After the disappointment of last weekends whiteout there was more action than you could shake a (hockey) stick at down at the Nest on Saturday. With only two defeats over fifteen matches it was a fantastic day for Harleston Magpies who’s teams racked up an impressive 61 goals between them. The Mens Sixth team had the result of the day with an 11-0 victory away at Bury St Edmonds, followed closely by the Boys development squad who gave Norwich Dragons a 9-1 drumming at home.
The Ladies fourths are finally off the bottom of the league table after goals from Imogen Maynell Anderson, Janna Freeman and Cassie Ayms provided Magpies with a 3-0 win, and much needed confidence boost, in a 6 pointer against Dragons fifths. The super Sixth team, featuring two Flatts and two Davys, were on the receiving end of a damp and dreary 3-0 defeat against Herlings, on grass! They aim to return to winning ways when hosting Breckland on Saturday morning.
Magpies Men’s 1s hoped to continue their recent form when they travelled to Ipswich on Saturday and achieved this via goals from Jake Sewell, Tim Whiteman, Mark Flatman and team talisman Richard Larkin, with John Livings maintaining a clean sheet between the sticks. Sundays rearranged game against top of the table Wapping proved to be full of adrenaline and emotion as both teams battled for three points. The crowd were treated to 70 minutes of end to end drama which ended with honours even, 4-4, leaving Magpies fourth in the table, and four points off promotion favourites St Albans.
Magpies Men’s 2 are having one of their most successful seasons in recent history, and went in to this weekends match against Peterborough 3s with the best record in all the East leagues, played 14, won 14, conceded 15, and scored 75. Goals from veterans Martin Fields and Lawrence Baynes took them into half time with the lead which was extended in the second half by Mitchell Tompkins, final score 3-1.
The Ladies seconds continued their domination of the East league when they visited Colchester who are only four places below Magpies. Yet again it was the Black and Whites who came out on top, winning 8-2 (Anouska Stott, 3, Laura Tibbenham, Alice Woollatt, Debbie Francis, Georgie Cantrell) to extend their lead to 5 points with two games in hand of closest rivals Bedford.
Elsewhere the Men’s thirds picked up a good point against Norwich Dragons thanks to Kieron Peters’ goal, and the Men’s fifths beat Bury 4-2 courtesy of goals from Lewis Belsey, Angus Wilkinson and Ed Brice (2). Despite a 5-2 defeat away at Ipswich the Men’s fourths celebrated Oli Hall’s first goal for the team.
Magpies Ladies 1s resume outdoor action on Saturday when they face Barnes at the Nest at 2pm. The National League has an extended winter break to allow for indoor tournaments so the Ladies haven’t played 11 aside since November when they lost to St Albans. With only a point between themselves and Barnes it promises to be a fantastic game so come down and show your support.
On Sunday the U14 Girls, U16 Boys and U18 Girls and Boys play in the fourth round of the National Youth Cup, facing IES, Peterborough, Chelmsford and Saffron Waldon respectively. Magpies Mixed (vs Sudbury), Ladies O35s (vs Chelmsford) and Mens O50s (vs Peterborough) will play their rearranged cup games on Sunday assuming pitches remain thawed.

Finally, congratulations to Evie and Toby Tibbenham on the birth of the future Ladies 1st team top scorer.