Harleston Magpies 2s 6-0 Ely 1s

Magpies kept up the pressure on the top two with a comprehensive victory over lowly Ely. Leading 3-0 at half time, following goals from Robbie Kinsella, Lawrence Baynes and Mike Warlow, it was important they kept their shape in the second half in order to score more goals. Dispite Ely scrapping for every ball, Magpies were able to score three more goals. Mike Warlow scoring a neat solo goal, Jimmy Wheeler finishing off from close range after good work from Stuart Peters, and Matt Brand charged forward from defence to finish well, leaving the final score 6-0.

With 4 points separating the top 4 teams, there is all to play for in the remaining 3 weeks.


Magpies 4s 7-0 Lowestoft Railway 1s

Magpies put in a very strong performance from start to
finish in order to secure 3 more points in division

The development team started strongly, putting
pressure on the opposition from the initial push back.
And after some solid defence and good passing moves,
Magpies found themselves 4-0 up at half time including
a penalty stroke from Will Harrison after good work
from Dan Legg and Richard Larkin in a break away move.

The second half also saw magpies on top. Chris Barber
completed his hat trick with a good variety of goals
and looked very lively up front, making good movement.
Richard Larkin managed to score his second after
converting the second penalty stroke of the match.
Mark Legg in goal also made some very good last ditch
saves which helped keep a clean sheet in defence. The
performance was very encouraging in many aspects, with
Dan Legg’s fitness looking improved, and no weak
performance amongst any of the team. Hopefully Magpies
will look to consolidate their 4th place in the league
in the last few fixtures.

RESULTS – 03 Mar 2007

LADIES 1s v Clifton Ladies’ 1s – H – D 2-2
LADIES 2s v City of P’borough 1s – H – D 3-3
LADIES 3s v UEA 1s – A – L 2-3
LADIES Colts A v North Walsham Ladies 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 4s v North Walsham Ladies 2s – AL 2-3
LADIES 5s v Harriers Ladies 1s – HL 0-1
LADIES 6s v Dereham Colts 2s – HL 0-2
LADIES Colts B v Norwich Union Ladies 4s – A – W 5-0

MENS 1s v Blueharts 1s – A – D 2-2
MENS 2s v Ely City 1s – H – W 6-0
MENS 3s v Dereham 2s – A – W 4-2
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Railway 1s – H – W 7-0
MENS 5s v Watton 1s – A – L 0-3
MENS 6s v Crane 2s – A D 1-1
MENS 7s v Norfolk Nomads 1s – HW 7-3
MENS Vets v City of Peterborough – L 0-1
U11 Boys Norfolk Championships – losing semi-finalists

Boys Norfolk Championships
National Cup
U18 Boys v Belper – A
W 2-1

Carl Sitch England U18 International

Young star takes England step-up in his stride
Report taken from the Diss Express

Harleston Magpies’ Carl Sitch expanded his international horizons last week with three appearances for England Ul8s.

Sitch, 17, spent the week with the Young Lions at the Belle Vue Complex in Manchester and played in all three of their training matches against Ireland.

The visiting Irish side got the better of their English counterparts, winning the first and last fixture, while the home side won Wednesday’s match 2-1.

The former Archbishop Sancroft High School pupil said he had enjoyed the experience, which came on top of winning 12 caps for England Ul6s last year.

“I was told that I had done well by the coaches,” said Sitch, who played left and right-half for England during the week.

“We would have liked to have won all three games but the training was also important and it was the first time we had all played together.

“It was a big step-up from the Ul6s squad, with the speed and the core skills needed.”

The Needham teenager is waiting to hear if he has retained his place in the England squad for the four nations tournament, which will be held in Exeter at Easter.

U13 Girls Norfolk Championships

Magpies U13 Girls started well beating Dereham 2-0 with goals from Hannah Linger and Rhiann Earrye. Against Beeston Hall School Magpies quickly took the lead when Hannah Linger scored, but Beeston came back strongly to win 3-1.

Goals from Hannah Linger and Rhiann Earrye saw Magpies beat Watton for the first time this season coming out 2-1 winners. An 8-0 win against Old Buckenham (Hannah Linger 4, Sophie Moore 4) saw Magpies qualify for the semi finals.

At this point Magpies were playing some of their best hockey of the season but in the semi finals they were well beaten by a strong Pelicans side losing 5-0.

Team: Hannah Linger (Capt), Sophie Moore, Charlotte Paul, Sarah Legg, Claire Snelling, Beth Absolon, Lucy Chubbock, Lucy Crawford, Rhiann Earrye.

U13 Girls B Team Tournament

Magpies also hosted a small Tournament involving Magpies B, Watton B, Pelicans B and Pelicans C.

v Pelicans B lost 0-1
v Pelicans C lost 0-1
v Watton B won 1-0 Lucy Crawford
v Pelicans B won 1-0 Sophie Podd
v Pelicans C lost 0-1
v Watton B drew 0-0

Finished 3rd.

Team: Alice Wilson, Sophie Podd, Claire Snelling, Charlotte Wootton, Rosie Cole, Lucy Pring, Laura Read, Anna Hawkes, Alex Thomas, Lucy Crawford and Jess Thurlow.

