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Ladies 1st Teram v Ipswich 1 W 5-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents warmly welcomed newly promoted and local rivals Ipswich Hockey Club to the Nest on a sunny Saturday November afternoon.
Magpies, this week, were without goalkeeper Meg Brown (running the New York Marathon) and Jess Bloom, so this gave the opportunity for Jade Daley to step in as goalkeeper and for Georgie Cantrell to make her senior debut – we also welcomed back Charlie Harrison and Lucy Whiting.
From the start Magpies were in no mood to allow Ipswich to settle and seized the initiative immediately. In the first minute, an arrow like through ball from Lizzie Clymer, found Lauren Rowe free at the top of the D who collected the ball calmly, rounded the keeper 1v1 to slot home in to an empty goal; 1-0 after 52 seconds.
This gave Magpies great confidence and within the next seven minutes there was real penetrative work down the right from Lara Taylor which led to Clymer winning two short corners. Both were injected, as always, with power and accuracy by Rose Winter allowing Rowe time to dispatch them both towards the corners of the goal with the keeper only able to parry them into net.
3-0 up inside 8 minutes of a Ladies National League Game and with a true ‘Denham Hattrick’ (3 consecutive goals by the same player with no other player scoring in between) had the large Saturday crowd in fine voice and others heading to check the club’s record books.
With the fluid combination of youth and experience, Magpies continued to dominate and it was not long before Rowe’s scoring continued with another trade mark, unstoppable, drag flick into the top corner of the goal after 20 minutes.
The intensity understandably dropped off for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half allowing Ipswich into the game and they were awarded a series of short corners – Daley in goal, and her defensive team including Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis, Katrina Sitch, Fran Burrell stood firm and Magpies reached half-time 4-0 up.
The second half of the match was a much more even affair and saw several of our younger players given the opportunity to gain valuable confidence at this level. With Charley Seaman looking confidently skilful and Georgie Cantrell forcefully impressive means Magpies have an exciting prospect.
Magpies scoring was completed on the hour mark when the combination between Tor Findlay and Winter led to a cross to an unmarked Rowe, who while on the ground, made a reverse stick deflection into the goal.
A fantastic all-round team performance supported from the bench by injured non-playing captain Lucy Belsey, coach Clyde Camburn, asst. coach Annie Nunn and team manager Nick McAllen. A 5-0 win and a well-deserved Player of Match award for Lauren Rowe, was topped off with the knowledge that other results went in Magpies favour, leaving them top of the League Table.

Next week, Magpies host St Albans Hockey Club who are always tough opponents but Magpies will be keen to keep the successful winning run going.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly(GK), Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Georgie Cantrell, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 


U14 Girls v Ipswich W 7-1

The U14 girls began their Tier 1 EH campaign for this season at The Nest with a well deserved 7-1 victory over Ipswich. Magpies came out of the blocks strongly and dominated possession from the off but were guilty of running with the ball too much to the detriment of any width and so huffed and puffed a bit and got a little frustrated. The front players did however convert a full press error from Ipswich into an interception for Emma W on the 22 who duly smashed the ball into the back board, 1-0 Magpies and this was the half time score. Everything was working ok ish but at our half time chat we all agreed that run with it less, pass it more and keep the width was the recipe for the 2nd half. Evie B and Molly L moved to right back and right half and both had an excellent half of hockey and stuck to the recipe. Ella S was a constant nuisance for the Ipswich defence all day and was rewarded with a goal and two more followed for Anna C to put Magpies 4-0 up. A rare Ipswich attacked produced a short corner goal with a fortunate deflection doing the damage but that only spurred on Magpies with Anna C completing her hat trick and one a piece for Loulou F and Jess M to make the final score 7-1. We as coaches learnt plenty from this first match and hopefully the girls also will remember the recipe that produced some really good hockey in the second half and also six goals ! One down with two more games to go in the group stage starting with a trip to IES in two weeks.

