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Harleston Magpies Mixed team match report

Harleston Magpies Mixed 2 Lewes 1

Harleston Magpies welcomed Lewes to the nest on another glorious sunny Sunday for mixed hockey. The loss of Sophie Mullan saw Holly Baker make her first mixed appearance for 2014.

Magpies started with their normal expansive hockey and normal inability to score. Katrina Sitch smashed into her reverse stick tackles to set the defensive tone for Magpies. Magpies early pressure paid off as a flick was awarded, up stepped Martin Fields who became perplexed by a dancing Lewes goalkeeper and saw his flick saved but settled for the long corner. Following this Simon Hipwell’s explosive effort from the top hit a clueless keeper’s helmet after good work from Lauren Barber and Princess Whiting.

As the anguish of the capacity crowd began to grow, Holly Baker forced the ball over the line in a goal mouth scramble only for the umpire to be unsighted. Andrew Bedwell then received the ball after good work from Frances Taylor and rhinoed forward, his crashed ball found Sam Moore who applied the simple finish. Magpies then looked to double their advantage as Lewes where still struggling from a night out in Ipswich. Co captain Katrina Sitch freed Sam Moore who found Andrew Bedwell in another total hockey move, Holly Baker was once again harshly treated as she was fouled with the goal beckoning. Magpies where awarded a second flick of the game. Andrew Bedwell bravely volunteered, the man who cost Magpies from the spot in last year’s competition looked for retribution after a year of hurt. Bedwell’s flick was emphatically saved as Magpies’ hearts sank. The camaraderie and love of this close mixed team then came to fruition as Andrew Bedwell was picked up from his lowest hockey ebb.

Silence then descended on the nest as a excitable Moore tackle dealt out a nasty neck injury to a female Lewes defender after some screams everyone was relieved as the Lewes player left the field under her own power. Moore then substituted himself to profusely apologise.

The second half began with Magpies 1-0 up and in total control of the game. Fantastic forward play from Holly Baker, Toby Price, Princess Whiting, Simon Hipwell, Lizzie Clymer, Tom Ridley, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Barber and Martin Fields created chances at will. Martin Fields finally added a second with a deft touch from a Lauren Barber shot and out came his individual celebration.

Magpies could have been six to the good and the game effectively over when a rare Lewes break culminated in majestic lob, leaving Rees Leonard a spectator. Lewes sensed a equaliser and came at the Magpies defensive unit of Leigh Sitch, Andrew Bedwell, Frances Taylor, Katrina Sitch, Richard Larkin and Rees Leonard with everything they had. Fortunately this defence is the best defence in mixed hockey and they were only troubled once. Leigh Sitch capped a perfect captain’s performance with a full length diving clearance when a goal looked certain. With this epic defence from Leigh Sitch the game was won.

Harleston Magpies Mixed progress to the quarter finals of the National Mixed Trophy to be played on Sunday 18th May when they entertain reigning mixed champions Cannock at the nest. Please come down and support your team as they hope to progress to the finals for a second year running. Please keep an eye on the website for push back times.

Harleston Magpies Mixed Match Report

Magpies Mixed 5-0 Wisbech Mixed

A picture perfect day at the nest was the setting for another glorious sunday of magpies mixed hockey. The loss of Andrew Bedwell to coaching duties saw Richard Larkin moved back to the defensive line with young Thomas Ridley coming in for his mixed debut at centre midfield. Simon Hipwell took up his place at left midfield after the birth of his son and Rees Leonard also returned to duties in goal, having not played in the mixed team since last seasons national finals.

Magpies started with strong tackling by Katrina Sitch setting the tone, turning over a lot of possession allowing for many early attacking opportunities. These often lead to circle penetrations, but a lack of clinical finishing and solid goalkeeping lead to the score line remaining blank for a long period of time. Eventually the deadlock was broken when Toby Price found himself unmarked at the back post to tap in after good build up play by Simon Hipwell. In the heat, the substitutes were used regularly, and with Thomas Ridley off, Magpies started to lose their shape in the centre of midfield meaning that Rees Leonard had to stay alert in goal with Wisbech having strong direct forwards. Fortunately most of the play was stopped by Leigh Sitch and his defensive unit before entering shooting range. Many more promising opportunities came and went, with Sam Moore finding time to unnecessarily rifle a pass into the body of a defenceless Lizzie Clymer as part of his poorest 15 minutes of the season.

After strong words at half time, Magpies were determined to extend their lead in order to kill off the game. A bright start saw brutal aggression and soft delicateness combine perfectly a Katrina Sitch short corner power strike was deflected in by the dainty deity, Princess Whiting. From here Magpies were pleased to see Wisbech commit further forward leaving more space exposed. Lizzie Clymer was taking full advantage, once again staking her strong claim for player of the season, winning a short corner. This was converted in unusual fashion after a miscommunication from Sam Moore on top of the circle lead to Magpies having to play instinctively from the break down leading to Martin Fields scoring his first, but not last, goal of the game. Any attacks were soaked up well by the home sides defence, who then distributed strongly down the wings including a fantastic flowing counterattacking move involving most of the team ending in a second goal for Martin Fields.

