Girls U12 A Tournament Report 8th October 2017

Girls U12 A Tournament  (Norwich Dragons 1st Place)

The first tournament of the season, with much kinder weather than last year at Dragons, saw an entertaining morning’s hockey with some good competitive matches.
This was the first time the U10s moving up had come together with last year’s U12s in a match situation and it certainly took them all a while to find their feet. A below par performance in the first match saw us squander a 2-0 lead in the dying seconds of the game against Norwich City Lions with the match finishing a 2-2 draw. Next up was Dragons A and this time we quickly found some shape to our attack and managed to feed the ball from all different angles to Evie Brice up front who put away all 5 in the 5-0 win which was a great result. In the next match it was Anna who led the charge on goal with a nicely taken reverse stick strike and then goals began to come from all areas with the result finishing 6-0. City Lions proved more of a challenge and we had to work hard in all areas of the pitch, but there were some nicely worked team goals with moves the full length of the pitch ending with far post tap ins and the final result was a 3-0 win. Last up was Pelicans and the girls took to the field confident that 1st place was in reach if they could keep scoring goals – and they did not disappoint. 5-0 was the final result with everyone in the squad making a great contribution. Magpies were thus placed in 1st place overall, equal on points with City Lions but with a better goal difference.
So a very positive first outing with lots to work on in training before our next tournament on 22nd October at St Josephs.
Thanks to Dragons and all our opposition for a lovely tournament

Mens 4th Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Mens 4th Team vs IES 4th Team (Home (L) D 1-1)

This was a classic ‘game of two halves’! In the first half Magpies struggled to settle down, and pressed by IES continually gave the ball away. IES deservedly went into half time one goal up. A slight tactical change at half time led to a significant improvement with Magpies taking much better care of the ball and working it around the pitch well. Tom Norton scored a well taken equaliser and in the last few minute Magpies had chances to win the match.

Ladies 5th Team Match Report 7th October

Ladies 5th Team vs Reepham (Home (L) W 4-0)

Following last weeks disappointment of losing 4-3 to an blatent foul which should have resulted in Broadlands winning goal being disallowed Magpies came out full of fight.

Jose Tibbenham put Magpies ahead early on to settle any nerves.  Magpies played some flowing hockey down both flanks and created many chances but the final touch eluded them.

A nasty fall resulting in a stick hitting a Reepham player in the head resulted in a lengthy break for treatment early in the second half .  Jose Tibbenham went kicking back while the goalkeeper was temporarily suspended and then went back up the other end soon after to score a follow up from a short corner.  The ever dependable defensive three were once again in complete control.  Tibbenham rounded off her hat-trick before player of the match Victoria Spouncer followed up a short corner to cap a fine display

Ladies 7th Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Ladies 7th Team vs UEA 4th Team (Away (L) L 0-3)

The match began with just ten Magpies’ players compared to a UEA squad of fifteen.  Right from the start, UEA took control and we struggled to get the ball into their half of the pitch.  Katie Davy, our young goalkeeper, played superbly and never gave up.  However, when we managed to get the ball in UEA’s circle, Jo Meyer struck the ball hard at the goal but it hit the keeper’s leg and narrowly missed.  UEA scored two goals during the first half.

Karen Ray advised us to block UEA’s passes and a loyal spectator told us to keep a tight formation.  With this in mind we kept control of the ball and Megan Beckett made some fine runs.  The defence played well and kept the ball away from the circle.  However, UEA were awarded a short corner and scored a third goal from this.  The game was really enjoyable and UEA were a friendly team.

Mens 5th Team Match Report 7th October

Mens 5th Team vs IES 5th Team (Away (L) W 5-3)

Magpies mens 5th have finally found that winning formula and goal scoring touch!  An experienced IES 5ths started brightly pressurising Magpies from the start but Magpies determination shone through with their youngsters looking sharp in midfield snapping at the heels of the IES team whenever they were out of possession.

It wasn’t long before this determination paid off.  Tom Caston stool a loose ball in the D and fired off an immediate shot which evaded the keeper, Ben Emms followed suit with a similar steel and tight angle shot to make it 2 – 0 at half time.  However very quickly after the break Magpies were caught napping defensively and IES pulled a goal back.

In previous weeks this could have led to a collapse but not now, an interception, swift interplay of passes and James Smith added a third popping the ball in the bottom left corner when one on one with the keeper.  IES responded with their second, Magpies hit back through Jake Caston, IES pegged Magpies back via a dispute short corner but with 5 minutes left to play Magpies secured the win when Smith was able to drive at the IES defence, pulling the ball back across the centre of the D for the advancing Caston – Tom adding his second and securing Magpies first win of the season.

