Ladies 5ths v Norwich City 5ths (Away (L) W 2-1)
A third win on the trot for the 5ths following the disappointing draw against Beccles. Magpies dominated the first 10 minutes possession and pressured the City 25. Midway through the first half Jose Tibbenham finished off an attack down the right flank, calmly sweeping the ball into the back of the net from a neat cross. Magpies made life difficult for themselves giving away silly fouls for constant stick tackles giving away possession unnecessarily. Norwich scrambled a goal back after magpies failed to clear their lines just before half time. A stern half time talk about tackling saw a marked improvement in the second half. Although the flow was end to end it was Magpies who created the most chances but found the City keeper in good form. Eventually the pressure told when a strong run and cross from the right from Honey was met on the P spot by player of the match Beth to give magpies a deserved 3 points.
Mens 4th Team v North Norfolk 2nds
(Away (L) W 6-3)
The small but perfectly formed 4th team squad arrived in Cromer hoping to break their sequence of 4 games without a win. That this was achieved whilst in the process finally finding their scoring touch gives great credit to the team.
The progressive 3331 formation suited the available players and Magpies were on the front foot from the off. Magpies were always ahead, being 3-1 up at half time and ending up 6-3 winners.
It is impossible to list all those who played well (everyone actually) but mention should be made of Seth, Louis and Hugo who improve with each game. Lastly a special mention to Rob Neal who scored a lovely dragged corner, proving that practice does make perfect!
ladies 2nd Team v UEA (Away (L) W 4-1)
Magpies arrived feeling confident but knowing they mustn’t be complacent. They started pretty well creating some chances but didn’t have the same conviction as they had had the week before. It took some time to get their first goal into the net which eventually came from a lovely bit of play Katrina Sitch ran the ball to the line and a touch from Tibbenham got the ball to Anouska Stott to slot the ball in, 1-0. Play continued and no more goals came UEA were soaking up the pressure at the back and the goalie was making some good saves. Magpies went into the half time with a 1-0 lead.
Magpies started the second half much better than the first half once again they were attacking well. Unfortunately not far into the second half Debbie Francis took a knock to the face and had to go off. UEA managed to regroup and caught Magpies on the break and found the net to make it 1-1. Magpies kicked it up a gear after that they had a number of short corners which they failed to convert. It didn’t take long before A. Woollatt managed to cross the ball from the right, where Katrina managed to get a touch on the ball and Laura Tibbenham got her first of the game to make it 2-1 and put magpies back on top. Magpies kept the pressure on looking for another goal and it came this time from Katrina Sitch running in to the D beating the defence and a nicely placed reverse shot made the score 3-1. A great pass from Charlotte Seaman through to Tibbenham ahead of the defenders allowed her to run into the D with only the goalie to beat, she rounded the goalie and made the score 4-1.
Next week the ladies 2’s play St Neots at home at 12pm.
Ladies 7th Team v Watton 3rds (Home (L) W 2-1)
Our late afternoon match started with cheers from the few spectators braving the cold. Watton took the pushback but we soon gained possession and raced with the ball towards their goal. However, the Watton defenders managed to thwart our efforts and in some ways were a strong team; well, they had more short corners than us. During one of our breaks to the Watton half, Shirley McAllen struck the ball into the Watton circle and Georgia Hood was in the right place to smash the ball home.
The second half saw Watton take more control with many attempts at goal but goalkeeper Katy Davy played brilliantly as did Karen Hunt, Sandra Ellinor and Daphne Beckett in defence. Despite our defenders’ valiant efforts, Watton did score. The pitch became darker despite the floodlights and the temperature colder but literally four minutes before the end, Ebony Hoskin scored our winning goal right on the goal-line. We just managed to keep Watton from scoring again.
Mens 2nd Team v Horncastle 1 (Home (L) W 16-0)
Stu Fields x3 (First of which was in 21 seconds)
Marty Field x3
Jake Sewell x2
Matt Bensly x2
Mitch Tompkins x1
Tris Baynes x2
Sam Moore x1
Robbie Kinsella x2
7-0 at Half Time
16-0, Roll on next game at Dragons!
