Army, joined Magpies in December 2013 and quickly established himself as both a hard working first team player and a very popular and committed member of the club. We will miss him and we wish him all the very best for the future. James knows he will always be very welcome back at the club as a player or just socially.

A quick look now at other home games. The Men’s 4ths copied the Ladies’ 5ths in surrendering a 2-0 lead after goals by Neil Watson and Alex Kilbourn to lose 3-2 to Lowestoft Railway 2nds; the Men’s 6ths were up against third placed Dereham 3rds going down 5-0 while the Ladies’ 4ths were not at their best in losing 3-0 to Norwich City 3rds in the last game of the day.

While I type away it has just dawned on me that we got something from all our away matches so Saturday’s gloom has lifted a little! I have already covered the Men’s 2nds. The Ladies’ 3rds got a good point in their 1-1 draw with Yarmouth who are just above them in their league. The club’s leading scorer Georgie Cantrell got their goal taking her total for the season to 26 (including goals she has scored for the 4ths and U14s). The Ladies’ 6ths got an excellent 1-0 win over high flying Norwich City 6ths with Lydia Barrett scoring in the second half while the Men’s 5ths drew 3-3 with Thetford Town. Two down in the first five minutes they fought back well with a brace from Andy Johnson bringing them level. James Harvey was in top form in goal. After the break Andy completed his hat-trick before Thetford got a deserved equaliser.

Despite a strong start the Men’s 3rds found themselves 2-0 down against Lowestoft Railway before Greg Jagger created an opening for Gavin Cole. Now playing the better hockey Magpies drew level when Gavin scored his second with a penalty stroke conversion and they went ahead five minutes from time through Jon Aldridge only for Railway to get a deserved equaliser making the final score 3-3. Meanwhile the Boys’ Development were scoring seven goals for the second successive week in beating Norwich City 7-2. They were 3-1 ahead at half time through Ed Brice, Joe Wicks and Archie Derbyshire before further goals by Joe, Ben Emms and two from Sam Emms after he was moved to centre forward.

The club is through to the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Men’s Over 40’s Cup following their 6-0 away win on Sunday over Luton Town. First half goals by skipper Tristan Baynes, who was in commanding form before tearing a hamstring in the second half, and Gavin Cole, with a brace, had Magpies three up at half time. After the break Magpies continued to dominate, except for a good spell by Luton near the end of the game, and further goals came from Roger Kent (2) and Gus Wilkinson. This was an excellent performance by the Magpies ‘eleven’ who will be hoping for some of their injured team-mates to be fit, including Tristan, for the next round on Sunday 12 February away to Cambridge City.

The U18 Boys have been granted a lifeline with the news that Norfolk now has two representatives in the East Indoor Finals so they will be joining Norwich Dragons at the UEA on Saturday.

With most league fixtures now over until after Christmas our only teams playing on Saturday, in addition to the U18 Boys, are the Ladies’ 3rds, in a re-arranged fixture against Ipswich 2nds  (NB.  now 11.00), and the Ladies’ 4ths, 5ths and 6ths. Good luck to all our teams. Please see the website for more details.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
6/12/16

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies 3 – St Albans 4

Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club shops, hosted St Albans at The Nest looking to finish on a high before the Christmas break, while also looking for revenge for the 4-1 defeat suffered in the reverse fixture. While player-coach Ben Wright distracted the opposition management the rest of the squad avoided dawdling and warmed up like they meant business.

As the game started Pies immediately showed their intent with some slick moves. Before long, Jack Knight was played through and with clearly no other possible options he was forced to wildly swing at the ball, narrowly missing at the near post. Undeterred, Pies continued pushing and the game picked up to a frantic pace with both teams turning over the ball repeatedly. Eventually it was St Albans who broke the deadlock with a baseline carry before pulling the ball back to score. Magpies continued to push and created more chances but it was St Albans who would stike again when the usually solid Leigh Sitch misjudged a reverse stick pick and Albans snuck in behind to win a corner. Magpies didn’t stand a chance as the ball was riffled in at unstopable speed. 2-0 Albans.

After some stern words at half time, and much soul searching, Magpies returned to the pitch knowing that they had overturned a worse deficit to win at Old Loughts. This optimism was promptly tested when another Albans penalty corner found its way into the net. It fell to Magpies’ other centre back to provide uplifting words of encouragement to the team and it wasn’t long before the frontline made a breakthrough. Ben Wright made a good run down the left of the pitch and fortunately his mis-hit shot fell to Myles King, who confidently slotted home. Magpies finally started building some momentum and pushed to carry on the comeback and it wasn’t long before Knight collected a long aerial and was brought down as he raced past the keeper. Wright selflessly stepped up to take the penalty stroke and make it a one goal game.

