CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 24 Jan 2008

Good luck to our ‘Indoor Boys’

I wish the Boys’ U18s all the very best this weekend
when as East Champions they compete in the national indoor finals at the Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre in Kidderminster.

Tomorrow (Friday) they play Millfield School (12.30pm) and Sheffield HC (3.30pm) and on Saturday they take on Sevenoaks HC (9.30am) and Wolverhampton HC (1.30pm) with the prospect (hopefully) of a semi-final game at either 4.30pm or 5.10pm. The semi-final winners contest the final next day at 10.40am in the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. So for two teams and their supporters it is going to be a long weekend. Good luck to our team coached by Leigh Sitch, assisted by Berti Steggles, and managed by David Johnson.

Best wishes also to the Boys’ and Girls’ U11s and U13s in this Sunday’s Norwich minis.

An avid reader of these ‘Chats’ (yes – there are some!) says I was a bit serious in last week’s edition and he was quite correct. I blame it on the time of the year! Incidentally this reader, who is a prominent and inspirational member of the Men’s 3rds, has from time to time expressed an interest in challenging for the chairmanship of the Club and I’ve promised to secure him a hundred votes at the next AGM should he decide to stand!

Talking of the Men’s 3rds (as one often does) the best goal I saw while watching three games in the rain last Saturday was the opener scored by vice-captain Craig Whipps who turned on the edge of the circle before firing an unstoppable shot just inside the right hand post. The team went on to secure a 4-0 win over Lowestoft thereby maintaining their second spot in East Div 3NE.

There were also very welcome wins last Saturday for the Men’s 1sts, 2nds, 4ths and 6ths and the Ladies’ Colts B and Development and good draws for Ladies’ Colts A and 6ths.

Whether to name and to shame? That is the question. I’m talking of members who have yet to pay their subs, training fees and match fees from the first half of the season. I don’t want to put up a list on the notice board but it might come to that unfortunately. So if you haven’t paid up yet please do so this weekend. Invoices will shortly be sent to members who elected to pay their subs and training fees in two instalments.

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Have you got your tickets yet for the following event?

SAVOURY & SAUVIGNON SOIREE

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2008 7.30PM

AT TIBBENHAM’S BARN, WEYBREAD

Tickets £10 (including food and drinks) available from the bar
Please come along!

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Another important event coming up is the Silent Auction to be held in the clubhouse on Saturday 12 April. If you an item or a ‘promise’ which can be auctioned please let me know. Last time we held a Silent Auction we raised the magnificent sum of £1700 for club funds.

The Club is also looking for volunteers to join an embryonic Umpiring Committee. I already have three volunteers and two or three more would be very welcome as we look to boost this important side of our activities. Please let me know if you are interested.

With kind regards and best wishes to all members, supporters and friends of the Club.



Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
24/1/08

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
26th January 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, extended their lead at the top of the NE1 HOCKEY East Men’s League Premier A with a win against Wapping whilst nearest rivals St Albans could only draw against Bedford. No doubt both the top sides were finding it difficult to adapt back to the outdoor game following the mid winter break in which the indoor game took centre stage. With Neil Toulson unavailable and two under eighteen players rested pending their involvement in the under eighteen indoor national finals this weekend Magpies took the opportunity to recall Stuart Leate and give a first game of the season to Jamie Stacey. For this weekend’s trip to Broxbourne Magpies retain Stacey and Leate and are without Carl Sitch, Chris Barber and Jimmie Wheeler but Neil Toulson returns.

St Albans visit Ipswich who lost badly to Cambridge City 7-1 last weekend Robert Stimpson commented “We were pleased that the fixture computer gave us a game against one of the lower sides in the division for our first game back after the break. The success of our boys in the indoor has thrown up selection problems for this weekend but it has given us an opportunity to give much needed pitch time to other members of our squad. Whilst we are focussed on one game at a time we have to improve the performance levels of our complete squad in the event that we win the league and go forward to play offs.”