Ladies 6th team v North Norfolk Ladies
(Away (L) D3-3)
Away in Cromer, the 6ths continued to bring home points after sliding close to the bottom of the league table. The 6ths took home one point, after a hard fought and great fun game.
In the first half both teams attacked confidently, and the home team did well to convert their chances. Unlike Magpies, who missed some clear chances on goal.
After this shaky start and conceding two early goals the Magpies have easily let their heads gone down. But the team, which has been building over the last few weeks did not let the score line get them down.
Our side line, bolstered by number 1 supporter and Men’s 4th team Goalkeeper Chris Flatt was at times slightly over keen, receiving a warning from the umpire. Despite this warning he continued to cheer us on with gusto.
After a rousing half time talk, from captain Heather, and some rearranging of positions the team took to the field with renewed confidence. They were rewarded with two goals from short corners, and many more chances which they could not be
Girls U14 v Norwich City (Away (C) D 1-1)
Magpies took a strong U14 side to Norwich City for their first EH Cup pool game expecting a tough game and that is what they got. Right from the off they dominated possession with City not able to gain much of a foothold. Surging runs from midfield from Georgie and Amy created a few half chances but no goals. With 25 minutes gone another swift break from midfield from Georgie who beat a couple of players and then fed Kiera who calmly slotted home, 1-0 Magpies and well deserved. You never dominate all of a game and City broke on occasion forcing three shorties in a row but the back four held firm and so the half finished 1-0 to Magpies.
We agreed at half time that we were working hard as a team and it was going pretty well but we were too narrow and running with the ball a bit too much so that was the aim for the second half. A second goal was always going to be crucial and we tried and tried, Amy hit a post and their keeper made some good saves so when a deflected equaliser from City came with 8 minutes still to go we were made to pay for not being clinical enough. One more half chance before the final whistle for Magpies but not glory finish.
There were positive performances all over the team with one or two being asked to play out of position. There was no shortage of effort from the girls all afternoon but a case of two points lost rather than one point gained probably but we will go into our next group game with Sudbury on Nov 19th knowing what needs to be rectified. Big thanks to John Pope for umpiring.
Team :- Grace (GK), Georgie (C), Ellen, Honey, Jess M, Jess T, Holly M, Holly T, Kiera, Georgia, Mimi, Victoria, Tabitha & Amy
Ladies 6th v Norwich Dragons 6 (Home (L) W 1-0)
At home this weekend the Ladies 6ths played the Norwich Dragons 6ths in another early push back. Damp conditions, but weather held with no rain at the outset, but that was not to continue.
Dragons came out strong, and for the first 10 minutes Magpies defended against some unrelenting attacks from the visitors. Goal keeper, 13-year-old Katie Davy held her own in the D, and made sure none of their early advances hit the target.
After the initial attack by Dragons, the Magpies begun to get into a rhythm and had some great periods of play. All in all this was a great team effort, with training paying off, our defensive positioning looked much improved. This week there was a solid performance defensively and going forward.
The Magpies attack were rewarded with a short corner, and Vanessa Vigrass smashed a strike into the right corner to score, Magpies were 1:0 up going into half time.
After half time the rain started, but this did not deter either team. Good passages of play by both, Magpies found themselves in space whist attacking, but could not convert to secure the victory.
A tense last five minutes, where the Dragons upped their attack. The Magpies stayed solid refusing to let the visitors snatch a goal at the end of a hard-fought game. Unbeknownst to most of the Magpies on the pitch, the Dragons 6ths are currently top of the league, and were unbeaten this season.
Everyone got back behind the ball to defend, and cheers erupted as the final whistle was blown. The 6ths had secured their first win of the season.
The game was played in great spirit, both teams battled hard but with great sportsmanship. The Dragons were friendly and gracious in defeat – they even put up with the 6th’s group hug after the match to celebrate.
Squad: Katie Davy (GK), Marie Davy, Felicity Perry, Rachael Clifford, Jane Collins, Jenny Meyer, Heather Brand (c), Annie Lancaster, Louise Davy, Vanessa Vigrass, Elena Flatt, Lydia Barrett, Lucy Basey-Fisher.
