Harleston Magpies Hockey Club hosted the East Hockey In2Hockey Club Championships this weekend 28 and 29 April, and witnessed a display of brilliant hockey, resulting in one Magpies youth team carrying off the title of ‘Regional Champions’, and the U12 girls finishing runners up and bound for the England Hockey national finals in May at Nottingham.
Teams travelled to Harleston from across the East including Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge City, Chelmsford, Sevenoaks and Saffron Walden, plus Norwich City and Norwich Dragons amongst several others.
The Harleston Magpies U10 girls played very well throughout on Saturday 28 April, finally beating Chelmsford 2-0 on penalty strokes in the final after a 0-0 draw in normal time, and winning the title of Regional U10 girls Champions.
On paper they had a difficult section with Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Blue Hornets, Hertford, Sudbury and Magpies, with only the top team going through to the final.
Magpies reached the final with a series of five impressive wins. The success of this team is based on a very strong defence, a commanding centre midfield , and strong goal scoring up front.
In the final, Magpies completely dominated the match but on this occasion they just could not finish off the chances they created and the game finished 0-0. So the final was decided on penalty flicks and fortunately Magpies had learnt their lesson from the Norfolk Championship and won by two penalty flicks to nil. Coach Nick McAllen said: ‘This was nothing less than the U10 Magpies girls deserved as they were clearly the best team there. They played consistently throughout Saturday afternoon, and they thoroughly deserved to be crowned East hockey champions.’
The u12 girls played their regional campaign in high spirits, against Saffron Walden first with a tough 2-all draw. Next up were an amazingly strong unit from Sevenoaks. Magpies nearly caught them napping in the first few seconds but from then on the girls had to work really hard to hold them at bay with the final score a 3 – 0 loss. So with two matches played and only a draw against our name, the Magpies team had to win every game to make it to the semis. Fortunately this was the case with wins against St Albans, Blue Hornets, Bury and then Cambridge in the semi-final.
The girls were thrilled to make it to the final after a tough journey. This meant that the team had already qualified for the Nationals in May in Nottingham. Playing Sevenoaks again to decide who would be East champions was a challenge. U12 girls coach Kathy Gardens said: ‘We knew if we could keep it tight at the start and spoil Sevenoaks’ wonderful attacking play we might be in with a shout but sadly they were very much in form and passed the ball around beautifully. We lost but disappointment was short lived however as the girls were soon celebrating their achievement in reaching the National Finals in just two weeks’ time’.
Club Youth Chairman David Johnson said: ‘This is an excellent set of results from our teams, with the U10 boys also finishing seventh. Despite the cold wet weather, all the players had fun. My sincere thanks to everybody who helped make the tournament happen, both on and off the pitch. The good news is that for some, the season is still not yet over with our U12 girls, and U14 girls and boys playing in national finals over the weekend of 12 and 13 May. They are all a credit to the club.’
Saturday saw the majority of teams play their last game of the season, with only the development squads still to rearrange a few fixtures. The Men’s Firsts travelled to St Albans and held the hosts to 0-0 at half time, only for the Hertfordshire side to score three times in the second half. The squad would like to wish Archie Winter, Jonty Gosling, Sam Paterson and Jake Sewell all the best as they head off to university after the summer.
Both Magpies First teams have finished the season in fifth place, with their away form proving restrictive. Sam Patterson and Lauren Rowe, alongside many other talented young players, demonstrate how integral the Magpies development set up is for providing home grown players who can hold their own at this level. The return of Emma Lee-Smith really boosted the attacking strength of the ladies and the men have developed their mentality and improved tactically. Player Coach Tim Whiteman says ‘It has been a hugely enjoyable season and I can’t wait to work with the squad next year and reach the goals we have set ourselves.’
Goals from old boys Tristan Baynes and Martin Fields ensured that the Men’s Seconds topped off a fantastic season with a 3-1 victory over St Ives on Saturday, meaning they won 22/22 games and are champions with 15 points between them and runners up Norwich City. Despite a 2-2 draw away at UEA (goals from Kieran Peters and Arthur Johnson) the Men’s 3s finish third from bottom and are relegated following a fantastic endeavour with virtually all games going down to the last ten minutes. True to form, the Ladies Fourths lost narrowly away to Norwich City but live to fight another season in the Norfolk Prem due to UEA being docked points for using unqualified umpires.
Thank you to everyone who made the End of Season Fun Day such a success on Saturday. Frisbee and rounders matches were followed by the annual awards where Mike Denham, Treacle Taylor, Lucy Belsey, Bob Skinner, James Smith, Tristan Baynes, Kirsten Cumming and David Johnson were acknowledged for their services to the club.
Each team nominated their player of the season and the following were voted by their teammates; Georgia Hood, Jack Glover, Felicity Perry, Ben Emms, Victoria Spouncer, Seth Read, Sophie Meynall Anderson, Stuart Field, Sarah Legg, Amelia Hershell Shorland, Thomas Ridley and Emma Lee-Smith.
Sunday saw Magpies’ U10 and U12 teams head to Watton where ‘It was great to finally get our teams back on a hockey pitch and play some competitive matches’ commented James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer. There has been a number of Minis tournaments cancelled due to the weather but the players have been working hard at training and the improvement was plain to see. Anyone interested in giving hockey a try can email@example.com for details on a summer taster course at Magpies throughout June.
Finally, congratulations to Tristan Baynes and Chris Routs who have been selected for the England O40s squad for this summers tournaments. Also to the unstoppable Jose Tibbenham who, whilst captaining the Ladies Fifths, is this seasons top scorer out of all the Magpie teams with 25 goals.
Magpies Unbeatable U10’s
Mini Hockey return to Norfolk this Sunday at Watton and it was a day to remember for Magpies U10s teams. After 14 matches of hockey none of Magpies three U10s teams had been beaten – the two boys teams not even conceding a single goal between them.
The morning started brightly with the U10 girls team leading the way and demonstrating how hard they have worked at coaching over the winter months. They defended deeply and attacking quickly but most importantly looking competitive in all their matches. A little more composure in front of goal and they could have converted their possession into more wins and challenged for medals. Their best result, a 3 -1 win over Dragons C but as the headline suggests no one could find a way to beat this young developing team..