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Men 1s 4-2 Wapping

After a succesful indoor campaign over the Christmas break Harleston’s mens first team returned to outdoor action hoping to carry on the good work in the first half of the season. Their first league game saw them hosting a struggling Wapping side at Weybread. Planing for next weekend saw Harleston welcome back Stuart Leate and James Stacey to the side.

Wapping took the game to a slow Magpies side who themselves struggled to string passes together. Harleston went a goal down within 5 minutes following a Wapping short corner, this took Harleston by surprise but the set back seemed to spur them on. Despite Wapping pushing high Harleston struggled to find the space in behind them until Andrew Bedwell linked well with James Fanger who burst down the wing and into the D where his short was turned into the goal by a Wapping defender. Harleston increased their lead before the break following a broken down short corner Andy Hipwell managed to force the ball over the line from close range.

With Wapping still very much in the game Harleston knew the next goal would be vital. Despite the team still struggling to play with their usual style they did go a further goal ahead when Richard Ling slotted home with a full length dive after good forward movement from himself and James Fanger. The game was finally sealed off in the last 10 minutes when Tristan Baynes fired home from close range after ghosting in from left midfield. With both teams reduced to 10 men in the final 5 minutes Harleston lost their concentration and allowed Wapping to pull a goal back.

With Harleston picking up 3 points and St Albans only managing a draw they extended their lead over their rivals. The team now travel to Broxbourne where they know they will be in a tough game and know they will have to improve on this performance if they stand a chance of picking up points.

Mens 2s – MATCH REPORT

Norwich Union 1s 1-4 Magpies 2s

Magpies 2nds this week faced their local East division
1 rivals Norwich Union. They were determined to
continue to pressure the two teams above them and
return to Weybread with the three points.

Magpies started the game very strongly. Right from the
pushback managing to pressure Union back into their
own half although and at the same time, being able to
create space well. This early spell of pressure proved
to be very valuable for magpies. The first
breakthrough came from Sam Moore, who after
controlling the ball well in the circle turned and
finished with a reverse stick “piledriver” from 5
metres for his first goal of the season. Within a few
more minutes magpies once again were on the
score sheet, Captain Lawrence Baynes smashing a shot in
past the goalkeeper from a couple of metres inside the
circle. This goal really put Magpies tails up, and
once again the visiting team drove forward this time
down the right. A short corner was won, and the result
of this was Robbie Kinsella scrambling the ball home
from all of 5cm. Magpies still continued to press the
game however composure and lack of finding the final
pass meant that 3 goals was all that would be scored
from this half. Union nearly reduced the deficit, but
a Dave Francis save off the goal line from a short
corner meant that at half time Magpies stayed 3-0 up.

With Union still wanting to get something out of the
game Magpies knew that a good start to the second half
was vital. Once again the leaders made a high tempo
start, playing with a lot of desire for a greater
margin of victory. Their desire was rewarded when
Robbie Kinsella found himself with the ball in the
middle of the circle and hit the ball home, leaving
the keeper with no chance. Union did not give up
though. Some smart covering defence led by man of the
match Phil Cobbald helped minimise any clear chances
for the home team. A late goal from a short corner did
gain reduce the scoreline for the Norwich team, but
ultimately Magpies ran out 4-1 winners.

In future weeks where matches may be closer, Magpies
will need to turn their pressure into more goalscoring
opportunities. Next week with many of the younger
members of the second team squad away at the national
u18 indoor finals, the team will need to adjust well
to a West Herts team, where magpies will hope to
continue their winning run.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts B 8-2 Herlings

In the first half and the drizzling rain Magpies started off well, but Herlings were using their strong hits to their advantage. However Magpies soon got an opening goal from Hannah Linger. Anna Lacey scored the second goal after a cross to the left post. After Shirley McAllen came off, Herlings scored from a short corner. The third magpies goal came from a penalty flick taken by Lucy Chubbock. The final goal of the first half was slotted in by Rhian Earrye. By the end of the first half, magpies were 4-1 up.

