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
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 PROMISESSaturday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Norwich City 5pts
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Played eight, won eight. What a Saturday it was for our ladies’ teams – and the men didn’t do too badly either on a day when the 1sts hit top form with an emphatic win. In all we had twelve wins, one draw and just two losses in fifteen games with 53 goals for and 20 against.
But the day belonged to the ladies and the 7ths set the ball rolling at Weybread with a 5-0 win over Carrow 2nds with all their goals coming in the first half. After her brace the previous week Evie Tibbenham went one better with a hat-trick following goals by Shirley McAllen and Karen Ray. This was Karen’s last game before her move to Spain for the winter with her partner Richard. Karen has done an enormous amount for the club and will be greatly missed. More about Karen next week.
Next on the water-based were the in-form and impressive 2nds and they were soon into their stride against Bedford 2nds with goals by Laura Tibbenham and Alice Woollatt. Following a response by the visitors Laura scored again and after the break Kara Kilbourn made it 4-1 to secure victory for her side which has taken ten points from their last four games. This coming Saturday they are away to Colchester (12.30).
On a day almost ideal for playing and watching hockey the question was could the 1sts make things even better for the club on captain Lucy Belsey’s birthday (she is a little over 21!) when they took on Southgate. The answer was ‘yes’ but they twice had to come from behind before making sure of an excellent and exciting 5-3 victory. Former South Africa Olympian Alex Fenwick gave Southgate an early lead with a reverse stick shot after initially appearing to have lost control of the ball and they continued to look dangerous before in a good spell of home pressure Maria Andrews equalised with a reverse stick chip. Fenwick scored again early in the second half but within five minutes Magpies were level when Tor Findlay took a pass from Maria before rounding the goalkeeper for the goal of the game. In the 58th and 59th minutes Lucy Whiting was on hand to convert two penalty corners before Debbie Francis made it 5-2 six minutes later. Fenwick completed her hat-trick in the final minute with another rasping penalty corner conversion. On Saturday Magpies are away to Hampstead and Westminster (1.30).
Over on the sand-based the 4ths were beating Carrow 3-0 with a hat-trick by the prolific Georgie Cantrell. Georgie scored her first from a penalty corner and after the break made the game safe for her team with two open play strikes.
Away from home the wins also kept coming for the ladies’ teams with three points each for the Girls Development and for the 3rds, 5ths and 6ths. Olivia Lapage scored both goals for the Girls’ Development (who have yet to concede a goal this season) in their 2-0 win over Yarmouth. There were encouraging debuts for Abi Lewis (in goal), Maddison Forrest, Hannah Gartland and Megan Dickson while Molly Largent was playing her second game having made her debut the previous week. The 3rds came from behind tobeat IES 2-1 with two goals by Mia King on her welcome return from injury while the 5ths beat Watton 2nds by the same score with goals by sisters Grace and Amy Collison. Grace scored in the first half after good work by Molly Warnes and Ellie Fawkner while Amy scored ten minutes from the end at a penalty corner created by captain and defender Jose Tibbenham.
Meanwhile the 6ths were having a field day beating Watton 3rds 8-0. In a dominant display by captain Gillian Stokes’ team the goals were scored by Beth Moodie (2), Izzy Slade (2), Annie Lancaster, Jenny Meyer, Julie Davy and Lydia Barrett.
———————— Avril Adams
Before the IES versus Ladies’ 3rds match a minute’s silence was held in memory of Avril who so sadly died last Tuesday after her very short battle with cancer. Our condolences go to her husband John and daughter Megan (Brown) and all members of the family on their great loss. In recent seasons Avril, who was a former IES goalkeeper and a much-respected secretary of the Suffolk County HA, has been a regular supporter at Weybread watching Megan play in goal for the club while John has managed the Ladies’ 2nds.
——————— Turning now to the performances of the men’s sides there is no better place to start than with the 9-2 win of the 1sts at Weybread over Chelmsford. This was a timely and encouraging victory with player-coach Ben Wright in commanding form. He scored his 75th first team goal for the club when converting an early penalty stroke. Jack Knight then opened his account for the team with a deft shot from a narrow angle before Ben scored in open play. Archie Winter fired a penalty corner high into the net with Matt Richardson making it 5-0. Chelmsford pulled a goal back just before half time. In the second half Ben took his personal tally to five (and ten for the season) while the visitors converted a penalty corner which seemed to take for ever with the home defenders one by one being ordered from their goal for breaking before the whistle. Sam Paterson completed the scoring with his first for Magpies who this Saturday are away to newly-promoted Letchworth (2.00).
