Category Archives: Reports

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 18TH MARCH 2018

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.

BOYS U18 TEAM REPORT 11TH MARCH 2018

Boys U18 Team v Rugby & East Warwickshire
( Home (EH -18 Cup) W 2-1)

Magpies welcomed Rugby to the nest in the quarter-final of the U18 Tier 1 National competition. After a good warm-up Magpies settled quickly and forced the early pace. However, against the run of play Rugby launched a counter attack and opened the scoring from a short-corner. Undeterred, Magpies dominated possession, forcing a series of short-corners and deservedly equalised when Winter powerfully drag-flicked into the top right corner. Rugby defended resolutely but Magpies always looked dangerous and took the lead through another Winter drag-flick. Halftime score 2-1.

The second half was a more even affair with both sides enjoying plenty of possession but without creating any clear cut chances. Magpies then upped the tempo and should have extended their lead but Hunt shot just wide, Winter narrowly missed from another drag-flick and the Rugby keeper made a couple of good saves. With time running out Rugby won a short-corner but Graver made a good save with Peters completing the clearance. That proved the last chance of the game. Magpies deservedly winning 2-1.

Thanks to all the supporters for their encouragement and for the army of helpers in the kitchen. Special thanks to Andy Bedwell for his valuable input into the pre-match and halftime team talks.

Squad – W Graver, W Simpson, G Hunt, K Peters, J Sewell, J Hobbs, A Winter, J Summers, J Pottruff, C Woodcock, M Bensly, D Cadman, W Do

U 18 GIRLS TEAM REPORT 11TH MARCH 2018

U18 Girls v Leicester U18 (Away (EH Cup) W 5-1)

The U18 girls made the long trip up to the East Midlands to face a Leicester team who had already brushed aside some of the big guns in that area. With a depleted squad, the 12 brave magpies faced up to a 20 player squad who were keen to impress their home support. The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams trading territory in the final third of the pitch, without any real threat. Charlie marshalled the defence well keeping the Leicester attack at bay and Grace threw some dangerous aerials to set up surprise counterattacks down the left. Our best chance came with Rose crashing a ball back post and the ball just evading Lauren’s reach. Leicester had a flurry of attacks and a couple of corners which were dealt with well by the Magpies defence and a couple of great saves by Alice G.

Magpies took first blood on the 20min mark after a great steal and counter attack. A ball across the circle popped up nicely for Abby who intuitively smashed the ball into the roof of the net on the volley. The home team rallied and put together some good attacks but solid defending from Lottie and Olivia in the middle kept them out of danger and they found little joy down their left hand side as numerous attacks were cut short by great team defence of Sophie and Rose. 1-0 at half time meant the game was still wide open.

During the break the girls discussed patient transfer on outlet and being more aggressive in the press and it was the latter that ultimately led to the Leicester collapse. Superbly led by Lauren, Alice and Tor up front and excellent support from Martha, Rose and Abby in behind.

5mins in and Abby bagged her second with a smart finish and 2mins later Lauren made it 3-0 with a superb diving finish around the GK. As Leicester pushed to stay in the game, gaps appeared and Magpies romped forward even to the extent that Charlie found herself playing pinball with the Leicester GK. Lauren added to her tally after a cleverly worked short corner with Lottie to make it 4-0 and the pair combined again with Lottie sliding back post to finish in an empty Leicester goal. Leicester got a consolation goal with 30sec to play but the damage was done.

The girls showed their class against a good opposition, particularly in their defensive intensity and how well they transitioned from press to attack. This is backed up by their 26 for and 4 against in their 4 matches so far in the competition. The road to the finals will only get tougher, but this team gets stronger every game and today they showed they are prepared to work hard for each other when the going gets tough. Excellent effort girls and your semi final place is truly deserved.

MENS 2ND TEAM REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

Mens 2nd Team v Pelicans (Away (L) W 6-3)

After 2weeks of snow disruption, magpies men’s 2nd 11 were glad to be back on the pitch playing again. This week away to Pelicans who sit third in the table.