The second half saw magpies get off to a sluggish start, allowing Herlings to score again. But soon magpies were back in the game with another goal from Hannah Linger. Shortly after, Hannah Linger and Lucy Chubbock were working well together, and scored. Towards the end of the second half, Lucy Chubbock scored from another penalty flick. Finally, with minutes to go, Karen Ray scored from a short corner, making the final score 8-2. Some great goalkeeping from Flora Marfleet who made several excellent saves, and great play and effort from the whole team.

Goal Scorers: Hannah Linger – 2
Lucy Chubbock – 3
Rhian Earrye – 1
Anna Lacey -1.

RESULTS – 19 JAN 2008

LADIES 1s v NO FIXTURE
LADIES 2s v Braintree I (L) 12.30 (W) H L 0-2
LADIES COLTS A v Sprowston I (L) (S) H D 0-0
LADIES 5s v Evergreens II (L) 10.15 A L 0-3
LADIES 6s v Diss (L) 3.15 (S) H D 1-1
LADIES COLTS B v Herlings (L) (S) H W 8-2
LADIES DEV. v Norwich City (L) (W) H W 7-0


MENS 1s v Wapping (L) 2.15 (W) H W 4-2
MENS 2s v Norwich Union # (L) A W 4-1
MENS 3s v Lowestoft Town (L) 4.00 (W) H W 4-0
MENS 4s v Norwich Union 2 # (L) A W 5-3
MENS 5s v Norwich Union 4 (L) (S) H L 1-3
MENS 6s v Norfolk Nomads # (L) A W 2-1
Men VETS v Cambridge City (L) A
L 4-5

Ladies 6s – MATCH REPORT

Magpies 6s 1-1 Diss

Despite heavy rain the match got off to a good start with great play down the wings, and some good attempts at goal by Rachel Clifford. Soon after, Magpies took the lead with a superb goal from Liz Cole and we managed to retain our one goal lead throughout the rest of the first half.

Unfortunately during the second half, Diss managed to equalize, with an unlucky goal off the keepers head. However, spirits remained fairly high, and we managed to maintain our 1-1 draw with good defending, especially from the player of the match, Larry, who made some amazing saves.

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 17 Jan 2008

Early indoor boost for 2008

In my first ‘Chat’ of 2008
I’m delighted to congratulate the men’s and U18 Boys’ indoor squads on their recent outstanding successes which have given the Club a big boost as we enter the second half of the season.

After winning Division 2 of the national indoor league a year ago the men went into this season’s Division 1 campaign looking to consolidate their position but after four wins from four games on the second weekend at Eastleigh they emerged as runners-up to Havant (who they beat 4-2 in their final match) thereby securing promotion to the Premier Division. ‘Well done’ to the squad so enthusiastically led by captain Tom Sumner and manager Martin Fields on this splendid achievement.

Several of the squad helped the Club to win the national U18 championship in season 2002/2003 and it is to be hoped that our present team can go on to similar success the weekend after next when they compete in the national finals at Kidderminster as East champions – a superb result achieved at Colchester last Sunday. Congratulations to the team coached by Leigh Sitch and Andy Bedwell and managed by David Johnson.

The ladies are, sadly, out of the national indoor league despite making a winning start in their Division 2 South campaign at Whitgift School against Wimbledon and Staines. A win in their next game against St Albans was vital in view of the form being shown by their subsequent opponents, Reading (including ex-Magpie Alex Smith) and Trojans. Despite a spirited performance the team went down 6-4 not helped by a couple of sloppy goals conceded in the first half. However, the competition gave some important experience to a number of our younger players which augurs well for the team getting back into the league next season via the East qualifying event.

Personalities and events
Congratulations to Charlie and Neil Harrison on the birth of Lisa. We hope to see all three at the club in the not too distant future.

The End of Season Bash will now be held at the club on either 10 or 17 May.

The Summer Ball has been postponed until Saturday 4 July 2009 due to problems in fixing a convenient date in 2008.

