Harleston relegated following home loss
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Harleston Magpies have been relegated from the Conference East after losing 5-3 at home to Teddington at the weekend.
Magpies knew that only a victory would suffice if they were to avoid relegation, and went up against ex-Harleston player Carl Sitch without the trio of Robbie Kinsella, Andy Hipwell and Archie Winter.
Myles King gave Harleston the lead after the ball fell to him in the circle and he volleyed into the back of the net, before Ben Wright converted a penalty stroke to put them 2-0 in front.
A quick counter attack saw the visitors strike next to cut Magpies’ lead to 2-1 at the break, and within eight minutes of the restart Teddington had scored three times to go 4-2 up.
King claimed his second goal with a clever finish to give Harleston hope, but the visitors broke quickly from a Magpies attack to kill the game off.
The defeat leaves Harleston seven points adrift at the bottom of the Conference East table, and with only two games left, unable to avoid relegation.
n Elsewhere, Harleston Magpies Ladies made it three wins in a row with a 4-1 triumph over bottom side Ipswich.
Magpies took the lead midway through the first-half from a short corner, with Emma Lee-Smith tucking the ball home after Susan Wessels had seen her shot saved.
Ipswich equalised in the second-half, before a driving run from youngster Abby Gooderham fired Harleston back in front with a stunning reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle.
Wessels added a third for Magpies five minutes from time, with Gooderham drawing the keeper out to set up Wessels for a tap in to complete the scoring.
Harleston (fourth) are two points off second place Cambridge City with three games of the season to go.
n Harleston Magpies Ladies VII finished with nine players in their 3-0 defeat to Norwich City VII after Jane Collins went off injured in the first-half.