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Mens 5th v UEA 3rds (Away (L) W 4-0)
An impressive performance by Magpies Mens 5ths resulted in another 3 league points and a comfortable score line in Magpies favour.
However a lot of effort was needed by the entire Magpies team to achieve this result. UEA 3rds were no slouches, fit, quick and well organised in midfield and up front but as Magpies found from the first attack of the game a little tentative in defence. From the push back Magpies exposed this defensive weakness and were unlucky not to be in the lead after just a minute. However it wasn’t long before Magpies probing found a way round the defenders for Lewis Belsey to tap into an empty net, followed quickly by his second. James Bensly restored to an attacking role then sealed the win scoring on the stroke of half time to make it 3-0.
With Graeme Smith marshalling the defence, Graham Mobbs and Oli Hall were in commanding form, missing nothing. David Johnson and David Cadman worked tirelessly all afternoon in midfield alongside debutant Ollie Shippam as a result of which the UEA keeper was kept nice and warm fending off attack after attack. In Magpies goal Nick Moss wasn’t resting on his laurels mind you and pulled off a couple of sharp saves later it the half to keep a clean sheet for the team. However with the second half petering out Lewis latched on to a cross firing the ball home from a tight angle to finish his hat-trick and the score line
Man of the Match deservedly Lewis Belsey.
Girls U16 v Felixstowe (Away (L) W 5-0)
On a crisp and clear afternoon the Magpies u16 girls headed east to sample the delights of the seaside in Felixstowe. With a gentle northerly breeze the good sized crowd was hoping that the game would be full of fireworks not only because it was Guy Fawkes night but in the hope that a lively match would keep them warm.
Well once again the Magpies girls did not disappoint with a truly majestic display.
Felixstowe had apparently been doing their homework on our girls and this led to them setting up in a defensive manner working hard thwarting wave after wave of Magpie attacks. The first real chance however went the way of Felixstowe with a counter attack down the Magpies right. This led to a cross and first time shot that was superbly stopped with a diving stick save by Beth low down to her right. Magpies though kept up the pressure with a series of penalty corners which on 20 mins led to the breakthrough. The corner was slipped to the right where Georgie was waiting to strike a powerful shot into the bottom right corner.
Five minutes later it was two, the ball was worked well by Keisha down the left and her cross field ball found Izzy approaching the edge of the D slipping a deflected pass wide where Georgie was waiting firing in from an acute angle.
The second half was one way traffic with good work from all the girls. The defence of Emily, Alice, Bethy and Amelia were totally resolute and Phoebe, Izzy and Bobby were all involved in the build up for the third before Molly calmly slotted past the keeper with a reverse stick slap. Faith who had a commanding performance in defence won a strong tackle firing the ball forward to Emma who found Georgie on the edge of the D this time playing in Mimi who finished superbly. It was 5 with ten minutes to go when another well worked move was finished by Grace who swept the ball in after it had ricocheted off the post.
A true team performance by the Magpies that had some breathtaking passages of plays with some great interchange passing and very patient possession, culminating in a score line that was a true reflection of the game.
Team. Beth Farrow, Beth Moodie, Faith Reader, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Emma Williamson, Molly Warnes, Izzy Slade, Alice Wiseman(Bobby), Keisha Hilaire, Georgie Cantrell, Grace Collinson, Mimi Salsby.
Boys U14 v Blue Hornets (Away (L) W 4-3)
Magpies Boys made a rare trip to Essex to take on Blue Hornets at Braintree Hockey Club in the England Hockey league tier one junior competition.
Hornets started quickly and soon pinned Magpies in their own half with Hershel-Shorland and Emms having to work hard scrambling in defence, and Chapman stopping well in goal. After 10mins of sustained pressure Magpies broke out as captain Brice started to gain control in the centre and after some good interchange with Currie and Wicks, he picked up the ball on the edge of the D and scored on his reverse stick to quieten the Hornets, 1-0 Magpies.
