The Nest was bustling all weekend with a full bill of hockey on both Saturday and Sunday. The Boys and Girls development teams had fantastic wins over Watton and Pelicans respectively, both keeping clean sheets and scoring an impressive 15 goals between them.
Both Second teams continued their winning streaks with the Ladies securing a 4-1 win against UEA thanks to goals from Katrina Sitch and Laura Tibbenham (3). The Men gave the home crowd an enjoyable display with a 16-0 thrashing of Horncastle 1sts. Hat tricks from Stu Field and Martin Fields helped secure the win with other goals shared around between Jake Sewell (2), Matt Bensly (2), Mitchell Tompkins, Tris Baynes (2), Sam Moore and Robbie Kinsella (2).
The Men’s 3s played twice this weekend, losing 2-3 against Peterborough 3s followed by a 1-1 draw against UEA 1s on Sunday. The Ladies had a tough slog against Norwich City 2s and were defeated 4-3 which leaves them 8th in the league. The Men’s 4s travelled to Cromer and came away with a satisfying 6-3 win with stand out performances from Seth, Louis and Hugo and a lovely dragged corner from Rob Neal!
Despite Sophie Maynell Anderson and Julie Davy’s best efforts of keeping ex- Magpie Evie Gardener’s impact on the Ladies 4th teams home game against Dereham 3s to a minimum, we came away 3-2 losers due to a short corner strike being disallowed in the closing minutes. Valiant displays of old school defending from Daphne Beckett, Karen Hunt and Sandra Ellinor combined with goals from Georgia Hood and Ebony Hoskin meant that the Ladies 7ths triumphed 2-1 over Watton 3s.
Bedford hosted both Magpie 1st teams this weekend. The Men’s game was rather chaotic but Magpies opened the scoring after Archie Winter found Elliot Marsh perfectly placed to guide the ball into the net. Bedford equalised by a charitable own goal from Jonty Gosling before taking the lead through a penalty stroke which Chris Leek was unable to stop. Pete Bale levelled the score thanks to Sam Patterson’s quality pass to secure a point, taking them to fifth in the Premier division.
On Sunday the Ladies headed over to Bedford and the home side scored against the run of play after 8 minutes. Despite pressure from Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith and Aoife Lowe-Davies, Bedford stood firm until an attack led by Annie Nunn and Lucy Whiting resulted in Magpies’ first short corner of the game which was converted by Emma Lee-Smith with a ferocious shot that nearly broke the back board, to bring the sides level. It ended 1-1, a good result but a performance that really deserved to take all three points.
On Sunday around 200 youngsters flocked to Weybread for the 2nd Norfolk In2Hockey tournament of the season. The final results saw Magpies U12 Girls continue to dominate the Norfolk hockey scene with their second tournament win of the season at Gold level but also evidence that Magpies boys are catching up, finishing 1st and 2nd in the Boys Plate competition, next step the Cup.
In contrast, the Men’s over 50s Masters Cup Campaign came to an abrupt end when, after leading 2-0 with 10 minutes to go thanks to goals from Andy Caston and Phil Cobbald, it ended 2-2. A baffling penalty shoot out followed in which the three players you’d bet your house on to score were unable to produce the goods.
A massive thank you is due to everybody who made this hectic hockey weekender a success, umpires and washer uppers alike, our club relies heavily on people giving up their time to help make everything run smoothly.
With that in mind there is an umpiring course running in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd December, firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
This Saturday the clubhouse is open late so stick around after your game for a few beers and general socialising.
CHRISTMAS CASINO NIGHT is on December 2nd with tickets available from the Bar or your club captain Emma Tolhurst. Get your teammates along for what tends to be a highly entertaining evening!