A lively start to an eventful game saw Magpies take the lead in the first minute, when Greg Jager finished calmly after good work from Jude and Martin down the left flank. Pelies found a reply immediately and then had the audacity to take the lead within two rather frantic minutes. Magpies were maybe missing veteran defenders Dickon and Flatman and the newly formed jnr back line was taking time to settle in, when magpies conceded a third. A physical and vocal first half, void of the usual passing delights so often on show, came to a close with Pelies 3-1 in front.

An inspired half time rallying cry from Stuart Fields led to a much improved second half, where magpies superior fitness led to a flurry of short corners, the first two were converted by brothers Baynes, LB and Tris. With their 100% unbeaten record now looking safer, magpies continued to press their advantage, with excellent wing back work from Cadman and Manly, when over enthusiasm led to AJ receiving two umpire enforced rest brakes. This only galvanised the spirit of the magpies forward line, as they attacked impressively on the break. Greg Jager, ever a danger, was up ended in the D and Tristan  calmly converted the penalty stroke to make it 4-3.
As a tired looking Pelies seached for an equaliser, magpies punished them with late goals from the in form Martin Fields and Greg Jager.
The game finished 6-3 to Harleston Magpies.

Next up are St Ives who travel to the nest nest Saturday at 3:30pm.

LADIES O35 TEAM REPORT 11TH MARCH 2018

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 1ST TEAM REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

Ladies 1st Team v Hampstead & Westminster (Home (L) L0-5)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Hampstead and Westminster to The Nest. 

The game started evenly with both teams taking their chances in attack and remaining solid in defence.  In the 23rd minute the deadlock was broken when Kate MaCaw was quickest to react to a rebound to give Hampstead and Westminster the lead.  Magpies remained composed and continued to play their game.  Hampstead and Westminster were denied a clear goal scoring opportunity right on the stroke of half time as the whistle was blown to signify the break before they were able to get their shot away. 

Both teams gathered for a quick tactical talk with Magpies reassuring one another they could get the game back on level terms and even try to steal the crucial 3 points.

The second half came with a rain shower but both teams remained focussed despite the adverse weather conditions and fought hard.  In the 42nd minute Magpies conceded a short corner which was unfortunately converted by Amy Askew taking the score 2-0.  Despite determined defending Kate McCaw added to Hampstead and Westminster’s tally in the 44th minute leaving Magpies shaken.  One minute later Amy Askew found the net with a backhand shot from the top of the circle, taking their score to 4. 

Magpies encouraged each other to stay composed and did manage to create a few chances at goal from counter attacks but unfortunately couldn’t quite finish them.  Both teams were fighting hard in the closing stages of the match but it was Hampstead and Westminster who managed to grab the final goal of the game in the 64th minute, which was scored by Melanie Wilkinson.

Whilst Magpies were disappointed with the score line and their second half performance, particularly conceding three goals in quick succession, they accepted that they had been beaten by a quality team with aspirations of playing in the top flight next season.  Magpies will take positives from their first half performance and work hard in training this week in readiness for two crucial games next weekend. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence. 

LADIES 7TH TEAM REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

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 REPORT 10TH MARCH 2018

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.

U10 GIRLS TEAM REPORT 25TH FEBRUARY 2018

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.

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

Mens 1st Team v Bedford 1 (Home (L) W 4-1)

After last weeks disappointing result against City of Peterborough Magpies M1st sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops were determined to show the home crowd the fight skill that had seen them nearly salvage a draw rather than the lacklustre effort that had led to them falling behind. Frosty weather had curtailed the weeks training and even put the fixture in doubt. Fortunately Magpies manager and part time pitch inspector, Kevin Ridley, had prepped the pitch Friday night with his patented anti-frost measures. Come Saturday morning the tarpaulin was removed and a bouncy soft green astro was revealed ready to welcome an always dangerous Bedford team.