Then came the turn of Magpies two U10 boys teams, with a number of tactical changes to test and challenge our youngsters both teams started cautiously and needed their goal keepers to be on top form until they settled into their positions and teams. Both Magpies young keepers responding well to the challenge with neither conceding a goal all afternoon.
A little more work may be required on the training field in front of goal with only the one goal to show for all their efforts but both teams can take great pride in their defensive performances and I am sure in the future will turn possession and chances into goals.
Magpies U12s also got a long awaited run out with both the boys and girls each fielding two teams in their respective tournaments. Magpies U12 girls silver team continued the unbeatable theme, 5 matches played, no goals conceded and one win a hard earned joint 3rd place finish. Magpies U12 girls gold team went one better with a runners up spot. Two fine display of attacking hockey securing wins against the hosts, Watton and Norwich City – so often Magpies nemesis. This set up a title decider with Dereham who on this occasion were just too strong.
Magpies U12 boys had a more challenging afternoon, rusty from a lack of matches and missing a number of influential players the boys played some great hockey but all too often found teams just that little bit sharper or clinical in front of goal.
“It was great to finally get our teams back on a hockey pitch and play some competitive matches” commented James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer “Watton hosted a great tournament just the right amount of hockey for all and the chance for our lead coaches to spend time with all our teams. The improvement shown by a number of our players through their dedication at coaching was inspiring but this really was a day to remember for goal keeping. Great saves, good concentration levels and man of the match performances all round.”
Norfolk’s mini hockey season completes at the Alex Hill festival at Dereham on Sunday 29th April. However for those interested to give Hockey a try Harleston Magpies will be running a summer taster course throughout June – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more detail.
With the season beginning to wind up for many teams their was a jovial atmosphere at The Nest on Saturday as all the home fixtures resulted in wins for Magpies. The Girls Development squad put six goals past Watton in the early pushback, with Florence Collins making her debut for the team. Sandra Elliner’s side sit comfortably in second place having won an impressive 15 games this season with a +55 goal difference to boast. Watton were also on the receiving end of defeat by Magpies Boys Development squad who won the game 7-0 and are currently tied on points with Norwich City in the second spot in the table.
The home crowd were treated to an exciting game when Bedford travelled to Harleston to face Magpies Ladies Firsts. Magpies took the lead after captain Lucy Belsey quickly took a free hit on the right sideline, beat her player and delivered a pin-point cross into the circle, Lucy Whiting found herself in space and deflected in off her reverse stick in impressive fashion.
Annie Nunn and Charlie Harrison worked tirelessly in midfield to support the attack and create chances for the forwards. After a good run and shot from Lizzie Clymer was saved by the Bedford goalkeeper, the ball fell to Laura Tibbenham, who cooly doubled Magpies’ tally before Bedford converted a short corner to pull a goal back.
Magpies regained their two-goal advantage with 8 minutes remaining after another run from Lizzie Clymer, this time squaring to Emma Lee-Smith in space to fire home. Bedford scored again but were unable to find the equaliser, resulting in a 3-2 win and fifth place league finish for Magpies.
The news then came in that the Men’s Firsts had won away at Blueharts where Jude Pottruff started upfront for his first team debut. Andrew Bedwell released a trademark slider from a short corner to open the scoring and Mark Flatman pounced on a loose ball following another short corner to double Magpies’ lead.
Flatman added another before club stalwart Tristan Baynes found the backboard with a reverse stick hit. The fifth and final goal of the game came when Jonty Gosling passed to Richard Larkin at the edge of the ‘D’ who committed the goalie before slipping the ball to Pottruff to shoot into the empty net. The Men face a tough game next Saturday away against promotion hopefuls St Albans.
A brace of goals from Alice Evans-Hendrick meant that the Ladies Fourths took a point from their penultimate league fixture against Lowestoft Railway, and have kept themselves in the running to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth. The ladies require a win against Norwich City Fourths on Saturday and then their fate will be in the hands of UEA who could leapfrog Magpies out of the relegation zone if they win both remaining matches. Sadly however the Men’s Thirds have been relegated following a hard battled season.
After Saturdays successes their were disappointing results for our Cup teams on Sunday. The Mixed ‘A’ team headed to Peterborough hoping to replicate last seasons champion success but were on the losing end of a 2-1 defeat. Matt Bensly opened the scoring for the U18 boys in the semi final away at Marlow but the lads found themselves 2-1 down at half time and, despite another Bensly goal, Marlow capitalised on their chances where Magpies did not and scored twice again to win 4-2.
The U18 Girls welcomed four U16 girls to the squad who faced Reading at The Nest but conceded three goals in the first half. Mia King pulled a goal back for Magpies but Reading scored another two to cement their place in the cup final. The girls can take a great deal of pride in the way they have played throughout this competition, beating Norwich City, Norwich Dragons, Chelmsford and Leicester in the Quarter final. During the campaign Magpies have scored 27 goals and only conceded 9. The squad will lose a few of these players next season due to girls becoming to old for the age group but with a great group of youngsters coming into the U18’s next season, Magpies will be hoping for another long run in the cup competition.
A fleet of Magpies headed to Bedford last Sunday to represent Norfolk in the East Region Masters tournament. Jamie Hudson, Myles Taylor, Neil Toulson, David Francis, Tristan Baynes and captain Matt Brand played in the O40s squad who faced Cambridgeshire in the semi final. Norfolk played a very good game and a goal in each half saw them go through to the final 2-0. In the final they would play Essex who had shaded the other semi against Bedfordshire on strokes. Norfolk scored four times in the second half, including one from Jamie Hudson, to win the final.
Murray Graham, Andy Caston, Eric Davy and David Blackmore represented Norfolk O50’s playing a round robin tournament consisting of 4 games, against Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire put Norfolk under a lot of pressure but Murray kept them at bay in goal to draw the game 0-0. Suffolk had already won all three of their matches before facing Norfolk so the team anticipated a tough game against their old rivals. However, they played the best hockey of the day and deservedly came away with their 3rd draw of the day against the Champions.
Looking forward, the Men’s Fifths and Girls Development have the early slots at The Nest on Saturday, followed by the Ladies Thirds and Sixths at midday. The Ladies Firsts host Bedford at 2pm who are four points behind Magpies in the table.
Sunday sees our Under 18 teams in the National Semi finals with the Girls welcoming Reading to Weybread (pushback 2.30) and the Boys travelling away to Marlow.
