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HMHC SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

HARLESTON MAGPIES HOCKEY CLUB ARE SEEKING A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club are looking for a new Girls Youth Development Officer to be in place with effect from the start of next season. The Club already has a very successful and ambitious Girls Youth Section, which continues to develop and deliver players across the team spectrum from Ladies 7ths through to Ladies 1sts (who have played at National League level for the last 18 years). Successful girls teams have also been developed at mini hockey level, U10 and U12s, U14 Development as well as U14, U16 and U18 age group teams who regularly compete in Regional and National finals, both indoor and outdoor.

The role is to plan and deliver the strategic direction for the Girls Youth section. It is possible that this could be a role for two people, one covering the Mini Hockey section and another covering the U13-U18 Girls.

In brief the role(s) also cover(s) the following:

Handling enquiries from potential new members, ensuring that players are in the appropriate coaching groups, appointing coaches/managers for all the age group teams, entering teams in the national competitions, advising players/parents regarding the England Hockey Pathway system, overseeing Mini Tournaments, liaising with the Boys Youth Development Officer and leading/supporting the youth coaches.

The Youth Committee is there to support the Youth Development Officers in many of the administrative tasks.

An appropriate coaching contract is available for the right candidate who has the ability and experience to lead the respective coaching sessions (including any summer programmes).

If you believe you have the ability and desire to take on this challenging yet rewarding role please contact either Nick McAllen (Nickmcallen) Nickmcallen or David Johnson (youthchairman) youthchairmanasap to discuss further, or by the end of March in any case.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against League leaders Wimbledon HC starting at 2.00pm. Last week Magpies lost 2-1 away against

Cambridge City after having taken an early lead through Maria Andrews. This was a disappointing result and although Magpies played well in periods it was not enough to get a result on the day. Having drawn 2-2 away the previous week at Southgate Magpies have now slipped down to 4th place.

This week Harleston need to get back on track at home where they have a good record this season, but they will be coming up against the League leaders Wimbledon who have won 13 matches and lost only two all season. However they did surprisingly lose 2-0 away at Cambridge two weeks ago.

Wimbledon have 39 points with second placed Sevenoaks still on their heels with 36 points with just three matches left to play. There are two familiar names on the Wimbledon team sheet namely Cherry Seaborn and Lizzie Jones, who both spent many years at Magpies before moving away. Magpies will be very pleased to see them and will hopefully give them a warm welcome!

At the moment Magpies are in 4th place on 30 points just one point behind Hampstead and Westminster and six points clear of 5th placed Cambridge City and St Albans. Magpies have a tough run in to the end of the season with Wimbledon at home, Sevenoaks away and St Albans at home on the last day of the season.

After the match three of the Magpies team namely Debbie Francis, Charlotte Harrison and Louisa Greenacre will be on their way to Gatwick to catch an early morning flight to Jersey to play in the next round of the over 35’s Cup. Rose Winter Captain of the U16 team will be on her way to Stourport to play in the Regional Finals.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Bryony Lund. Abby Gooderham is unavailable and Annie Nunn is still injured.

U10 Boys Norfolk Championship

The Magpies U10 boys team avoided the worst of Sunday’s weather, heading to Kings Lynn in the afternoon with hopes of qualifying for the East finals. A full squad was available and, after some good training sessions and a positive warm up tournament, a top 2 finish was a real possibility.

In the first match, Magpies faced red hot favourites Norwich Dragons. Magpies marked well, not getting drawn just towards the ball. However Dragons overwhelmed the defence on a couple of occasions, with Finlay Clarke doing well in goal to limit the usually free scoring Dragons to only 2 goals.

Up next were North Norfolk. Magpies showed their superior experience, with Will Menzies intercepting numerous 16s and Ben Currie and Henry Brice creating good opportunities to help make the final score 4-0 to Magpies. This gave the Harleston boys a good foothold in the tournament and a big confidence boost going into the next vital match against Norwich City.

Magpies started as the dominant team, creating good early pressure. A powerful cross from Henry Brice led to a short corner, which Magpies were very unfortunate not to convert when Will Menzies’ blast struck the inside of the post before agonisingly rebounding to safety. Norwich then seized the moment and, despite strong tackling from Ben Brand and Finn Hudson, managed to score a scrappy goal. This momentum shift changed the match. With Magpies chasing the game, they left themselves open to the counter attack- Norwich scoring to make the final score 2-0, the scoreline flattering them slightly in a very even game.

With qualification now unlikely, the young Magpies team relaxed against Dereham with Harry Spouncer turning defence into attack well. Magpies scored midway through the game and had to settle for a 1-0 win against a dangerous side.

The final match against Pelicans was delayed and restarted after a Pelicans player received a nasty injury the first time round. Magpies were completely dominant, but despite the best efforts of Connor Hudson, Henry Brice and Will Menzies, the Pelicans goalkeeper was found to be on top form to resist all efforts, making the final score 0-0.

Magpies played with a great spirit all day, with all 9 members contributing strongly to the squad and everybody supporting each other throughout the day. Despite not qualifying for the East Finals, this squad is as good as any Magpies team of recent years and are very likely to achieve highly in the future. The standard this year in Norfolk is very high and Norwich Dragons, especially, will be very successful at the East finals. A massive thank you to all of the boys and their parents for their effort this season so far- You are a pleasure to coach!

Richard Larkin

Harleston Magpies mixed match report

Harleston magpies mixed vs Letchworth

Letchworth 1 – 4 Harleston magpies mixed

After a good win in the last round Magpies sponsored by Parson Estate agents, travelled away to Letchworth full of confidence for another victory. This round Lizzie Clymer and Richard Larkin were unavailable, leaving Archie Winter to step up in his debut for the mixed team. Before magpies could get under way a spare pair of shoes had to be found for Tibbenham who realised she had left her Astros at magpies, luckily Maria had some trainers.

Magpies started strong from the whistle, and Letchworth responded with lots of good transfers round the back making life difficult for magpies. Shortly Into the first half after some well worked play down the pitch, Maria Andrews picked up the ball at the top of the circle. A strong reverse strike well executed found the backboard taking magpies 1-0 up. Letchworth responded to the goal pushing forward and causing trouble in Harleston’s defending circle. A threat to Andrew Bedwell of no food afterwards if he didn’t score led to him lobbing the ball over his own goal keeper, unfortunately Chris Leek could not quite get to it, 1-1. Determined not to let Letchworth back in the game, Harleston had to up their game. Magpies started working the ball around well from the middle with Archie Winter working well and distributing the ball. Late on in the first half Robbie Kinsella picked up the ball on the 25, with some slick moves he beat one player and passed the ball on to Laura Tibbenham in the D, who then slipped it right for Maria to pop it home, 2-1.

