Captain Felicity Perry couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Ladies 6s season with four wins from their first four games. With Herlings level on points, goal machine Rachael Clifford was determined to extend Magpies’ goal difference and utilised the space created by Georgia Hood and Janna Freeman to score her first of the day.
Laura Woodgate added the second following a period of constant pressure before Clifford doubled her tally with a short corner strike taking Magpies into half time with a 3 goal lead. Dereham came out of the break with renewed vigour and were rewarded with a well taken goal, only for the visitors to fight back and set up Clifford for her hat trick. Despite Dereham grabbing a late second goal, the game ended 4-2 which is testament to how well the Sixths have gelled early in the season.
The Men’s 1s anticipated a physical game against local rivals Ipswich and the home supporters were kept entertained from push back until the final whistle. James Gray gave Magpies the lead via a well controlled short corner and Dave Gilbert added the second at the back post. Ipswich converted a short corner to bring them back into the game but Jack Hobbs’ skilful reverse stick goal extended the home sides’ lead.
Ipswich responded by attacking the Magpies circle and winning another short corner which was flicked past John Livings in goal to take the game to 3-2. Leigh Sitch was awarded a penalty stroke which Gilbert converted before Ipswich were reduced from 11 to 8 players in quick succession due to ill discipline. Gilbert completed his hat trick to seal the 5-2 victory for Magpies who travel to Chelmsford next week.
Crostyx scored early against the Men’s 2s but some individual skill from Raunaq Rai produced the equaliser. Magpies went a goal behind again before winning a short corner which was perfectly dispatched by Tristan Baynes and Robbie Kinsella. Goals from Greg Jagger and Stu Field cemented the win for the 2s who are settling back into life in Division 1.
Magpies Mens 3s responded to Lowestoft taking the lead by Ed Brice setting up Johnny Taylor, then Ben Emms reacting to a rebound from Johnny’s long range reverse strike to clinch the second. Matt Brand added a brace and Dave Francis claimed another before Brice grabbed two more to move Magpies up to third in the league following last seasons relegation.
The Ladies Fifths came away 7-2 victors when they faced Lowestoft Railway on Saturday by moving the ball with pace and accuracy and dominating possession with Jessica Menzies (2), Honey Lamdin (2), Beth Moodie, Molly Largent and Jose Tibbenham providing the goals. Goals also came thick and fast for the Girls Development team who put 8 past Norwich Dragons thanks to Ellie Bowden (3), Amy Hunt (3) and Evie Brice (2).
The National Youth Cup got underway on Sunday with Magpies U14 Boys taking a good point from their match with Cambridge City (0-0). The U16 Boys beat Norwich City 3-1, (Ben Emms, Johnny Taylor and Josh Wiggins) and the U16 Girls got their campaign off to a fantastic start with a 6-1 win over Norwich City.
Magpies Ladies 1s travelled to Southgate on Saturday and brought all three points back to Norfolk with a 3-1 win and goals from Lauren Rowe and Lara Taylor (2). This Sunday the Ladies welcome Cambridge City to Weybread for a 1.30pm pushback. Cambridge top the league and are yet to concede a goal this season so Magpies will be hoping for a packed crowd at ‘The Nest’ and a continued display of resilience and determination from the squad.