There was a real buzz at Weybread last Saturday when in bright and warm weather we had a full programme of matches to enjoy.
The Ladies’ 4ths got the ball rolling, beating Pelicans 2nds 6-0 with goals by Kate Russell, Kathryn Bullen (2) and Rachel Goodson before a brace by Laura Tibbenham completed the scoring.
On the other pitch the Men’s 4ths – including the experienced over-50s quartet of Murray Graham, David Blackmore, Bob Skinner and Jerry Blackmore in defence - were up against Ipswich 3rds.
After a goalless first half the home side took control to win 5-1. Iain Cumming made the vital breakthrough, converting a penalty corner before adding the fifth after further goals by Sol Barker (2) and John Pope.
The Ladies’ 2nds hosted Cambridge University and after their heavy defeat the previous week they got the boost they needed with an encouraging performance despite a narrow 2-1 defeat, Lauren Mickleburgh converting a last-minute penalty corner.
Meanwhile, the Boys’ Development were beating Pelicans 3-0 with goals by Jude Pottruff, Jack Largent and Jake Caston.
The Men’s 1sts were next into action against in-form Sevenoaks who were 4-0 up at half-time. After the break, Magpies got into the game with Ben Wright converting a penalty stroke before despatching a penalty corner.
Unfortunately a nasty head wound sustained by Andy Hipwell disrupted Magpies’ fightback and Sevenoaks took advantage to score again in the last minute. This Sunday Magpies are away to league leaders Richmond (1.30pm).
Also at home were the Ladies’ 6ths who went down 4-0 to Yarmouth 2nds; the Ladies’ 7ths, who had an encouraging 0-0 draw with UEA 4ths; and the Men’s 3rds who maintained their good start by beating Norwich Dragons 3rds with Gavin Cole (2), Andy Johnson and Sol Barker finding the net in the second half.
Away from home, the Ladies’ 1sts were taking the three points from their ‘must win’ game against Ipswich, 2-1. Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead after 47 minutes, and after an Ipswich equaliser Abby Gooderham got the winner eight minutes from time.
Tomorrow the team are at home to St Albans (2pm) and they will be mindful of the threat posed by England players Ellie Watton and Hannah Macleod.
Meanwhile, the Ladies’ 3rds were maintaining their excellent start to the season with a third straight win, beating Norwich City 3rds 4-0 away. Millie Preece put them ahead in the first half, and after the break there were further goals by Katie Kinsella (2) and Alice Woollatt.