Sudbury 1s 1-1 Magpies 2s
Magpies went into this game already assured of promotion, but were keen to do it in style by winning the league. Sudbury started well and scored early with a disappointing goal from a Magpies perspective. Despite this early set back, Magpies continued to play their usual game, moving the ball about well, and were rewarded for their efforts when Mike Warlow scored a well taken goal, leaving the scores level at half time.
The second half belonged to Magpies, who dominated possession, but failed to score, no thanks to some debatable umpiring decisions. Two goals were disallowed, with one being a particularly crazy decision as the ball was clearly struck from inside the D.
At the final whistle Magpies felt rather deflated as they knew a win had slipped through their fingers. But after being 12 points behind the league leaders in October, promotion marks the end to a great season.
GIRLS U18 NATIONAL CUP
HARLESTON MAGPIES 3-2 OLTON
Harleston Magpies U18 Girls qualified for the National Finals at Birmingham on May 19th/20th when they beat Olton 3-2 in this quarter final cup tie.
Magpies early pressure saw Kim Ashby force the ball over the line on 7 minutes after a scramble in the Olton goal mouth. Unfortunately Olton levelled the score at 1-1 three minutes later with a reverse stick shot. Magpies upped the tempo in the second half and early pressure saw Magpies awarded a penalty stroke which Jess Bloom scored to make it 2-1. Magpies continued to force the pace with Hannah Coulson driving the team on from midfield, whilst the forwards Lizzie Clymer, Jess Bloom and Kim Ashby kept the Olton defence at full stretch. Ellie Blake was marshalling the defence well and made some timely tackles.
The decisive goal came on 61 minutes scored by Kim Ashby and was nothing less than Magpies deserved. Olton scored a late second goal from a penalty corner on 69 minutes but it was too late to alter the result.
Squad: Hannah Coulson, Jess Bloom, Alice Nutbourne, Frances Taylor, Amy Tuffs, Ellie Blake, Amelia Thomson, Helen Brook, Katrina Warnes, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Josie Molloy, Kim Ashby and Lizzie Clymer.
Harleston Mixed 4-1 Tulse Hill
Harleston’s mixed team played their 3rd round of the cup on a blustery sunday down at Weybread. Harleston linked up well from the start moving the ball around the slow Tulse Hill side, Harleston took the lead through Kathryn Hinsley when she followed up her own deflection to superbly lift the ball over the goal keeper. Harleston soon doubled their lead in the first half when Angie Wheelhouse slotted home from close range.
In the second half Tulse Hill pushed more players forward pressurising Harleston from the back however with standing the pressure Harleston scored their third trough Kathryn Hinsly with another well taken goal. Harleston weren’t finished there though when they grabber their forth through Angie Wheelhouse following a short corner. Tulse Hill were able to grab goal 2 minutes from time with a well struck short corner from Will Nurse.
HARLESTON MAGPIES 1-0 LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Harleston Magpies moved up to 5th place with a deserved 1-0 win over Loughborough University in a tense game, that ensured Magpies Division I status next season. A run of drawn games had seen Magpies looking anxiously over their shoulders as four teams Birmingham, Trojans, Magpies and Loughborough tried to pull away from 8th place and a relegation play off game.
Magpies went about their business in a very determined way and put the Loughborough defence under early pressure but could not turn pressure into goals. Finally Angie Wheelhouse fired Magpies into the lead with a shot following a free hit taken just outside the circle, which gave Magpies the comfort of a half time lead.
Magpies have not always defended an early lead very well in recent games but on this occasion Magpies dug deep. With Loughborough desperately needing a result Lucy Hayman in goal was forced into action for the first time late in the second half. Three successive penalty corners in the final 6 minutes were anxious moments for Magpies, but the defence finally cleared the ball and the Magpies forwards professionally ran the clock down as they frustrated Loughborough in the final moments of the game.
This was an excellent team performance with a high work ethic which ensured Magpies the crucial three points. Young Ellie Blake gave her best performance for Magpies to date.
Next week Magpies will be able to enjoy their final League game away at Barnes free from the pressure of the last few weeks.
Cambridge City 2-3 Harleston
Harleston travelled down to Cambridge on a bright sunny morning looking for a good result against strong opposition. Harleston started well passing the ball and moving well into space creating a couple of chances. Harleston finally got their reward when Tom Sumner intercepted a quick free hit to loft the ball past the Cambridge keeper. Cambridge had little going foward and with Harleston still playing very nice hockey they eventually doubled their lead from a short corner scored by Tristan Baynes.