In the second half magpies had more of a grip on the formation Letchworth were playing forcing them to work the ball round the back. Play continued with magpies looking like the more dominant team. Leigh Sitch soaked up any pressure from the back and distributed to Lauren Barber and Lauren Mickleburgh wide on the wings. Magpies were looking for another goal to extend the gap Thomas Ridley and Simon Hipwell pushed forward. Some lovely passing between man of the match Archie Winter and Maria Andrews saw magpies in the D again and a cross from the right to Laura Tibbenham on the post to pop in, magpies 3-1. Magpies didn’t waste anytime attacking again Maria Andrews hassling the goal and managing to slip the ball right for Laura Tibbenham to get her second of the day, 4-1.

Another good result for the mixed team, next fixture is at home date and opposition to be confirmed.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 7 March 2017

AUCTION OF PROMISES  RAISES £6000

I am very pleased to start this week’s column with a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported last Saturday’s auction by donating lots, attending, making bids either successful or unsuccessful, helping to run the event on the night including, of course, our splendid auctioneers Nick Durrant and Robbie Kinsella. They helped to make it a really enjoyable evening for the one hundred members and supporters who attended.

I also thank Adam Patterson, Agricultural Manager of Barclays Eastern Agricultural Team, for the £1000 matched funding donation from his company. Including this much appreciated donation and other income we raised the splendid sum of £6000! Please click here to see how much each of the 67 Lots raised.

We also had a lot of hockey to enjoy both on Saturday and Sunday while Sunday might be remembered just as much for the wet and windy weather which plagued the Norfolk Minis in Kings Lynn and the Magpies Minis in Weybread. The bad weather was not confined to Norfolk as the Men’s O40s encountered considerable rain to and from Canterbury.

We had to wait until the last game of the day at Weybread for the top performance by a home team when the Men’s 4ths beat Ipswich Cranes 8-1. The team started slowly and were only one goal ahead at half time with joint MOTM Arthur Johnson combining for fellow joint MOTM Alex Kilbourn to score with ease. Early in the second half Kieran Peters, Morgan Manly and Arthur helped Alex to complete his hat-trick before Cranes pulled a goal make after a mazy run and good finish by one of their forwards. Magpies continued to press forward with Oli Clarke and Harry Haigh prominent and further goals flowed from Arthur (3), Alex (taking his tally to 4) and in the final minute from Kieran from a pass by Mr Peters senior. It was good to see Jordan Wiseman back in goal.

The midday game saw the Ladies’ 2nds beat Bury St Edmunds 2-0 with goals at penalty corners by Kath Johnson and Laura Tibbenham but there should have been many more goals as at times the game resembled one long penalty corner as Magpies won at least 30 in the game! As coach Sam Tea said later they have something to work on in training this week!

Next up were the Men’s 1sts against league leaders Old Loughtonians and within fifteen minutes we were three goals down and heading for an embarrassing defeat. But to their credit the team responded well with James Baker pulling a goal back and then hitting the bar from a narrow angle just before half time. Magpies continued to play some excellent hockey after the break and with the OLs getting rattled captain Leigh Sitch converted a penalty corner to make it just 3-2 to the visitors. With five minutes to go Magpies equalised to the cheers of their supporters. A few seconds later the umpires conferred (always a bad sign for one of the teams) and the goal was ruled out – the same happened to the OLs in the first half – meaning that Magpies had missed out on a deserved point in player-manager Ben Wright’s last game before his move to Australia. This coming Saturday Magpies are away to Cambridge City 2nds (3.00).

END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING
Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30 – 11.30pm Wortwell Community Centre IP20 0HS
Hot buffet, music, presentations. Please come with your team-mates. For tickets (£20 each or £18 each for groups of 5 to 15 (subject to limited availability)) please go to https://hmhcawards2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=musings. The system is easy to operate as I found when I bought my ticket.

In other home games the Ladies’ 4ths lost 6-1 (Imi Meynell-Anderson) to Norwich City 2nds; the Men’s 6ths went down 5-0 to Bury St Edmunds 5ths while the Ladies’ 6ths were beaten 4-1 by Norwich City 5ths. Magpies had 16 players for this match in which City started well in contrast to Magpies who improved as the game progressed. Victoria Spouncer and Vanessa Vigrass were joint MOTM while Vanessa got the goal.

Away from home the outstanding result was achieved by the Men’s 3rds who beat Sudbury 2nds 9-4 (6-1 at HT) despite seven players (!) being unavailable from the 11-0 home win the previous week. As captain Matt Brand told me he was lucky that former regular Nick Whitehead was available for a rare outing as was Stuart Field from his usual Saturday teaching commitments. Between them they scored five goals (with four from Nick) with the others coming from Jamie Hudson (with his first two goals for the team) with another two from Tom Norton.

The Men’s 2nds, Ladies’ 5ths and Girls’ Development also won beating, respectively, City of Peterborough 3rds 4-3, Beccles 3-1 and Pelicans 6-0. It was a must-win for the Men’s 2nds against already relegated C of P but they made hard work of it letting slip a 3-0 lead given them by Jake Sewell and captain Lawrence Baynes (with their first goals of the season) before Tristan Baynes added the third. Fortunately Tristan was in good flicking form and he got the winner with his nineteenth goal of the season. This Saturday the team has another vital game at home to Norwich City 2nds (3.30). Meanwhile the Ladies’ 5ths and Beccles decided the pitch at Loddon was safe to play on despite a lot of standing water. Their goals came in the first half through Fiona Brice, Janna Freeman and Jose Tibbenham with Beccles getting a consolation midway through the second half. The team was pleased to welcome back Becky Baker (formerly Lee-Smith). The goals for the Girls’ Development were scored by Olivia Lapage, Hannah Gartland, Beth Gardens (2) and Evie Brice (2).

