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It was a fantastic weekend for Magpies consisting of 10 wins on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. The Nest was bustling as both first teams were playing at home with the crowd in good spirits after witnessing Kevin Ridley in his Y fronts!

Following a draw last weekend the Men’s 1sts knew that only a win would do when they hosted struggling Blueharts. Dave Gilbert opened the scoring followed by Giles Flatt. Andrew Bedwell’s shot was stopped on the line by the body of a defender which resulted in a penalty flick which was powerfully converted by Archie Winter. Gilbert added another goal before Simon Hipwell’s reverse stick shot took the final score to 5-0. Congratulations to Jonty Gosling for earning the man of the match accolade.

The Ladies 1sts were also on the hunt for three points after last week’s draw and welcomed Debbie Francis and Katrina Sitch to the squad to face Southgate. Tor Findlay broke the deadlock, leading to frustration and some illegal tackles from the Southgate team, resulting in them being a player down for most of the second half. This provided Emma Lee-Smith space to score her first from the top of the circle after another interception by the midfield and pressure on the Southgate defence. She then finished off her brace firing in a rebound after another positive run from Whiting down the right and a saved shot from Harrison.

The Men’s 4s looked to continue their winning run when they entertained Felixstowe but unfortunately this wasn’t to be. Working hard to come back from a goal behind Magpies found themselves 3-2 up at half time with goals from Toby Hughes (2) and Hugo Thomas. Although Toby secured his hat trick goal in the second half, Magpies were vulnerable at the back and Felixstowe were able to score two late goals, ending 4-5 winners.

Jose Tibbenham got on the scoreboard in her 5th teams third win on the trot. After her opening goal the youngsters lost focus and allowed Norwich City to equalise but after a stern talking to at half time, created the chance for Honey to cross then all onto the P spot for Player of the Match Beth to convert. Elsewhere the Ladies 2s won 2-0 over St Neots whilst the 3rd, 4th and 7th XI all had losses.

The Ladies 6ths are on an unbeaten streak and hosted Norwich City 6ths on Saturday. It took a while to get going but Vanessa Vigrass found the goal first followed by Rachael Clifford. Despite solid defending from Felicity Perry and Poppy Felgate, City put together some great passages of play and were rewarded by a goal, but Clifford struck again for Magpies, bagging a 3-1 win and another 3 points.

The men’s 2s went into their game against Norwich Dragons full of confidence following last weeks 16-0 win. The oppositions defence kept Magpies initial attempts out but Jude Portruff found a way through, followed by veteran Matt Bensly who made it 2-0.

The youth teams were back in action on Sunday and all involved should be very proud of the 5 out of 5 win rate. The U18 girls smashed Norwich Dragons 12-0 with goals from Tor Findlay (3), Grace Cresswell, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe (4), Martha Lawrence (2) and Rose Winter.

The U18 boys faced stiffer competition on the other Dragons pitch but after the scores were tied 4-4 at full time, with goals from Jack Hobbs, Archie Winter (3), Kieran Peters scored the deciding penalty flick to win the match. The U16 boys won 3-1 against Cambridge City with Jude Portruff, Tom Caston and Michael Ahrens getting the goals. The U14 boys beat Saffron Walden 5-0 and the U14 girls had a sensational win against Sudbury with goals coming from Georgie Gardens (6), Ellen Pope and Jess Menzies.

A couple of reminders…

There is an umpiring course running in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd December, contact for information.

CHRISTMAS CASINO NIGHT is on December 2nd with tickets available from the Bar or Club Captain Emma Tolhurst. Get your teammates along for what tends to be a highly entertaining evening!

Also, the Summer Ball is on 9th June 2018, put it in yours diaries NOW


The Nest was bustling all weekend with a full bill of hockey on both Saturday and Sunday. The Boys and Girls development teams had fantastic wins over Watton and Pelicans respectively, both keeping clean sheets and scoring an impressive 15 goals between them.

