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Girls U16 v Felixstowe (Away (L) W 5-0)

On a crisp and clear afternoon the Magpies u16 girls headed east to sample the delights of the seaside in Felixstowe. With a gentle northerly breeze the good sized crowd was hoping that the game would be full of fireworks not only because it was Guy Fawkes night but in the hope that a lively match would keep them warm.

Well once again the Magpies girls did not disappoint with a truly majestic display.

Felixstowe had apparently been doing their homework on our girls and this led to them setting up in a defensive manner working hard thwarting wave after wave of Magpie attacks. The first real chance however went the way of Felixstowe with a counter attack down the Magpies right. This led to a cross and first time shot that was superbly stopped with a diving stick save by Beth low down to her right. Magpies though kept up the pressure with a series of penalty corners which on 20 mins led to the breakthrough. The corner was slipped to the right where Georgie was waiting to strike a powerful shot into the bottom right corner.
Five minutes later it was two, the ball was worked well by Keisha down the left and her cross field ball found Izzy approaching the edge of the D slipping a deflected pass wide where Georgie was waiting firing in from an acute angle.

The second half was one way traffic with good work from all the girls. The defence of Emily, Alice, Bethy and Amelia were totally resolute and Phoebe, Izzy and Bobby were all involved in the build up for the third before Molly calmly slotted past the keeper with a reverse stick slap. Faith who had a commanding performance in defence won a strong tackle firing the ball forward to Emma who found Georgie on the edge of the D this time playing in Mimi who finished superbly. It was 5 with ten minutes to go when another well worked move was finished by Grace who swept the ball in after it had ricocheted off the post.

A true team performance by the Magpies that had some breathtaking passages of plays with some great interchange passing and very patient possession, culminating in a score line that was a true reflection of the game.

Team. Beth Farrow, Beth Moodie, Faith Reader, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Emma Williamson, Molly Warnes, Izzy Slade, Alice Wiseman(Bobby), Keisha Hilaire, Georgie Cantrell, Grace Collinson, Mimi Salsby.


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Report


Harleston Magpies Under 16 Girls travelled to Stourport to play in the Midlands Region against Saffron Walden, Stourport and Oxford Hawks for a place in the National Finals. Only the team finishing first would go to the Nationals.

Magpies made a promising start in their opening match against Saffron Walden holding a 1-0 half time lead and went on in the second half to increase their score to 3-0 thanks to three goals from Lottie Summers.

After a brief rest Magpies prepared to take on the favourites Stourport who had already beaten Oxford Hawks 6-0. Magpies started really well with some lovely attacking moves and were playing better than in their opening match. Unfortunately it all unravelled very quickly when Stourport scored twice from two successive penalty corners to give them a 2-0 half time lead. Magpies battled away in the second half and despite some good play lacked real penetration in the final third. Finally Stourport added a third goal to give them a decisive 3-0 lead.

In their final match Magpies played Oxford Hawks hoping to finish on a high with another win. Things did not quite go to plan as Oxford Hawks took the lead. Magpies came back strongly and were awarded a penalty stroke which was put away by Lottie Summers to level the scores at 1-1. From then on the game flowed to and fro with chances being missed at both ends. The result was a 1-1 draw.

Stourport were the deserved winners with a very strong team and will play in the National Finals in April.

SQUAD: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Mia King, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Emily Woollatt, Phoebe Eglington, Lottie Summers, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Grace Collison, Faith Reader, Amy de Selincourt, Sophie Govier-Schaay and Alice Evans-Hendrick.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Report


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls secured a comfortable win in the end. Magpies took the lead two minutes into the match when Mia King dispossessed a defender and from the cross Martha Lawrence scored. For the rest of the first half Magpies dominated the play with Rose Winter particularly prominent in midfield, but they found it difficult to create space in the attacking circle and as a result they had few real chances. As often happens right at the end of the first half Dragons created their one real chance of the match, but the Magpies defence in which Amelia Herschel-Shorland was dominant managed to clear the danger.

At the start of the second half the Magpies forwards finally provided that extra height the team needed and in the space of four minutes they created more chances than they had in the whole of the first half. Martha Lawrence who had an excellent match scored her second goal during this spell.

The third goal quickly followed from Alice Evans-Hendrick. A series of injuries left Faith Reader, Julie Davy and Emily Woollatt sitting out most of the second half so it was fortunate that Magpies had control of the match. Magpies completed their scoring when Amy de Selincourt scored the fourth goal and it was a just reward for a hard working performance.

