Category Archives: U16 Boys reports


Boys U16 Team v Cambridge City (Home W 3-1)

The best performance by this group of lads to date,  the Magpies dominated the first half, after a really clever through ball from Ben Emms  put June Pottruff in the clear and he slotted the ball home with a smart finish. Tom Caston was, right place right time, to pinch the ball off the keeper and net the second after good approach play led to a goal mouth scramble. After the break Cambridge rallied and managed to score after some indecision in the D, this only galvanised the Magpies to once again press high and tackle hard which resulted in a short corner that Micheal Ahrens threaded past the keeper with a lovely flick.
A massive thank you to Andy Bedwell who mashalled the boys from the side line to a performance worthy of any win.
The whole squad deserve a massive pat on the back for their willingness to track back and tackle which gave the team the confidence to play their best hockey this season.
Thank you to Rachel and Anna for team teas 
Thanks lads for a great game of hockey 
Chris Hall


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

Match report – U16 Boys – Sunday 28 February 2016

Harleston Magpies U16 Boys Regional Final

Magpies made the long trek to Canterbury to play Teddington, Old Loughtonians and Canterbury with a place in the national finals at stake.


Teddington 3 – 3 Magpies

Knowing a good start was needed to get the day off on the right tracks Magpies started the game at breath-taking pace pushing their opposition back and creating chance-after-chance. They finally broke the deadlock when Matt Bensly fired home from close range. Alex Kilbourn then added the second, from an acute angle, with a shot that cannoned in off the post. Half-time score was 2-0.

The second half continued in similar vein with more short-corners and shots and, finally, a third goal from Jolyon Summers. Magpies continued to push for goals as Teddington dropped deeper and relying on the long aerial ball to try and launch counter-attacks. Then with 6-minutes remaining and another short-corner to Magpies the tide of the game turned. Magpies missed the target and from the re-start Teddington launched a ball forward, which their centre-forward latched onto, drove into the circle and fired home past keeper Will Graver. Rather than see out the remaining minutes Magpies decided attack was the best option only to concede a second goal from another counter-attack. Unfortunately, lessons not learnt the ball was turned-over again and Teddington grabbed an equaliser. With time running out Magpies could have snatched a late, and deserved winner, but just couldn’t apply the final touch at a short-corner. Final result 3-3, which in the circumstances felt like a defeat.

Old Loughtonians 2 – 2 Magpies

Still smarting from the first game, Magpies knew that only a win would keep them in contention for qualification. Unfortunately, a lack-lustre first half display saw them trailing 1-0 at the half. The team-talk focused on “desire” and commitment” and the team went out determined to put things right.

Magpies started the second half at a much better tempo and an equaliser looked on the cards. Unfortunately, Old Loughtonians made life tricky by scoring a second against the run of play. This galvanised Magpies and Archie Winter scored to narrow the deficit. Archie then scored a fantastic goal, set-up by a reserve-stick cross from Jack Hobbs, which the umpire initially awarded. Unfortunately, the other umpire intervened and following discussion deemed the cross was dangerous and the goal was disallowed. Following post match video analysis, and comments from the various experts watching the game, this decision was felt to be very harsh! Not to be deterred Magpies continued to attack and got the break through with a great finish by Matt Bensly. With time running out Magpies, again, could and should have grabbed a late winner. Final score 2-2.

Canterbury 3 – 1 Magpies

With Canterbury having won both games the final match was a “dead-rubber”. However, Magpies wanted to finish on a high and were determined to put in a good display for their large group of supporters. The 1st half was very evenly balanced with both sides looking composed on the ball and playing excellent passing hockey. Canterbury took the lead only for Archie Winter to level. Half-time score 1-1.

Magpies enjoyed the lion share of possession in the second half with Canterbury happy to sit back and counter-attack when the opportunity arose. The side played some of its best hockey of the day with George Hunt outstanding all game, some excellent attacking play down the right from Kieran Peters, Jake Sewell (who was excellent throughout) working tirelessly in midfield and Archie and Jolyon controlling the midfield. Unfortunately, Canterbury scored a controversial second after a free hit was award but neither umpire actually knowing who for! However, as Magpies looked for guidance from the officials the quick thinking Canterbury forward ran into the circle and scored, which jolted the umpire back into life and the goal was awarded! Magpies, feeling slightly aggrieved, spent the final 10-minutes on the attack but without any success and with defenders pushing forward conceded a 3rd goal on the counter-attack. Final score 3-1. This was the best performance of the day and the score-line didn’t reflect how close the game was.

A big thank-you to the whole squad – all of whom contributed across the three games – and a massive thanks to the travelling army of supporters for a) getting the team to Canterbury in the first place for such an early start and b) for their wholehearted enthusiastic support all day.