Tom Caston just pipping Ben Emma to the man of the match title.

Mens 2nd Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Mens 2nd Team vs Dereham 2nd Team (Away (L) W 7-0)

We started off strong with some brilliant link up play, which was finished off by a slick finish from Bensley after just 34 seconds.
We carried on this momentum all throughout the first half. By keeping it simple and working hard off the ball we created 3 more goals before the half time whistle. 1 by Sam and 2 from Marti. We took a slow start to the second half, despite conceding a few short corners our defence stayed strong, and sniped the ball off Dereham’s attack at any given moment.
Our fitness proved vital in the later stages of the game, as we were able to get in and behind the defence for 3 more goals. 1 more from Bensley (set up superbly by Jake) and 2 from Ben.

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 7th October 2017

Ladies 2nd Team vs Dereham 1st Team (Home (L) W 2-1)

A changed side took to the pitch at weybread in positive fashion ready for what has become a bit of a derby game.
Dereham were well organised and came out strongly and it was clear it was going to be a close game. The Magpies defence of Plum, Kath, Shev & Amelia were very busy and playing well, however after a surging run Dereham managed to score a decent goal taking them 1-0 up. This seem to prompt us into action and after some positional changes at half time we came out a lot more strongly and organised.
The team were determined to get something from this game and Debbie & Fran lead the way with lots of possession and passion from the middle of the pitch. Phoebe worked tirelessly at right midfield, applying plenty of pressure, showing her legwork and defensive skills when required. We were very glad to welcome Alice ‘Bobby’ Wiseman for her 2nd team debut, she showed exactly the type of skills & commitment we love to see, a promising future is ahead of her.
Our pressure was paying off Debs managed to break the deadlock and bang in a goal from a shortcorner, to great excitement from our coach Sam and temporary manager Lucy Field.
We kept the momentum and after some great linking play, Bobby won us another short corner, which in similar style, Debs banged in number 2!
After a few shaky minutes and a defensive corner on the 70th minute, we welcomed the final whistle and were all buzzing to get 3 points!
Lots of different nominations for man of the match showed what a fantastic team effort it was, but Bobby was the overall winner – well deserved.
Away to Watton next week!

Ladies 2nd Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 2ns Team vs Lowestoft 1st Team (Home (L) W 7-0)

After a difficult start in the first league game, ending in the game being abandoned Magpies ladies 2’s were looking to get their first points of the season under their belts. Magpies had a strong team and went into the local derby fairly confidently.

In the opening minutes of the game Magpies looked strong, working the ball nicely around the Lowestoft players and looked threatening attacking the oppositions circle. Magpies were rewarded early when a good work of play saw Laura Tibbenham able to run into the D draw the Lowestoft keeper to the left and slip the ball right for Eglington to slot the ball home, 1-0. Magpies continued to press hard not letting up on the Lowestoft defence, resulting in a short corner for the Magpies ladies, a good drag out from Olivia Locke to Anouska Stott at the top gave Stott time to strike the ball, with a small deflection the ball ended up in the net 2-0! As the half went on the pressure continued for Lowestoft and in an effort to clear the ball out the ball hit a defenders foot on the line. Anouska Stott stepped up to take the flick and coolly put the ball left passed the goal to take us into half time with a 3-0 advantage.

Magpies were confident going into the second half but knew they couldn’t be complacent. They continued working the ball nicely Herschel-Schorland and Summers were getting the ball down the left hand side. The Magpies girls found themselves in the D several more times earning another short corner. The ball came straight out Debbie Francis who calmly strikes the ball from the top to make the score 4-0. The short corners kept on coming in the second half with Magpies attacking strongly; a nice ball out to Stott at the top, slipped left to Tibbenham who hit the ball in to the far post for Katie Woollatt to touch in to make the score 5-0. Shortly after another shot corner came a little scrappier this time, after the initial save Alice Woollatt was able to get the rebound in 6-0. In the final ten minutes of the game Tibbenham received the ball on the Penalty spot, turned and flicked the ball off her reverse past the goal to make the final score 7-0.

Overall a great result from the Ladies 2’s and a great way to come back from a difficult week before. The ladies will look to add another three points to their tally next week against Dereham at 12pm at home.

