Weekly Wrap Up #5
Magpies Ladies 1s hosted Sevenoaks in a tightly contested match where the home side dominated in the first half but were unable to open the scoring. Sevenoaks took the lead through a short corner early in the second half which kicked them into a more attacking gear but Magpies continued to hold a tight back line with outstanding performances from Charlotte Peet in goal and Captain Lucy Belsey in defence. The Ladies travel to Chelmsford next week where they hope to bounce back from this home defeat.
The Men’s 1st team gave an average performance away at Chelmsford. After a sluggish start Matt Richardson gave Magpies the lead with a rip roaring strike. ‘Veteran’ defenders Leigh Sitch and Andrew Bedwell raised the tempo of transfer, giving subsequent room to new signing Jonty Gosling at left half to link up with Thomas Ridley, who converted a short corner with a slip flick. With 4 minutes to go, Chelmsford bounced back with two goals in quick succession, ending 2-2.
Next week Magpies host a struggling Ipswich in what promises to be a riveting East Anglian derby. Push back is at 2:00pm at Harleston.
A hat-trick from Laura Tibbenham ensured the Ladies 2s took all three points away against Watton. The pressure was applied by the visitors from the onset and persistence from Fran Burrell and Anouska Stott provided opportunities for Laura to score twice before half time, which she put away in usual fashion. Despite strong defending from Kath Johnson and Jade Daly in goal, Watton converted a short corner to take the score to 1-2. Magpies came back strong with pressure resulting in a penalty corner which was slotted home by Katie Woollatt. The fourth and final goal came from the well-positioned Tibbenham who slotted the ball behind the keeper for the hat-trick.
After a fantastic performance last weekend, top of the table Magpies Men’s 2s were in high spirits going into this weeks game against Norwich City. Jamie Legg got the games only goal following a quickly taken ball from the in form Matt Bensley. Norwich piled on the pressure, forcing a number of saves from ‘keeper George Baldwin and clearances from Dave Francis and Giles Flatt but were unable to find an equaliser.
After an enforced week off Magpies men’s 3s got back into action against Dereham 2nds. The experienced pairing of Taylor and Brice and debutant Chris Routes in goal keeping Dereham’s chances to a minimum were unable to prevent a short corner break down finding the back of the net. So the promoted third team, competing but still looking to put points on the board when they face Norwich Dragons at home next week.
Magpies Ladies 4ths travelled to Norwich Dragons in search for their first points of the season. After shipping a goal in the first half some very pleasing performances from Magpies newcomers Judith Masters, Megan Beckett, Imi Ramsdale and Sarah Louden led to the visitors winning a short corner which Janna Freeman neatly slotted into the back of the net from top ‘D’.
Despite coming desperately close to a draw, Dragons were awarded a short corner in the dying seconds which they converted after the final whistle was blown.
The Men’s 4ths faired no better in a hard fought battle away at Norwich City. City went ahead in the first half but some reorganisation led to a succession of penalty corners and an equaliser from Phil Cobbald. With Magpies pressing for the winner City broke away and scored what proved to be the winning goal themselves.
Magpies Men’s 5ths dominated against an Ipswich Cranes side who only managed to field eight players this week. Magpies opened the scoring when a Tom Caston pass found Toby Hughes unmarked in front of goal. The second and third were added by Tom’s dad Andy, before Cranes pulled a goal back past Chris Flatt. Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time. Toby tapped in another to add to his tally but Cranes fought back again to make it 6-2. Ed Brice, James Bensly and Tom took the final scoreline up to 9-2 and the 5th team into mid table.
Dereham 5ths opened the scoring against Magpies Ladies 7ths but the hosts fought back with goals from Lucy Basey-Fisher, Jane Collins and Karen Ray, resulting in a 3-1 win for Magpies.