The Mixed team head to Peterborough on Sunday afternoon for the fifth round of the National Mixed Cup. Peterborough knocked the Magpies ‘B’ team out of the competition earlier in the season so the visitors will be determined to come home with a result.
Harleston Magpies Hockey Club is eagerly anticipating a thrilling Sunday of hockey on 8th April which will see both its U18 boys and girls squads competing in the semi finals of the Tier 1 U18s England Hockey national competition.
Both teams secured their semi final places after some astonishing hockey on Sunday 11 March in their quarter finals. Harleston Magpies Hockey Club was delighted to with the achievement of both these young teams teams through to this stage of the England Hockey national competition. Being represented by both teams in this age group at this level and at this late stage of the competition has not happened at the Club for well over ten years. And Magpies is the only club nationally to have both a girls and boys team still in contention. A look back to the quarter finals for both teams which sealed their semi final places gives flavor of the intensity of the competition.
In the quarter finals, the U18 girls made the long trip up to the East Midlands to face a Leicester Hockey Club team who had already brushed aside some of the big guns in the competition. The game was played at a ferocious pace, but the Magpies girls showed their class against a good opposition, particularly in their defensive intensity and how well they transitioned from midfield to attack, with the final result an impressive 5 – 1 to Magpies.
Magpies U18s coach Stu Field said: ‘The road to the finals will only get tougher, but this U18 squad gets stronger every game and I know that in the semi finals they will work hard for each other when the going gets tough. The girls have played superbly so far, and their semi-final place is truly deserved.
The girls face last year’s beaten finalists Reading at home in Harleston at 2.30 on Sunday 8 April. Magpies U18s Manager Andrew Woollatt said: The semi-final sees four U16 players being brought into the squad as sadly four of the U18 girls are away on a hockey tour in South Africa. Whilst these four players will be greatly missed, with the quality the club has through its age groups we can be sure that the U16 girls will be more than able replacements. Most of the team have played together through their age groups starting at U10s. They are very focused and it would be a fitting way to end the season with a National final played at the Olympic park in May. It’s going to be a terrific game!’
Magpies U18 boys were lucky enough to play in their quarter final at home to Rugby and East Warwickshire Hockey Club. Magpies settled into the game quickly and forced the early pace, but 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. Rugby defended resolutely but Magpies always looked dangerous and won through with another goal towards the end of the first half, with the final score 2-1 deservedly to Magpies.
Magpies U18s coach Stu Peters, who has run this boys team for some years and knows them well said: ‘I am so impressed with these lads. They play skillful hockey at a fast pace, but never lose sight of the whole team, and always support each other. The draw away against Marlow Hockey Club in Buckinghamshire will be very tough, but our Magpies U18s are really up for the challenge.’
Looking ahead to the semi finals, both of which will be played on Sunday 8 April, Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Chairman Richard Stacey said: ‘I am immensely proud of the superb quality of play that both our U18s squads have demonstrated in this national competition so far. We are a very ambitious club, but to have both the girls and boys U18s squads in the national semi finals is a real thrill. It’s a credit to our whole youth coaching structure, and to the coaches, managers, parents and helpers that our teams have got this far. Most of these young players have been with us since the tender age of age 7, and their personal hard work and commitment has really paid off. We can’t wait for Sunday 8 April and wish both teams every success!
On Saturday, which should have been the last day of the season (before the weather wiped out two weekends worth of matches) Harleston Magpies fielded 11 teams to scrabble for the last few points up for grabs.
The Men’s Fourths found themselves at 3-3 by half time in their away fixture at Felixstowe after Toby Hughes (2) and Ben Emms had put Magpies ahead only for the team to completely forget their game plan and concede three quick goals. Playing fast and open hockey in the second half, Magpies kept the game mostly in Felixstowe’s half and Ben doubled his tally via one of the many chances that were created. Inevitably, Toby then popped up to score his 23rd goal of the season, resulting in a 6-4 win for Magpies who sit comfortably at fourth place in the table.
In the first of two games in three days, the Ladies Fourths welcomed Evergreens to The Nest searching for a more representative scoreline than of late. Despite having the majority of the possession and a huge effort from Sophie Maynell Anderson, Imogen Ramsdale, Cassie Ayms, Megan Beckett, Imogen Maynell Anderson and debutant Beth Moodie in midfield, Magpies were caught on the break and conceded the only goal of the game.
Monday evening’s rearranged fixture began in much the same vain, relentless pressure on the Dereham ‘D’ and numerous chances but no goals. The hosts scored twice against the run of play but, in a desperate search for three points, Magpies maintained the intensity and finally found the backboard. Goals from Jess Green, Alice Evans Hendrick, Helena Knock and Kara Kilbourn ensured a fantastic comeback and takes the Fourths into the Easter break one point clear of the relegation zone with two games to play.
The Ladies Firsts have secured National League status for next season following this weekends double header against Sevenoaks and Southgate. Sevenoaks were winning 3 nil when Magpies mounted a comeback via Lauren Rowe who slotted away a penalty flick after Aoife Lowe-Davies was fouled in the ‘D’. Magpies continued to press with Lucy Whiting, Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith and Katherine Ridley causing havoc in the Sevenoaks’ half. Lee-Smith found the net after a goal mouth scramble to make it 3-2 and Lizzie Clymer got the equaliser with a shot past the stranded ‘keeper. Cruelly, Sevenoaks pulled one back before full time to snatch all three points.
Magpies started well against Southgate on Sunday and took control of the game when Lauren Rowe scored the opener from a short corner. Fighting to avoid the relegation play offs, Southgate dug deep and equalised early in the second half but Rowe claimed the winning goal for Magpies following a great combination by Clymer and Lee-Smith.
The Men’s Firsts got off to a flying start away at Spalding when Tom Ridley unleashed a reverse stick shot which a defender turned into his own net. Goals from Mark Flatman and Matt Bensley followed before Spalding scored from a short corner against the run of play. Ridley and Flatman grabbed another goal each before Matt Richardson swiftly dispatched a penalty flick, taking Magpies into halftime with a five goal lead.
Flatman completed his hat trick from a close range deflection before Captain Leigh Sitch got in on the action following a precision pass from fan favourite, Richard Larkin. Ridley finalised his hat trick and Tim Whiteman slotted the tenth goal home to take the team into the Easter break with the third best goal difference in the league.
