Harleston Magpies 2
Bromley & Beckenham 3
Harleston Magpies came out on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller as visiting Bromley and Beckenham prevailed with a narrow 3-2 success.
The visitors arrived buoyed by victory last week against Teddington and an open game ensued with both teams creating opportunities.
The deadlock was broken when Magpies were awarded a penalty corner which was emphatically dispatched into the roof of the net by Andy Hipwell for his first league goal of the season.
Hipwell nearly doubled his tally shortly before half-time but the umpire’s early whistle meant the goal did not stand and the resulting penalty corner was not converted.
Despite this, going into the half-time break 1-0 up gave Magpies real confidence and the belief they could get something from the match.
Understandably Bromley and Beckenham stepped up their press in the second half, putting considerable pressure on the Magpies defence who struggled to connect with their forwards and midfield, gifting the opposition plenty of turnover ball.
Eventually the pressure told and two quick goals put the home team on the back foot, a rather unfortunate yellow card shortly after put additional pressure on the Magpies defence who, despite this, held firm.
Once back up to a full complement, Magpies went in search of an equaliser which was not long in coming.
Neat passing play out of the Magpies half was confidently finished off by Ben Wright slotting it past the goalkeeper.
The game opened up again as Magpies went in search of a winner although this proved to be their undoing.
As Harleston pushed forward, a quick Bromley and Beckenham break resulted in a penalty corner which found its way into the net.
Further chances came and went leaving Magpies to rue what might have been.
Magpies will be aiming to bounce back as they hit the road next weekend, making the long trip down to play Brighton and Hove for a 1pm pushback on Sunday.