Harleston Magpies Hockey Club youth teams were back in action this Sunday 19 November with five wins out of five matches five in the England Hockey Age Group Competitions, conceding just five goals and scoring an incredible 32 goals in normal time.
Richard Stacey, Harleston Magpies Club Chairman said: ‘This really was a marvellous day for the club, following on from a very successful set of results for us on Saturday 18 November. These strong youth performances really bode well for the clubs future success.’
The U18 girls lead the way with twelve of these goals confidently defeating Norwich Dragons. It took just five minutes for Alice Woollatt to display her pace and skill down the right and set up Tor Findlay for the opener. However it took a further fifteen minutes before Grace Cresswell added Magpies second goal from a short corner. With the team playing fluent, attacking hockey it wasn’t long before Lottie Summers and Lauren Rowe were able to also get on the score sheet making it 0- 4 at half time.
However the second half saw Magpies really take control of the game adding 8 further goals with no reply Lauren Rowe completing her hat-trick and bagging a fourth, Martha Lawrence getting a brace of goals, Tor Findlay completing her hat-trick and Rose Winter finally getting on the score sheet and fair reward for her work rate throughout the match.
On Dragons other pitch, the Magpies Boys U18s were facing a much stiffer encounter.
In an even contest Magpies had to dig deep to salvage a draw and force the result to strokes, which they won 4-3.
Despite creating a good number of chances in the opening exchanges Magpies fell behind to a well worked Dragons goal. Magpies responded with Jack Hobbs scoring with a powerful strike from the top of the circle and just before half time Archie Winter scoring from an acute angle with a brilliant reverse stick shot. Halftime 2-1 to Magpies.
The second half started Magpies were guilty of wasting good chances to extend their lead which Dragons made Magpies pay for with two quick goals to turn the game on its head. Winter added his second to bring the scores level but Dragons were not done and scored again to lead 4-3 and with time now against Magpies. However Winter was not finished and calmly took control of Magpies final short corner of the game to complete his hat-trick and level the scores at four a piece.
The game then went to flicks and with scores level at 3-3 Magpies needing their last flick to win. Up stepped Kieran Peters who coolly slotted home via the post and the keepers helmet!
Magpies Boys U16 deservedly got their first tier one win of the season after being out classed by Norwich City in the first round of matches Magpies dominated against Cambridge City with a classy first half performance leading to Ben Emms creating the opportunity for Jude Pottruff to slot home to score Magpies first, and Tom Caston being in the right place at the right time, to pinch the ball off the keeper and net the second.
Cambridge City rallied after the break and pulled a goal back when panic lead to indecision in the Magpies defence but this only resulted in spurring Magpies forward, with Michael Ahrens threading the ball past the keeper with a lovely short corner flick.
At an U14 age group Magpies girls got back to winning ways. The form book said they should be the stronger team and so this proved to be but much patience and application of well known and well practised simple skills were needed to break down the Sudbury defence.
Georgie Gardens broke the deadlock at last midway through the first half and three more followed to make the half time score 4-0. With two further goals swiftly after the break the game and result was sealed there was still time left for Ellen Pope and Jess Menzies to make it 8-0.
The next round of matches will be played on 4 February 2018.