Ladies 4th v Dereham 3rds (Home (L) L 2-3)
Dereham started strong, pushing Magpies back into their 25 and forcing Alice Evans-Hendrick, Emily Woollatt, Krystal Jenkins and Marnie Blair to baton down the hatches but Dereham found their way through and opened the scoring from a loose player on the back post.
Magpies began to rise to the occasion with Sarah Louden linking up with Janna Freeman on the right wing to pull the Dereham defence apart. Against the run of play the visitors doubled their tally via a brilliant shot from ex-Magpie Evie Gardener which Alice Gooch in goal had no chance of stopping.
Undeterred, Magpies continued to work the ball around a tiring opposition. Imogen Ramsdale and Sophie Maynell Anderson worked together in central midfield to push the play into the Dereham half and a resulting pass found Julie Davy in the D who cooly slotted the ball into the goal.
Magpies continued in this vain in the second half, sensing the game was still within reach. Despite some strong tackles Dereham’s key player found space on top of the D and hit the ball neatly into the goal.
With frustration building on the pitch Magpies relied on the experience of Judith Masters who was instrumental in the next goal which was put away by captain Sophie Maynell Anderson.
At 2-3 down Magpies were relentless in their tackles, keeping Dereham at bay and closing down players before they had a chance to do any damage. In the dying minutes of the game Magpies won a short corner which was stopped, struck and scored by Cassie Ayms but was disallowed, denying the struggling Fourth team their first point of the season.
Magpies are sat firmly at the bottom of the Norfolk Premier league table and need to pick up some points soon to avoid relegation. The ladies face Norwich City 3s on Saturday who are third in the table having won their last four matches.