Both Second teams continued their winning streaks with the Ladies securing a 4-1 win against UEA thanks to goals from Katrina Sitch and Laura Tibbenham (3). The Men gave the home crowd an enjoyable display with a 16-0 thrashing of Horncastle 1sts. Hat tricks from Stu Field and Martin Fields helped secure the win with other goals shared around between Jake Sewell (2), Matt Bensly (2), Mitchell Tompkins, Tris Baynes (2), Sam Moore and Robbie Kinsella (2).

The Men’s 3s played twice this weekend, losing 2-3 against Peterborough 3s followed by a 1-1 draw against UEA 1s on Sunday. The Ladies had a tough slog against Norwich City 2s and were defeated 4-3 which leaves them 8th in the league. The Men’s 4s travelled to Cromer and came away with a satisfying 6-3 win with stand out performances from Seth, Louis and Hugo and a lovely dragged corner from Rob Neal!

Despite Sophie Maynell Anderson and Julie Davy’s best efforts of keeping ex- Magpie Evie Gardener’s impact on the Ladies 4th teams home game against Dereham 3s to a minimum, we came away 3-2 losers due to a short corner strike being disallowed in the closing minutes. Valiant displays of old school defending from Daphne Beckett, Karen Hunt and Sandra Ellinor combined with goals from Georgia Hood and Ebony Hoskin meant that the Ladies 7ths triumphed 2-1 over Watton 3s.

Bedford hosted both Magpie 1st teams this weekend. The Men’s game was rather chaotic but Magpies opened the scoring after Archie Winter found Elliot Marsh perfectly placed to guide the ball into the net. Bedford equalised by a charitable own goal from Jonty Gosling before taking the lead through a penalty stroke which Chris Leek was unable to stop. Pete Bale levelled the score thanks to Sam Patterson’s quality pass to secure a point, taking them to fifth in the Premier division.

On Sunday the Ladies headed over to Bedford and the home side scored against the run of play after 8 minutes. Despite pressure from Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith and Aoife Lowe-Davies, Bedford stood firm until an attack led by Annie Nunn and Lucy Whiting resulted in Magpies’ first short corner of the game which was converted by Emma Lee-Smith with a ferocious shot that nearly broke the back board, to bring the sides level. It ended 1-1, a good result but a performance that really deserved to take all three points.

On Sunday around 200 youngsters flocked to Weybread for the 2nd Norfolk In2Hockey tournament of the season. The final results saw Magpies U12 Girls continue to dominate the Norfolk hockey scene with their second tournament win of the season at Gold level but also evidence that Magpies boys are catching up, finishing 1st and 2nd in the Boys Plate competition, next step the Cup.

In contrast, the Men’s over 50s Masters Cup Campaign came to an abrupt end when, after leading 2-0 with 10 minutes to go thanks to goals from Andy Caston and Phil Cobbald, it ended 2-2. A baffling penalty shoot out followed in which the three players you’d bet your house on to score were unable to produce the goods.

A massive thank you is due to everybody who made this hectic hockey weekender a success, umpires and washer uppers alike, our club relies heavily on people giving up their time to help make everything run smoothly.

With that in mind there is an umpiring course running in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd December, for information.

This Saturday the clubhouse is open late so stick around after your game for a few beers and general socialising.

CHRISTMAS CASINO NIGHT is on December 2nd with tickets available from the Bar or your club captain Emma Tolhurst. Get your teammates along for what tends to be a highly entertaining evening!

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 21st October 2017

The Men’s 1sts made up for a lacklustre performance last week with a rather convincing 8-0 win against Ipswich. Boosted by the inclusion of fan favourite Richard Larkin and Tim Whiteman’s first league appearance in a Magpie shirt for 12 years, Magpies started brightly with David Gilbert bagging the opening two goals. Whiteman opened his tally to make it 3-0 followed by Andrew Bedwell’s second goal of the season, before Sam Patterson added two more. Tim Whiteman and Archie Winter added another couple to round off a fine display and seal the score at 8-0.

