With most of the Ladies leagues taking a break for half term it was down to the Magpies mens teams to entertain the crowd last weekend. Following a 10-7 defeat in their previous meeting, the Men’s threes knew Horncastle would be tough opposition but went into half time with a deceptive scoreline of 1-1 thanks to Kieran Peters’ goal. Chris Leek took Magpies ahead in the second half but four clinical attacks in eight minutes meant that Horncastle went 5-2 up and the game seemed out of reach. However Magpies kept fighting and through Kieran, Dave Francis and Gavin Cole the scores were tied at 5-5. The visitors retaliated straight away but Kieran managed to grab another, and complete his hat trick, resulting in an exhausting 6-6 draw.
Having secured promotion from the same league, the Men’s seconds are cautious not to let their 100% record slide and the winning streak continued on Saturday with a 4-2 win against UEA courtesy of goals from Tristan Baynes, Robbie Kinsella, Matt Bensly and Charlie Nunn.
In what is a fantastic achievement for the club, the Ladies seconds also secured promotion last weekend. Anouska Stott added to her goal tally for the season by reacting quickly to a short corner strike, and then linking up with Laura Tibbenham for the second. Newcomer Emily Rash added a final goal to make it 3-0 and 16 wins from 16 games.
The Men’s fourths hosted Bury in a scrappy game where Bob Skinner scored the only goal and goalkeeper Murray Graham made some vital saves to ensure Magpies took all three points. A much changed Men’s Sixths side started slowly against Felixstowe but went into half time 3-0 up thanks to goals from Pete Thornett, Jack Glover and Richard Alcock. They conceded soon after the break but Simon Rodwell grabbed a goal back to maintain the three goal lead. Neither teams were satisfied as the drama continued and goals continued to come, ending with a 4-3 victory for Magpies.
The Ladies Sixths had fire in their bellies as they set out for revenge against Lowestoft Railway who thrashed Magpies 10-1 in the away leg. Coming out of the blocks strongly, Vanessa Vigrass and Lucy Field worked the ball into the D where Rachel Clifford connected with the pass to slot home the only goal of the game. Magpies continued to dictate the play and the defence of Jane Collins, Heather Brand, Felicity Perry, Lucy Basey-Fisher and Marie Davy absorbed any pressure; whilst midfielders Lucy Field, Teresa Griffin, Elena Flatt and Louise Davy battled hard to ensure the 1-0 win over the league leaders.
Sadly, on Sunday, the U16 boys, Mixed ‘B’ team and O50s men all dropped out of their respective cup campaigns. There were valiant efforts all round, none other than by Jon Wells who was injured during the O50s 4-0 defeat by St Albans but came back on after receiving stitches in his forehead. Despite the best efforts of Robbie Kinsella, Sam Moore, Julie Davy, Lawrence Baynes, Megan Beckett and Sophie Maynell Anderson in midfield, plus a beautiful strike from Sarah Legg, Peterborough beat the Mixed ‘B’ team 5-1. However, the Mixed ‘A’ team, U14 boys and U16 girls march triumphantly through to the next round.
Following close defeats last weekend, both First teams play at home on Saturday and are sure to provide some quality hockey. The Men push back at midday against Bedford and the Ladies host Cambridge City (2pm) who include GB gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh and will be looking to do the double over Magpies.