Finally, huge congratulations to both the Boys and Girls U14 teams who have qualified for the England Hockey U14s National Finals in May after bossing the regional finals at the weekend.
U14s Magpies Girls and Boys through to England Hockey National Finals in style!
Harleston Magpies hockey club are celebrating a super Sunday of hockey which saw both the U14 girls and U14 boys team quality for the England Hockey U14s national finals in May.
After two tough matches for the boys, who hosted the regional finals at home in Weybread, and three challenging matches for the girls away in Ipswich, the two young teams can now look forward to the national finals at Lee Valley London on 12 and 13 May.
Mark Emms, team manager for the u14 boys said; ‘Our boys played some really strong hockey today and they thoroughly deserve their chance to represent Magpies in the last eight at the national finals. It’s fantastic to see the club getting both of its U14’s teams through to this stage of the competition.”
U14s manager John Pope said: ‘It’s been seven years of hard graft for this Magpies U14 girls’ team. We are absolutely delighted that today they deservedly qualified for the national hockey finals. The girls’ performance was marked not least for the hard graft across the whole team, starting line-up and subs alike. Defence and midfield fought like Trojans to give our attack the platform to succeed. All our team were stars on the day. I want to play tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to get this result, but most particularly to our friend, mentor and sorely missed Magpies senior coach, David Brook, who recently lost his two year battle with cancer. David coached most of these girls from aged seven, and he would have been immensely proud of their achievements today.’
Magpies Boys hosted the East Pool B Area regional finals on Sunday 25 March at Weybread. Due to the late withdrawal of Braintree, Magpies were reduced to two games only to be played against Old Merchant Taylors (OMT) hockey club and Amersham and Chalfont (A&C) hockey club.
Magpies played the better hockey in the first game against OMT and led 1-0 at half time from an Ollie Currie tap in. Magpies gave OMT a couple of chances in the second half, but held on to win their first game, a slightly nervy 1-0.
Knowing a win or a draw would qualify them for the national finals Magpies saved their best hockey for the final game against A&C. Magpies took the lead when they finally decided to transfer the ball round the back of the defence, much to the relief of their management team. This released Ben Waters to move down the baseline to cross for Taylor to finish from close range. Against the run of play, A&C then showed great character to score an equaliser. Magpies quickly responded, moving the ball from the push back and winning a short corner. Captain Brice varied the play to dribble in past the four defenders and gave Ollie Currie to get the final touch on the line to make it 2-1 to Magpies. The second half saw A&C pushing for an equaliser, but this left gaps in the midfield which allowed Bardwell to find Currie, who’s threaded through ball launched a rampaging Waters down the right, who then crossed from wide out on the baseline to find Taylor on hand around the p-spot to make it 3-1 Magpies. With A&C tiring, Taylor was released for a breakaway solo effort making the final score 4-1. The whole team played with great effort, in the right spirit and really deserve their chance to progress to the National Finals on 12th May, with pool games at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club and finals at Lee Valley in London.
The girls played away in Ipswich, with three games against Ipswich and East Suffolk (IES), Cambridge City and Amersham and Chalfont. The first game against IES saw Magpies attack from the outset, with a fast pace from both sides, but Magpies had the upper hand throughout and won 4 nil.
The next match was against A&C, who looked to be tougher opponents. Magpies started where they left off with IES and after an end-end skirmish, Georgie found herself clear in midfield to dribble through the third quarter finding Keira in the D who, snuck the ball past the keeper. Amersham continued to put up fierce resistance with pressure of their own. Minutes later, Honey found herself clear in the D after Georgie had yet again pierced the opposition’s armour, and calmly slotted in the second goal. The second half was marked by, one minute in, a classic Georgie reverse that surprised the A&C defence before they were back into their stride and that settled the second match, three nil.
The Magpies girls entered the final match against Cambridge City knowing a draw was sufficient to qualify for the finals, but seeking a win. It was our toughest game by far. Magpies shaved the first half and it was and end-end battle throughout but ended nil nil after a tense final few minutes. With a tournament clean team sheet for goalkeeper Grace and the defensive team, Magpies deservedly took the top slot.
Pictured: Magpies’ U14s girls and boys youth teams who have qualified for the England Hockey national U14s finals in May, plus an action shot of the girls playing Ends…
For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on email@example.com or 07500 945247
One final footnote: this is the final of many teams, several of whom have received national honours, that our friend, mentor and sorely missed senior coach, David Brook, who recently lost his 2-year battle with cancer, saw through to their teens. He was not a believer in the afterlife but there was a definite sense he was with us today and would have been very proud.
Team: Abi, Amelia, Amy, Ellen, Emma, Georgie, Grace, Holly, Honey, Jessica M, Jessica T, Keira, Ruby, Sophie, Talitha, Victoria
Bench: Jim Menzies (Coach), John Pope (Team Manager), Rob Slade (Patching up)
It was another frustrating weekend for the fixture secretary as the freezing temperatures resulted in yet more cancelled matches. Only the four hardiest teams stepped out to play in the artic conditions with the Ladies Sevenths getting the only Magpies win as they faced horizontal snow in Kings Lynn.
Featuring two mother-daughter duos, Alison and Jessica Menzies, and Bex and Ruby Pottruff, the Sevenths are a force to be reckoned with and Ruby opened the scoring on her Ladies debut after just seven minutes before setting up Bex to slot away the second. Solid defending from Liv, Karen and Daphne, along with a brave diving save from Peg kept Pelicans at bay whilst midfielders Miri, Chy and Alison pushed on for the third goal which came when Bex popped up at the back post to finish 3-0.
The Girls Development team played through the blizzard in Yarmouth and came away with a 0-0 draw against the team just below them in the table. Magpies are now unable to catch Norwich City who have won the league but to finish in second place is highly commendable. The season has given the Girls valuable match experience in preparation for Ladies hockey next season where there will be an abundance of thirteen year olds vying for a place in the Ladies teams.
A young Men’s Fourths headed to Thetford hoping to do the double over the team who narrowly lost out to Magpies at The Nest earlier in the season. The pacey forward line of Toby Hughes, Lewis Belsey and debutant Ben Emms made sure that Magpies were ahead at half time, albeit 4-3. As the snow began to settle on the pitch Toby put away another two goals but Thetford were relentless and eventually won the game 6-5.
