There was plenty of drama last weekend both home and away for Harleston Magpies, with a trip to A&E, several stints in the sin bin and a game which featured 17 goals. Huge congratulations go to the Men’s and Ladies Indoor teams for retaining their National Division One status last weekend, they certainly cut it fine but delivered results when it counted.
The Ladies seconds travelled to Dereham and came away with all three points thanks to goals from Anouska Stott and Laura Tibbenham, and some fantastic saves from goal keeper Jade Daly. The Men’s seconds also continued their league domination with a 3-1 victory at home to Dereham, goals from Martin Fields, Matt Bensly and skipper Lawrence Baynes, take them 6 points clear of Norwich City with a game in hand. The Men’s thirds had a heartbreaking result away to Lincolnshire team Horncastle. Despite finding the net 7 times their opponents scored 10, leaving both teams level on points at the foot of the table.
At The Nest the Ladies thirds clinched a well deserved win after some unlucky results in recent weeks. Following effective switching of the ball by Molly Warnes and Char Rourke-Beasley, Alice Wiseman opened the scoring with a deflection. Helena Knock, Rachel Baynes, Jess Green and Phoebe Eglington defended well with Beth Farrow guarding her goal to deny Dereham the opportunity to get into the game. Two goals from Sarah Legg and Molly Warnes cemented the 3-0 result.The Ladies Sixth team are storming up the Norfolk 2nd Division table after a string of great results and notched up a 1-0 win over Broadland on Saturday. Louise Davy, Marnie Blair and Lucy Field (on her return from injury) worked hard in midfield to create opportunities for Laura Woodgate and goal scorer Rachel Clifford upfront.
This weekend is full of excitement with the U16 and U18 girls competing in the Indoor Junior Super6s in Wolverhampton and Croydon respectively, their progress can be followed at @Magpies_Hockey.
Reigning National Champions, Magpies Mixed team host Sudbury at 12.45pm this Sunday as they continue the mission to defend the title, having beat Ely 13-1 in the preliminary round. In addition, a mixed ‘B’ team has entered the competition this year due to demand for Mixed hockey and they face Norwich Dragons on Sunday.
Sunday also sees two veteran sides in Cup action, the Ladies O35s and Men’s O50s. The Ladies won the Trophy competition last season so are hoping to do one better and win the National Cup this year. With the addition of Lucy King in goal and Emma Lee Smith who has come of age they go into their game away at Chelmsford with confidence.
The Men’s O50s have historically done well at a national Level and face Peterborough away this weekend in the Trophy competition with a squad brimming with International superstars and including Stuart Peters who is finally old enough to join the ranks. However Jerry Blackmore is unavailable as he will be sipping a pint up a mountain in Austria with Messers Naunton and Alexander!