There were away defeats for the Ladies’ 1sts, Ladies’ 3rds and Men’s 5ths. The Ladies’ 1sts lost for only the third time this season going down 2-1 (Maria Andrews) to Cambridge City while the Ladies’ 3rds, with just ten players after a late call off due to illness, did well to hold league leaders UEA to 2-0 while the Men’s 5ths went down 5-1 (Jon Wells) to Watton. This Saturday the Ladies’ 1sts host league leaders Wimbledon (2.00) who include out-on-loan Magpie Cherry Seaborn and Olympic gold medallist and penalty corner specialist Crista Cullen.

The Men’s O40’s are out of the England Hockey Cup after going down 3-1 away to a strong Canterbury side in their semi-final clash last Sunday. Canterbury dominated the early stages but failed to take the lead due to some glaring misses, some good saves by Murray Graham in the Magpies’ goal (including one remarkable point blank stop) and stout defending by the Magpies’ defence in which Jamie Hudson was outstanding. Magpies, who were missing captain Tristan Baynes due to a family illness, hit back and took the lead through Bill Williams. They went close to increasing their lead early in the second half before Canterbury made their pressure pay with a strike from the edge of the circle. They then took the lead from close range before ensuring a deserved victory with a penalty corner conversion. Canterbury play Isca in the final. Our team can be proud of the way they have played in their debut season in the competition.

The Mixed team are now into the 4th round of the EH Trophy after their 4-1 away win over Letchworth. For the second game running all our goals were scored by ladies, namely this time by Maria Andrews (2) and Laura Tibbenham (2). I have it on good authority that the men do all the hard work leaving the tap-ins and the resulting glory to the ladies!

We have two further teams in EH semi-finals this weekend. The Ladies’ 035’s are off to Jersey from Gatwick on Sunday morning to play Jersey HC (11.30) in the EH Trophy. Let’s hope the plane isn’t delayed! So far in the competition they have beaten Norwich Dragons 4-0, Bury St Edmunds 4-1 and Teddington 5-0. Two hours later the Men’s O50’s will be hosting Reading who beat them in the final two years ago so they are in for a very tough game. To reach this far they have beaten Bury St Edmunds (on strokes after a 3-3 draw), Ipswich 3-1, City of Peterborough 3-1 and Cambridge City (w/o).

Last and certainly not least it is congratulations to all players, event organisers, team officials, umpires and spectators for battling the wind and rain in the Norfolk and Magpies Minis last Sunday. Well done to all our teams with the U10 and U12 Girls winning through from the Norfolk Minis to the East finals to be held at Weybread over the weekend of 8/9 April. Please see the website for match reports.

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend including the U16 Girls in the Midlands League finals at Stourport HC. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
7/3/17

Harleston magpies ladies 2’s Vs Bury

Ladies 2s vs Bury

The ladies 2s were on form again with a 2-0 win against bury. After a good warm up, magpies came out strong, working well as a team to get the ball up the pitch. Not long into the game, magpies won a short corner, straight out to Laura Tibbenham who scored the first goal giving us an early lead. After a few breakthroughs from bury, magpies came back fighting, winning 18 short corners in the first half alone. Bury put up a good defence against Magpies corners stopping some great shots at goal.

After half time magpies continued the pressure, with some great runs being made by Alice Woollatt and Anna Tighe down the wing and great passes being made into the D by Alice. Bury fought back and managed to get a very good run down the middle, but great defending from Charlotte Seaman, kath Johnson, Siobhan Wooltorton and plum Sweet and great defensive organisation from Holly Riches in goal led to the ball being sent back up the pitch. Some great tackles in the middle made by Olivia Locke and Jess Howland stopped bury from getting through and helped the ball to get out wide. Magpies kept going and won another short corner, a strike in from the top and a cool deflection from Kath Johnson into the back of the goal. Magpies now led 2-0. Katie Woollatt’s relentless pressure and brilliant tackles helped to stop Magpies from conceding any goals in the game; overall it was another good performance from the ladies 2s.

MOM: Sophie Child

Next week the ladies twos travel to Lowestoft ladies who have been on good form for an 11.30am push back.

Match results – Saturday/Sunday 4/5 March 2017

Saturday 4 March
LADIES 1s v Cambridge City (L) (A) 12.30 1-2 L
LADIES 2s v Bury St Edmunds (L) (H) 12.00 (W) 2-0 W
LADIES 3s v UEA (L) (A) 11.30 0-2 L
LADIES 4s v Norwich City 2s (L) (H) 10.45 (S) 1-6 L
LADIES 5s v Beccles (L) (A) 10.00 3-1 W
LADIES 6s v Norwich City 5s (L) (H) 1.45 (S) 1-4 L
LADIES 7s v Dereham 5s (F) (A) 2.15 OFF
GIRLS Dev. v Pelicans (L) (A) 11.30 6-0 W
MENS 1s v Old Loughtonians (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 2-3 L
MENS 2s v City of Peterborough 3s (L) (A) 2.30 4-3 W
MENS 3s v Sudbury 2s (L) (A) 2.00 9-4 W
MENS 4s v Ipswich Cranes (L) (H) 3.30 (W) 8-1 W
MENS 5s v Watton (L) (A) 2.30 1-5 L
MENS 6s v Bury St Edmunds 5s (L) (H) 10.15 (W) 0-5 L
BOYS Dev. – no game

Sunday 5 March
MENS O40s (EH Cup SF) v Canterbury (A) 2.30 1-3 L
MIXED (EH Trophy Rd 3) v Letchworth (A) 1.00 4-1 W
Norfolk Championship Minis (Pelicans HC)
U10 Girls 1st
U12 Girls 2nd
U10 Boys 3rd
U12 Boys 3rd
HMHC Minis (‘B’ teams)
U10 Girls Gold – Magpies White 2nd
U10 Girls Silver – Magpies Red 3rd
U12 Girls Gold – Magpies Red 1st
U12 Girls Silver – Magpies White 1st, Magpies Blue 2nd
U10 Boys 3rd
U12 Boys – Magpies Stripes Joint 2nd, Magpies Red 5th

Harleston Magpies Mens 1st team match report

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Club Shop hosted top of the table Old Loughts in what was also player/coach Ben Wright’s last game for the club before his move to Australia. The team would once again like to thank him for all of his work over the past years.

In less than ideal circumstances Harelston were forced to warm up with 8 players as the Norwich car were running late following traffic issues. As a result Magpies started poorly, with Old Loughts starting the game and scoring within the first minute to set the homeside on the back foot straight away. Not too long later and magpies conceded their first short corner. After much debate and drama surrounding players moving early, Old Loughts at the third time of trying dispatched the ball to make it 2-0.

Disappointed with the start, Magpies started to transfer the ball at a crisper speed and create opportunities. The comeback began as Simon Hipwell reacted quickly to a free hit just outside the D to round 3 players and enter the D before smashing a precise pass to the backpost for returning James Baker to direct into the goal. Minutes later another chance fell to Baker, as Richard Larkin drilled a ball across the baseline and through the crowd. Unfortunately, Baker’s tight angle flick could only make contact with the top of the post.

Just before half time Harleston conceded a third goal when Old Loughts counter attacked at speed as Harelston pushed forward.

Magpies started the second half brightly knowing that OId Loughts had lost their bottle in Loughton despite being 3 goals up with 20 minutes to play. Harelston were now dominating the proceedings and creating more chances and short corners as the game wore on. A short corner was won and Leigh Sitch, magpies second top goalscorer, ruthlessly slide in to deflect the ball past the stranded keep and make it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.

Continued Magpies pressure built with Old Loughts down to 10 men twice during the half. With 5 minutes remaining Richard Larkin had the ball in the back of the net, but only for the goal to be disallowed. The Old Loughts players and umpires deeming Thomas Ridley had not moved the ball 5 yards before passing to Larkin into the D. With time ticking away, Old Loughts kept control of the ball and winded the clock down to secure a victory away at the nest. The match finished 3-2, Magpies unlucky not to take away a point.

Next week the 1st team travel to Cambridge City.

Photos courtesy Pat Leate

Vincent Leruth
Richard Larkin
Matt Richardson
John Livings
James Baker
It takes three players to mark captain Leigh Sitch!
Ben Wright
Not Leigh Sitch again!

Match report – HMHC Minis (‘B’ Tournament) – Sunday 5 March 2017

Dear All

We were due a wet mini hockey tournament at Magpies one day soon and sadly it arrived today as soon as the first whistle was blown. Although the rain and wind did take the edge off the day I hope none of you, players, managers, umpires, helpers and parents are announcing your retirement from the sport based on today’s experience! It was a bit of a shocker but I was really impressed with everyone’s efforts whatever part you played. Well done and thank you.

Between the rain, guest of wind and driving rain there was some good hockey played, signs of improvement all round and even at times signs of enjoyment out on the pitch. For those interested I have listed below the final positions in each competition (scoring was based on 3 pts for a win, 2 pts for a score draw and 1 pt for a 0-0 draw). Congratulations girls, some fine results and well done boys – we have never fielded three U12 teams in a weekend and with a bit of doubling up you looked competitive in all your matches and there is no doubt the U10s are improving and get very close to winning some matches. The final positions were:

Boys U10s

1st Norwich dragons

2nd Norwich City

3rd Harleston Magpies

Boys U12s

1st Norwich City Saxons

Joint 2nd – Magpies Stripes and Norwich City Vikings

4th Norwich Dragons

5th Magpies Red

Girls U10 Gold

1st Norwich City Yellow

2nd Magpies White

3rd Green Dragons

4th Norwich City Green

Girls U10 Silver

1st Norwich City Pink

2nd Red Dragons

3rd Magpies Red

4th Norwich City Orange

Girls U12 Gold

1st Magpies Red

2nd Norwich City Lions

3rd Norwich Dragons

Girls U12 Silver

1st Magpies White

2nd Magpies Blue

3rd Norwich Dragons

4th Norwich City Tigers

Thanks again for all coming down to Magpies this morning and enduring the weather. I look forward to seeing back at training and preparing for our next tournament at Dereham on Sunday 19th March. Hopefully the Sun will be shining for this

one.

If today has inspired you to get more involved with the youth project at Harleston Magpies, whether this be on a coaching front, organisational in terms of events, youth committee involvement, fund raising initiatives please get in touch. We are always looking for help and open to offers and new ideas. The more helpers we can muster the more we can achieve for girls and boy in our community”

Regards

James & Nick

HMHC Boys & Girls Youth Development Officers

Sunday 5 March 2017

Match report – Men’s 4ths – Saturday 4 March 2017

MAGPIES MEN’S 4THS 8 IPSWICH CRANES 1

The home team started slowly and the opening exchanges were mostly in midfield with neither side creating clear cut opportunities. Magpies struggled to find much fluency and did not use the width of the pitch effectively to stretch a not particularly mobile Cranes defence. Eventually the breakthrough was made after good close control from Arthur Johnson and a deft pass to Alex Kilbourn who finished with ease. The remainder of the half was mostly played in the midfield of the pitch and half time was reached with the score 1-0.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were the best period of play by Magpies with excellent interchange passing using the full width of the pitch. Incisive work from Kieran Peters, Morgan Manly and Arthur Johnson created two clear shooting chances from the top of the circle for Alex Kilbourn, both of which he despatched into opposite corners of the goal to complete a well-deserved hat-trick.

Against the run of play a Cranes forward embarked on a mazy run and finished with an excellent shot to defeat the returning Jordan Wiseman in goal. Magpies continued to press and it was not long before Arthur Johnson scored with a crisp shot into the bottom corner of the goal after another flowing move. Oli Clarke worked tirelessly at left midfield, well supported by Harry Haigh and as the game moved into the final 10 minutes Magpies overwhelmed a tiring Cranes team with their movement off the ball an early passing. This resulted in two further goals for Arthur Johnson to complete his own hat-trick. This was followed by another great shot from Alex Kilbourn to take his tally to four for the match.

In the final minute of the game an exchange of passes at a penalty corner between the Peters family resulted in the younger Kieran scoring from close range. The quality of finishing from forwards Alex Kilbourn and Arthur Johnson was exceptional and they could not be separated as men of the match.

U12 GIRLS DOMINATE AT WEYBREAD

With the U12 A Team competing in the Norfolk Champs at Pelicans, Magpies hosted a B / C team tournament in the wind and rain at Weybread. Please see below for match reports.

