Ladies 7th Team v Carrow (Away (L) W2-0)
Our afternoon match at Langley School was played in very mild weather conditions …so different to last week’s blizzard. With a strong squad of 13, we managed to divert the ball from travelling rapidly towards our goal and sent it swiftly to the Carrow end. Some excellent play from Miri, Alison and Daphne helped to keep our defence strong. Shirley McAllen was ready in the Carrow circle to send the ball home when Georgia passed the ball from the right wing.
During the second half, play out to the wings helped to keep the width and with some superb running and stick skills, Bex, Ruby and Jess kept the ball heading up towards the Carrow circle. At one point, both Jo Meyer and Annie Lancaster managed shots at goal but the ball pinged off the same left-hand goalpost! Then Bex Potruff was ready and waiting by that same goalpost to receive a pass from Shirley and sweep the ball into the goal. Carrow had a couple of short corners but Katy Davy kicked any stray balls clear. All in all, it was a great game with a great team.
Ladies 7th Team v Pelicans (Away (L) W 3-0)
On a freezing cold Saturday, we battled through the snow and ice up to Pelicans, feeling sure the match would be cancelled at any moment given a whole day’s play had been lost in Harleston to the Beast from the East – mark 2! We arrived to find it was a balmy 2 degrees in Kings Lynn, although that didn’t stop most of the match being played through 40 mph winds and horizontal snow! But the Ladies 7ths are a tough bunch, welcoming both Ruby Pottruff and Katy Davy making their debuts for the Ladies 7th, and Alison and Jessica Menzies to just their second game for the team.
Against a young Pelicans side, Magpies got off to a strong start with Jessica, Miri and Alison moving the ball positively in midfield. Their confident play led to Ruby scoring the first goal after just seven minutes. Magpies stayed focussed, with more great passing play, using Katy and Jo Meyer effectively on our wings to bring the ball back into the D again at sixteen minutes. Ruby made a lovely pass in to Bex Pottruff who scored neatly into the left corner.
Feeling positive, Magpies kept pushing, but failed to score again despite several missed goals during the rest of the first half. Daphne Beckett gave us a rousing half time team talk, encouraging us to pass quickly and accurately. Pelicans upped their marking though, and looked strong at the start of the second half. Liv, Karen and Daphne in defence kept us safe with determined and repeated challenges, and Peg in goal delivered a fantastic brave diving save at one point.
In the final fifteen minutes, Miri, Chy and Alison pushed on strongly in midfield, and after a few scrambles in the D, when Jo narrowly missed out on scoring, Bex popped another into the left corner again to bring the final score to a very well deserved 3 nil victory. It was lovely to have a great mix of young, more experienced and new to the club players, all working together so well as a team.
Player of the match was Karen Hunt with her marvellous hit towards the end of the second half, struck so hard she managed to split the ball impressively into three and was crowned ‘champion ball breaker’ of the match!
Ladies 2nd Team v Wisbech (Away (L) D 1-1 )
Harleston Magpies 2’s were due to travel away to Wisbech, after confirmation that the cold weather had not affected their pitch the girls set off.
The girls got off to a great start and the first ten minutes Magpies had all the possession but were unable to find the net. A quick break from Wisbech caught Magpies out and they went 1-0 up. Undeterred by the goal Magpies fought on to try and get the game back. Their efforts were rewarded near the end of the first when a lovely run down the line By E. Rash was crossed into Laura Tibbenham to slot the ball home and make the score 1-1.
With Woollatt picking up an injury going into the second half Magpies were down to the bare 11 players and had to reorganise and keep the ball. The girls continued to attack Olivia Locke working hard and creating chances and Wisbech were playing the ball around nicely making life difficult for the midfield and defence. Magpies although winning some short corners and making chances were unable to score and the final score was 1-1. The first points that the girls have dropped all season, but the girls were ready to go out and get another three points the next day away at Newmarket.
Ladies 2nd Team v Newmarket (Away (L) W2-0)
The girls traveled away to Newmarket this Sunday for a long awaited rearranged game. A lot of the regular 2’s players were unfortunately unavailable so a number of three’s players stepped up to help out, thank you to all of them.
On a rather cold day the girls layered up and had a god warm up ready to attack from the start. The magpies girls got of to a great start keeping hold of possession and working the ball around. It didn’t take long for the girls to get into the circle and start making chances. New comer to the twos, Ellie Bale and G. Gardens both working hard and making life difficult. The first goal came from a good ball through from G. Gardens to Tibbenham to run on to and have a shot. The first shot was saved and Sophie Child ran in from the right to slot the rebound home 1-0. Newmarket’s efforts to get into our circle were thwarted by Rachel Baynes and Kath Johnson. There were no more goals in the first half and the girls went into half time feeling confident that they could get the three points they wanted.