Magpies were now in their element. Hockey matches in many ways do not get much better than this moment. A close knit team enjoying a sunny afternoon together playing excellent hockey with victory and a place in the next round all but assured. The home crowd were very satisfied too enjoying a 10 minute spell of the youthful Toby Price and Thomas Ridley in full flow finding Lauren Barber and Princess Lucy at will. Moments for all to savour indeed. All that was left was the cherry to be placed on the already baked and iced cake. A full time short corner saw the trademark 4 castle routine reappear. This time a well executed routine saw Lizzie Clymer position herself superbly to collect the rebound and then somehow calmly keep her head amongst the packed circle to pick out Martin Fields who deflected home for his hat-trick.

Magpies most successful team were victorious again leaving the fish of victory to congratulate all the players with kisses as thoughts turned to who the next round would bring. Whoever it is will find a team with strong form, strong belief and strong ambition to keep this years cup run continuing on and on and on.

Mixed Match Report

Long Sutton Mixed 1-8 Magpies Mixed

For the second season in a row, Magpies made the long journey to Long Sutton longing to gain a similar victory to progress further in the national trophy. A largely unchanged team saw outfielder Ewan Cumming make his mixed debut, replacing the injured Megan Adams in goal.

Long Sutton started brightly, attacking strongly through the midfield and firing a strong, high reverse stick shot dangerously into the air. This wake up call kick started Magpies into life who responded with Martin Fields making a strong run into the circle before finishing smartly. Magpies knew that the second goal would be vital and would allow Magpies to control the game at their tempo. A short corner was won, Katrina Sitch struck a highly accurate pass back to injector Richard Larkin who dived at full length to superbly deflect the ball into the goal and secure the all important second goal! With the away players now relaxing, Magpies enjoyed their best spell of the match. Sam Moore and Lizzy Clymer continued to be an amazing pairing, with their interplay allowing Martin Fields to score another. Ewan Cumming was called into action once, and the alert keeper saved well from a well hit shot. The goal scoring for the half was not complete at the other end though. Good team build up play allowed Princess Lucy Whiting to delicately and appropriately slowly slide the ball underneath the goalkeeper to make the score 4-0 to Magpies going into the break.

The home team pushed their male players further forward in the second period, in an attempt to unsettle Magpies. This was soon countered by Lizzie Clymer, Sophie Mullan and Lauren Barber now finding more space to create further scoring opportunities for Magpies, the fruits of which were shown when Martin Fields deflected in from another corner to complete his hat-trick. The foot was then eased from the gas pedal temporarily as the otherwise hard working Toby Price poorly misplaced a push pass to leave Magpies exposed at the back leading to Sutton to score past the outnumbered Cumming in goal.  Magpies quickly regained their composure however as Princess Whiting majestically converted another silky soft Magpies passing move. Lizzie Clymer soon followed when, fuelled by the energy from her half time chocolate gift, she managed to be in the right place at the right time to add her name to the scoresheet.

The game lost some of its pace from then on. Sam Moore slipped over (on what must be said a particularly slippery pitch) but the fast break was well stopped thanks to Andrew Bedwell’s impressive tackle, closing surprisingly well on the Long Sutton forward. The best (not taken) opportunity of the game fell to Toby Price who received the ball free on the penalty spot, but unselfishly he clearly wanted to give it to The Princess for her crown-trick rather than shooting himself, but for once The Princess was not on his wavelength, so it ended up with him not scoring. There was still time however for Man of the Match Martin Fields to score his fourth goal after another strong run led to another well deserved goal.

Magpies were very happy with the 8-1 scoreline, with once again the strong mixed team spirit carrying all players smiling through the match with a great sense of fun and camaraderie. All players are eagerly awaiting the result of the draw for the next round, which will take place in 2 weeks time.

Magpies Mixed 8 – 1 Spalding Mixed

The start of Magpies 2014 mixed campaign saw many of last seasons national finalists return as well a few new faces in the forms of Toby Price, Sophie Mullan and Megan Adams. With rain a constant presence, Magpies arrived with mixed excitement levels but were buoyed by the news that the opposition had only arrived with 10 players.

Magpies pressed strongly from the off, not allowing Spalding out of their own half meaning that it didn’t take long before the pressure told with Lucy Whiting’s fiercely spinning short corner strike cleverly deceiving the visiting goalkeeper. With Magpies moving the ball around well, spaces were being created high up the pitch. Taking advantage of this was Simon Hipwell who hit-well from mid range to score. A well worked short corner routine saw Lauren Barber deflect at the back post, in true Barber style, to add her name to the scoresheet. Magpies were not done for the first half, Sam Moore and Lizzie Clymer forging a strong relationship down the right hand-side leading to a Martin Fields finish.