Squad – Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Jessica M, Jessica T, Ruby P, Loulou F, Evie B, Emma W, Holly W, Alicia P, Molly L, Ella S, Anna C, Talitha K


Ladies 2nd v St Albans 2 W 4-2

Conditions for the game were cold with a biting northerly wind but thankfully dry after the pre-match sprinkler soaking.
The Ladies got off to a bad start when a lofted ball into the D was swept home from close range to get the home side ahead after 4 minutes. St.Albans went hard looking for a second as we were looking to get a foothold in the game. We gradually started to look more threatening in the final 3rd but were finding it difficult to carve out any clear chances on the home goal.
However on 20 minutes the hard work paid off as a fine move down the left lead to Katherine Ridley unleashing a rocket of a reverse stick cross shot to get us back on level terms. We then started to push on playing some neat triangles which were making inroads into the home defensive areas.
With half time looming, we edged ahead following good work from Jess Howland who spotted a great run into the D from Lucy Whiting who converted with a deft deflection into the net leaving the keeper helpless. A great way to end the half as we went in ahead but the half time talk centered around keeping up the intensity and being mindful that the home side would start the half strong.
With Magpies now pressing all over the pitch, we managed to win the ball in midfield that allowed Laura Tibbenham to break down the left. Aided by unselfish running by the forwards she run half the length of the field, holding off the chasing defence before applying a calm finish into the corner of the net to put us 3.1 up.
St.Albans then upped the ante and piled on the pressure creating a number of opportunities from open play and penalty corners which caused some anxious moments in Pies defence. However Jade Daly made some excellent saves and the whole team were battling hard to hold on to our hard earned advantage.
With the home side throwing numbers forward our swift counter attacks were looking dangerous and in the 63rd minute we worked the ball out from the back where Anouska Stott found Laura again with a lovely cross field pass who ran in on goal to net once again with a neat finish.
St.Albans never gave up and netted with 2 minutes to go but it was too late to deny the Ladies a first League win of the season against seasoned Premier League opposition.
Every game in this league will be tough but the whole squad worked so hard for each other to get back into the game. By putting in the legwork all over the pitch, it allowed us to play some good free flowing hockey that saw us net 4 times away from home.
The team are looking forward to returning to the Nest next Saturday for an 11.30am start where they will face another hard game against a fast improving Wapping side.


Ladies 1st v Sevenoaks 1 W2-1

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Sevenoaks knowing it would be a tough game with reduced numbers due to injuries. Sevenoaks started the game well and dominated play but solid defending gave them no opportunity to take the lead. Magpies won a short corner within the first ten minutes which was comfortably slotted home low and hard by Lauren Rowe. Within a few minutes Magpies won a second short corner which once again Lauren Rowe found the back of the net with an awesome drag flick.
Sevenoaks fought back winning short corners and a penalty stroke but still could not get on the scoreboard. Half-time saw Magpies 2-0 up.
Sevenoaks came out hard in the second half desperate to get back into the game but an amazing team effort held solid for a substantial amount of time soaking up pressure. Sevenoaks won several short corners, finally slotting one home with ten minutes remaining.  Lara Taylor made a brilliant run down the right, passing the ball across the circle for a deflection from Lauren Rowe which beat the goalkeeper and initially was given but then disallowed. Sadly not quite getting her hat-trick!  Sevenoaks then opted to go to a kicking back but Magpies stayed strong to secure another three points and send them to second in the league table. 

Next week Magpies welcome local rivals Ipswich to Weybread. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Georgie Gardens, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 