FUN CASINO EVENING SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER (7.30PM) Tickets for this prestigious black tie event are £20 each and are available at the clubhouse bar or from Kevin and Jackie Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803. You will be very welcome.
The Boys’ Development, for whom Ben Waters made his debut with a strong performance in defence,moved back to the top of their league alongside Norwich Dragons ‘A’ with a deserved 1-0 win over Norwich City with a goal by Ben Emms while the 4ths were three up at half time against Norwich City 5ths before nearly letting things slip in their 3-2 win. Toby Hughes put them ahead before Kieran Peters scored with a favoured reverse stick shot and he then scored again with some assistance from his father Stuart (or so Stuart claims!). The 6ths were up against UEA 3rds who celebrated as if they had won Olympic gold when they took a first half lead but Andy Smith came to the rescue of his team with a shot he described as a reverse stick undercut. He is now one goal behind 1st team captain Leigh Sitch in their personal battle for goal scoring honours this season! The students took the lead again after the break before Greg Jagger made the final score 2-2. Will Graver played well in goal for Magpies.
Away from home the 2nds went down 6-3 to Bishops Stortford which leaves them still looking for their first point of the season and hopefully it will come this Saturday at home to Cambridge City 3rds (2.00). Magpies went ahead after ten minutes through Myles King who together with Tristan Baynes was the pick of the visiting team. Bishop’s Stortford scored two goals each side of half time before Tristan converted a penalty stroke and at 6-2 down he scored again with a late drag flick. Meanwhile the 3rds maintained their one hundred percent start to the season coming from behind to beat Bury St Edmunds 2nds 3-1. Gavin Cole brought them level with his eighth goal of the season before Phil Cobbald put away a penalty stroke. Captain Matt Brand then converted a penalty corner with a drag flick to ensure victory. The 5ths were up against Bury St Edmunds 5ths in a game which was decided by a couple of umpiring decisions. BSE took the lead before Arthur Johnson equalised for Magpies following up a save from his own shot. The home team then made the final score 2-1 in their favour converting a penalty corner when Magpies, who deserved a point, were reduced to ten players.
On Sunday the club had another good day with four of our teams playing away in England Hockey events. In their cup matches the Men’s O50s edged past Bury St Edmunds 4-3 on penalty strokes after conceding a late goal in a 3-3 draw (Phil Cobbald 2, Duncan Cogdell) in normal time while the U18 Girls beat Old Loughtonians 9-3 with goals by Hannah de Selincourt (4), Alice Woollatt, Abby Gooderham (2) and Tor Findlay (2). Meanwhile in league action the U14 Girls drew 3-3 with Norwich City with another hat-trick by Georgie Cantrell while the U14 Boys beat Bury St Edmunds 10-1. Seven of their goals were scored by Jude Pottruff in a remarkable personal performance while the others came from Ben Emms (2) and Michael Ahrens.
Good luck to all our teams this Saturday. Please see the website for the complete list of fixtures.
MAGPIES’ 300 CLUB Please see the website for recent winners ((including September and October 2016) and for how to join. If you are not already a member you will be very welcome. NB. If you are a member have you paid your annual sub yet please? Notices went out in August. If you have paid ‘thank you’.
It was a cold blustery day in Harleston that saw the home side, who are looking to build momentum in a mixed season so far, face a Chelmsford team also searching for form. Harleston went into the game without Richard Larkin (broken toe) and Robbie Kinsella (work commitments).
The home side started strong, as a compact unit and looking to counter at every opportunity. Several fast paced attacks went narrowly wide until Ben Wright stepped up and lead by example, slotting home from a nice move down the wing. Harleston were comfortably on top of their opponents converting several well rehearsed short corners and a penalty stroke thus extending their lead. The home side defended with tenacity, the midfield gave Chelmsford no room to play, highlighted by some superb tackling by Stuart Leate. Unfortunately the aforementioned Magpies stalwart was harshly punished for knocking the ball away and the visitors converted their short corner with a neatly deflected shot bouncing over the Harleston keepers outstretched stick. Harleston went into half time 4-1 up.
