Hockey - Magpies roundup
Old Buckenham 0 Harleston Magpies II 6
In their first match after the Christmas break Magpies emphatically maintained their unbeaten record.
Magpies started comfortably with some strong attacking play down the right wing with Holly Baker, Lucy Chubbock and Emily Brown stringing together short sharp passes. They had many opportunities to take the lead before a few short corners led to goals from Kira Wooltorton.
The team continued to press and Keira Booty skillfully scored the third before Jess Howland rounded the keeper to make 4-0 at half-time.
Magpies remained hungry for goals but Old Buckenham started to apply pressure of their own without breaking down the Harleston defence.
Player of the match Holly Baker put in a solid performance at right half to help to create more chances and more short corners, one of which led to Kira Wooltorton completing her hat-trick and Anouska Hipperson grabbing the sixth goal after reacting quickest to a deflection off the goalkeeper's pads.
Special mention goes to Flora Marfleet for actually touching the ball, not once but twice, for the first time in three matches. This weekend Magpies travel to face their closest rivals Sprowston.
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MOTM: Holly Baker. DOTD: Jess Howland.
Harleston IV 1 Panthers 5
Magpies IV faced a tough test on their return to action against Norfolk League leaders Panthers.
They knew they needed a good start to stop Panthers controlling the game and they did enjoy some early possession. But it wasn't long before Panthers skill and movement off the ball came to the fore, with the away side progressing quickly into the Magpies D, pressurising the home defence, and making the breakthrough with a somewhat soft goal from close range.
Magpies fought back and were denied a goal by a diving save by the visiting keeper which stopped Sarah Legg's strong strike.
Panthers then truly started to assert their authority with a brilliant solo run ending in them doubling their lead and two more goals following before the break.
The second half saw Magpies put in a much better performance. They got a goal back with Sarah Legg striking brilliantly from the top of the D after winning a short corner – a deserved goal for the central defender.
Magpies felt they were unlucky to lose Hannah Booty to a yellow card for a high stick, leading to a penalty which Panthers converted. Magpies' continued to push forward with Sarah Legg, Kathryn Bullen and Kay Dennis all forcing good saves.
Yarmouth II 1 Harleston V 3
Magpies came from a goal down to work their way back into the game.
Two goals from Saffron Wilford began the comeback, Kara Kilbourn added the third after a good cross from Sophie Long. Magpies defended well in the second half with Player of the Match Laura Davidson supported by Molly Alexander, May Bowden and Janet Brown.