Magpies were determined not to concede another and threw their bodies on the line when Leigh Sitch took a nasty blow to his knee. With the resilience of the back 4 allowing a platform for Magpies to continue to build on Man of the match King completed the comeback when he rushed onto Wright’s pass and pushed the ball into the bottom corner. The momentum was all with Magpies and when St Albans went down to 10 men, after a harsh yellow, Pies pushed for the all important winner. Another goal looked certain as the pressure continued to build but as Magpies piled players forward it was Albans who snatched the winner, catching Magpies on the break and rushing up the pitch to slide the ball under Livings. A disappointing result in a game the Pies will feel they could have won.

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

James Meek
James Meek
Tom Sumner
Tom Sumner
Leigh Sitch
Leigh Sitch
Ben Wright
Ben Wright

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies 4 – Bedford 4

Harleston sponsored by Dynamic Sport entertained Bedford at the nest on a sunny Autumn day to complete their first round of fixtures in the league. Harleston welcomed back Archie Winter who had missed last weeks game due to an England training camp.

Harleston started the game the better side and were soon able to pick the ball off the faltering Bedford back four. Despite turning the ball over regularly it wasn’t until super sub Richard Larkin broke the dead lock after winning the ball the dynamic utility man broke forward before receiving the ball back before slotting in at the back post with only his third touch of the ball. In a half which Harleston started to dominate the home side had to wait for their second goal following a sweeping counter attacking move Archie Winter’s first shot was blocked but the bouncing rebound found Jack Knight at the back post who volleyed the ball into roof of the net. Harleston continued to play well but couldn’t extend their lead. With 30 seconds left to play Harleston were reduced to 10 players when a turn over in midfield meant that Matt Richardson had no choice but to bring his man down and correctly received his marching orders for a 2 minute sit down. This meant that Harleston were forced onto the back foot for the remainder of the half but had Leigh Sitch to thank when he made a clean diving reverse stick tackle in the D to prevent a clear goal scoring opportunity.

Although Harleston had the lead they knew that Bedford would not roll over in the second half. As predicted Bedford came out fighting and continued to press Harleston back into their own 25. With 10 minutes of the second half play a ball into the Harleston D caused confusion after two miss traps the ball fell to a Bedford forward for a simple tap in. This goal woke Harleston up and they soon added a third goal when the front three of Jack Knight, Ben Wright and Archie Winter combined wonderfully to allow Archie Winter with a simple finish at the back post.

Despite continuing to dominate possession some turn over of the ball allowed Bedford to start to look dangerous as their man of the match David Appleton started to cause havoc in midfield. This allowed Bedford to score two quick unanswered short corners, the first with a good deflection and the second with a powerful strike. The game was then completely flipped on it’s head as Bedford took the lead after John Livings had made a good initial save the rebound fell kindly to the Bedford attacker and he lifted the ball over Livings.

Harleston decided to change their press and the aggression paid off as Thomas Ridley won a strong tackle on the right which released Ben Wright who won a short corner. The resultant corner allowed Jack Knight to deflect the ball into the post man and the resultant penalty stroke was tucked away by Ben Wright.

Although the home team salvaged a point it very much felt like 2 dropped. The team know that next week they will need to be at their defensive best as they face St Albans at home.

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

Ben Wright
Ben Wright
Thomas Ridley
Thomas Ridley
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U18
U18
U18
U18
U18

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Saffron Walden 1 – Harleston Magpies 8

Harleston Magpies travelled to Saffron Walden looking to continue their fabulous run of form. The squad travelled with Archie Winter away on England duties and were still without Robbie Kinsella and although Ben Wright travelled he was far from 100% fit.

Harleston started the game the better side but were occasionally caught out by long balls played through from the Saffron Walden centre backs. In an open 10 minutes it was Harleston who took the lead when a superb solo effort from Jack Knight settled into the bottom corner through goal keepers legs after a mazy run along the base line. Harleston soon found themselves two goals to the good following a couple of short corners which were not injected well eventually Matt Richardson injected the ball with pace and the half fit Ben Wright fired a drag flick past the goalkeeper. Harleston now seemed to be in control but in a twist of fate they were reduced to 10 players when Stuart Leate was sin binned following a robust challenge and conversation with the umpire. This pushed Harleston onto the back foot and eventually Saffron Walden were able to convert one of their short corners following a re-bound.