In the second half Newmarket continued to push to get a goal but the hard work of the all the midfielders and defence was proving too much. Magpies carried on working for a second goal and chances came. The second goal came when Amelia made a great run down the left hand side of the pitch and rounded two or three players then slotted the ball past the keepers left foot. To make the score 2-0 and her first goal of the season. The rest of the game played out with no more goals and the girls took away a well deserved 3 points.
Next week the girls play another two fixtures Saturday @home vs Watton and on Sunday away vs St Neots.
Ladies O35 v Clifton Robinsons (Home (O35 Cup )W 5-0)
Magpies thrilled the home crowd with this resounding Investec Women’s Over 35s Tier 1 Championship semi-final victory playing quality hockey from the opening minute against a talented Clifton side. They threatened to open the scoring on several occasions but before doing so were grateful for a good save by goalkeeper Lucy King who was otherwise rarely tested.
In a superb squad performance Emma Lee-Smith was outstanding for Magpies with her strong runs at the Clifton defence and she put the home team ahead in the 23rd minute with a powerful shot from a narrow angle which evaded goalkeeper Sarah Ellis who had earlier made several smart saves. Six minutes later Emma converted a penalty corner with a powerful shot high into the net following some deft stickwork.
Magpies were now in total control with Frances Burrell and Debbie Francis in dominant form in midfield and their position was further strengthened just before half time when after a strong run down the right by Lucy Field the ball found Charlie Harrison to the left of the circle. By sheer persistence and aided by a first-class advantage by the umpire she took the ball along the goal line before squeezing the ball into the net.
Early in the second half Angie Wheelhouse, who had several times gone close to scoring in the first half, was unlucky to see her shot hit the bar before being cleared. Clifton, with Isabel Palmer prominent, responded with a spell of pressure of their own but the fourth goal for Magpies was soon forthcoming when Anouska Stott took advantage of a calamitous mix up in the visitors’ defence to ease the ball past the guiltless goalkeeper.
This made the game safe for Magpies before Anouska latched on to a through ball to race into the circle to fire high into the net to complete the scoring.
This has to rank as one of the finest home performances by a Magpies’ team in recent seasons and in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre on Saturday 5 May (5.00pm) they will play Canterbury who beat Olton & West Warwicks 4-3 in the other semi-final.
Ladies 7th Team v Loddon 2 (Home (L) L 0-1)
Our morning match started well but we had our work cut out against Loddon who were a strong team. This soon showed when a small mistake in our circle ended up with Loddon taking full advantage – well who wouldn’t? – and scoring a goal. Play was fast and furious with the ball flying from one end to another. We had short corners but Loddon’s defenders swiftly deflected the ball away from their goal.
During the second half, Loddon struck the ball at our goal but it pinged off the goalpost and was sent clear by our strong defenders. At one point, Karen Hunt dived sideways to send a ball clear of the goal and our defence played superbly. The forwards made a great effort to take the ball to Loddon’s circle but any shots at goal either missed or were blocked by their defenders. It was a hard game but exciting.
Ladies 5th Team v Norwich City 5 (Home (L) W 6-0)
This game was more evenly contested than the score suggests although the magpies keeper only had to make a couple of saves. Victoria gave magpies a two goal lead early on with similar goals following up the first strike from the penalty corner tapping in on the near post. This settled the nerves and enabled the team to play some composed hockey. Magpies moved the ball well and when they moved the ball early looked very dangerous. The defence mopped up most attacks outside the defending 25 giving Norwich little opportunity at goal. Victoria and Beth were working tirelessly in midfield and creating many attacks. Janna got the 3rd with a screamer of a strike giving the goalkeeper little chance. The captains request to keep up the effort and double the score in the second half was well executed. In contrast to the last couple of weeks when the team has looked sluggish at times magpies continued to move the ball early and create chances. Tibbenham struck a short corner midway through the second half, a second for Tibbenham soon followed after good interplay down the right and a slick final pass from keira. Tabitha finished the scoring with a deft touch late in the game. A much improved performance from the last couple of weeks setting us up nicely for the top of the table clash next week against Pelicans. Pelicans currently sit top with the 5ths 2nd but with a game in hand on Pelicans. Broadland and Diss are also still in the fight for promotion just one and 2 points behind respectively.