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Have you got your tickets yet for the following event?

SAVOURY & SAUVIGNON SOIREE

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2008 7.30PM

AT TIBBENHAM’S BARN, WEYBREAD

Tickets £10 (including food and drinks) available from the bar
Please come along!

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Five more important dates for your 2008 diary please –

Saturday 1 March – Race Evening
Saturday 12 April – Silent Auction & Spring Prize Draw
Sat/Sun/Mon 3/4/5 May – Magpies Tournament
Sunday 22 June – Strawberry Luncheon
Thursday 14 August – Golf Day (Bungay GC)


With kind regards and very best wishes to all members, supporters and friends of HMHC for 2008.



Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
E-mail: MDenham975@aol.com
17/1/08

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
19th January 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants. League hockey resumes after the break this weekend with Magpies hoping to get back to winning ways following their defeat at Cambridge City. The league
table shows Magpies five points above St Albans but the Hertfordshire side has one game in hand. Both sides have been involved in the indoor game over the Christmas period. Magpies performing better than their east rivals by securing promotion to the country’s top league the Premier League.

Although Magpies have been concentrating on the indoor scene outdoor training has been taking place and it is vital that the squad quickly adapts to the eleven a side game and starts securing league points again. Magpies have no injuries to report but will be without Neil Toulson for the visit of Wapping. St Albans have two home games against Bedford and Broxbourne and it would be suprising if they didn’t secure maximum points. Robert Stimpson commented this week “we were extremely pleased to have played so well in the indoor however our aim is to secure promotion and we must work extremely hard to maintain our lead in the league.”

Magpies promoted to Premier National League Indoors

Harleston Magpies men, sponsored by Silverfx, gained promotion to the Indoor National League Premier Division after two successful weekends of indoor hockey.

The team finished runners up to Havant in Division 1 having won 6 out of their 8 games. Promotion places the side in an elite division amongst the top 9 teams in the country, with the possibility of playing live on Sky Sports next January.

It was Magpies’ first season in Division 1 after gaining promotion last year. The team went into the tournament looking to secure their league position for the following season. This was virtually achieved in the first weekend following 2 wins out of 4, which included wins over Surbiton and Doncaster and defeats to St.Albans and Stourport.

Having suffered 2 defeats, it only left an outside chance of promotion. However a stunning set of results in the second weekend saw Magpies ruthlessly snatch the second promotion spot. The team won all 4 matches to take second place ahead of St. Albans.

Harleston started well with an 8-2 defeat of Barford Tigers. They then demolished Guildford 11-3 with both Andy Hipwell and Matt Riches scoring hat-tricks. Magpies continued to go from strength to strength and on Sunday defeated Sheffield UB 10-1, Andy Hipwell again in the goals with a second successive hat-trick.

The 3 wins set up a final showdown match with champions Havant. Magpies had to win to gain promotion, anything less resulting in third place. The side started the game in the perfect fashion going 3-0 up within the first 12 minutes. Havant started to come back into the game and pulled one back. The match entered a key phase when Harleston had a man unfortunately sin-binned. During this phase, the 5 man Harleston team withstood constant pressure from the champions. Once restored to full strength the team regained their 3 goal advantage. Havant pulled one more back, 7 minutes from time, but were unable to make any more inroads due to resolute defending from the whole team.

Promotion is a fantastic achievement for the club and the success can be put down to the outstanding ability and commitment of the 13 man squad, managed by Martin Fields.

Promotion was achieved on the same day that the Magpies U18 boys team won the East Indoor Championships in Bedford. The result takes the U18’s to the National Finals later in January.

U18 Boys East Indoor Champions

Harleston Magpies boys under 18 side travelled down to Colchester on Sunday with high hopes of progressing through the regional round to reach the National Finals weekend.

The squads first game saw them beat a strong Perse side 2-0. This was a good display from Harleston with great defensive work from Will Harrison, Will Johnson and Julian Waelzholz ensuring Harleston kept a clean sheet.

