3 teams – Magpies, Magpies A and Magpies B – continued their development in their 4th tournament of the season at Taverham on Sunday with

Magpies finished 3rd from 6 in the Gold tournament (W2, D2, L1, GF 2 – Olivia and Freya, GA 1),

Magpies A 4th from 7 in silver (D6, GF 2 Jessica-rae, GA 2) and

Magpies B 6th in silver (W1, D3, L2, GF 2 – Evie and Xanthe, GA 4).

Squad: Abby, Alexis, Caitlin, Dilly, Ella, Ellie, Evie, Freya, Georgie, Havana, Imogen, Jessica-rae, Kira, Lola, Lucy, Maisy, Olivia, Olivia, Serena, Sophia, Xanthe

All teams proved their tenacity and Magpies were complimented by all their oppositions for the quality of their play. But for some tenacious defending from several oppositions and one lapse from an otherwise exemplary defence they would have finished in the medals.

Magpies A and B were split into senior and development teams. A played some tenacious hockey but couldn’t quite work a win ending up with 6 draws including 2 score draws.

Shout out of the day though goes to the B team! Very much the junior team and with one or two fresh faces, not only did they score their first goals of the season but, in the same game carved out their first victory of the season have gone 1-0 up then pegged back to 1-1 then counter attacked to 2-1. And then they ground out a 0-0 against, on paper the much stronger A team. A joy to see the confidence flowing through the team and I know they all went home buzzing.

Player of the day has to go to our goalkeeper Lola who covered the Head Coach’s derriere in failing at to get his email comms sorted (by getting the second keeper) by turning out a string of great performances for all the teams.

This was not the day where we celebrated great podium positions but rather very promising performances.

Well done girls!
Time to up the ante in training!


Mens 5th Team v North Norfolk 2 W 7-2

A confident Mens 5th team travelled to a warm and balmy Cromer to play North Norfolk 2nds hoping to continue their winning run. Having weathered a withering onslaught from the home team for 10 minutes Magpies broke and scored two goals. Magpies slowly grew into the game and started to play some very attractive hockey and scored a further goal. Just before half time North Norfolk scored from a well struck penalty corner to keep the spectators interested. Knowing the next goal would prove crucial Pies started the second half pressing forward and goals continued to come with the final score being 7-2. Goal scorers were Andy Caston 3, Dan Kinsman 2, Sam Moore 1 and Jake Hayward 1. 


Mens 1st Team v Ipswich W 3-2

Harleston, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops travelled to Ipswich for a crucial derby game hoping to continue to apply pressure on the league leaders Wapping. Harleston started brightly and though they had taken the lead when David Skinner finished neatly at the back post, only to see the goal disallowed for a foot earlier in build-up. The game then settled into an even contest, with Harleston attempting to negate Ipswich’s direct threat. With fifteen minutes left of the first half, Harleston changed systems and boldly applied maximum pressure on Ipswich, forcing them into errors that led to chances for Dave Gilbert, Thomas Ridley and Raunaq Rai. Just when Harleston looked to be in charge, Ipswich went up the other end and scored to surprise Harleston. The pies didn’t flinch though and within 5 minutes were on level terms after a steal in midfield led to David Skinner rounding the keeper and smashing the ball at goal which via a goalie clearance landed at to Raunaq Rai who calmly slotted home. HT – 1-1
Harleston started the second half well and gained control in the midfield through Thomas Ridley and Pete Baler, along with strong defending from Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch. Once again however, just when Harleston knocked loudest did Ipswich secure a short corner. Tim Whiteman using all his experience to pull Ipswich up the pitch by conceding the corner knowing that Harleston would be able to counter attack. Ipswich looked to have scored, only for the decision to have been reversed. Immensely smart thinking from James Gray then sparked a fantastic Harleston counter attack when he played a long ball forward to Dave Gilbert who carried into the circle and squeezed home. This was an evenly contested match and despite good chances with Pete Bale, Raunaq Rai and Thomas Ridley, with such a small lead, Harleston were always in a precarious position and would have conceded if it wasn’t for Chris Routs who made a stunning save low down to his right.
Ipswich did however find a way minutes later though with a powerful short corner that made it 2-2. Without a shred of panic, Harleston stuck to their game plan and after a superb high transfer. In a carbon copy to last week the dynamic full backs Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch sprung a counter attack, they found Pete Bale on the right who delivered to James Gary who picked up the scraps, turned and under immense pressure slotted past the goalkeeper on his reverse to score the winning goal.
The final ten minutes was tight but with captain fantastic Thomas Ridley leading the team, Harleston had the grit and concentration to finish victorious. Next week Harleston take on Chelmsford at 3pm down at Weybread.


Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 3rds W 1-0

Magpies ladies 4’s travelled to 2nd in the league Norwich City 3’s who had only lost 2 games this season, this was going to be a tough game but the 4’s who are raising the bar for their own level of performances and are growing in confidence each week arrived at Taverham looking to take all 3 points. Magpies were without injured Honey so Alice E H started at right midfield and we soon began to play the ball out wide and create goal scoring opportunities in the City D. Sophie M A managed to attack down the right and push forward from full back position to deliver several crosses that the magpies forwards of Millie Preece and Cassie Ayms just failed to get the important goal bound touch. The match was being played at a furious pace and both teams created early chances. Abi Lewis in the Magpies goal made 2 very good early saves to keep the score 0-0. Centre backs Catherine Kilbourn and Sophie Baxter looked comfortable and looked assured along side each other.  On 20 mins magpies forwards constant pressure made City concede a long corner, Emily Woollatt found Katie Woollatt on the edge of the D and she fired the ball in to the D where Cassie Ayms timed her run perfectly to deflect to ball into the city goal to give us a 0-1 lead.  Magpies continued to look a threat and Victoria Spouncer looked assured at left back, attacking down the left flank and linking up well with Grace Collison who worked extremely hard closing the Norwich players down and putting in a good display.   Millie Preece weaved her magic into the City D but unfortunately couldn’t find the net, a fiercely hit reverse hit just flew over the bar.  
The 2nd half started with Norwich City putting pressure on magpies goal and again Abi thwarted the city forwards with fine saves. Catherine Kilbourn was dominant in defence and Katie Woollatt was having and excellent game in Centre midfield winning the midfield battle and allowing Emily Woollatt to thread probing balls through to Alice E H who worked tirelessly pressing the city defence.  Keira Wheeler made good runs from midfield and Imi Ramsdale was unfortunate not to score when her shot hit the city post. Norwich weren’t giving in and we’re playing like a team that was 2nd in the league , but magpies were not intimidated and raised their own game,  magpies had a short corner which Catherine’s shot was saved on the line and Emily followed up only to see her shot also cleared off the line.  Magpies fully deserved this 0-1 win, credit goes to all the players who worked extremely hard and are looking stronger each week . Next week we are at home to Broadland 2’s.
Player of match Katie Woollatt.


