Ladies 7th Team v Norwich City 7th D 2-2

Ladies 7s were the last team to play in the Norwich City hockey fest on Saturday. Magpies were in attacking mode from the start and were rewarded with a goal after constant pressure by debutante Jess Tarrent.  City were able to equalise as their forwards headed into the gloomy half of the pitch and a goal mouth scramble resulted in the ball crossing the line.  The second half saw magpies again working hard and keeping possession of the ball and we went ahead in the game for the second time with Ellen Moodie on the score sheet yet again.  However, it was not to be, with short corner after short corner being given and a defender wrongly sent to the half way line City were able to equalise.  A hard drawn game with special mention to all our young players who played their socks off!


The Ladies 2s bounced back from last weeks heavy defeat and grabbed themselves a second win of the season on Saturday when they travelled to Taverham to face Norwich City. Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linked up well in the forward line and a prolonged period of pressure resulted in the visitors taking the lead through Anouska. Jess Howland and Cat MacIver won every fifty-fifty battle in midfield which allowed Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington to make strong breaks down the left, and Sophia Basset and Emily Rash to control the right flank. 

Anouska doubled her talley before Georgie Cantrell added a third to give Magpies a 3-0 lead at half time. City came out fighting after the break and won numerous penalty corners which were deftly dealt with by Alice Wells in goal, and the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson in front of her. The win gives the team a real boost before hosting league leaders Chelmsford at 1.30pm this Saturday. 

A strong start with lots of short passing led to the Ladies 4s also notching up their second win of the season last weekend. Imi Ramsdale set up Cassie Aymes to strike a short corner which opened the scoring, giving Magpies the momentum from which another corner was awarded. Despite the first strike being saved, straight from her honeymoon Treacle Griffin was on hand to slot the rebounding ball through the legs of the Dereham ‘keeper. Maintaining the majority of possession, Magpies worked from the back for their third goal, by clearing the ball to Sophie Baxter who drove it into the D for a shot which rebounded to Honey Lamkin who’s strike was saved. Cassie was first to the lose ball and scored using her reverse stick, taking the 4s up to eighth in the league, just below next weekends rivals Pelicans. 

The Men’s 1s are joint second in the East Premier A league following their eighth consecutive win last Saturday. Dave Skinner was called up from the 2s to replace the injured Tim Whiteman and an inspired management decision saw Raunaq Rai slide into midfield. Limiting Saffron Walden’s attacking options, and after a number of missed opportunities at the back post, Ollie Whiteman set Skinner up for his debut 1st XI goal. A lapse in concentration allowed the opposition to level but Tom Ridley found James Gray up high who reversed the ball low past the keeper. The 2-1 win sets Magpies up for a tough match on Saturday away at St Albans who are level on points but have a superior goal difference of the Norfolk team. 

The Ladies Fifths were required to put in a better performance last weekend as they faced Norwich City Fifths who went into the game one point above Magpies. Fi Brice broke the deadlock after hard work from Alyssa a Walker in midfield but City equalised before the break. Jess Menzies set up Ella Spear for a calmly taken goal to put the home side back in the lead before Jose Tibbenham added another to cement the 3-1 win in a game where Katy Davy and Mimi Slade played fantastically. 

The unbeaten Ladies 6s have stretched their lead to seven points following a 5-0 win against Norwich City at ‘The Nest’. An aggressive press from Flea Perry, player of the match Georgie Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris forced City back in their own half which led to Laura Woodgate deflecting in the first goal for Magpies. Goal machine Rachael Clifford bagged a hat trick before Laura scored the fifth to complete a solid performance.

Sunday brought together 24 teams of boys and girls aged U10 for a “Mini Sticks’ tournament hosted by Magpies. It was a brilliant morning of youth hockey with heaps of talent and smiling faces on display, huge thanks to all involved in running the morning. Later on there were cup games underway at ‘The Nest’ with the Mixed ‘A’ team putting eleven goals past Norwich Dragons and Matt Brand scoring a hat trick for the Men’s O40s against Norwich City to progress to the third round. 

