Magpies slip to defeat on the road

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INVESTEC WOMEN’S
HOCKEY LEAGUE

CONFERENCE EAST

Chelmsford 2

Harleston Magpies Ladies 0

Harleston Magpies recent run of promising form was brought to an abrupt end following a 2-0 defeat away at Chelmsford on Saturday.

After a slow start, Magpies put Chelmsford under a lot of pressure and created a number of good goal scoring opportunities including a couple of short corners.

The ball even rebounded off the post across the goal line, with Chelmsford lucky that there was not a Magpies player lurking in the goalmouth to tap home.

At half-time with the amount of pressure Magpies had put on the Chelmsford defence, they felt that it would only be a matter of time before they would score.

Magpies started the second half brightly and with a solid press set up, Abby Gooderham won the ball high up the pitch on a couple of occasions by cutting off the square pass to the Chelmsford defender.

Despite Charlie Harrison having a shot saved off the line and Magpies hitting post for the second time of the game, Magpies were unable to convert any of their chances.

Mid-way through the second half with Magpies high up the pitch, Chelmsford turned over the ball within their 25 and quickly played the ball through to a high forward, who fired home from the top of the circle.

Having had so many chances and finding themselves behind having been caught on the break, Magpies’ heads dropped, allowing Chelmsford to get back into the game and put the defence under increased pressure.

After a good run from a Chelmsford forward along the backline, the ball was played across the goalmouth and bounced off a Magpies’ defender into the open goal, to seal Magpies’ fate.

The result leaves Harleston in seventh position in the table after five matches on five points, 10 adrift of early pacsetters Slough Ladies who have enjoyed a perfect start to the campaign.

Magpies will be looking to bounce back when they host Sevenoaks tomorrow (2pm).

Squad: 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, Charlotte Harrison and Abby Gooderham.

n Diss Ladies maintained their perfect start to the new Empressa Norfolk Ladies Hockey Leaggue Division One season with a 5-0 win over struggling Carrows II.

In what proved a comfortable afternoon for Diss, they raced into a 4-0 lead at the break courtesy of braces from Jodie Allison and Toni Gover before Aliison completed her hat-trick after the interval.