Ladies 1st Team match report

Magpies Ladies 1st team had their last 2 practice games on Saturday at Old Loughtonians HC ahead of their 1st league match next week away to Chelmsford. Magpies faced Barnes Hounslow and Horsham, both sides in which Magpies have entertained competitive and hard fought games in previous seasons. Both matches ended in a 0-0 draw which was overall a positive day for the team, who put in two solid performances against decent opposition.
Magpies 0-0 Barnes Hounslow
In the first match against Barnes Hounslow, Magpies were forced to re-organise their back line early on after Louisa Greenacre picked up a head injury and didn’t return until the 2nd half. Magpies were put under a lot of pressure in the first half and Charlotte-Lee Smith in goal was forced to make some important saves to keep Magpies in the game. The second half saw a more positive performance after they regained their shape and settled into a much better pattern of play, with some good link up play between midfield and forwards. Jess Howland’s work rate up front put a lot of pressure on the Hounslow defence and Lucy Miller and Charlotte Harrison linked up well together which almost resulted in a goal late on.
Magpies 0-0 Horsham
The second match against Horsham, which is notoriously physical and a battle again resulted in a solid 0-0 performance. Magpies had the majority of possession and Charlotte Lee-Smith was rarely troubled in goal. Katrina Warnes gave a particularly good performance, picking out key tackles in defence and making some incisive runs through their midfield through to the forwards. This was a competitive match which involved some good battles in midfield and defence with Charlotte Catalano, Siobhan Wooltorton and Lauren Barber all producing good performances with their 2nd week playing in the Ladies 1st team. Debbie Francis continued to feed good balls through to Lucy Miller and Charlotte Harrison who troubled the Horsham defence throughout the 2nd half, almost resulting in a goal from Verity Blyth who was only denied by a save from the keeper. Magpies narrowly missed converting a penalty corner in the last few minutes, after Frances Sumner’s strike was saved onto the post by the Hounslow keeper.