News from The Nest 17 11th February 2020

Posted by Nobody on 11 February 2020

With ten wins from sixteen games the Ladies 3s are having a fantastic season but travelled to Norwich City on Saturday knowing they were up against the best defensive record in the league. Starting the game on the front foot Magpies were awarded a short corner which was converted by Laura Tibbenham who doubled Magpies’ lead soon after. Molly Warnes, Phoebe Eglington and Cat MacIver kept their discipline and held the centre of midfield together, blocking the runs from City and playing the ball wide for Honey Lamdin, Bobby Wiseman, Jess Menzies and Anna Cogdell to attack and create more opportunities. 

 

City forced Magpies to defend in the second half but the back 3 of Plum Sweet, Katie Woollatt and Mimi Slade transferred the ball superbly and defended very well with Abi Lewis making some important saves when called into action. After absorbing a 10 minute spell of pressure, Anna Cogdell won the ball in City’s 3rd and skilfully beat 2 defenders, taking the ball into the D and scoring the goal of the day with a powerfully struck reverse stick shot, making the score 1-3. Again momentum was with Magpies and Laura Tibbenham completed her hat-trick to take the girls into 3rd place. 

 

The Ladies 6s welcomed East Coast to The Nest and started well with great passing from Elena Flatt and Ellie Bowden who found Annette Freeman on the right wing who drove to ball into the circle and opened the scoring with a well taken goal. Injuries to Ellie Bowden and Louise Davy shook Magpies but but good keeping from Katy Davy and excellent clearances from Amy Freeman and Elena Flatt made sure the 6s entered half time 1-0 up. Rachel Clifford, Kristina Brinkley, Georgia Hood and Laura Woodgate had chances on goal with Anna Seggons and Nat Hayward making good runs up the wings. Janna Freeman followed Captain Flea Perry’s instructions to strike early and scored two excellent goals from the top of the circle to win the game 3-0.

 

In the Men’s 2nd Division Magpies 2s and 3s faced each other having had very different seasons so far. The 2s are riding high with 8 points clear at the top of the table whilst the 3s are just 2 points off the bottom three. Goals from Oakley Elsom and Ben Emms (2) ensured that the 2s took all three points from the game but Captain Seth Read scored a consolation goal for the 3s. The Men’s 1s trip to Bromley and Beckenham was postponed due to Storm Ciara but there were good wins for the 4ths and 6ths. The Men’s 5s travelled to Sudbury and were unlucky to come away without a point following a much improved performance. 

 

Having secured promotion last week the Ladies 4s took the lead against UEA through Sophie Govier-Shaay and Amy Hunt (2) to give Magpies a 3-0 lead at half time. Clinical defending from Frances Taylor, Amy Hipwell and Sophie Baxter combined with two quickly taken free hits from Sophie Meynall-Anderson created goals for Evie Brice and Sarah Legg followed by Grace Collinson sealing the win on 60 minutes. 

 

A 1-0 win for the Ladies 8s moves them up to sixth in the table whilst the same scoreline for the 7s maintains their lead at the top. A ‘player of the match’ performance from Rosie Munnings and a brilliant Ladies hockey debut from Catherine Pope in goal kept Dereham at bay and enabled Magpies to hold out for the win. There were full pitch debuts for Caitlin and Amelia in the Girls Development team who put an impressive 8 goals past Norwich Dragons. 

 

The Ladies 2s hosted Cambridge City at the weekend with Saskia Williams and Ellie Bale rejoining the squad and started well with some close chances followed by Eva Harness’s first Premier League goal. Cambridge equalised in the second half from a short corner and the game ended 1-1, meaning that the 2s drop to fourth ahead of their trip to Maidstone this weekend. 

 

Reading away was always going to be a tough fixture for the Ladies 1s and despite solid defending throughout the game they conceded the only goal from a well drilled short corner. The Ladies host St Albans on Saturday at 1.30pm and will be hoping for all three points against the team who are currently bottom of the league. The Men’s 1s then host Bedford on Sunday (2pm) who only have one point less than Magpies at this stage of the season, making it a ‘must win’ game for the boys in black and white. 

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