After the break Harleston made a few chances, preparing them selves for next year. With the changes Harleston lost some of the structure early on while adapting. Cambridge managed to pull a goal back from a well struck short corner. With Cambrige pushing high looking for the equaliser it allowed Harleston to hit them on the break, on one of these counter attacks Richard Ling was able to convert at the back post after a brilliant cross from Andy Hipwell. Cambridge continued to fight and were denied a second when Iain Martin pulled off a top class save to keep Harleston in the game. Cambridge eventually scored their second with 2 minutes remaining leaving Harleston to hang on and clinch the deserved win.
Next week Harleston play their final game of the season at home to Bury.
HARLESTON MAGPIES UNDER 11 BOYS HAD A SUCCESSFUL MINIS TOURNAMENT AT WATTON – Finished 2nd
A great days hockey in atrocious gale force winds.
v Pelicans lost 1-4 (0pt) Mitchell Tomkins
Magpies struggled to get underway in their 1st game, and playing against the wind found themselves in all sorts of defensive trouble and 0-4 down in 5 minutes, slowly they started to get their game underway and pulled a goal back from Mitchell Tomkins.
v Watton won 1-0 (3pts) Mitchell Tomkins
A much better performance, and a good finish from Mitchell Tomkins gave Magpies the lead, Ben Parker had an encouraging debut on the right, and good defensive work from Josh Elgood and Barnaby Carless helped secure the teams first win of the tournament.
v Dereham drew 1-1 (2pts) Mitchell Tomkins
Magpies battled well in this match, and another strike from Mitchell Tomkins looked good enough for a 2nd win, but late on Dereham struck a speculative shot that was going wide, but unfortunately got deflected into the goal off a defender. Still 2pts gained for a score draw.
v Norwich City won 2-0 (3pts) Sonny Molloy 2
This was a very one sided game, as Magpies were now in fine form, with George Collins continually attacking down the right, and Kalun Bedingfield recycling possession in and around the Norwich D, but it was six minutes into the game before Sonny Molloy scored for Magpies. Then with further forward interplay with Mitchell Tomkins, Sonny scored a fine 2nd to secure another 3pts.
v North Walsham won 4-0 (3pts) Mitchell Tomkins 2, Kalun Bedingfield 2
After a poor start to the tournament, Magpies were now in dominant form, great play between Kalun, Sonny and Mitchell, who used his pace to grab 2 quick goals. Kalun added a 3rd from a short corner strike, and then followed up with a fine jinking run and stroked the ball into the far corner for the 4th goal. Goalkeeper Jonathan Coe was only called on once in this match, but made a fine save at the near post to keep the score 4-0.
Magpies finished up with 11pts, the same total as Pelicans, but were narrowly pushed into 2nd place on goal difference. After such a dreadful start, Magpies played some of the best attacking hockey of the Tournament, with Mitchell top scorer with 6 goals. Well done chaps, it was great to watch!
Team: George Collins, Jonathan Coe(GK), Josh Elgood, Kalun Bedingfield, Sonny Molloy, Mitchell Tomkins, Barnaby Carless(Capt) and Ben Parker
Magpies 2s 5-0 Cambridge City 3s
Magpies ensured promotion with a 5-0 demolition of Cambridge City. Despite the score being only 1-0 at half time following a Robbie Kinsella strike, Magpies were in full control, with the Cambridge keeper making a string of good saves, and Cambridge themselves failing to get a shot on target.
The second half continued in the same fashion, with Lawrence Baynes scoring early in the half from a short corner. The ball was played back to the Baynes after he had push out, and he flicked the ball into the net. With the front line combinations of Wheeler, Warlow, Kinsella, Moore, Baynes and Cole inter changing upfront and running Cambridge ragged, 3 more goals came and quick succession, from Jimmy Wheeler, Mike Warlow and Gavin Cole completing a fine display.
As always, the support from the sidelines was greatly appreciated, and thanks to Phil for running the bench. Having built up an excellent goal difference this year, (mostly due to the defence and goal keeper keeping clean sheets) the title is still a realistic possibility, with Cambridge City 2’s 2 point ahead with one game to play.
