Ladies 1st Team vs Oxford Hawkes (Away (F) W 2-1)
Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents travelled to Old Loughtonians hockey club to play Oxford Hawkes in their final pre-season encounter. This week the squad welcomed back captain Lucy Belsey and the experienced Debbie Francis.
Oxford started the game brightly, despite already having played this weekend, creating opportunities to score with quick counter attacks, a good defensive transfer and playing attacking hockey. Oxford dominated possession in the first half, however it was Magpies who opened the scoring from a short corner. An accurate drag was stopped by Tor Findlay at the top of the circle for Aoife Lowe-Davies to drag low and right where Lauren Mickleburgh was well positioned to deflect past the keeper.
After a positive team-talk Magpies started the second half on top. The midfield of Charlotte Harrison, Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn and Debbie Francis worked hard to lead and create opportunities for the defence to get higher up the pitch. Despite a bright start, Magpies were guilty on a number of occasions of losing possession in key areas, putting themselves under pressure. Oxford took their opportunity, winning a short corner which they converted after some confusion in the Magpies’ defence.
Magpies continued to work hard and were rewarded with another short corner opportunity. Despite the routine not going quite to plan, the ball found Lucy Whiting on the penalty spot, who cooly turned the defender and found the corner of the goal.
Magpies took a lot of positives from the game and now look forward to kicking off their league campaign.
Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Sketch Titley, Annie Nunn, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Debbie Francis, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lucy Whiting, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt