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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 2nds v Norwich Dragons 1 (Away (L) W 2-0)

The mens 2nd 11 went into this weekends game vs Norwich Dragons full of confidence after winning 16-0 the previous week.
However a hard working a determined Dragons team made it hard work for the magpies front line to convert their chances. Jude Pottruff’s classy reverse stick finish was the only shot good enough to beat the inspired Dragons goalie.
An edgy second half was settled in the last minute when team veteran Matthew Bensly popped up back post for a tap in. Man of the match went to Morgan Hey Manly, who was making his league debut for the 2nd team.
Magpies need to be better for next weeks top of the table clash against Pellies


Mens 1st Team v Blueharts 1 (Home (L) W 5-0)

Mens 1st Team Match Report, Sponsored by Dynamic Sports Club.

The Mens First Team Squad started their Saturday morning with a pants only photoshoot to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. ‘It’s On The Ball’ raises the importance of checking yourself and more information can be found on their website (Link). As expected numerous members of the club came to laugh and mock, but the boys were all in good spirits. All photos can be seen on the website if you dare to look.

This weekend’s action saw game number 9 of the season for the Men’s 1’s. They themselves were looking to get back to winning ways after drawing last week away in Bedford. The squad felt confident going into the game against rivals Blueharts who have struggled to pick up points this season in Premier A.

Harleston started the game strong with early dominance in possession and intensity. With many tactical and formational changes implemented from player coach Tim Whiteman, Pies managed to play with freedom when out-letting and carried the ball forwards with real purpose. This indeed created much chaos for Blueharts who were unable to cope. A fellow Pie Giles Flatt was also unable to cope as he subbed himself on for nobody and Harleston played a small period of time with 12 players on the pitch. This went unnoticed by a blown out Blueharts team. 

With magical spells of play Magpies were the team to take an early lead. Dave Gilbert pass don’t dribble approach found himself with plenty of time and space in the opposition circle. He calmly slapped the ball first time over the shoulder of the opposition’s goalkeeper into the ‘top right corner’ of the goal.

Pies then added a quick 2nd, which came from a particular powerful carry along the Blueharts baseline from Sam Moore, he looked up and passed the ball eventually to an unmarked Giles Flatt in a power position were he placed the ball into the goal. 2-0 Magpies. Promoting defenders forward and getting ahead of the ball was instructed by manager Kevin Ridley and this was how Andrew Bedwell found himself with the ball in the Bluehart circle. His effort towards goal was stopped on the line by a body of the Blueharts defender. Penalty-flick was awarded from the umpire. Youngster and England boy Archie Winter capitalize with a powerful push down the centre of the goal after handcuffing blueharts goalkeeper.

Blueharts tried their very best to reply by scoring themselves but found it impossible to get past Harleston’s solid defence. In particular Jonty Gosling showing Coach Whiteman why he shouldn’t be dropped with a stunning first half display. From this counter attacking fencing dual between the two sides, Dave Gilbert added his second for the day and Harlestons 4th by rounding the ball past Bluehart GK in classy style. Magpies went into half time 4 goals to the good.

After an encouraging first half display of hockey magpies looked to mirror that stunning first half performance in a quest to score more. Chances came in enormous fashion in the second half for Harleston from individual such as ‘drag-flicking specialist’ Sam Patterson who didn’t convert past the Blueharts goalkeeper with a number of short corners he had. Simon Hipwell was another who missed three consecutive attempts to score from 3 yards out with the post stopping his final effort.

But alas, Simon made up for his effort with a ‘wonder goal’ reverse stick shot from the top of the circle and made the vital 5th goal for Harleston’s tally.

With this Blueharts knowingly shut up shop and made life difficult for Magpies to play as goal difference maybe something both teams treasure come the end of the season. Harleston closed-out the game in a professional manor and the final whistle blew. Jonty Gosling in particular showed his young talented class right until the very end and was deservingly man of the match. The majority of the team came off the pitch in disappointment after having a handful of chances but were unable to capitalise upon them. However another solid performance and clean sheet builds towards next week’s away fixture against Cambridge University. 


Goal List:

Dave (UEA) Gilbert (2FG)

Giles Flatt (1FG)

Archie Winter (1PF)

Simon Hipwell (1FG)


MOM: Jonty Gosling


Ladies 4th v Dereham 3rds (Home (L) L 2-3)

Dereham started strong, pushing Magpies back into their 25 and forcing Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Krystal Jenkins and Marnie Blair to baton down the hatches but Dereham found their way through and opened the scoring from a loose player on the back post. 