The second game saw Harlerston face one of the tournament favourite Framlingham College. Fram started the better side and found themselves a goal up early on, this set back seem to wake to Harleston up. Harleston started to play fluid hockey the forwards linking well together. Harleston soon started to find the net with some well worked short corners and although Fram did pull a couple of goals back Harleston ran out 6-3 winners.

The next game saw Harleston face Bedford School, the opposition again struck first going a goal up. Harleston soon equalised and from there on in it was one way traffic as Harleston won in style 6-1.

The next game was the toughest of the day facing Old Loughts, the other team flying high. Again Harleston went behind to a stong Loughts side before they woke up. Harleston were moving the ball well round but found them selves 2 goals down after good Loughts finishing. Harleston managed to pull a goal back before finding themselves 3-1 down before the break. Harleston came out stronger in the second half and 2 goals in quick succession saw Harleston level following good link up play between the Harleston midfield and forward line. With the match drawing to a close Harleston managed to find the vital fourth goal and hung on to win 4-3.

With Harleston already through their last game saw them face Watford Grammer School. Yet again Harleston found themselves a goal down but the team pulled through to win 4-1.

A good day saw Harleston finish top of the group and with it qualifying for the indoor finals weekend in two weeks time at Kidderminster.

Squad – Julian Waelzholz (Gk), Will Harrison, William Johnson, Fred Merrett, Carl Sitch, Richard Larkin, Jimmy Wheeler (c), Mike Warlow, Chris Barber, Andrew Bedwell (coach), David Johnson (manager)

RESULTS – 12 JAN 2008

LADIES 1s No Fixture
LADIES 2s v Lowestoft I (L) 12.30 (W) H L 1-2
LADIES COLTS A v Briston (L) 2.15 (W) H W 1-0
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham II (L) (W) H L 1-4
LADIES 6s v Norwich Union IV (L) 10.45 A W 2-1
LADIES COLTS B v Diss (L) 10.30 (W) H D 2-2
LADIES DEV. v Yarmouth (L) 10.00 A W 2-0


MENS 1s v Indoor National League – Div 1
Runners Up

Magpies U18 boys team won the East Indoor Championships in Bedford. The result takes the U18’s to the National Finals later in January.

MENS 2s v Vauxhall 1s A W 4-1
MENS 3s v IES 1s 12.15 (S) H L 1-2
MENS 4s v IES 2s (S) H W 2-1
MENS 5s v IES 3s A
MENS 6s v IES 4s A
Men VETS v Colchester (L) (S) H W 3-0

Ladies 6s – MATCH REPORT

Norwich Union Ladies 4s 1-2 Magpies Ladies 6s

Magpies earned a hard fought victory at Norwich Union against their 4th team.

Magpies had the first push back but got off to a sluggish start and couldn’t seem to find the back of the goal. Suddenly the game took a turn for the worse when Larry took a back fall and landed on her shoulder, soon followed by Janet being knocked to the ground and having to go off briefly. Norwich Union then caught us off guard and managed to score just before half time. But Magpies soon equalized when Zoe scored a great goal, well set up by Rachel Clifford.

After a good half time team chat, Magpies came came back looking stronger and scored again within the first minutes of the second half, from the left, yet again by Zoe. During the rest of the second half we managed to keep the score at 2-1 even though there were some excellent runs from Jaz and the rest of the forwards and some challenges to our defence towards the end of the game. Thankfully the Magpies defence held them off.

We came away with a 2-1 won after a hard but victorious game. Well done Magpies. Players of the match were Zoe and Georgie.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts B 2-2 Diss Ladies 1s

This started off as a very even game. Magpies had several short corners in the first half and managed to put away a goal from one of these near the end of the first half thanks to Shirley.

During the second half Diss put away their first goal making it 1-1. Magpies played well and managed to pull another goal back from a short corner routine slotted in by Shirley. Diss continued to fight hard and managed to score an equaliser in the final few minutes.

