It was a frustrating weekend for Magpies who had anticipated an exciting weekend of league and cup matches only for ten games to be cancelled due to the pitches being frozen. The Ladies fourths arrived optimistically for their early pushback away at Lowestoft Railway but were soon on their way home again, via McDonalds. In fact it was left to Sandra Elliner and her Girls Development team to fly the flag for the girls and thankfully their journey to Kings Lynn proved worthwhile, coming out 5-0 winners.
Most of the Men’s games managed to go ahead despite the chilly conditions and the Men’s seconds headed to Norwich City for a top of the table clash with City’s second team. A 3-2 win for Magpies takes them further from the grasp of City who now trail by 9 points, and takes the 2s into this weekends fixture against mid table Peterborough full of confidence. Matt Brand’s third team battled hard for a 3-3 draw with Dereham, taking a vital point which lifts them out of the relegation zone.
The Men’s fourth team started strongly against Norwich City who got the better of them in their previous meeting. Magpies looked the most threatening and won a penalty flick which was well dispatched by Phil Cobbald, followed by a fine reverse stick shot from Arthur Johnson to take the home side to 2-0. City converted a flick themselves late on but captain David Blackmore was satisfied with his teams win which leaves them mid table on 20 points.
After their first loss since September last weekend and only a bear squad of 11, the fifths’ prospects were not looking good as they arrived in Ipswich to face the Cranes. However Magpies played with maturity, patience and confidence from the outset and man of the match Ben Emms opened the scoring from close range with James Bensly converted a penalty flick to take the visitors into half time 2-0 up. Two goals from Jake Caston secured the 4-0 victory and a happy mood in the Davy household that evening.
After a hard frost on Saturday night the eagerly anticipated National Mixed Cup games were both cancelled, despite Bardy’s best efforts to defrost the pitch with a can of de-icer. The Men’s O50s were also forced to call off their game, and the unfortunate O35 ladies drove 70 miles and began to warm up on the snow covered pitch before Chelmsford admitted defeat by the weather and called off the match.
This weekend the Ladies 1s are back in outdoor action at the Nest with a 12pm friendly against St Albans in preparation for the league resuming on February 3rd. This is followed by the Men’s seconds at 2pm who are scoring goals for fun this season. On Sunday all are welcome to come and support the Men’s 1sts who play Wapping at home at 2pm. Wapping are currently joint top with St Albans, only 2 points ahead of Magpies in the ‘Premier A’ East league.