Magpies Red – Gold Tournament winners

The girls performed brilliantly on a morning when the tournament was hit by one of the worst spells of weather that any of us could have imagined! Braving the biting winds and heavy rain, the girls displayed a high level of commitment in each of their four matches.

First up we faced Norwich City Lions and the girls were soon into their stride with a quick goal by Hannah reacting quickly to a shot from Molly that the goalkeeper initially cleared. Without the efforts of their goalkeeper Norwich could have been beaten more heavily as the team spent most of the game camped in the opposition’s half.

Next we faced the first of our two matches against Norwich Dragons who perhaps lacked the experience of our girls and this was evident straight away as early pressure resulted in the first of the team’s goals. Seven further goals followed with all scorers being Ella (4), Maddie, Hannah, Georgia and Molly.

Our third game was the 2nd match against Norwich City Lions who were clearly determined to battle for a result in what was likely to be key match. They fought hard with no little skill and Magpies were clearly not having things their own way that they had enjoyed in their previous match. The all-important and ultimately decisive goal was scored by Hannah and the team deservedly ran out 1-0 winners.

Our last game was against Dragons who started the game keen to score their first goal of the tournament but this was always going to be difficult against a confident Magpies and Katie; in goal who despite not being called upon too much throughout the matches had already proved her value with a fine save against Norwich City. Another fine victory was to follow with scores by Hannah, Georgia and Ella (3).

A great morning’s work despite the weather with 4 victories, 15 goals and none conceded.

Squad – Katy, Ruby B, Grace C, Hannah, Maddi, Molly, Georgia S, Ella

TM – Vanessa

Magpies Blue – Silver Tournament runner up

Magpies Blue had most of the possession in all of the games, first one we drew 0-0, second one 0-0, third one we beat Norwich Dragons 1-0, the goal was scored by some excellent passing into the D and Ellie was found in front of the goal who slapped the ball in past the goalkeeper. The last game we unfortunately lost 1-0. Everyone played really well, and despite the weather was a good day!

Squad – Katy/Lily, Anna S, Saskia, Ellie, Olivia, Emma F & Kate F
TM – Katie

Magpies White – Silver tournament winners
Strong start by Magpies Whites against Norwich Dragons. Led by captain Jade Bishop we were soon into the swing of things and passed the ball well. Sofia Chopra set up Ellen Moodie for the only goal of the game.
Next up we played the Magpies Blue team and the evenness of the teams was reflected in the 0-0 score line. Tilly Dodds worked really hard to keep out the attackers and Lily kept the goal safe with some good saves.
We then faced Norwich City Tigers and after numerous opportunities for Grace King and Amy Freeman upfront, Ellen scored again from Jade’s pass.
Last up we played Dragons for a second time and despite their determination, we played some lovely hockey, passing well between ourselves and calling for the ball. Ellen snuck her 3rd and 4th goals of the day past the Dragons ‘keeper which meant that we won the Silver Tournament.
Fantastic team spirit despite the miserable weather meant that we all left with smiles on our faces, well done girls.

Squad – Lily, Jade, Sofia, Grace K, Tilly, Ellen & Amy
TM – Rosie

 

U12 GIRLS QUALIFY FOR THE EAST

The In2hockey Norfolk Championships were held at wet, cold and wild Pelicans today with a place in the The East Championships held at Magpies at the start of April up for grabs and our girls came through the test on what was a shocking day to play hockey in let alone spectate so also a big well done to all the parents who made the trip and stuck it out.
Up first were a determined Dereham side that were unable to withstand whirlwind Holly Wills who rattled up a cheeky hatrick to get the day started with a goal each for Anna Cogdell and Jessica Menzies to seal a 5-0 win. Up next were Norwich City and pretty sharpish we were 2-0 down. Oh no I hear you say and that’s how it finished with two errors being punished and a disjointed performance which left the girls disgruntled. So all was clear, we had to win the next two games against Dragons and Pelicans to progress. Up first were Dragons and it was one of those games, 80% possession and wave upon wave of attacks but no goals but up pops Jonny on the spot Holly Wills with a scrappy dribbler that just about went in to secure a twitchy 1-0. Last up were Pelicans who were unable to keep the girls at bay and they rattled up a 7-0 victory with two more from Holly, Evie B and Jessica Tarrant and one from Anna to finish the scoring.
Well done girls, good work from all on a tough weather day and onwards we go.

Squad – Georgia F, Alyssa, Jessica T, Jessica M, Anna, Holly, Ruby, Sophie & Evie B

Jim Menzies

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CAMBRIDGE CITY HC

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM AGAINST CAMBRIDGE CITY HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents played away this Saturday against Cambridge City HC. The two teams drew last time they met and with Cambridge winning against league leaders Wimbledon last weekend, Magpies knew it was going to be a tough game. Following a high energy warm up Magpies felt ready to take on the test of Cambridge.

Magpies start to the game couldn’t have been better, passing the ball quickly and leading well, creating problems for the Cambridge defence and winning a short corner in the first minute. Magpies forward Maria Andrews stepped up to calmly hit the ball in to the bottom right hand corner, putting the team one nil ahead. Magpies were pushing hard and trying to put themselves another goal ahead, with chances just missing the goal and some great defending by Cambridge preventing this. However, quick counter attacks from Cambridge were a danger and one such attack ended in a goal for Cambridge, putting the score level. Both teams carried on fighting and each team had chances both in open play and from penalty corners to put them in the lead but neither team were able to capitalise on them, leaving the score 1-1 going in to half time.

The second half started, both teams wanting to win and Magpies pushing forward making some good leads up the pitch with the midfield working hard to link play and causing a few problems for the home sides defence, but none were successful in putting Magpies ahead. At the other end Cambridge had won a short corner and with a routine that took Magpies by surprise the ball rolled over the line taking Cambridge ahead. However, Magpies, never a team to give up, put everything they had into the game, pushing Cambridge back into their half, moving the ball around the pitch and winning short corners but unfortunately no success came from these. Chances on the posts were just missed or deflected wide in open play but still Magpies did not give up. You couldn’t fault the players for their effort but it was not to be and however much Magpies pushed forward or had shots the ball would not go in, leaving the score line 2-1. Next week Magpies will be playing league leaders Wimbledon at home at 14:00 and will be ready to defend their undefeated run at home.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Bryony Lund.