Mens 2s – MATCH REPORT

Vauxhall 1s 1-4 Magpies 2s

This rearranged league match saw magpies eager to win
after being up in this fixture when it was abandoned
due to heavy rain last time around. This set up for a
fascinating contest.

The first half saw magpies have a fair amount of
possession, but fail to penetrate in the last 25 of
the pitch. Magpies at times being found guilty of
giving the ball away and trying to overcomplicate the
play. With Vauxhall very capable on the ball, Magpies
knew that the longer this went on, the more dangerous
the match would be. However no deadlock could be
broken by half time as Jimmy Wheeler’s fine strike was
controversially disallowed after it was deemed to come
from outside the circle.

The Second half saw magpies fired up more and they
began to play stronger patterns with the players
stringing more passes together. Mike Warlow broke the
deadlock from a short corner, and soon followed up
with another goal in quick succession, giving magpies a
2-0 lead. Vauxhall didnt give up though, and with
magpies relaxing, Vauxhall scored from close range.
With both teams now pressing forward in search of more
goals, defence was key in order to launch the attacks.
Harry Blandy in defence broke play down well all
afternoon making this possible. With magpies creating
numerous opportunities, it was finally Robbie Kinsella
who was able to convert to put magpies safe in the
match scoring late on twice. The final score was 4-1
to magpies.

With the league continuing next week against Norwich
Union away, Magpies need to keep up the pressure on
Cambridge Nomads who are yet to travel to Weybread this season.

Under 11 boys in Framlingham Tournament

Our Under 11 boys team finished a creditable 3rd in this invitation event. There were 8 teams divided into 2 groups. Magpies featured in a group with Bury HC, Bradeston Hall and Ipswich HC.

Against Bury we started slowly and went behind to Bury’s first attack. Magpies played much better hockey in the 2nd half. Eliot Ashurst equalised with a great shot from the top of the D. We nearly won the match when George Collins hit the post in the last few seconds.
Our next match was against the hosts; Brandeston Hall. Magpies really dominated this match but could not find a way past the opposition keeper. Sammy Lyne came closest when he sprinted clear and smashed a shot against the post. Final score 0-0

We needed to win our last group game to progress to the semi finals. Magpies played some very good hockey to beat Ipswich 3-1 with 2 goals by Sammy and a brilliant deflection by Sol Barker from a right wing cross by Sammy.

Unfortunately the missed chances in the Brandeston game meant that we finished as group runners up and had to face the other group winners – Old Loughtonians.

Old Loughts had the outstanding player of the tournament who scored all 4 of his sides goals in a 4-2 defeat for Magpies. Eliot scored one in each half for Magpies.

In the 3rd / 4th play off we again faced Brandeston. This time Magpies took all their chances. We quickly raced into a 2-0 lead through Eliot. Harry in goal made several excellent saves (his best of the season) as Brandeston tried to get back in the game. In the 2nd half though George Collins scored 2 clever goals from short corner routines and Eliot smashed in another for his hat trick. A resounding 5-0 win was a good way to end an enjoyable tournament against lots of new opponents of a high standard.

The defence of Sonny Molly with combinations of Jack Free-Smith / Innes Rollo / Robert Johnson / Eddie Martin also played with increasing confidence and skill as the tournament progressed.
Innes and Sol are missing from the team photo.

A professional photography company were at the tournament. See their excellent photos

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Norwich Union Ladies 4s 1-6 Magpies Ladies Colts B

In the first half it was quite an equal game but by half time Magpies had scored 2 and Norwich 1.

In the second half Magpies continued to fight hard and the goals soon came.

The final score as 6-1 Goal scorers were Shirley McAllen – 3, Rhianne Earrye – 2, Lucy Chubbock – 1.

WOMENS INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE DIV 2 SOUTH

HARLESTON MAGPIES – WOMENS INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE DIV 2 SOUTH

Magpies started well on the opening day with a comfortable opening win against Wimbledon 5-1, which enabled a number of players to taste their first experience of Indoor National League without any serious pressure.

