Magpies Ladies IV 4 Broadland II 0
Martin and Acock Norfolk Women’s League
AFTER a break of three weeks from league action, top of the table Magpies faced third place Broadland in a match destined to be hard fought, with Broadland having been victorious twice already this season over Magpies in friendlies.
Magpies didn’t start particularly well, their play was scrappy, and they struggled to find their rhythm, which Broadland exploited winning a couple of short corners and having the majority of the play in the Magpies’ defensive half. However, as the nervous first few minutes passed, Magpies settled down and started to take control of the game, dominating possession, and creating numerous chances on goal. Their efforts were rewarded when they deservedly took the lead through Laura Schultheiss; a sweet reverse stick shot past the ‘keeper. And Magpies went into the break feeling confident they could extend their lead.
The second half saw Magpies really apply the pressure, and the game was effectively killed off when Schultheiss got her second, a brilliant straight strike from the top of the D from a short corner. The play became more open as Magpies increased in confidence, and while Broadland made some counter attacks, they never really threatened the Magpies goal. Magpies third goal came from a well-placed Roo Barker on the goal line to tap in a cross from the left of the D, before Treacle Snelling made it four, a scrambled effort in front of the Broadland ‘keeper.
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A magnificent display from Magpies, with all 12 players fighting for the victory, determined to keep their place at the top of Division One.
Mention must to go to everyone: Kristina Erith in goal for Magpies, as ever solid and keeping a deserved clean sheet; Ginny Crawford, Megg Eglington, Sarah Legg and Bella Hall for their solid defensive play; Treacle Snelling, Hannah Booty, Rosie Blackmore and Roo Barker for their tireless efforts in the midfield; and Rachel Peters, Laura Schultheiss and Kay Dennis on the forward line battling hard throughout.
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