Beccles 1 - Harleston Magpies (6) 3

5th December 2020

After four weeks of lockdown hockey was back! Magpies 6th turned up with 14 players, so they had plenty of subs. Beccles just managed to field the full 11, with help from Marie who started work at 4am and then returned to work after the game, and Ruth changing her plans so the team didn’t go short. Fortunately, most of the regular players were available too and with Siobhan returning after injury, the first half went very well.

Magpies displayed some very good passing skills, always seeming to find a ‘free’ player. They created scoring chances but Beccles did exceptionally well in defence, with Lorraine Greenwood, also pulling off a brilliant save. All 3 goals from Magpies were cracking goals, giving the defence little chance. Defenders Sara Grant, Ruth Swann, Mandy Kirby and Marie Seymour kept the opposition at bay for 20 minutes with their hard work and determination, and Beccles went in at half time only 1-0 down. Danie Riches played out of her normal position starting in midfield and then moving to attack, but she coped very well, with good positioning and plenty of running throughout the game. Siobhan Dade, had an excellent game at left forward, swapping with Sara Grant at half time to rest her injury and still help her team mates.

Beccles did trouble the Magpies defence on were unlucky not to score on a few occasions. However, with the score at 3-0 to the visitors, Beccles played the ball nicely along from the right defence fighting hard to keep possession, with the final ball sent into the D where the unmarked Jodie Sharp collected the ball and shot it passed the keeper to make the final score 1-3. Another fine display of hockey and determination from everyone!

Team: Lorraine, Mandy, Sara, Ruth, Marie, Danie, Jodie, Tina, Gemma, Debbie and Siobhan.

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