Magpies need to beat Pelicans at home on Sunday Feb 19th starting at 11.00am to qualify for the Regional Finals.

SQUAD: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Phoebe Eglington, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Julie Davy, Grace Collison, Elle Fawkner, Emily Woollatt, Amy de Selincourt, Martha Lawrence and Mia King.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls v Sudbury


After Magpies 1-1 draw away at Norwich City two weeks ago it was important for them to win their remaining matches starting with Sudbury at home. Magpies were the dominant team in the first half with Rose Winter and Martha Lawrence controlling the midfield and spending most of the match in Sudbury’s half. Lottie Summers gave Magpies the lead after 14 minutes, as some reward for their dominance and quickly followed it up with a second goal two minutes later. Despite the score line Magpies squandered a number of chances and could easily have conceded a goal when lack of marking gave Sudbury a rare sight of the Harleston goal. Ellie Fawkner made it 3-0 on 30 minutes to give Magpies a comfortable lead at half time.

Although Magpies were in front they played much better hockey in the second half stretching the play with quicker passing and starting to use the full width of the pitch. The disappointment was to concede a goal when Sudbury broke away to score. Lottie completed her hat-trick after 58 minutes to complete the scoring. Magpies one regret would be that they did not score more goals in view of the chances they created but still a good result.

Magpies remaining matches are on Sunday Feb 5th away at Norwich Dragons and on Sunday Feb 19th at home against Pelicans.

Squad: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Grace Collison, Lottie Summers, Phoebe Eglington, Julie Davy, Amy de Selincourt, Ellie Fawkner, Mia King and Emily Woollatt.

Magpies U16 Girls Indoor Norfolk round


This season there were just two entries for the Norfolk Championship namely Magpies and Norwich City. The two teams met last week in the outdoor League and fought out a hard 1-1 draw.

On this occasion Norwich City came out on top 3-1 to qualify for the Regional Finals.

Magpies did not have a very experienced indoor team not helped by two players away at NAGS training.

Unfortunately Magpies were quickly 1-0 down and then 2-0 down. Magpies fought back to reduce the arrears to 2-1 and for a while the game was in the balance. Magpies had enough penalty corners to keep them interested but unfortunately could not make them count. City wrapped up the match with a third goal.

SQUAD: Holly Riches (Capt), Martha Lawrence, Keisha Hilaire, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Georgie Cantrell, Amy de Selincourt, Mia King and Amy Collison.

Magpies U16 Girls Report


Both City and Magpies played out a very tough and competitive match and the result was unclear until the final minutes of the match.

City started the better of the two teams and Holly Riches in goal was called on to make some important saves. City were left to reflect on their missed chances when Magpies broke away and Mia King gave Magpies the lead with a crisp shot. This settled Magpies down and they did create a number of chances in the first half, but City were also testing the Magpies defence, in which Keisha Hilaire and Amelia Herschel-Shorland were having excellent games.

In the second half Magpies tried to tighten things up with Rose Winter playing deeper and Lottie Summers dropping into centre midfield. This gave Magpies a more solid look but the onus was on City to take the game to Magpies which they did increasingly as they went in search of an equaliser. With two minutes to go City equalised from a penalty corner. Although it was disappointing not to see the game out it was nothing less than City deserved. Despite the result this may turn out to be a very good point by the end of the season.

Magpies next match is on Sunday Nov 20th against Sudbury at home.

Squad: Rose Winter (Capt), Holly Riches, Amelia Herschel-Shorland, Faith Reader, Keisha Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Grace Collison, Lottie Summers, Phoebe Eglington, Julie Davy, Amy de Selincourt, Ellie Fawkner, Anna Kilbourn and Mia King.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls at Regional Finals


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls travelled to Leicester to play in Pool A of the Midlands Regional finals against Cambridge City, Worcester and Leicester City, where only the winner goes through to the National Finals.

In the opening match against Cambridge City both teams struggled initially to deal with the sticky pitch and Magpies conceded an early goal from a poorly defended penalty corner. From then on Magpies had to work very hard to get back in the match despite having a lot of pressure and opportunities including a penalty flick. Finally Tor Findlay and Lauren Rowe provided the vital goals to make sure Magpies came out as winners 2-1.

The next match against Leicester was always going to be the crunch match. This time the match was played on the water based pitch which provided for a much better match. In the early stages the Leicester forwards troubled the Magpies defence with their pace and movement, but gradually Magpies had the measure of them, so it was disappointing when Leicester opened the scoring.