Magpies started the game at a high tempo with the energetic forward line harassing and hassling the Bedford back line. On the ball the midfield were linking well. Marsh, Ridley, Whiteman and Leate were distributing the ball with calm authority and the Magpies forwards and half backs were finding space down the wings. Magpies created the first chance of the game when excellent work down the right saw the ball slid into Simon Hipwell whose first time snapshot agonising flew wide of the far post.

Magpies midfield and defence were coping well with the Bedford aerial threat and the forwards continued to find circle penetrations although no end product could be found. With ten minutes gone Magpies knew they needed to make the pressure count and sent on supersub Andrew Bedwell to step up the pressure. No more than two minutes after the robust full back had come on and the deadlock was broken. Coincidence? A Bedford counterattack was smartly rebuffed and Magpies replied with a counter of their own. Good passing down the pitch ended with Spi Hipwell finding space in the D, with his usual calm confidence in front of goal, he smashed a trademark reverse stick finish into the bottom corner.   

Magpies continued to threaten with their slick passing skills and strong ball carrying from midfield and another smart passing move found Richard Larkin free at the back post to double the advantage. Bedford were always dangerous on the break but Jon Livings and the back line were up to the task. Bedford were never allowed any clean shot at goal and were limited to a couple of short corners.

After an encouraging team talk Magpies were determined to put the game to bed in the second half. More magpie pressure resulted in a penalty corner and after the initial routine broke down Sam Moore was quickest to react. A smart spin and shot from the returning forward snuck under the gk and past the post man to give the home side the lead they deserved.

Magpies were controlling the game but with skillful players across the pitch both teams found themselves with chances to score. John Lvings had made a fine save to deny the visitors but good work down the Magpies right led to the away team converting a cross on the back post. This could have been a nervy time for Harleston but the home team refused to sit back and let Bedford dominate. Magpies continued to press aggressively across the pitch and turnovers were happening more and more. One such turnover led to a slick passing move that went from right to left before Simon Hipwell was left with a simple tap in after the Goalkeeper had been eliminated. This sealed the win for the home side although there was still time for another excellent passing move to find Tim Whiteman at the back post with and open goal. Unfortunately the ex GB player summoned up his international goalscoring form and deftly flicked the ball wide.

The final 4-1 result was justification for a very professional display from the home team who now look to end the season strongly.

MENS 2ND TEAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

Mens 2nds v Horncastle (Away (L) W 7-1)

On a bright and sunny winters day 12 members of the second team headed north to face bottom of the league horncastle, 
Magpies started brightly after getting on the score sheet within 41 seconds by man of the match LB, not long after Marty bagged another for the pies. Intelligent play at a short corner from Tris and Stu gave us a nice 3-0 lead at half time. 
Magpies newly formed sliding press came to fruition with stu intercepting and realising Marty to bag a second! 
A string of fine saves from Routsey kept horncastle (their star player) at bay while at the other end magpies continued to dominate with further goals from Bensly, Jude and Tris, a clean sheet looked on the cards but horncastle scored a much deserved goal towards the end of the game
This result ensures the men’s second team finish as champions of div 2 north with three games remaining 

LADIES 1ST TERAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st v Cambridge City (Home (L) L 1-2)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Cambridge City to The Nest, anticipating a tough match against a strong side sitting just above them in the table.
Cambridge started off the dominant team, putting Magpies under a lot of pressure.  Despite some good defending by the back line and saves by Charlotte Peet in goal it was Cambridge who were first to score.  A well executed penalty corner by Cambridge put them 1-0 up.  Magpies at times had some good chances going forward but it was Cambridge who were continuing to attack and after a number of corners they won a penalty stroke. Up stepped Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh to take the stroke.  A superb stick save by Charlotte Peet denied Richardson-Walsh and buoyed Magpies to attack with more confidence.  Lizzie Clymer and Rose Winter playing some excellent balls through to the forward line to create chances for Magpies to score.
With Magpies now having the momentum, Debbie Francis won the ball from Richardson-Walsh in midfield and passed to Rose Winter. Rose turned on the burners, accelerating down the right and finding Abby Gooderham on the baseline. Abby kept strong and composed as she carried the ball into the D and squared to Lizzie Clymer who comfortably slotted the ball home to bring the scores even at half time.
The second half brought fast attacking play by both sides.  Unfortunately Magpies struggled to convert their chances whilst Cambridge were clinical and won another penalty corner which they converted, giving them the 2-1 lead.
With not long to go and nothing to lose, Magpies continued to press hard. Rose Winter began to control the midfield and linked up well with the forward line.  In the last few minutes a change of tactic sent Lauren Rowe to defence to switch the game up using her fantastic aerial to get the ball quickly to the forwards. Despite Magpies’ best efforts no further chances could be converted and the final score was 2-1 to Cambridge. 

