Harleston Magpies IV 2-0 Thetford Town
Magpies Ladies 4s, sponsored by the Mike Denham Appreciation Society (T-Shirts are available), were pumped and ready for this early pushback against Thetford thanks to some banging tunes in the changing room and a gangnam style warm up. Only slightly perturbed by what was covering the pitch (it was definitely not snow) and a few suggestions that it maybe time to invest in a new bird scarer, the home side came out of the blocks hungry for another 3 points.
Some nice looking hockey was played, pinging the ball about between the white shirts, arriving at all the 50/50 balls before the opposition and appearing strong when in possession. This led to the ideal start when Treacle sent a ball goalwards from outside the D and before Rachel Goodson (not Bicker, Mike you were at the wedding!) could get her stick on it the opposition goalie kindly backfooted the ball into her own net, and, despite pleading for a video replay, this went down as an own goal much to Treacle’s dismay.
Thetford were not particularly threatening on the attack, Jessica Harvey did not have a save to make all game and this is the second week on the trot that we have not conceded a short corner thank to our fabulous defence. Helena Knock (always with a smile on her face), Georgie Scott and Treacle made some important tackles, and Rachel Baynes kept everything under control at the back, even ‘going for a little jaunt up the pitch’ for a change of scenery at one point.
At the other end of the park chances were coming thick and fast with Sophie Long troubling the defence with her pace and skill and Rachel G and Rosie Blackmore being left wondering how the ball hadn’t gone in the net after piling on the pressure in the D forcing save after save by the keeper who was having a stormer. Kristina kindly awarded us a few short corners and without Leggy who was recovering from her 18th birthday celebrations, Charlotte Rourke-Beasley stepped in as the straight strike option and she would have had at least a hatrick had those pesky defenders not been there. Luckily we had a few alternative routines up our sleeves, and by fooling Town into thinking we were going to use one of them, the ball was slipped to Lisa ‘Maffia’ Dobson who slapped it sweetly into the goal.
Magpies should be really pleased with this performance, thanks to some stern words from vice skipper Treacle at half time, we maintained momentum throughout the game rather than having a little nap after the break and remain 5th in the league, only a point behind leaders Magpies 3rds (our goal difference varies slightly but that is by the by). Finally, a big thank you to Sophie and Jess’ mums for cooking the teas for us and everyone who helped with the washing and drying up.
Cards – 0
Pitchside bottle count – 0
Number of other peoples’ mugs we washed up – 43
MOM – Sophie Long
DOD – Rachel Baynes