Frustration hung in the air at Weybread as Harleston Magpies Ladies first team were unable to make their hard work pay off against England Conference East league leaders East Grinstead.
Some controversial decisions also went against them as a solitary goal proved enough for East Grinstead to complete a league double over the fourth-placed Norfolk side.
The high-energy start by Magpies, epitomised by Amy Campbell quickly chasing down the opposition defence, allowed them to get on top for the half in terms of territory, but having not created any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities.
Harleston started the second half in the same vein, but East Grinstead at last found a way of working the ball down the pitch resulting in a period of concentrated pressure on the home goal, with five short corners in quick succession.
Magpies held firm under pressure and forced East Grinstead back into their own half again creating their own short corner.
This was converted by Emma Lee-Smith only to be controversially ruled out by the referee who had originally given the goal to protest from the visitors.
The home side continued to play well only to be disappointed in the last few minutes by a goal which appeared to have come from a lucky deflection only seconds after one of Magpies’ players had been sent off.
n Stuart Peters scored a late winner for Harleston Magpies Men V, to ensure an enjoyable long trip back from Pelicans IV with a 4-3 victory to reflect on.
But after 10 minutes it looked like a miserable return trip lay ahead after they fell behind after a cheeky flick from the top of the penalty D snuck into the bottom corner of Jordan Wiseman’s goal and an even more daring lob gave Pelicans a two-goal lead very early in the match.
But the visitors’ pressure eventually paid dividends when Kieran Peters beat the Peilcans’ keeper at a short corner to give Magpies a fighting chance in the second half.
Younger legs and a slightly tighter defence started to make the difference after play resumed and it was not long before Tom Norton added a second to level the game, before Peters’ second, following a short corner, gave them the lead.
It did not last long though as Pelicans pegged it back to 3-3, with only a great double save by Wiseman keeping the hosts from going back in front.
But with just a matter of minutes on the clock the ball fell kindly to Peters, who rounded the keeper to pop the ball into an open net.