Magpies under 12A girls’ team have two strong defensive displays to thank for winning the Norwich City Mini tournament.  As ever they started off relatively slowly, building up team cohesion through the morning.  The first match was a scrappy 2-nil win against Norwich City’s B team, Beth showing her skill in scoring both goals.  Then followed the first of the two defensive performances…by Magpies B, who in the reverse fixture held Norwich City A to a nil-all draw.

The next game against Dragons A was mostly played in and around the Dragons goal.  Magpies scored both their goals from short corners, first through Beth and then Nathalie. A brief period of pressure saw a goal at the other end, again from a short and the match finished 2-1.  Against Norwich C, the girls were at their confident best. Natalie sniped three goals, including an excellent solo effort and Beth scored the other for a 4-nil win.  Magpies A were similarly dominant against Magpies B as Natalie and then Evie rattled in two early goals. This gave the coaches the chance to  sub-off the two regular forwards, Grace S and Evie both went close to increasing the lead but the game finished 2-nil.

Having drawn with Magpies B earlier Norwich A knew they had to beat Magpies A to win the tournament however it was the team in the white that started more aggressively. Beth carried the attack forward and created a number of half chances and a cross from Emily just eluded Evie at the far post.  Natalie was then felled by a ball that struck the side of the ankle and Magpies lost their shape as she was subbed off.  Momentum shifted to Norwich and the defence of Harriet and Daisy had to be at their very best to keep them at bay, Jasmine in goal also had to stretch to kick away a chance that was heading for the corner.  As the pressure mounted Magpies had to defend two short-corners.  Coaching paid dividends though as the organisation in the goal proved a match for the well-rehearsed Norwich penalty routines with the game ending in a nail-biting draw and tournament victory.

Coaches Kathy and Nick

Players (With goals in brackets): Beth G (4), Grace S, Jasmine F, Harriet S, Daisy W, Artimis W, Emily C, Evie W (1), Natalie S (5)


Ladies 2nd Team v City of Peterborough W 1-0

After last weeks home victory, the Ladies made the trip to Cambridgeshire for a tough looking fixture against promotion chasing Peterborough. In the earlier fixture down at the Nest, we had been a little unlucky in not securing a victory. However we respected the fact that the home outfit are a very good side at Bretton Gate so this would be a tough outing for both teams.

The match started with both sides looking to gain control of the game as both teams went toe to toe from the outset. Peterborough had plenty of possession in the early stages of the game, in areas of the pitch that was not overly threatening for us as we were breaking play up before any dangerous attacks were launched. Likewise we were moving the ball down both flanks nicely and getting into some useful positions but Peterborough were also keeping us at arms length by defending well as a group.

As the half developed, both sides created penalty corners as the match started to get slightly stretched. Whilst we were threatening on the break, Peterborough’s pressure started to build towards the interval. From a good move into our D, a Boro forward crashed an instinctive mid air volley that would have been a goal of the season contender but for an equally magnificent reflex save from Jade Daly . Soon after Jade made a routine save from a penalty corner as we got to the break all square.

Half time came with instruction to keep up the work rate as well as keeping the ball moving down both wings where we had looked dangerous in the first half.

Peterborough came out really hard once again and penned us back into our own half and were buzzing around our D creating some nervy moments. We were now having to work really hard as Peterborough looked likely to get ahead but the Pies defended resolutely as a team in all areas.

With the home side pushing players forward, we saw the benefit of holding firm as we then began to launch some excellent counters as we began to punch holes through the home sides press. By cleverly running off the ball we created a couple of one on ones but unfortunately Noush was denied by 2 good saves from on loan Magpie Hollie Riches.

On yet another breakout, we edged ahead in the game with 12 minutes to go on the clock. Amelia made a lovely break and carried the ball past 3 defenders on half way before finding Laura Tibbenham who had stayed high. She broke into the D and sent a cross cum shot looking for Noush at the back post but a retreating Boro defender toe ended the ball past the wrong footed keeper. Needless to say Tibbs claimed the strike for her 6th of the season.

Peterborough laid siege looking for an equaliser and Jade once again was called into action. At the other end, we were denied by a sprawling save and Aoife Lowe Davies sent a drag flick penalty corner just wide. As the pressure mounted we were reduced to 10 players for the remainder of the game and again it looked like we may give up the lead in the last few seconds. Peterborough sent a close range effort inches wide and we also had to defend yet another couple of corners with time up on the clock. The ladies held firm and manage to get over the line for a gritty single goal victory.

In a game where a draw would have been a fair reflection of the match, we were delighted to take 3 points away from the Gate. Certainly we have not always had the best of luck in games this season so perhaps we were owed some today. Once again we have added 3 points to our seasons tally after a hard working display against a good side.

