Having not played a game outdoors since November, Magpies Ladies 1s travel to Cambridge City this Saturday. Cambridge are currently 3rd in the League with 21 points, whilst Magpies are fifth on 16 points with a game in hand due to last weeks fixture at Hampstead and Westminster being cancelled because of the weather. The Men’s 2s and Boys Development sides also had a rest day as their away games were called off but thankfully Weybread’s microclimate meant all home games could go ahead.
There were wins for the Men’s 4s (2-0) away at Norwich City and the Men’s 5s who put 5 past IES. Jake Hayward opened the scoring for Magpies early on and Jake Caston doubled the lead, then scored again by netting at the back post. A superb drag flick completed Jake’s hat trick and Sam Moore added the final goal. The Fifths host Norwich Exiles on Saturday who are currently second in the table so will expect a tough match.
The Girls Development side go into this weekends clash with Dereham Penguins 9 points clear at the top of their league following a two nil win over Dereham Panthers last Saturday. Ellie put away Amie’s pass to give Magpies an early lead but Dereham proved a handful and tested the defence of Harriet, Isobel, Tilley and Amy, with Georgia being called on to make a dynamic save. Jessica and Grace combined well to create chances at the other end and Evie’s hard work paid off when she smashed home the second goal.
On the back of his selection for the England U18 side, Oliver Juszt made his debut in goal for the Men’s 1s as they hosted mid table Chelmsford. His short corner save was passed wide by Leigh Sitch to Thomas Ridley who was able to catch Chelmsford off guard and get the ball to Tom Dunnett who threaded a pass through to Ben Gowing to open the deadlock. Birthday boy Andrew Bedwell linked up with Will Tew to set up Raunaq Rai who doubled the tally but Chelmsford pulled one back via a penalty flick.
Continuous pressure resulted in a Magpie short corner which was converted by the veteran duo of Sitch and Bedwell and the home side were able to put the game to bed when Tom Dunnett clinched the fourth.
The youthful Ladies 5 sit a point behind leaders Diss after their fantastic 6-0 defeat of Norwich Dragons whilst the Ladies 4s are enjoying a great run of results since Christmas. Millie Preece scored a hat trick in a short space of time before Victoria Spouncer’s brilliant solo effort took Magpies four up at half time. Two more from goal machine Millie sealed a 6-0 victory ahead of this weekends tough match against league leaders Broadland who currently have a 100% record.
The Men’s 3s faced a strong UEA team and conceded early on to a well taken goal. With patience and good movement of the ball Magpies created chances but were unable to score before the break. Soon into the second half however some quick interplay led to Gavin Cole finding the equaliser and, despite mammoth efforts from both sides and outstanding saves from Nick Moss in goal, the game ended 1-1.
Sunday saw two cup games at ‘The Nest’ with the U14 Girls welcoming Norwich City for their final group game. Emma scored first for Magpies who were dominating the possession but City got back into the game and found an equaliser. Responding well, Hollie and Holly restored the lead and took the home side into halftime at 3-1. Emma scored twice to complete her hat trick but City continued to fight, forcing the back four of Sophie, Ruby, Tabitha and Evie to defend solidly. Ella and Hollie added two more to ensure the team progress to the regional final on March 24th.
In a repeat of last seasons Ladies O35s Cup final, Canterbury travelled to Norfolk to face a strong Magpies side and the teams ended the 70 minutes with honours even. The game went on to penalty flicks with Canterbury coming out on top winning the shoot out 4-3. There is more Cup action this Sunday with the Men’s O40s hosting Dereham (1.30pm) and the U18 Girls making the trip to Chelmsford for their rearranged cup game.