U10A Girls Hockey at the County Championship 05/03/17

U10A Girls County Championships at Pelicans Sunday 5th March

U10A County Champs 2017

The U10A girls managed to continue their winning ways in the County Championship. In the opening match they beat Dereham 6-0 (Beth 6) which proved to be an excellent warm up for what we knew would be a tough game with Norwich City. In the City match, Harleston managed to score quite early but then had to soak up considerable pressure from a strong Norwich squad who made our defence work very hard, although our GK Rebekah was not called on to make any saves. Late in the game we scored another to put the game out of Norwich’s reach (Beth 2). The team were very relieved to then be able to head inside to try and warm up and dry off. Loaded up with hot chocolate, cookies and enough sweets to open a sweet shop the worry was whether anyone was then going to be able to run in the next game! Still raining and blowing a fiercely cold gale the intrepid team returned to the fray and were made to work very hard for a 2-0 win against Norwich Dragons (Beth, Natalie). The morning concluded with a fine team performance with everyone playing their part in a 7-0 win over Pelicans (Catherine, Daisy, Ophelia, Natalie and Beth 3). By now poor old Emily had retired to the clubhouse with hypothermia and many others were not far off that state as the conditions continued to deteriorate. Well done to everyone for a great team performance and we now have the Regional tournament to look forward to in April.

U10A taking shelter

Squad: Rebekah Moss, Catherine Pope, Alex Pearson-Smith, Harriet Soper, Daisy Wicks, Emily Clarke, Natalie Saunders, Ophelia McCausland, Beth Gardens.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Cambridge City HC starting at 12.30pm. Last week Magpies drew 2-2 away against Southgate in a tough physical match. Magpies twice took the lead through Maria Andrews and Abby Gooderham, but each time Southgate equalised disappointingly in the 35th minute and 66th minute. From that situation Magpies would have hoped to see out time in each half.

Cambridge City had a busy weekend drawing 1-1 away at St Albans on the Saturday. On the Sunday they had a rearranged game against League leaders Wimbledon. Wimbledon are the current favourites to win the League, but Cambridge beat them 2-0 at home to record an impressive win. Surprisingly second placed Sevenoaks also slipped up on a rearranged League game when they lost 2-1 away to St Albans.

Magpies will be looking to get back to winning ways again this weekend, but the Wimbledon result shows that this is going to be another challenging match. At the moment Magpies remain in 3rd place with 30 points, just three points behind second placed Sevenoaks. Cambridge City are 5th with 21 points.

Lucy Whiting returns to the squad.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Bryony Lund.

MIKE’S MUSINGS – 28 February 2017

Ben Wright

BEN WRIGHT BOWS OUT AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS

This Saturday at home to league leaders Old Loughtonians (2.00) Men’s 1st team player-coach Ben Wright plays his last game for the club before taking up his playing and coaching role with Old Aquinians HC in Perth, WA and I know he goes with the best wishes of all members and supporters of the club. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ben to further develop his hockey career. His departure also, of course, leaves a huge gap for the club to fill bearing in mind that Ben is by far and away the team’s leading goal scorer. His worth to the team was again demonstrated last Saturday when he scored both goals in the away 2-2 draw with Cambridge University (taking his total for the season to 28 and his career total to 96) and needless to say his coaching will also be much missed.

VACANCY FOR MEN’S 1ST TEAM COACH OR PLAYER-COACH
The club now has the task of replacing Ben as coach or as player-coach, starting in July, and the position is being widely advertised including via England Hockey, Active Norfolk, Norfolk Hockey and The Hockey Paper. Informal enquires are very welcome and should be directed to coaching manager Peter Dolton on 07773 069327 or via  [email protected]   with applications by letter and/or CV by email to Peter by 31 March 2017.

AUCTION OF PROMISES – the excitement continues to grow!
THIS SATURDAY 4 March 2017 – Clubhouse 7.00pm with auction to commence at 7.30pm
£5 entry to include glass of wine on arrival (or soft drink), nibbles and entry to raffle.
We need your support – please come; payment on the door. 
Please click here for the 65 Lots.
I
f you would kindly like to make a ‘postal’ bid please send to me at
[email protected]

END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING
Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30 – 11.30pm
Wortwell Community Centre IP20 0HS
Hot buffet, music, presentations.
Please come with your team-mates.
For tickets (£20 each or £18 each for groups of 5 to 15 (subject to limited availability)) please go to

https://hmhcawards2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=musings.

LAST WEEKEND
The first three results at Weybread on Saturday were 1-1 draws for the Ladies’ 5ths, Girls’ Development and Ladies’ 3rds and after narrow defeats for the Men’s 5ths, Ladies’ 7ths and Men’s 2nds we had to wait until the last game of the day for a home victory. But when it came it was a splendid 11-0 effort by league leaders Men’s 3rds over Pelicans 2nds. After the frustration of their run of 18 home wins coming to an end the previous Saturday captain Matt Brand and his team were keen to get back to winning ways. They were 4-0 up at half time through Gavin Cole, Phil Cobbald (pc), Greg Jagger and Matt (pc). After the break Gavin got a hat-trick with typical tap-ins at the left post before Tom Norton fired in the best goal of all with a shot into the top left. Adam Lascelles then got in on the act with a brace before Gavin got his fifth taking his total to the season to 23. Meanwhile Pelicans were playing far better than the final score might suggest.

Jose Tibbenham put the 5ths ahead against Broadland 2nds early in the second half before a firmly struck ball into the home circle was touched high into the net much to the astonishment and delight of Broadland forward for the equaliser. Meanwhile league leaders Girls’ Development battled to a very good point against Norwich City with Keira Wheeler getting their late goal from a pass by Jess Tarrant.

Next into action were the 3rds against Christchurch and it was a game of injuries with the worst suffered by captain Sarah Legg early in the game when her firmly hit penalty corner strike rebounded off a defender’s foot and hit her in the forehead and later in the game when Charlotte Rourke-Beasley took a nasty blow to her face. This meant Magpies were now down to ten players and Christchurch took advantage to score a well taken breakaway equaliser. Charlotte had put Magpies ahead in the first half when at a well worked penalty corner she took a return pass from Amy de Selincourt before thumping the ball into the net. For Magpies Sophie Child and Phoebe Preece were prominent with some strong attacking down the right and Rhe Lascelles hit the bar in the second half.