Next week, we have a very tough game at home to Sevenoaks whose performances are far better than their position reflects.The ladies would appreciate a good vocal following yet again from the Nest faithful as we look to keep the momentum going.


Ladies 6th Team v UEA 3 W 3-2

Having missed last week’s match and training this week due to frozen pitches, the Ladies 6s were keen to get back on pitch.
UEA started the game at a much faster pace than the 6s have encountered this season, however the 6s showed they were able to match this. Georgia and Holly worked tirelessly in the midfield to brake down several UEA attacks. Being called into action regularly, Liv, Marie, Mary and Jane supported each other well as a defensive unit to mark their speedy opposition. Despite this UEA managed to pile on the pressure and force in the first goal of the game.
Magpies 6s dug deep, co-ordinating well to re-find the passing rhythm that has stood them in good stead all season. Forwards Laura and Georgie made UEA work really hard, all making good leads to create useful space. A few short corners were won this half that UEA shut down well. Thankfully Rach found space to score a great goal and level the to 1:1 at half time.
Second half UEA again came charging out of the starting blocks, catching the 6s off-guard with a well taken goal. This helped the 6s realise that they needed to up the tempo. Superb teamwork and passing play from the whole team lead to sustained attacks in the opposition’s half of the pitch. Judith intercepted play well to keep possession and fire the ball forwards to find Janna who forced the keeper to make some good saves. Again the team pressured enough to win not just short corners but two penalty strokes; Rach showed her class by coolly scoring the second of these to take the score to 2:2.
UEA did not let this deter them though; Imogen being called into play to pull off a string of good saves.
A final push and yet another short short corner was won. This time the 6s managed to convert through Mary.
A great contest, the 6s played doggedly right up to final whistle to seal the win, proving why they deserve their top of the table position.
Player of the match: Mary Nelson.


Mens 4th Team v IES 4 W 1-0

The Men’s 4s welcomed IES 4s to the nest in what was going to be a tough game as both sides are separated by 1 point in the league.

The game started at a fast tempo going from end to end but Magpies started piling on the pressure with numerous short corners won by the front 2 of James Bensly and Sam Emms which caused the IES defence problems all game. As the pressure grew Magpies looked increasing likely to score to which the finally did after a pinpoint ball into the D from Oli Hall finding Matt Bensly who had a delicate touch to take it over the keeper into the side netting putting Magpies 1-0 up. More chances followed to which none could be taken due to some good positioning from the IES goalkeeper. The half time whistle went with Magpies leading 1-0.

The second half started with as much intensity as the first half, IES started to create some chances of their own but were shut down quickly by Bob Skinner and Dan Middleton. A few sloppy mistakes from Magpies increased frustration throughout the team which was proven by a green card awarded to Matt Bensly. As the game was coming to an end IES started putting a lot of pressure on with little success but Magpies saw this as an opportunity and had a few quick counter attacks lead by the front 2 again of James and Sam but these couldn’t result in a goal unfortunately. The final whistle was blown with Magpies winning 1-0. A fantastic result for the team!


Mens 2nd Team v Crostyx D 3-3

Harleston Magpies Men’s 2’s welcomed Crostyx to the nest in a game that Magpies desperately needed to take some points to avoid us getting into a relegation battle. 

With returns to the team for Chris Routs and Josh Wiggins the quality of our side was clear to see. Sadly Dickon Taylor was a last minute call off due to sickness meaning Tris Baynes was going to take up his much favoured position at centre back. 

The game started  at a cracking pace and it was within 2 minutes that Josh beat a couple of players, entered the ‘D’ wide and cooly rifled a shot into the bottom corner. Crostyx had come to play hockey and it was turning into a great game for the neutral. Some sloppy play at the back saw us turn the ball over once too many times and Crostyx jumped on a loose ball to punish us and make it 1-1. 

The back four of Morgan, Hugo, Tris and Jamie looked comfortable on the ball and were able to pick out their midfield of Josh, Lawrence and Dave with ease. An aerial from our midfield which looked like it was going nowhere soon created a chance when the Crostyx keeper looked to volley it clear only to slice his kick to Ed Brice who pushed the ball past the keeper and the athletic figure of Robbie Kinsella was able to outpace the keeper and cooly tap the ball away to make it 2-1. 

Crostyx found an equaliser early on in the second half and so many times this season Magpies could have rolled over and given in, but not today!! 

The frontline of Ed, Andy, Rob and Jude we’re making tireless runs and it was Andy’s super work rate that won the ball high in the Crostyx half and managed to find the dominant figure of Kinsella at the top of the ‘D’ who with limited backswing unleashed fury and the ball cannoned into the bottom corner. 3-2 Magpies! 

As is the way at the bottom half of the league no game is easy and to Crostyx credit they never gave up. A short corner late on sadly beat our short corner defence team and made the score 3-3. 

This was a game of great teamwork and determination with outstanding play from Tris at the back, Josh was influential in the middle and with the wise head of Kinsella upfront chances were always likely. No man of the match was chosen this week as there were too many good players on display today. 

A point is a great stepping stone for the squad as we look to build on this and go again next week. 


Girls Development Team v Pelicans W 11-0


This weekend saw the Girls development team take the long haul north to Kings Lynn, but they were thankfully blessed with fine (but cool!) weather and a lunch time start.

After the first couple of minutes weighing up the opposition, Harleston began to exert pressure in the oppositions half and managed to sustain this pressure for much of the first half. The mid field of Jess, Emma and Rosie were working hard to thwart any escape for Pelicans from their own half, culminating in a regular supply of passes to the forward line of Evie, Ellie and Kate. Good running into space by Ellie was rewarded by a quick pass from Evie resulting in Ellie scoring the first goal. Not long after, a good run from the midfield by Rosie saw her bring the ball up to the D and find Evie, who confidently worked a way through for a successful shot resulting in a goal.  With the midfield supplying good ball and the front line working hard together in and around the D, this successful formation was rewarded by a further 6 goals before half time – the rewards going to Evie(4), Ellie(1) and Rosie(1) 

On the few occasions Pelicans did manage to get through the midfield, Issabelle, Harriet and Lily stood firm in defence, with Amy sweeping behind and covering her sister Jaz in goal.   

