CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – 16 October 2007

Encouraging signs give hope for the future

This is a brief Chat to say that with the season now well underway there have been a number of encouraging signs giving us hope of a successful season.

The Men’s 1sts have won their first three matches; the Men’s Veterans have won their first four matches with a goal record of 36 for and only 3 against (!);

the Ladies’ Development team have won their first two matches;

the Men’s 3rds and Men’s 6ths have still to drop points;

the Men’s 4ths and 5ths have won two of their three matches;

the Boys’ and Girls’ U13s won the North Walsham and Dereham minis respectively with the U11 Boys coming second in their event at North Walsham;

the Ladies’ 2nds are on the up and with the exception of the 1sts all our other Ladies’ teams have recorded their first wins of the season.

We knew it was going to be a testing season for the young and largely inexperienced Ladies’ 1sts but after the disappointing start against Sunderland their other results have been encouraging and only a freak last second goal by Durham University denied them an away point they deserved. To see the ball loop into the net off a defender’s stick was hard to take and the DU manager sportingly said we deserved to get something from the game. Despite the defeat there were quite a number of positives including finding the net three times.

Off the field of play
the attractive new balcony is now in use as is the disabled toilet and I remind readers that the latter is available for use by everyone. The much promised stairlift will be fitted to the side staircase in the next couple of weeks. That will complete the upgrade of our facilities for this year not forgetting that the floodlights on both pitches were upgraded during the summer.

If you have been to the club recently
I also hope you have noticed the external painting which has been done of late. If you like it I will claim most of the credit but if you don’t I’ll blame my trainees John Pestell, Tony Williams and Peter Halls!! Joking apart I thank them for their hard work and good company and also Doug Sitch, for all the jobs he has done recently to help maintain the clubhouse in good condition, and David Cobbald and Andrew Longe for all their invaluable work on the grounds.

I also thank all those who attended the recent Quiz Evening
including, of course, Quiz Master Richard Rusted and the Ladies’ and Men’s 1st for providing the excellent ‘nibbles’. The attendance of 60 was, frankly, a little disappointing. Nevertheless we had an enjoyable and challenging evening!

Congratulations and best wishes
to the following members who have been selected to play for the East in the forthcoming regional tournaments.

Calianne Clark (U15s), Artemis Clark and Chloe Hobson (U17s) at Millfield School this coming weekend. Best wishes also to Leigh Sitch who is coaching the U15s.

Carl Sitch (U17s) at Belle Vue, Manchester on 26-28 October. Best wishes also to manager Jose Tibbenham.

The next two social and fund raising events
are the Fireworks Spectacular on Friday 2 November (gates open 6.00pm) and the Cocktail Evening on Saturday 24 November (7.30pm). PLEASE COME ALONG!! Tickets are on sale behind the bar.

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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
16 October 2007

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
20 October 2007

Magpies Men, despite being without Tristan Baynes and David Ling hit good form for the majority of the game to secure a convincing win against Blueharts. It looks very much like being a two horse race with St Albans beating Cambridge City to remain equal top with Magpies. This week Albans have a daunting trip to Havering. Whilst Albans would be expected to beat Havering no side has an easy run at this venue.

Magpies entertain newly promoted Bishops Stortford who have yet to win a game and sit one place from the bottom of the league.

Captain Leigh Sitch misses this game due to coaching commitments but Tristan Baynes is hoping to get medical clearance to take his place in the squad. David Ling continues to do non contact training and is perhaps three weeks away from a return to first team action.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager said “we were really pleased with our performance at Blueharts, I was predicting a convincing win sooner or later and it is good to achieve this away from home against one of the better sides in the league. We need to put in some consistent performances every week in all positions to put pressure on St Albans. Whilst the games against St Albans will be crucial I think the side winning the league will secure better results against all sides throughout the season.”

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Magpies Ladies Colts B 3-3 Thetford 2s

In the first half Thetford were quick off the mark and scored an early goal. Magpies kept their heads up and equalised from a short corner by Shirley.

Despite a lot of pressure from Magpies the score remained1-1 at half time.In the second half after some cooling refreshments Magpies quickly scored again by Beth but Thetford fought back and scored their second goal of the game.

Magpies again kept the pressure up and Hannah on her debute scored the third goal.With minutes to go Thetford managed to pull one back to bring the final score to 3-3.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

DURHAM UNIVERSITY 4-3 Harleston Magpies

A game that started so well for Magpies ended with Durham taking the lead for the first time in the match in the final second with a freak lobbed goal off a defenders stick and the final whistle went before the game could be restarted.

