Cambridge City 2
Harleston Magpies 2
Harleston Magpies settled for a share of the spoils after claiming a promising point on the road against high-flying Cambridge City on Saturday.
Magpies had a slow start and Cambridge took full advantage of that, attacking high up the pitch and putting the Magpies defence under a lot of pressure.
After 12 minutes Cambridge managed to break down the Magpies defence and flicked the ball into the top of the net.
This spurred Magpies into action and they started to pass and create attacking opportunities. Gradually the visitors settled more into the game and began to control it, putting Cambridge under pressure and they started to make some mistakes around the back.
Magpies equalised after 26 minutes when Hattie Sunderland received the ball and crossed it into Lizzie Clymer, who calmly slotted the ball low into the left hand corner.
Magpies’ confidence continued to grow after that, and they started winning some short corners, some of which they came close to scoring.
In the second half, Magpies knew they had to continue to play as they had at the finish of the first half. This is what they did, by passing in triangles round the Cambridge players and trying to create chances.
And their endeavours were rewarded 12 minutes into the second half as Maria Andrews received the ball and managed to draw the Cambridge goalkeeper into fouling her and winning a penalty stroke. Lauren Barber stepped up and scored low into the left corner.
As the game continued and the end was in sight, Cambridge continued to try to find the equaliser, but Magpies were keeping the shots to a minimum.
However, with just four minutes remaining a goalmouth scramble was ruled to have hit a Magpie body on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded, which was converted by Cambridge as they snatched a point.
The result leaves Harleston sixth in the league table ahead of a trip to table-topping Slough on Saturday (12.30pm).
n Magpies Ladies’ VI team secured a 1-0 victory over Evergreens II in Empresa Norfolk Women’s Hockey League Division Two.
The game began at a fast pace but neither side could find a breakthrough in the first half.
During the second half, Evergreens had a number of short corners but Marie Davy threw herself into every tackle while Molly Warne also dominated in the centre.
And their endeavours were rewarded as Georgie Cantrell fired home from the edge of the circle after a pass from Millie Scarborough-Taylor to seal the win.