Mens 1st Team v Cambridge University 1 W 1-0

Magpies welcomed the University of Cambridge to the Nest on a bright sunny day. The University boys had started the season in impressive form with strong wins over Wapping and West Herts. The home team had recovered from a wobbly start in their opening games to record a hat-trick of wins and both teams knew that a win in this fixture could prove a great springboard to kick on to the top 4 finish all teams are fighting for this season.
Magpies started the game in a composed fashion, smartly deciding to play into the first half sun, knowing this act of swagger would unsettle the young Cambridge team. Harleston were happy to let their opponents have the ball in their own half but their organised structure and general discipline meant the visitors struggled to make any headway once they entered the opposition half. The Magpies front line harried and hassled, denying the Cambridge backline time on the ball with which to find their forward players.
Harleston started to turnover the ball and were looking dangerous on the counter attack. One such attack resulted in a short corner. Simon Hipwell saw the goalie go low and denying team orders fired a drag flick high only for the keeper to push up a glove and make the save. Magpies were buoyed by this and continued to keep the ball patiently looking for an opening around the Cambridge deep defence.
Magpies won another short corner after dynamic defender Andrew Bedwell scythed his way past two Cambridge defenders before sliding in Richard Larkin whose ball across goal found a Cambridge foot. From the resultant corner a well worked routine resulted in captain fantastic Tom Ridley firing in to the net from close range. One nil Magpies.
Magpies continued to control the play in the first half but were unable to add to their tally. Cambridge tried to play their patterns but in the Harleston goal Chris Leek was rarely called into action, being limited to a few clearances.
The second half started much as the first had finished. Magpies midfield preventing their opposite numbers from having time on the ball and the Magpies defence applying excellent pressure on any Cambridge forward who did manage to get the ball near the circle.
Cambridge did begin to throw more men forward and their constant running and disciplined structure in possession eventually created some opportunities. The best of these saw a Cambridge forward reach the byline where his cross found a teammate unmarked at the back post. Fortunately for the home team the University forward fluffed his lines and kicked the ball as the goal lay open before him. Cambridge did force a few short corners of their own. One was well saved by Leek in goal and then bravely scrambled away by the rest of the defence. Another was charged down by Spi Hipwell, epitomising the bravery and determination of the rest of the team.
The home team continued to create chances with Jack Hobbs firing wide and top goal scorer Dave Gilbert being smartly denied by the keeper after Dave himself had robbed the Cambridge defence high up the pitch. Even half back Will Tew found himself with the ball in the opposition D although a bout of lightheadedness from being so far up the pitch allowed a defender time to bravely block the resultant shot.
As the final whistle blew Magpies knew they had put in a performance of great character against a fit and talented Cambridge side. After the game captain and man of the match Tom Ridley commented. “It was a very mature performance. Every man put in a shift today. I was happy with my goal as scoring more is something I am trying to add to my game. Ultimately though it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we get the win”  

Next week Magpies 1st team travel back to Cambridge to play City 2s looking to make it  five wins on the bounce.

Harleston Magpies M1s 1 – 0 Cambridge University M1s


Mens 2 v Cambridge City 3 D 0-0

The icy winds were blowing as the 12 men of magpies lined up to face a strong Cambridge city side.
From the moment the whistle blew Magpies were all over the Cambridge side, with the high press working very effectively. Chances were beginning to come as the Cambridge back 4 were looking ruffled and red faced at the blistering pace of the Magpies front line. With some short corners dancing wide from both sides and a few glancing chances the first half was at an end.
Magpies went into the second half brewing with confidence, with the Cambridge side looking nervous for what the Magpies side had to offer. With elegant skills from the debutant Edward Brice and brutal stick tackles from the ‘haymaker’ Hugo Thomas the second half was much more eventful. After 30 more minutes of dominance Magpies began to pile on the pressure. The likes of Toby Hughes and Dave Francis coming close towards the end the game, the result may have been different with a bit of luck.
In the end the game finished 0-0, and Magpies took away a well deserved point that could have easily been 3.


Mens 3 V UEA 1 L 0-5

Mens 3s unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday against a high performing UEA 1s squad.
The Students put Magpies under pressure from the off with a high and aggressive press which caught the rapidly developing Mens 3s off guard, who struggled to weather the storm during the 1st half.
It didn’t take long for Magpies to concede multiple corners, all of which were clinically converted by the extremely well drilled students to finish the first half 4-0.
With some positive words from the more experienced members of the team at half time it was a refreshed and rejuivinated group who restarted the second half.
The half started a lot more positively with much improved possession and confidence for Magpies (particularly for MOTM Max), with several attempts on goal but unfortunately nothing Magpies were able to convert, the only goal of the half being for UEA another expertly deflected short corner which highlighted the calibre and quality the ‘promotion favourites’ have available this year.
A tough day at the office for Magpies (particularly for this reporter when exiting the shower), but a high quality game which everyone, particularly the younger members of the team will benefit from.

Bring on Dragons next week.