Magpies began to rise to the occasion with Sarah Louden linking up with Janna Freeman on the right wing to pull the Dereham defence apart. Against the run of play the visitors doubled their tally via a brilliant shot from ex-Magpie Evie Gardener which Alice Gooch in goal had no chance of stopping. 

Undeterred, Magpies continued to work the ball around a tiring opposition. Imogen Ramsdale and Sophie Maynell Anderson worked together in central midfield to push the play into the Dereham half and a resulting pass found Julie Davy in the D who cooly slotted the ball into the goal. 

Magpies continued in this vain in the second half, sensing the game was still within reach. Despite some strong tackles Dereham’s key player found space on top of the D and hit the ball neatly into the goal. 

With frustration building on the pitch Magpies relied on the experience of Judith Masters who was instrumental in the next goal which was put away by captain Sophie Maynell Anderson. 

At 2-3 down Magpies were relentless in their tackles, keeping Dereham at bay and closing down players before they had a chance to do any damage. In the dying minutes of the game Magpies won a short corner which was stopped, struck and scored by Cassie Ayms but was disallowed, denying the struggling Fourth team their first point of the season. 

Magpies are sat firmly at the bottom of the Norfolk Premier league table and need to pick up some points soon to avoid relegation. The ladies face Norwich City 3s on Saturday who are third in the table having won their last four matches. 


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!


Mens 1st Team v Bedford 1st (Away (L) D 1-1)

On a brisk, yet beautiful, armistice autumn afternoon Harleston, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, started the game brightly but were matched by Bedfords intensity. After a cagey 15 minutes the game turned more chaotic, with both sides seeing players spend time on the naughty step. 
Although determined, both sides lacked enough quality to break the deadlock and one would be forgiven for thinking that they were watching a ping pong match. It was Magpies, however, who first managed to find the net after excellent play by Archie Winter to show great composure after a corner-breakdown to find unretired Canadian international (52 caps) Elliott Marsh in the perfectly placed power position, guiding the ball phenomenally in and lighting up the game. 
But alas, Magpies lead was short lived. Bedford replied with a goal of their own coming from an unexpected aerial which wasn’t dealt with by Captain Fantastic Leigh Sitch (3900 Magpies caps). After collecting the ball the attacker powerfully crossed the ball which escaped the outstretched foot of goalkeeper Chris Leek, and found Magpies’ very own Jonty Gosling, who in a charitable frame of mind, diverted the ball into the goal to level the score and make it 1-1 at halftime.
After an inspired team talk, Harleston quickly found themselves 2-1 down after some poor defending and missed tackles allowed Bedford’s calm and collected forward to drive the ball base line and goalkeeper Chris Leek, who targeted both man and ball, came away with only man: penalty stroke. Magpies turned to Chris Leek to keep them level but was handcuffed by a bullet that drifted past him into the net. The goal sent Bedford into a 2-1 lead and put the crowd into a state of and ecstasy, which was only broken the reverberations felt all the way back in Harleston from which an angry roar was heard from the veteran 5th team development coach. 
A spirited response saw Magpies group together to fight against the grain and withstand an aerial bombardment. Magpies managed to get back on to level terms after a rare piece of quality provided by Sam Patterson to find level-headed lumberjack Pete Bale in the most powerful of power positions to sweep home the equaliser. 
With the score tied at 2-2, temperatures rose on the pitch with both teams once again losing players to cards. Despite Magpies knocking on the door with an intensity which was earlier missing in the game, genuine chances were too few and too far between to find the goal once more. The game finished 2-2 and Magpies retired to the clubhouse to enjoy watching some boxing on the big screen.


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.


Boys U16 Indoor Team v Norwich City (UEA  L 1-3)

Dispite the final score the boys played a great game. It was a really great team effort from everyone. Particular mention for Louis Calvert who played out of his skin, making some great defensive tackles. Michael Arhens scored from a short corner to put Magpies on the score board. Considering the limited experience the team has in indoor hockey, they all demonstrated great potential, putting into practice everything that Andrew Bedwell has taken the time to teach them, and as a team we look forward to developing on those skills. Thanks to all the players
and their parents for getting everyone to the right place, at the right time. 
Chris Hall


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.


Ladies 1st v Bedford 1 (Away (L) D 1-1)


On a chilly but sunny afternoon, Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Bedford in good spirits determined to get some more points on the board.

Magpies began brightly exerting pressure on the opposition in the first few minutes of the match pinning Bedford in their own half. The team looked sharp and alert as they took the game to Bedford.

Bedford’s first foray into the Magpies’ half was kept at bay with some good defensive tackling that kept them away from the D. However, from their first visit to the D Bedford scored after 8 minutes completely against the run off play.

