News from the Nest #23

Posted by Felicity Perry on 18 March 2020

Whilst we often boast about Weybread’s remoteness and microclimate unfortunately Magpies has not been able to avoid the repercussions of the current virus outbreak and the hockey club is following guidelines and cancelled all training and matches until further notice. Club events have also been cancelled - so please check this list for uptodate information.

As most teams only have one game left to play the league authorities are currently figuring out the best way to proceed and Norfolk Hockey have already decided to freeze the league tables as they are and deem the current standings as final. At time of writing we are yet to find out the plan for National and East Leagues, leaving our Men’s 5s hanging in the balance as they needed a win in their final game to remain in the league, alongside our Ladies 3s who would have gained promotion with a win on Saturday. 

The Ladies 4s, 5s and 7s have definitely won their leagues with the Fifths dropping only 4 points over the entire season and the Sevenths winning every single game. Welcoming second placed Watton to The Nest on Saturday the 7s knew they would need to maintain their discipline and vigilance and opened the scoring when Millie Scarborough-Taylor converted a short corner; and Georgia Hood scored from a skilful run down the wing. Kate Ford, Rosie Munnings, Shirley McAllen, Judith Masters, Marie Davy, Annie Lancaster, Emma Ford, Flossie Collins, Jane Collins and Tilly Dodds worked hard in midfield and defence to keep Watton at bay and support the forward line. Rachel Summers scored twice and Millie added her second to make it 5-0. 

The Ladies 1s move back up to fourth following a 2-0 win at home against Reading. Lizzie Clymer opened the scoring in the 9th minute when her deflected shot looped over the keeper into the net forcing Reading to step up the intensity and speed of their play in the second quarter. However, Harleston still threatened on the counter attack and quick passing led to youngster Poppy Beales scoring her first National League goal with a trade mark reverse stick strike, making the score 2-0 to Magpies at full time. The Men came back from 4-0 down against promotion chasing Wapping with a second half to remember, losing the game 6-4 and having two players taken to A&E! 

The Boys Development team faced league leaders Norwich Dragons at home in what proved to be a very ‘end to end’ game. Magpies defenders Sam Ash, Archie Kinsmen and Alfred Sturges made some great tackles to break down play and regain possession whilst Finn Hudson in midfield made some visionary passes to swiftly move play on and catch Dragons out of position. Henry Brice and Connor Hudson both made some creative runs into the opposition circle getting shots away and generally put Dragons under pressure. Lawry Williams broke the deadlock from a short corner and added a further two goals to complete his hatrick and give Magpies all three points. 

The Ladies 3’s have been in tremendous form since Christmas with an 8 match winning run, scoring 33 goals and only conceding 5 goals in that period. Hosting Watton who had already been crowned Champions, Magpies started positively with Molly Warnes and Phoebe Eglington in centre midfield providing the platform for Anna Cogdell to drive at the Watton defence. This allowed forwards Anouska Stott, Emily Woollatt, Keira Wheeler and Laura Tibbenham to keep looking for the opening goal. After going a goal behind Jess Menzies and Honey Lamdin kept causing problems on the flanks, Victoria Spouncer created chances around the D and finally Laura equalised, followed by Molly smashing the ball home to take the lead, and Jess claiming the third. A win next weekend against UEA would have seen the 3s promoted to East Div 1 so we will have to wait and see what happens. 

Whilst the Ladies 5s have been flying high since September (scoring 151 goals in the process) the 6s took a while to find their feet but have had a great first season in Norfolk Div 1, finishing in fifth position. The commitment and spirit of the team has enabled younger players to flourish and gain confidence, with a 2-1 win against Watton on Saturday the cherry on top.

In Division 3 the Ladies 7s have completely dominated the league, finishing 12 points above their nearest rivals. This season we introduced a Ladies 8s side (also Div 3) who finished a highly commendable sixth place. Both teams provide a valuable entry into Ladies hockey for the Girls Development fledglings, a social run around for returners to hockey, and competitive games for those wanting to improve their skills. The Girls Development team has, as ever, been bursting with talent and finish the season just one point behind the league champions. 

The Men’s club have had a mixed season with the 2s, 4s and 6s winning their leagues but the 3s have been relegated and the 5s fate is yet to be decided. The 5s continued their recent run of form with a hard fought 3-2 victory over promotion hunting Pelicans3rds at the weekend with Andy Johnson, Jacob Ash and Andy Caston netting the vital goals. The 6s rounded off a brilliant season with a 4-0 win against Newmarket where Ed Robinson was called upon to make some fine saves in goal. 

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