Harleston changed their press in the second half which caused momentum to swing towards Chelmsford as the Essex side pressed higher up the pitch. However, a smart call from the two Magpies centre backs reverted the press to normal and proceedings similar to the first half were restored. Despite being reduced to 10 players for short periods of the game Harleston were able to extend their lead with Ben Wright scoring an impressive 5 goals and it was a great display by the team all round with the match finishing 9-2. Other scorers were Matt Richardson, Jack Knight, Archie Winter and Sam Paterson. The Chelmsford second goal came from another short corner when two Magpies players broke earlier leaving Leigh Sitch, Andrew Bedwell and John Livings trying to defend their goal with tow less players than normal.
Harleston travel to Letchworth next week looking to build on their impressive display, Letchworth who were promoted to Premier A this season have made a good start to the season, last week they beat Ipswich 6-5.
Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Sports travelled to local rivals Ipswich for their third game of the season. In a tense battle, it was Ipswich who took the lead when a Harleston attack broke down which allowed a quick counter attack and Ipswich converted their chance. Harleston were not behind for long when Leigh Sitch grabbed his second of the season from a short corner to equalise. Harleston then took the lead when Ben Wright tapped in from close range following a good ball carry from Jack Knight.
Unfortunately Harleston could not hang onto their lead as they conceded a stroke from a short corner which ex Magpie Ben Underwood dispensed.
The second half flowed in a similar fashion to the first, with 10 minutes to play Harleston regained the lead with Ben Wright grabbing his second from a short corner. Harleston again could not see out the half and conceded with 5 second left to play meaning the game finished 3-3.
HARLESTON MAGPIES U10 GIRLS B AT NORWICH DRAGONS TOURNAMENT
Harleston Magpies U10 Girls B team made a very impressive start to the Tournament winning both their opening matches 4-0. In the first match against Norwich Dragons B Ophelia McCausland was in excellent form scoring two goals supported by Dulcie Seppings and Amber Whittingstall chipping in with the other goals.
In the second match Magpies played Norwich City C team and again they came away with a very impressive 4-0 win with goal scorers Jessica Smith, Molly Denny, Grace Stacey and Isla Paternoster.
They were also playing some excellent hockey and the confidence was flowing through the team.
Against Watton A this was a much tougher match as the game flowed from end to end but Magpies took the lead with a goal from Ophelia. Unfortunately in the last two minutes Magpies failed to clear their lines and Watton snatched a late equaliser.
In Magpies final match they struggled to cope with a strong Norwich City B team and they failed defensively as a team allowing Norwich City a number of chances from which they scored two goals. Jasmine Freeman made some excellent saves in goal.
Magpies finished second pipping Watton on goal difference and the squad are continuing to develop fast.
U12 A Girls – Norwich Dragons Tournament 09/10/2016
After a good start to the season at Norwich City last weekend, the U12 As returned to action at Norwich Dragons. With 5 teams in the gold section we were going to have to play Norwich City at some point and they were our first oppo. The game ended 2-1 to Norwich City with Anna scoring for Magpies. Neither side really got going following a great game between us last weekend so whoever the oppo next time out on the 30th October at Magpies, we will need to start quicker. After that it got much better and the girls took out their frustration on Dragons B with a 5-0 victory (Sophie x 2, Jess M, Jess T, Evie B) with their keeper having a good game as well. We then had a narrow 1-0 over a spirited Norwich City B team with a late late goal from Holly, oh how I enjoy those games ! We finished off with a solid 2-0 win over Dragons A with Jess M and Holly providing the goals. This was our best performance of the day with at last some confident, positive passing to each other in space. Abi in goal was lonely at times but when required kept her concentration and made good positive clearances. There is definitely more to come from this team, keep up the good work !
Squad :- Abi (GK), Evie H, Evie B, Jess M, Jess T, Emma, Anna C, Ruby P, Holly, Sophie.
TM – Jim Menzies
U12 A & C teams in high spirits at Norwich Dragons !
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