Despite going into half time only one goal ahead Harelston were not worried knowing that they had played the better hockey of the first half and they knew that a similar performance would ensure that they travelled back with all 3 points.

Harleston again started the second half well looking to hit Saffron Walden on the counter attack. The away side continued to play good flowing hockey and got their rewards from their reliable short corner routines. Sam Paterson scored a quick fire brace rifling in two powerful and accurate short corner drag flicks. Ben Wright then grabbed his second of the day before Jack Knight also scored his second with a neat deflection at the near post into the roof of the net. After scoring his first senior goal last weekend Richard Larkin continued his scoring streak with a neat deflection in front of the goal keeper. Ben Wright then tried to complete his hat trick with a short corner drag flick but his effort lacked the power and accuracy that Sam Paterson’s had shown. Luckily Harleston did win one more corner and Sam Paterson stepped up and completed his hat trick from the top of the circle.

Next Saturday Harleston entertain Bedford at home at 12:00pm.

Photos courtesy Pat Leate

Andrew Bedwell
Andrew Bedwell
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Defence
Leigh Sitch
Leigh Sitch
Matt Richardson
Matt Richardson
Richard Larkin
Richard Larkin
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U18

Match Report: Magpies Girls U14 Championships – Midlands League 4 – Match 3 v Cambridge City

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Magpies travelled to Cambridge knowing the winner of this top of the table clash would top the group with three games played and two to go.

A clash of the titans was what we expected and was exactly what we got. Where in previous games players of both sides had enjoyed the luxury of space and time no quarter was given in this game. Tackles were full on and the pace was relentless, mistakes, even by the very best, were inevitable. But who was to prevail?

Magpies started the better with runs from right, left and centre all making inroads to the Cambridge final quarter who in turn stood resolute and made more effective counter-attacks with our midfield seemingly unable to cut out defence to attack balls. With 15 minutes gone and nothing on the board to show the tables were starting to turn and Magpies early dominance was starting to be reversed by the hosts.

Then we really did it! After a period of hard fought possession in around the 20th minute in the City final third Georgie C found an opening in the D and slid the ball past the keeper to the opposite left hand posting quite literally edging Magpies in front. And how City responded. The final 10 minutes of the first half was a Cambridge onslaught during which our defence, and Grace in particular rose their game to the occasion. A combination of Cambridge misfiring at PCs and very brave #1 running from Molly kept our clean sheet at half time.

We expected a response in the second half and Cambridge gave it. Whilst out possession may have been even in the first 15 minutes of the second the territory all belonged to Cambridge who tried every route possible to penetrate our defence and eventually and deservedly equalised. The Cambridge pressure continued but our defence stood resolute and the harder we worked the luckier we got. Several counter attacks ensued and on one Georgie G made a fabulous run giving her a one on one with the keeper which she coolly despatched.

Ten minutes left and the every member of the team gave everything – no-one singled out so the team sheet below because every one of the team gave their defensive all.

Cambridge literally tried everything to win and would have tunnelled their way to goal if it had been an option but they weren’t to be given the chance and with much relief and a few hoarse voices we celebrated the final whistle.

And with that Magpies edge their way to the top of the table with two games (Dragons and Pelicans) to go:

  1. Magpies 7pts
  2. Cambridge 6pts
  3. Norwich City 5pts
  4. Pelicans 4pts
  5. Bury 3pts
  6. Norwich Dragons 0pts

Team: Alice Wiseman, Amelia Slade, Amy Collison, Beth Moodie, Ellen Pope, Georgie Cantrell, Georgie Gardens, Grace Robertson, Honey Lamdin, Molly Warnes, Olivia Lapage, Victoria Spouncer

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies 6 – Cambridge City 2nds 1

Harleston Magpies hosted Cambridge in a fixture that saw the return of a few familiar faces to the club, Zum Akhter and Donnie Archer were representing Cambridge after their brief stints at Harleston last season. With the harsh weather conditions subsiding the game got underway and chances were created at either end. The majority of possession was with the home side, but the first blood was drawn by ex-magpie Zum Akhter when a short corner flick hit a foot on the line and he neatly converted the subsequent penalty flick.