Magpies responded well in the second half and Abby Gooderham levelled the scores from a penalty corner with a terrific flick into the roof of the net. Magpies were in the ascendancy and they had a terrific chance from close range to score the winner, but it was not to be. Magpies finished the stronger team and felt they should have won based on their second half performance.

With one game to go Leicester had a superior goal difference of two, but Magpies had the easier match to play against Worcester whereas Leicester had to play Cambridge City.

Both matches were played at the same time as the goal differences between the teams continued to fluctuate. Magpies could do no more than be 6-0 up at half time. They went for more goals in the second half and were soon 8-0 up thanks to an astonishing 7 goals from Abby Gooderham and one from Lottie Summers. At this point the Tournament Director stopped the match in line with England Hockey’s bizarre rule for a Tier 2 competition whereby you cannot win a match by more than 8-0!

Magpies had pinned their hopes on Cambridge City putting up more of a fight, but they crumbled to an 8-0 defeat as well. This was a disappointing way to finish the Regional Finals with many bemused supporters trying to understand the rules, but in the end Magpies missed chances in the first two matches proved to be the decider, in what was in a reality a two match Tournament.

Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Olivia Locke, Sophie Child, Molly Redgrove, Martha Lawrence, Rose Winter, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Amelia Preece, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Lottie Summers and Tor Findlay.

Magpies U16 Girls Indoor Report


Harleston Magpies were off to a flying start in their opening match taking an early two goal lead against Leicester before running out with an impressive 5-1 win with goals from Abby Gooderham 2, Lottie Summers 2 and Tor Findlay. The perfect start to the Tournament. In their second match Magpies were ruthless against Taunton Vale with a great performance winning 8-0 with goals from Abby Gooderham 3, Tor Findlay 2, Anna Tighe, Lauren Rowe and Amelia Preece.

On Sunday morning Magpies arrived to play one of the favourites Surbiton knowing that Surbiton had scored a late equaliser against Leicester in their first match in the morning. Unfortunately Magpies had a rude awakening giving the opposition too much time and space and lost 6-0. Magpies had to recover from the impact of that result to make sure that they won their last match against York to qualify for the semi finals. Magpies took an early lead but York soon equalised to make it 1-1. Magpies squandered some chances but finally Lottie Summers scored a crucial goal and from then on Magpies finished 4-1 winners. (Abby 2, Lottie 2).

In the semi finals Magpies played Beeston the winners of the other section. A slow start by Magpies allowed Beeston an early 2-0 lead but then Magpies came back strongly. Magpies had the ball in the net but the umpire blew too soon and awarded a penalty corner. In the second half Abby pulled a goal back, another goal was disallowed when the umpire blew too soon and Magpies missed from a penalty flick. Beeston responded strongly and scored a third goal to make it 3-1 and kill off the game. On another day Magpies could have made the final.

Beeston went on to win the final against Surbiton 4-3.

Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Tor Findlay, Martha Lawrence, Amelia Preece, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Lottie Summers and Anna Tighe.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Indoor team preview



Harleston Magpies U16 Girls play in the Girls Junior Clubs Championships at Wolverhampton this weekend when they go head to head with the best teams in the country. Magpies qualified for the finals by winning the East Regional Finals back in December winning all four matches in convincing style against Canterbury 11-0, Ipswich 5-1, Saffron Walden 6-2 and Old Loughtonians 3-0. Ipswich also went through to the Finals as the East runners up.

This weekend Magpies play in the same section as Surbiton (South), Leicester (Midlands), Taunton Vale (West) and York (North). The top two teams in the section go through to play in the semi finals against the top two teams from the other section. A number of players in the Magpies squad played in the finals last year so hopefully they will have benefited from the experience and they look a much stronger squad than last year. Last year Magpies found Surbiton and Leicester were a step too far. This year they have an opportunity to see how much they have progressed with both those teams in the same section again.

Saturday Jan 23rd

15.55 Harleston Magpies v Leicester

18.15 Taunton Vale v Harleston Magpies

Sunday Jan 24th

11.55 Surbiton v Harleston Magpies

14.15 York v Harleston Magpies

Semi Finals at 15.05 and 15.40. Final at 16.40

Harleston Magpies Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Tor Findlay, Martha Lawrence, Amelia Preece, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Lottie Summers and Anna Tighe.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls indoor report



Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Indoor team were worthy winners of the East Regional Finals winning all four matches in convincing style and qualifying for the National Finals on Jan 23rd/24th. They made a slow start in their opening match against Ipswich going a goal down from the first corner they conceded, but after an early equaliser they soon controlled the match and ran out 5-1 winners in a fast paced game with goals from Abby Gooderham 2, Anna Tighe, Lottie Summers and Lauren Rowe.

