Magpies IV 3 UEA II 0

Martin and Acock Norfolk Women’s League

Division One

MAGPIES faced mid-table UEA in an early evening push back at Weybread, looking to maintain their lead at the top of Division One.

Magpies were hoping to make a strong start to the match, but struggled to find their rhythm in the fast-paced, open play of the early exchanges. And the home side had to defend well when UEA won two short corners midway through the half to keep the score at 0-0.

However, it was Magpies who took the lead, winning their own short corner, which resulted in a Roo Barker goal from close range. The goal seemed to settle Magpies and they began to play their flowing hockey of previous matches. Karen Absolon got a second goal for Magpies, coming in off the right flank to strike sharply past the UEA ‘keeper from a tight angle. Centre forward Kay Dennis found her good form of previous weeks and added a third for Magpies shortly before the half-time whistle.

The second half saw UEA have more of the possession but Magpies stayed strong at the back, with Captain Kristina Erith in the Magpies goal pulling off a magnificent stick save going down to her right, to keep her clean sheet. Magpies went close to extending their advantage through Kay Dennis and Laura Schultheiss, but they couldn’t find the back of the net for the fourth time.

A much better display from Magpies, battling hard for any loose balls, and showing their desire to stay at the top of the league. Credit to all 14 players for their effort and determination, but special mention must go to Bella Hall at the heart of the Magpies defence for her commanding performance, and to Rosie Blackmore for her outstanding display controlling the midfield.

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