Ladies 1 v Cambridge City 1 W 2-0

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week took on table-topping Cambridge City at home on a warm Sunday afternoon at Weybread. Magpies were expecting a difficult challenge ahead with Cambridge winning all three of their games so far this season. Magpies without Emma Lee Smith through injury and Charlie Harrison were pleased to welcome Rose Winter and Lottie Summers back into the squad.
After a good warm-up Magpies started the game well which was pleasing and an improvement on previous weeks. Magpies forwards were putting great pressure on the Cambridge defence and resulted in a string of corners for Magpies. The final one was converted by Lauren Rowe on the tenth minute with a powerful drag flick to the top corner. Putting Lauren on four goals for the season and joint top goal scorer in the league.
The latter part of the first half belonged to Cambridge who kept the ball well and moved it across the pitch but nothing clinical was created as a result of some excellent defending in the Magpies D by Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre and Katrina Sitch.
After more inspirational words at half-time by the coaching team Magpies started the second half well and forced more corners and this time a low and hard drag flick by Lottie Summers on the 45th minute put Magpies 2-0 up. From then on Magpies played with confidence and dominated the play. Superb pressing and leg work by the forwards led by Rose Winter and supported by Lizzie Clymer enabled the Magpies midfield to step up and turn over possession high up the pitch.
Magpies did concede some corners towards the end but they were defended well including some excellent saves by Megan Brown in goal for Magpies. The second half was a commanding display by Magpies, disciplined, organised and controlled with lots of attacking flair and many happy supporters who added great atmosphere to a quality game!
Player of the match was Debbie Francis who stood out with a dominant second half performance in which she controlled the centre of the pitch. 

Next Saturday Magpies travel to Sevenoaks who sit just behind them in the league table.  It is sure to be another testing game for the team but one they will go into full of confidence. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Lottie Summers, Rose Winter, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn. 


Mens 4 v Norwich City 5th W 4-2

At half time in their home match vs City 5ths, the Men’s 4ths were 2-1 down  following a disjointed performance. During the break it was decided to press higher up the pitch, play as a more compact unit, and retain possession.  These tactics worked and the 4ths scored 3 unanswered goals to win 4-2. Goals were from James Bensly 2, Lewis Belsey and Arthur Johnson.  The skill and application of the three youngsters Tom Caston, Toby Drake and Jack Largent was exemplary.


Mens 1 v Chelmsford 1 W 3-1

This week saw Harleston Magpies Men’s 1s sponsored by Dynamic Club Shop make the long trek down to Chelmsford Hockey club on a very sunny and hot late October afternoon. The boys were very much hoping to put behind the memory’s of last year when they gave away a two goal lead in the last 5 minutes to draw 2-2.
The day started well with everyone arriving on time meaning the team to get a nice bit of yoga in before their warm up to loosen the bodies. The warm up was of very high intensity and quality which set us in good steed for the start of the game. Then game started with Chelmsford sitting back and soaking up the pressure Harleston where applying and it wasn’t long until the pressure became too much. The ball found its way into the crowded when Leigh Sitch made a good jump back tackle before Thomas Ridley found David Gilberts (UEA Dave) stick, where he then with his back to the goalie calmly spun round the keeper on a sixpence to place the ball into the back of the goal and extended. Chelmsford then upped the tempo causing them to win a few short corners for themselves, however the drag flicks where calmly swatted away by keeper Chris Leek who was making his first team league debut for this season. Chelmsford then where once again put on the back foot and the pressure began to build, this pressure was released then Tim Whiteman skilfully won a short corner. This seasons corners have been much better than last season due to a little bit of training dedicated just to short corners and this practice payed off, a slip left deflection was well saved by there keeper. However the ball was saved right into the path of Tim Whiteman who quickly controlled the ball a slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. The half time whistle was blown shortly after and Magpies went into the half time break with the score being 2-0 and having the upper hand.
The second half turned out to be much more of an equal affair with the game become very end to end hockey. Chelmsford then against the run of the play found them selves in the bottom corner for one of their player to smash the ball into the D where a deflection meant that the ball slowly crept under the Magpies keeper to make the score 2-1. Shortly after the first card of the game was brandished to a Chelmsford player for his back chat to the umpire, sadly Magpies where not able to take advantage of this and where unable to capitalise. The game continued to be played at a very intensity with both teams having fast paced counter attacks. During this stage of high intensity Magpies received their only card of the game due to a rash stick tackle from James Gray causing him to see green and a 2 minutes suspension. Not long after magpies where restored to their full number a short corner was won. Another slip left corner was produced but this time the ball deflected off a flying Leigh Sitch for him to expertly deflect the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. After this the game became reasonably scrappy and began to slowly peter out and the final score ended 3-1 magpies, which now places them 4th in the league standings.
Next week Harleston Magpies men’s 1st team welcome Cambridge Uni 1st team who currently sit two points ahead of them in 3rd and this very much expected to be a game of high intensity and high quality. And anyone’s support will be very much welcomed.


