With league hockey starting next week for some teams, this weekends friendlies provided the chance for players to impress before captains select their squads. The Ladies Sixths and Sevenths joined forces in Taverham where Rachel Clifford continued where she left off last season and opened the scoring at close range. Magpies continued to control the game, showing confidence in attack which transferred to two more goals and a 3-0 defeat of Norwich City.
A youthful new look fifth team took a while to adjust to the pace of Ladies hockey and conceded 4 goals but created some good chances and once settled, scored twice against City. A number of last years Fifth team gelled well with the more experienced players in the Ladies Fourths in their last friendly of pre season. Abi Lewis organised a strong defence and kept a clean sheet whilst Keira Wheeler scored the two goals of the game.
The Ladies Seconds went into half time against City with honours even thanks to a positive approach and winning the majority of 50/50 balls. Bobbi Wiseman opened the scoring from close range following a penalty corner and following good work down the right of the pitch, Anouska Stott sent the ball crashing into the goal from the top of the circle to cement the Magpies win.
The Ladies Firsts travelled to St Albans and started well, dominating the home team with a high press and netting the first goal from a penalty corner courtesy of a Lauren Rowe drag flick. St Albans concerted a penalty corner against the run of play but Lauren added another to put Magpies a goal ahead. Unfortunately the game ended early with captain Lucy Belsey receiving an injury which will put her out of action for the foreseeable future. Everyone at Magpies wishes Lucy a speedy recovery and the team hope to see her back on the pitch as soon as possible.