The Mixed ‘B’ team didn’t fair so well against Dereham which ended with a 9-1 defeat but the team will get another chance to shine as they will now compete in the Plate competition. Talking of which, the Men’s O50s will head to IES this Sunday boosted by the availability of Murrey Graham, Jonathon Aldridge and Andy Catchpole. 

Saturday will see both Magpies 2nd teams play at home alongside the Men’s 6s (11.30am) and the 5s who host Felixstowe at 1.30pm. The Boys and Girls Development teams are on the road whilst the Ladies 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s are all at home which bodes well for takings behind the bar! 


Mixed”B” v Dereham L 1-9

 It was the start of something new, with magpies mixed “B” team playing away to Dereham in the first fixture of the cup/plate. Before the game began we all agreed that enjoyment was at the forefront of our game. Inspired by the mixed “A” team win, we wanted to get our head in the game.
The late starting match could be said to have unsettled magpies, but alas, a solid first half was in store.  But the defence of Knock, Cumming, Tolhurst and Plum were beaten with a slick play with two quick concessions.  But we soon realised, we are all in this together, which led to a breaking free movement, from Tibbenham and Seth . Making the score 2-1 at half time.
Half time talks about sticking to the status quo were brief and taken on board.
The second half began with the rain on our backs and the fire in our hearts at the sight of not making the cup.  With a few star players from Dereham, the goals kept coming. But spirits were high from Magpies. A goal that bopped to the top the net, with Nick (Snakey) failing to use his legs we started to crumble like a pret amanger croissant. With collisions from Cumming into Caswell-Dodd another goal was driven into the defences net. More importantly the late start began to worry some players about the chicken in the oven at home.
After the game, with the horizon of hope fading fast we accepted our fate. 

Final score 9-1 did not reflect the play of the game, but the future may look brighter now making the plate. 

A winter of rest and relaxation is maybe what the team needs. Who knew that you could be so happy when losing 9-1, it proves that hockey is the real winner and we stuck to our roots (enjoyment at the forefront of our game). 

One step closer to the plate we take, one giant leap for magpies hockey.


Ladies 1st Team v Hampstead & Westminster L 1-3

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week welcomed Hampstead and Westminster to the nest. The match was started well with Magpies holding good ground and linking up some lovely passes.
The match was tilted towards the home team after a goal was scored from an early short corner.  Rose Winter getting the vital final touch to put the home team ahead.  Magpies defended well and created some promising opportunities but with a great deflection in the circle from Hampstead the scores were levelled, 1-1.  
After half time both teams came out fiercer and stronger than before and Magpies created some lovely midfield play to link passes and gain lots of circle entries and short corner opportunities. Magpies had good possession but tensions rose when Hampstead had a short corner in the last 2 minutes after a good spell of possession.  Hampstead scored a cheeky deflection to put them 2-1 up. Shortly after this Magpies conceded a goal in the last play of the game from another short corner, rounding up the game with heart-breaking 3-1 loss.
This takes Magpies into the mid-season break sitting 5th in the table on 16 points with Hampstead and Westminster sitting top of the league. The season resumes on 2nd February 2019.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Rose Winter.


Ladies 5th Team Norwich City 5 W 3-1

What a difference a week makes!  Norwich were going to provide a sterner test being one place above Magpies in the league.   After last weeks lethargic start Magpies started brightly keeping pressure on Norwich in the attacking half.  Some early short corners were well saved by the Norwich keeper.  The deadlock was eventually broken by Fi Brice with a clean penalty corner strike inside the left post.  This seemed to give Magpies more impetus.  The midfield of Alyssa, Fi, Jess and Talitha were working very hard getting early ball to the forwards.  Norwich almost caught Magpies out when all the defence strayed a bit high up the pitch but Katy Davy thwarted the Norwich attack.  Norwich worked their way back into the game and equalised before half time.
With the home crowd starting to swell and cheer the girls on, Magpies put on a good second half display.  The ball pace improved and the players moved the ball early, some strong runs from Jess and Alyssa set Ella on her way who calmly rounded the keeper and put magpies in the lead again.  Meanwhile Magpies left defender Mimi Slade was having her best game of the season, tackling hard and distributing well.
Jose Tibbenham gave magpies some breathing space when a defender fumbled a clearance and slipping the ball past the keeper.  Davy in the Magpies goal made a couple more cracking saves to keep Norwich at bay.
A hard fought win pushing Magpies up to 3rd in the table and setting the standard for the next two weeks against 2nd placed Carrow and top placed Diss.  Player of the Match Mimi Slade