Ed Brice (last week) and Ben Emms (this) have both made the step up from the Fifth team and impressed on their Fourth team debuts with a goal each – two to watch out for in the future!
This weekend the Men’s Firsts head to Spalding who are fighting for survival in the East Premier ‘A’ league so are bound to put up a hard fight. The Ladies Firsts play Southgate on Sunday who are second from bottom in the table so the team in Black and White will be on the hunt for three points.
On Sunday, Magpies host the U14 Boys regional finals where our lads face Amersham & Chalfont, Old Merchant Taylors, and Braintree over the course of the day. Our U14 girls will be in Ipswich playing in their finals against IES, Amersham & Chalfont and Cambridge City.
The Mixed team also play on Sunday (2pm) in the hope of getting through to the quarter finals of the National Cup. Facing local rivals Ipswich the team are determined to emulate last seasons success and make it all the way to the final.
With the weather finally abating last weekend all teams were back in action and raring to shake off the cabin fever with a full schedule of fixtures. Frustratingly, neither First team were able to treat the home crowd to a win, with the Men struggling to replicate their usual intensity in the 3-2 defeat against Cambridge University, and the Ladies suffering a 5-0 loss to top of the table Hampstead and Westminster.
However, the Second teams both maintained their unbeaten runs. Laura Tibbenham (3), Katie Woollatt (2) and Jess Howland were on the scoresheet for the Ladies away at St Ives whilst the Men came back from 3-1 down to beat Pelicans 6-3 thanks to goals from Greg Jagger (2), Lawrence Baynes, Tristan Baynes (2) and Martin Fields.
The Men’s Thirds and Ladies Fourths are both in danger of relegation this season and their fate was not helped on Saturday when neither team picked up a point. The Ladies face a tough game at Norwich City this weekend whilst the Men have another six pointer, this time at UEA with whom they are level on points.
Victoria Spouncer put the Ladies Fifths two goals ahead early on in their late pushback against Norwich City 5ths. This cushion settled the nerves of the young side and enabled them to play some composed hockey and move the ball well. The City ‘keeper had little chance of saving Janna Freeman’s belter of a strike which took Magpies to 3-0 up. Jose Tibbenham got in on the action with a brace of goals, and Tabitha Borrett added the sixth which sets the team up nicely for the top of the table clash with Pelicans this weekend. It is tight at the top with Pelicans, Magpies, Broadland and Diss all fighting for promotion so there is all to play for in the remainder of the season.
The Ladies Sixths got back to winning ways after a disappointing couple of weeks with a 6 goal haul at Norwich City. Goals from Judith Masters, Rachel Clifford and Louise Davy, along with top defending from Marnie Blair and Marie Davy ensured three points for Magpies and a seemingly safe distance from the relegation zone, a fantastic achievement for the team who started 2018 with only three points.
Sunday provided Cup action galore with the Ladies O35s taking centre stage at the Nest and storming through to the National Final with a 5-0 win over Clifton Robinsons. The U16 girls finished as runners up at the Regional Finals where they beat Braintree (2-0) and Saffron Walden (2-0) but were denied an equaliser against Southgate when a shot hit the goal frame. Sadly this means that the girls do not progress any further in the competition but should take heart from the fantastic hockey they have displayed.
Both U18 teams are though to the semi finals which is a brilliant achievement for the players, coaches and club as a whole. The Boys hosted Rugby & East Warwickshire and came out 2-1 victors thanks to flicks from Archie Winter. The Girls travelled to Leicester and found themselves 1-0 up at half time thanks to Abby’s goal and solid defending from Lottie, Olivia, Sophie and Rose, and some great saves by Alice Gooch. An aggressive press ultimately led to the Leicester collapse and once the floodgates were opened, Abby, Lauren and Lottie sealed the 5-1 win for Magpies.
The Ladies Firsts host Bedford on Saturday (2pm) who sit two places below them in the table. They then travel to Southgate on Sunday in search of another three points.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Hampstead & Westminster to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Hampstead are sitting top of the table and are currently unbeaten. When Magpies travelled to Hampstead earlier in the season and they were beaten 6-0. Hampstead are a very strong team and hard to play against.
With the bad weather it has been a couple of weeks since the teams last outing in which they lost 2-1 to Cambridge. This was a close game in which the team kept fighting and never gave up, which is what they will be hoping to take into this week.
This week the team welcomes back Katherine Ridley and Emma Lee-Smith.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Emma Lee-Smith.
The wintery conditions forced everyone to take last weekend off from hockey but the forecast looks much better going forward so we hope the full schedule of games will take place this weekend.
There should be plenty of familiar faces at the Nest on Saturday as eight Magpies teams have home fixtures, meaning that both pitches will be in use solidly from 10am until 5pm, and the dishwasher will be working round the clock to keep up with the demand for mugs.
First up are the Ladies Fourths and Sevenths who face Norwich City and Loddon respectively. The Sevenths, captained by Daphne Beckett, sit comfortably in mid table but face the league leaders on Saturday so will need to put in a good performance. The Fourths are second from bottom of the Norfolk Prem and require a string of wins if they are to avoid relegation.
The Men’s Firsts and Ladies Seconds both push back at 12pm. The Men play Cambridge City who are just beneath them in the table, however Magpies have a 9 point lead and far superior goal difference which, with the home advantage, makes them favourites for the win. The Ladies opposition, St Ives, have already been relegated so are sure to throw everything they’ve got at our unbeaten Seconds.
The Ladies Firsts get underway at 2pm when they host Hampstead and Westminster who currently top the Conference East table having remained unbeaten all season (so far). David Blackmore will lead his Mens Fourths out against Lowestoft Railway at 1.30. The youngsters in the side have gone from strength to strength this season and are sure to put on another good display in front of the home crowd.
Last up the Mens Thirds will be fighting to stay in the league against Cambridge University 3s who are also in the thick of the relegation battle. The lads need a win to keep their hopes alive so stick around to cheer them on. Jose Tibbenham and the Ladies Fifths will be playing Norwich City on the sand based pitch at the same time and could go top of the league if the Magpies stars of the future come away with a win.
