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Harleston Magpies I second in East Men's League Premier A following win over West Herts


By Sport Diss


After seeing their long winning run ended by league-leading Wapping last time out, Harleston Magpies Men’s I signed off for Christmas on a victorious note on Saturday.

They beat visiting West Herts 5-2 at The Nest – a result that leaves Magpies second in the East Men’s League Premier A table, two points adrift of Wapping having played a game more.

The hosts made a bright start to the game and were rewarded when Dave Gilbert turned and fired in to give his team the lead.

Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Ollie Whiteman..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022304)
Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Ollie Whiteman..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022304)

The pressure continued and it was soon 2-0 thanks to captain Tom Ridley, who put the finishing touch to a well-worked short corner routine.

Magpies continued to be the dominant force throughout the remainder of the first half, but they were unable to add to their advantage before the break.

The third goal arrived early on after the restart from another short corner.

Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Tom Ridley..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022313)
Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Tom Ridley..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022313)

Raunaq Rai was the creator, showing some good skill before Ridley claimed his second goal after a rebound.

West Herts managed to get themselves back into the contest with a goal after they broke the Harleston press, but the three-goal advantage was soon restored via Simon Hipwell’s powerful effort from the top of the D.

It was 5-1 before long when James Gray – rather than shooting himself – laid the ball on for Gilbert to match Ridley’s exploits and score his second goal of the afternoon.

Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Raunaq Rai..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022311)
Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Raunaq Rai..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022311)

There was still enough time remaining for West Herts to add another consolation from a short corner, but it did little to impact on the outcome as Magpies saw out the minutes that remained with minimal fuss.

The win – Harleston’s 10th in the league this term – marked the team’s last piece of match action until January 19 when they head to Letchworth I (2pm).

Second-from-bottom Letchworth have been on a poor run of form in recent weeks, with no victory from their six outings – a sequence that includes five defeats. Harleston won the reverse fixture 5-0.

Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Tim Whiteman ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022306)
Hockey action from Harleston Magpies Men's 1st v West Herts - Tim Whiteman ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6022306)


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