Saffron Walden presented a different set of problems where patience was required in the early stages but Magpies finished comfortable 6 -2 winners (Anna Tighe 2, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham and Lottie Summers). Canterbury were put to the sword with a ruthless 11-0 win with the scorers Tor Findlay 4, Lauren Rowe 2, Amelia Preece 2, Abby Gooderham 2 and Lottie Summers.

With the Tournament already won Magpies finished by beating Old Loughtonians 3-0 with Lauren Rowe scoring 2 and Tor Findlay 1.

This was a very strong all round team performance with some excellent hockey, as illustrated by the range of goal scorers. The team had real strength in depth with three U16s able to play for the U18s. The only disappointment of the day was a finger injury to Martha Lawrence in the warm up for the first match.

Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Martha Lawrence, Tor Findlay, Lottie Summers, Amelia Preece and Anna Tighe.


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls report


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls completed their final match in their Midlands Section League 4 by beating Norwich City 5-0. They have now completed all their matches with an impressive 100% record and will go through to the Regional Finals to be held on Sunday February 28th.

Magpies took a little while to get going but once Abby Gooderham had put them in front in the first half further goals followed before half time with Amelia Preece scoring two goals to make it 3-0.

In the second half Abby Gooderham scored her second with a penalty flick and Mia King the scored the 5th goal to make it a convincing win.

In Magpies other matches they beat Sudbury away 6-0, Magpies were awarded a 5-0 win after Bury St Edmunds conceded, they beat Norwich Dragons at home 13-1 and finally Norwich City 5-0 away. Ipswich withdrew. There are other matches still to be played in the section on Nov 29th and Feb 14th to decide who else qualifies for the Regionals as runners up.


Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Sophie Child, Lauren Rowe, Olivia Locke, Martha Lawrence, Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Amelia Preece and Lottie Summers. Molly Redgrove injured and Anna Kilbourn ill.

Magpies U16 Girls Report


Magpies U16 Girls showed their potential with a conclusive result against a plucky Dragons side. This win maintains Magpies position at the top of their Midlands League Group 4 with one remaining match to play against Norwich City away on Sunday Nov 22nd.

The goals flowed from the second minute and the score at half time was 7-1 with just one blip occurring by conceding a goal.

Magpies continued the same tempo in the second half and the goal scorers were Tor Findlay 3, Abby Gooderham 2, Mia King 2, Lauren Rowe 3 and Anna Tighe 3. It is not always easy to play team hockey when the goals are flowing but for most of the game Magpies worked hard to keep the ball moving and stretch the play.

Squad: Abby Gooderham (Capt), Holly Riches, Sophie Child, Lauren Rowe, Olivia Locke, Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt, Mia King, Martha Lawrence, Lottie Summers and Anna Kilbourn.

Magpies U16 Girls Match report

Harleston Magpies played host to the Girls U16s East Regional Championships Pool A. The winner out of Ipswich, Wimbledon, East Grinstead and Harleston Magpies would go through to the National Finals.

Magpies played Ipswich in their opening match in a game where they dominated most of the play and created so many chances, but failed to take any of them and were also denied by some excellent goalkeeping. As always in matches like this there is always a sting in the tail and Ipswich scored a late winner to take all three points. This was a very disappointing result.

Magpies played Wimbledon in the second match with Wimbledon having already lost 3-0 to East Grinstead. Magpies found this a much tougher match with nothing to choose between the two teams and both sides were unable to create many chances. Again Magpies conceded a late winner for the second time.

In their final match against East Grinstead Magpies did not let their heads drop and looked the better of the two teams. Abby Gooderham finally broke the deadlock with a goal and in the second half Magpies found their true form with some flowing hockey. Anna Harrod and Matilda Warde-Aldam made it 3-0 to Magpies before East Grinstead pulled a goal back.

This was a very open Tournament which any of the teams could have won, but in the end Ipswich and Wimbledon finished level with two wins each and identical goals scored and conceded. Wimbledon went through to the National Finals based on the result between the two teams, which Wimbledon won 2-0.