This was a cruel way to lose a game in which Magpies had promised so much in the early stages. Magpies early pressure saw them deservedly take the lead when Angie Wheelhouse scored from a right wing cross and a well worked free hit between Debbie McAllen and Angie nearly set up Cherry Seaborn for another goal.

Good attacking play saw Magpies increase their lead to 2-0 nil when Artemis Clark scored with a good penalty corner strike. Despite the scoreline the Durham forwards were causing the Magpies defence a number of problems and it was no surprise when they pulled a goal back before half time.

In the second half the Magpies defence individually and collectively were increasingly stretched by the Durham forwards and Durham pulled it back to 2-2. Within minutes 15 years old Cherry Seaborn broke into the Durham circle and scored her first National League goal with a shot from the top of the circle which put Magpies 3-2 in front. Despite her young age she has certainly impressed this season and it was nothing less than she deserved.

Both defences were struggling to cope with the other sides attackers and despite some excellent saves from goalkeeper Lucy Hayman Durham pulled it back to 3-3. At this point the game could have gone either way but just as the match seemed to be certain to finish in a draw a cruel twist of fate saw Durham snatch the winner.

Magpies defence had improved considerably in recent weeks so on a day when the Magpies forwards excelled it was disappointing that they made a number of basic errors that cost them the chance of a result.

RESULTS – 13 OCT 2007

LADIES 1s v Durham University (L) A L 3-4
LADIES 2s v IES 1s (L) 11.30 A W 5-1
LADIES Colts A v Norwich U 3s (L) (W) H W 2-0
LADIES 5s v Norwich City 3s (L) 4.00 UEA A L 1-6
LADIES 6s v Herlings (L) 12.15 (S) H W 2-1
LADIES Colts B v Thetford 2s (L) 1.30 A D 3-3
LADIES Dev. v Lowestoft (L) W 9-0
Sun
Girls U13 1st @ North Walsham Minis

MENS 1s v Blueharts (L) A W 6-2
MENS 2s v Crostyx (L) 2.15 (W) H L 1-2
MENS 3s v Bury St Edmunds 2s (L) A W 2-0
MENS 4s v I E S 2s (L) 4.00 (W) H W 3-0
MENS 5s v Bury St Edmunds 4s (L) A L 1-2
MENS 6s v Bury St Edmunds 3s (L) (S) H W 5-0
Men VETS v Bedford Town (L) (W) H W 12-2
Sun
Men VETS v Norwich City (EH Vets Cup) cancelled
Boys U11 2nd & U13 1st @ North Walsham Minis

Mens 4s v IES 2s, won 3-0, photos

Mens 4s 3-0 IES 2s

Magpies Mens 4th XI got back to winning ways at home with a very good performance controlling the match from the start leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with very little to do for long spells of the game other than marshal his defence.

In fact Magpies were unlucky not to have gone into the break a goal or two to the good, Will Bamber coming the cloest but early in the second half Will broke the deadlock turning the ball in at the back post.

As the game progressed into what looked like becoming a nervous last 10 minutes Craig Snelling settled the nerves turning a James Smith through ball round the advancing keeping. Dan Legg then completed the victory with a well worked short corner routine slotting the ball home from close range.

Photos courtesy www.stmphoto.co.uk
visit web link to view loads more photos from this match.

Mens 2s v Crostyx, lost 1-2, photos

Mens 2s 1-2 Crostyx 1s

Magpies were hopeful of continuing their winning form,
especially with the boost of Dave Francis
strengthening the squad, however it was not to be as
they came up against a strong Crostyx side.

Much of the possession and play was in magpies favour,
however Crostyx took their chances well, leaving
magpies with a 2 goal deficit. A second half goal from
Robbie Kinsella could not turn the match, meaning the
final score was 2-1 to the visiting team. Magpies
could argue that they were slightly unfortunate to not
have got a draw from the game, however Crostyx proved
the more clinical of the sides, and may be emerging as
one of the stronger teams in the league, so overall
not a poor performance from the magpies.

Next week the magpies face a tough clash with top of
the table Cambridge Nomads. Hopefully the winning
streak will return and magpies can bring back the 3 points.

Photos courtesy www.stmphoto.co.uk
visit web link to view loads more photos from this match.

U13 Girls Dereham Minis – WINNERS

HARLESTON MAGPIES U13 GIRLS WIN THE N WALSHAM TOURNAMENT

Magpies Under 13 Girls won the N Walsham Tournament to record their first win of the season. The team started well beating Watton 5-0 as they quickly rattled in the goals thanks to Keira Booty 2, Sarah Brook 2 and Holly Baker.

