Update From Fixtures 7th October 2017
Maximum point for the Magpies Men’s and Ladie’s Seconds this weekend courtesy of Dereham who proved the weaker side. The Men got off to a flying start with Matt Watson scoring after just 34 seconds. The momentum continued for the rest of the game and through hard work off the ball, and simple but effective hockey, Magpies won 7-0 thanks to goals from Sam Moore, Martin Fields (2), Ben (2) and another from Matt.
With a shortage of players throughout the Ladies teams this week it was a much changed Ladies seconds side and despite the best efforts of Plum Sweet, Kath Johnson, Siobhan Steggles and Amelia Herschel-Shorland in defence, Dereham scored first. This prompted Magpies into action who came out stronger in the second half. Debbie Francis and Fran Burrell lead the way in midfield with Phoebe Eglington working tirelessly on the right. Alice Wiseman showed fantastic commitment and skill on her second team debut and helped to win two short corners which were converted by Debbie to take the game to 2-1.
The Ladies first team will be disappointed with their 3-0 loss against a very strong Cambridge City this weekend. Two goals from Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh ensured a Cambridge victory but congratulations go to Olivia Locke and Laura Tibbenham on their National League Debuts.
The Men’s first XI anticipated a tough game against unbeaten Peterborough but managed to strike first via Archie Winter thanks to a reverse stick pass from Sam Paterson. The away team rallied and had mor possession towards the end of the first half, equalising through a well worked team goal. Tension was building on the pitch as both teams battled for the next goal and Magpies were reduced to 10 men whilst Archie Winter served two minutes in the sin bin.
The second half started in the same vein as the first but with Peterborough in attack and as Magpies relieved the pressure through the defensive pairing of Andrew Bedwell and Leigh Sitch the ball found it’s way to Pete Bale who managed to pick out Archie Winter who slotted a reverse from a tight angle to put Magpies 2-1 up. The visitors converted a short corner to equalise and the game ended at 2-2 with Magpies rueing a few chances but they look forward to next week away at Chelmsford next weekend where the aim will be to pick up maximum points.
Elsewhere there were impressive wins for the Men’s and Ladie’s fifth teams who managed convincing defeats over IES and Reepham. Both Tom and Jake Caston got on the scoresheet for the Men alongside Ben Emms and James Smith. Magpies stalwart Jose Tibbenham scored a hatrick for the Ladies with a goal added by Victoria Spouncer.
There was a fantastic result for the Men’s 6th team whose trip to Felixstowe was well worth it. The travelling side proved much too strong for a youthful Felixstowe 4th team and had the majority of the possession, meaning Nick Moss in goal had very little to do. Goals came at regular intervals from Lewis Belsey (5), Josh Marlow (2), Simon Rodwell, Mark Ash and Richard Alcock.