Mike’s Magpies Musings - Men’s II come good four first win of season

Hockey news.
Hockey news.

After six successive defeats — at the hands mostly of the top teams in the league — a stronger than normal men’s first team were at home to Ipswich & East Suffolk (IES) on October 31.

Magpies twice went close to taking the lead before IES player Kevyn Brown took a nasty blow when the ball hit him in the face.

From the resulting penalty corner, Elliott Ashurst put Magpies ahead and he completed his hat-trick early in the second half before putting his team 4-0 up.

In the last few minutes, Myles King skilfully rounded the goalkeeper for the fifth goal, with Sam Moore making the final score 6-0. Hopefully, the team can build on this first win of the season when they travel to play Cambridge University II tomorrow (12pm).

Meanwhile, the men’s fifths, fielding several promising players promoted from the Development team, were at home against Dereham IV.

Alex Kilbourn put them ahead before the experienced Dereham side equalised shortly before half-time from a penalty corner.

Against the run of play, Dereham took the lead, and defeat for Magpies looked a distinct possibility.

But the team rallied, with Andy Caston guiding the ball inside the right post for the equaliser and, with five minutes remaining, Kilbourn was on the left post for the winner.

Tomorrow, the team are away to Bury St Edmunds IV (12pm).

Away from home, the ladies’ seconds, buoyed by their win the previous week over Dereham, were up against Tunbridge Wells.

They dominated possession and went on to win 3-0.

Lucy Whiting put them ahead, deflecting in a penalty corner strike by Lauren Barber, and Barber made it 2-0 from another penalty corner.

After the break, Tor Findlay made the game safe for Magpies, who face a sterner test tomorrow when they host St Albans II (2pm).

Away from home, the men’s thirds beat Norwich Dragons II 2-1, with goals by Tristan Hipper and Gavin Cole.

The mens’s fourths drew 1-1 (Sol Barker) with Norwich Dragons IV.

After their week off, the ladies’ first team are away to Cambridge City tomorrow (12.30pm).

The men’s firsts play their first Sunday home game of the season when they entertain Southgate (2pm).

Also on Sunday, the U14 Boys will be in home England Hockey championship action against Norwich City (10.15am).

The U16 Girls are up against Norwich Dragons (12pm) while the Men’s O50s are away to Ipswich (12pm).