Ladies 6th Team v Norwich City 6 W 5-0

Magpies 6s took on Norwich City determined to play well from the first whistle.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the midfield of  Flea Perry, Georgina Scott, Judith Masters and Hollie Morris were forcing the Norwich to play deep into their half. Forwards Rach Clifford, Janna Freeman and Laura Woodgate made sure they nipped in front of their defenders to create space and ensure we heaped pressure on the attacking D. The City keeper was in fine form making a string of great saves. Eventually Laura Woodgate found herself in good space  to receive a cross into the D and deflect the ball into the goal.
With several subs; Magpies captain changed things up a little second half, giving players a chance to test out their skills across the pitch. Kristina Brinkley dropped into defence, combining well with Jane Collins to to feed the ball down the wing to keep the City side under pressure. Rach Clifford opened the barrage of second half goals for Magpies as mazed her way through the D to score two good goals.
Defenders Marie Davy, Heather Brand, Liv Carter and Imogen Flatt kept their concentration clearing the rare City ventures into our D with calm precision.
Two more goals completed the scoring, another good strike from Rach and a determined poach at the left post by Laura Woodgate.
The game finished 5:0 to Magpies, a solid performance which Magpies will hope to take into their tough home fixture next week against Loddon.
Player of the match: Georgina Scott.


Ladies 2nd Team v Norwich City 1 W 3-0

After last week’s heavy home defeat, the Magpies made the short trip to Taverham for this eagerly anticipated local derby against a City side who had picked up a good win at Peterborough last time out. In decent conditions, the game started at a high tempo with Magpies settling quickly moving the ball around nicely. Norwich also made a comfortable start looking a threat on the break as both teams looked to strike early.
As mentioned earlier, we were passing the ball around nicely from front to back and our pace in forward areas was causing major problems to the City defence. We were then dominating the game with the front 3 of Laura Tibbenham, Anouska Stott and Georgie Cantrell linking really well and after a period of sustained pressure of 18 minutes we went 1 up. After good work the ball fell to Georgie Cantrell who unleashed a fierce drive from the top of the D that was skilfully diverted home by Anouska Stott.
With Jess Howland and Cat Maciver winning all the 50/50 battles in the middle of the park, this allowed our wide players to exploit both flanks . Georgie Gardens and Phoebe Eglington were making strong breaks down the left, whereas on the right, ex-City players Sophia Basset and Emily Rash were equally effective. We then took control of the game by the scruff of the neck as Anouska Stott bagged her second and Georgie Cantrell netted a deserved goal as we were good value for a 3 goal lead at the break.
The discussion at half-time was to keep up the work rate and passing  but be mindful that City would come out hard so we needed to be resolute and defend as a team. We knew gaps would appear in their defence as they threw more players forward in an attempt to get back into the derby.
City to their credit had read the script and pushed us back into our own half. They were making strong attacks down both flanks and started to create a number of opportunities in our defensive third. We were under a period of heavy pressure as City were running up the Penalty corner count but credit to Alice Wells in goal who made some very important saves to keep our lead intact. Likewise the defensive trio of Charley Seaman, Shev Steggles and Kath Johnson were solid and calm during this pressure, winning their tackles and clearing the ball away from danger.
As the second half ticked by, we started to pick off the home side with some incisive breaks and only some last ditch defending kept us out. We were unlucky not to add a fourth as an excellent save from Glover in the City goal deflected the ball onto the face of the post and away from danger. Towards the end of the game, we looked after the ball well and came away with a very well deserved 3-0 nill win.
After a tough few weeks this is a real boost for the squad to bag their 2nd away win of the season, as everyone contributed to a solid winning performance. This win is also a reward to the commitment of the 14 other Magpies who have represented the 2’s so far this  season. Likewise the squad appreciate the support and coaching that they have received from everyone back at the Nest this season. Lastly, the win is also a thank you to the loyal band of supporters who follow the team home and away every week.
Next week, we look forward to welcoming Chelmsford to the Nest as the league reaches its halfway point.