With the opposition playing a more physical game than Magpies are used to, the boys started to settle into the match ahead. Brice, Currie and Wicks were soon enjoying playing Taylor through into space which was creating panic as he ran at the Hornets defence. It wasn’t long before debutant Hayward intelligently won Magpies first short corner, and Taylor jumped in to smartly put away the rebound from Brice’s strike, making it 2-0 Magpies.
Shortly after this the Hornets keeper kicked the ball outside of his D, but with no replacement and in good spirit by the umpires, he was allowed to stay on with an outfield player sent to the bin for 5mins. Magpies failed to capitalise on this and lost Currie themselves for 2mins just before half time for a stick tackle. With Hornets back to full strength just before the whistle, pies were caught by a counter attack, exposed for lack of pace at the back but still went into half time 2-1 ahead.
Magpies by now knew they were in a tough and feisty game, with no love being lost between both sides. Hornets started the second half the more organised and soon scored 2 goals in the first 10mins with fast breakaways, to take a 3-2 lead for the first time in the game. During this time there were breaks for Ed and Ollie being knocked over again by Hornets players, as Emms repelled the Hornets centre forward literally over his shoulder from one lunge tackle in defence. Cooper, Daniels and Bardwell were kept busy at left and right backs, subbing on and off and working hard all game pushing up and down with play.
The game was starting to open up and Magpies were now playing the better passing hockey. Bardwell fed Wicks, then Kinsman down the left, and Taylor was on hand again to run through the holes appearing in the defence to score his second and level it at 3-3. Hornets looked rocked and with Brice and Hershel Shorland now bossing the centre of the field, Brice drew the keeper out from his line and slipped to Hayward who eliminated his marker and shot low to score on debut and regain the lead for Magpies 4-3.
This left Magpies with a nervy 10mins to close the game out, with the game continuing the be counter after counter until the last 5 mins. Inevitably the game finished with a series of Hornets short corners, with Brice and Currie getting out to intercept and frustrate the attackers and Fairweather relishing the contest in goal. The final short corner was awarded just before the final whistle, with all Hornets players up on the D this was cleared by Emms and Shorland and the game finally finished 4-3 to Magpies.
This was a good result against a primarily school side who play regularly together, and puts Magpies top of their league after winning their first two games.
Thanks to David Johnson again for umpiring, and to Simon Bardwell for occupying the opposition managers during the game.
Boys Development/U14’s Manager.
Ladies 4th v Norwich Dragons 8 (Away (L) W 1-0)
With an early start in Norwich and the torrential rain holding off, we fielded just ten players against Norwich Dragons. They flew with the ball down to our goal but Peg Bridges, the goalkeeper, kicked the ball skywards and saved the day. Play seemed to be fairly even until young Laura received the ball right on the Dragons goal-line and smashed it in; sadly, it hit her foot first. Next, Shirley McAllen ran with the ball up the right wing, calmly took the ball just inside the circle and with a resounding strike sent the ball home.
During the second half, we were keenly aware that we needed to play defensively to keep the score at 1 – 0. Karen Hunt played a blinder when she stopped the ball dead on our goal-line. Skipper, Karen Ray played her last match of the season before heading off on her travels and what a great match it was.
Mens 4th v North Norfolk 1 (Home (L) L 0-2)
Magpies always knew that this was going to be a difficult game against unbeaten North Norfolk 1st team. Magpies however started off in top gear and pegged the visitors back for long periods of the first half. Playing controlled, high tempo hockey Magpies created a lot of pressure but did not always make the best decisions in the final third of the pitch. Several penalty corners went un-converted and any threat North Norfolk posed was adequately dealt with with the well marshalled Magpies defence.
The second half continued in the same vein, with the visitors, used to dominating and scoring freely beginning to get frustrated. Despite Magpies continuing to win short corners it was North Norfolk who took the lead from a well worked corner routine. With 10 minutes to go the visitors scored from another corner routine and despite continued pressure Magpies just could not score.
This was an excellent game against a strong opposition 1st team. Mention should be made of Seth Read who dominated at the back assisted by Goalie James Harvey who did not make one mistake and made several excellent saves.