Magpies resounded immediately by hitting a dangerous ball into the D but without finding a player. In the 12th minute Abby Gooderham intercepted a Bedford pass and managed to get a shot in but only to see it go off-target.

Good work by Emma Lee-Smith exerted more pressure on Bedford but they stood firm. Bedford earned a short corner after a controversial umpiring decision against Lottie Summers but Magpies defended it well.

At the other end there was a scramble in the hosts’ D but no shot on goal resulted. 

After a Bedford short corner that was well saved by keeper Charlotte Peet, Magpies broke down the right with Aoife Lowe-Davies making a great run and delivering a cross into the D that was cut out by the Bedford defence. Despite sustained attacking play it remained 1-0 to Bedford at half time.

Magpies started the 2nd half how they finished the 1st and continued to press Bedford back into their own half. Abby Gooderham saw a shot well saved and Emma Lee-Smith made a great run towards the D.

After further attacking forays led by Annie Nunn and Lucy Whiting, Magpies were awarded their first short corner of the game which was converted by Emma Lee-Smith with a ferocious shot that nearly broke the back board, to bring the sides level. 

Bedford raised their game and had their turn at piling on the pressure but Magpies’ defence stood firm thanks to great work from Louisa Greenacre clearing off the line and Charlotte Peet in goal.

In pursuit of a late winner Emma Lee-Smith’s determined run ended with a spectacular collision with the Bedford keeper which thankfully ended without injury. With three minutes to go Annie Nunn earned Magpies another short corner and only another great save by the Bedford keeper denied Emma Lee-Smith the winner. It ended 1-1, a good result but a performance that really deserved to take all three points.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Abby Gooderham, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith. 


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.


Mens 1st Team v Spalding 1 (Home (L) W 13-0)

On a wet and blustery day, Harleston sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops welcomed Spalding to the nest, hoping to continue their good run of form and keep the pressure on league leaders St Albans. Magpies immediately started the game with intent committing players forward and looking for an early breakthrough. It was Spalding though that had the first clear cut opportunity of the game. A hopeful aerial from the back eluded both Leigh Sitch and Tom Sumner in defence and an opportunistic Spalding player raced behind the flapping defenders to set up a one on one with Chris Leek in the Magpies goal. Unwilling to give up his clean sheet so early in the game, Leek showed excellent composure to force the striker wide and then safe the shot with his trailing leg. Magpies responded well and it wasn’t long before Matt Richardson, showing that the best players can play in any position, powered the opening goal past the Spalding keeper. With their tails up, it wasn’t long before the Magpies lead was doubled when Sam Patterson, the self-titled league’s best flicker, added some credibility to his claim with a bulleted drag flick that flew in off the crossbar. Patterson shortly added his second goal as he showed excellent close control in the D to make room for himself to slide in from his reverse. The goals continued to flow for Magpies as Archie Winter got in on the act, first almost knocking the Spalding keeper over with a vicious shot before adding another as he followed up his own short corner with a composed volley into the net. 5-0 to Harleston at half-time.Some spurring words from player-coach Whiteman (adding new meaning to the term ‘Pep-talk’) had Magpies starting the second half eager to continue the good form of the first half. After missing what can only be described as a boat-load of chances in the first half, Simon Hipwell – proving that if you give a monkey enough chances at goal even he will score – finally added his name to the score sheet as he followed in on a short corner. Sam Patterson then completed his hat-trick when he added Magpies’ 7th of the game. At this point in the game Harleston could have taken their foot of the gas but if anything they increased the energy further and continued to push for more goals. The excellent Tom Sumner was commanding from the back, stepping in front of the opposition on numerous occasions to win the ball back and set Magpies off on the attack. Veteran defender Andrew Bedwell could only watch this man-of-the-match performance from the side lines and must be worried at the emergence of this young, athletic talent. With Tom Sumner dictating from the back and the midfield working tirelessly to build attack after attack Dave Gilbert soon added two more goals for the Pies, showing a strikers instinct to be in the right place at the right time. Jake Sewell was quickest to respond after his first shot was saved to pounce on the rebound and ensure that he got a goal to reward his excellent play. Jack Hobbs added two more goals to the Magpies tally as Harleston continued to pile on the pressure, not letting Spalding have any time on the ball. The day’s scoring was completed as Sewell added his 2nd, and Magpies 13th, with an excellent back post tap-in. This rounded off a fantastic performance from the home side and the excellent effort from the whole team leaves them looking to continue the good form next week as they travel to Bedford for what will be a very tightly contested game.


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.

Mark Emms.
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.