Mens 1st Team v Saffron Walden W 2-1

This week Harleston Magpies men’s 1s, sponsored by dynamic club shops, were looking to continue their winning streak to make it 8 from 8. The team welcomed Dave Skinner who replaced the injured Tim Whiteman.
The team warmed up well with no injuries this time. With a shortage of midfielders, the team had to adapt to the circumstances and Raunaq Rai was pushed into the midfield line.
It was clear from the off that Saffron Walden relied heavily on their centre-half, with his aerials occasionally managing to catch the Harleston men off guard as their half backs sneakily crept through our lines.
After identifying the problem, the boys in white managed to set their press well and limited the opposition’s options.
After missing a number of back post deflections, the closest coming within the first minute as David Gilbert hit the post, Harleston were bound to open the score line. 
Some impressive work from Ollie Whiteman saw the ball roll towards goal, and Dave Skinner made sure of its entry.
Dave Gilbert was determined to score as usual and effortlessly flicked the ball into the net. This goal, unfortunately was disallowed and Magpies were forced to regroup and go again.
In a brief lapse of concentration, a Saffron Walden forward was found unmarked inside our D and the score became level at 1-1.
Getting frustrated with their own poor decision making, it was clear that Harleston were desperate to score. Finally the time came as Tom Ridley manoeuvred himself up the pitch in style, and managed to find an open James gray who reversed it low past the keeper.
With the time running low, Magpies’ game scenarios kicked in and let the clock run down.
The score ended 2-1 to Magpies who look forward to a challenge next week against St Albans.


Ladies 4th Team v Dereham 3 W 3-0

t’s was a cold dark afternoon away at Dereham.
We started off strong with lots of passing using triangles, which lead to a short corner.
The short corner was a text book stop by Imi and fired in the bottom right corner by Cassie.
We started to get quiet towards the end of the 2nd half and went off at half time with a score of 1-0, a good team talk got us back on track for the 2nd half.
After some drives through the midfield by Honey and Julie we earned another short corner earned by magpies which lead to a strike on goal being saved but treacle was there to pick up the rebound which she put through the goalkeepers legs.
A strong drive in the D from the mids lead to a couple of shots which were rebounded but Sophie M receiving and have a flick which was placed nicely in the net.
Dereham had some long balls through which gave the defensive line of Izzy, Rosie, Diana and Treacle some bits to do before clearing it to Sophie B. Sophie B then placed it on a foot of a Dereham player, which then rebounded to Honey who had a shot, which was saved and picked up by Cassie who took a reverse shot on goal and scored.
A well earned 3 points for us which gives us a good attitude to go in to next weeks game which is at home at 3pm against pelicans.
MOM – Honey


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against League leaders Hampstead and Westminster starting at 1.30pm.
This will be Magpies final League match before the Christmas break and the Indoor season. Hampstead and Westminster currently top the League and this will be Magpies toughest match of the season so far. Hampstead won the League last season but failed to successfully negotiate the Play Offs to secure a place in the Premier Division. They will be doubly determined to win the League again.
Magpies will be encouraged by the fact that Hampstead lost 3-2 to Cambridge City a few weeks ago so anything is possible. Magpies are currently 3rd in the League three points behind Hampstead and one point behind second placed Wimbledon. Sevenoaks and Cambridge City are very close behind us.
Last week Magpies drew 2-2 with Horsham away in a very hard match. After the worst possible start of conceding a goal in the first minute Magpies battled back through Emma Lee-Smith to equalise before half time and took the lead on 60 minutes thanks to Lauren Rowe. Unfortunately Horsham equalised with four minutes to go, but although it was disappointing to concede so late it was a fair result.
Injuries have been a feature in recent weeks for Magpies but after this game there will be a chance for every player to recover.

Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison,  Emma Lee-Smith, Katherine Ridley and Rose Winter.


U16 Girls v Hertford W 8-0

On a sunny Sunday lunchtime the U16s girls took on the new edition to the league Hertford HC. Being a new edition today’s opposition where a bit of an unknown quantity and straight from the pushback they showed a bit of class with a 25 yard aerial   into our D. A good block from Grace R saw the danger cleared and our girls having been given a wake up call started threading their passes together working the ball from side to side looking for an opening. 
This came after 7 minutes with some good combination play leading to Georgie C drilling the ball on her reverse stick into the bottom corner. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and further goals followed, again often using all the members of the side with patient build up play. Our style of play and movement was good, culminating in a half time score of 5 0. 
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Magpies controlling the tempo looking for an opening as Hertford sat slightly deeper. Some precise passing led to 3 more goals the final score being 8 0. 
Georgie Cantrell    5
       Eva Harness   2
    Grace Nicholls  1 


It was goals galore for Magpies Fifth teams on Saturday with the Ladies scoring 9 against Yarmouth and the Men putting 6 past Lowestoft Railway. The youthful Ladies side gave a lethargic first half performance with only two successful attempts on goal against a team who are yet to pick up a point this season. Some stern words from captain Jose Tibbenham boosted the girls with Vanessa Vigrass getting four goals, Jose two, Talitha converting a penalty flick and Ella Spear adding the ninth.

The Men’s Fifths have had a tricky start to the season having notched up three draws and five defeats going into Saturdays game. However they were determined to press high and inhibit the opposition which was executed well, enabling Sam Emms, Evie Cumming (2) and Sam Moore to get on the scoresheet before half time. Despite Railway scoring three times, Sam Emms scored again in the second half and Simon Bardwell added the final goal to clinch the Fifth’s first win of the season.

There seems to be no stopping the Ladies Sixths who welcomed Norwich Dragons to The Nest last weekend and had a frustrating first half with a lot of possession but no goals to show for it. Eventually Rachael Clifford broke through the Dragons’ defence to give Magpies the lead which produced a renewed vigour from the home side. Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battled hard in midfield, providing passes into space for Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who made some excellent runs into the ‘D’. Rachael converted a penalty stroke and Georgie Hood scored the third to end the game 3-1. The Ladies Sevenths move up to fourth in their league following a 5-0 win over a struggling Dragons 8th team. The goals came from player of the match Anna Seggons (2), Ellen Moodie (2) and a classic penalty corner strike from Shirley McAllen.

With three wins from eight games the Men’s 2nds are starting to adapt to life back in Division One and go into this weekends game against Sudbury boosted by their defeat over local rivals Norwich City last Saturday. Good intensity from debutant Max McCauly, Dave Francis, Morgan Manly, Andrew Johnson, Robbie Kinsella and Dave Skinner forced a string of saves from the City ‘keeper before James Osborn deflected in Laurence Baynes’ precise cross on his return to the club after a number of seasons out on loan. City equalised before the break but, desperate for three points, Magpies fought on and scored the winner when Andrew Johnson struck from Jude Potruff’s pass which was saved but fell to Tristan Baynes who safely dispatched the ball for a 2-1 win.

On a six game winning streak the Men’s 1s also faced Norwich City and, despite early chances from Tim Whiteman and Simon Hipwell, City scored first in response to having a goal disallowed. Magpies answered by growing in confidence and levelled the scores with an impressive bit of individual skill by U18 Raunaq Rai. Asserting their dominance in the second half, and following some commanding hockey from Thomas Ridley and Pete Bale, Magpies took the lead for the first time in the game. This was extended thanks to a well taken short corner from Ben Gowing, cementing the win and the seventh consecutive win.