For the second half, with confidence the game was won and with ‘development’ in mind, a re-shuffling of positions saw the original defensive line take up the attacking role and likewise, the attacking line forming up in defence – a new formation enjoyed by most!  

Similar to the first half, most of the play was in the opposition’s half which gave new opportunities to numerous players finding their feet in unfamiliar positions. Some good battling up front from Harriet, Jess and Amy resulted in a loose ball falling to Kate, who managed to knock in past the keeper.  Numerous short corners saw Jess confidently delivering good ball into the D but through no lack of effort, the ball would not go into the goal. With a good run down the right from Evie, the ball was delivered to Kate, then immediately into Jess in the D who, after a short battle of wills, managed to get the ball over the line to score. With Amy and Harriet working hard but continually being denied in front of goal, a good run into the D by Rosie and Evie saw Rosie finally work the ball into the goal for the last score of the match.

Team: Jaz, Amy Lily, Harriet, Issabelle, Jess, Emma, Rosie, Kate, Evie, Ellie

Goal Scorers: Evie(5), Ellie(2), Rosie(2), Kate(1), Jess(1).


Following last weekends narrow defeat at the hands of Cambridge City, Magpies Ladies 2s welcomed promotion hopefuls Broxbourne to The Nest on Saturday searching for their elusive third win of the season. Neat interplay between Anouska Stott and Tor Findley led to a flurry of short corners for the home side but efforts from Katherine Ridley and Laura Tibbenham narrowly missed the target. 

Broxbourne gained control of the midfield, forcing saves from Lucy Hayman in goal who was drafted in to replace Alice Wells who dislocated her shoulder at training this week. The experienced defensive quartet of Shev Steggles, Kath Johnson, Louisa Greenacre and Kristine Ayling rode out the threat and as the second half began both teams pushed for a breakthrough. Jess Howland gambled with a run from deep as she picked up the ball and drifted past a couple of Broxbourne defenders before applying a fine finish to give Magpies the lead. 

With the home crowd in full voice, Broxbourne pushed hard for an equaliser and won a series of short corners in the dying minutes, pushing the whole team up to pack out the Magpies circle but a hard fight and top work rate from the 2s meant they held on to all three vital points. The Ladies travel to mid table Peterborough next Saturday in search of another win. 

Following last seasons promotion the Men’s 2s have found it tough going in Division 1, taking 4 wins from the first 14 games. Hosting Old Southendian on Saturday Magpies started brightly with some good chances but it was the visitors who scored first from a short corner. However, the veteran midfield of Tristan Baynes, Andy Hipwell and Dave Francis kept their cool and continued to create opportunities. Jamie Hudson, on his debut for the 2s, used his silky skills to find a defenders foot in the ‘D’ and in a short corner which Tristan deftly dispatched to even the score line. 

Southend pulled one back but Robbie Kinsella linked up with Jude Potruff to level the scores again. Committing players forward to try and get the winning goal Magpies were left open and heart breakingly conceded a short corner which was converted to leave the Boys in black and white second from bottom. 

In contrast, the Men’s 3s are in line for a promotion push following their 3-2 win against IES on Saturday. The 4s travelled to Newmarket where Freddie Hershel Shorland and Joe Wicks made their debuts. Short corner conversions from Matt Bensly (2) and Freddie gave Magpies a comfortable lead before Newmarket pulled one back but Sam Emms put the game to bed by scoring the fourth. The Men’s 5s are mid table after putting 4 goals past Sudbury at The Nest with goals from Sam Moore (2), Dan Kinsman and Gavin Cole on his return from injury. 

The Ladies 4s continued their winning run with goals galore at home against Norwich City. Honey Lamdin, Millie Preece (3), Cassie Ayms and Keira Wheeler got on the scoresheet in the first half with Abi Lewis having a quiet game in the Magpies goal. Tireless work in midfield from Katie Woollatt, Grace Collinson, Sophie Meynall-Anderson and Sophie Baxter kept City at bay whilst the Magpies attack pushed for more. Honey managed to deflect in a rebound from Keira’s shot before Ellie Bale set up Imi Ramsdale to smash in the eighth. 

On the back of a successful indoor season the Men’s 1s faced struggling Letchworth away and welcomed Tom Dunnett and Chris Routs to the squad. A combination of Jack Hobbs and Dave Gilbert forced a deflection into the roof of the net to give Magpies the lead. Letchworth equalised via a short corner to take the teams into half time with a goal a piece. 

Coming out strongly in the second half Magpies created a lovely bit of play down the left hand side between Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch and Tom Dunnet which found Dave Gilbert at the back post to calmly put the ball away. With relentless pressure Tom Ridley picked out James Gray to score the third before Leigh Sitch and Jack Hobbs secured the 5-1 score line and three points to Magpies, who travel to Ipswich next weekend for the local derby. 

Last weekend the U16 and U18 Girls took part in the National Indoor Finals weekend where the U16s won one game from their pool, and the U18 won all four. The U18s sadly lost 4-1 against Repton in the semi final but all the girls and coaches should be immensely proud of their achievements. 

The Mixed ‘A’ team travelled to Peterborough for the second round of the National Cup and started well but it was the hosts who scored first by sneaking in at the back post. Conceding another goal soon into the second half Magpies were on the back foot but a swift counter attack saw Rose Winter hold the ball up for Andrew Bedwell who found Dave Gilbert to cross for Tom Ridley who pulled a goal back for Magpies. With nothing to lose, Harleston threw players forward and, with the clock ticking down, Rose slotted the ball into the open goal. 

