Magpies suffer incredible defeat

Last Sunday the Men’s first team travelled to play Oxted and in an extraordinary game they lost 8-4 after being 4-0 up early in the second-half.

Magpies played some outstanding hockey in the first-half when Sam Rowe scored twice with in-form Toby Price adding a third.

When player-coach Ben Wright converted a penalty stroke just after the interval Magpies, who were looking for their first win of the season, seemed to be in total control but it was not to be with Oxted soon pulling a goal back.

Thereafter Oxted played extremely well to win 8-4 for a second successive week.

In considering this defeat it is to be hoped that the Harleston squad will not forget how well they played in the first-half, while obviously examining why the floodgates opened in the second. Tomorrow the team are away to Teddington (12.30pm).

On Saturday the Ladies third team got the day off to a good start at Weybread, beating Carrow 5-1 with goals by Charlotte Rourke-Beasley, Laura Betts (two), Alice Woollatt and Sophie Baxter.

The Men’s second team went down 5-1 to now table-topping Letchworth. They are away tomorrow to City of Peterborough II (2.30pm).

Meanwhile the Ladies fifth team were getting their first win of the season, beating Carrow II 6-0 with goals by Imogen Meynell-Anderson, Georgie Cantrell (two), Rachel Clifford, Alice Evans-Hendrick and captain Jose Tibbenham.

Next into action were the Ladies first team entertaining Sevenoaks and looking for their first home win of the season.

Sevenoaks took the lead at a penalty corner in the 26th minute against the run of play but Magpies were soon on level terms through Lucy Whiting.

The visitors regained the lead midway through the second-half but Magpies again found an equaliser with six minutes to go when Lizzie Clymer rounded off a penalty corner variation. Tomorrow they host Maidenhead (2pm).

The Men’s fifth team beat Felixstowe III 4-1 with two goals apiece by Andy Caston and Alex Kilbourn, while the Ladies’ fourth team were moving to the top of their league after seeing off Loddon 4-0 thanks to goals from Laura Tibbenham (two), Mia King and Sarah Legg.

Away from home there was more success for the club with the Ladies’ seventh team recovering from a goal down to beat Hornets 2-1, and the Men’s fourth team beating UEA II 6-1 courtesy of a Kieran Peters hat-trick.

The Girls’ Development team beat Watton 8-1, while the Boys maintained their 100 per cent record this season after beating Norwich City 6-3.