Magpies Girls Development team top their league on goal difference following Saturdays 6-0 win over Watton. Kate, Emma and Rosie patrolled the midfield and linked up well with the attacking trio, breaking the deadlock when Evie slipped the ball to Florence who scored. Watton then enjoyed a brief period of possession but Georgia calmly organised her defenders to keep any shooting opportunities out. 

Constant pressure broke through the Watton defence in the second half and opened the floodgates with Evie scoring three in a row. Florence added another with a fantastic solo effort using her skill to pass two defenders and finish from a tight angle. In the dying minutes of the game Magpies were awarded a penalty stroke which Kate bravely stepped up to take and score to put the game to bed. 

A strong Men’s fifth team hoped to extend their recent good run when they hosted Pelicans 3rds on Saturday. Despite good organisation, the visitors struggled to cope with the Magpies pace. Freddie Hershel-Shortland opened the scoring and the goals kept coming at regular intervals. Sam Moore bagged a hat trick, Andy Caston added another and Dan Kinsman got on the scoresheet to end 6-0 and take the team fourth from bottom. The Men’s 3s go into the Christmas break third in their league following a 3-2 win against Ipswich with goals from Ed Brice, Phil Cobbald and Greg Jagger. 

A string of good results has lifted the Ladies 4s to a much more comfortable mid table position with this week’s opposition UEA 2s just above them. Izzy Slade, Emily Woollatt, Treacle and Sophie Baxter coped well with the UEA pressure and Magpies won numerous short corners which the students’ goalkeeper dealt with well. Imi Ramsdale had a goal disallowed which spurred on forwards Victoria Spouncer, Cassie Ayms, Catherine Kilbourne and Honey Lamdin who continued to push for the first goal. With 15 minutes left on the clock UEA broke through and scored, Magpies were unable to find the equaliser despite the best efforts of Julie Davy, Sophie Matsell and Katie Woollatt. 

Encouraged by last weeks performance against Chelmsford, Magpies Ladies 2s welcomed Canterbury to ‘The Nest’ and moved the ball around with good tempo from the start, creating chances for Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott, Eva Harness and Tor Findlay who were all denied the opener. Canterbury upped their intensity but Jess Howland, Cat Maciver, Charley Seaman, Katherine Ridley, Alice Wells and Lucy Field dug in to keep the score 0-0 at half time. 

The visitors penned Magpies back into their own half as the second half began, forcing five short corners which were doggedly defended by Shev Steggles, Louisa Greenacre and Kath Johnson. Gradually coming back into the game, the 2s attacked down both wings with the breakthrough coming when Jess Howland’s quickly taken free hit found Anouska Stott who rolled the keeper to take Magpies ahead. Canterbury fought back and equalised with ten minutes to go to leave both teams with a point each.  

With four wins so far this season the Mens 2s desperately wanted to bounce back from last weeks painful 5-4 defeat. Hosting Wapping, who are second in the league, Magpies pressed hard, forcing the turnover ball and building pressure which culminated in Oakley Elsom breaking down the right, slipping the ball to Robbie Kinsella who fed Dave Skinner in the ‘D’ who calmly dispatched into the goal. A lapse in concentration saw Wapping win a short corner which Ollie Juszt initially saved only for a Wapping forward to poach the rebound. Whilst pushing for the winner Magpies were left exposed and Wapping broke away to grab a crucial second goal, ending 2-1. 

Following last weekends defeat, Magpies Men’s 1s host West Herts this Saturday at 1.30pm and anticipate a tough match against the team who are just two places below them in the table. The teams drew 2-2 when they faced each other in September so spectators can expect an entertaining seventy minutes. This is the only league game of the day as everyone else has broken up for Christmas, but Saturday sees the U16 and U18 Girls head to Hatfield in Hertfordshire for the East Indoor Championships.