Ladies 3 v North Norfolk D 1-1

The ladies 3’s welcomed North Norfolk to the nest on a very quiet day at the club. Magpies started a persistent attack through the north Norfolk players having many chances on goal, but consistently being stopped by their goalie.
All the players in the team worked extremely hard in the heat, especially Katie Woollatt, Plum, Betsy, Eva and Sophie, working from end to end chasing down the play. After a swift counter attack, Sarah Legg had a hard shot on goalie, with Eva Harness ensuring the goal to take the score to 1-0.
Plenty of penalty corners were given against magpies but the strong defence of Rachel Baynes, Catherine Kilbourn, Sophie Govier-Schaay and Emily Woollatt made sure that none were converted.
As the game went on, the tiredness hit and a slight lack of concentration in the team meant that North Norfolk were able to convert a drawing goal in the last 2 minutes of the game. 

Leaving the final score as 1-1. 

The teams man of the match was awarded to Alice Wells (aka “The Wall”), who played amazingly in goal, keeping us in the game a number of times and making some magical saves. She’s a keeper we are looking forward to having next week as we take on Dereham 2’s at the nest. 


Ladies 2 v Sevenoaks 2 D 2-2

The Ladies were looking to build on last weeks excellent performance against Peterborough and made the long trip to Kent in good spirits.
As is the case with trips to this part of the world, traffic delays meant that pre-match prep had to be cut short which is never ideal.
The home side were looking for their first points of the season and saw this as an opportunity to start fast and that is exactly what happened.
Within 8 minutes, Magpies were 2 down and Sevenoaks were rampant. Our very sluggish start to the match assisted them as the goals we gave away were not works of art either.
It was looking like it was going to be a very long afternoon for the Pies as we were struggling to get a foothold in the game. If it was a boxing match, the referee would probably have stopped it to save us taking any more punishment.
After a period of midfield sparring, we began to piece some exciting counter attacks with Georgie C causing the Sevenoaks side lots of problems with her skill and speed down the right wing.
The team had now grown into the game and were now matching the home sides work rate and enthusiasm. As a result the ladies were now looking a real threat in and around the home goal. Our efforts were rewarded with a lovely team goal. Kath found Molly in midfield, she turned her defender and fed Georgie C who went on a mazy diagonal run across the D before beating the keeper with a reverse stick cross shot that Tibbs applied the finishing touch to. To go in at half time only a goal behind was certainly a big confidence boost for the team.
After a positive discussion at half time, it was essential that we kept the hard work going if we were to get something from the game.To use another cliche,the next goal would be crucial.
Once again Sevenoaks started quick but now we were matching their intensity and still looking a real danger on the break.. Sevenoaks had plenty of possession but the midfield / defence were working well but when they did get a sight of goal Jade made some good saves to keep us in the game.
With time beginning to run out, a fine direct run into the D from Bobbi W caused havoc resulting in a penalty corner. We then grabbed the equaliser when a reverse stick drive from Georgie C found the net to bring us back on terms with 12 mins to go. It so nearly got better for the Pies when the home keeper had to make a couple of decisive saves and after great work along the by-line the ball flew across  goal but Tibbs could not find that elusive final touch.
This stung the home side into a cavalry charge on the Pies goal and both sides lost a player to yellow card offences in a frenetic finish. Oaks had claims for a stroke infringement in the last few minutes and had one final penalty corner as time on the clock had run out. One last chance but the defensive unit survived and we had bagged a hard earned point.
In truth, this was not our best display of the season but immense credit to the squad ( 7 players Under 18 ) for digging in and finding a way for getting something out of the game. There are plenty of things to work on for sure but lots of positives as well that should not be overlooked. A very valuable point for the Ladies and we look forward to another away game at St Albans next Saturday.


Ladies 4thTeam v Broadland 2 W 2-0

The ladies 4ths we’re away this week at Taverham playing Broadlands 2nds. The team was looking youthful, fielding 8 U18 players.
We started off the game fighting for every 50/50 ball and some great calling – we were determined to win this game !
A well worked goal allowed Cassie Ayms to open the scoring and several short corners followed. Treacle (who is abandoning the team soon for a mid season break!) stepped up for a short corner, slipped it left to Grace Collison who calmly slapped it in the back of the net. 2-0 before half time things were looking good.
We were not going to let this lead go ! Victoria Spouncer who came into her element playing a forward was diving in front of the keeper – what dedication ! The ball for the first time this season was being pivoted round the back 3 of Izzie Slade, Sophie Baxter and making her debut for Magpies Rosie Osbourne. Confidence was growing ! The midfield of Sophie Matsell, Julie Davy, Ellen Pope and Imi Ramsdale where tracking players down so they had no where for them to go.
Forwards of Cassie Ayms, Alice (The Bolt) EH, Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collison were using there speed to get round the Broadland defence. Alice Gooch wasn’t troubled in goal.

