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Magpies in pre-season action

By Sport Diss

With the majority of the club’s teams beginning the new hockey season next weekend, Harleston Magpies have been putting the finishing touches to their preparations with a series of friendlies.

INJURED: Lucy Belsey
INJURED: Lucy Belsey

The Ladies sixth and seventh sides combined to record a 3-0 victory over Norwich City, with Rachel Clifford once again among the goalscorers.

Elsewhere, a new-look and youth Ladies V showed some promising signs during a 4-2 defeat, also against Norwich City.

The Norwich club also provided the opposition for the Ladies II, who won through 2-0 courtesy of goals from Bobbi Wiseman and Anouska Stott.

As for the first team, Lauren Rowe scored both goals in a 2-1 win at St Albans, although the victory was marred by an injury Lucy Belsey that looks set to sideline the captain for the foreseeable future.

The Men’s first-team featured in a pre-season tournament at Cannock, of which team manager Kevin Ridley said: “The hard work in pre-season is clearly paying off and the atmosphere in the group is fantastic.”

The IIs managed a 1-1 draw from their game at Taverham, while the IIIS had a solid team performance with a 5-1 win thanks to the combination of youth and experience.

The goals on this occasion came from from man-of-the-match Jonny Taylor (2), Ed Brice, Dave Francis and O55s World Cup gold medalist Phil Cobbald.

An amalgamation of players from the fourth, fifth and sixth Men’s teams suffered a 3-2 defeat in a good spirited game against a youthful Norwich City outfit.

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