Next week Magpies travel away to Southgate. A game which Magpies will be determined to take 3 points from. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Martha Lawrence, Abby Gooderham. 

LADIES 7TH TEAM REPORT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 1st v Wimbledon (Away (L) L 1-2)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week made the long trip to Wimbledon.
As expected Wimbledon came out strong and put Magpies’ defence under a lot of pressure.  The team worked hard to minimise any Wimbledon attacks conceding only three corners in the first half.  With some great running from Katrina Sitch closing down the intimidating figure and GB gold medalist Crista Cullen at the top of the circle, Magpies stood strong and kept the scores even.
With five minutes of the half remaining, after a quick move around Magpies’ defence Wimbledon found a player on the P spot who converted for them to take the lead.
On the stroke of half time, Emma Lee-Smith had a great run through the Wimbledon defence and was about to pull the trigger when the umpire blew the whistle for an earlier infringement and awarded Magpies a corner.  Despite Magpies’ corner routines looking sharp they were unable to capitalise. 

Going into the second half Magpies knew they were playing good hockey moving the ball well across the pitch and the game was all to play for.  The second half was much more end-to-end with hard work from the Magpies’ midfield led by Lauren Barber and Debbie Francis minimising any Wimbledon attacks through the middle of the pitch.  However, Wimbledon were able to add to their score from a well-worked short corner routine and an accurate strike into the corner of the goal.
Magpies did not let their heads drop and were further buoyed by some excellent saves by goalkeeper Charlotte Peet to keep Wimbledon’s tally to two.  They began to put Wimbledon under increasing pressure with some quick attacks of their own.  The forward-line also stepped up the pressure on the Wimbledon defence forcing them into making mistakes and winning a number of corners.
Magpies managed to pull a goal back with about 5 minutes on the clock with an excellent drag flick by Lauren Rowe, converted by Rose Winter on the left post.
Magpies dominated possession for the remainder of the game, with Lucy Whiting attacking at speed to win Magpies two more corners in the closing stages.  With the final whistle blown during the last corner of the game Magpies pushed their team forward.  Unfortunately Abby Gooderham’s initial drag was well saved by the Wimbledon goalkeeper and a powerful follow-up strike by Katrina Sitch eluded the Magpies’ post player.
Magpies walked away from this game with their pride intact knowing they performed well against a well-drilled and experienced Wimbledon side that really should be pushing for promotion into the top league. 

Next week Magpies host Cambridge City, a team which they lost to away from home and includes GB gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh. 

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Martha Lawrence, Abby Gooderham. 

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 TEAM REPORT 18TH FEBRUARY 2018

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.

LADIES 2ND TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Ladies 2nds v Newmarket (Home (L) W 3-0)

Magpies ladies 2’s were at home this Saturday in the much anticipated and over due fixture against Newmarket. Magpies started as they meant to go on outing strong pressure on the Newmarket defence we dominated the first half and Newmarket struggled to get the ball out of their half. Woman of the match  Katherine Ridley was feeding some good balls into the circle for the forwards, however the forwards struggled to find the net with lots of outfield Newmarket players packing the home teams attacking D.The first goal came from a strike from a Penalty corner the keeper saved the first shot and Anouska Stott was on hand to slot home in the second phase. The second goal came from a good initial pass in from out side the 25 and a little touch from Tibbenham helped the Ball through for Anouska to make the score 2-0. Magpies continued to push forward and a third goal came from a well timed strike from Emily to make the final score 3-0.

LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

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.

MIXED A TEAM REPORT 18TH FEBRUARY 2018

Mixed A Team v Bury st Ednunds (Away (EHC) W 11-0)

Harleston Magpies Mixed A team sponsored by Parsons Estate Agents traveled to Bury St Edmunds to play in the third round of the Mixed Competition.

Magpies started strongly but two early chances went the wrong side of the post, but soon afterwards Sam Paterson showed the rest of the team how to get it in the right side of the post. He then showed the team again for goal number 2. Shortly afterwards Simon Hipwell finally finished one of his many chances. With Magpies moving the ball quickly this caught Bury out and Lucy Whiting found space to drive the baseline and with a touch from a defender helped beat the Bury keeper. A short corner was then awarded and Lucy deflected in her usual style. Just before half time Richard Larkin got his goal after having a few shots saved beforehand. Half term Magpies lead 6-0.

In the second half Magpies came out just as strong wanting to score more goals. Early on Magpies were awarded a short corner and Stu Field deflected in the shot on the left post. Simon then scored his second of the game to make it 8-0. Lauren Rowe then scored a drag flick high into the net for her first goal of the game. Sam Paterson then beat a couple of the Bury defenders to then have a shot going goal bound for his hat trick nicked on the line by Simon for his hat trick instead. Towards the end of the game after an initial shot was saved Lauren Rowe then scored her second of the game with a reverse stick hit. 

Final score 11-0.

MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

Mens 1st Team v City of Peterborough (Away (L) L 3-4)

It was a blustery day at Bretton Gate which saw a top of the table clash between Peterborough and Harleston Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops.  As action got underway it was the home team asserting their dominance, capitalising on a slow start from the visitors. Some well placed aerials kept Harleston on the back foot and caused a tactical headache for the Magpies. This bombardment resulted in the Peterborough forwards having the lions share of possession which eventually materialised in the form of a short corner. Peterborough had a slick routine which saw the ball moved quickly to the far post for an easy tap in, giving the home side an early lead. Unfortunately for the visitors they struggled to play at their normal tempo, passing too often going awry and although there were some small flashes of good link up play, it was the Peterborough which struck next. Some good build up play on the wing resulted in a harsh short corner decision for a slightly miss-times tackle. Again the home team moved the ball around well and scored another deflected short corner routine. Heading it to the half time break it was 2-0 and looked like it could be a long day for the Harleston players as they failed to mount any serious momentum. Harleston player coach Tim Whiteman had some stern words for his team and demanded more as the team were on the receiving end of some much needed hairdryer treatment. Harleston reverted to their aggressive full press stance and as the second half got underway the pep talk looked to have done the trick as the team started to link up and play the fast assured hockey they are renowned for.
The visitors looked like a different team as some flowing moves were starting to ask questions of Peterborough’s defence. Magpies defender Sam Paterson was having a sterling game and managed to find himself in the opposition’s area after some good link up play with midfielder Pete Bale. As he tried to round the last defender a cynical foul resulted in a penalty flick and a glimmer of hope for the Magpies. Shouldering the responsibility himself, Sam was quick to dispatch the penalty flick and Peteborough found they had now had a game on their hands. Harleston had now found their feet and fired in a quick second when Archie Winter dispatched from close range. 
Peterborough continued to push forward but were rebuffed, Leigh Sitch making an outstanding 1v1 tackle to keep his team in it. It was Peterborough who found the break through though when a reverse stick shot found it’s way to an attacker to finishe from close range. Harleston were not done and player coach Tim Whiteman stepped up to wobble his way around 4 defenders at a short corner and calmly slotted home. Harleston continued to press and created two more clear cut chances, one cleared off the line and one a near post miss. With the game clearly at bubbling point Stuart Leate was fourtunate not to see yellow for a rough stick tackle. 
Peterborough managed to hang on and claim a vital 3 points. Harleston again left feeling disappointed that they left themselves too much to do in the second half of a game. Next week they face Bedford at home at midday.