Magpies 0 Surbiton 4
Magpies sponsored by Kilbourns.co.uk produced a promising second half performance against the league leaders at Weybread on Sunday unfortunately this was not enough to earn Magpies any points.
Magpies knew that a strong start putting Surbiton under pressure as soon as they received possession of the ball was going to be crucial, to stop the opposition settling and playing their fluent passing game which has allowed them to remain undefeated this season.
Magpies did start well and attacked with conviction, Frances Burrell, Hannah Palmer and Angie Wheelhouse linking up down the right to force a penalty corner. Magpies could not convert the corner and continued to be frustrated by the organised Surbiton defence who worked hard to breakdown Magpies attacking opportunities.
Surbiton won their only penalty corner of the game after 20minutes and took the lead with an accurate strike from Chloe Strong. Two minutes later Abi Robinson was on the end of a fast break from Surbiton and put them 2-0 ahead. Before Magpies could recover Sandra Frankland extended Surbiton’s lead further and the away team went into the half time break with a three goal lead.
With another 35mintues to play Magpies had to regain some control and composure at the start of the second half to make sure Surbiton did not continue to extend their lead. The whole team stepped up to this challenge with individual performances improving across the pitch. Ellie Bale and Catherine Cranmer returning to the team for the first time this season soon settled into the high tempo and combined well on the right. Katrina Warnes and player of the match Sarah Brook worked tirelessly on the left to breakdown and frustrate the Surbiton attack.
Unfortunately Magpies were not able to convert the opportunities they had created and it was Surbiton who scored the only goal of the second half when Chloe Strong forced the ball in from a narrow angle. Magpies will be looking to produce a committed and high tempo performance for the full 70 minutes when they travel away to St Albans next week.