Half time arrived and the message from co-captain Sitch and co-captain Sitch was to continue playing as we were to maximise the enjoyment from the match and hopefully allow the floodgates to open on the scoreboard as much as they were from the skies.

The second half started with Magpies losing a bit of shape in midfield, which gave Spalding encouragement, however this was soon snuffed out after the confusing play of Sam Moore led to a goal from Martin Fields. Magpies dominance was proven further by the fact that Leigh Sitch was allowed to venture forward for a reverse stick shot and that Andrew Bedwell had time to pick out his spot from mid range- unfortunately his lack of ability to finish kept the scoreline the same for the time being. Lizzie Clymer scored her customary amazing goal and Lucy Whiting her second of the day to increase the lead further. By this point Megan Adams in goal was in need of a warmer climate and after making her 1 save of the game was substituted. Good chances were being missed frequently by Magpies who on another day could have scored more were it not for the lack of clinical finishing and strong play by the Spalding goalkeeper. With the home side seemingly all surging to help the forwards put the ball in the goal, a counter attack by Spalding led to a long ball upfield with defender Toby Price left unlucky to be blinded looking into the rain unable to intercept the pass on his reverse stick side, leaving Spalding to score an open goal (despite the best efforts of Leigh Sitch to break down play). Magpies were determined to have the last word though. Player of the Match Richard Larkin made a characteristically dynamic run forward from central midfield, after spreading the play, to finish neatly after the ball was unselfishly slipped to him by Martin Fields. A Full time short corner was the last action of the game, giving Magpies the chance to practice their new five castle routine, however miscommunication led to no goal being scored.

With the final whistle blowing with the score at 8-1, the Fish of Victory came out to revel in the success of a match played in good spirit by both teams and umpires despite the poor weather. Magpies advance to the next round of the national cup, and hopefully further, where they will intend to make this their 2nd season undefeated (in matches where Andrew Bedwell does not take a stroke).

Harleston Magpies mixed match reports

Harleston Magpies Mixed Finals Weekend

Harleston Magpies 1 – 3 West Herts

A young Harleston Magpies Mixed squad travelled up to Nottingham to continue their excellent cup run against last year’s losing finalist West Herts. The Hertfordshire side started much the brighter with some direct running from their men causing problems for the Magpies defence. After the sluggish start magpies grew into the game but were still looking uncertain as West Herts continued to use their speed to dominate the midfield battle. Magpies went behind after good work down the right from their opponents found a forward on the edge of the D. A sharp turn and crisp reverse stick shot then found the bottom right corner of the goal leaving Rees Leonard helpless.

Magpies continued to grow into the game and began to push forward with more regularity. However after defender Leigh Sitch had made a surging run into the opposition half turn over ball resulted in an incisive counter attack that exposed the magpies defence and left the West Herts forward with an easy tap in at the back post.

After half time Magpies looked much the stronger with Katrina Warnes, Frances Taylor and Katherine Ridley defending stoutly down the flanks whilst ‘man of the match’ Leigh Sitch and ‘dick of the day’ Andrew Bedwell rebuffed any attacking forays that came through the middle. Harleston began to create more attacking opportunities and excellent work from Lauren Barber inside the D resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded. Unfortunately a very strong gust of wind happed to blow Andrew Bedwell’s flick just wide of the right hand stanchion. Some ill discipline had led to West Herts being reduced to 9 men at one stage however another break after sustained pressure from Magpies resulted in a short corner which was flicked hard past Rees Leonard to put the score at 3-0.

Magpies reasserted pressure with Tommy Graham and Lizzy Clymer displaying their amazing array of stick skills whilst Sarah Legg, Lucy Whiting and Sarah Brook provided excellent support play. After some fine skills from the imposing West Herts goalkeeper Magpies eventually found a breakthrough when Alex Slater’s short corner strike was deflected in to the goal off a defenders stick.  The game began to ebb and flow as space opened up on the pitch but neither team could find another goal and Magpies went down 3-1 knowing that whilst they had battles bravely they had not quite matched the high performance levels that they demanded of themselves.

Harleston Magpies 2 – 3 Phoenix

Magpies knew that they needed a better performance was needed in the 3rd/4th playoff against a Phoenix team that had won the competition last year and had lost their semi-final match in a 5-4 golden goal thriller against Cannock the day before. Harleston were aware that the day before a slow start and a missed flick had proved costly and they could not afford to repeat both those mistakes against a specialist mixed side that boasted several England mixed players.

Harleston did not disappoint and showed improved impetus all over the pitch, although Rees ‘I am goalkeeper’ Leonard roared into life with a fine save from a drag flick to keep the scores level early on. Harleston were rewarded for their hard work with an early goal as Lucy Whiting claimed the opener after what resembled a rugby scrum in the goalmouth resulted in the ball finding its way over the line. Magpies were being well marshalled by their midfield generals Alex Slater and Richard Larkin whilst Simon Hipwell who had been subdued the previous day due to a bad back put in an athletic performance on the left wing. However despite excellent harrying from the forward line lead by the terrier like Sam Moore Magpies did concede goals to trail at half time 2-1.

However Magpies started the second half strong and a well worked corner routine was superbly deflected into the roof of the net by Lucy Whiting for the equaliser. Magpies continued to dominate and won what was a slightly dubious penalty stroke for their efforts. Showing more bravery than brains Andrew Bedwell once again stepped up and proceeded to show his versatility by missing in a completely different fashion as the goalkeeper dived to his left to save with his stick.

Despite a brilliant man of the match performance from Katrina Warnes Phoenix scored much against the run of play with a breakaway goal 15 minutes from time. Heavy Magpies pressure followed but they were unable to make the breakthrough and a 3-2 loss condemned them to 4th place.
The mixed team would like to thank Hughbert Steggles and Kevin Ridley for their work on the bench throughout the weekend and for all the parents and fans who supported them at Beeston and right the way through what was an excellent cup run. Thanks also to those players who stepped in at various times in the season especially Martin Fields who couldn’t be at the finals.

Squad: Rees Leonard, Leigh Sitch (c), Andrew Bedwell, Richard Larkin, Alex Slater, Simon Hipwell, Tommy Graham, Sam Moore, Katrina Warnes, Frances Taylor, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Barber, Lizzie Clymer, Sarah Legg, Lucy Whiting, Sarah Brook

Harleston Magpies Mixed match report

Harleston Magpies 4 – Deeside Ramblers 1

Harleston welcomed Deeside Ramblers after their long journey to Weybread for the quarter-final of the EHB’s Mixed Trophy competition.

Harleston started the game on fire, they took the lead after one minute on the clock after Simon Hipwell fed Tom Graham in the circle. The youngster weaved his magic and after an excellent advantage from the umpire he slotted the ball home past the advancing keeper. Harleston did not let up and soon doubled their lead on 4 minutes when a well worked short corner fell to Andrew Bedwell who fired the ball home to continue his excellent scoring run in the mixed competition. Just three minutes later Tom Graham grabbed his second of the match again being allowed to wobble through the defence before dispatching a devastating finish.

Harleston were now completely in control of the game but to their credit Deeside fought back. The away team started to move the ball around quickly and always looking dangerous on the counter attack with the aerial threat. Deeside did manage to pull a goal back before the break when Leigh Sitch misjudged an aerial allowing Deeside to run the base line. An excellent ball across goal eluded Andrew Bedwell leaving Deeside with a simple tap in. The half finished with both sides creating chances, Rees Leonard made a superb save from a deflection. The Deeside keeper was not to be outdone and pulled off an excellent reaction save from an Alex Slater volley.

Harleston were able to limit Deeside’s attack with excellent pressing up front from Sam Moore, Sarah Brook, Lizzie Clymer, Sarah Legg, Tom Graham and Lucy Whiting resulting in the score remaining 3-1 at half time.

Both sides continued the second half in the same matter, Deeside looking to hit Harleston with the aerial and Harleston looking to pass the ball around creating chances. Neither side were able to create a clear cut opportunity with a lot of possession lost by both sides in midfield. Alex Slater, Richard Larkin, Sam Moore, Simon Hipwell and Lauren Barber worked tirelessly in midfield. Harleston finally got the break through they deserved after good running up front from Sarah Legg and Lizzie Clymer allowed Simon Hipwell to win a penalty stroke. Richard Larkin sent the goal keeper the wrong way with his eyes before slotting the ball powerfully into the opposite corner.

Harleston were able to see out the rest of the game with solid defending from Katrina Warnes, Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch, Frances Taylor and Katherine Ridley not allowing the Deeside forwards a sniff at goal.

The team would like to thank the huge crowd who turned out at Weybread to support the team who now travel to Beeston Hockey club for the finals of the mixed competition on the 8th and 9th June.

Harleston Magpies mixed match report

Hampstead and Westminster mixed 0 – Harleston mixed 1

Harleston made the long journey to London to play the fourth round of the National Mixed Trophy competition on a tropical sunny Sunday in April.

In what always promised to be a tough game Harleston struggled to get to grips with Hampstead’s movement and attacking play in the early stages. However despite having the majority of the play Hampstead struggled to break down the defensive unit of Katrina Warnes, Leigh Sitch, Andrew Bedwell, Frances Taylor and Richard Larkin. When the London side did force the ball into the circle they were unable to get the vital touch or Rees Leonard was on hand to clear the ball. After withstanding the early pressure it was Harleston who started to create chances of their own, with Andrew Bedwell crashing the ball into the opposition circle when he could but the passes did not find a Harleston forward.

