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