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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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