The Men host Saffron Walden (3pm) on Saturday who are currently joint bottom of the league with Cambridge City and Letchworth. The Ladies 1s face a tough last match before their winter break when league leaders Hampstead and Westminster travel to ‘The Nest’ for a 1.30pm pushback. After going a goal behind last weekend goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe put Magpies ahead only for Horsham to pull back an equaliser for a 2-2 draw.

Sunday saw plenty of cup action with wins the U14 Boys winning 3-1 over Saffron Walden and the U14 Girls travelling to IES where they found themselves 4-0 up at half time with Jessica grabbing a brace of goals and Hollie and Emma getting on the scoresheet. Anna added two more in the second half to put the game to bed before the final group game in February. The U16 Boys drew 2-2 with Cambridge City and the Girls continued their good form with a 8-0 victory away at Hertford. The U18 had their second consecutive cup game conceded by the opposition whilst the U18 Boys got a good 5-1 win against Long Sutton.  

The O35 Ladies got their cup campaign off to a good start against Ipswich with a first half hatrick from Emma Lee-Smith. A cracking strike from Anouska Stott took Magpies to 4-0 before debutant Vanessa Vigrass scored with her first touch of the game. Angie Wheelhouse and Jose Tibbenham added a goal each to take the team comfortably into the quarter finals with a 7-0 win.  

Along with a full day of fixtures on Saturday, this Sunday will see three more cup teams playing and the U10s Minis Tournament held at Weybread. The Mixed ‘A’ team have their opening game of the season at home against Norwich Dragons (1.30pm) where they hope for a strong performance and to go on to emulate their tournament win of two seasons ago. The Men’s O40s host Norwich City (3.15pm) in their second round and the Mixed ‘B’ team head to Dereham for their opening draw. Dereham were finalists in the plate competition last season so a tough game is anticipated but captains Sarah Legg and Nick Moss hope “the enjoyment of the game will be at the forefront of the teams minds.” Greg Jagger and Andrew Johnson join the squad this season alongside club veterans Sam Moore and Emma Tolhurst.


Ladies 4th Team v Evergreens D 0-0

Magpies welcomed Evergreens on Saturday morning in what was going to be a tough game but also finely balanced as both teams were on the same amount of points.
The team stayed strong and held their shape well during the 1st half with the majority of play in the Evergreens half, however without being able to truly test their keeper.
After the break, Magpies piled on loads of pressure having multiple short corners and playing the majority of the game in the Evergreens half. Their keeper and particularly their defenders kept the Magpies out time after time from Kate who marshalled the midfield and strong runs by Grace and Alice. The Magpies defence were rarely troubled with Izzy, Mimi, Diana and Emily easily mopping up anything that Evergreens tried to do, which was more around clearing their lines.
In the end of the game finished 0-0, which was extremely harsh on Magpies given the amount of effort the girls put in to try and get a result. Great performance that really deserved a win!


Mens 1st Team v Norwich City 1 W3-1

This week Harleston Men’s 1s sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops were looking to continue their superb run of form away at close rivals Norwich City. The team welcomed Oakley, Epsom, John Livings and Ollie Whiteman back into the side. 
Early in the warm up it was clear that the difficult pitch was going to cause some issues and this was evident with an early injury for magpies. The first 20mins saw Harleston fail to secure a few early chances and struggle to take control of the game. Tim Whiteman and Simon Hipwell pickpocketed the Norwich defence a number of times which created some golden opportunities but no finish to put them ahead. 
An early disallowed goal from Norwich City made it seem to be not magpies’ day and soon afterwards Norwich City were able to take the lead; but this proved to be a stern wake up call for the boys in white. The remainder of the first half saw Harleston grow in confidence and an impressive piece of individual skill and finish from Raunaq Rai meant it was level at half time. Overall a disappointing half with lots of individual errors and turn over balls, much unlike previous games this season.
With the second half underway Harleston began to assert their dominance on the game and some ruthless pressure in the D from James Gray and Dave Gilbert gave magpies the lead. However, despite some commanding hockey from the likes of Thomas Ridley and Pete Bale in the middle of the park, Harleston continued to lack the quality of previous performances and were unable to rack up the score line. A well taken short corner goal from Ben Gowing secured the victory but this was certainly a game with little to say afterwards other than to move on. 
Looking positively on the game it’s the sign of a promotion worthy side to get the win even when not playing at their best. Next week magpies face Saffron Walden at the nest where they look to make it eight wins in a row and continue to put pressure on Wapping at the top of the table.