The Ladies 1sts travelled to Chelmsford where they dominated the first half and came close on a couple of occasions before finally finding a break-through after good work from Lizzie Clymer led to a Magpies short corner which Katherine Ridley cooly dispatched. The second half was more end-to-end but the defence of Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Louisa Greenacre and Charlotte Peet in goal, stood strong and soaked up any Chelmsford attacks in the final ten minutes resulting in the 1-0 win.

The Ladies play Wimbledon at home at 2pm on Saturday

The Men’s 2nds turned up to the game against Norwich City 2nds in high spirits after a fantastic performance last week. It was an end to end start however there were no real chances until the ball fell to Robbie Kinsella who crunched the ball unfortunately onto the post. After 10 minutes of nervy hockey a driven Matt Bensly won a foul which he took quickly leaving 4 of the opposition behind finding the in-form Jamie Legg who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. 1-0 Magpies.


Magpies Ladies 2nds expected a tough battle when they hosted Colchester 1sts and were proved right when Colchester scored first. Angie Wheelhouse equalised only for the visitors to add another goal. Debbie Francis held the midfield well in the second half with Georgie Cantrell and Olivia Locke making some excellent runs. Angie roofed the ball passed the ‘keeper to take it to 2-2 before completing her hat trick and securing a 3-2 win. The seconds face Norwich City away next week in a top of the table clash.

When Norwich Dragons 1sts arrived at the Nest unbeaten this season the Men’s 3rds wanted to prove that they could play in this league. Gradually the Magpies midfield and forwards began to find some wriggle room, enabling Kieron Peters to beat the ‘keeper twice in quick succession. Dragons converted a short corner and started the second half strongly but were unable to break though the wall of black and white shirts. Captain Matt Brand set up Kieran for his hat tricky which Dragons responded by converting a short corner, only for Matt Brand to convert one himself and bag the first (and very satisfying) points of the season.

Magpies Men’s 4ths faced their biggest challenge of the season so far with the visit of unbeaten Ipswich 3rds. Chris Routs, making his debut in goal, calmly dealt with any threats and the Magpies midfield started to create chances, leading to Alex Kilbourn opening the scoring. Ipswich applied pressure which resulted in an equaliser. The game finished 1-1 thanks to a diving stick save from Routs.

The Ladies 4ths need to remain positive after being denied their first points of the season against Norwich Dragons 4ths. Janna Freeman opened the scoring for Magpies with a circa 1997 short corner conversion only for Dragons to score three times and take the game to 3-1. Despite the scoreline Magpies are improving week on week and with a more consistent squad, look forward to welcoming Dragons 3rds to the Nest after the half term break.

The Ladies 5th drew 0-0 with Beccles following a fine display by the Beccles ‘keeper and an out of character missed opportunity from Jose Tibbenham. The Men’s 5ths took 11 players to Bury and dominated the first half. With only 6 minutes left to play it looked at is both teams had settled for a draw but Magpies youngsters conjured up an opportunity for Angus Wilkinson to bounce on a loose ball in the D and put Magpies ahead. With only two minutes remaining Bury stole possession and final found a way past James Harvey in goal.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 14th October 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #5

Magpies Ladies 1s hosted Sevenoaks in a tightly contested match where the home side dominated in the first half but were unable to open the scoring. Sevenoaks took the lead through a short corner early in the second half which kicked them into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence. The Ladies travel to Chelmsford next week where they hope to bounce back from this home defeat.

The Men’s 1st team gave an average performance away at Chelmsford. After a sluggish start Matt Richardson gave Magpies the lead with a rip roaring strike. ‘Veteran’ defenders Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell raised the tempo of transfer, giving subsequent room to new signing Jonty Gosling at left half to link up with Thomas Ridley, who converted a short corner with a slip flick. With 4 minutes to go, Chelmsford bounced back with two goals in quick succession, ending 2-2.

