Having won 14 games and scored an impressive 59 goals this season, Magpies Ladies 6s have topped their league and are going up! The midfield of Flea Perry, Judith Masters and Holly Morris worked hard to force the turnover from Norwich City on Saturday which led to the hosts having a 3-0 lead at half time (Janna Freeman, Rachael Clifford, 2). Building the play as a unit, Rachael scored a further 3 goals with Georgia Hood and Georgia Scott taking the final tally to 8-0, whilst Imogen Flatt in goal ensured her defensive screen of Jane Collins, Marie Davy, Mary Nelson and Elena Flatt dealt with any threats from City.
With Diss and Reepham both winning last weekend, the Ladies 5s have missed the chance of promotion this year but will finish in third position if they beat Carrow this week, following their win over Norwich City. Magpies started the game on the back foot, with City winning six short corners in the first ten minutes but Ruby Potruff and Talitha Key thwarted the shots on goal with pacey running. Jessica Menzies pounced on a loose ball from an attacking short to give Magpies the lead but City retaliated with an equaliser, and then took the lead midway through the second half.
Piling on the pressure and utilising the press, Captain Tibbenham forced a goal home to level the scores before Vanessa Vigrass grabbed the winner at the left post to finish 3-2.
The Men’s 5s welcomed struggling Norwich City 6s to The Nest where youngster Elliot Chapman made his debut for the team and impressed with some good runs and two goals. Andy Catchpole, Andy Caston (2), Jake Hayward and Chris Hall also got on the scoresheet but subbing veteran full back Jerry Blackmore with a 7-2 lead left Magpies exposed at the back which City utilised and scored three late goals which may be enough to save them from relegation by goal difference.
After a tough start to the season the Ladies 2s have been in good form of late and have turned things around to secure their position in the East Premier Division following last seasons promotion. A keenly contested battle against local rivals Norwich City ensued with Lucy King being called upon to make some good saves in goal before Tor Findlay netted twice for Magpies before the break. City’s desperation to get back into the game was rewarded with a goal but the 2s dug deep to end the game 2-1 before the final day of the season away to already promoted Chelmsford.
The Boys Development team got an impressive 4-4 result against league leaders Norwich Dragons last weekend leaving Magpies 3rd out of 6, whilst the league administrators have raised concerns about too many one sided results for the Girls Development side. True to form, the Girls put on another fine performance with the usual positions being inverted for the final quarter (defenders in attack and vice-versa). Goals from Ellie, Evie, Beth (2), Amie (3) and Harriet led to a 8-0 win.
The Ladies 7s should finish the season in third having taken all three points when they hosted Norwich City 7s. Club Captain Emma Tolhurst stepped up to convert a penalty stroke to give Magpies the lead before Jess Tarant and Ellen Moodie scored in open play. City fought hard but were unable to break through, full time 3-0.
With the end of the season fast approaching, celebrations have been planned for Saturday 6th April with a family fun day at The Nest including games, food and awards – please see the club website for details.