Magpies mens 2’s hosted Old Southendians to the nest on a bitterly cold afternoon. Without the injured L Baynes and welcoming in A Hipwell, T Sumner and a debut for J Hudson we again put out a much changed side. A good warm up and a bright start to the game saw chances come and go for both sides, but as has been the pattern of this year it was Southend who took the lead with a well worked short corner. Magpies did not let this shake them and the back four of Morgan, Hugo, Tom and Jamie looked very comfortable with the rock of Nick Moss behind them barking the orders. The decades of experience in the middle with Dave, Tris and Andy Hipwell were moving well and chances always looked like being created. It was good work upfront with the front line of Robbie, Andy ‘The Canon’, Ed and Jude who were making pockets for the overloading midfield. It was when Hudson made a great run and with some silky skills rolled it onto a defenders foot for our first short corner. The corner was expertly dispatched by Tris to level the scores. 1-1 at half time. The second half started at a lightening pace and it needed some intervention from the umpires to just slow things down. Southend got a lucky goal to make it 2-1. Hipwell was picking out some good aerials over to the front line and when Kinsella got on the end of one to pick out a perfect cross it just needed Jude to get more of a touch for the equaliser. Potruff didn’t let that miss get in his head and when another ball found Kinsella who eliminated the keeper and expertly on his backhand crossed to find Jude unmarked to tap into an open goal. 2-2. When you’re at the lower half of the league points are hard to come by and maybe in looking for the winner we left ourselves open on the break. A dubious umpiring decision gave Southend the advantage they needed to hit us and from the resulting short corner they took the lead and the win at 3-2. Magpies will come back fighting next week but want to say a massive thanks to the supporting crowd who braved the cold.