Rosie’s Weekly Wrap Up 30th September 2017

Update From Fixtures 30th September 2017

Three points each for the top four teams this weekend and an impressive 25 goals between them. The Men’s 1sts proved too strong for Saffron Waldon with goals from Will Martin, Sam Patterson, Dave Gilbert (2) Andrew Bedwell and Simon Hipwell.

The Ladie’s 1sts followed suit and held out for a narrow victory over St Albans thanks to Lizzie Clymer’s long range strike. The Ladie’s 2nds found themselves 3-0 up at half time against Lowestoft Ladies due to consistent pressure on the opposition resulting in goals from Phoebe Eglington and two for Anouska Stott, including a penalty flick. A succession of short corners provided opportunities for Debbie Francis, Katie Woollatt and Laura Tibbenham to get their names on the scoresheet, resulting in a 7-0 win for Magpies in their first league game.

The hotly anticipated bi-annual league game between the Men’s 2nds and 3rds didn’t disappoint. An early goal from Gavin Cole ruffled the feathers of the seconds who bit back with a string of 5 goals from Jamie Legg (2), Martin Fields, Sam Moore and Richard Larkin.  The goals kept coming in the second half, Jamie Legg adding to his tally, as well as Stuart Field and Matt Bensley getting in on the action. Greg Jagger slotted two goals away for the Thirds in the last few minutes only for Jamie to increase his tally to 5 goals, and the result to 11-3.

The Ladies 3rds went 4-2 down away to Norwich Dragons 2nds whilst the Ladies 4ths hosted Broadland and lost 2-0. It was fantastic to have David Brook back in the dugout where he belongs!

Magpies Men’s 4ths had a very convincing 5-1 win over Pelicans with goals from Mitchell Tompkins, Arthur Johnson, Stuart Peters and debutant Hugo Thomas. Despite the Men’s 5ths losing 5-1 there were many positives to take from the game, notably determined performances from Ed Brice and Ben Emms, and a reverse stick goal from James Smith!

Magpies losses also came away from home for the Ladies 6ths (5-0 against Broadland) and the Ladies 7ths who had a much improved second half after letting 6 earlier goals through against Norwich Dragons.


Teams are (forcefully) encouraged to come and spend their money at the bar during the quiz!

Ladies 1st Tea Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs St Albans 1st Team (Home (L) W 1-0)

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team sponsored bMusker McIntyre Estate Agents welcomed St Albans to Weybread for their first National League home game of the season. After last week’s disappointing performance away at league newcomers Barnes, Magpies were determined to improve key areas of their game and pick up their first points of the season in front of a home crowd. 

Magpies started the first half at a high intensity, moving the ball early and utilising the forwards athleticism to attack with pace and press the St Albans defence. This pressure forced an error the from the St Albans defence which saw Magpies regain possession in the attacking twenty five and with an accurate pass, Emma Lee-Smith set up Lizzie Clymer who hit a first time strike from the top of the circle which beat the scrambling St Albans defence and goalkeeper to give Magpies a deserved early lead. 

Before half time Magpies were unlucky not to extend their lead when Abby Gooderham was denied by the post and further Magpies attacks were contained by the St Albans defence.

The second half saw Magpies continue to threaten the St Albans goal but unfortunately they were unable to create a clear goal scoring opportunity which would have eased the nerves of the home crowd. 

With only one goal between the teams St Albans pressed for the equaliser creating numerous problems for the Magpies defence. The defence was strengthened this week with the addition of Lottie Summers who made many crucial tackles and interceptions on her National League debut. 

The team continued to work hard until the final whistle to maintain a clean sheet and record their first league win of the season. 

Next week the team travels to Cambridge City who have also started the season with one victory and one defeat.

Mens 1st Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Mens  1st Team vs Saffron Walden 1st Team (Home (L) W 6-1)

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1s sponsored by Dynamic Sport welcomed Saffron Walden to the Nest on a late September sunny afternoon. The pies welcomed back Will Martin and Tom Sumner to their first league game this season after missing last week due to various commitments.

Harleston started with an intensity that Saffron Walden were shocked with but one they could not match. It wasn’t long till this intensity paid off, Will Martin started a mazy run in midfield beating numerous players then ending with a turn on the base line to deliver the ball across the D to the eagerly waiting magpies attackers. After the cross being rebounded off the keeper, Will Martin once again found it at the end of his stick only to slot the ball in the back of the goal. This excellent intensity continued and was rewarded with Magpies being awarded a short corner, and up stepped Sam Paterson (the self-proclaimed best flicker in the league), who delivered to his name and rifled in the ball into the roof of the net. Magpies continued to assert their dominance with numerous circle entries from long phases of continually possession of the ball, and it wasn’t long till a short corner was won through Jack Hobbs placing the ball on a defenders foot. With Paterson off the pitch UEA Dave stepped up and slotted the ball in-between the goalie and the postman to add to his ever increasing tally for the season.