Match Report – U16 Girls at the Indoor National Finals – 17/18 January 2015


Magpies had a difficult start to the Tournament facing Surbiton and struggled against a better team losing 6-1. However Magpies should have competed better as they conceded a number of soft goals. Lauren Rowe pulled back one goal from a corner. In their second game Magpies had a confidence boosting win against Cheltenham winning 5-3. Magpies took the lead but were pulled back by Cheltenham who levelled the score at 2-2. Magpies then pulled away again to record a comfortable 5-3 win. Abby Gooderham scored two penalty flicks with other goals from Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Abby.

On Sunday morning Magpies faced Leicester at 9.00am knowing that they had to win if they wanted to qualify for the semi finals. Magpies started really well creating plenty of excellent chances in the first half and should have been 2-0 up. As always if you let the opposition off the hook they strike back and Leicester took a 2-0 lead with two quick penalty corner goals. From then on Magpies had a struggle to catch Leicester but they scored early in the second half to give themselves a chance at 2-1. Unfortunately every time Magpies came close to catching Leicester they conceded another goal. In the end Leicester won 5-3 with Magpies goal scorers Abby, Anna and Lauren.  In the final match Magpies beat Wakefield 4-1 taking a 2-0 lead, then 3-1 and finally 4-1. The goal scorers were Abby 2, Tor and Lauren.

As always playing in National Finals is a great experience and with many of the players still Under 16 next season they will be looking forward to having another crack at it again next season.

Beeston went on to win it beating Surbiton 2-1 in the Final.

Squad: Tor Findlay (Capt), Abby Gooderham (V-Capt), Hollie Riches, Katie Crawford, Georgina Warren, Lauren Rowe, Izzy Knowles and Anna Tighe.

U14 and U16 Girls Indoor at Brentwood

Magpies started the Tournament really well beating Brentwood 7-0, Chelmsford 2-1 and Blue Hornets 3-0. In the final game in the section Magpies lost 3-0 to Old Loughtonians.

With Old Loughtonians and Magpies having identical records Old Loughtonians went through to the final based on the result between the two teams.

Magpies then played Havering for the 3rd/4th place play off. After taking a 2-0 lead Havering came back to level the scores at 2-2. Magpies then went to a shoot out but lost 2-1 to finish 4th. This was a great experience to play in an Indoor Tournament.

SQUAD: Martha Lawrence (Capt), Amelia Preece, Abi Page, Lottie Summers, Georgie Cantrell, Emily Woollatt and Keisha Hilaire.


This was a great opportunity for Magpies to pick up some match practice before going to the National Finals on Jan 17/18th at Wolverhampton. Unfortunately the results were disappointing losing both their opening matches 3-2 to Chelmsford and Canterbury. In the final cross over match Magpies showed more spark to beat Havering 3-0 to finish 5th.

SQUAD: Tor Findlay (Capt), Hollie Riches, Lauren Rowe, Georgina Warren, Anna Tighe, Izzy Knowles and Katie Crawford.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Indoor match report


Harleston Magpies Girls U16s qualified for the Indoor National Finals by beating Ipswich and Chelmsford. Ipswich had already beaten Chelmsford 7-1 before they played Magpies. Magpies quickly rushed into a 4-1 lead against Ipswich with some excellent hockey and although they only won 5-4, in the end they were able to comfortably see out the final few minutes. The goals were scored by Abby Gooderham 3, Anna Tighe and Tor Findlay. In the second match against Chelmsford. Magpies produced some excellent attacking hockey but also some sloppy defending, but still ran out comfortable winners 8-3. Goal scorers Tor Findlay 3, Abby Gooderham 3, Anna Tighe and Izzy Knowles.
This was a vey good start on the build up to the Finals and Magpies will have learnt a lot from the matches against two Club sides that have a tradition of producing good Indoor sides. Magpies have the potential to carry a real threat on penalty corners which could make a big difference. Magpies have entered the Brentwood Tournament on Sunday Jan 4th which will give them a great chance to experience more competitive hockey against 5/6 teams from the East.
The National Finals take place at Wolverhampton on Jan 17/18 against nine other teams from the different regions in the country.

SQUAD: Tor Findlay (Capt), Abby Gooderham (Vice Capt), Holly Riches, Katie Crawford, Phoebe Preece, Lauren Rowe, Anna Harrod, Anna Tighe and Izzy Knowles

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Match Report

Cambridge City U16 Girls 0 Harleston Magpies U16 Girls 10

Harleston Magpies U16s qualified for the Regional Finals in impressive style as they completely out played the home team in a ruthless manner. Magpies were unrecognisable from previous matches as for the first time they combined their many individual talents to look like a team that were worked really hard for each other. It was also pleasing to see that the defence looked much more solid than in previous matches.