Final score 2-0 to Magpies – we were so chuffed to get our first win under our belts.

We would like to thank the manager Mummy Spouncer and John Pope for umpiring plus


Captain Felicity Perry couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Ladies 6s season with four wins from their first four games. With Herlings level on points, goal machine Rachael Clifford was determined to extend Magpies’ goal difference and utilised the space created by Georgia Hood and Janna Freeman to score her first of the day.
Laura Woodgate added the second following a period of constant pressure before Clifford doubled her tally with a short corner strike taking Magpies into half time with a 3 goal lead. Dereham came out of the break with renewed vigour and were rewarded with a well taken goal, only for the visitors to fight back and set up Clifford for her hat trick. Despite Dereham grabbing a late second goal, the game ended 4-2 which is testament to how well the Sixths have gelled early in the season. 

The Men’s 1s anticipated a physical game against local rivals Ipswich and the home supporters were kept entertained from push back until the final whistle. James Gray gave Magpies the lead via a well controlled short corner and Dave Gilbert added the second at the back post. Ipswich converted a short corner to bring them back into the game but Jack Hobbs’ skilful reverse stick goal extended the home sides’ lead.
Ipswich responded by attacking the Magpies circle and winning another short corner which was flicked past John Livings in goal to take the game to 3-2. Leigh Sitch was awarded a penalty stroke which Gilbert converted before Ipswich were reduced from 11 to 8 players in quick succession due to ill discipline. Gilbert completed his hat trick to seal the 5-2 victory for Magpies who travel to Chelmsford next week.

Crostyx scored early against the Men’s 2s but some individual skill from Raunaq Rai produced the equaliser. Magpies went a goal behind again before winning a short corner which was perfectly dispatched by Tristan Baynes and Robbie Kinsella. Goals from Greg Jagger and Stu Field cemented the win for the 2s who are settling back into life in Division 1. 

Magpies Mens 3s responded to Lowestoft taking the lead by Ed Brice setting up Johnny Taylor, then Ben Emms reacting to a rebound from Johnny’s long range reverse strike to clinch the second. Matt Brand added a brace and Dave Francis claimed another before Brice grabbed two more to move Magpies up to third in the league following last seasons relegation. 

The Ladies Fifths came away 7-2 victors when they faced Lowestoft Railway on Saturday by moving the ball with pace and accuracy and dominating possession with Jessica Menzies (2), Honey Lamdin (2), Beth Moodie, Molly Largent and Jose Tibbenham providing the goals. Goals also came thick and fast for the Girls Development team who put 8 past Norwich Dragons thanks to Ellie Bowden (3), Amy Hunt (3) and Evie Brice (2).

The National Youth Cup got underway on Sunday with Magpies U14 Boys taking a good point from their match with Cambridge City (0-0). The U16 Boys beat Norwich City 3-1, (Ben Emms, Johnny Taylor and Josh Wiggins) and the U16 Girls got their campaign off to a fantastic start with a 6-1 win over Norwich City. 

Magpies Ladies 1s travelled to Southgate on Saturday and brought all three points back to Norfolk with a 3-1 win and goals from Lauren Rowe and Lara Taylor (2). This Sunday the Ladies welcome Cambridge City to Weybread for a 1.30pm pushback. Cambridge top the league and are yet to concede a goal this season so Magpies will be hoping for a packed crowd at ‘The Nest’ and a continued display of resilience and determination from the squad. 