The intensity began to die down and the Pies allowed Saffron Waldron to string a few passes together, Saffron Walden were then awarded a short due to some poor knowledge of the rules. After an aggressive number one run the Saffron Waldron player glided past him, to send the ball towards the bottom corner, alone for a big left kicker from last weeks Man of the Match John Livings to save it. But the danger wasn’t cleared and a cross into the danger area was ricocheted off a Saffron Waldron stick into the back of the net, 3-1 to Harleston. Magpies responded in the best way possible by going on the attack and winning another short, with the first shot being saved, the ball fell to the feet of Andrew Bedwell, who calmly slotted the ball into an empty goal for his first goal of the season!! The umpire’s whistle blew and at half time it stood at 4-1, after a positive team talk from coach Tim Whiteman, it was the home team that came out once again with the greater intensity. The second half started will with a number of good passes being stringed together starting all the way from the back, after a wide lead from the Birthday Boy Jake Sewell he collected the ball and composed himself to cross the ball into the D to find UEA Dave, who collected it and finished the ball with calmness and composure to score his second of the game.

It wasn’t long once again till Magpies had another short corner, Sam Paterson had the chance for another, but fluffed his flick and the ball ended up at the feet of Simon Hipwell, who topped his shot but it was the bobbling ball that deceived the post man who missed it completely. The pressure continued with numerous short corners being won, giving Patterson the chance to add to his tally, but all his flicks shot over the bar, with some nearly clearing the fence behind. The final whistle then went with the score ending 6-1 to the Magpies, a very good start to the season with the first home game.

Next week the Magpies welcome City of Peterborough who drew 4-4 with Wapping this weekend. The match promises to be very competitive so lots of support welcome please. Push back at 2:00pm.


MOM – Will Martin

Mens 4th Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Mens 4th Team vs Pelicans 3rd Team (Home (L) W 5-1)

Despite exerting early pressure Magpies went behind following a miss controlled hit into the D. Magpies hit back almost immediately when Mitch Tomkins, making his first appearance for the 4ths for 4 years finished neatly. Magpies controlled the rest of the half with goals from Hugo Thomas and Arthur Johnson.

Pelicans came back into the game in the second half, but rarely threatened the Magpies goal. As the game stretched out Magpies scored two more goals from debutant Hugo Thomas and Stuart Peters.

Mens 3rd Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Mens 3rd Team vs Mens 2nd Team (Home (L) L 3-11)

You’ve got to love an inter club match! Well that’s what the large number of spectators clearly thought as the Men’s Third team hosted the Men’s Second team in front of a crowd which matched in size the national league ladies match that proceeded it.

No doubt hoping for a close match to get into they would have been encouraged when Gavin Cole, found unmarked in the last third of pitch by Robert Kinsella, took the ball around the keeper to finish and put the underdogs in front. However the best thing for the neutral spectators would have been for the thirds to have frustrated their “visitors” and kept the ball better but unfortunately several back to back errors gifted a three goal salvo which would effectively seal the match in the first 20 minutes.

Either side of half time it was good to see the seconds get into their stride and combine as a team to ruthlessly stretch their lead to 10! Jamie Legg deserving particular mention with 5 goals. It was a chastening experience for the third team players and supporters who have largely been untroubled at home for over 3 years but despite lessen odds every challenge was still entered into as if it was still 0-0 and every attack was supported by runners who looked like they were in pursuit of the winner not a mere consolation. And indeed latecomers to the match might have been surprised by the last ten minutes as the third team scored not one but two consolations, both claimed by Greg Jagger. Within this spell further chances also came from good work by Robert Kinsella, David Cadman, and notably debutant Kieran Peters. So, 11-3 but was the last 10 minutes due to compassion by the 2s? Or good commitment and fitness by the threes? The players and spectators withdrew to the bar to discuss.

Ladies 6th Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 6th Team vs Taverham (Away (L) L 0-5)

The 6s were determined to march into this game with a positive attitude and belief despite last minute uncertainties and changes to the squad. Jane Collins provided sound leadership and organisation on the day, with Julie Davy assisting from the dugout, whilst trying to put our players into ‘best fit’ positions. We started well and were not fazed by and early Broadland goal. With Flea Perry, Jane, Elena Flatt and Marie Davy working hard in defence, even the 2 goal deficit at half time seemed surmountable.