The Men’s 5ths equalised against Dereham 3rds when Hugo Thomas went down the right before skilfully creating a chance for Chris Hall to sweep the ball into the net but the team was unable to find a second after the visitors had retaken the lead. The Ladies’ 7ths had the luxury of a squad of fifteen players and they did extremely well to hold league leaders Broadland 3rds to 2-1 with their goal coming from Lizzie Adcock. As for the Men’s 2nds it was a case of what could have been before they went down 4-3 to second placed Bourne Deeping. They were twice two goals ahead through strikes by Martin Fields, James Osborn and Duncan Steven before the visitors made it 3-3 at half time. The home defence looked more secure in the second half before Bourne Deeping got their winner in a late goalmouth scramble. A draw would have been a fair result but as we all know sport doesn’t work like that.

Away from home there were wins for the Ladies’ 2nds, Ladies’ 6ths and Boys’ Development, draws for the Ladies’ 1sts, Men’s 1sts (as mentioned above) and defeats for the Ladies’ 4ths, Men’s 4ths and Men’s 6ths.

The Ladies’ 2nds beat Cambridge University 2nds 2-0 with their goals coming in the first half through Anna Tighe and Laura Tibbenham. This was Laura’s 15th league goal of the season (she also has two for the Mixed) one behind mother Jose in their family competition! Anna and Lucy Field were Joint MOTM with the team’s loyal supporters kindly looking after Lucy’s young son Ziggy allowing her to play. This coming Saturday the team is at home to Bury St Edmunds (12.00). The Ladies’ 6ths dominated the bulk of the game against Breckland winning 3-2 with goals by Honey Lamdin, Izzy Slade and Ellen Pope. With three minutes to go Louise Davy was injured in a collision while clearing the ball from her circle and was taken to hospital for X-rays on her neck. Fortunately she has suffered no serious damage and should be fit to play again after a few days of prescribed rest.

The Boys’ Development beat Dereham 8-0 with their goals coming from Ben Emms (2), Ed Brice (2), Ben Waters, Joe Wicks, Ollie Currie and Freddie Herschel-Shorland. Elliott Chapman played well in goal while Sam Emms was outstanding in defence with his well-timed tackling. The team is without a game this weekend prior to their vital game home clash with Norwich Dragons ‘A’ on Saturday week which will almost certainly decide the league title. Meanwhile the Ladies’ 1sts drew 2-2 away to Southgate with goals by Maria Andrews (her 14th of the season) and Abby Gooderham and this Saturday they are away to Cambridge City (12.30) who scored a shock win last Sunday against league leaders Wimbledon. The Ladies’ 4ths, for whom Alice Evans-Hendrick was making her debut and Lottie Nickson was making a welcome return after being away for five years, went down 7-1 to a strong Broadland team. Magpies’ consolation goal was from a fine strike by Harriett Celerier. Alex Kilbourn converted a first half penalty stroke for the Men’s 4ths who went on to lose 3-1 to Bury St Edmunds 3rds in a game in which they failed to turn their pressure into goals. Finally the Men’s 6ths went down 5-0 to a strong Bury St Edmunds 4ths with four of the home team’s goals tantalisingly finding the net just inside the posts so goalkeeper and captain Eric Davy tells me! Eric is grateful to Arthur Johnson and Harry Haigh who doubled up having already played for the 4ths.

Last Sunday the Ladies’ O35s reached the semi-finals (away to Jersey on Sunday 12 March!) of the EH Trophy beating Teddington at home 5-0 with their goals in an excellent performance coming from Anouska Stott (with 3 taking her total to 8 in four games), Kath Johnson and Angie Wheelhouse.

HARLESTON MAGPIES SEEK A NEW GIRLS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Are you interested? For full details please see under RECENT POSTS on the club’s website.

This Sunday it is best wishes to our U10 and U12 Boys’ and Girls’ ‘A’ teams in the Norfolk Minis at Pelicans HC and it is to be hoped they qualify for the East Finals to be hosted by the club over the weekend of Saturday 8 April (U10 Girls & U12 Boys) and 9 April (U10 Boys and U12 Girls) . Meanwhile the club is hosting a tournament for ‘B’ teams this Sunday following the informal ‘warm up’ tournament last Sunday. Please see the website for the brief report together with a plea from James Smith
[email protected] and Nick McAllen [email protected] for help in running this Sunday’s tournament at Weybread.

Good luck as always to all our teams this coming weekend including on Sunday the Men’s O40s away to Canterbury (2.30) in the semi-finals of the EH Cup. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

FINALLY a plea for help from Steve Halliley      [email protected]  . His garden fence was damaged by Storm Doris. If you mend fences or know of anyone who could help Steve would you please contact him.

With kind regards

Mike Denham
[email protected]
28/2/17

Ladies 2’s vs Cambridge uni 2’s

Ladies 2’s Vs Cambridge Uni 2’s

The ladies 2’s travelled with mascot baby Ziggy this Saturday to play against the Cambridge students. Ziggy joined us for the warm until Mr Seaman took over in the role of ‘Manny’.

The students started brightly and were well organised. They transferred the ball well, and tested our communication with their constant switching of positions. However Magpies were quick to get into the game, disrupting their passing game. We pressed particularly well and managed to win the ball several times from their defence. We held the ball well in midfield, with Olivia Locke communicating calmly throughout with positioning & organisation. Forwards, Laura Tibbenham, Alice Woollatt, Anna Tighe & Mia King were all making excellent runs, a goal was coming as we created lots of play around our D. Anna found the net from a short corner, Jess Howland hitting the ball across goal and Anna following up the rebounds so score 1-0 Magpies! We continued to apply the pressure and found ourselves winning several short corners, with opportunities up the wings as well. Tibbenham picked up the ball on the 25 and ran it in to slip the ball past the goalie from the left, 2-0 up.

We looked comfortable & confident on the ball and looked like we could go on to score a few more. Cambridge had a close call at a short corner which Plum expertly deflected wide, but we looked the stronger team throughout. A great team performance and a well deserved 3 points.

Big thanks to rent-a-crowd for all their support and the mums for expert buggy pushing!! Next week the ladies 2’s host Bury at home @ 12pm.

