Last Saturday the Ladies thirds set the tone for a successful weekend for Magpies and find themselves joint fourth in the table (and only 6 points off the top) following a fantastic 2-0 win at home against Yarmouth on Saturday. Emily Rash scored on her Magpie debut with Sarah Legg getting the second goal. Away at Bedford the Ladies seconds retained their unbeaten record by notching up a 1-0 victory. The goal scored by Anouska Stott was set up by a Jess Howland and Alice Woollatt.
The Ladies fourths came out fighting in the six pointer against UEA 2s. An inspired substitution by Coach Woollatt saw Rachel Goodson on the forward line where she scored the only goal of the game meaning Magpies leapfrog UEA out of the relegation zone.
At The Nest, Magpies ladies firsts notched up a 6-1 win against struggling Chelmsford. Louisa Greenacre’s classy short corner strike opened the scoring and the goals kept coming. Lauren Rowe’s drag from the top of the ‘D’ was deflected into the net by Lucy Whiting; Debbie Francis provided a through ball for Martha Lawrence to put away and Rose Winter added another after a one-two with Emma Lee-Smith. In the second half, silky skills from Lizzie Clymer took her past two defenders where she squared to Lottie Summers on the penalty spot to flick into the net; and Lauren Rowe added Magpies sixth by flicking the ball into the top of the goal.
A hard-fought game at Thetford secured a 2-2 draw and valuable point for the ladies sixths with Flea Perry bagging a brace of goals and Marie Davy earning the Woman of the Match accolade. Shirley McAllen had a goal bound shot deflected in by a Dragons player in the Ladies sevenths home game. Goals by youngsters Ella Spears and Georgia Hood cemented the 3-1 victory.
On the Men’s side the Firsts and Fifths games were called off due to frozen pitches. The Twos winning run continued with a 6-1 defeat of Bury and the Thirds are now four points clear of the relegation zone after Dave Francis’ wonder goal secured a 1-0 win away at Pelicans. The youngsters in the Fourth team gave a tremendous performance against unbeaten league leaders North Norfolk but ended 2-1 down. However, there were convincing wins for the Sixths and Boys Development teams.
This Sunday sees most of Magpies’ cup teams in action with the remaining youth sides playing at home. The U14 boys are first up against Norwich City, followed by the U16 girls and boys who play Sudbury and Blueharts respectively. Both Mixed teams are on the road with the ‘A’s at Bury and ‘B’s hoping for a giant killing at Peterborough. The Men’s O50s face a tough encounter with St Albans in the third round of the Trophy competition.