Haverhill 1s 2-3 Harleston Magpies 3s
Harleston remained 4th in the table after this hard fought win. Haverhill started strongly in the first ten minutes but once magpies settled they played with guts and determination. Julie Podd found herself well up the pitch and screamed a long corner across the circle, surprisingly Jose Tibbenham made perfect contact and gave the Haverhill no chance with her first time connection. Haverhill equalised from a short corner just before half time. Haverhill were letting themselves get rattled by the umpires and had could have no excuses when Magpies went two goals up with Lizzie Clymer cooly converting. Caroline Aldous made Magpies comfortable when she followed up a short corner. Haverhill pulled a goal back with 3 minutes remaining. Magpies were not going to let their grip on the game and Lizzie Clymer who had been a thorn in Haverhills side all afternoon continued to keep them on the back foot. Magpies kept their cool in another feisty encounter.
LADIES 1s v Loughborough Uni 1s – H – W 1-0
LADIES 2s v St Ives 1s – H – L 3-4
LADIES 3s v Haverhill 1s – A – W 3-2
LADIES Colts A v Pelicans 2s – A – W 4-2
LADIES 4s v Dereham Colts 1 – A – L 0-3
LADIES 5s v Evergreens 2s – H – D 1-1
LADIES 6s v Yarmouth 4s – A – W 3-0
LADIES Colts B v Diss 1s – H – W 1-0
National Youth Cup Quarter Final
U18 Girls v Oulton – H – W 3-2
National Mixed Cup
Magpies v Tulse Hill & Dulwich Dragons W 4-1
MENS 1s v Cambridge City 1s – A – W 3-2
MENS 2s v Cambridge City 3s – H – W 5-0
MENS 3s v Lowestoft Town 1s – A – W 1-0
MENS 4s v Felixstowe 1s – H – L 1-6
MENS 5s v Norwich Union 3s – A – L 0-9
MENS 6s v Bury St Edmunds 4s – A – W 2-0
MENS Vets v Chelmsford – H – W 3-0
U11 Boys 2nd on goal difference
U13 Boys 2nd on goal difference
Well done to the Mens Vets on reaching the Semi-Finals of the National Cup by beating Stourport away on Sunday.
Magpies found themselves 2-0 down at half time to a strong Stourport side featuring several ex-GB players including gold medal winner Imran Sherwani. The away team came out fighting after the break however and pulled the scores level through a fantastic John Aldridge lob and a superb solo goal from Roger Kent.
Stourport regained the lead through a penalty stroke before being awarded another flick, this time brilliantly saved by Dave Brown in goal with 5 minutes to play. Phil Alexander came off the bench and scored Magpies’ equaliser in the final minute to take the match into strokes.
Sucessful flicks scored by Phil Cobbald, John Aldridge and David Blackmore, leaving Peter Dolton to score the final one after 2 Stourport misses which he put away in usual fashion resulting in victory and a place in the last four for the mighty Magpies veterans!
Special thanks to the travelling supporters. The semi final has been drawn against Bournville at home on April 1st.
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM 1-1 HARLESTON MAGPIES
Magpies came back from 1-0 down in the second half to level the scores at 1-1 in a game they could not afford to lose. Whilst the result ensures Birmingham remain three points behind Magpies with two games to go, Magpies know this was another opportunity missed to kill off the game based on possession and chances.
Magpies started well in the first half as they pressed the University side back into their own half and created some chances that they were unable to convert into goals. Donna Causton’s penalty corner strike was disallowed for being marginally high whilst the University side only stretched the Magpies defence on a couple of occasions.
Against the run of play Birmingham took the lead early in the second half, but Magpies kept their composure and within minutes Donna Causton scored from a penalty corner strike to make it 1-1. Two minutes later she was denied a second goal when the goal keeper saved at full stretch with a her stick. Another corner saw Angie Wheelhouse fire marginally wide and the forwards were just unable to make a final touch. The University side were now on the back foot as Magpies were finishing much the stronger of the two sides Anna Truman, Jess Bloom and Naomi Hull were all woking the Birmingham defence hard but the second goal eluded them.
Next week Magpies play Loughborough University at home.
