Magpies Ladies IV 2 Pelicans II 4
Martin And Acock Norfolk Women’s League
A lunchtime push-back at Weybread was the setting for the clash between the two newly-promoted teams in the Premier Division, and Magpies were looking to consolidate their win last weekend with a victory over Pelicans - the team that chased them all the way last season.
The match opened with a fast and furious pace, which set the scene for the entire 70 minutes. Magpies started well, playing around the Pelicans’ midfield, and making progress into the Pelicans D, but after 10 minutes, Pelicans opened the scoring, a somewhat soft goal following a counter attack.
Magpies pressed the Pelicans’ defence, and thought they’d equalised when a Magpies stick connected with a high ball into the D and flew past the ‘keeper; but the pass in was deemed too “dangerous” and the goal didn’t stand. Magpies continued to push forward, with some lovely play down the right hand side with Vicky Blackmore, Sarah Legg and Tine Neill combining well But with Pelicans fielding some strong players the score stayed at 1-0 going into half time.
Magpies came out for the second half confident they could get back into the match, but found themselves at somewhat of a loss when Pelicans had an incredible 10 minutes of play and found themselves 4-0 up, with the home side not really sure what had happened!
A fight back was mounted when a good ball into the D from Sarah legg found Kay Dennis in space to get a goal back. Dennis got another shortly afterwards, a solo run into the D and round the back of the defence left her a tight angle from which she slipped the ball behind the ‘keeper. Unfortunately for the home side though it was too little too late.
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Special mention must go to Sarah Legg for another fantastic performance for Magpies, earning her the “man of the match” award for the second week running. A difficult match for Magpies, but they must not be disheartened - there is a long way still to go in the season, and the fight back starts away at Watton next week.