Squad: Will Graver (GK), James Harvey (GK), Will Donsworth (C), George Hunt, Cameron Woodcock,Kieran Peters, David Cadman, Will Simpson, Jake Sewell, Archie Winter, Jolyon Summers, Rob Neal, Tom Norton, Alex Kilbourn, Matt Bensly, Jack Hobbs. Other squad members not present Jack Robertson, Josh Mayhew & Jake Caston.

Stuart Peters

Match Report – U16 Boys – Sunday 7 February 2016


A point would have been enough for the U16s to progress to the East round of the national U16 Cup. However this looked challenging when Phoenix Hornets scored in the opening few minutes with their first attack of the game. But this sparked Magpies into life, particularly Matt Bensly who levelled the scores and he swiftly added a second.

From a neutral’s perspective the first half then turned into a thrilling spectacle. Phoenix equalised, Archie Winter gave Magpies a 3 – 2 lead from a well worked short corner and then added a fourth in similar fashion. However, Phoenix managed to pull the score back to 4 – 4 just before half time.

Despite a little reorganisation of the defence and plans in place to deal with Phoenix’s tricky right midfielder the second half started badly! Magpies quickly went 5 – 4 down but their defence started to settle and get control of the ball giving our midfield more opportunity to drive forward and support the forwards. Quick ball out of the midfield made Matt Bensly a real threat up front and whilst he was missing his hat trick goal Jack Hobbs fired in a sharp shot to bring Magpies back level before Archie got his third nudging Magpies into a lead. Josh Mayhew made it 7 – 5 finishing off some great attacking play by Matt at the back post before Matt put the result beyond doubt with his third goal and closing the game off at 8 – 5.

Good performances across the 16 man squad ensuring Magpies will feature in the East finals of the U16 Cup.

James Smith

Match Report – U16 Boys – Sunday 4 October

Harleston Magpies 7 Norwich Dragons 0

After a good warm-up Magpies started the game at pace and soon had Dragons on the back-foot. The opposition keeper made a couple of good saves before Josh Mayhew opened the scoring. Magpies continued to attack but were wasteful in front of goal and failed to convert possession into goals. Eventually, the second goal game courtesy of Alex Kilbourn following good work by Matt Bensly.

The half-time team talk focused on using the width of the pitch and continuing the high-tempo. Right from the start of the second half the ball was moved at pace down the flanks and resulted in three more goals – Kilbourn got his second, Jack Robertson got the 4th and Will Donsworth the 5th, The final fifteen minutes saw wave after wave of Magpies attacks but with the game stretched play became very scrappy. However, Magpies scored twice more through Bensly and Mayhew to open their campaign in fine style.

U16 Boys – Match Reports – Sunday 21 October 2012

EHB Cup (East League 1) – U16 Boys – Round 1 (at Culford School) 

Magpies 1 Ipswich 1 

With a squad of players who barely new each other our first match saw us play a very strong and disciplined Ipswich side who had apparently been training as a group for a number of weeks! After a bit of team building and warm up which included injuring our GK Tom on the inside of his right leg we were immediately put under pressure by Ipswich who dominated the early passages of play. After a little tweaking of the side Magpies soon found their feet and began to get into the game where the midfield of Sam, William and Toby linked up well with the forwards and began to create chances. Somewhat against play Ipswich scored and went into half time a goal up. The second half saw Magpies play with more composure and confidence with Sonny and Sam in defence shutting out Ipswich attacks. Chances were coming in front of goal and one short corner saw a drag flick from Toby hit the target via an Ipswich Defenders leg. We continued pressing and were awarded another short corner which resulted in a flick after being stopped on the line by the knee of the same defender. Toby stepped up to rifle into the top corner but unfortunately he miss flicked it and it rolled towards a grateful keeper.   Magpies then seemed to sit back and invite Ipswich to attack in wave after wave and only the heroics of Tom in goal meant the game finished in a well earned draw.  

Magpies 3 Bury St Edmunds 2
Next up were Bury. After a break for lunch we entered the game with the same determination as the first and promptly injured GK Tom in the warm up but this time on the inside of his left leg! After administering first aid luckily he was able to start with a matching pair of bruises – thanks go to Jonathan and Sam ensuring Tom was awake for both starts! Magpies started brightly and quickly took control of the game with penetrating runs from Jack and Jonathan into Bury’s defence. One of which resulted in a PC being awarded which Toby dispatched into the top corner this time without hitting anybody on the way. One quickly became two when Harry smashed the ball in from close range after excellent work from Jonathan on the right. 2-0 at half time. Bury then got into the game and pulled a goal back which seemed to spur the lads on. Prolonged pressure resulted in a smart shot/cross from Sam which was turned in by Harry for his second. After an amazing effort by all the team a few mistakes began to creep in due to tiredness and Bury scored again leaving a very nervy final 5 minutes ( Martin and I now know how Mike Denham feels!)  

