IES 1s 1-2 Magpies 3s
Having picked up only 3 points from the first four games of the season we treated our trip to Ipswich and East Suffolk as a must win game and had luck on our side when two magpies were spotted together as we arrived at the ground.
With the absence of firm thirds favourites, Katie Kinsella and Kathryn Bullen, we started timidly and took a while to settle into our stride. IES had a lot of possession in the first half which kept Charlie Seamen, Sophie Child, Sophie Baxter, Rosie Blackmore and Rachel Baynes busy at the back. We had plenty of practice at defending short corners which gave Holly Riches a chance to show off her skills between the sticks. The pressure mounted and resulted in Magpies finding ourselves 1-0 down.
We welcomed the addition of Amy de Selincourt and Mia King to keep Sarah Legg company upfront and their speed and skill caused the IES defence numerous problems. A beautiful pass from Phoebe Preece found its way through for Mia King to pounce on and equal the scoreline.
We looked like a different side in the second half with the midfield pinging the ball around like a pinball machine and everybody hunting in pairs as requested by Captain Leggy. Our mighty midfield combo of Lucy Field, Phoebe Preece, Kate Russell, Char Rourke-Beasley and Rhe Lascelles worked their socks off and created heaps of opportunities in the IES 25. Some slick passing into the ‘D’ provided Mia with her second goal of the day, Magpies their second win of the season and all of us a good excuse to celebrate at Katie’s charity ball that evening.
Pirates of the Pitch: Mia King and Lucy Field