The game went to flicks to decide who progresses to the next round and Peterborough came out 5-3 winners. In the Mixed Plate competition Norwich Dragons clinched a 1-0 win over Magpies to knock out the ‘B’ team. 


The U18 girls travelled to Whitgift school in  Croydon to play the England hockey indoor  National final over 2 days.  The first match was against Isca who qualified for the National final by finishing runners up from the West region. Unlike previous U18 tournaments Magpies started the game positively and comfortably won the opening game 6-1, goal scorers were Sophia Basset, Lara Taylor, Martha Lawrence, Lottie Summers x3.

Next up was Marlow who were representing the South as champions. Magpies again started well and at half time were 1-0 ahead. Magpies made it 2-0 during the 2nd half and despite conceding a last second goal won their 2nd match 2-1, goal scorers were Lottie Summers and Keisha Brickwood Hilaire, that meant we finished the day on top of the league.

The 2nd day started early with a 9.35am game against Runners up from the Midland region Beeston. Magpies opened the scoring but Beeston quickly equalised to be all square at half time. Magpies quickly scored 2 early 2nd half goals to go 3-1 ahead but as in previous finals Beeston proved a hard nut to crack and pulled a goal back. With the final whistle gone Beeston had the chance to level the scores with a short corner but great pressure from Magpies ensured we won the match. A 3-2 win for Magpies and a great game which saw Magpies make it 3 wins from 3. Goal scorers were Lottie Summers x2, Keisha Brickwood Hilaire.

The final group match was against Ben Rhydding representing the North as champions. Magpies had already qualified for the semi final but wanted to win the group.  Goals from Martha Lawrence and Lottie Summers ensured Magpies won 2-0.

The semi final was against last years winners and current Midlands champions Repton so we knew this was going to be a tough game. Repton opened the scoring but just before half time Magpies scored the equaliser. After the half time break Magpies cruelly had a goal disallowed and following that Repton broke away to score. With 5 mins to go Magpies played with a kicking back and pushed for a goal, despite a barrage of pressure it was Repton who scored 2 late goals to win 4-1 and progress to the final, Magpies goal was scored by Lottie Summers. Despite losing in the semi final this was a fantastic performance over 2 days by all the girls and the coaches Rob Sorrell and Lauren Rowe who   helped the girls achieve these great results and narrowly miss out of a place in the final.

Squad- Lottie Summers (captain), Beth Farrow  (gk), Emma Williamson, Sophia Basset, Emily Woollatt, Tabitha Billingham, Phoebe Eglington, Keisha Brickwood Hilaire, Martha Lawrence, Lara Taylor.


Ladies 2nd Team v Broxbourne Ladies W 1-0

The Magpies were back at the Nest where the visitors where promotion chasing Broxbourne. In the fixture earlier in the season, we were soundly beaten by a strong performance from the home side and they have carried that form throughout the season. With this in mind, we knew that we would be in for a hard game and were mindful that they also have some slick set piece routines in their locker so we would have to be on our guard.

After the early morning frost had cleared, the game began under clear blue skies with the low sun causing difficulty as Magpies attacked the Car Park End in the first half. The game started at a high tempo as both teams started on the front foot. Magpies had the better of the opening exchanges as the press was creating a number of turnovers in the Badger’s defensive areas. This led to some neat interplay between Tibbs, Anoushka and Tor, fed from midfield, with crosses flashing across the face of the goal as we strove for the early breakthrough. We then had a flurry of Penalty corners from which Ridders had a goalbound shot blocked followed by Tibbs sending a reverse stick effort just wide of the post.

Broxbourne as expected, were proving a tough nut to crack and they started to gain some control with midfield runners linking with forwards as they started to ask some serious questions in and around our D. The defensive quartet of Shev, Louisa, Kath and Kristine stood firm during this period and when they did get a site of goal, Lucy Hayman made some fine saves including a great double save as it looked like a rebound would be forced home. Towards the end of the half, we regained control and started to push the visitors back but as expected Broxbourne were resolute in defence as a hard fought half ended scoreless.

The half time talk centred on keeping the energy levels high as well as getting the short passing going to break through a tough Broxbourne press. The need to keep working the flanks as we had in the first half was probably going to be key if we were to get the breakthrough.

The second half began again at a high pace as both teams wanted to get the breakthrough. We were using the flanks well as Aoife, Amelia and Lucy were making driving runs down each wing  as we once again looked a threat but the visitors were resolute in defence. Ten minutes into the second half the Pies bagged the all important opening goal.
Good work down the right flank by Anoushka and Aoife exposed the Badgers defence as Jess Howland gambled with a run from deep as she picked the ball up, drifted by a couple of defenders before applying the finish that the move deserved.

This stung the promotion chasers back into action as they started to gain better possession of the ball but our work rate and desire to grind out a result was evident all over the park. The central midfield trio of Cat, Jess and Ridders tackled and broke up play as the visitors pushed for a share of the spoils. We were still looking a threat on the break with Tor linking play nicely as well as keeping their defence on their toes when we broke out on the counter. On one such break a driven ball from Ridders picked out a great diagonal run from Anouska who was inches away from getting a deflection into the net.

The home crowd played their part as they were right behind the girls in the last few minutes of the game as the Badgers pushed hard for an equaliser ,as we wanted to hang on to what we had fought so hard for. Good sides fight right to the end and this can be said about both teams. Broxbourne created Penalty Corners at the end of the half and sent the whole team up as they had one last PC chance with the full time whistle blown, (Memories of last minute heartache v Chelmsford still fresh in the mind).  The ball was slipped right but we doggedly closed down the options and the ball went behind and the win was secured,

This was a hard fought win against a tough skilfull side who would probably feel they deserved something from the game. However from a Pies point of view, this was a great team perfomance as we secured our first home win of the season and a valuable 3 points added to the tally, The work rate, desire and no little skill was there for all to see .
The work on the training field had the desired effect as we edged yet another really tight game.