The second half did not go Magpies way, however. Katy Davy made some stunning saves, but another Broadland goal followed. Man of the match, Krystal Jenkins, provided great control and stability in midfield, with positive work from Ebony Hoskin and Jenny Meyer creating attacking opportunities. Forwards Rachel Clifford made some fine runs up the left wing, and Janna fired some much needed aggressive and positive shots into the D, but unfortunately none of these efforts converted to goals. A further blow was a face injury to sweeper Flea halfway through the second half, which needed hospital treatment. A hasty reorganisation was required to continue the game, but we were a little unsettled and 2 further Broadland goals then followed, although Lydia Barrett created a good chance with a run on goal.

Despite the scoreline, the team left with a positive attitude and a consensus that our overall performance had improved on last week’s. We are pleased to say that Flea is OK and is now glued together, and extend our thanks to all family and friends who helped and supported with care, hospital lifts, car transport etc. Also thanks to Gillian Stokes and Heather Brand for organisation during the week, but who couldn’t be with us for the game.

Mens 5th Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Mens 5th Team vs Norwich Exiles (Away (L) L 1-5)

The score line shows a comprehensive victor for Norwich Exiles against this young Magpies team but it could have easily been a victory for Magpies by a similar margin.

Magpies played their best hockey of the season and for some their senior careers completely dominating the game for the first 20 minutes.  Ball control, creativity in attach, clinical defensive work and tireless off the ball running had Exiles back peddling and their goal keeper pulling off saves in every direction.

Deservedly Magpies finally took the lead in an unlikely manner James Smith defying his age to stoop low and fire in from the top of the circle a reverse stick shot.

However, it would now appear that this is the worst thing Magpies could have done. The team lost focus, purpose and drive and crispness in control and pass quality inviting pressure from Exiles who capitalised on two defensive errors to end the half 2 -1 up.

With all to play for in the 2nd half Magpies hope to start brightly but couldn’t find their earlier form until Exiles had completed their task of a comfortable win but credit to the youngsters in the team, with 15 minutes remaining that flair and drive returned and once again Exiles were on the back foot.

A tough day for all but many notable performances with Ben Emms and Ed Brice sharing the man of the match title.  The aim of next week against the current league leaders will be to maintain that initial intensity for a longer period of the match.

Ladies 7th Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Ladies 7th Team vs Norwich Dragons 7th Team (Away (L) L 0-6)

The match started well with fairly even play but Norwich Dragons scored fairly easily, six times, during the first half.  Feeling despondent at half time, Shirley McAllen rearranged the team and boosted our confidence by saying that we were actually playing well.  The second half proved this as Norwich Dragons did not score again and despite a few breakthroughs to the Dragon’s circle, Magpies were thwarted by their strong defence.

Mens 2nd Team Match Report 30th September 2017

Mens 2nd Team vs Mens 3rd Team (Away (L) W 11-3)

The highly anticipated seconds vs thirds game was upon us and it didn’t disappoint!

The beginning was very tense with the seconds pushing hard to get the opener however a quick counter from the thirds resulted in a goal with his 2nd bite at the cherry. Not to be disheartened the seconds quickly got back on level terms with a superb team goal with Jamie Legg to finish it off, after getting the first goal the seconds quickly gained an advantage from a penalty won by Stu Field which was then calmly tucked into the top right corner by Marty Fields.

 As the first half was coming to a close the seconds stepped up a gear and quickly put 3 goals away coming from a lovely diving effort from Leggy, a worldy deflection from Sam Moore, and a clinical finish as per usual from Richard Larkin. The half time score 5-1 to the formidable second team!

 After a good performance in the first half the seconds looked to carry on this form into the second half and it didn’t take long for Jamie to complete his hat-trick with a reverse hit into the bottom corner. The floodgates then opened as the seconds went on to score 3 more in quick succession as Leggy picked up another reverse goal, Stu Field grabbed himself a goal with a lovely finish into the net, and a well taken back post goal from Matt Bensly (who unfortunately couldn’t go on to get a triple triple) left the seconds 9-1 up with 15 to go.

 The thirds then decided to turn up and started to play some good hockey which lead to them nicking 2 goals against a rocky seconds defence. Have the thirds managed to find a way back in? No, as was soon found out as the seconds scored 2 well worked counter attacks with the scorers being Jamie Legg to get his fifth for the day and Marty picking up his second. All the seconds had to do now was keep the ball and let the game come to an end however Matt Bensly decided otherwise and put a horrific tackle in to only get shown a yellow card. The final whistle blew with a result of 11-3 to the Men’s seconds!

