Magpies Ladies Indoor team started the last weekend of the Super 6s Indoor Championships in second place from Surbiton on goal difference and three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield. After another four tough matches they finished in a respectable fourth position but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams who won promotion to the Premier Indoor Division. The Men’s side which included Raunaq Rai, Jack Hobbs and John Livings who replaced Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes and Simon Hipwell for the second weekend of tournament, got off to a cracking start with a 9-3 win over St Albans and continued to move up the table, ending the tournament in fifth position. The Men head straight back to league action this weekend with a trip to Letchworth whilst the Ladies have another week until the National League commences again.
Superstar Matt Wicks stepped in as eleventh man for the Men’s 5s who arrived at Dereham with 10 players on Saturday but breathed a sigh of relief when Joe’s dad produced his kit from the car which was stored away ‘just in case’. Dereham started strongly and Magpies initially failed to cope with their fast and direct style, with the home side taking a 3-0 lead before Sam Moore and Chris Hall pulled two back before half time.
Despite Derehams’ attempts to crash the ball into the Magpies ‘D’ most of their passes fell to Jerry Blackmore and Ewie Cumming in defence whilst Sam caused chaos at the attacking end and equalised. Dan Klinsman scored for the visitors to give Magpies a 4-3 lead only for Dereham to add another. At 4-4 Magpies were relentless in their press which resulted in Sam completing his hat trick and seal the three points.
There were more wins away from home from the Ladies 5s who put six goals past Watton 2s and the Men’s 6s who notched up their fifth win of the season at Newmarket. The Ladies 7s enjoyed a late push back at home where, despite starting with great intensity after the Christmas break, it was visitors Watton who scored first. Ellen Moodie soon equalised for Magpies and, following some tactical changes at half time, Annie Lancaster gave the home side the lead. Continuing the momentum Gillian Stokes and Jessica Tarrant linked up well which resulted in a fine strike and goal from Jess. Annie claimed Magpies’ fourth goal to take the team into next weeks match against league leaders North Norfolk full of confidence.
Marie Davy, Holly Morris and Laura Woodgate led the Ladies 6s into a positive rhythm of play against Broadland with numerous chances created by Janna Freeman and Anna Seggons. Georgia Scott finally broke the deadlock following good work by Georgie Hood and Flea Perry. Kristina Brinkley scored her first goal for the 6s to take Magpies 2-0 up before Rachael Clifford added a third to extend the teams lead at the top of the table.
The Boys development team got a good 4-1 win against Norwich Dragons ‘B’ whilst the Girls used the width of the pitch to put together some fine attacking moves which resulted in Kate converting a short corner. Grace proved a menace for Yarmouth by linking up with the attacking trio and setting up Ellie and Evie for a strike which forced a save from the oppositions’ keeper. A flowing team goal which started with Rosie out on the left resulted in Ellie clinching the second goal, followed by another to secure the win.
The Men’s 3s claimed a 4-1 victory on Saturday when they hosted Sudbury who currently foot the table. The Ladies 4s enjoyed the same score line away at Norwich Dragons and started fiercely with Cassie Ayms forcing the Dragons ‘keeper into action early on. A moment of hesitation in defence allowed Norwich to grab the first goal but Honey Lamdin calmly slotted home to level the scores soon after. Cathrine Kilbourn converted a short corner before Emily Woollatt and Honey set Cassie up at the back post to extend the lead. Connecting with Imi Ramsdale, Katie Woollatt added the fourth goal to take the team up to fifth in the league which is a fantastic achievement considering their tough start to the season.
Magpies O40s Men’s Cup side hosted Peterborough on Sunday where a hat trick from Matt Brand, and goals from Gavin Cole and James Stacey ensures the team progress to the next round with a 5-1 win. This weekend the U18 Girls Indoor team head to Croydon for the National finals whilst the Girls U16s travel to Wolverhampton for theirs, best of luck to both teams. Sunday sees the Mixed teams in action with the ‘A’s facing Peterborough in the Cup and the ‘B’s heading to Norwich Dragons for the Plate competition.