The squad would like to send a big get well soon message to goalkeeper Alice Wells who dislocated her shoulder in training on Tuesday night and hope she is back playing soon.


Magpies, sponsored by Durrants, took a relatively young and inexperienced squad to their first weekend in Nottingham, with a few injury drop outs leaving the team short of recognised defenders. Fortunately, the strong block of training sessions in the lead up to the tournament meant that Magpies could make a few positional changes within their squad. Harleston welcomed back players Archie Winter and Carl Sitch to the squad, who learnt their hockey with the Weybread team.
For the first match, Magpies faced local rivals Ipswich. The match started badly with Sitch dislocating his finger after playing just 5 minutes of hockey, putting him out for the entire tournament and further adding to Magpies’ defensive woes. Meanwhile, the game was being evenly contested, but the greater experience of Ipswich showed in the crucial moments, meaning Magpies went down by 4 goals to 3, with Ipswich scoring in the last couple of minutes. Next up were tournament favourites Reading. With Magpies down early but coming back at the eventual champions, the goalkeeper was taken off for a kicking back, but this tactic proved naïve and Reading piled on a few late goals to eventually run out a flattering 12 goals to 4.
After regrouping on the Saturday evening, Magpies were relieved to see veteran Tristan Baynes arrive to add some structure to the defensive line. His presence had immediate effect in the must win match against Olton and West Warwickshire, Magpies finishing as 4-3 winners in a comfortable match, which should have ended with a larger winning margin. Harleston were happy to take the 3 points though in advance of playing the star-studded Bowdon team. Magpies then put in their best performance of the weekend, managing to put in a superb team display, frustrating the normally free flowing Bowdon side to minimal chances, whilst managing to convert their own. Harleston defended resolutely and finished as deserved 5-3 winners, in what would turn out to be the only victory against Bowdon in the tournament by any team. After the first weekend, Magpies sat mid table, with 6 points, in a good position to fight in the relegation battle.
Having learnt a lot from the first weekend, Magpies made the long journey to Bristol for the second week of the competition. First up was a mid table battle with indoor specialists Ashmoor. Magpies started slowly, so had to chase the game, playing into the hands of the counter-attacking Ashmoor. Despite a good defensive performance, Magpies couldn’t unlock Ashmoor, eventually losing 3-1. This led Harleston to be checking over their shoulders with only giants Beeston left to play on the Saturday. However, in true David and Goliath style, Magpies put in their best performance of the tournament. Coach Tim Whiteman, playing against his old club, led the underdogs to a dramatic 3-2 win, meaning that Magpies would go into the Sunday of the tournament knowing that their division 1 status was secured for another season.
With the pressure off, Magpies played Sunday’s early match against strugglers St Albans with a much larger amount of freedom. Finding the balance between total hockey and structure perfectly, Magpies played with complete control of the game, winning by their largest margin of the tournament, 9 goals to 3. A truly classy performance, with Magpies finally showing their true potential. The final match against Loughborough Students was a dead rubber, with neither team fighting for relegation or promotion. This, predictably, led to a 4-4 draw, with both teams going away feeling they should have won the match.
Overall, Magpies finished in 5th position in the 9 team league, ranking them 14th in the country overall. A massive thank you to all the players and management (Kevin Ridley) who made the two weekends run so well. The indoor season truly is the highlight of the year for everyone who plays, with Harleston once again overachieving against their big named opponents. Magpies can be proud of the fact that 9 of their 13 man squad have been a home grown product of the junior minis system at their own club- a far greater percentage than any other team in this league.
Squad: Chris Leek (GK), Tristan Baynes, Richard Larkin (C), Ben Gowing, Tim Whiteman, Thomas Ridley, Simon Hipwell, Jack Hobbs, Raunaq Rai, James Gray, Dave Gilbert, Carl Sitch, Archie Winter. Manager- Kevin Ridley, Coaches- Tim Whiteman, Richard Larkin


Mens 1st Team v Letchworth W 5-1

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st Team sponsored by Dynamic Sport made the long journey to Letchworth last Saturday. The team where hoping that they could take their good form from the indoor over the pervious two weekends to the second half of the outdoor season. The indoor season was a very successful one, which saw the team finish a very respectful 5th place and gain more points than last year. The team also had a slim chance of promotion but sadly it was not meant to be, so you never next year might the year. I would like to say thank you to Ex-magpies Carl Sitch and Archie Winter for coming back to play for club.
Harleston welcomed two new debutants for the game vs Letchworth in Tom Dunnett and Chris Routs in goal. The game started off slowly with neither team pushing towards the other teams D. Then about 7 minutes in Jack Hobbs made a darting run down the left hand side and produced some nice link up play with Dave Gilbert to win a long corner. The long corner was defended well by Letchworth, however as they where trying to clear their lines, the ball was expertly nicked by Jack Hobbs who played a lovely weighted pass to Dave Gilbert in the D. Who then played it across the goal for it to take a deflection off the keeper and end up in the roof of the net, 1-0 Harleston. The next 5 minutes were tightly contested with end-to-end hockey, which concluded in Letchworth, be awarded a penalty corner. With the corner being miss trapped Letchworth recovered well and managed to get a shot on target, which first took a deflection of Andrew Bedwell’s stick which meant the postman Jack Hobbs was left hopeless as the ball hit his foot on the line and went into the roof of the net, 1-1. The rest of the first half was tightly contested with lots of end to end hockey, both teams where struggling to string passes together which meant that long spells of possession were both non existent. Letchworth then out of the blue won a short corner, which was very well dealt with by debutant and joint Man of the Math Chris Routs with an excellent double save! With both teams struggling to string passes it meant that there where very little chances for both teams, meaning the first half ended 1-1.
After a strong team talk at half time from player-coach Tim Whiteman about going back to basics and playing simple hockey. Harleston came out of half time the much stronger of the two teams. Magpies began to string passes together and gain momentum, this momentum allowed Harleston to create a lovely bit of interplay down the left hand side. The quick thinking Andrew Bedwell released his other dynamic full back. Leigh Sitch galloped forward running angles to create the space for Tom Dunnet. As the ball was passed to Tom Dunnet he beat one player before smashing the ball across the D to Dave Gilbert at the back post who calmly deflected the ball into the back of the goal, 2-1 Harleston. It was not long until the pressure that Harleston where putting on the Letchworth defence began to show, and it was not long till Harleston created a nearly identical chance for a goal, however this time it was Tom Ridley who delivered the ball and it was James Gray who managed to deflect the ball first time nut-megging the keeper and making the score 3-1 Harleston. Letchworth then began to settle into the second half and began to gain more possession, however Harleston stayed strong and defended well. Harleston then won a short corner and after failing to convert 2 times, it was third time lucky with the veterans at it again Andrew Bedwell delivering the ball to Leigh Sitch who smartly deflected the ball high past the keeper into the back of the net, 4-1 Harleston.
It was not long until Magpies had another chance at goal, a break from midfield by Tim Whiteman offered another chance of a goal, which was taken by Jack Hobbs, he found himself at the top of the D unmarked to powerfully smash the ball past the keeper and beating him for pace to make the score 5-1 Harleston. The final whistle blew not long after meaning Harleston had secured a very important 3 points.
Next week Harleston travel to Ipswich for the local derby, which surely will be a cracker if it is anything like the fixture against them earlier in the season.


