Harleston’s winless start continues

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ENGLAND HOCKEY
LEAGUE MEN’S

CONFERENCE EAST

Harleston Magpies 0

Brighton and Hove 4

Harleston Magpies winless start to the new season continued on Saturday after they suffered a comprehensive defeat against Brighton and Hove.

The game started in the worst possible fashion for Magpies, with Richard Larkin unfortunately losing sight of a high aerial ball in the mid afternoon sunshine which he could not fully recover from.

This led to a penalty stroke which was converted low to keeper John Livings right hand side.

Things did not get much better for the home side, Thomas Ridley tracked his man well from midfield, but was adjudged to have fouled the Brighton player in the act of shooting, resulting in another stroke for Brighton and a yellow card for Ridley.

John Livings made a smart save in goal this time though, getting a good read on the flick taker after the first effort.

The constant pressure led to a short corner being won by the visitors, which was converted low into the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Magpies were still struggling to get the ball forward, and were again pinned back in their own half defending another short corner just before half time. This time the shot deflected off the number one runner to make the score 3-0 at half time.

Magpies were dealt a blow after the break as they suffered injuries to Matt Riches and Stuart Leate. The former took a blow charging down a short corner, while Leate injured himself after a couple of defensive footwork errors.

As the home side pressed further, the ball was turned over and Brighton capitalised to score their fourth goal of the afternoon to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Magpies will need to regroup before their next match which sees them hit the road in a trip to Oxted tomorrow (12.45pm).

Harleston sit rooted to the foot of the table with one point from their opening five matches.