Dereham 2s 1-2 Magpies 3s
Magpies went into their second game of the season feeling confident due to the return of Char Rourke-Beasley, Kathryn Bullen and Lucy Field who had recovered well from their jet lag sustained from winning gold in Rio. Char picked up a knock in the warm up but managed to battle through like a trooper.
‘Pies had the majority of the possession early on, forcing Dereham to sit tight in their half and try to keep the attacking force of Katie Kinsella, Kat Bullen and Sarah Legg at bay. We won a couple of short corners from which Leggy had a goal disallowed for not hitting the backboard.
Dereham came out fighting in the second half and the Magpies defenders Krystal Jenkins, Rosie Blackmore and Harriet Celerier were kept busy at the back. A lapse in concentration/skill on top of the ‘D’ enabled Dereham’s centre forward a shot on goal which was taken well, beating Holly Riches between the sticks.
The pressure continued and the midfield of Kate Russell, Rhe Lascelles, Char R-B and Lucy Field worked their socks off, chasing down every loose ball and hassling like they’ve never hassled before. We conceded a couple more short corners but thanks to our intimidating red face masks, some awesome saves from Holly and Char’s incredible save off the line we remained contenders.
Thankfully we kept composure and soon were soon back in the swing of it, with some great passing in Dereham’s 25 we created a plethora of chances and equalised when Leggy crossed to Kathryn who sent a composed waft goal wards. With the wind in our sails we piled on the pressure, won a short corner, messed it up, regained composure, Leggy passed to Katie K who, with a big old hit, struck the backboard. 2-1.
Big thanks to super sub Rach Holloway who already had one game under her belt before providing much needed rest breaks for our hard working players.
Duchess of the day: Lucy Field for bossing the midfield!
Congratulations to Rhe and Adam Lascelles on their summer wedding, and to Laura Betts and Thomas Ward for the safe arrival of baby Wrenna.