Harleston 5-2 West herts
Harleston hosted West Herts at home on a bright sunny saturday morning. Harleston started strongly creating plenty of chance but the West Herts keeper was equal to every effort and kept the scores even. Andy Hipwell found the break through at a short corner with a drag flicked goal. Harleston continued to push forward and were unlucky not to double their lead before Colin Wheelhouse converted from a very tight angle. The scores stayed the same for the rest of the half with the best of the chances going to the home side.
The second half started again with Harleston on top pushing West Herts back and eventually scored their third goal from a short corner which David Ling deflected brilliantly past the keeper. Harleston then lost their way slightly and conceded a dubious short corner which was converted from a straight strike. Harleston now on the back foot were defending well and eventually won another short corner which Tristan Baynes converted to restore the 3 goal cushion. A defensive error however saw West Herts score their second with 15 minutes left. The rest of the game was even but Magpies did ass their fifth on the stroke of time when Tom Sumner converted with a deflection from a short corner.
Next week Harleston travel to Cambridge City looking for another win to keep them in second place
Magpies 2s 5 -2 March Town 1s
Harleston battled well after a poor start to come away with the victory against a potentially tricky March team. Despite taking the lead through Robbie Kinsella, Magpies let March back into the game after giving the ball away cheaply. An outstanding save from Mark Lewis in goal for Magpies ensured that the scores were level at the break.
After tough words at half time, Magpies started quickly talking a 2-1 lead early in the second half, through a Jimmy Wheeler strike. But again, March pulled it back to 2-2 from a penalty flick. Magpies pushed on scoring 3 further goals as March tired with Mike Warlow scoring one, and Jimmy Wheeler scoring two, completing his hat-trick to leave the final score 5-2.
Magpies 2s 4-1 Cambridge Uni 2s
The game got of to a good start with both teams looking quite evenly matched. Magpies looked strong in their defense and dangers on the attack.
Magpies had some good opportunities and turned one of them into a short corner. With a great shot from Lucy Miller the ball pounded the back board of the goal. This was a good first goal and lifted Magpies spirits to carry on the game with great determination. Magpies were strong and with some great balls down the line by Amy Tuffs and good team work by Laura Betts Magpies were bound to get another goal. So when the second goal came by Frances Taylor sweeping the ball into the corner of the goal from a short corner the team was pleased and had been working hard for it.
Cambridge was fighting well and there passing up the pitch and especially in midfield was good. Unfortunately for Magpies Cambridge got there first goal after Magpies second one. Magpies did have a few injuries so the team got changed around but Magpies dealt with it well. Magpies scored there third and fourth goal in stile with Jess Hull and Lucy Whiting getting them.
In the last 25 minutes of the game a couple of players got injured so Magpies were a player down but still managed to hold Cambridge off, with them having no real shot at goal in that time. Magpies won the game comfortably with mention going to Chloe Hobson, who was the player of the match for an outstanding performance.
Magpies ladies 3s 2-1 Yarmouth 1s
Magpies ladies 3rds took an early lead when Helen Brook dribbled into the circle unchallenged and slotted the ball neatly into the right hand corner. The match was a rather niggly affair with Yarmouth challenging umpiring decisions and constantly appealing. Play was end to end for the rest of the first half. Helen Brook completed a fine performance with a second goal, a crisp corner strike this time into the left hand corner. With a minute to go a foul on Helen Brook strangely resulted in a free hit against her gaining Yarmouth a penalty corner which they scored a late consolation.
LADIES 1s v Birmingham Uni 1s – A – D 1-1
LADIES 2s v Cambridge University 2s – A – W 4-1
LADIES 3s v Yarmouth 1s – H – W 2-1
LADIES Colts A v Norwich City 2s – A – L 2-6
LADIES 4s v Yarmouth Ladies 2s – H – L 0-1
LADIES 5s v Old Buckenham 2s – A – L 2-6
LADIES 6s v Diss Ladies 1s – H – W 1-0
LADIES Colts B v Yarmouth Ladies 3s – A – W 4-0
MENS 1s v West Herts 1s – H – W 5-2
MENS 2s v March Town 1s – A – W 5-2
MENS 3s v North Walsham 1s – H – W 2-1
MENS 4s v Ipswich E-S 2s – A – L 2-4
MENS 5s v Holt Harlequins 1s – H – W 2-1
MENS 6s v Norwich City 4s – H – W 7-1
National Vets Cup Quarter Final
MENS Vets v Sourport – A – D 3-3
Won 4-3 on flicks – Now in Semi-Final