In response to last weeks defeat at Diss, the Ladies 5s came out fighting when they welcomed Beccles to ‘The Nest’ on Saturday with skipper Jose Tibbenham completing a hat trick before the half time whistle! Vanessa Vigrass, Talitha Key and Ella Spear also found the net before Jose added her fourth to end with a 8-0 win, the young players demonstrating that they are adapting well to the pace and physicality of Ladies hockey.
The Men’s 5s had a fantastic comeback having travelled to Kings Lynn with 10 players for an early start against Pelicans. Finding themselves 4-0 down after 15 minutes it was going to take a supreme effort to turn things around but, having settled down and started to retain possession, Magpies took control. Goals in open play from Joe Wicks and Chris Hall, followed by a penalty flick conversion from Oli Hall took the travelling team into half time only a goal behind. Joe doubled his tally before the legs started to tire and despite chances by both teams, the 4-4 draw seemed a fair result.After promising pre-season performances and good attendance at training, Ed Brice, Johnny Taylor, Max Warde-Aldam & Michael Ahrens all made their league debuts for the Mens 3s against a very experienced Ipswich 2s. Ipswich scored the opener against the run of play but a short corner drag flick from Matt Brand made it one a piece. Stoic defensive performances from Dickon Taylor, Seth Read and Jack Caswell-Dodd kept Ipswich from clinching a late winner.
Alyssa Walker made her Ladies League debut with tireless running against Broadland for Magpies 6s who came out 4-0 victors in a great start to the 18/19 campaign. Felicity Perry and Frankie Wildmun distributed the ball well from midfield to find Laura Woodgate and Rachael Clifford on the forward line whilst Georgia Hood and GB World Cup Gold Medalist Shirley McAllen linked up well on the right. The defensive trio of Jane Collins, Liv Addison-Carter and Marie Davy protected Imogen Flatt in goal, allowing the forwards to do what they do best.
With both First teams on the road this Saturday, the Ladies 2s (1.30), 4ths (3pm), 5ths (10am), 7ths (11.30) and Girls Development (4.30); and Men’s 2s (3pm), 5ths (11.30) and 6ths (1.30) all have home fixtures, with some teams relishing the rare opportunity for a game on the water based pitch.