Gooderham goal clinches vital first league victory

BATTLING: Elle Eglington fights for the ball against Great Yarmouth II. Magpies VI lost 4-0
BATTLING: Elle Eglington fights for the ball against Great Yarmouth II. Magpies VI lost 4-0

INVESTEC WOMEN’S

HOCKEY LEAGUE

CONFERENCE EAST

Ipswich 1

Harleston Magpies 2

Harleston Magpies ladies, travelled to Ipswich and came away with their first win of the season, although they made hard work of it.

In a comfortable first half, Magpies showed the opposition too much respect without really pressing enough.

They did not create enough threat in and around the circle and could only record one shot and one penalty corner, which was a poor return.

They were much more aggressive with their press in the second half, having long spells of pressure.

With the wide midfield players Lauren Barber, Charlotte Harrison, Maria Andrews and Sophie Sunderland all playing higher, they were causing far more problems for Ipswich as they also stretched their defence.

This pressure finally paid off when Emma Lee-Smith scored after 47 minutes with a reverse-stick shot.

Magpies were not making it easy for themselves as a succession of cards (two yellow and two green) meant they frequently had only 10 players on the pitch, which took the team momentum away.

Against the run of play, Ipswich equalised through Chloe Williams on 55 minutes.

This was a blow for Magpies, but they responded well and, after 62 minutes, got the result they deserved when Abby Gooderham scored the winner with a reverse-stick shot.

Magpies had to endure an uncomfortable five minutes but made sure there were no further slip-ups.

n Magpies ladies are at home tomorrow against St Albans, starting at 2pm.

They received a timely boost with their win at Ipswich, but they face a much tougher match this week against St Albans.

St Albans’ results so far have been to beat Chelmsford 4-2, beat Maidenhead 5-3 and lose 6-1 to league leaders Slough.

A mixed bag of results, but they have shown they can score goals, and will be able to play England internationals Hannah McLeod and Elle Watton.

Magpies are making steady progress, and currently lie sixth in the league, two points behind St Albans, who are fourth, and will be hoping to give their visitors a difficult game.

Magpies from: Lucy Belsey (capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Sophie Sunderland, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Hattie Sunderland, Lizzie Clymer, Maria Andrews, Abby Gooderham, Kara Kilbourn and Georgie Minta.

Other results last week: Chelmsford 1, Wimbledon 1; Sevenoaks 3, Hampstead 4; Slough 3, Cambs City 0.