Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Pre Season Tournament at Cannock HC

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s Pre Season Tournament at Cannock HC.

This weekend Magpies Ladies 1s sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Cannock with a mixed squad of prospective first team players. This tournament gave Magpies the opportunity to play other National and Premier league clubs and apply pre-season tactics and technical elements of the game into practice.
Match 1 vs Reading
After a shakey first five minutes, Magpies soon settled into their formation. Tor Findley broke the deadlock after Emma Lee-Smith played a through ball creating a one v one. Tor calmly finished this having rounded the keeper.  The midfield of Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith and Abby Gooderham pushed forward to support the attack and create numerous chances in front of goal. Magpies finally extended their lead when Alice Woollatt was well-positioned to deflect Lizzie Clymer’s initial shot. Lucy Whiting came close to scoring one of her famous deflections within the closing minutes, however the game ended 2-0 Pies.Magpies were pleased to come away with a win and a clean sheet in their first game. This was down to a tight defensive unit of Charlotte Peet, Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Micklebough and Sketch Titley.
Match 2 vs Birmingham Uni
Magpies went into the game confident against a young Premier League Birmingham university team. Birmingham took the leak with a well-worked corner routine deflected high into the net. Magpies tried to remain composed and work to create chances to equalise. Within the closing minutes their patience paid off when an Abby Gooderham drag flick found the back of the net from a penalty corner.  This was a successful end to day one.
After the Saturday evening proved to provide lots of entertainment under the wing of Howland, Magpies team spirit was certainly at a high going into to day 2.
Match 3 vs Isca
With some tired legs, and some fresh faces joining the squad, Magpies were feeling positive on another hot day. Isca were to prove to be more of a challenge for Magpies with good organisation, fast ball pace and good movement off the ball. The press worked hard with plenty of leg work and trialling a new formation, Magpies tried to cope with the fast Isca attack. Unfortunately, Isca took the lead after Magpies were caught on the break. They added to their score with a reverse stick shot from a tight angle from a short corner routine.  Despite the score, Magpies players  gained valuable experience from playing in a new formation.
Match 4 vs Slough
After another change of formation, Magpies started strongly by retaining possession in key areas. Chances came and went and at halftime the scoreline remained level. At this point, the win was up for grabs for either team.After a high Slough press, they turned over the ball at the edge of the D and took the lead. Minutes later, they added to their score after a bobbling ball crept into the corner of the goal.
After a mixed weekend of results, Magpies had a lot of positives to take away and will continue to work hard in preparation for the forthcoming season. Next week Magpies travel away to play Ipswich Ladies 1s in another pre season friendly.

Squad: 
Charlotte Peet (GK), Jess Howland, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleborough, Charlotte Seaman, Sketch Titley, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn, Olivia Locke, Lucy Field, Abby Gooderham, Tor Findlay, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Anna Tighe, Alice Woollatt and Katie Woollatt.