After a slow start to the season the Magpies Ladies 6th team head into the Christmas break 4 games undefeated after a 3-3 draw against Pelicans on Saturday. Pelicans scored first only for Rachel Clifford to equalise, followed by an end to end game where Magpies came back from behind twice more with Clifford’s hat trick ensuring they took a point from the game. Captain Felicity Perry puts the recent run of results down to ‘A great work ethic, implementing what we learn at training into the games, and having fun’.
The Men’s 1st team gave a below average performance against Cambridge Uni 1sts but managed to come away with all three points. Magpies Sam Moore scored first for Magpies following an exhilarating attack by Dave Gilbert and Jack Hobbs which took the visitors into half time with a 1-0 lead but Cambridge equalised in the second half when their forward won a one on one with ‘keeper John Livings. The final goal came from Jack Hobbs via Archie Winter’s Ariel pass over the Cambridge defence.
Magpies Ladies 1sts were defeated 2-0 by St Albans at the weekend so find themselves fifth in the league going into the Christmas break, with all to play for in the second half of the season.
The club’s Mixed team travelled to Ely on Sunday for the preliminary round of the England Hockey Mixed Cup which they won last season. Getting the campaign off to a fantastic start with a 13-1 win with goals shared around the Magpies team from Simon Hipwell (3), Sam Patterson, Lucy Whiting (4), Emma Lee-Smith (2), Lizzie Clymer, Thomas Ridley and Katrina Sitch.
Sadly the Men’s Over 40s have bowed out of the England Hockey National Cup Competition in the second round after loosing 5 – 3 to Rugby & East Warwickshire. Despite keeping the scoreline close, coming back from 3-1 down to 4-3 courtesy of goals from Gavin Cole, Neil Toulson and England O40s player Tristan Baynes, Magpies were harshly reduced to ten men and Rugby were awarded a short corner from which they scored, taking the game out of the visitors reach.
The Ladies 7ths consist of a fusion of Magpie’s more experienced players and some newcomers to the sport. Bex Portruff got the first goal which galvanised Pelicans young team but the Magpies defence stood strong to prevent them breaking through. In the second half Shirley McAllen crossed for Ebony to strike for the 2-0 win.
The Men’s 1s are at home against St Albans at 2pm on Saturday in a top of the table clash which is not to be missed.