ladies 1st Team v Horsham D 2-2

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled to Horsham welcoming Katherine Ridley into the squad but unfortunately Lucy Whiting missed out again through injury.
Magpies started slowly and Horsham capitalised on that, winning several short corners. One of which they converted when Megan Brown initially saved the shot and Horsham were first to the rebound and flick it into the goal.
After this Magpies started to build into the game and gain some confidence in themselves, leading to some goal scoring opportunities. With some continued pressure Magpies finally broke down the Horsham defence when Emma Lee-Smith got hold of the ball and the shot came off a Horsham foot finding its way into the goal.
In the second half Magpies tried to keep up the intensity that they finished the first half with. They succeeded with this and keep the pressure on the Horsham defence who were defending solidly. Eventually Magpies managed to breakdown the Horsham defence once again when Lauren Rowe beat the keeper with a reverse stick shot.
Magpies continued to defend together as a team as Horsham stepped up the pressure to try and find the equaliser. Horsham pressure paid off when a forward received the ball at the top of the D and found another player waiting on the post to tuck the ball in the goal. Magpies tried to find a winner but could not find the final pass.
In the end a draw was a fair result for both teams and Magpies were pleased to take a point away from Horsham after the long journey. Next week the ladies welcome top of the table Hampstead and Westminster to the nest for their final game before the winter break. Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown (GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Katherine Ridley, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Charley Seaman


U 14 Girls v IES W 6-0

A beautiful sun splashed autumnal morning saw the U14 girls play their second Tier 1 group game away at IES. Having finished the previous game with good positive momentum we discussed the importance of learning from what worked well in the last game and am pleased to report that there were good periods in this game that were a pleasure to watch. The first half began and Magpies passed the ball about well and probed continually down both flanks with good work from Holly W and Emma W in particular and it was from such a surge down the left that the first two goals came with Jessica M slotting home on both occasions from quality cut backs. Very good work all round. Neat work in the D saw a goal on debut for Hollie D-R, big thumbs up and then a solid strike from Emma W saw the first half finish 4-0 Magpies. Just before half time we almost scored what would’ve been a contender for club goal of the season as an intricate series of one twos and runs from the halfway line ended in a shot that just shaved the wrong side of the post and drew gasps and oohs from the crowd. IES fought hard throughout and frustrated us a little in the second half and we did probably if we were honest with ourselves resort to running too much with it again and it was only when we started to pass it again that more chances were created with Anna benefitting once from open play and then again with a sweet short corner strike. The girls worked really hard throughout and produced a good amount of excellent team hockey and it was this that produced some really well worked goals. I must add that the IES keeper had a very busy day and made at least 10 decent saves, four of which were quite outstanding and kept the score down without doubt but this was still a convincing 6-0 victory for Magpies. We have a few weeks now to do some fine tuning before out final group game v Norwich City on February 4th.

Squad – Sophie P (C), Abi L (GK), Georgia F (GK), Ruby P, Talitha K, Molly L, Anna C, Jessica M, Emma W, Holly W, Hollie D-R, Ella S, Jessica T, Alicia P


Mens 5th Team v Lowestoft Railway 2 W 6-3

The struggling 5th team welcomed Lowestoft Railway 2nds to The Nest determined to take the initiative and press high to stop the opposition playing. This tactic was exectuted well with most of the first half being played in the oppositions half. Goals from Sam Emms, Ewan Cumming x2 and Sam Moore lead to a halftime score of 4-2 which did not really show the extent of the sides domination. With the well organised defence giving Railway little scope up front and the hard working midfield constantly gaining possesion Magpies scored two further goals; Sam Emms scored goal of the game (he will tell you about it) and to put the cherry on top of an all round excellent team effort the final goal was scored by Bardy senior.