U11 Girls Norfolk Championships 2007

Magpies U11 Girls

8 teams in the tournament including 3 school sides.

This was a very enjoyable and yet frustrating tournament for Magpies. It was run on a round robin basis with each team playing seven 10 minute matches. Magpies were unable to select 4 of our regular players as they were playing for school sides, however, we still had a strong spine to our team.

We started with a solid performance against Beeston Hall (last years’ champions). It was important not to lose the first game so we were happy with a 0-0 draw.

Magpies in fact kept 7 clean sheets out of 7 in the tournament. We also scored more goals than any other team. However, we were very unlucky not to find the net in the 2 crucial games against Town Close and Greshams. We had comfortable wins against the other club sides with Sarah Brook scoring 4 goals, Georgia Scott 5 and Holly Baker 1.

Town Close had two of Magpies strong players (Hannah Gormley & Paris Wood) plus most of the Norwich City team in their side. We had a close game with them but should have won the match (and with it the tournament) when Holly Baker hit an excellent short corner which their keeper blocked. Sarah Brook pounced on the rebound but her shot hit the side of the goal. Magpies completely outplayed Greshams but could not find a way past their excellent goalkeeper. Sarah and Holly were proving to be the most outstanding players in the tournament but both of them having good shots cleared off the line to leave us with another 0-0 score line.

Magpies, therefore, finished in 3rd place. Sarah & Holly both finished exhausted by having to carry too much workload (in the absence of other players) but the other members of the side can be very proud of their performance. Particular praise should go to Katie Rudd for keeping a clean sheet throughout the tournament and to Emma Owen who controlled the defence superbly for a player of her age. Well done also to Georgia for being on the end of Holly and Sarahs’ crosses and to Jemima Jacobs, Scarlett Warnes, Kira Wooltorton & Georgia Pearson for their non stop efforts.

Town Close were the winners with Greshams just ahead of Magpies in 2nd place.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT


Magpies indifferent form since Christmas extended another week when they were well beaten by a Poynton team who gave Magpies a lesson in finishing. Magpies started well enough as they had their share of midfield control but Poynton have forwards who have a proven track record in goalscoring and they threatened the Magpies defence in the first half on the counter attack. Magpies had the best chance of the first half when the umpire gave Magpies the advantage instead of the penalty flick but Magpies failed to take the chance. Similarly Magpies won a number of penalty corners but Poynton were able to defend them successfully.

The game was decided in an 8 minute spell early in the second half when Poynton scored three goals in ruthless style. Magpies were clearly rocking for a few minutes but to their credit came back strongly and finished the stronger team. The goal scoring chances Magpies created were probably twice as many as Poynton but the final pass or shot was never executed effectively.

Magpies are now anxiously looking over their shoulder and need to record a couple of wins to move up the table.


UEA 1s 1-3 Harleston Magpies 2s

Magpies produced a disjointed performance in defeating the university. In a first half where magpies struggled to pass the ball with any fluidity, Lawrence Baynes produced the only highlight, driving into the D before flicking into the net to give them a 1-0 half time lead. The second half continued to be played at 100mph, and Magpies scored again through Robbie Kinsella who was in a good position at the far post. UEA scored a well worked short corner routine, to get themselves back in the game. Goal keeper Mark Lewis kept Magpies lead in tact with some first class saves before Gavin Cole ensured the victory with a neat finish to leave the final score 3-1.

Ladies 2s – MATCH REPORT

Watton 1s 4-3 Harleston Magpies 2s

Harleston started the game comfortably and put a lot of pressure on the Watton defence, although the game was a bit off pace the ball was being moved around nicely.
The first goal came early on, with a lovely pass from midfield wide right to Kathryn Hinsley, who passed the ball to Lucy Whiting who made no mistake slotting it passed the keeper.
The second goal was an interception by Kathryn Hinsley on the left, who then played a lovely ball into Lucy Whiting, which again she finished.
Watton then got many shortcorners and eventually finished one off. Finally before half-time, Kim Ashby put an excellent ball into the D from wide right and Kathryn Hinsley scored Magpies third goal, 1-3 at half-time.

Magpies knew that if they were going to keep their lead they needed to step their game up, and unfortunately did not do this, in fact this was the worst half ever played by Magpies seconds, not a good time either when they had scored 3 and were in the lead.
Watton passed the ball well and made some god runs, putting the Magpies defence under a lot of pressure, Magpies missed tackles and didn’t close players down and allowed them shots on goal, and Watton eventually penalised Magpies for this and scored 3 times in the second half to win the game. A very diappointing result for Magpies.


Harleston Mens 1s 3-3 Broxbourne 1s

Harleston entertained a strong Broxbourne side at home this weekend. Broxbourne started the better side as Harleston were slow to get started. Harleston struggled to string passes together and did not maintain possession well. Broxbourne pushed high trying to force Harleston into a mistake. Harleston were the first to score through a short corner which was converted at the back post by a diving Neil Toulson. Harleston continued to press and were unlucky not to double their lead when a shot flashed inches past the post. With the game getting more heated cards were started to be shown and Harleston were reduced to 10 men when Leigh Sitch was sent off for a clinical foul. Despite this set back Harleston held onto their lead till half time.