The home team rallied after this initial setback, dug deep and started producing some attacking flair producing chance after chance. Harleston player coach Ben Wright continued his vein of fine form scoring their first drag flick of the match. The momentum well and truly shifted and the Harleston team’s quick counter-attacking hockey became too much for their opponents. Ben Wright added a second, Jack Knight scored another superb diving deflection before Matt Richardson rounded off the first half scoring with an expertly taken upright reverse stick finish.

With the home team in control they struggled to play at the same intensity as they did in the first half and although John Livings was rarely troubled in goal thanks to excellent defensive displays from Sam Paterson, Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch, Tom Sumner and man of the match Tom Ridley the home side were only able to add two more goals to their tally. Ben Wright completed his hatrick before Richard Larkin calmly sat Donnie Archer down before flicking the ball over him to score his first 1st team goal. Harleston did create more chances but some ambitious finishing meant that they could not extend their lead.

The final score ended 6-1 to the home team who look to continue climbing the table and keep their aspirations of promotion alive.

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

Ben Wright
Ben Wright
Thomas Ridley
Thomas Ridley
Tom Sumner
Tom Sumner
U18 Magpie
U18 Magpie
U18 Magpie
U18 Magpie

Match report – Men’s O40s – Sunday 13 November 2016

Magpies Men’s O40s 5 City of Peterborough Men’s O40s 0

After a bye in the first round Magpies were making their debut in the EH Cup when entertaining City of Peterborough at a bright and dry Weybread. Remembrance Sunday was marked with traditional respect before the game.

In various states of fitness and match practice Magpies were soon into their stride and by the time the majority of spectators had left the clubhouse they were ahead when Neil Toulson brought back memories of his first team days with a neat finish. Soon afterwards Gavin Cole added a second and it seemed that the home side were on their way to a handsome victory. But Peterborough had other ideas and they gradually came into the game and approaching half time they had their best spell of the game forcing Steve Halliley in the home goal to make a series of fine saves.

After the break Magpies reasserted their dominance moving to a comfortable 5-0 win with a goal by Matt Brand and further efforts by Neil and Gavin.

For the record the Magpies’ squad on this notable occasion was –

Tristan Baynes (captain), Steve Halliley, Eric Davy, James Smith, Andy Smith, Phil Cobbald, Bob Skinner, Jerry Blackmore, David Francis, James Stacey, Matt Brand, Martin Reader, Neil Toulson, Gavin Cole, Angus Wilkinson.

In the next round Magpies are away to Luton Town on Sunday 4 December.

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

David Francis
David Francis
James Stacey
James Stacey
Martin Reader
Martin Reader
Neil Toulson (with ball) and Matt Brand
Neil Toulson (with ball) and Matt Brand
Phil Cobbald
Phil Cobbald
Tristan Baynes
Tristan Baynes

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Harleston crowned the Kings of comebacks

Old Loughtonians 3 – Harleston Magpies 4

Harleston travelled to Old Loughts to face top of the table and unbeaten Old Loughts in a late push back on Saturday. Harleston travelled without Robbie Kinsella illness and Thomas Ridley holiday leaving the squad with a bare bones 13.

Harleston did make a great start to the game as predicted by player coach Ben Wright following a slow warm up. Harleston soon found themselves a goal down when a long ball found an Old Loughts forward who drew another defender before finding an unmarked team mate on the back post. Harleston continued to work on their press but despite stealing the ball off the Old Loughts players the team were unable to capitalise on their counter attacks.

Harleston’s day soon got worse with another crash ball being expertly deflected off an Old Loughts player into the bottom corner of the goal leaving John Livings with no chance. It could have been worse for the away team as Andrew Bedwell managed to scamper back and clear a goal bound effort off the line. With the team up against it Harleston were dealt another huge blow when James Meek was forced off the field bravely charging down a short corner which hit his knee pad but the damage was too much for the army tough man to carry on.

Harleston continued to battle bravely and managed to hang on until half time just the two goals down.

Harleston came out fighting in the second half knowing that they had created chances in the first half and with a different approach to the press knew that they were still in the game. Again however a lapse in concentration at the back allowed an Old Loughts forward with a simple tap in at the back post. The home crowd now buoyed by the score line were in fine voice but Harleston’s never say die attitude meant that they were still in the game.

Despite Old Loughts continuing to press high Harleston were able to outlet well through man of the match Tom Sumner who utilised his skill and trick box well to get out of some sticky situations. With 17 minutes to play this out letting allowed the midfield and forward unit to start to dominate and they soon worked a good ball down the left which Myles King deflected in at the near post.

