Magpies Men’s 6s are fourth in the league after a successful trip to Bury last weekend. Starting brightly, Magpies took the lead through Richard Alcock and Jack Glover before Bury pulled a goal back from a short corner. Jack took the visitors tally up to 3 but the hosts managed to score again. After the break Magpies increased the lead to 5-2 with goals from Jack Glover (completing his hat trick) and Simon Rodwell. A good passing move from Elliott Chapman and Elliott Cooper resulted in Magpies getting their sixth goal. Luca, Mark, Paul, Eric, Myles and Harry battled hard in defence but Bury were able to convert two short corners before the final whistle blew, ending the game 6-4 to the 6s.
The Ladies 3s sit fairly comfortably mid table following a 4-0 victory over Christchurch and took the lead early on through Sophie Child. Continuing to dominate, Magpies moved the ball up the pitch quickly from Helena Knock for Jess Green to add a perfectly timed touch past the Christchurch ‘keeper. The momentum was with the home side and runs from Ellen Pope, Alice Wiseman, Jess Green and Molly Warnes, earned Magpies their third goal, coming from a cross into the D and calmly finished by Sarah Legg.
Christchurch responded strongly in the second half, but a solid team press and calm defensive duo of Helena Knock and Rachael Baines ensured there was minimal options into Magpies D. Player of the match Amy Collison was a constant threat to the opposition and, with some great support play from Laura Betts, Lucy Fields and Phoebe Eglington, Magpies remained patient in the oppositions final quarter. Eventually, they were rewarded with a penalty flick, which was calmly slotted in by Ellen Pope, to finalise a great team effort and well deserved win.
The Ladies 2s and Men’s 5s both notched up 3-3 draws whilst the Ladies 6s got back to winning ways with Rachael Clifford scoring four times against Breckland. The Men’s 1s keep themselves in contention for an all important top four finish as goals from Simon Hipwell and Dave Skinner ensured they took all three points at home against Cambridge City. The team however will be without Jack Hobbs for the remainder of the season as he heads off travelling, we all wish him a fantastic adventure.
Goals from Jess Bloom, Emma Lee-Smith (2) and Lottie Summers provided a 4-1 victory for the Ladies 1s on Saturday before they travelled to league leaders Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday. Magpies did well to limit the score line to 2-0 thanks to Megan Brown in goal who will sadly miss the rest of the season due to injury. The Ladies host Horsham this Saturday at 1.30pm which will be a tight game with only four points separating the teams – head down to The Nest to cheer on the girls and watch some fantastic hockey!
Sunday saw three of the youth cup teams in action with the U16 Girls going down 5-3 against Cambridge City, the U16 Boys drawing 5-5 with Saffron Walden and the U14 Boys beating IES 3-0 to take them through to the regional finals. The club’s last remaining senior team in the cup are the Men’s O50s who took the lead against Peterborough when David Blackmore overlapped on the right wing to cross for Andy Caston to score the opener. Peterborough equalised from a short corner soon after half time and both teams continued to battle for the win, with Murray Graham making a superb save in goal to keep Magpies in the game. With honours even at full time, penalty strokes commenced where Jonathon Aldridge, Phil Cobbald, Tony Elston and Andy Caston secured a 4-3 victory and a place in the quarter finals away against Bury on March 10th.