Next week Magpies host a struggling Ipswich in what promises to be a riveting East Anglian derby. Push back is at 2:00pm at Harleston.

A hat-trick from Laura Tibbenham ensured the Ladies 2s took all three points away against Watton. The pressure was applied by the visitors from the onset and persistence from Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott provided opportunities for Laura to score twice before half time, which she put away in usual fashion. Despite strong defending from Kath Johnson and Jade Daly in goal, Watton converted a short corner to take the score to 1-2. Magpies came back strong with pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Katie Woollatt.  The fourth and final goal came from the well-positioned Tibbenham who slotted the ball behind the keeper for the hat-trick.

After a fantastic performance last weekend, top of the table Magpies Men’s 2s were in high spirits going into this weeks game against Norwich City. Jamie Legg got the games only goal following a quickly taken ball from the in form Matt Bensley. Norwich piled on the pressure, forcing a number of saves from ‘keeper George Baldwin and clearances from Dave Francis and Giles Flatt but were unable to find an equaliser.


After an enforced week off Magpies men’s 3s got back into action against Dereham 2nds. The experienced pairing of Taylor and Brice and debutant Chris Routes in goal keeping Dereham’s chances to a minimum were unable to prevent a short corner break down finding the back of the net. So the promoted third team, competing but still looking to put points on the board when they face Norwich Dragons at home next week.

Magpies Ladies 4ths travelled to Norwich Dragons in search for their first points of the season. After shipping a goal in the first half some very pleasing performances from Magpies newcomers Judith Masters, Megan Beckett, Imi Ramsdale and Sarah Louden led to the visitors winning a short corner which Janna Freeman neatly slotted into the back of the net from top ‘D’.

Despite coming desperately close to a draw, Dragons were awarded a short corner in the dying seconds which they converted after the final whistle was blown.

The Men’s 4ths faired no better in a hard fought battle away at Norwich City. City went ahead in the first half but some reorganisation led to a succession of penalty corners and an equaliser from Phil Cobbald. With Magpies pressing for the winner City broke away and scored what proved to be the winning goal themselves.

Magpies Men’s 5ths dominated against an Ipswich Cranes side who only managed to field eight players this week. Magpies opened the scoring when a Tom Caston pass found Toby Hughes unmarked in front of goal. The second and third were added by Tom’s dad Andy, before Cranes pulled a goal back past Chris Flatt. Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time. Toby tapped in another to add to his tally but Cranes fought back again to make it 6-2.  Ed Brice, James Bensly and Tom took the final scoreline up to 9-2 and the 5th team into mid table.

Dereham 5ths opened the scoring against Magpies Ladies 7ths but the hosts fought back with goals from Lucy Basey-Fisher, Jane Collins and Karen Ray, resulting in a 3-1 win for Magpies.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 7th October 2017

Update From Fixtures 7th October 2017

Maximum point for the Magpies Men’s and Ladie’s Seconds this weekend courtesy of Dereham who proved the weaker side. The Men got off to a flying start with Matt Watson scoring after just 34 seconds. The momentum continued for the rest of the game and through hard work off the ball, and simple but effective hockey, Magpies won 7-0 thanks to goals from Sam Moore, Martin Fields (2), Ben (2) and another from Matt.

With a shortage of players throughout the Ladies teams this week it was a much changed Ladies seconds side and despite the best efforts of Plum Sweet, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Steggles and Amelia Herschel-Shorland in defence, Dereham scored first. This prompted Magpies into action who came out stronger in the second half. Debbie Francis and Fran Burrell lead the way in midfield with Phoebe Eglington working tirelessly on the right. Alice Wiseman showed fantastic commitment and skill on her second team debut and helped to win two short corners which were converted by Debbie to take the game to 2-1.

