Competitive Magpies lose out to the league leaders

POSSESSION BATTLE: Harleston Magpies come up short against league-leading Wimbledon
POSSESSION BATTLE: Harleston Magpies come up short against league-leading Wimbledon

INVESTEC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

CONFERENCE EAST

Harleston Magpies 1

Wimbledon 3

League-leading Wimbledon proved to be too strong for hosting Harleston Magpies’ first team on Saturday.

The first half was a relatively even affair with both sides carving out openings.

Magpies saw a couple of efforts whistle beyond the post, while up the other end home goalkeeper Charlotte Peet showed good reflexes to keep out a Wimbledon short corner.

The close nature of the contest saw the two sides head into the break level at 0-0, with the second half also getting off at a fast pace.

Magpies showed plenty of endeavour in the Wimbledon half, but their failure to convert their chances was duly punished by two swift Wimbledon goals on the counter-attack.

However, the response from Magpies was positive and after some neat play between Maria Andrews and Lauren Barber, the latter halved the deficit from a short corner situation.

That goal provoked further pressure from the home team, but late on they were caught short at the back by Wimbledon, who scored a third and match-clinching goal.

Tomorrow, fourth-placed Magpies are away to Sevenoaks in second (12pm).

n In Division Three of the Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Harleston Magpies VII were 2-0 winners over Norwich Dragons VIII.

The victory was all the more impressive for the hosts given that they were only able to field a team of 10 players.

The opening goal came after some wing play from Evie Rogers found Georgia Hood, who swept the ball into the net.

Magpies were forced to surrender much of the possession due to their depleted numbers, but that did not stop them scoring a second goal.

Jo Meyer struck a short corner and the recipient —Jane Collins — smashed the ball past the Norwich goalkeeper.

The seventh team, who sit fifth in the table, are away to Norwich City Dragons VII (fourth) tomorrow morning (10.45am).