MENS 1ST TEAM REPORT 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

Mens 1st Team v Letchworth 1 (Home (L) W 6-0)

Magpies had a small squad of 14 for their second home game since Christmas sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, a few unavailabilities would mean that the home side would have to work hard in order to beat a physical Letchworth side.
The game began with both sides trying to find their feet. The deadlock was finally broken by Magpies through an Andrew Bedwell short corner strike which the perplexed defence could do nothing about. The home side capitalised on the now frustrated Letchworth defence by quickly converting another corner through a powerful Sam Patterson drag flick, taking Magpies’ much maligned routines to 100% converted for the day. The team in black and white continued to look threatening upfront with Richard Larkin leading the press very effectively, backed up by strong 1v1 defence all over the rest of the pitch. A moment of inspiration from the excellent Thomas Ridley took the score to 3-0 with a high quality reverse stick hit, which the keeper could do nothing about. This catalyst spurred man of the match Ridley to score again, this time scoring in less spaectacular fashion to take the score to 4-0 at half time.
The second half began not as Magpies had hoped with personal indiscipline leading to numerous cards. Magpies weathered the storms, with only 9 players at points, and reasserted their control of an end to end game. Matt Bensley shone with a long reverse stick carry finding Simon Hipwell in the circle who, when about to score, was upended by the goalkeeper. Bensley stepped up to score the resulting penalty stroke. As Letchworth grew increasingly frustrated, Magpies put together their best passing move of the match, playing many quick passes with Elliot Marsh smashing home with an aggressive shot from a tight angle, taking the score to 6-0. No more goals would come leaving the home crowd happy with the 3 points and a clean sheet.
Next week, Magpies travel to Spalding to hopefully continue their excellent run of form since indoor.