With the team being spurred on by the loud Taylor crowd Harleston created the best chance of the half when Simon Hipwell cut in from the left only to see his excellent run and shot expertly saved by the Hampstead goal keeper.

With the teams going in even Harleston were confident that they might be able to snatch a result in the second half. With the press working better in the second half thanks to the leg work of Sam Moore, Martin Fields, Lucy Whiting and Sarah Legg it was Harleston who started the half the strongest. Harleston were able to convert this pressure into the goal of the game when Andrew Bedwell rhinoed in to the top of the D from the left before unleashing a powerful shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal much to the disappointment of the Hampstead keeper.

With over 25 minutes of the half to see out Harleston knew that Hampstead would build pressure, their good attacking play resulting in winning a couple of corners which were dealt with by the Harleston defensive corner unit. Harleston were able to rotate their men with Alex slater filling in expertly at centre and left midfield even after taking a nasty fall following a strong tackle from a Hampstead lady. The ladies had no such luxury with all 5 working tirelessly all game, Lauren Barber coving a lot of ground at right midfield and setting up many attacks following excellent interceptions.

With 5 minutes left Hampstead swapped their keeper for a kicking back, with the benefit of the extra player Hampstead were able to create a couple of last chances which again were dealt with by Rees Leonard in goal.

A big thank you must go to Sarah Legg for stepping into the breach on Saturday, the team couldn’t have pulled off the win without the full compliment of girls.

A thank you must also go to Hampstead and Westminster for playing the game in true mixed spirit and their hospitality afterwards.

The team now look forward to the quarter final draw.

Harleston Magpies Mixed team match report

St Albans 0 – Harleston 4

After an eventful morning Harleston eventually left Weybread and travelled to St Albans in the 3rd round of the National Mixed Trophy competition.

A large away crowd also made the journey to Hertfordshire to support the team, we must thank Mike Denham, Mrs Barber, Mr and Mrs Ludlam, The Ridleys and the whole Moore family for their encouragement during a tough game.

Harleston started in a frantic fashion with both teams looking to attack at every opportunity, Harleston conceded a short corner early on but their defensive corner routine stayed strong to deny St Albans a goal. After good attacking play down the left between Katrina Warnes, Richard Larkin and Simon Hipwell Harleston won a corner of their own which was expertly converted by Katrina Warnes. Harleston stuck to their game play of nullifying the St Albans playmaker by setting Sam Moore and Martin Fields on him, with the St Albans threat limited the remainder of the half passed without chances falling to both sides.

With the score at 1-0 at half time the team knew that they would have to continue to work hard and carry out their game plan to contain St Albans and come away with the win. Harleston continued to keep the ball in the second half and build play. With 15 minutes of the second half played Harleston extended their lead after another flowing move allowed Lucy Whiting to find Simon Hipwell who crossed the ball to Mel Ludlam at the back post to tap the ball past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper. St Albans were now rocking as Harleston took advantage after Martin Fields smashed the ball into the circle looking for Mel Ludlam only to see the St Albans keeper touch it into his own net.

St Albans started to push further forward but were unable to break down the defensive back line of Katrina Warnes, Leigh Sitch, Alex Slater, Frances Taylor, Katherine Ridley and Lauren Barber. St Albans did manage to win a couple of corners only to find Rees Leonard in fine form. Harleston rounded off a great performance with a fine team goal when Lizzie Clymer moved the ball out from the right to find Simon Hipwell who released Richard Larkin. Richard drew the last defender before feeding Martin Fields who first time fired the ball past the advancing keeper.

The team now move into the 4th round of the competition to be played on the 14th April.

After an eventful morning Harleston eventually left Weybread and travelled to St Albans in the 3rd round of the National Mixed Trophy competition.

A large away crowd also made the journey to Hertfordshire to support the team, we must thank Mike Denham, Mrs Barber, The Ridleys and the whole Moore family for their encouragement during a tough game.

Harleston started in a frantic fashion with both teams looking to attack at every oppourtunity, Harleston conceded a short corner early on but their defensive corner routine stayed strong to deny St Albans a goal. After good attacking play down the left between Katrina Warnes, Richard Larkin and Simon Hipwell Harleston won a corner of their own which was expertly converted by Katrina Warnes. Harleston stuck to their game play of nullifying the St Albans playmaker by setting Sam Moore and Martin Fields on him, with the St Albans threat limited the remainder of the half passed with chances falling to both sides.