 MOM – Jamie Legg

 Any thirds looking for counselling after their traumatic loss please call the helpline 113 113!!

Ladies 1st Team Match Preview 30th September 2017

This week Harleston Magpies ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, have their first home game of the season, welcoming St Albans to Weybread at 2pm. This is always a testing game and St Albans will be wanting the three points as much as Magpies after their opening loss to Bedford.

With last weeks disappointing result, Magpies will want to build on their performance, where they created chances but just couldn’t convert. Magpies knew Barnes was an unknown, but their are plenty more games left in the season. Magpies always have a good home record and will want to carry this on this season.

This week we welcome back Emma Lee-Smith, Abby Gooderham and Rose Winter, but are unfortunately without Sketch Titley, with a long term injury, and Charlotte Harrison.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Emma Lee-Smith, Abby Gooderham, Victoria Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davies and Lucy Whiting.

Mens 1st Team Match Report 23rd September 2017

Mens 1st Team vs Wapping 1st Team (Away (L) D 1-1)

It was a blustery day at the Lee Valley hockey stadium which saw recently relegated from National League Wapping take on fellow promotion candidates Harleston Magpies sponsored by Dynamic Sport. The magnificent £30 million pound arena situated in the Olympic Park was prepped and ready for what would surely be one of the season’s top clashes. As action got underway it was the home team Wapping asserting their dominance and winning a short corner within the first 5 minutes. However, they were unable to convert and found that in open play, whilst they retained the lion’s share of possession, Harleston’s stalwart defence stood strong. The visitors soaked up the pressure and had several counter attacks that in truth should have been capitalised on, notably coming from some superb work from Dave Gilbert and Jack Hobbs.

The best chance of the half came when the ball broke to Harleston midfielder Pete Bale who showed a deft touch inside the circle to win a penalty corner off of the opposing defenders foot, however advantage was played and Matthew Richardson capitalised with a ferocious shot that went narrowly wide of the back post. The umpire’s whistle blew and at half time it stood at 0-0, Wapping given their possession probably slightly frustrated not to be ahead. However, as the second half started it was Harleston that came out firing. They clearly had a plan to work harder than their opposition and to apply pressure all over the pitch and it paid off as they started winning possession further and further up the pitch.

The game was at fever pitch, both teams working incredibly hard to break the other down but it was the visitors that struck first with new signing Dave Gilbert breaking through with a 1 on 1 before calmly gliding around the flailing keeper and sliding the ball into the net. The game looked done and dusted with Harleston snatching 3 points at a venue which in truth should drop very few points this season. With 30 seconds to go the Wapping centre back took charge and went on a strong run into the Harleston half before riding several tackles and being scythed down by a slightly reckless challenge by Jack Hobbs. The final whistle went and the home team had a short corner to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat. A well worked routine saw a deflection end up in the back of the net and the game ended 1-1. A fantastically played first fixture that means two big teams failed to capitalise and gain ground on their rivals.

Ladies 1st Team Match Report 23rd September 2017

Ladies 1st Team vs Barnes (Away (L) L 0-1)

Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents this week travelled into central London, some via the scenic route of Big Ben, for their first league game of the season.

Magpies started the first half confidently with some good drives down the right by Jess Howland and Lucy Belsey resulting in a early short corner. Unfortunately, the powerful shot from Lauren Barber narrowly went wide. From this Barnes got into a good stride putting Magpies under relentless pressure going forward. The home side then took the lead half way through the first half with a well executed short corner. The remainder of the first half was fairly even with neither side dominating and both creating scoring opportunities.

Following coach Rob Sorrell’s half-time team talk the forward line began to make more leads which resulted in chances in front of goal narrowly going wide. However, some good aerial clearances from the Barnes defence led to a second goal for the home team. Magpies refused to let their heads drop with Charlie Harrison and Lauren Barber working tirelessly in the midfield creating opportunities for Annie Nunn who made some great runs down the left which maintained pressure on the Barnes’ defence.

Overall Magpies were disappointed to come away with a loss but will hope to get back to winning ways in next week’s fixture back at the nest.

Congratulations to Aoife Lowe-Davies on her National league debut.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Louisa Greenacre, Annie Nunn, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlie Harrison, Debbie Francis, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lucy Whiting, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Alice Woollatt.