The goals were scored by Artemis Clark 2, Angie Wheelhoue, Debbie McAllen and Laura Parker. In their second game on Saturday against Staines Magpies started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down but rallied before half time to go 3-2 up. In the second half Staines struggled to contain a rampant Magpies side who went on to win 9-3 thanks to goals from Angie Wheelhouse 4, Artemis Clark 4 and Ellie Blake.

On Sunday Magpies knew they needed one more win to qualify for the second weekend and the first match against St Albans was the game they had to win, as the final two games were potentially much harder.

Unfortunately Magpies were rattled early on by some poor umpiring decisions which not only cost them goals but also led to the Magpies defence losing its composure. As a result Magpies were always chasing the game as St Albans continually held a two clear goal lead and in the end Magpies lost 6-4, although Magpies did have a chance to snatch a late point but were unable to capitalise on two very late penalty awards.

Magpies now faced an uphill task and went on to lose to Reading 2-1 in a very tight game (Artemis Clark) in which the team contained Reading really well but in turn struggled to create many goal scoring chances. In searching for the elusive third win Magpies had given a lot physically and paid the price in the final match against Trojans who were the best team there. Despite being only 1-0 down at half time Magpies wilted badly in the second half to lose 7-1.

The ten players gave everything and the five players making their Indoor National League debuts will be better for the experience, but it means Magpies will have to start against next year in the East Indoor League.

Squad: Debbie McAllen (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Louisa Greenacre, Helen Brook, Ellie Blake, Jess Hull, Angie Wheelhouse, Laura Parker, Artemis Clark and Cherry Seaborn.

Harleston Magpies Mens Indoor Match Report

Harleston Magpies men, sponsored by Silverfx, had a decent first weekend to the National League Indoor campaign. Last year the team were promoted to Division 1 after winning the Division 2 title. The side finished the first weekend mid-table after 2 wins and 2 defeats.

The team travelled down to Eastleigh in a confident mood ahead of playing some of the top sides in the country. The weekend started well with an 8-6 win over Surbiton. Despite being 4-3 down at half-time, the team turned it around with a strong second half display. Goals came from Tim Shelley, Toby Tibbenham, Tom Sumner, Jimmy Wheeler, Tristan Baines and a hatrick from Andy Hipwell.

The second game against St Albans was also tight. St.Albans took a 4-2 lead into half time. However the second half again saw magpies producing a stronger display and started to exert considerable pressure on the opposition. However, the game hinged on a disappointing umpiring decision. A penalty flick was given after a shot was turned off the line by a magpies player. Unfortunately the umpire believed it hit a magpies foot on the line and awarded the flick, which was duly converted. This effectively killed of the game and despite a late magpies comeback were defeated 6-4. Goals came from Tim Shelley, Tristan Baines and Andy Hipwell.

The 1st game on Sunday saw magpies firing on all cylinders. They defeated a strong Doncaster who were relegated from Premiership National league last season. Harleston won 9-5 which included 4 goals from striker Andy Hipwell. Tristan Baines and Richard Gill chipped in with 2 goals apiece and Tim Shelley scored 1 to cap a fine display. In form keeper Iain Martin also pulled of a succession of fine saves to keep Doncaster at bay.

The final match of the weekend ended in a narrow 5-4 defeat to Stourport. The team were 3-2 down at half time and were unable to get back on level terms. Goals again came from Hipwell, Shelley, Tibbenham and Baines.

Last weeks squad: Iain Martin (gk), Berti Steggles (gk), Tristan Baines, Leigh Sitch, David Ling, Tom Sumner (c), Matt Riches, Richard Gill, Andy Hipwell, Tim Shelley, Jimmy Wheeler, Toby Tibbenham and Richard Ling.

Next weekend sees the squad again travel to Eastleigh for the 4 remaining games of the competition. The team will look to climb the table for a possible top 4 finish.