They then beat Norwich City B 4-0 with Lucy Crawford scoring twice, Sarah Brook and Lizzie Jones. The crunch game against Norwich City A finished 0-0, but Magpies dominated the game but just could not finish off all the many chances they created.

In the final game against N Walsham goals from Sarah Brook and Keira Booty saw Magpies home with a 2-0 win and first place in the Tournament.

Team: Beth Absolon (Capt), Katie Rudd, Sophie Podd, Elizabeth Jones, Sarah Brook, Holly Baker, Keira Booty and Lucy Crawford.

North Walsham minis

Magpies Under 11 boys took part in their first tournament of the season.

With only Sonny Molloy remaining from last year’s team this was good experience for this group of boys.

They got off to a great start winning their first 3 matches. Magpies then took the lead in the next game v Watton but were then guilty of running with the ball too much & got caught on the break twice. The tournament was still in their hands going into the last match v Norwich City.

Magpies gifted City 2 goals when we stopped playing – expecting the whistle to blow for fouls. They pulled back to 2-2 thanks to two goals by Harry. However, we lost the leadership of the tournament in the last few seconds – despite the ball being controlled by a Norwich foot.

Some harsh lessons but a very encouraging start. I’m sure that this group of boys will have plenty of sucess this season.

The Under 13 girls were winners of their tournament at North Walsham.

This picture shows Kiera Booty scoring against North Walsham. Below is their team photo.

U13 Boys North Walsham Minis – WINNERS

HARLESTON MAGPIES UNDER 13 BOYS
North Walsham Minis – 1st

A perfect start to the new season.

v Dereham won 2-0 (3pts) Tom G, Dom

v Pelicans won 3-0 (3pts) Thom R, Will, Tom G

v North Walsham won 7-0 (3pts) Thom R (3), Mitchell, Tom G (3)

v Watton won 5-0 (3pts) Thom R (2), Dom, Tom G (2)

v Norwich City won 6-0 (3pts) Thom R (2), Mitchell, Tom G (2), Kalun

Magpies finished up with 15pts, 23 goals for, none against, which gave them 1st place and winners of the competition.

Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Blueharts 2-6 Harleston Magpies

Harleston travelled to Hitchin to face a Blueharts struggling to find form in the league. Harleston as in previous games came out of the blocks flying, stringing together early passes and switching play well. Harleston took a deserved lead after Neil ‘Thierry Henry’ Toulson ghosted through the bemused Blueharts defence to leave a gaping hole at the top of the D where Andy Hipwell found Carl Sitch who slapped the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Harleston found themselves two goals up as Andy Hipwell continued his scoring run with a drag flicked short corner. Harleston as in previous weeks lost momentum and conceded when Stuart Leate was unfortunate to turn the ball into his own net with a finish any attacker would have been proud off. Harleston managed to hang to their lead with some excellent defending from Andy Bedwell and Tom Sumner, with Richard Gill clearing the ball off the line at a short corner.

Again at the start of the second half Harleston were playing some very attractive hockey opening up the Blueharts defence. Harleston were able to extend their lead through another short corner which Carl Sitch turned in after the original shot from Leigh Sitch was saved. Harleston gave themselves even more breathing space when Neil Toulson took a bobbling ball from Andy Hipwell ahead of the keeper to calmly slot home.

Blueharts were allowed back into the game after a dubious tackle led to them with time and space in the D to slot home past the advancing Iain Martin. With Blueharts again reduced to 10 men Harleston continued to push forward and found a 5th after good work down the left between Sam Moore and Chris Barber, Chris was able to slot the ball home from a tight angle as the Blueharts keeper advanced out, scoring his first 1st team league goal.

Harleston were not finished yet and found time to add a 6th as Richard Gill smashed tha ball in with a volley after the ball came up off the keeper at a short corner.

This result ended 6 years of hurt for Harleston at Blueharts.

Next week sees Harleston hosting newy promoted Bishop Stortford at home with the returning Tristan Baynes adding to the strength of the side.

Team photos on October 13th

On a glorious sunny morning at Weybread Magpies had a very successful set of results.

First of all the Colts A enjoyed their best performance of the season so far. They completely dominated the game against Norwich Union. Our keeper did not have anything to. Magpies won 2-0 and could have had many more thanks to some great hockey.

The Development Team then scored 9 goals without reply against Lowestoft.

The Ladies 6th team also played well to beat Herlings 2-1. No photo I’m afraid.