MOM’s Anna Tighe & Lucy Field

Report – HMHC Minis – Sunday 26 February 2017

HMHC MINIS SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 and Minis at Pelicans and HMHC on Sunday 5 March 2017

18 teams from Magpies, Felixstowe, Watton and IES at U10 and U12 ages took to the pitches at Magpies this morning and after 2 and a half hours of good fun hockey, in the sun at times, Felixstowe B topped the Girls’ U10 league with four wins from four, Magpies Red took the Girls’ U12 league title, again with an unbeaten record and without conceding a goal.

Magpies’ U12 Boys’ teams

As for the Boys IES were unbeaten and topped the U12 league although having scored 13 goals against Felixstowe A, Felixstowe B and Watton they failed to get past the two Magpies’ team in this tournament.

Magpies’ U10 Boys’ teams

Good defending lads. As for the U10s, Richard Larkin’s boys are showing signs of real progress with Magpies Black taking the league title although Magpies White did not let them have it all their own way defeating them 1-0 in their opening meeting.

A real team effort from our band of team managers, catering experts and our young and experienced umpires as a result of which our guests for the day have already said what a great time they had:

“It was a wonderful tournament, pitched just at the right level with the usual HM organisation and family feel to it, and we loved it!”  Felixstowe Hockey Club

Needless to say they would love to come back for more.  On behalf of the youth committee and wider club please accept our thanks to all those who contributed in making this such a good fun morning.

However, the mini Hockey does not stop there and next weekend, Sunday 5th March our ‘A’ teams in each age group will be representing the Club at the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC.  Good luck squads.  Meanwhile the rest of the youth section will get an opportunity for another round of matches at Magpies with Norwich City and Norwich Dragons coming to visit.  With our resources stretched with teams in two locations any help club members or parents can offer will be appreciated and needed – umpiring, kitchen duties, team management or tournament organising will be appreciated please let James or Nick know if you can help in any way [email protected] or [email protected]

Results – Saturday/Sunday 25/26 February 2017

Saturday 25 February
LADIES 1s v Southgate (L) (A) 12.30 2-2 D
LADIES 2s v Cambridge University 2s (L) (A) 12.00 2-0 W
LADIES 3s v Christchurch (L) (H) 12.00 (W) 1-1 D
LADIES 4s v Broadland (L) (A) 2.30 1-7 L
LADIES 5s v Broadland 2s (L) (H) 10.15 (W) 1-1 D
LADIES 6s v Breckland (L) (A) 4.00 3-2 W
LADIES 7 v Broadland 3s (L) (H) 1.45 (S) 1-2 L
GIRLS Dev. v Norwich City (L) (H) 10.45 (S) 1-1 D
MENS 1s v Cambridge University (L) (A) 1.30 2-2 D
MENS 2s v Bourne Deeping (L) (H) 2.00 (W) 3-4 L
MENS 3s v Pelicans 2s (L) (H) 3.30 (W) 11-0 W
MENS 4s v Bury St Edmunds 3s (L) (A) 11.30 1-3 L
MENS 5s v Dereham 3s (L) (H) 12.15 (S) 1-2 L
MENS 6s v Bury St Edmunds 4s (L) (A) 3.30 0-5 L
BOYS Dev. v Dereham (L) (A) 4.30 8-0 W

Sunday 26 February
LADIES O35s (EH Trophy QF) v Teddington (H) 2.00 (W) 5-0 W
HMHC U10/U12 Boys/Girls Minis Tournament 10.00 – 1.00

Harleston Magpies Mens 1st team match report

Cambridge University 2 – 2 Harleston Magpies

Harleston,  sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, travelled the short distance to Cambridge to face the University team. The squad knew that the students would pose a physical and athletic threat to their ageing squad. The team were without Sam Paterson and Archie Winter both with school commitments but welcomed back Matt Bensley and Vincent Le Ruth who overcame travel chaos to make the meet time at the club.

The students started the game the far better side. Their fast paced passing and dynamic leading caused issues for the Harleston midfield and defence. However despite a lot of the ball the students were unable to create any clear cut chances and Harleston started to get a foothold in the game. The away side started to create chances going forward but Cambridge defended cleverly forcing Harleston to shoot from narrow angles. Eventually the students pressure told and following a short corner given away following an unfortunate slip by Ben Wright scored a well worked deflection routine which Andrew Bedwell on the post could do nothing about.

The remainder of the first half continued in the same fashion with a lot of the play happening in the middle of the park.

At half time the squad knew they were well and truly still in the game. Matt Richardson asked for hard physical leading hoping to leave the students in a sticky situation.

The start of the second half did not go to plan for Harleston. Firstly Stuart Leate had his weekly enforced sit down for a stick tackle. Then with the light fading and the rain falling causing a very slippery sheen on the pitch a catalogue of errors and Andrew Bedwell’s cataracts playing up allowed Cambridge Uni to double their lead.

This second goal spurred Harleston and as the students started to tire Harleston’s fitness shone through and they started to control the game. Man of the Match Thomas Ridley was acting as the enforcer in midfield allowing Harleston to mount many counter attacks. Eventually Harleston pulled a goal back when Ben Wright’s drag flick took a wicked deflection off the foot of the number one runner to leave the goalkeeper stranded.

Cambridge continued to press the Harleston back 4 hard but Tom Sumner sold dummy after dummy to the Cambridge forwards to relieve some pressure. The only chance created by the University came when Simon Hipwell ignored his own advice and a costly slip presented the Cambridge forwards with the ball, however, they were unable to capitalise on this golden opportunity.

With 5 minutes remaining Cambridge Uni were reduced to 10 players when their midfielder was adjudged to have illegally out muscled Richard Larkin off the ball. With the man advantage Harleston pushed forward and when Myles King was savagely brought down the away side were awarded a short corner. Ben Wright rifled his drag flick against the post. The rebound was half cleared by the students when Leigh Sitch managed to turn the ball over in the opposition 25. The defender found Matt Richardson who in turn rolled his defender and found Ben Wright. The prolific Harleston forward ignored Andrew Bedwell’s pleas for the ball and scuffed his shot into the near post to beat the goalkeeper and bring the game level.

With 1 minute remaining Harleston were put on the back foot when Stuart Leate collected his second card but the away side managed to hang on for a point.

Next week Harleston face Old Loughts at the nest with a 2:00pm pushback.

Photos courtesy Pat Leate

General
Ben Wright
U18
Richard Larkin
Leigh Sitch