Ladies 4th Team v Norwich City 4ths W 8-0

With a chilly 3.00 pm start we welcome Beth Moodie into the 4th team from the 5ths. It was lovely to see Keira Wheeler also return back after a 6 weeks due to injury.
After only 15 seconds of play, Millie Preece dribbled into the D where the ball went onto foot leading to a short corner but unfortunately this wasn’t converted. The ball came off the goalkeeper and was cleared, good positive start to the game though.
Then after 2 1/2 minutes, Honey Lamdin came charging into the D and strike to score our first goal! Not long after, fantastic pass by Katie Woollett straight into the D Millie picked up the ball to make it goal two! Next goal was a fantastic turn in the D by Millie and strike into the goal! Goal 3! Lovely Ball from Imi Ramsdale to Cassie Ayms who slapped it into the back on the goal!!! Goal 4! Short corner, Ellie pushes out to Katie who slips it left to Mille who shoots the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal!! Goal 5! 

A awesome long ball from Ellie which Millie passed to the right hand corner of the goal and Kiera Wheeler dinked it into the goal. Goal 6!!! Half time…. 6-0 Phew – time for a quick drink and a chat !!!!

Starting the second half we were still looking for more goals and a Keira hits the ball into the D it bounced off the opposition stick which Honey Lamdin deflects into the goal. Goal 7!!! Lovely stick work from Ellie who pasted it to Imi who smashed it into the back of the net! 8-0!! Bang!!! Katie Woollatt and Grace Collison worked tirelessly in the midfield. Sophie Meynell- Anderson and Sophie Baxter Communicated well as our CB. Abi Lewis in goal didn’t have much to do but when needed did some fantastic saves.

What a fantastic game ladies – well done !!

Shoutout to Andrew Woollatt who is with the under 18s at the indoor competition ! Great support still for the Ladies 4ths and updates by text message were send.

Player of the match – Beth Moodie 




Mens 4th Team v Newmarket 2 W 4-1

On a cold day down at Newmarket hockey club men’s 4ths bring a young team down with debut games for Freddie H-S and Joe Wicks. It was a fairly even first half although Magpies did have the edge and took the lead with a short corner slip to Matt Bensly who rattles it in to put us 1-0 up. Newmarket fought back with a couple of short corner opportunities however Magpies in turn win another short corner, and this time it was slipped to Freddie H-S who saw the opening and put it in for his big debut goal. Whistle blows for half time 0-2 up for Magpies.

The second half is underway.
Magpies have the push back. Matt B wins a short corner chosen to take a drag flick and puts it in top left to make the score 3-0. Newmarket win a short corner and score to bring it back to 3-1 keeping them in the game. Newmarket have a very high press attack which Magpies turned around. Ball got loose to Toby D who charged down the wing on the counter attack supported by Sam E who took the cross and put the ball in the back of the net to make the score 4-1 Magpies. With a few unmentionable cards, three players spend 2 minutes in the bin leading to a little bit of drama on the pitch, but those left playing held the game back to full 11 on the pitch Newmarket win a short corner in the dying seconds and GK Charlie makes a solid save to keep the final score 1-4 to Magpies.


Mens 2nd Team v Old Southendian L2-3

Magpies mens 2’s hosted Old Southendians to the nest on a bitterly cold afternoon. Without the injured L Baynes and welcoming in A Hipwell, T Sumner and   a debut for J Hudson we again put out a much changed side.  
A good warm up and a bright start to the game saw chances come and go for both sides, but as has been the pattern of this year it was Southend who took the lead with a well worked short corner. Magpies did not let this shake them and the back four of Morgan, Hugo, Tom and Jamie looked very comfortable with the rock of Nick Moss behind them barking the orders. The decades of experience in the middle with Dave, Tris and Andy Hipwell were moving well and chances always looked like being created. It was good work upfront with the front line of Robbie, Andy ‘The Canon’, Ed and Jude who were making pockets for the overloading midfield. It was when Hudson made a great run and with some silky skills rolled it onto a defenders foot for our first short corner. The corner was expertly dispatched by Tris to level the scores. 1-1 at half time.
The second half started at a lightening pace and it needed some intervention from the umpires to just slow things down. Southend got a lucky goal to make it 2-1.
Hipwell was picking out some good aerials over to the front line and when Kinsella got on the end of one to pick out a perfect cross it just needed Jude to get more of a touch for the equaliser. Potruff didn’t let that miss get in his head and when another ball found Kinsella who eliminated the keeper and expertly on his backhand crossed to find Jude unmarked to tap into an open goal. 2-2.
When you’re at the lower half of the league points are hard to come by and maybe in looking for the winner we left ourselves open on the break. A dubious umpiring decision gave Southend the advantage they needed to hit us and from the resulting short corner they took the lead and the win at 3-2.
Magpies will come back fighting next week but want to say a massive thanks to the supporting crowd who braved the cold.