Magpies U10 Girls qualify for the Regionals
In their opening match against Norwich City in the Norfolk Championship Magpies played really well creating a number of good chances, but unfortunately fell a goal behind against the run of play. Magpies battled back to equalise through Evie Wheeler. Against Pelicans Magpies knew they had to win and score plenty of goals to put them in a strong position in case it came down to goal difference. Magpies quickly had a 5-0 lead (Evie Wheeler 3, Mia North and Daisy Wicks). Unfortunately late in the game they conceded a sloppy goal to make it 5-1, which in the end cost them the Championship.
In their final match Magpies just needed a draw to qualify for the Regionals, but this turned out to be Magpies toughest match by far. Dragons put Magpies under a lot of pressure including several penalty corners, which the team defended well. Magpies did have the rare breakaway or two but in the end they were happy to settle for a draw.
Magpies finished level on points with Norwich City and Dragons. Ironically Dragons missed out on goal difference. With City and Magpies level on goal difference and goals scored it went to penalty flicks to see who came first and second. Unfortunately City won the Norfolk Championship on flicks, but Magpies went home happy knowing they had qualified for the Regionals which take place on April 28th and 29thagainst the best teams in the East of England.
Squad: Daisy Wicks (Capt), Jasmine Freeman GK, Mia North, Floriana Harrod, Molly Denny, Millie Shepherd, Evie Wheeler and Mia Spaull.
Ladies 7th team v Dragons 8 (Home (L) W 3-0)
With a chilly, Siberian wind blowing across the pitch, we started our late afternoon match. Every ball was hard-won with lots of running, tackling and blocking so when the ball finally got to Dragon’s circle, we were delighted when Annie Lancaster, with sheer determination, smashed the ball past the keeper. Dragons came back with a vengeance but we had a strong team and with some expert dodging and a fast pace, young Ella Spear took the ball past their defence and sent the ball home.
Our skipper, Daphne Beckett, reminded us to look up before passing and this certainly helped during the second half. Dragon’s did take the ball to our circle but our goalkeeper, Katy Davy, played superbly as did the defenders. A short corner, struck by Jo Meyer, was received by Shirley McAllen who calmly hit it straight into Dragon’s goal. Shortly
Ladies 6th v Lowestoft Railway 2nds ( Home (L) W 1-0)
In the first of two slip weeks, the Magpies 6ths played Lowestoft Railway 2nds at home this week. A gloriously sunny February morning in Harleston, and a pre-game pep talk from Captain, Heather Brand reiterated a now almost legendary motto of the 6ths – Go out there, give it everything, set the press and have fun.
Taking to the field against the top of the league team, who beat us 10-1 in the previous half of the season the tensions were high. There was a lot to play for, we had something to prove.
The 6ths started strongly and the links built over the last few months were on show, when in the first few minutes the home team set up and scored the first and only goal of the game. Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D, and the pass in was slotted home by Rachael Clifford.
The Lowestoft Railway team were frustrated by the early goal, and the confident attacking play. This bolstered the confidence of the home team, who’s defence (Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy) were cool, calm and collected. Clearing the ball with ease, and shutting down opportunities for the away team to attack the D.
Girls U16 v Sudbury U16 (Home (EHC) W 2-1)
On a bright and pleasantly warm (relative for February) afternoon at the Nest the U16’s knew that to continue their season they needed to avoid defeat against a strong and competitive Sudbury side. The game started brightly with the Magpies on the front foot pushing Sudbury’s back line deeper and deeper looking for a chink in their armour. With 10 minutes on the clock the breakthrough came. Good work from the midfield and forwards operating the high pressed saw the Magpies win the ball from a Sudbury 16, Cantrell ran wide slipping the ball back towards the p spot where Wiseman cooly slotted passed the oncoming keeper. 1 – 0. Everyone was working hard with the Magpies having the majority of possession but always being wary of the fast breaking Sudbury. Good defending from Reader, Woollatt and the ever present Herschel Shoreland kept them at bay with the midfield of Williamson, Warnes, Hilaire and Eglington picking up loose balls and finding space to set the forwards on their way. Chances came and went from both open play and short corners but with the radar off kilter the score stayed at 1 – 0 until halftime.
The second half went much the same as the first. Magpies with a little more of the possession but Sudbury a constant threat on the break forcing a number of excellent saves from Farrow. A big squad of 16 all played at least a small part with Salsby, Evans Hendrick and Collinson providing good attacking options with Moodie and Slade covering well at the back. Ramsdale making her debut worked hard in the midfield as Magpies pushed for another to try and make the game comfortable. With 5 to go it finally came with Cantrell hitting a crisp reverse stick shot into the bottom right hand corner. The action didn’t finish there though with Sudbury fighting to the last forcing a short corner which they converted with 2 minutes to go. The Magpies girls though held on comfortably to see them through to the regionals on 11th March.
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, Immy Ramsdale.