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

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.


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.


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”.


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

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 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.


Harleston Magpies 3-2 Broxbourne

Harleston entertained Broxbourne for their first home league game. Harleston started the stronger of the two sides playing some nice hockey, preventing Broxbourne from entering their 25 for 10 minutes. Harleston deservedly took the lead through Andy Hipwell after he latched onto a through ball before audaciously lobbing the keeper on his reverse stick.

Harleston soon found themselves 2 goals up again Andy Hipwell scoring from a penalty corner. Harleston took their foot off the pedal which allowed Broxbourne to get back into the game with Iain Marting having to make a diving save to preserve Harleston’s clean sheet at half time.

Harleston again struggled to get going in the second half which allowed Broxbourne to come at them, Harleston conceded a penalty stroke as Iain Martin made a diving safe with his back stick which Broxbourne slotted home. This was the wake up call that Harleston needed as they again extended their lead to 2 goals as Chris Barber rounded the keeper twice before crossing the ball for Neil Toulson to tap home at the back post.

Harleston were then awarded a penalty stroke as Chris Barber was flattened by the Broxbourne but Harleston weren’t able to convert which set up a tense last 15 minutes. Harleston struggling to string passes together conceded again from a well worked short corner but were able to cling on to their lead to seal another 3 points.

Next week Harleston travel to Blueharts.

U13 Girls Pelicans Minis Tournament


Harleston Magpies entered two U13 Girls teams in the first Tournament of the season at Pelicans finishing 3rd and 8th.

U13 A team finished 8th
v Pelicans A drew 1-1 Paris Wood
v Watton drew 0-0
v Greshams lost 0-3
v Norwich A drew 0-0

7th/8th play off
v Norwich B lost 0-1

Team: Katherine Ridley, Henrietta McDaniel, Hannah Gormley, Lucy Pring, Rosie Cole, Anna Lacey, Paris Wood and Jemima Jacobs.

U13 B team finished 3rd
v Dereham won 1-0 Beth Absolon
v Pelicans B lost 0-1
v Norwich B won 2-0 Lucy Crawford, Sarah Brook

Semi Finals
v Greshams lost 0-1

3rd/4th Play off
v Norwich A won 2-0 Keira Booty, Sarah Brook

Team: Bethan Absolon, Katie Rudd, Sophie Podd, Sarah Brook, Holly Baker, Lizzie Jones, Lucy Crawford and Keira Booty.

It was good to be able to enter two Under 13 teams in the first Tournament of the season to give 16 players the opportunity to play and show what they can do.


Magpies 5s 3-0 Sudbury 3s

Harleston Magpies started strongly with some excellent stick work from Ben Wright and Charles Durrant. However it was Sudbury who put the pressure on the Magpies goal with three short corners in quick succession, ome of which had to be excellently saved by keeper Tom Marshall.

Magpies settled down well after this and with some constructive midfield play were soon 1-0 up thanks to a good strike from Charles Durrant.

In the second half, Magpies maintained the pressure with the defence having very little to do. Ben Wright continued to impress and almost scored but the shot was well saved by the keeper. Two more goals came from short corners, one being neatly slotted away from a tight angle by young Sam Collins and the second from the old hand-Tim Mann.

Final score Magpies 3 Sudbury 0
– Robin Hayward

Under 11 Girls Pelicans Tournament

Sunday 7th October 2007

Magpies Girls first under 11 tournament of the season was held on Sunday Oct 7 at Pelicans.

Magpies started against a strong and well organised Gresham team (eventual winners) and finally lost a tough opening game 2-0. Further games against Dereham, Pelicans and Norwich city resulted in goaless draws. Magpies best performance was against Watton where 2 goals from the impressive Saffron Wilford enabled the girls to get their first win.

Strong performances from Saffron Wilford, Kira Wooltorton and Georgia Pearson ably supported by goalkeeper Madaline Eglington, Catherine Kilbourn, Jessica Young, Olivia Gooderham and Harriet Catchpole enabled magpies to finish a creditable 3rd.

RESULTS – 6 OCT 2007

LADIES 1s v Loughborough S (L) 12.30 (W) H L 1-2
LADIES 2s v Lincoln I (L) 1.45 (S) H D 2-2
LADIES Colts A v Sprowston I (L) 2.00 A L 1-0
LADIES 5s v Evergreens II (L) 3.15 (S) H L 3-5
LADIES 6s v Diss (L) 11.00 A L 2-3
LADIES Colts B v Herlings (L) 2.00 A D 2-2
LADIES Dev. v Norwich Union conceded to magpies
Girls U11 3rd & U13
3rd and 8th, Minis @ Pelicans

MENS 1s v Broxbourne (L) 2.15 (W) H W 3-2
MENS 2s v West Herts 2 (L) A W 5-0
MENS 3s v Pelicans 2 (L) 12.15 (S) H W 2-1
MENS 4s v Sudbury 2 (L) A L 0-2
MENS 5s v Sudbury 3 (L) 4.00 (W) H
W 3-0
MENS 6s v Crane 2 (L) A W 2-0
Men VETS v Bury St Edmunds (L) A W 5-0


Sudbury 2s 2-0 Magpies Mens 4s

Magpies Mens 4th XI found their first trip on the road more challenging than they expected coming up against a spirited Sudbury 2nd XI who had only narrowly been defeated the previous week. Nevertheless the tireless work rate of the young Magpies team was a real positive of the day and a lot was learnt from this encounter.

Indeed it was not until the second half that Sudbury final found a way through Magpies solid defence to get the opener. Charlie Graham and Louis Stevens in Magpies defence proving just how much they have come on since the start of the season with outstanding performances.

Sudbury finally gaining their second close to the end of the game when, with Magpies chasing an equaliser, Sudbury caught Magpies on the break leaving Charlie Garrod in goal with a two forwards to deal with. A situation despite his best efforts he could do little about.

Ladies Colts B – MATCH REPORT

Herlings 2-2 Harleston Magpies Ladies Colts B

The first half was tough for both teams Magpies kept a lot of the possession but Herlings kept fighting back and were very strong in defence.

The first goal scored was from Magpies by Beth Alexander and the score stayed 1-0 for the rest of the first half. The second half saw Herlings with most of the possession and many short corners, scoring a goal from one of these short corners and levelling the score at 1-1, then Herlings managed to score another putting them into the lead at 2-1.

After Herlings two goals they had one disallowed. Magpies kept their heads up and managed to bring the score back to 2-2 giving Beth her second goal of the game. Although both teams kept up the hard work the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle.