The Ladies 2s bounced back from last weeks heavy defeat and grabbed themselves a second win of the season on Saturday when they travelled to Taverham to face Norwich City. Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linked up well in the forward line and a prolonged period of pressure resulted in the visitors taking the lead through Anouska. Jess Howland and Cat MacIver won every fifty-fifty battle in midfield which allowed Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington to make strong breaks down the left, and Sophia Basset and Emily Rash to control the right flank.
Anouska doubled her talley before Georgie Cantrell added a third to give Magpies a 3-0 lead at half time. City came out fighting after the break and won numerous penalty corners which were deftly dealt with by Alice Wells in goal, and the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson in front of her. The win gives the team a real boost before hosting league leaders Chelmsford at 1.30pm this Saturday.
A strong start with lots of short passing led to the Ladies 4s also notching up their second win of the season last weekend. Imi Ramsdale set up Cassie Aymes to strike a short corner which opened the scoring, giving Magpies the momentum from which another corner was awarded. Despite the first strike being saved, straight from her honeymoon Treacle Griffin was on hand to slot the rebounding ball through the legs of the Dereham ‘keeper. Maintaining the majority of possession, Magpies worked from the back for their third goal, by clearing the ball to Sophie Baxter who drove it into the D for a shot which rebounded to Honey Lamkin who’s strike was saved. Cassie was first to the lose ball and scored using her reverse stick, taking the 4s up to eighth in the league, just below next weekends rivals Pelicans.
The Men’s 1s are joint second in the East Premier A league following their eighth consecutive win last Saturday. Dave Skinner was called up from the 2s to replace the injured Tim Whiteman and an inspired management decision saw Raunaq Rai slide into midfield. Limiting Saffron Walden’s attacking options, and after a number of missed opportunities at the back post, Ollie Whiteman set Skinner up for his debut 1st XI goal. A lapse in concentration allowed the opposition to level but Tom Ridley found James Gray up high who reversed the ball low past the keeper. The 2-1 win sets Magpies up for a tough match on Saturday away at St Albans who are level on points but have a superior goal difference of the Norfolk team.
The Ladies Fifths were required to put in a better performance last weekend as they faced Norwich City Fifths who went into the game one point above Magpies. Fi Brice broke the deadlock after hard work from Alyssa a Walker in midfield but City equalised before the break. Jess Menzies set up Ella Spear for a calmly taken goal to put the home side back in the lead before Jose Tibbenham added another to cement the 3-1 win in a game where Katy Davy and Mimi Slade played fantastically.
The unbeaten Ladies 6s have stretched their lead to seven points following a 5-0 win against Norwich City at ‘The Nest’. An aggressive press from Flea Perry, player of the match Georgie Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris forced City back in their own half which led to Laura Woodgate deflecting in the first goal for Magpies. Goal machine Rachael Clifford bagged a hat trick before Laura scored the fifth to complete a solid performance.
Sunday brought together 24 teams of boys and girls aged U10 for a “Mini Sticks’ tournament hosted by Magpies. It was a brilliant morning of youth hockey with heaps of talent and smiling faces on display, huge thanks to all involved in running the morning. Later on there were cup games underway at ‘The Nest’ with the Mixed ‘A’ team putting eleven goals past Norwich Dragons and Matt Brand scoring a hat trick for the Men’s O40s against Norwich City to progress to the third round.
The Mixed ‘B’ team didn’t fair so well against Dereham which ended with a 9-1 defeat but the team will get another chance to shine as they will now compete in the Plate competition. Talking of which, the Men’s O50s will head to IES this Sunday boosted by the availability of Murrey Graham, Jonathon Aldridge and Andy Catchpole.
Saturday will see both Magpies 2nd teams play at home alongside the Men’s 6s (11.30am) and the 5s who host Felixstowe at 1.30pm. The Boys and Girls Development teams are on the road whilst the Ladies 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s are all at home which bodes well for takings behind the bar!