On a sunny afternoon at Weybread, Magpies Ladies 2s went out in force with the intention of slaying the dragon(s), and bagging their first 3 points of the season.
After a slightly panicked start, the Magpies first 11 soon found their feet and started to play some good hockey. Not long into the first half, the play started to look promising when Alice Woollatt used her speed to make her way into the Dragons defensive 25. With the support of Tibbenham on the P-Spot and an accurate pass by Alice, this led to Tibbenham finding the back of the net. 1-0 Pies. With Magpies still overwhelmed and excited by the wonder goal, Dragons took advantage of this making a quick break and winning themselves a penalty corner. With the Pies defenders getting ‘out out out out’ rapidly, this led to a dangerous disallowed Dragons goal.
After a brief interruption from some enthusiastic and passionate Magpies supporters, the umpire resumed the game, and Magpies then continued to forge forward. With some classy passing from Plum Sweet, Lucy Chubbock and Amy Hipwell n the middle of the pitch, the ball found its way through to a perfectly placed Hannah de Selincourt, who used her reverse stick to find the backboard in a cool and confident fashion. Shortly after this, Magpies were able to increase the number on the scoreboard, when Alice skilfully received a bullet of a pass from Tibbenham, before efficiently slotting home.
With a confident first half behind us, the Magpies ladies went out with the intention to extend their lead. Likewise, Dragons had the same intentions and fired out of the blocks from the offset. However, Dragons had no luck in narrowing the score line, due to some exceptional defending being displayed from the Magpies defensive line of Jess Howland, Siobhan Wooltorton and Katie Woollatt. With a ping-pong style of hockey now being played, Magpies fitness defiantly shone through, creating more opportunities, which were unable to be converted. With a couple of the high Dragon’s forwards still having a burst of fire left in them, this saw some dangerous 1v1 and 2v1 breaks towards the Magpies goal. After some good defending all over the pitch, Magpies were able to keep Dragons at bay and holding out to the final whistle.
Magpies Ladies 2s will take this encouraging performance into next week’s game where they face Peterborough, away from the nest.
Ladies’ of the Match: Jess Howland & Rose Winter.