Harleston share the spoils

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Harleston Magpies 2

Sevenoaks 2

Harleston Magpies twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils against Sevenoaks on Saturday.

After a bright start Magpies created a number of chances to score, and restricted the visitors in their own half during the majority of the opening 15 minutes of the game.

However it was Sevenoaks who broke the deadlock, with a neatly-worked penalty corner midway through the first-half.

Harleston refused to let their heads drop and quickly fought back into the game, as after Lizzie Clymer’s shot was saved, Lucy Whiting was well-positioned to tap home and level the scores.

Possession in the second-half was much more even, with Magpies finding themselves behind again when Sevenoaks converted a penalty corner in a similar fashion to their first.

Harleston battled to get back on level terms, with the midfield working particularly hard to support the forwards.

Sophie Sunderland in particular stood out, making many creative runs from the right of midfield.

Clymer came very close to scoring when a dangerous ball was played across the face of goal, before Whiting also had an excellent chance when a defence-splitting pass from Emma Lee-Smith almost left her one-on-one.

Lee-Smith was forced to sit out when she received a contentious green card, following a collision where she walked away with a nasty black eye.

With Magpies down to 10 players and the clock running down they won a short corner, and this time Clymer expertly deflected in to share the points.

The game finished 2-2 with Magpies disappointed not to have taken all three points, considering the number of chances created, but ultimately pleased with a spirited performance where they came from behind twice.

Harleston will look to get back to winning ways when they host bottom-placed Maidenhead tomorrow (2pm).