Ladies 6th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 (Home (L) W1-0)
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.
Ladies 5th Team V UEA 3rds (Away (L) W 9-1)
What a performance!. The 5ths are full of confidence and just getting better and better. Playing without Victoria who has been putting in some very consistent performances of late welcomed the experienced Janna to the fold. UEA were under the kosh from the first whistle and goals came at regular intervals in the first half. Jose got the ball rolling poking the ball under the keeper. Keira this weeks player of the match got a couple in the first half along with Ellen Pope deflecting in a corner strike at the near post. Tibbenham hit the post at a penalty corner and the loose ball fell sweetly for Janna who thumped the ball in at the far post. Beth was working tirelessly in midfield and got a well deserved goal following excellent passing between Honey, Keira and Beth. Half time 6-0 and magpies were cruising. UEA just didn’t have an answer to the pace and skill of the magpies team and rarely entered the magpies defending 25. What would the second half bring? It is not always easy to keep the momentum up when you have scored freely in the first half. A request from the captain for double figures almost came to fruition. Jose and Janna both doubled their tally and Keira completed her hat-trick with some fine individual skill to make it 9-0. Despite the score UEA kept plugging away and with magpies all high up the pitch UEA sent their forward through on the break and got a consolation goal. Another excellent team performance to keep us hot on the heels of the top two with a better goal difference than the second placed team who are one point ahead of us.
Ladies 5th v Beccles (Home (L) W 5-1)
The 5ths carried on their teamwork from where they left off last week. As the weeks pass the girls are getting stronger and stronger. Sophie has progressed and moved up to the 4ths and I think there could be some more knocking on the 4th team door after this performance.
Jose Tibbenham got the ball rolling with a repeat of last weeks penalty corner just inside the left post with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Magpies took the game to Beccles and despite finding their keeper in good form as in the previous encounter when Magpies couldn’t break the deadlock they extended the lead with another Tibbenham penalty corner. Lucy Fields was prominent at right midfield and her cajoling of the youngsters to keep fighting for every ball ensured another great team performance. Rachel Goodson scored when a loose ball found her unmarked in the circle. Victoria was once again giving a commanding performance in the centre of midfield, well supported by Beth who between them snuffed out most of Beccles attacks. Beccles scored a consolation goal between further strikes from player of the match Victoria and Keira.
Ladies 5th v Yarmouth (Away (L) W 4-0)
Magpies travelled to a very cold and blustery Cliff Park. Someone made the mistake of suggesting that the opposition goalkeeper was ‘all over the place’. This talked up a star performance from their keeper. Despite dominating possession in the first half goals were elusive. Two identical short corner strikes inches inside the left post from captain Tibbenham in quick succession early in the second half set up a comfortable win. Magpies continued to pass the ball well and support each other in defence and attack. Ellen got the 3rd following up a penalty corner save. Honey was having her best game of the season on the right flank causing Yarmouth all sorts of problems with her fight and crosses. Towards the end despite a big wind up Honey scored into the roof of the net, thoroughly deserved for her efforts throughout the match
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, travel to Wimbledon in what will be a very tough match. Wimbledon are sitting in third position in the table and still fighting for the promotion play off place. Magpies know this is going to be a hard match as when Wimbledon made the trip to Weybread earlier in the season, Wimbledon came out 4-0 winners.
Last week’s result against Chelmsford has given the team a bit of confidence in themselves as they proved they can score goals. With six different goal scorers at the weekend it shows the team have plenty of threats in front of goal. Magpies now sit in fifth place in the league, 4 points ahead of Barnes who are sixth.
This week the team welcomes back Abby Gooderham.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer.
Boys U18 v Saffron Walden (Away (EHC) W 4-1)
Harleston Magpies U18 won a tough encounter against Saffron Walden to progress to the quarter finals of England Hockeys National U18 Cup Competition.
Starting brightly Magpies scored within two minutes when a great break and then cross by Matt Bensly found Jake Sewell who score at the far post. They doubled their lead from a short corner after the initial shot was saved but Jolyon Summers picked up the rebound and calmly slotted home. Ben Watson then made it 3-0 with a strong run and reverse stick strike.
The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating chances and neither side really taking control of the game. Saffron Walden scored to reduce the arrears but the goal spurred Magpies on and it was no surprise when Ben Watson scored his second with another powerful strike. Magpies controlled the final minutes of the game to run out 4-1 winners.
Thanks to Saffron Walden for their hospitality and to the strong contingent of Magpies supporters who made the trip. Plus, a big thanks to James Smith for umpiring.
Ladies 7th Team v Norwich Dragons 7 (Home (L) W 3-1)
After a frosty start, our match was played later in the morning with a squad of fourteen. Both teams stood for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to David Brooks who has done so much for Magpies. Play began in a bitingly cold wind; it was hard and fast but with a strong Magpie’s team we soon swept the ball towards the Dragon’s goal and were rewarded with a short corner. A strike from Jo Meyer went straight to Shirley McAllen who smashed it towards the goal where it was deflected by a Dereham player into their own goal! Delighted, a second goal followed when young Ella Spears skilfully took the ball into Dragon’s circle and pushed the ball past the keeper.
