Magpies Mens indoor first team travelled to Nottingham for the Super 6s Division 1. Equivalent standard in football to the Championship league.
First game of the weekend, a local derby against Ipswich. We made a poor start being 2-0 down at half time. We got a very frosty reception from head coach Tim Whiteman, but with Richard Larkin’s experience and tactical awareness at half time team talk, we were greatly improved, managing to score 2 goals from Archie Winter and Tom Ridley to finish game 2-2, but could and should have nicked it, but for a very defensive opposition.
Next up Beeston, a much more challenging opposition. A much improved performance, we went 1-0 down then equalised from Sam Paterson before half time. 2-1 down, then leveller from Chris Barber. 4-2 down, then Whiteman got us back to 4-3. A barrage of short corners, but as usual nothing coming from them, losing 4-3. An excellent performance from Chris Leek in goal. A disappointing end to the day, but promising for tomorrow.
A meal and early night beckoned with a 9am game in the morning against St Albans.
With no early breakfast available, Tim insisted on a healthy option of fruit and porridge, much to the disappointment of Andrew Bedwell and Larkin, who obviously wanted a fry-up.
With an excellent warm-up of yoga directed by Elliott Marsh, we were out of the traps like a greyhound chasing a march hare. St Albans were unable to cope with our physicality and we were soon 5-0 up with goals from Marsh, Whiteman, Jack Hobbs, Ridley, Whiteman in that order. We ended up winning 6-2 with a penalty stroke from Aaron Hibell. A solid defence of Bedwell, Paterson, Jonty Gosling and Marsh.
Second game of day was Southgate. A great start with an early goal from Barber, however short lived when they scored 5 on the trot, so 5-1 at half time.
6-1 down then Whiteman and Winter got us back to 6-3. Southgate extended their lead to 7-3. Two further goals from Whiteman and Ridley made an interesting finale, however, when we went to kicking back, they scored 2 further goals, making the score a poor reflection of the game.
Many thanks to our parent supporters throughout weekend and Mike.