Ladies 1st Team v Southgate W 3-1

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Southgate full of confidence after a battling performance against Wimbledon the previous week.  Despite the delay in push back and the hot weather, Magpies started the game strongly, creating some good attacking opportunities and within a couple of minutes winning a short corner.  Magpies took the lead thanks to a perfectly placed drag flick from Lauren Rowe in the bottom right corner.
Unfortunately for the rest of the half the intensity of the game dropped, probably due to the unexpectedly hot weather.  Southgate won many of the 50/50 balls and were dangerous in their fast counter attacks. Magpies had a few chances but failed to convert them and eventually Southgate equalised from a short corner. The initial shot was saved by goalkeeper Megan Brown but Magpies were unable to clear their lines before the fast-thinking Southgate player tapped it in.
Magpies came off at half-time disappointed with their first half performance knowing they had not shown their full potential and had given Southgate too much space and time on the ball.  With a motivational team-talk from injured captain Lucy Belsey and coach Clyde Camburn Magpies went into the second half with optimism.  Starting with great intensity winning the 50/50 balls and quickly putting pressure on Southgate when they had possession. This led to many more attacking opportunities.
Five minutes into the second half Lara Taylor picked up a mis-trapped ball from one of the Southgate defenders, running it down the right to the baseline and lifting it past the Southgate goalkeeper into the net to give Magpies a 2-1 lead.
Magpies kept up their fast attacking mentality and less than a minute later some great individual skills and linking play between the attack and midfield won the team a short corner.  A fast, accurate ball from Lauren Rowe was met on the right post by a diving Lara Taylor giving Magpies a 3-1 lead and Lara a well-deserved brace.
Towards the end of the second half, Southgate stepped up the pressure and were more physical. However, the Magpies defence kept strong and calm, making lots of good tackles and interceptions. They also distributed it quickly and accurately to the midfield who provided some great linking play to the attack. In the last few minutes Southgate had a couple of opportunities to get back into the game from short corners but the Magpies defensive short corner unit held firm.
Overall it was an encouraging performance showing resilience and the ability to up our game in the second half, despite not always playing their best hockey. A special mention also goes to Jess Bloom and Emma Lee-Smith who both worked tirelessly hard for the team with their experience helping Magpies to the win. 

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlie Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Lara Taylor, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom, Tor Findlay, Emily Rash. 


Ladies 5th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2nds W 7-2

The 5ths made an excellent start moving the ball with pace and accuracy.  Possession was dominated by magpies early on and many chances created.  Jess Menzies opened the scoring to settle any nerves, 4 more goals were scored without answer in the first half, 2 for Honey Lamdin, one for Beth Moodie and a second for Jess.  The score was kept respectable in the first half with some excellent goalkeeping and the fact that the magpies captain was having a real off day.  In the second half the 5ths took their foot off the gas a little and allowed Lowestoft back into the game conceding 2 soft goals.  Captain Tibbenham finally scored only for the Lowestoft umpire to confer with the magpies umpire and change the decision, not Jose’s day!  Mollie Largent then got on the scoresheet to make it 6 before going off injured after a collision with one of the opposition.  Finally Tibbenham rapped up the victory in the final minute finally hitting the target.  Next week Magpies take on Dragons away.


U 16 Boys v Norwich City U16 W 3-1

Magpies fielded a strong squad for the trip to Taverham and came out on top as 3 – 1 winners
The boys had Norwich on the back foot for most of the game.
After clever team approach work, a smart finish from Ben Emms gave gave us the lead. Some lovely stick work and finish by Josh Wiggins for the second and a reverse stick shot which looped in over the keeper gave Johnny Taylor the third.
It could have been a hatful of goals for the Magpies but for an incredible performance by the N C Keeper.
C Hope, T Caston G Mobbs,
T Drake, O Hall, M Arhens,
H Thomas, J Largent, E Brice,
F Herschel Shorland, J Wicks are ALL worthy of a mention because of the way they played today. A real team effort.
Thanks as always to Bedders, another fine vocal performance and to Stu Peters for staying on dispite the weather
Well done everyone, really looking forward to Bishops Stortford on the 4th Nov


Ladies 4ths v Norwich City 3rds L 2-5

The ladies 4ths had a big squad of 15 this week for a sunny game at home.  They got off to a great start to the match with an early goal in the first 5 minutes from Keira Wheeler – assisted by Sophie Matsell.  Unfortunately we then narrowly missed goals with some great injections from Ellen Pope and some well worked shorts corners which hit the posts on 2 occasions ☹.
Norwich city then equalised to make is 1-1 and added to their score by getting a short corner as the half time whistle blew.  The second half, we went out fighting and hassling the opposition from the forward line but City found the back of bet making it 3-1.  We were not giving up though and continued to work the ball well around the oppositions defence and quick passes allowed Keira Wheeler to score her second goal. Unfortunately City scored another 2 goals to make the final score 2-5.
Mom was awarded to Ellie Bale and her positivity.


