Having narrowly avoided relegation last season and with an inexperienced squad consisting of eight players who are still under 18, Ladies 4ths captain Treacle Taylor was chuffed to bits with her teams performance on Saturday. With two draws and a defeat to their name the Fourths travelled to Taverham to face Broadland 2nds full of determination which came to fruition when Cassie Ayms opened the scoring to give Magpies the lead.
Committed to maintaining the advantage, Sophie Matsell, Julie Davy, Ellen Pope and Imi Ramsdale covered a lot of ground in midfield to eliminate the Broadland opportunities and the defensive trio of Izzie Slade, Sophie Baxter and debutant Rosie Osbourne moved the ball between them well to ensure Alice Gooch wasn’t troubled in goal.
The speed and skill of Cassie, Alice Evans-Hendrick, Victoria Spouncer and Grace Collinson proved a threat to the Broadland back line and won several short corners. The second Magpies goal came from a short corner which Treacle slipped to Grace who calmly slapped the ball into the back of the net, 2-0 to Magpies. The Men’s 4ths managed to turn things around in their game against Norwich City where, finding themselves 2-1 down at half time, pressed higher up the pitch and retained possession which enabled 3 goals to come in the second half (James Bensly, 2, Lewis Belsey and Arthur Johnson). The skill and application from the three youngsters, Tom Caston, Toby Drake and Jack Largent was exemplary.
Knowing that Cambridge hadn’t yet conceded a goal this season, and missing some key players through injury, the Ladies 1sts anticipation a tough game at Weybread on Sunday. Starting well, Magpies put great pressure on the visitors defence which produced a string of short corners. Lauren Rowe converted with a powerful drag flick to put the home side ahead, and make Lauren joint top goal scorer in the league. The second half was a commanding display by Magpies who scored again when Lottie Summers drag flicked a short corner. The win takes the Ladies up to 3rd in the league, one point ahead of Sevenoaks who they will face on Saturday.
Having travelled to Chelmsford, Magpies Men’s 1sts started their game with high intensity which resulted in captain Thomas Ridley setting up Dave Gilbert for the opener. Chelmsford responded by increasing the tempo and winning some short corners which were calmly swatted away by Chris Leek in the Magpies goal. Tim Whiteman pounced on a rebound from a short corner shot to double the visitors lead before Chelmsford scored against the run of play. Magpies fought to maintain their lead and Leigh Sitch added the third goal with an expert back post defection from a short corner to end the game 3-1. The lads face Cambridge Uni at ‘The Nest’ on Saturday who currently sit two points ahead of them in 3rd place.
Following their promotion to the East women’s league, the Ladies 2nds had drawn two and lost two going into Saturdays game away at Sevenoaks. The home side came out hard and fast, scoring twice within the opening eight minutes before Magpies began to settle into the game with Georgie Cantrell causing problems on the right wing. Kath Johnson found Molly Warnes in midfield who turned her defender and slotted the ball through to Georgie who fired at goal with her reverse stick which Laura Tibbenham deflected into goal.
Sevenoaks fought back in the second half but Jade Daly kept Magpies game with some fine saves between the posts. Bobbi Wiseman ran the ball into the D, causing havoc for the home defence. A short corner was awarded and dispatched cleanly by Georgie. With twelve minutes to go the game heated up with both sides wanting the win and losing players to the sin bin but the final whistle blew at 2-2 to seal a valuable point ahead of the Ladies trip to St Albans next week.