The Ladies first team will be disappointed with their 3-0 loss against a very strong Cambridge City this weekend. Two goals from Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh ensured a Cambridge victory but congratulations go to Olivia Locke and Laura Tibbenham on their National League Debuts.

The Men’s first XI anticipated a tough game against unbeaten Peterborough but managed to strike first via Archie Winter thanks to a reverse stick pass from Sam Paterson. The away team rallied and had mor possession towards the end of the first half, equalising through a well worked team goal. Tension was building on the pitch as both teams battled for the next goal and Magpies were reduced to 10 men whilst Archie Winter served two minutes in the sin bin.

The second half started in the same vein as the first but with Peterborough in attack and as Magpies relieved the pressure through the defensive pairing of Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch the ball found it’s way to Pete Bale who managed to pick out Archie Winter who slotted a reverse from a tight angle to put Magpies 2-1 up. The visitors converted a short corner to equalise and the game ended at 2-2 with Magpies rueing a few chances but they look forward to next week away at Chelmsford next weekend where the aim will be to pick up maximum points.

Elsewhere there were impressive wins for the Men’s and Ladie’s fifth teams who managed convincing defeats over IES and Reepham. Both Tom and Jake Caston got on the scoresheet for the Men alongside Ben Emms and James Smith. Magpies stalwart Jose Tibbenham scored a hatrick for the Ladies with a goal added by Victoria Spouncer.

There was a fantastic result for the Men’s 6th team whose trip to Felixstowe was well worth it. The travelling side proved much too strong for a youthful Felixstowe 4th team and had the majority of the possession, meaning Nick Moss in goal had very little to do. Goals came at regular intervals from Lewis Belsey (5), Josh Marlow (2), Simon Rodwell, Mark Ash and Richard Alcock.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 30th September 2017

Update From Fixtures 30th September 2017

Three points each for the top four teams this weekend and an impressive 25 goals between them. The Men’s 1sts proved too strong for Saffron Waldon with goals from Will Martin, Sam Patterson, Dave Gilbert (2) Andrew Bedwell and Simon Hipwell.

The Ladie’s 1sts followed suit and held out for a narrow victory over St Albans thanks to Lizzie Clymer’s long range strike. The Ladie’s 2nds found themselves 3-0 up at half time against Lowestoft Ladies due to consistent pressure on the opposition resulting in goals from Phoebe Eglington and two for Anouska Stott, including a penalty flick. A succession of short corners provided opportunities for Debbie Francis, Katie Woollatt and Laura Tibbenham to get their names on the scoresheet, resulting in a 7-0 win for Magpies in their first league game.

The hotly anticipated bi-annual league game between the Men’s 2nds and 3rds didn’t disappoint. An early goal from Gavin Cole ruffled the feathers of the seconds who bit back with a string of 5 goals from Jamie Legg (2), Martin Fields, Sam Moore and Richard Larkin.  The goals kept coming in the second half, Jamie Legg adding to his tally, as well as Stuart Field and Matt Bensley getting in on the action. Greg Jagger slotted two goals away for the Thirds in the last few minutes only for Jamie to increase his tally to 5 goals, and the result to 11-3.

The Ladies 3rds went 4-2 down away to Norwich Dragons 2nds whilst the Ladies 4ths hosted Broadland and lost 2-0. It was fantastic to have David Brook back in the dugout where he belongs!

Magpies Men’s 4ths had a very convincing 5-1 win over Pelicans with goals from Mitchell Tompkins, Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and debutant Hugo Thomas. Despite the Men’s 5ths losing 5-1 there were many positives to take from the game, notably determined performances from Ed Brice and Ben Emms, and a reverse stick goal from James Smith!

Magpies losses also came away from home for the Ladies 6ths (5-0 against Broadland) and the Ladies 7ths who had a much improved second half after letting 6 earlier goals through against Norwich Dragons.


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