Harleston men prevail in a five-goal league thriller
EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION B
Harleston Magpies II 3
City of Peterborough II 2
Harleston Magpies got back to winning ways by coming out on top of a five-goal thriller at home to in-form City of Peterborough in a 3-2 win.
Harleston found themselves under intense pressure in the early stages and after making a host of saves, goalkeeper Matt Collinge was finally beaten after a series of short corners.
Magpies responded well to the setback and found themselves level shortly after as Rob Kinsella coolly dispatched the ball home from a short corner.
With momentum behind them, Magpies began to play expansively and took the lead following a flowing move involving Kinsella, William Dunn, Dave Ling and James Baker, which resulted in the latter deflecting the ball in.
The visitors came out after the break with renewed vigour and levelled 15 minutes after the restart. However, Magpies refused to let their heads drop and regained control of proceedings before regaining the lead.
Max Macaulay drove with the ball before off loading to Elliott Ashurst who made no mistake with a powerful reverse stick strike.
Magpies found themselves under immense pressure in the final 10 minutes resulting in Peterbrorough being awarded a penalty flick. However, despite sending Collinge the wrong way, the effort came back off the bar as Magpies managed to hold out.
n That winning feeling was extended to Harleston Magpies V who secured a 2-1 victory over Lowestoft Railway II in Division Five North East.
After finding themselves behind at half-time following an own goal, Magpies responded strongly after the break with Matt Bensly and Andy Caston completing the turnaround.
Harleston found themselves under pressure in the later stages but held firm with strong defending from Rob Neal, Jamie Lawrence and Jordan Wiseman.
n There was further joy for Harleston Magpies Ladies who made it back-to-back wins in England Hockey Conference East with a comfortable 5-1 success over Bedford Ladies.
Magpies opened the scoring after 10 minutes courtesy of Emma Lee-Smith before the same player doubled her and Harleston’s tally from a short corner shortly after.
And with Debbie Francis, Louisa Greenacre, Amy Campbell, Lauren Barber and Charlotte Harrison dictating play, the advantage was extended to three goals before the break as Susan Wessels struck.
The pressure continued after the interval with Wessels grabbing a fourth and Lee-Smith completing her hat-trick with a fifth before Bedford grabbed a late consolation.
n Harleston Magpies Ladies VII had a weekend to forget in Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Division Three as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Great Yarmouth Ladies II.
In a difficult afternoon the only positives were the performances of Gillian Stokes and Keisha Hilaire.
n Harleston Magpies Girls Under-16s endured mixed fortunes at the East Regional Championships as they missed out on a place at the national finals.
The girls suffered defeats in their opening two matches going down to Ipswich and Wimbledon but responded well to enjoy a 3-1 win over East Grinstead in their final pool game courtesy of goals from Abby Gooderham Anna Harrod and Matilda Warde-Adlam.