Sunday’s bill is equally exciting as 12pm sees the Ladies O35s face Bristol side Clifton Robinsons in the semi final of the National Hockey Cup. A win would take them to the final at the Olympic Park in London. The Nest also hosts the U18 boys who play Rugby and East Warwickshire at 2pm in the quarter final of their cup competition. The U18 girls are away at Leicester in their quarter final whilst the U16 girls play their regional finals at Southgate against Braintree, Southgate and Saffron Walden.
Whilst the focus is often on the rising stars at Magpies we are extremely proud of two of our more experienced players, Shirley McAllen (O65s) and Kath Johnson (O50s) who have been selected for the England Hockey Masters squads. This means that they will be involved in the Home Nations tournament and the Masters Hockey World Cup in Barcelona this summer.
We start with Sundays action from Kings Lynn where Magpies U10 and U12 boys and girls teams took on the best in the County and did themselves extremely proud. The girls tournament was played in the morning with the U12s being crowned County Champions and the U10s runners up (on goal difference). The boys had to wait until the afternoon to get started but produced some high quality hockey which resulted in the U10s coming in as runners up and the U12s finishing joint third. Both girls teams and the U10 boys will now represent Norfolk at the East Finals in April which is a great testament to the players and coaches involved.
Despite fears that many games would have to be postponed due to the weather, the hardy Weybread crowds were rewarded for their loyalty by some exciting hockey on Saturday. After a disappointing result against Peterborough last week, the Men’s firsts were determined to put on a good display when they welcomed Bedford to the Nest. Simon Hipwell got the first goal with his reverse stick with Richard Larkin doubling the advantage from the back post. Sam Moore added another in the second half to which Bedford retaliated with their only goal. Hipwell’s second goal cemented the 4-1 result for The Olympic Athletes from Harleston.
The Ladies firsts anticipated a tough encounter with Cambridge City who went into the game just above them in the league. Cambridge converted a penalty corner early on to take the lead and were then awarded a penalty stroke to which Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh stepped up to take. An incredible diving stick save by Magpies ‘keeper Charlotte ‘Tosh’ Peet denied Richardson-Walsh, who scored a crucial penalty stroke in the 2016 Olympic final, the chance to double Cambridge’s lead. Great work by Rose Winter and Abby Gooderham led to Lizzie Clymer levelling the score before half time. Both teams played fast attacking hockey in the second half but Magpies struggled to convert their chances whilst Cambridge were clinical and scored from another penalty corner to win the game 2-1. Magpies remain half way up the league table and travel to Southgate next Saturday who are 5 points behind the Norfolk side.
Both of Magpies’ second teams have secured promotion for next season and both put seven goals past their opponents on Saturday. The Men headed north to face bottom of the league Horncastle and Captain Lawrence Baynes scored within the opening minute. Martin Fields doubled the lead and Tristan Baynes and Stuart Field worked together to score the third from a penalty corner.
Chris Routs was forced to produce a string of fine saves to keep Horncastle at bay but the goals kept coming for Magpies with Fields, Matt Bensly, Jude Pottruff and Tris Baynes contributing for the 7-1 win. The Ladies hosted UEA and piled on the pressure from the starting whistle. Goals from Anouska Stott (4), Laura Tibbenham (2) and Fran Burrell ensured that the unbeaten run continues.
Elsewhere there were narrow losses for both Magpies Third teams with the Ladies going down 2-1 to Norwich City and the Men 4-3 to Peterborough. The Men’s fourths really stuck the knife into bottom of the table North Norfolk 2nds with a 10-1 victory at the Nest whilst their Captain was sipping gluhwein in Austria!
The Ladies 4ths drop back into the relegation zone after a 5-2 loss to Norwich Dragons Thirds. The scoreline didn’t reflect how dominant Magpies were but there were too many missed chances in the Dragon’s ‘D’. With points so tight at the foot of the table Magpies really cannot afford to slip up again. The Ladies Sixths also dropped points against Dragons but, in more positive news, the Ladies Sevenths are up to 5th in the table following a 3-0 win over Norwich Dragons Eighths. Annie Lancaster, Ella Spear and the reliable Shirley McAllen got the goals for Magpies whilst Katy Davy, Daphne Beckett, Liv Carter and Janet Brown were unflappable in defence.
Ladies 1st v Cambridge City
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Cambridge City to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Cambridge are sitting fourth in the table and when Magpies travelled to Cambridge earlier in the season and were beaten 3-0. This encounter is always close and competitive and the same is sure to happen this weekend.
Last weekend Magpies lost 2-1 to a strong Wimbledon side. This was an encouraging performance for the team and they were very happy that they finish the game so strongly.
This week the team welcomes back Charlie Harrison.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Lizzie Clymer.
With most of the Ladies leagues taking a break for half term it was down to the Magpies mens teams to entertain the crowd last weekend. Following a 10-7 defeat in their previous meeting, the Men’s threes knew Horncastle would be tough opposition but went into half time with a deceptive scoreline of 1-1 thanks to Kieran Peters’ goal. Chris Leek took Magpies ahead in the second half but four clinical attacks in eight minutes meant that Horncastle went 5-2 up and the game seemed out of reach. However Magpies kept fighting and through Kieran, Dave Francis and Gavin Cole the scores were tied at 5-5. The visitors retaliated straight away but Kieran managed to grab another, and complete his hat trick, resulting in an exhausting 6-6 draw.
Having secured promotion from the same league, the Men’s seconds are cautious not to let their 100% record slide and the winning streak continued on Saturday with a 4-2 win against UEA courtesy of goals from Tristan Baynes, Robbie Kinsella, Matt Bensly and Charlie Nunn.
In what is a fantastic achievement for the club, the Ladies seconds also secured promotion last weekend. Anouska Stott added to her goal tally for the season by reacting quickly to a short corner strike, and then linking up with Laura Tibbenham for the second. Newcomer Emily Rash added a final goal to make it 3-0 and 16 wins from 16 games.
The Men’s fourths hosted Bury in a scrappy game where Bob Skinner scored the only goal and goalkeeper Murray Graham made some vital saves to ensure Magpies took all three points. A much changed Men’s Sixths side started slowly against Felixstowe but went into half time 3-0 up thanks to goals from Pete Thornett, Jack Glover and Richard Alcock. They conceded soon after the break but Simon Rodwell grabbed a goal back to maintain the three goal lead. Neither teams were satisfied as the drama continued and goals continued to come, ending with a 4-3 victory for Magpies.
