Harleston Magpies IV 10 Pelicans III 0

Martin & Acock Norfolk Women's League

Division One

Harleston Magpies IV 10 Pelicans III 0

MAGPIES welcomed Pelicans for a lunchtime push back at Weybread; another rearranged fixture due to the bad weather at the beginning of the year. And after their victory last week, the home side were looking to continue their push up the league table.

Pelicans arrived without a goalkeeper, the downside for Magpies being that Pelicans then played with 11 outfield players. Magpies knew it wouldn't be easy, and that they certainly couldn't afford to be complacent so they came out of the blocks hard and fast. During the first 10 minutes the play was all Magpies, attacking the Pelicans defensive third, and centre forward Kay Dennis soon put the home side in front with a push shot from the top of the D. And it wasn't long before Magpies really started to assert their authority; Kay Dennis grabbing her second goal, before completing her hatrick inside 20 minutes.

Magpies, supported by strong midfield play, enjoyed the majority of possession for the rest of the first half, and Rhiann Earrye made it four for the home side shortly before the break.

The second half saw much of the same; Rhiann Earrye scored twice more to get her hatrick; Kay Dennis got her fourth goal before Beth Alexander, brilliantly positioned by the back post to tap in, added her name to the scoresheet; and Bella Hall made it nine for Magpies, a brilliant short corner strike. Credit must be given to Pelicans who continued to battle hard but couldn't find a way through the Magpies defence. Kay Dennis got her fifth goal shortly before the end, putting Magpies into double figures.

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An awesome performance from Magpies, the passing and movement throughout the team was excellent, and special mention must go to Keira Booty for her contribution on the left wing.

Liz Cole, Treacle Snelling, Georgina Scott, and Claire Snelling in the Magpies defence were excellent for the entire 70 minutes, playing the ball around with pace and accuracy, and supporting the attacking play confidently. Well done to all 12 players - fantastic!

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