Mixed 1st v Ely (Away (EH Mixed Cup) W 13-1)
On a crisp Sunday morning, Harleston Magpies sponsored by Parson Estate Agents travelled to Ely in the preliminary round of England hockey’s mixed cup. Despite spending the early stages camped in Ely’s half and passing the ball around well, it took Magpies ten minutes to settle into the game and find a break-through.
The deadlock was broken when an Ely defender deflected Simon Hipwell’s cross/shot into her own net. Sam Paterson doubled the lead picking up a loose ball and powering home.
Ely pulled a goal back with a breakaway, outnumbering the Magpies’ defence.
After a few minutes of end-to-end play, Magpies found their rhythm with the goals coming thick and fast. Lucy Whiting got in on the action with a brace. The second a goal for the spectators, deflecting a Hipwell cross into the roof of the net.
Emma Lee-Smith then showed her class with a brace of her own. The first a powerful strike beating the keeper at the far post and the second a tap in on the post after playing a clever 1-2 with Hipwell.
At half-time with the score at 6-1, manager Kevin Ridley called for more of the same in the second half, passing the ball around the team.
Four minutes into the second half Magpies begun a great spell, scoring four goals in eight minutes. Whiting completed her hat-trick, when the ball fell to her unmarked after a good initial save from the Ely goalkeeper. After a powerful ball into the D from Lauren Barber the ball fell to Lizzie Clymer to score first-time on the far post. Hipwell added two more after some strong running from midfield.
Magpies continued to transfer the ball well and pass through the midfield with Thomas Ridley, Kathryn Ridley, Barber and Hipwell dominating in the middle of the park. Tom Ridley scored goal of the game with a spectacular reverse stick strike leaving the goalkeeper stunned. Katrina Sitch converted a penalty corner with a powerful strike from the top of the D. Whiting completed the scoring with ten minutes to go after Hipwell selflessly squared the ball with the goalkeeper out of position.
The Magpies defence of Andrew Bedwell, Sam Patterson, Jonty Gosling, Lucy Belsey, Lauren Barber Katrina Sitch and John Livings in goal were solid in the second half, clearing up any Ely break-throughs.
The game, which finished 13-1, was played in very good spirits from both teams. Everyone at Magpies wishes Ely well in their journey through the Plate competition.