With the score at 1-0 at half time the team knew that they would have to continue to work hard and carry out their game plan to contain St Albans and come away with the win. Harleston continued to keep the ball in the second half and build play. With 15 minutes of the second half played Harleston extended their lead after another flowing move allowed Lucy Whiting to find Simon Hipwell who crossed the ball to Mel Ludlam at the back post to tap the ball past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper. St Albans were now rocking at Harleston took advantage after Martin Fields smashed the ball into the circle looking for Mel Ludlam only to see the St Albans keeper touch it into his own net.

St Albans started to push further forward but were unable to break down the defensive back line of Katrina Warnes, Leigh Sitch, Alex Slater, Frances Taylor, Katherine Ridley and Lauren Barber. St albans did manage to win a couple of corners only to find Rees Leonard in fine form. Harleston rounded off a great performance with a fine team goal when Lizzie Clymer moved the ball out from the right to find Simon Hipwell who released Richard Larkin. Richard drew the last defender before feeding Martin Fields who first time fired the ball past the advancing keeper.

The team now move into the 4th round of the competition to be played on the 14th April.

Harleston Magpies mixed team report

Long Sutton 0 – Harleston 7

Harleston travelled to Long Sutton for the second round of the mixed on a bitterly cold Sunday morning.

Harleston started the game in a controlled fashion moving the ball round the pitch well. With Harleston dominating possession they were able to win a couple of short corners which were well defended from the home team.

Chances then fell in quick succession to Sam Moore and Martin Fields who saw their shots sail wide. The dead lock was finally broken when Leigh Sitch threaded an inch perfect pass to Sam Moore who deflected the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Harleston doubled their lead just before the break after Simon Hipwell made a battering run down the left he fed Andrew Bedwell who found Martin Fields with a defence splitting pass allowing Fields to finish his 6th chance of the game.

Harleston continued in the same form in the second half. They scored their third goal when Lizzie ‘the amazing lady’ Clymer smashed the ball at Sam Moore who jumped over it to deceive the keeper as the ball thudded the back board. Mel Ludlam scored the fourth against her old club with an excellent reverse stick shot from a tight angle.

Harleston continued to press forward with Frances Taylor making over lapping runs down the right and Katherine Ridley dominating the left of the pitch. Harleston scored their fifth through Mel Ludlam again this time with an open stick strike. Lizzie soon scored her second of the game after finishing a well worked move with a delicate touch from the penalty spot.

With Harleston pushing forward they were leaving themselves exposed at the back but the team had Rees Leonard to thank as he rushed out to make a one on one save to erase the memories of Tuesday nights training session.

Harleston scored their seventh after a short corner fell to Andrew Bedwell who calmly slotted the ball passed the keeper to score his first ever goal for Harleston.

With the win secured Katrina Warnes and Leigh Sitch pushed forward but the prolific duo were unable to add to the score.

Harleston Magpies mixed team match report

Harelston Mixed 5 – Dereham 0

Harleston started their mixed campaign with a home game against Dereham, the team that knocked Harleston out of the competition last season.

The game started at a high intensity, both teams with a lot of possession in the middle third of the pitch with Harleston looking the more dangerous in attack. Harleston were creating chances up front with the ball firing across the front of the Dereham goal. Tom Sumner, Mark Wheelhouse, Kira Wooltorton, Katherine Ridley and Frances Taylor were able to mop up any counter attackers that Dereham tried to create. Harleston’s pressure finally told when Sam Moore was able to turn in the circle and win a short corner after a defence splitting ball from Tristan Baynes. Mel Ludlam converted the corner with a powerfully struck short corner.

Harelston soon added goal number two after good build up play allowed Sam Moore to cross the ball on the floor which allowed Lucy Whiting to score at the back post. The third goal came in similar fashion this time Martin Fields turning provider when his shot was touched in at the back post again by Lucy Whiting. Before half time Dereham did hit Harleston on a counter attack which Reece Leonard kept out with an excellent low stick save.

Harleston started the second half in the same style, moving the ball around well with some lovely flowing hockey which left Dereham baffled. Harleston quickly scored their fourth goal this time Simon Hipwell attacked at pace down the left before transferring the ball across to Mel Ludlam who fed Holly Baker who laid the ball back to Martin Fields who finished calmly with a low powerful shot. Dereham now starting to play further up the pitch won a short corner when Leigh Sitch was adjudged to have fouled in the circle, again Reece Leonard was able to make a good save to maintain his clean sheet.

Harleston rounded off an excellent performance when they scored their fifth of the game, Lizzie Clymer creating space on the right before receiving the ball she fed the ball back to Richard Larkin who saw his shot deflect off a defender and into the goal.

This was an excellent performance from the squad in their first competitive fixture.

Harleston Mixed v Dereham Mixed

Harleston Mixed 3 – Dereham Mixed 4

In the second round of the mixed cup competition Harleston hosted a strong Dereham side who had reached the quarter finals of the competition last season. With the fixture falling on a tough weekend for the Harleston squad with many rearranged games being played it was nice to see a strong squad for the game.