Finally the Mens Vets kept up their 100% record in the league with a 12-2 demolition of Bedford. That’s now 37 goals in four games.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
13 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies make the long trip up north this weekend to play Durham University in their English League Division I game starting at 12.00. Magpies will be looking to continue the improvement they have made in the last two matches against Doncaster and Loughborough Students and if they can do it then there is every chance they will be able to record their first point or points of the season.

Last weeks home performance against Loughborough was definitely worth a point, but Coach Colin Wheelhouse will be looking for this young side to continue learning and improving, but the first result of the season would just give the side a big boost in confidence to know they are doing the right things. The application and work rate has been excellent this season and the youngest player in the squad Cherry Seaborn at 15 years old has certainly impressed up front.

Durham University were promoted last season and are obviously finding their feet at this level but they produced an excellent result the other week beating Sutton Colfield, after a poor result in their opening game.

Probable Squad: Louisa Greenacre (capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Ellie Blake, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Amelia Thomson, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Laura Betts, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Magpies Men remained at the top of the division following a win against Broxbourne. A reasonable first half performance resulted in a 2-0 lead however Magpies took their foot off the pedal and had to hang on after letting the visitors back into the game. It was certainly a bad day at the office as too many players had poor games.Injuries and unavailability has disrupted recent performances. Stuart Leate played half a game following injury, Tristan Baynes and David Ling are still out through injury, both players are healing well with Baynes likely to be in contention for a place on 20th October.

This week sees a visit to Blueharts who have won one and lost one with their most recent loss being against Dereham. If Magpies can replicate some of their better pre-season form then they will remain at the top of the league. Early season form puts recently relegated St Albans equal top with Magpies. Game of the day is likely to be St Albans visit to third placed Cambridge City.

All three of the top sides have a hundred per cent record. A guide to form is that both St Albans and Cambridge City have beaten Ipswich by the odd goal. Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager commented earlier this week “I am pleased to have won both games without really hitting any sort of form. Our injuries have disrupted our season but we are very close to being able to field a settled side we will hit a big score soon. However to keep winning with mediocre performances tells me something about our squad”.

Men 2s – MATCH REPORT

West Herts 2s 0-5 Magpies 2s

Magpies ran out this game winners, with a convincing
5-0 scoreline without ever totally reaching their best
form.

Magpies started the game strongly, winning numerous
short corners in a row, however were unable to convert
any, eventually though the pressure told as magpies
managed to score twice from open play thanks to
smartly taken goals from Gavin Cole and James Stacey.

Magpies managed to keep the defence tight but Mark
Lewis in goal came out quickly when he needed to.
Before half time magpies managed to give themselves
some breathing space. Richard Larkin’s short corner
strike making the lead 3-0. On the half time whistle
another short corner was awarded and magpies put the
ball in the goal, however Phil Cobbalds stroke was
disallowed as it was decided that the ball never left
the circle from the injection!

After half time West Herts came out fighting strongly,
however again the magpies defence held strong, and
having absorbed the early pressure, a fourth goal was
added to the tally, with Jimmy Wheeler converting a
scrappy goal after the ball had been whizzing around
the Werts Herts circle. A fifth goal also came in the
form of Robbie Kinsella, who deserved a goal after he
had earlier hit the post.

Magpies were pleased to take the three points, however
the feeling was that there was still much room for the
performance to improve next week at home to Crostyx.

Ladies 1s – MATCH REPORT

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1-2 LOUGHBOROUGH STUDENTS

Harleston Magpies were unfortunate not to have picked up their first point of the season as they pushed Loughborough all the way and this young side showed how much they have improved in the the last two weeks.

Magpies were fast out of the blocks and pressed the visitors very hard in the opening ten minutes with Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse supported by Laura Parker threatening to open up the Loughborough defence. All this good work was wasted as Loughboroughs first real attack was not cleared properly allowing them to take the lead with a scrappy goal.

Magpies responded within a few minutes when pressure won them a penalty corner and Artemis Clark levelled the scores with a fierce corner strike. This was nothing less than Magpies deserved and with renewed confidence they continued to control the first half but unfortunately they were unable to add to their score.

Loughborough started well in the second half and Magpies were forced back in the opening ten minutes but survived this pressure and Helen Brook was having a solid game at left defender. Magpies never had the same control in the second half and fell behind to a second Loughborough goal in a disappointing way.

Magpies worked hard to get themselves back into the game and came close to a last minute equaliser from a free hit but it was not to be. This was a very positive performance by Magpies and confirms they are moving in the right direction.