The Ladies Sixths had fire in their bellies as they set out for revenge against Lowestoft Railway who thrashed Magpies 10-1 in the away leg. Coming out of the blocks strongly, Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D where Rachel Clifford connected with the pass to slot home the only goal of the game. Magpies continued to dictate the play and the defence of Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy absorbed any pressure; whilst midfielders Lucy Field, Teresa Griffin, Elena Flatt and Louise Davy battled hard to ensure the 1-0 win over the league leaders.
Sadly, on Sunday, the U16 boys, Mixed ‘B’ team and O50s men all dropped out of their respective cup campaigns. There were valiant efforts all round, none other than by Jon Wells who was injured during the O50s 4-0 defeat by St Albans but came back on after receiving stitches in his forehead. Despite the best efforts of Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Julie Davy, Lawrence Baynes, Megan Beckett and Sophie Maynell Anderson in midfield, plus a beautiful strike from Sarah Legg, Peterborough beat the Mixed ‘B’ team 5-1. However, the Mixed ‘A’ team, U14 boys and U16 girls march triumphantly through to the next round.
Following close defeats last weekend, both First teams play at home on Saturday and are sure to provide some quality hockey. The Men push back at midday against Bedford and the Ladies host Cambridge City (2pm) who include GB gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh and will be looking to do the double over Magpies.
Last Saturday the Ladies thirds set the tone for a successful weekend for Magpies and find themselves joint fourth in the table (and only 6 points off the top) following a fantastic 2-0 win at home against Yarmouth on Saturday. Emily Rash scored on her Magpie debut with Sarah Legg getting the second goal. Away at Bedford the Ladies seconds retained their unbeaten record by notching up a 1-0 victory. The goal scored by Anouska Stott was set up by a Jess Howland and Alice Woollatt.
The Ladies fourths came out fighting in the six pointer against UEA 2s. An inspired substitution by Coach Woollatt saw Rachel Goodson on the forward line where she scored the only goal of the game meaning Magpies leapfrog UEA out of the relegation zone.
At The Nest, Magpies ladies firsts notched up a 6-1 win against struggling Chelmsford. Louisa Greenacre’s classy short corner strike opened the scoring and the goals kept coming. Lauren Rowe’s drag from the top of the ‘D’ was deflected into the net by Lucy Whiting; Debbie Francis provided a through ball for Martha Lawrence to put away and Rose Winter added another after a one-two with Emma Lee-Smith. In the second half, silky skills from Lizzie Clymer took her past two defenders where she squared to Lottie Summers on the penalty spot to flick into the net; and Lauren Rowe added Magpies sixth by flicking the ball into the top of the goal.
A hard-fought game at Thetford secured a 2-2 draw and valuable point for the ladies sixths with Flea Perry bagging a brace of goals and Marie Davy earning the Woman of the Match accolade. Shirley McAllen had a goal bound shot deflected in by a Dragons player in the Ladies sevenths home game. Goals by youngsters Ella Spears and Georgia Hood cemented the 3-1 victory.
On the Men’s side the Firsts and Fifths games were called off due to frozen pitches. The Twos winning run continued with a 6-1 defeat of Bury and the Thirds are now four points clear of the relegation zone after Dave Francis’ wonder goal secured a 1-0 win away at Pelicans. The youngsters in the Fourth team gave a tremendous performance against unbeaten league leaders North Norfolk but ended 2-1 down. However, there were convincing wins for the Sixths and Boys Development teams.
This Sunday sees most of Magpies’ cup teams in action with the remaining youth sides playing at home. The U14 boys are first up against Norwich City, followed by the U16 girls and boys who play Sudbury and Blueharts respectively. Both Mixed teams are on the road with the ‘A’s at Bury and ‘B’s hoping for a giant killing at Peterborough. The Men’s O50s face a tough encounter with St Albans in the third round of the Trophy competition.
The Nest was bustling last weekend with ten Magpies teams playing at home on Saturday including both First XI sides who gave the crowd plenty to cheer about.
The Ladies 1s resumed National League action after the indoor break, hosting Barnes who took the lead through a short corner. Magpies fought back and went into half time 2-1 up with goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe. Magpies maintained the pressure on Barnes’ defenders and eventually won a short corner which Abby Gooderham powerfully flicked to the goalkeepers left, 3-1 full time. The Ladies are at home again next week against bottom-placed Chelmsford at 2pm.
The Ladies sixths had a late push back away at Dereham but despite numerous short corners and shots on goal were unable to equalise the home sides 1-0 lead. Victoria Brock gave an impressive performance on her Magpies debut and credit is due to Louise Davy for playing on after receiving a stick to the throat.
Defender Andrew Bedwell broke the deadlock against Letchworth for the Mens 1s who quickly capitalised and doubled the lead via Sam Patterson’s drag flick. Thomas Ridley added another two before half time, with Matt Bensly and Elliot Marsh sealing the 6-0 victory. The Men will be hoping to continue this form when they play Spalding away on Saturday who are yet to win a game this season.
Despite the best efforts of the Men’s fifths it was hosts Felixstowe who scored first and went on to extend the lead following a defensive mix up by Magpies. However just before half time the experienced James Smith followed up a short corner and flicked the ball through the ‘keepers legs to pull a goal back. Felixstowe scored twice after the break but Magpies battled back, Ben Emms drag flicking a short corner into the goal and Tom Caston firing his shot in off the post. Pushing for the equaliser however left Magpies exposed at the back and after some fine saves by James Harvey, Felixstowe made it 5-3.
Both of Magpies Mixed teams have progressed to the third round of the National Cup after the ‘A’ team beat Sudbury 9-0 on Sunday with Katrina Sitch (3), Richard Larkin (2), Thomas Ridley, Lucy Whiting (2) and Sam Paterson getting the goals. Last Wednesday the ‘B’ team hosted Norwich Dragons in a rearranged evening match in which goals from Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Laura Tibbenham and Sarah Legg (2) provided a 5-2 win.
The Ladies O35s weren’t taking any prisoners away at Chelmsford on Sunday where they put an impressive 11 goals past the hosts. Five goals came in the first 15 minutes with 3 from Anouska Stott and 2 from Angie Wheelhouse. This relentless pressure continued until with further goals added by Emma Lee Smith (2), Anouska and Lucy Field.
