Ladies 1st Teram v Ipswich 1 W 5-0
Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents warmly welcomed newly promoted and local rivals Ipswich Hockey Club to the Nest on a sunny Saturday November afternoon.
Magpies, this week, were without goalkeeper Meg Brown (running the New York Marathon) and Jess Bloom, so this gave the opportunity for Jade Daley to step in as goalkeeper and for Georgie Cantrell to make her senior debut – we also welcomed back Charlie Harrison and Lucy Whiting.
From the start Magpies were in no mood to allow Ipswich to settle and seized the initiative immediately. In the first minute, an arrow like through ball from Lizzie Clymer, found Lauren Rowe free at the top of the D who collected the ball calmly, rounded the keeper 1v1 to slot home in to an empty goal; 1-0 after 52 seconds.
This gave Magpies great confidence and within the next seven minutes there was real penetrative work down the right from Lara Taylor which led to Clymer winning two short corners. Both were injected, as always, with power and accuracy by Rose Winter allowing Rowe time to dispatch them both towards the corners of the goal with the keeper only able to parry them into net.
3-0 up inside 8 minutes of a Ladies National League Game and with a true ‘Denham Hattrick’ (3 consecutive goals by the same player with no other player scoring in between) had the large Saturday crowd in fine voice and others heading to check the club’s record books.
With the fluid combination of youth and experience, Magpies continued to dominate and it was not long before Rowe’s scoring continued with another trade mark, unstoppable, drag flick into the top corner of the goal after 20 minutes.
The intensity understandably dropped off for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half allowing Ipswich into the game and they were awarded a series of short corners – Daley in goal, and her defensive team including Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis, Katrina Sitch, Fran Burrell stood firm and Magpies reached half-time 4-0 up.
The second half of the match was a much more even affair and saw several of our younger players given the opportunity to gain valuable confidence at this level. With Charley Seaman looking confidently skilful and Georgie Cantrell forcefully impressive means Magpies have an exciting prospect.
Magpies scoring was completed on the hour mark when the combination between Tor Findlay and Winter led to a cross to an unmarked Rowe, who while on the ground, made a reverse stick deflection into the goal.
A fantastic all-round team performance supported from the bench by injured non-playing captain Lucy Belsey, coach Clyde Camburn, asst. coach Annie Nunn and team manager Nick McAllen. A 5-0 win and a well-deserved Player of Match award for Lauren Rowe, was topped off with the knowledge that other results went in Magpies favour, leaving them top of the League Table.
Next week, Magpies host St Albans Hockey Club who are always tough opponents but Magpies will be keen to keep the successful winning run going.
Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly(GK), Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Georgie Cantrell, Charley Seaman and Annie Nunn.