Magpies Ladies Indoor team started the last weekend of the Super 6s Indoor Championships in second place from Surbiton on goal difference and three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield. After another four tough matches they finished in a respectable fourth position but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams who won promotion to the Premier Indoor Division. The Men’s side which included Raunaq Rai, Jack Hobbs and John Livings who replaced Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes and Simon Hipwell for the second weekend of tournament, got off to a cracking start with a 9-3 win over St Albans and continued to move up the table, ending the tournament in fifth position. The Men head straight back to league action this weekend with a trip to Letchworth whilst the Ladies have another week until the National League commences again.

Superstar Matt Wicks stepped in as eleventh man for the Men’s 5s who arrived at Dereham with 10 players on Saturday but breathed a sigh of relief when Joe’s dad produced his kit from the car which was stored away ‘just in case’. Dereham started strongly and Magpies initially failed to cope with their fast and direct style, with the home side taking a 3-0 lead before Sam Moore and Chris Hall pulled two back before half time. 

Despite Derehams’ attempts to crash the ball into the Magpies ‘D’ most of their passes fell to Jerry Blackmore and Ewie Cumming in defence whilst Sam caused chaos at the attacking end and equalised. Dan Klinsman scored for the visitors to give Magpies a 4-3 lead only for Dereham to add another. At 4-4 Magpies were relentless in their press which resulted in Sam completing his hat trick and seal the three points. 

There were more wins away from home from the Ladies 5s who put six goals past Watton 2s and the Men’s 6s who notched up their fifth win of the season at Newmarket. The Ladies 7s enjoyed a late push back at home where, despite starting with great intensity after the Christmas break, it was visitors Watton who scored first. Ellen Moodie soon equalised for Magpies and, following some tactical changes at half time, Annie Lancaster gave the home side the lead. Continuing the momentum Gillian Stokes and Jessica Tarrant linked up well which resulted in a fine strike and goal from Jess. Annie claimed Magpies’ fourth goal to take the team into next weeks match against league leaders North Norfolk full of confidence. 

Marie Davy, Holly Morris and Laura Woodgate led the Ladies 6s into a positive rhythm of play against Broadland with numerous chances created by Janna Freeman and Anna Seggons. Georgia Scott finally broke the deadlock following good work by Georgie Hood and Flea Perry. Kristina Brinkley scored her first goal for the 6s to take Magpies 2-0 up before Rachael Clifford added a third to extend the teams lead at the top of the table.

The Boys development team got a good 4-1 win against Norwich Dragons ‘B’ whilst the Girls used the width of the pitch to put together some fine attacking moves which resulted in Kate converting a short corner. Grace proved a menace for Yarmouth by linking up with the attacking trio and setting up Ellie and Evie for a strike which forced a save from the oppositions’ keeper. A flowing team goal which started with Rosie out on the left resulted in Ellie clinching the second goal, followed by another to secure the win. 

The Men’s 3s claimed a 4-1 victory on Saturday when they hosted Sudbury who currently foot the table. The Ladies 4s enjoyed the same score line away at Norwich Dragons and started fiercely with Cassie Ayms forcing the Dragons ‘keeper into action early on. A moment of hesitation in defence allowed Norwich to grab the first goal but Honey Lamdin calmly slotted home to level the scores soon after. Cathrine Kilbourn converted a short corner before Emily Woollatt and Honey set Cassie up at the back post to extend the lead. Connecting with Imi Ramsdale, Katie Woollatt added the fourth goal to take the team up to fifth in the league which is a fantastic achievement  considering their tough start to the season.

Magpies O40s Men’s Cup side hosted Peterborough on Sunday where a hat trick from Matt Brand, and goals from Gavin Cole and James Stacey ensures the team progress to the next round with a 5-1 win. This weekend the U18 Girls Indoor team head to Croydon for the National finals whilst the Girls U16s travel to Wolverhampton for theirs, best of luck to both teams. Sunday sees the Mixed teams in action with the ‘A’s facing Peterborough in the Cup and the ‘B’s heading to Norwich Dragons for the Plate competition. 


Mens 5th Team v Dereham 3 W 5-4

The Mens 5th team set off for their match against Dereham 3rds with 10 players and an umpire of questionable provenence! Luckily when we arrived Matt Wicks had not only brought Joe but also his own kit ‘just in case’. Magpies initially failed to cope with Derehams fast direct style and were soon 3-0 down. Not detered Magpies stuck to their own game plan and led by Joe Wicks storming down the right were soon back in the match when Sam Moore scored the first of his three goals. On the stroke of half time Chis Hall expertly converted to take us into half time 3-2 down.
The second half opened up and became a game of two contrasting styles. Dereham crashing the ball into the D from the halfway line while Magpies worked the ball well through the midfield. Luckily most of Derehams balls ended up on the sticks of either Blackmore junior or Ewie while Sam Moore driving through the middle continued to cause chaos in the home sides defense. Goals from Sam Moore and Dan Klinsman took Magpies into a 4-3 lead, only for Derham to get one back. At 4-4 Magpies continued to press and there really only looked to be one winner, and so it proved when Sam finished off another fine team move to score his third and Magpies 5th.