Bedford Mixed 1 – 2 Magpies Mixed
Magpies started this year’s mixed campaign with a much changed team from the one that made the finals last year. Only Andrew Bedwell and Robbie Kinsella returned from the team that went to Lee Valley. Making their mixed debuts were Jess Howland, Rhe Lascelles, Adam Lascelles, Tom “Trousers” Hughes, Charlotte Seaman and Chris Leek. Stu Leate also joined the team once despite a canine dental emergency delaying his arrival.
The team travelled to Bedford, a consistently strong mixed outfit, after a cancellation last week due to a sharp frost. After a thorough warm up the team started well. Tom Ridley was dominating the midfield with Katie Woollatt and Jess Howland combining well down the right hand side. Magpies held the opposition at bay restricting them to few clear cut chances and always looked dangerous on the counter attack, with Sarah Legg and Laura Tibbenham roving across the front line.
As the half progressed Magpies resolutely defended a number of Bedford short corners before a high deflection off the keeper was batted in by the Bedford injector. One love Bedford. This stung Magpies into life and they hit back almost immediately. Bedwell who defensively was proving too wide for the Bedford ladies to go round started an attack with a traditional rhino forward, passing the ball onto Trousers Tom who neatly slipped the ball to Tibbenham who popped it in at the near post, 1-1. Magpies continued to press with Robbie working hard in the middle. Magpies were unfortunate not to take the lead when a slick passing move was just out of Tibbenham’s reach. Shortly afterwards Magpies did take the lead with another flowing move. Howland passed the ball into Tom Ridley who after some slick stick skills released the ball to the Magpies forward line, Tibbenham then calmly rounded the goalie and coolly slotted the ball home, 2-1.
Magpies continued to pass the ball around and work as a team to soak up any remaining pressure to go into half time 2-1 up.
After half time Magpies found themselves under constant pressure, with Seaman and Howland making an array of impressive tackles. Legg, Tibbenham, Rhe Lascelles and Kinsella continued to hassle the Bedford back line. As the half wore on Bedford were pushing for a goal and Magpies were reduced to occasional counter attacks. Bedford went all out for a goal at the end but Adam Lascelles and Stu Leate proved to be a solid wall in front of Chris Leek in goal. Despite some nervy moments Magpies hung on for a well fought victory. Thanks go to Kevin Ridley for managing and running the bench and to the supporters that turned out to cheer us on.
The next mixed match is on the 19th of Feb away at Bourne Deeping