Midway during the second half, a decision to ‘play on’ confused our defenders and we were caught napping; Dragons took swift advantage and scored. This was the one and only time that our defence was down as goalkeeper, Peg Bridges, played a blinder as did Karen Hunt, often throwing themselves to the ground in a bid to stop any goals and Janet Brown made a sterling effort. In addition, Jenny Meyer and Annie Lancaster made some excellent runs. Towards the last few minutes of the game, Ella Spears took the ball to the Dragon’s circle and struck the ball towards Georgia Hood who sent it home.
Score: 3 – 1
Ladies 6th Team v Thetford (Away (L) D 2-2)
A close and hard-fought game at Thetford secured the Magpies ladies 6ths 1 point, and continues to show this teams improved form over the season. This game highlighted that their defensive press worked under pressure and that continued efforts at training to work on our attack has begun to pay off.
Having taken the lead from a short corner the team continued to pressure Thetford’s defence throughout the rest of the game. The home team capitalised on some nice breaks and showed skill in their counter attacks. The whole team worked hard to track back and defend, and Katie Davy in goal cleared many balls through from the midfield which went to no-one.
Thetford responded from a short corner to make the score 1-1. The second half saw both teams step up their games, and despite holding most of the possession for the half and looking confident in attack the Magpies left the field with a 2-2 draw. Magpies passing play was much improved on previous weeks, and shows real promise for the rest of the season.
Marie Davy battled long and hard all game against a strong and determined right sided attack from the opposition, she also saw herself up in the attacking 23 keeping the ball in play after a long sprint down the flank. This effort earnt herself the Lady of the Match Award. Well done Marie.
Ladies 7th Team v Dereham 5 (Away (L) L 0-1)
With a late start and just nine players, including one who hadn’t played for over ten years, we started the game with some trepidation. However, Dereham with their full team, far from keeping the ball, had their work cut out trying to keep possession. Time and again, the ball flew to the Dereham circle to our great delight. Newcomer, Victoria Brock really threw herself into the game and our defenders were solid. However, with minutes to go before halftime, Dereham scored.
Skipper, Daphne Beckett, was impressed with everyone’s play and we started the second half in high spirits. It got darker and despite the floodlights, the yellow ball seemed to blend in with the faded pitch. Louise Davy was struck across the throat during a tackle and fell to the ground. She bravely got up and carried on. Towards the end of the game we had a series of short corners but despite shots at goal just couldn’t equalise and then the whistle went.
Mens 5th Team v Felixstowe 3 (Away (L) L 3-5)
Despite a lot of effort Magpies didn’t click on Saturday and returned from the coast on the wrong end of the score line.
A confident start was soon undone when Felixstowe scored from their second attempt at a short corner and then double this lead when a defensive mix up allowed Felixstowe to steal the ball and work it past James Harvey in goal. However just before the break Magpies pulled a goal back to keep in touch with the opposition when James Smith followed up a short corner flicking the ball through the advancing keepers legs.
With it all to play for Magpies needed to start the second half positively but Felixstowe took the initiative adding a third goal swiftly after the break and then a fourth. Now in serious trouble the tea dug deep Tom Caston and Ben Emms working tirelessly eventually found ways to score and bring the game to a nail biting conclusion. Ben Emms drag flicking a short corner into the gaol, Tom Caston firing his shot in off the post.
However with Magpies pushing for an equaliser this left counter many counter acting opportunities for Felixstowe. James Harvey made some fine saves but eventually was beaten by a well worked 5th goal for Felixstowe sealing the win.
Not a great day at the seaside but at least the sun shined!
Ladies O35 v Chelmsford O35 (Away (EHC) W 11-0 )
Magpies travelled to Chelmsford for this fixture hoping for better weather conditions than the snow of two weeks ago. Magpies started the game with pace and pressed from the beginning. Five goals came in the first 15 minutes with 3 from Anouska Stott and 2 from Angie Wheelhouse. This relentless pressure continued until half time with further goals added by Emma Lee Smith and Lucy Field
Chelmsford goalkeeper made numerous saves in the second half but Emma and Anouska took their tally to 4 goals each. The defence looked solid and only defended one penalty corner with a good save from Lucy King in goal. The midfield controlled the game with decisive tackling and good teamwork.
The next round is away to Bishops Stortford.
Team:- Lucy King, Victoria Sweet, Jose Tibbenham, Teresa Griffin, Debbie Francis, Emma Lee Smith, Charlotte Rourke Beasley, Laura Betts, Angie Wheelhouse, Anouska Stott, Fran Burrell, Lucy Field, Louisa Greenacre (Capt) Kath Johnson, Charlotte Harrison.
For those looking for a hockey activity this February half term and would like the chance to try out indoor hockey or brush up on your existing indoor skills Stuart Fields, Head of Hockey at Langley School and member of Magpies coaching and playing staff will be running some indoor hockey camps this half term.
Indoor hockey is fast paced and fun! Coaches agree that there is a huge benefit in player development from indoor hockey exposure because many of the techniques are transferable to the outdoor game but your base skills have to be much sharper indoors due to the reduced pitch size and speed of play. Indoor hockey is great for building ball control skills and first touch as well as developing a player’s strength on the ball, in tackles and accuracy in passing alongside improved off the ball speed and movement.
From a Goal Keepers perspective, indoor is good for reflexes and footwork skills, and it’s great for learning to read the play better and maintaining concentration levels. Goal Keepers are in the thick of it from the moment the match commences.
Stuart’s camps are open to both boys and girls but are limited in number to 24 people per day due to the size of the indoor hall. For more information please see the flyer below. To book your place please email Stuart at email@example.com