Mens 3rd Team v Lowestoft Railway W 7-2

After a tight draw the previous week, Magpies were at home again, this time against Lowestoft Railway, a very physical side with a different style of play.
Five minutes into the first half with magpies pressing, Lowestoft scored the opening goal from a short corner against the run of play. However, Magpies responded with some good passing from the push back in midfield with Ed threading though Johnny who fired home across the keeper at a narrow angle. Things seemed to settle with magpies keeping Lowestoft in their own half and some good attacking moves created from Matt Brand led to Johnny hitting a reverse from the top D, which the keeper saved, but Ben Emms was on hand to tap in the rebound. Magpies kept on pushing but had little reward apart from a well deserved goal from Matt Brand. This seemed to wake up the opposition, requiring some strong defensive play from a well prepared back four of Phil, Max, Adam and Seth.

Magpies started the second half slowly, with a few too many dribbles into contact. However they soon found their play as a great ball in from Dave Francis lead to Matt deflecting the ball up and over the keeper. Some good passing and great link up play all the way through the team lead to a ball across the goal where Dave was on hand to finish off. The quick movement of magpies meant that the Lowestoft team changed their methods into long balls, one of which found its way into the D and was finished off by one of their high attacking players. Despite this set back, magpies stepped up again and some good passing moves (including a 3/4er pitch aerial into wind by Captain Adam), lead to Ed being set up for two more goals, making the final score 7-2 to Magpies.
There was close contention for Man of the match, Matt Brand being a good candidate for his stand out play up front, however it was Johnny who claimed it with some excellent contributions to play on and off the ball.


Mens 1st Team v Ipswich 1 W 5-2

This week saw Harleston Magpies mens first team sponsored by Dybamic Club Shop take on local rivals Ipswich in a thrilling game of hockey. Even before the whistle there were scraps as a vocal Ipswich team fought for the push back even after the toss. Magpies warm up started very flat and needed lifting! A quick team gathering and a few words put us all on the right track which saw the Harleston boys hitting full speed before the final whistle.
The game began and Magpies quickly took control of possession, however it was Ipswich that had the first sniff at goal. Some good play from them saw the ball flicked over the bar from open play. An early eye opener for Magpies that this was going to be a battle until the final whistle. Chances began to come for the men in white as a few balls fizzed into the box narrowly missing an attackers stick for a deflection. The first break through came when Ipswich made a loose challenge outside their D resulting in a penalty corner. A miss placed injection came out to the wrong castle at the top of the D which was controlled and hit low and hard into the bottom corner by James Gray to give Magpies a 1-0 lead. Not long after this Magpies doubled their lead when Dave Gilbert on the back post tapped in a bouncing ball that came across the D. 2-0 Magpies! With just seconds on the clock, we became sloppy and lost our discipline for the first time in the game. A bad tackle outside the D was upgraded into a short corner. unfortunately an early break saw the shot charged down by Magpies number 1 runner but was only resulted in a re-award. A clinical drag flick from Ipswich took the score to 2-1 before half time.
The first half was fast and ferocious and was only going to get more intense as the game went on. We knew a 2-1 score wouldn’t secure us victory so we pressed on and despite the run of play early into the second half, Magpies extended their lead through Jack Hobbs with a nice reverse into an empty goal. 3-1 Magpies. We were quickly put on the back foot with Ipswich attacking our circle and winning another short corner. This time there was no early break from Magpies but this didn’t stop the Ipswich flicker closing the gap. A flick low to the right beat John Livings and the score now 3-2. A composed last 15 minutes saw us hold the ball better and dominate play, and eventually we were rewarded from our patience. A short corner – again from a poor tackle outside the D. This time the injection was good and Oli Whiteman found Leigh Sitch on the back post to deflect it into a Ipswich body and a stroke to be awarded. Dave Gilbert stepped up and slotted the ball calmly into the bottom right of the goal. Some poor language from the Ipswich keeper saw a yellow card pulled out and Ipswich were down to 9 (with a green given for the short corner challenge prior to the flick). Some more bad language from Ipswich saw a kicking back also receive a yellow before play had even begun again from their keepers yellow. Ipswich down to 8. with 14 minutes on the clock Magpies didn’t change tactics. We still pressed high as instructed by skipper Thomas Ridley himself. Tired Ipswich legs began to show as Harleston increased their lead through hatrick hero Dave Gilbert who tapped the ball in at the back post past the substitute keeper! 5-2 was the final score despite a corner gives to Ipswich on the last play of the game.
A huge result for Harleston who make it 3 games unbeaten and are rapidly climbing up the league table!
Next week the squad travel to Chelmsford looking to avenge their disappointing result last year.