Many thanks to Vaughan for umpiring and Stu Peters for organising the team. Next round November 11th at Dragons, Norwich. 

Squad : Sam Lyne (capt), Tom Farrow (GK), Sonny Molloy, Jack Newberry, Jack Norton, William Hunt, Ollie Sharp, Alfie Fawkner, Jamie Lawrence, Jonathan Payne, Greg Jagger, Sam Rowe, Harry Haigh and Toby Price.

Martin and Jon 


East U16 Boys Winners – Indoor Championship – Saturday 11 December 2010

The first fine dry bright day of the month so off we go to an indoor tournament, the U16 Boys East Region Championship at Colchester.

Four teams took part: Old Loughtonians for Essex, the regional champions, Sudbury for Suffolk, City of Peterborough for Cambridge and Magpies representing Norfolk.

The first game pitched Harleston Magpies against Old Loughtonians – which was a very close affair with Magpies sealing a close victory 4-3.

The second game was against City of Peterborough who deservedly took a two goal lead until Karen Absolon arrived in the crowd and helped to turn the tide and Magpies ran out 5-3 winners.

In their final game Magpies won 7-0 with some exceptional goals, great movement of the ball and defending including a saved penalty flick by James Graham.

This was a fantastic performance by all of the boys, well captained by Will Blythe, who did the club proud.

Well done and good luck in the National Finals in Wolverhampton later in January.

Goal scorers were: Elliot Smith 6, Tom Ridley 3, Tom Graham 4, Dom Absolon 2, Mitch Tompkins 1.

Thanks to the parents for their vocal support and driving abilities.



Boys U16 Cup – Second Round

Saffron Walden 3 – 4 Harleston Magpies

Magpies travelled to Saffron Walden in the second round of the U16 cup and came away with a hard fought victory. Within the first minute Magpies had taken the lead from a short-corner when Elliott Smith scored with a superb drag flick into the top right hand corner of the goal. Sensing an easy victory Magpies lost their shape allowing Saffron Walden to equalise and then take a 2-1 lead. This prompted a slight tactical change in the team with Mitchell Tompkins dropping into an unfamiliar defensive position but it immediately paid dividends with Magpies regaining their shape and then enjoying a long period of possession. This pressure finally told when Will Blyth scored with a well struck shot which the Walden keeper couldn’t reach having already made two fine saves.

The second half started with both sides turning over possession but as the half progressed Magpies started to exert greater pressure on the Walden defence with the Walden keeper often single-handedly keeping Magpies at bay. Eventually, Magpies got their third goal when Gavin Kiernan reacted fastest to a loose ball in the circle and bundled the ball over the line. The fourth quickly followed when Tom Graham ran on to an Elliott Smith aerial and slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. However, Walden showed their fighting qualities and grabbed a third goal to ensure a tense final 9-minutes. However, Magpies remained composed keeping possession of the ball for long periods to close out the game.

Squad: Felix Trash (GK), Dominic Absolon, Barnaby Carless, Gavin Kiernan, Mitchell Tompkins, Tom Graham, Will Blyth, Tom Ridley, Elliott Smith, James Bensly, Elliott Ashurst & Matthew Judge.

This was a game of high quality played out competitively but fairly and was credit to both clubs. Magpies reward is an away trip to local rivals Pelicans on the 28th November.

U16 Boys Cup – Match Report


City of Peterborough 2 Harleston Magpies 1

Harleston U16 Boys travelled to Peterborough with an untried squad to play a skilful and well-organised team who reached the National Finals of the U15 Cup last season with the same squad!

Following introductions an hour before the start, the boys then went on to produce a true team performance of skilful play and hard graft and only lost to a (soft) goal in the last five minutes, following the award of a harsh penalty corner, much to the relief of the home players and supporters.

After a goof penalty flick save from James Graham, Magpies opened the scoring midway through the first half when Henry Baldwin turned in a short corner variation. Then Peterborough scored soon after from a short corner. The game could have gone either way until the winning goal.

All the boys deserve great credit for a very entertaining match – for some their first game of the season!!

SQUAD: James Graham, Dominic Absolon, Giles Flatt, Alex Slater, Charlie Blandy, Sam Ashurst, Tim Alexander, Tommy Hobson, Will Blyth, Henry Baldwin, Tom Graham, Mitchell Tompkins