A minute into the second half Broxbourne equalised with a short corner of their own which just sneaked in. Harleston were still struggling to play their passing game and this invited Broxbourne to pressurise them. Broxbourne took the lead follwing a quick free hit which caught the Harleston defence napping. This goal spurred Harleston on who pushed forward in numbers looking for the equaliser, they eventually found it when Andy Hipwell’s shot took a deflection in the circle to leave the Broxbourne keeper with no chance. Harleston did not hang on to their lead long when Broxbourne were awarded a penalty flick which they converted. Harleston had to throw caution to the wind and go all out for the win. With time running out Neil Toulson popped up at the back post again to score with a reverse stick dive. With one minute left Harleston nearly snatched the game but unfortunately the final shot was just wide.

Next week Harleston travel to third place Blue Harts in what will be a very tough game.

Ladies 3s – MATCH REPORT

Ipswich & East Suffolk 1s 4-0 Harleston Magpies 3s

Sometimes the scoreline does not reflect the match and this was one of those occasions. If IES are honest they will feel lucky to have got one point from this game let alone all three league points. Magpies dominated territory and possession from start to finish but could not supply the finishing touch in front of goal. On the other hand IES had four shots on target and scored all 4. The final two being scored on breakaways. If Magpies can continue to play as they did in this match but become much more clinical in their finishing they will win their remaining league games this season. Katrina Warnes once again played a blinder in midfield and will soon be knocking on the 2nds door.

Ladies 4s – MATCH REPORT

Norwich Union 3s 1-1 Harleston Magpies Ladies 4s

Magpies started well, enjoying the majority of possession and encountering their fair share of chances within the first five minutes. However they were unfortunate to concede after just ten minutes into the game, when Norwich took advantage of a break, only to slot one home. Howver Magpies remained optimistic and with a combination of good team spirit and great passing their efforts paid off – ten minutes after going one down Mel Beevor scored after beating the goalkeeper in a one on one situation.

Such a performance continued throughout the second half despite a lot of pressure from Norwich. Some spectacular saves from Vicky Blackmore and a solid defensive performance was aided by the whole team. This determination paid off as Norwich were unable to capitalise on their short corner oppurtunities, leaving the final score Norwich Union III 1, Harlseton Magpies Ladies IV 1. Player of the match was Becky Marshall.

RESULTS – 24 Feb 2007

LADIES 1s v Poynton 1s – A – L 0-3
LADIES 2s v Watton 1s – A – L 3-4
LADIES 3s v Ipswich E-S 1s – A – L 0-4
LADIES Colts A v Norwich U 2s – H – L 2-3
LADIES 4s v Norwich U 3s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 5s v Thetford 1s – H – L 0-4
LADIES 6s v Herlings 1s – A – PP
LADIES Colts B v Dereham Colts 2 – A – L 0-3
U11 Girls Norfolk Championships 3rd
U13 Girls Norfolk Championships

MENS 1s v Broxbourne 1s – H – D 3-3
MENS 2s v UEA 1s – A – W 3-1
MENS 3s v Ipswich 3s – H – L 0-6
MENS 4s v Lowestoft Town 1s – A – L 4-5
MENS 5s v Norwich City 3s – H – L 0-5
MENS 6s v Pelicans 3s – H – L 2-7
MENS 7s v Bury St Edmunds 4s – A – D 1-1
MENS Vets v Pelicans – A – W 3-2

Bettsy running the marathon!

Hi, this is Laura Betts and I play for the Ladies 2nds at Magpies.

Basically I am running the London Marathon in April for Motor Neurone Disease as my dad passed away from the disease 2 years ago in March. I have to raise a minimum of £1500 and am about a third of the way

I have a web page where people can donate online and wanted to
put a link up on the Magpies blog page. However, for some reason my
computer doesn’t like this and so I was wandering whether you could
help me, with this?

The link is

Its totally secure and will take people to a my page where it gives
further information as to why I am running the marathon.

Hopefully, some people may donate, even a small amount of money in support.

Thanks for your help,
Laura Betts

U18 Girls – EHA Cup

Harleston magpies won 4-3 on penalty flicks.

Harleston Magpies U18 Girls reached the last 8 of the Cup after equalising in the last 20 seconds and then winning on sudden death penalty flicks. Magpies made a poor start after conceding a goal after 3 minutes due to poor marking, but Jess Bloom levelled the scores after 17 minutes. Canterbury were back in front on 25 minutes and went in at half time with a 2-1 lead. Hannah Coulson quickly levelled the scores with a reverse stick shot but Magpies were soon trailing 3-2 after conceding a penalty flick. Magpies showed real character as they increasingly took the game to Canterburuy as they went in search of the equaliser but as time seemed to be running out Jess Bloom made it 3-3 with a late gasp effort, which they deserved.

After the first round of penalty flicks the scores were level at 3-3 and on sudden death flicks Artemis Clark scored and Canterbury missed their final effort.