Harleston were now playing the better hockey and won a short corner which was expertly deflected by a sliding Jack Knight at the back post. Now with 10 minutes to go and still need goals Harleston continued to play controlled hockey, as a result they soon pulled another goal back through Matt Richardson at a short corner with 6 minutes to go.

Now at level pegging and Old Loughts swaying near the ropes like a tired and stunned boxer Harleston turned the ball over in midfield following a robust challenge from Simon Hipwell and Stuart Leate freed Richard Larkin down the left. The ball was then fed to Ben Wright who found Jack Knight at the back post with a bobbly pass to tap home and hand the advantage to Harleston with 4 minutes remaining.

Harleston knew they would need to weather a storm for these 4 minutes as Old Loughts applied pressure. The whole team were standing strong in face of the pressure until an unfortunate slip from Simon Hipwell handed Old Loughts a short corner with a couple of minutes left. The short corner defensive unit of John Livings, Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch, Matt Richardson and Ben Wright bravely rebuffed numerous short corners for the remainder of the game to hang on for a vital win and inflict Old Loughts first defeat on them.

Next week Harleston face Cambridge City 2’s at home at 2:00pm.

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

Ben Wright
Ben Wright
Matt Richardson
Matt Richardson
James Meek
James Meek
Jack Knight
Jack Knight
Stuart Leate
Stuart Leate

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies 5 – 1 Cambridge Uni

After back to back wins, Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Sport were looking to continue their good run of form by welcoming Cambridge Uni to The Nest. With mixed fortunes from previous games against this side, Magpies knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game.

Cambridge Uni started the game having the majority of the possession but were unable to cause any problems due to a very compact midfield and defence from the home side. Counter-attacks were where magpies created a few half chances in the early stages using the pace of Archie Winter and Ben Wright up front to cause the oppositions back four some problems.

It continued this way, until a counter attack became successful as a beautifully weighted pass from Matt Richardson found player-coach Ben Wright to neatly slot the ball into the goal past the oncoming keeper. Magpies continued to create chances leading to a couple of short corners. One of which Jack Knight couldn’t get on the end of for a deflection and another was cleared off the line by one of the post men.

Cambridge did start to cause a threat in the latter of the first half, working out that aerials were the best option to try break through the Harleston wall. But magpies back four of Leigh Sitch, Andrew Bedwell, Tom Sumner and Sam Patterson looked both comfortable and confident to deal with any danger that Uni could conjure up. Harleston then made it 2-0 from another beautifully slotted pass finding man of the match Archie Winter to neatly lift over the keeper and hit the backboard. It could have been 3-0 before half-time but a rebound off the keeper and a flick at goal judged to be cleared just in front of the goal legally although many of the Harleston players thought otherwise. Harleston finished 2-0 up at the half time break.

After a successful first half, Magpies kept their same disciplined formation for the start of the second and so was a similar start as the first with Cambridge enjoying most of the early possession. Cambridge became stronger and more intelligent as the game went on causing a bit of confusion especially down our left hand side but the likes of Tom Ridley and Sam Patterson were able to deal with any pressure supplied. Harleston’s biggest threat was looking down the left hand side with some long balls down the line for our forwards to turn and take on defenders 1v1 which led to a few half chances but weren’t converted and a short corner. The corner was well worked and a sliding deflection from Captain Leigh Sitch added another goal to his tally for the season.

Unlike previous weeks Harleston kept their discipline resulting in no cards received in the full 70 minutes making sure no added pressure was able to be caused by the young and athletic University side. Cambridge did have the odd chance in the second half but were unable to convert thanks to John Livings staying strong in goal and keeping his clean sheet still intact. Ben Wright then produced a moment of brilliance from the left hand corner going past 3 defenders and cutting back from the baseline to pass the ball past the keepers left foot for 4-0.

Eventually more pressure supplied by the University side meant they pulled a goal back driving along the baseline and passing it across for a simple tap-in. After that the game became more stretched leaving a lot of open space especially on the right hand side of the pitch for Richard Larkin to drive into and cross the ball hoping for a Magpies forward to get on the end off. The goal did come from the right hand side though with James Meek driving into the D and smashing the ball into the roof of the net leaving the keeper no chance. It could have been at least a couple more from a reverse stick strike from Archie just going wide and an unselfish pass from Andrew Bedwell across the goal but some confusion between two Magpies players meant the score stayed and finished 5-1.

Harleston travel to top of the league Old Loughtonians next weekend hoping to continue their good run of form and end the opposition’s 100% record.

