Hattie hat-trick secures home win
After draws in their previous three home games, the ladies first team got the start they were looking for last Saturday against visitors Maidenhead.
Abby Gooderham calmly converted a second minute penalty stroke and by half-time they were 4-0 ahead, following further goals by Lizzie Clymer, Emma Lee-Smith and Hattie Sunderland.
It was Sunderland’s first league goal for the club and she would go on to complete her hat-trick to give her team a thoroughly deserved 6-0 win.
Tomorrow the first the team have the day off in keeping with our other ladies teams, except for the seconds who make the long trip to play Tunbridge Wells (1pm).
But they will be buoyed by their excellent 2-1 win over Dereham, which saw Anouska Stott put them ahead early in the game when her miss-hit shot wrong-footed the Dereham defence.
After the break Magpies continued to look the better team and Tor Findlay got the vital second goal, before Dereham pulled a goal back three minutes from time.
The men’s fourth team climbed to third place in their league by beating Pelicans III with goals by Matt Bensly (two), Bob Skinner and Kieran Peters.
The ladies fifth team had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Lowestoft Railway, who equalised from a late penalty corner to cancel out Sophie Meynell-Anderson’s opener.
Arguably the most exciting game of the day at Weybread featured the men’s third team against Newmarket.
Magpies eventually triumphed 5-4 in a ding-dong encounter which saw Newmarket equalise four times, before the home team scored with the last hit of the game.
Scorers for Magpies were Gavin Cole, Matt Bensly (two), who was having a busy day, Phil Cobbald and Matt Brand.
Meanwhile the ladies third team were beating Loddon 2-0 with goals by Laura Betts, while away from home the ladies fourth team, missing several regulars, were losing 1-0 to Broadland after a fine run of five successive wins.
In other away games the ladies sixth team beat Watton III 1-0 to record their first win of the season with their goal coming from Krystal Jenkins.
The men’s fifth team maintained their good form with a 4-0 win over North Norfolk III, with Alex Kilbourn (two), Lewis Belsey and Max Warde-Aldam finding the net.
The men’s sixth team drew 3-3 with Norwich City VII, while the men’s seconds lost 5-2 away to City of Peterborough II and the men’s first team, without the injured Matt Riches and Stuart Leate, lost 6-0 away to Teddington.
The seconds are at home to Ipswich & East Suffolk tomorrow (2pm,) while the firsts have the day off.