The game started at a quick tempo, Dereham trying to exploit the pace upfront by crashing long balls down the middle of the pitch. Despite a few early foot races between Dereham forwards and the Magpies defence of Dyson, Bedwell, Warnes and Cramner it was Magpies who broke the deadlock after 17 minutes. The goal coming when goal machine Robbie Kinsella reacted quickest in the area to follow up a well struck and saved short corner from Phil Cobbald. Despite taking the lead Dereham continued to look dangerous on the break and James Lane had to react smartly in his area to clear up a through ball.

Magpies continued to search for the second goal, a well worked moved involving Wilford, Thornett and Ridley won the team a short corner which went narrowly wide. Despite the number of corners that the team were winning they were unable to convert the chances.

Dereham came out fighting in the second half and scored two quick goals, this shocked Magpies who fought bravely back to 2-2 when Phil Cobbald converted the penalty stroke that he had won following a short corner. With the game now in the balance Dereham continued to look for a goal on the counter attack, leaving 3 forwards high in the Harleston half. Dereham again snatched the lead with a breakaway goal – this left Magpies reeling and with the team pushing forward for a vital equaliser Dereham struck again with a dubious goal. Magpies now needed to act swiftly Kevin Ridley caused havoc with his skills at the top of the circle before releasing Robbie Kinsella to smash the ball home. This was to be the last action of the game with Harleston going down 4-3 at the end of an enthralling match.

Thanks to all of the team for turning out some of whom were playing their third match of a tiring weekend.

Leigh Sitch

Norwich City Mixed 1 Harleston Magpies Mixed 4

Norwich City Mixed 1 Harleston Magpies Mixed 4 (Sunday 29 January 2012)

Harleston started their mixed campaign in good form against Norwich City at Taverham progressing into the next round of the cup. Harleston started well but after a good attack from Norwich, they went 1-0 down. This goal shocked Harleston who fought back well with good ball movements from the back all the way through to attack. Angie Wheelhouse and Emily Wilford combined well upfront and a good cross from Angie allowed Emily to find the backboard putting Harleston level. Harleston remained strong at the back and good tackles from Lauren Barber, Nick Dyson and Louisa Greenacre along with good saves from Marc Lloyd kept Norwich at bay. Harleston then went in front with a great team goal, accurate passing resulting in a cross from Angie which was put in the goal from a first time shot by Emily.

They then made it 3-1 before half time with another great ball across the D which allowed Gavin Cole on the back post to put it away and form a gap between the two teams. After half time the team came out with the same positive attitude and won many short corners, but were unfortunate not to be able to put any of them away. Magpies increased the pressure on the Norwich goal after Norwich were reduced to 10 players following a red. The fourth and final goal shortly followed, a strong run from Lucy Whiting forced another good ball into the D and Gavin was at the back post to slot the ball in. Overall a very pleasing team performance from Magpies.


1st Semi-Final – Saturday 11 June 2011

Harleston Magpies Mixed 1 – 3 Cannock Mixed

In a closely contested game Magpies lost to two late Cannock goals. Both sides played some fluent passing hockey during the first period, but ultimately cancelled each other out with both defences soaking up the pressure applied by the probing forwards of the opposition. The second period of play continued in much the same way. Midway through the half Magpies took the lead through captain David Francis who sneaked in at the back post to convert a Carl Sitch cross-shot. The lead was soon pegged back by Cannock who scored from a well executed penalty corner which evaded both the goalkeeper and post man to nestle in the side netting. Magpies pushed hard to secure a winner but despite great build-up play never created any clear chances and Cannock ran out 3-1 winners with two late breakaway goals. Great credit must go to all the Magpies players, especially the defensive trio of Lauren Barber, Katrina Warnes and Leigh Sitch.

3rd/4th Play-Off – Sunday 12 June 2011

Harleston Magpies Mixed 0 – 1 Andover Mixed

On a wet Sunday afternoon with the bitter taste of yesterday’s defeat still present, the Magpies’ manager, Debbie Francis, called upon the team to show greater flair and trickery in the attacking third of the pitch. With this in mind Magpies soon took control of the game with Richard Gill and Tristan Baynes winning the midfield battle and supplying the Magpies’ forwards with plentiful chances to open the scoring. Through a combination of intimidating goalkeeping and missing the target Magpies were unable to capitalise on their superiority. Emily Wilford and Gavin Cole were giving the Andover defence a torrid time and were well supported by the midfield who joined in the numerous Magpies’ attacks. Against the run of play Andover scored midway through the first period. As the rain continued, so did Magpies dominance of the game but no goals were to come despite the vocal support from the crowd. As time ticked away Magpies were left to finish the game camped in the Andover 23m desperately searching for some inspiration to unlock the door without success.