Girls Development v Norwich City L 0-1

It was the narrowest of losses for the development squad under the lights at Norwich City.  The late goal, hacked past the Magpies keeper was all the separated the evenly matched teams after an hour of battling hockey.
Norwich City had most of the attacking play in the first quarter but the Magpies defence blunted this early pressure effectively so there were no clear shots at goal.  Across the back Tilly, Emma, and Amy F all played well, ably marshalled by Jane.  The second quarter started in a similar vein then  a lovely bit of skill from Ellie B, turning the Norwich adult defender inside out seemed to create a bit of belief amongst the Magpies forwards and the momentum shifted and several promising breaks followed.  On one of these Amie H was sent crashing to the ground picking up a heavy knock and several friction burns from the artificial surface. She show great resilience in playing on and much of Magpies attacking play was achieved through her link up play with both Jessica and Grace along the wing.

The second half doubled up in intensity, Norwich pressing strongly and Magpies looking dangerous on the break.  Florence C show a lovely bit of skill to slip past Norwich’s adult defender who just managed to recover in time to disrupt the shooting chance.  Norwich also had a couple of shots on goal, keeper Georgia covering the danger.  After breaking up the left Amie H was again sent to the ground, picking up a further knock. A minute from the end Norwich managed to fight into the Magpies area, and after a couple of half clearances a shoot came in.  Georgie went to ground to save well but City were quickest on the rebound hacking the ball through to score the winner.  It was the girls first defeat this season but they will have learnt more from this challenging match than from all their previous wins.

Squad: Jane Collins (adult player/coach), Grace S, Amy F, Natalie S, Amie H, Alex PS, Emma F, Kate F, Florence C, Ellie B, Ellie C, Harriet S, Georgia F, Tilly D


mens 2nd Team v Norwich City 2 W 2-1

Magpies 2’s took on Norwich City 2’s in a local derby not rivalled by any other. Magpies welcomed back Oli in goal, Karl the German, Richard Larkin and long time on loan magpie James Osborn. It was also a debut start for Max.
A high intensity warm up showed that magpies meant business today.
From push back we pressed aggressively and the front line of AJ, Rob K, Dave S, Jude and Karl were forcing the Norwich defence to turn the ball over. The midfield of LB, Dave F, Morgan, Ozzie were pouncing on the lose balls and we were looking like banging the goals in. This would have been the case had the Norwich keeper not been in such fine form. A string of saves frustrating us until LB picked the ball on the left side of the ‘D’ and delivered a ball in with such precision that Ozzie need only get a stick on it to deflect it away for 1-0.
With no Dickon, Tris dropped into the back line and between him, Hugo, max and Larkin they were controlling the game from the back with the odd assistance from Oli The Wall.
Norwich grabbed an equaliser from a short corner and that’s how it ended at the break.
The second half was a mixed affair of quality hockey, ill discipline, poor composure and confusion. We were desperate for the winner and bragging rights and it was good work through the middle that finally saw us get an equaliser when Jude ‘twinkle toes’ Potruff mazed his way through before feeding AJ in the ‘D’ who’s saved shot fell kindly to Tris who used his years (and years) of experience to dispatch the ball into the net.
The game finished 2-1 and a well deserved, well fought 3 points.


Mens 4th Team v Norwich Dragons 4 D 1-1

Looking to secure another win this week the Mens 4s travelled to the Dragons Den to take on their 4s. Game got off to a good start from both sides with Dragons finding the back of goal from a nice volley hit early on into the game. Closing out the first half with a good hit into the D from Oli Hall and a small deflection from James Bensly made it 1-1 going into half time.
Second half was a very even game from both sides with opportunities at both ends of the pitch. However no goals were scored meaning the game ended at 1-1. Fantastic performances from everyone today in the 4s especially Toby Drake who was our Man of the Match.