Harleston Magpies U18s 1-0 Cambridge Nomads
Last season these two teams met in the cup and magpies romped to a 10-0 victory. This year the opposition had matured and gave magpies a much sterner test. Magpies created chances with their pace but it was nomads who nearly took the lead when a sloppy pass was intercepted by nomads, their shot hit the post and rebounded into the path of an advancing nomads player who somehow managed to put the ball wide from close range. This was the wake up call magpies needed, and within two minutes of this scare Jimmy Wheeler had put Magpies ahead with a good finish from Mike Warlows cross. Carl Sitch in midfield and Ben Gowing in defence were playing well and with Bertie Steggles the magpies keeper marshalling his defence well, chances for nomads were limited. At the other end too much selfish play and poor final passes meant the spectators and coach had a tense afternoon. The win puts magpies in the last 16 of the competition but if they are to progress further they will need to play as a team more rather than individuals trying to beat too many men themselves.
Bury St Edmunds 2s 1-2 Harleston Magpies 3s
Magpies continued their winning streak after coming from a goal behind. Magpies fought hard in the first half and created some chances, winning short corners, but were unable to beat the Bury keeper, Emma the Bury no 5 was their playmaker who had some strong runs thwarted by the magpies defence. Bury took the lead through their first short corner of the game 15 minutes from time. The young magpies were not going to give up and Victoria Marfleet soon equalised when her shot deflected up from the keepers pads and over her head into the goal. Magpies continued to press winning more short corners sensing victory still possible and Lizzie Clymer scored the winner a minute from time with a well taken shot from the edge of the circle. This win puts magpies mid table.
SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2007
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Magpies Men 2s 0-1 City of Peterbrough 3s
Magpies will feel unlucky to come away from this game with nothing. After a solid start, with most of the play in the Peterbrough half, injuries in defense forced Magpies to play 90% of the game with a totally new central defensive partnership. Stuart Peters and Mr. Versatile, Gavin Cole did well against difficult opposition. Magpies will feel that they dominated possession against un-ambitious opposition, and produced some good passing hockey. Once Peterbrough took the lead, mid way through the first half, they barley ventured out of their half, let alone into the opposition D. Excellent work in midfield from Lawrence Baynes, Richard Larkin, Paul Shelly and Robbie Kinsella gave Magpies the possession they needed, but in a crowded Peterbrough D, finding a way through was always going to be difficult. Magpies will need to be more clinical in the final third in future weeks.