Hockey: Weakened Magpies lose at home

Harleston Magpies II 0 Ipswich East-Suffolk 1

Magpies were under pressure, without their manager Nigel Wooltorton and the U16 girls missing due to indoor commitments.

The game began well, with everybody pushing forward creating numerous chances, particularly Krystal Bishop and Anouska Hipperson. But IES were proving a tough side to break down, with some tight control in the centre and some good defending. Towards the end of the first half IES scored from a short corner, with their only shot of the game, and despite some strong attacking play from Magpies in response the score at half-time remained 0-1.

The second half began with further pressure from a solid Magpies midfield, with the majority of play down the left side of the pitch.

Tensions were rising as both teams struggled to secure victory, and the last half of the game saw an IES player receive a green card. The last few minutes of the game gave Magpies two short corners, but they were unable to convert either, allowing IES to break into attack, though some strong defending from Siobhan Wooltorton and Arianne Dyball kept them from shooting.

Despite working tirelessly and an overall good team performance, Magpies were unable to beat a very strong IES keeper, who made several superb saves preventing the home side scoring and resulting in the first points dropped of the season.

Player of the match: Lauren Barber

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On the counter-attack Thetford were dangerous and quickly won consecutive short corners, and when, after the second of these, the ball wasn't cleared away properly, the home side went a goal in front.

Thetford doubled their lead soon after, capitalising on Magpies losing the ball after their own short corner and made a quick breakaway, resulting in a quality reverse stick shot.

Jess Harvey, in the Magpies goal, played well, making several crucial stops to keep the score down, but Thetford got a third goal midway through the half.

Magpies kept their composure and found some of their promising play from the opening minutes and tried to get themselves back in the match, and they were rewarded with a Sarah Legg goal straight from a short corner, taking the scoreline 3-1 into half-time.

Despite good work in the midfield by Magpies with Hannah Booty, Treacle Snelling, Rachel Goodson and Emily Parsons combining well, the second half was a carbon copy of the first.

Thetford scored three more before Magpies doubled their tally, another super Sarah Legg short corner strike.