Preseason is well underway at Magpies and six teams were back in action on Saturday. The Men’s 1s travelled to Southgate where, despite a 2-1 defeat, there were many positives to be taken from the experience against a National League team. The Ladies 1s headed to Reading with a mixture of youth and experience among the ranks. Georgie Gardens, Phoebe Eglington and Lara Taylor made their first team debuts and whilst Reading found the net four times from four short corners, Magpies did create chances and know what to work on in training in preparation to face St Albans on Saturday in another friendly.

Back in Weybread, the newly promoted Men’s 2s faced Norwich Dragons with a much changed team in this early stage of the season. After going a goal down, Magpies managed to reorganise and level the score but heavy legs and a lack of concentration allowed Dragons to break through late in the game and score the winning goal.

The Ladies 3s hosted Norwich City and fielded a young side who, despite the 6-2 defeat, played some good attacking hockey and coped well with the pressure from a well organised team. Bobby Wiseman looked sharp upfront and Lucy Gooch made some important saves in goal. The Men’s 3s made hay whilst the sun shone with a 5-2 win against Norwich Dragons 2s. Starting brightly with a goal from Toby Hughes, Magpies extended their lead when Kieron Peters volleyed past the keeper. Dragons pulled a goal back before half time but more goals from Toby and Kieron, plus Ben Emms, alongside notable performances from Seth Read and Dicken Taylor, ensured the victory.

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