Barber is a cut above the rest in away win

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INVESTEC WOMEN’S

HOCKEY LEAGUE

CONFERENCE EAST

St Albans 0

Harleston Magpies 1

Harleston Magpies recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season after beating St Albans 1-0 on Saturday.

With the home side without key players including internationals Hannah Macleod and Ellie Watton, Magpies knew this was a perfect opportunity to take all three points and move above St Albans in the table.

Harleston started brightly and spent most of the opening period camped in the St Albans half, putting the home side’s defence under huge pressure.

The forward line of Susan Wessels, Emma Lee-Smith, Lizzie Clymer and Abby Gooderham all had chances to break the deadlock, but it was not to be and the score remained 0-0 at the break.

St Albans had a couple of chances of their own in the second-half, including a few short corners which they forged on the break as Magpies continued to dominate the possession.

When Gooderham was fouled in the circle after a driving run, Harleston awarded a penalty kick.

Wessels stepped up to take it but her flick was well-saved by the St Albans goalkeeper.

As the game went on it looked as though Magpies were never going to find a breakthrough.

However, in the last few minutes Harleston won a short corner and after an unconventional routine the ball fell to Lauren Barber, who was well-positioned to tuck away the winning goal.

The team came off the pitch ecstatic that they had managed to secure all three points on their travels, and for the first time this season follow up a victory with another.

Harleston move up to fourth place in the Investec League Conference East table and are now only two points behind second place Wimbledon.

Harleston Magpies Ladies L Belsey (c), D Francis, C Lee-Smith, K Johnson, K Sitch, M Redgrove, L Greenacre, L Barber, C Harrison, E Lee-Smith, L Whiting, L Clymer, A Gooderham, S Wessels, L Mickleburgh.