Man of the Match – Archie Winter

Photos Courtesy of Pat Leate

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(U18)
Ben Wright
Ben Wright
Ben Wright shoots for goal supported by Leigh Sitch (13), James Meek and Andrew Bedwell (2)
Ben Wright shoots for goal supported by Leigh Sitch (13), James Meek and Andrew Bedwell (2)
(U18) under the watchful eye of umpire Peter Lemon
(U18) under the watchful eye of umpire Peter Lemon
Tom Sumner
Tom Sumner

U10A Girls at the Harleston Magpies tournament

Sadly only three teams entered the Gold U10A Girls tournament – Magpies, Norwich City and Norwich Dragons – and so we were scheduled to play each of our opponents twice. First up was Dragons and the Magpies team got off to a great start winning 5-0 with a hat-trick from Natalie and the others from Emily and Daisy. All these goals were great team efforts with some of the moves starting right from our circle. Next it was Norwich City and this was as usual an end-to-end affair with both teams attacking and defending well. Magpies scored through Beth and the score remained 1-0. After a much anticipated trip to the chocolate tombola the girls were in high spirits as they took to the pitch for Norwich Dragons round two. This time the Dragons were a more organised opposition and it took some good moves to break down their defence with the final score being a 3-0 win (Beth 2, Natalie 1). Finally the morning ended with the second match against Norwich City. Although we knew by then a draw would be enough to win the tournament the Magpies team were in no mood to settle for that and went all out for the win, scoring with pretty much the first move of the game. The Magpies side were more dominant in this game and the final score was a 3-1 win (goals from Emily 2 and Natalie), with Rebekah in goal getting her first action of the day!

Next up is our expedition to deepest Norfolk for the Pelicans tournament on Nov 13th and hopefully more variety in opposition.

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Harleston Magpies Mens 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies men’s 1st XI vs. Letchworth

Won 4-2

After a positive result last week against Chelmsford, Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, were keen to push on and get another win under their belts. Their opposition came as a newly promoted Letchworth team who had started the season off strongly.

Harleston started off the game well looking tight at the back and put Letchworth under pressure straight away with a flurry of good chances; however they were unable to convert, with Jack Knight coming the closest, when his shot that blazed just past the outside of the post.

The breakthrough came halfway through the first half from a well won short corner. Ben Wright added to his goal tally of the season when his drag flick which was seemingly going wide took a large deflection taking it past the keeper to give Harleston the lead. This gave the team confidence to push even harder with Matt Richardson getting the best chance of the remainder of half when he found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, but was unable to convert as he went for power over accuracy, yet achieved neither. This meant the team went into half time leading one nil.

After a rousing team talk from Captain Leigh Sitch and player-coach Ben Wright, the team came out with renewed passion. However, they may have instilled a bit too much passion, with the team getting three cards in six minutes for a trio of bad stick tackles. This really built up pressure and allowed Letchworth to put on the pressure and get on the front foot for the first time in the match. The team somehow managed to make it through this spell without conceding due to some strong defensive work from the whole of the team, only to concede minutes after getting back to full strength taking the score to 1-1. A nervous period of hockey ensued with both teams looking shaky.

Again Harleston capitalised and took the lead after Richardson expertly crossed the ball to Myles King to score his first 1st team goal of the season. At 2-1, Harleston again looked comfortable until Letchworth managed to win a succession of short corners late into the half. These were expertly defended by goalkeeper John Livings and right post man Andrew Bedwell, however Harleston gave away one too many of these corners and a deflected shot made its way into the back of the net, again taking the two teams level.

With five minutes left to go, a draw looked ever likely, but the game was not up yet. The team again pressed on looking to score a late winner which came when, after winning the ball deep into enemy territory; Ben Wright crossed the ball for Archie Winter to expertly volley the ball home at his shoulder height. This gave Harleston the boost they needed and after a final five minutes of strong defensive work and possession keeping the game was out of reach for Letchworth, with the final whistle going just as Harleston won the last short corner of the game. With the last play of the game, Archie winter got his second goal of the game after his drag flick deflected past the keeper, taking the final score to 4-2 in Harleston’s favour.

POTM – Stuart Leate

Scorers – Ben Wright, Myles King, Archie Winter x 2

Photos courtesy of Pat Leate

Thomas Ridley
Thomas Ridley
Matt Richardson
Matt Richardson
Archie Winter
Archie Winter
Ben Wright
Ben Wright
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Matt and Ben