Cambridge struggled to get the ball out of their own half as Magpies pressed them all over the pitch and it was only a matter of time before the goals started to flow. Alice Hopgood opened the scoring after 8 minutes followed by Abby Gooderham, Lauren Rowe, Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Alice Hopgood to give Magpies a 6-0 lead at half time. It is never easy to maintain that level of tempo in the second half but they came close to it as further goals followed from Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe and Alice Hopgood completed her hatrick. Even when Magpies were temporarily reduced to ten players they dealt with the first bit of pressure from Cambridge.
Magpies have no further matches to play in the Championship group as Bury St Edmunds have withdrawn. The Regional Finals will take place on Sunday March 1st.

Squad: Katie Crawford, Phoebe Preece, Lucie Gooch, Sophie Child, Ismay Whitaker, Georgina Warren, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Izzy Knowles, Alice Woollatt, Anna Harrod, Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Alice Hopgood.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls Report


Harleston Magpies U16 Girls recorded their second win in the U16 Championship having already beaten Dereham. Abby Gooderham put Magpies in front after 13 minutes with a reverse stick shot but for the rest of the first half Magpies made life difficult for themselves and gave Norwich a couple of chances. On the stroke of half time Alice Hopgood made it 2-0.

At the start of the second half the quality of Magpies passing improved considerably and they looked a much better team and three quick goals followed from Lauren Rowe, Tor Findlay and Anna Tighe. Defensively Magpies also improved in the second half and two more goals from Matilda Warde-Aldam and Tor Findlay completed the scoring.

Magpies play their final match in this group against Cambridge City on Sunday November 9th in Cambridge.

Squad: Katie Crawford, Phoebe Preece, Lucy Gooch, Ismay Whitaker, Sophie Child, Izzy Knowles, Alice Woollatt, Georgina Warren, Abby Gooderham, Lauren Rowe, Tor Findlay, Matilda Warde-Aldam, Alice Hopgood and Anna Tighe.

Harleston Magpies U16 Girls



Harleston Magpies made a flying start in their opening U16 Championship match as Tor Findlay scored two goals in the opening seven minutes. Magpies continued to press hard with Abby Gooderham dominant in midfield and Alice Hopgood also carrying a threat up front. Dereham settled down after this shock start and tested the Magpies defence on several occasions but could not capitalise on their opportunities. Abby Gooderham made it 3-0 just before half time.

Dereham came out fighting in the second half and were rewarded with a goal after 48 minutes.

Magpies were soon back in control of the game and further goals from Alice Hopgood and Tor Findlay completed the scoring.

This was a good performance from Magpies with the potential to improve as the season progresses.

This should have been a triangular tournament but Pelicans withdrew during the week.

The next match is against NorwichCity on Sunday October 19th at Norwich.

Squad: Phoebe Preece (Capt), Katie Crawford (Vice Capt), Lucie Gooch, Sophie Baxter, Ismay Whitaker, Sophie Childs, Alice Woollatt, Matilda Warde-Aldam, Abby Gooderham, Georgina Warren, Lauren Rowe, Alice Hopgood, Tor Findlay and Anna Tighe.

Magpies U16 Girls East Indoor report


An incredibly young Harleston Magpies team played in the East U16 Girls Indoor Finals. With half the squad U15 and the other half U14 this was always going to be a very testing experience and a big learning curve. However the future looks very bright. The whole squad played well in 30 minute matches against Saffron Walden, Old Loughtonians and Ipswich. Especially with back to back games against Saffron Walden and Ipswich.

In the opening match against Saffron Walden Magpies came very close to getting a result losing narrowly 3-2 with goals from Anna Harrod and Lauren Rowe from a penalty corner.

The next game was a big step up losing 8-1 to Ipswich. Magpies competed well but their lack of experience led to simple mistakes which cost them dearly. Anna Tighe scored the goal when she took a quick free hit and ran into the circle to score.

In the final match against Old Loughtonians, who were on a similar par to Ipswich, Magpies made the worst possible start conceding two goals in the opening minutes. However Magpies were very resilient and showed that they were learning quickly before finally losing 5-0 with two late goals.

There were many positives from this Tournament with defenders Phoebe Preece and Issy Knowles playing superbly. Lucie Gooch played well in goal whilst Anna Tighe and Tor Findlay worked tirelessly up front.


Katie Crawford (Capt), Lucie Gooch, Issy Knowles, Phoebe Preece, Sophie Baxter, Lauren Rowe, Anna Harrod, Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe and Eve Barnes.