A big thank-you must go to all the players and supporters who travelled to Sheffield over the weekend.


FINAL – Cannock 2 Horsham 0

Mixed Cup Final – MATCH REPORTS

Harleston Magpies mixed team travelled down to Old Loughts Hockey Club looking to add to their previous success in the mixed competition.

Semi Final
Harleston Magpies 2-1 Staines

Staines surprised Harleston in the first half of a very hot Saturday afternoon with Harleston being pushed back into their own half. Harleston struggled to find their feet and play their style however they did eventually take the lead when Tristan Baynes broke down the right and cross for Angie Wheelhouse to finish in emphatic fashion deflecting the ball past the goal keepers head.

Staines constant pressure was finally rewarded with a goal before they had another disallowed, if it had not been for resolute defending from Iain Martin, Louisa Greenacre, Donna Causton, Glenn Masterson, Leigh Sitch and Amy Tuffs Staines could have gone in with the lead at half time.

Harleston started the second half a lot brighter pushing Staines onto the back foot, with good attacking play down the right from Artemis Clark. Midway through the second half Harleston took the lead at a short corner when Leigh Sitch’s shot was deflected off David Ling for David Francis to slot home at the back post. Staines came back strongly but Harleston managed to shut them out, Iain Martin making two vital saves to see them through to the final against Phoenix.

Harleston Magpies 2-3 Phoenix

On another hot after noon the final saw Harleston take on Phoenix the team which knocked them out last year. Harleston started the game a lot better then they did their semi final putting Phoenix under pressure early on, Phoenix did however always look good on the break and fancied their chances of scoring. Harleston were moving the ball well down the left flank well allowing Debbie McAllen and Kathryn Hinsley opportunities to break down the Phoenix defence. With David Ling, Phil Cobbald and David Francis holding up the midfield Phoenix could find now way through.

Gavin Cole was having an inspirational game in midfield getting his reward with a well taken goal on 20 minutes. With Phoenix looking shaky at the back Harleston continued to press and doubled the lead after a cracking ball from Angie Wheelhouse found Gavin Cole in the circle he rounded the goal keeper only to be up ended and Harleston were awarded a penalty stroke. Tristan Baynes held his nerve to slot home and extend Harleston’s lead.

The second half saw Phoenix come out fighting taking Harleston by surprise. In the onslaught Harleston failed to regain the midfield area allowing Phoenix to come forward at ease. Ben Allberry scoring Phoenix’s first goal from a tight angle with an upright reverse stick shot. Harleston were struggling to maintain possession of the ball and gifted Phoenix a short corner which Ben Allberry slotted home finding the smallest of gaps to slot home in. Harleston were shaken and had no time to recover before Phoenix grabbed their third through John Barrett.

Harleston knew they needed to push forward in search of the equaliser leaving themselves exposed in defence, Iain Martin having to pull off a great one on one save to keep Harleston in the final. With time running Harleston won a corner in the last minute but Tristan Baynes shot hit the post and rebounded to safety.

Phoenix eventually running out winners. Harleston put on a great performance in the final but their hard fought semi final victory finally took its toll in the final.

Mixed Cup Quarter Final – MATCH REPORT

Harleston Magpies 5-0 Olton and West Warwick

On a sunny afternoon down at Weybread Harleston hosted Olton and West Warwick in the quarter finals of the National Mixed Cup.

Harleston took an early lead after good play down the right Katheryn Hinsley finished at the back post after controlling a bobbling ball from Tristan Baynes. Harleston were then put under a little pressure from Olton and Iain Martin had to make a couple of good saves from two short corners. Harleston then tightened their grip on the game when Gavin Cole roofed the ball into the goal from close range after being set up by Katheryn Hinsley. Before the end of the half Gavin Cole grabbed his second from a rebounded shot by David Ling. During the first half Harleston moved the ball round well and played some of their best hockey of the season.

The second half started at a slower pace but Harleston were still pushing for more goals and eventually they found them with Gavin Cole completing his hat trick and Harleston eventually running out 5-0 winners. The team now travel to Old Loughts in June for the finals weekend.


Harleston Mixed 4-1 Tulse Hill

Harleston’s mixed team played their 3rd round of the cup on a blustery sunday down at Weybread. Harleston linked up well from the start moving the ball around the slow Tulse Hill side, Harleston took the lead through Kathryn Hinsley when she followed up her own deflection to superbly lift the ball over the goal keeper. Harleston soon doubled their lead in the first half when Angie Wheelhouse slotted home from close range.

In the second half Tulse Hill pushed more players forward pressurising Harleston from the back however with standing the pressure Harleston scored their third trough Kathryn Hinsly with another well taken goal. Harleston weren’t finished there though when they grabber their forth through Angie Wheelhouse following a short corner. Tulse Hill were able to grab goal 2 minutes from time with a well struck short corner from Will Nurse.