Magpies Men’s 1st team headed down to Saffron Walden for their last league fixture of the year. The team were determined to put in a good performance after two weeks without a game due to the cold weather. Walden opened the scoring on the break but Archie Winter pulled back two quality goals in succession to put the visitors ahead. A plethora of individual defending errors allowed Saffron Walden to regain the lead with two quick goals, however Magpies retaliated through Stuart Leate, Pete Bale and Jack Hobbs, taking them into half time 5-3 up.
Coming into the second half in a much more controlled manner Harleston were able to increase their lead with goals from Will Martin and Tim Whiteman. Despite the home team grabbing another goal the points came back to Norfolk, Saffron Walden 4 – Harleston Magpies 7.
An incredible weekend of youth hockey with both the Magpies Girls U16 and U18 teams qualifying for the National Indoor Finals. The U16s started slowly with a loss against Canterbury and a 2-2 draw with Sudbury. Old Loughtonians and Chelmsford proved no match for Magpies as the girls made easy work of the next two games. In the last game of the tournament Magpies battled Sevenoaks for the runners up spot and a place in the National Finals. Playing without a goalkeeper the girls pinned the opposition back and were 3-2 winners when the final hooter sounded, sending them to the National Finals in Wolverhampton on the 20th and 21st January. The U18 girls followed suit in their regional championships, beating Old Loughtonians 5-3 (Lauren Rowe 2, Martha Lawrence 2, Tor Findlay) and Canterbury 14-3 (Martha Lawrence 4, Lauren Rowe 3, Lottie Summers 2, Alice Woollatt, Tor Findlay, Aoife Lowe Davies, Anna Tighe and Charlotte Seaman).
Saturday saw the Annual battle for the Snowflake Cup in the Lads vs Dads game featuring the Magpies Boys development team and their rather less sprightly fathers. The lads piled on the pressure from the start, forcing saves from Chris Flatt in the dads goal. Some tactical substitutions by the dads led to their opening goal by Mark Emms following silky skills from Matt Brand and Andy Caston.
The Lads launched a comeback and levelled the scoreline by nutmegging the ‘keeper after great work from Wicks, Flatt, Jackson, Chapman and Emms. Ed Brice made it 2-1 to the Lads with a strike from the top of the D but the lead was short lived as Curry found Caston who set up Hall for the equaliser. With time running out Graham Mobbs made a blistering run up the pitch to score his first competitive goal on a full pitch, giving the lads the 3-2 victory. Magpies players will now hang up their hockey sticks for a few weeks until the matches start again in January. The Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams are in action on the 6th and 7th January and you can keep up to date with how training is going on twitter @magpies_hockey.