The Nest was bustling last weekend with ten Magpies teams playing at home on Saturday including both First XI sides who gave the crowd plenty to cheer about.
The Ladies 1s resumed National League action after the indoor break, hosting Barnes who took the lead through a short corner. Magpies fought back and went into half time 2-1 up with goals from Emma Lee-Smith and Lauren Rowe. Magpies maintained the pressure on Barnes’ defenders and eventually won a short corner which Abby Gooderham powerfully flicked to the goalkeepers left, 3-1 full time. The Ladies are at home again next week against bottom-placed Chelmsford at 2pm.
The Ladies sixths had a late push back away at Dereham but despite numerous short corners and shots on goal were unable to equalise the home sides 1-0 lead. Victoria Brock gave an impressive performance on her Magpies debut and credit is due to Louise Davy for playing on after receiving a stick to the throat.
Defender Andrew Bedwell broke the deadlock against Letchworth for the Mens 1s who quickly capitalised and doubled the lead via Sam Patterson’s drag flick. Thomas Ridley added another two before half time, with Matt Bensly and Elliot Marsh sealing the 6-0 victory. The Men will be hoping to continue this form when they play Spalding away on Saturday who are yet to win a game this season.
Despite the best efforts of the Men’s fifths it was hosts Felixstowe who scored first and went on to extend the lead following a defensive mix up by Magpies. However just before half time the experienced James Smith followed up a short corner and flicked the ball through the ‘keepers legs to pull a goal back. Felixstowe scored twice after the break but Magpies battled back, Ben Emms drag flicking a short corner into the goal and Tom Caston firing his shot in off the post. Pushing for the equaliser however left Magpies exposed at the back and after some fine saves by James Harvey, Felixstowe made it 5-3.
Both of Magpies Mixed teams have progressed to the third round of the National Cup after the ‘A’ team beat Sudbury 9-0 on Sunday with Katrina Sitch (3), Richard Larkin (2), Thomas Ridley, Lucy Whiting (2) and Sam Paterson getting the goals. Last Wednesday the ‘B’ team hosted Norwich Dragons in a rearranged evening match in which goals from Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Laura Tibbenham and Sarah Legg (2) provided a 5-2 win.
The Ladies O35s weren’t taking any prisoners away at Chelmsford on Sunday where they put an impressive 11 goals past the hosts. Five goals came in the first 15 minutes with 3 from Anouska Stott and 2 from Angie Wheelhouse. This relentless pressure continued until with further goals added by Emma Lee Smith (2), Anouska and Lucy Field.
The U18 Boys and Girls teams also progress into the next round of the National Cup with the boys beating Saffron Walden 4-1 and the girls getting a 5-3 win against Chelmsford.
Two Magpies coaches have organised junior hockey camps which take place during half term. Tim Whiteman invites boys and girls (school years 4 to 8) to join him for a day of hockey coaching whatever your ability level at the home of Harleston Magpies on Friday 16th Feb. Stuart Field is providing indoor hockey sessions at Langley School (school years 8 to 10) on the 12th-15th Feb. For information and to book your child’s place please head to www.magpies-hockey.co.uk.