The U18 Boys and Girls teams also progress into the next round of the National Cup with the boys beating Saffron Walden 4-1 and the girls getting a 5-3 win against Chelmsford.
Two Magpies coaches have organised junior hockey camps which take place during half term. Tim Whiteman invites boys and girls (school years 4 to 8) to join him for a day of hockey coaching whatever your ability level at the home of Harleston Magpies on Friday 16th Feb. Stuart Field is providing indoor hockey sessions at Langley School (school years 8 to 10) on the 12th-15th Feb. For information and to book your child’s place please head to www.magpies-hockey.co.uk.
After the disappointment of last weekends whiteout there was more action than you could shake a (hockey) stick at down at the Nest on Saturday. With only two defeats over fifteen matches it was a fantastic day for Harleston Magpies who’s teams racked up an impressive 61 goals between them. The Mens Sixth team had the result of the day with an 11-0 victory away at Bury St Edmonds, followed closely by the Boys development squad who gave Norwich Dragons a 9-1 drumming at home.
The Ladies fourths are finally off the bottom of the league table after goals from Imogen Maynell Anderson, Janna Freeman and Cassie Ayms provided Magpies with a 3-0 win, and much needed confidence boost, in a 6 pointer against Dragons fifths. The super Sixth team, featuring two Flatts and two Davys, were on the receiving end of a damp and dreary 3-0 defeat against Herlings, on grass! They aim to return to winning ways when hosting Breckland on Saturday morning.
Magpies Men’s 1s hoped to continue their recent form when they travelled to Ipswich on Saturday and achieved this via goals from Jake Sewell, Tim Whiteman, Mark Flatman and team talisman Richard Larkin, with John Livings maintaining a clean sheet between the sticks. Sundays rearranged game against top of the table Wapping proved to be full of adrenaline and emotion as both teams battled for three points. The crowd were treated to 70 minutes of end to end drama which ended with honours even, 4-4, leaving Magpies fourth in the table, and four points off promotion favourites St Albans.
Magpies Men’s 2 are having one of their most successful seasons in recent history, and went in to this weekends match against Peterborough 3s with the best record in all the East leagues, played 14, won 14, conceded 15, and scored 75. Goals from veterans Martin Fields and Lawrence Baynes took them into half time with the lead which was extended in the second half by Mitchell Tompkins, final score 3-1.
The Ladies seconds continued their domination of the East league when they visited Colchester who are only four places below Magpies. Yet again it was the Black and Whites who came out on top, winning 8-2 (Anouska Stott, 3, Laura Tibbenham, Alice Woollatt, Debbie Francis, Georgie Cantrell) to extend their lead to 5 points with two games in hand of closest rivals Bedford.
Elsewhere the Men’s thirds picked up a good point against Norwich Dragons thanks to Kieron Peters’ goal, and the Men’s fifths beat Bury 4-2 courtesy of goals from Lewis Belsey, Angus Wilkinson and Ed Brice (2). Despite a 5-2 defeat away at Ipswich the Men’s fourths celebrated Oli Hall’s first goal for the team.
Magpies Ladies 1s resume outdoor action on Saturday when they face Barnes at the Nest at 2pm. The National League has an extended winter break to allow for indoor tournaments so the Ladies haven’t played 11 aside since November when they lost to St Albans. With only a point between themselves and Barnes it promises to be a fantastic game so come down and show your support.
On Sunday the U14 Girls, U16 Boys and U18 Girls and Boys play in the fourth round of the National Youth Cup, facing IES, Peterborough, Chelmsford and Saffron Waldon respectively. Magpies Mixed (vs Sudbury), Ladies O35s (vs Chelmsford) and Mens O50s (vs Peterborough) will play their rearranged cup games on Sunday assuming pitches remain thawed.
Finally, congratulations to Evie and Toby Tibbenham on the birth of the future Ladies 1st team top scorer.
It was a frustrating weekend for Magpies who had anticipated an exciting weekend of league and cup matches only for ten games to be cancelled due to the pitches being frozen. The Ladies fourths arrived optimistically for their early pushback away at Lowestoft Railway but were soon on their way home again, via McDonalds. In fact it was left to Sandra Elliner and her Girls Development team to fly the flag for the girls and thankfully their journey to Kings Lynn proved worthwhile, coming out 5-0 winners.
Most of the Men’s games managed to go ahead despite the chilly conditions and the Men’s seconds headed to Norwich City for a top of the table clash with City’s second team. A 3-2 win for Magpies takes them further from the grasp of City who now trail by 9 points, and takes the 2s into this weekends fixture against mid table Peterborough full of confidence. Matt Brand’s third team battled hard for a 3-3 draw with Dereham, taking a vital point which lifts them out of the relegation zone.
The Men’s fourth team started strongly against Norwich City who got the better of them in their previous meeting. Magpies looked the most threatening and won a penalty flick which was well dispatched by Phil Cobbald, followed by a fine reverse stick shot from Arthur Johnson to take the home side to 2-0. City converted a flick themselves late on but captain David Blackmore was satisfied with his teams win which leaves them mid table on 20 points.
After their first loss since September last weekend and only a bear squad of 11, the fifths’ prospects were not looking good as they arrived in Ipswich to face the Cranes. However Magpies played with maturity, patience and confidence from the outset and man of the match Ben Emms opened the scoring from close range with James Bensly converted a penalty flick to take the visitors into half time 2-0 up. Two goals from Jake Caston secured the 4-0 victory and a happy mood in the Davy household that evening.
After a hard frost on Saturday night the eagerly anticipated National Mixed Cup games were both cancelled, despite Bardy’s best efforts to defrost the pitch with a can of de-icer. The Men’s O50s were also forced to call off their game, and the unfortunate O35 ladies drove 70 miles and began to warm up on the snow covered pitch before Chelmsford admitted defeat by the weather and called off the match.
This weekend the Ladies 1s are back in outdoor action at the Nest with a 12pm friendly against St Albans in preparation for the league resuming on February 3rd. This is followed by the Men’s seconds at 2pm who are scoring goals for fun this season. On Sunday all are welcome to come and support the Men’s 1sts who play Wapping at home at 2pm. Wapping are currently joint top with St Albans, only 2 points ahead of Magpies in the ‘Premier A’ East league.