Last Saturday was a miserable day climatically and it didn't get much better for our 12 teams who were in action braving the elements as only the Ladies' fifths and Men's fifths finished as winners. But things brightened up considerably on Sunday both on and off the field of play, with excellent England Hockey away wins for two of our youth teams and a very heartening draw for the Men's firsts.
The Ladies’ fifths were away to Broadland seconds and they were two goals ahead at half time with Anna Kilbourn creating both opportunities for Rachael Clifford.
Broadland came more into the game in the second half, pulling a goal back, but Magpies held on for a deserved 2-1 win.
At home the Men’s fifths beat Watton 2-0. Goalkeeper James Harvey made two good saves to deny Watton before, in the second half, Alex Kilbourn scored twice to demonstrate his enormous potential.
On Sunday the under-16 girls beat Norwich City 5-0 with goals by Abby Gooderham (two), Millie Preece (two) and Mia King and the under-18 girls beat Havering 6-0 in the second round of the EH Plate, with three goals apiece by Kara Kilbourn and Maria Andrews.
The under-14 girls held Cambridge City to a 2-2 draw with goals by Keisha Hilaire and Georgie Cantrell.
The icing on the proverbial cake would have been the men’s firsts beating Brighton & Hove away in their East Conference clash, but a 2-2 draw was an excellent result, especially as Brighton won 4-0 at Weybread in early October.
Magpies were twice behind before equalising through Toby Price and Andy Hipwell. This Sunday the team are at home to Richmond (2pm).
The Ladies’ seconds were away to Bedford and the start of the game was delayed as one of the Magpies’ cars was involved in an accident. Magpies then started well and took the lead when Kara Kilbourn deflected in at a penalty corner. Bedford replied on the stroke of half time and thereafter it needed some strong tackling by Amy Hipwell, Siobhan Wooltorton and Katie Crawford to keep Bedford at bay. The game ended 1-1 and with it another excellent point for Magpies, who tomorrow host league leaders Bromley & Beckenham (2pm).
The Ladies’ firsts were at home to Hampstead & Westminster, hoping to build on their superb win the previous week over league leaders Slough, and they were ahead at half time through Susan Wessels. But the visitors looked the stronger side in the second half and they took the points with two penalty corner conversions. Tomorrow Magpies are away to Sevenoaks (1.30pm).