Harleston up to sixth place ahead of mid-season break
Harleston Magpies 2
Harleston Magpies Ladies go into the mid-season break in sixth place after drawing 2-2 with Sevenoaks in their final game of 2015.
The first-half was very much end-to-end with possession evenly matched between the two mid-table sides.
Sevenoaks took the lead after a scramble in the circle was tucked away by Cathy Gilliat-Smith, and at half-time Harleston knew they would need to capitalise on their chances in the second-half.
The scores were levelled when Emma Lee-Smith was quickest to react in the circle, slipping the ball into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1.
This raised the spirits of the Magpies, who really brought the game to a side who had won their last three games.
Harleston then took the lead when Lizzie Clymer turned over possession in her own half, and squared the ball to Lee-Smith, who found Kara Kilbourn well-positioned on the far post to fire home.
This really put Magpies in the driving seat and at 2-1 they had a couple of good chances to extend their advantage, but it was not to be.
Having defended a number of short corners, Sevenoaks found a breakthrough with a slick corner routine which was deflected in by Sophie Crosley to force a draw.
Despite a point probably being a fair result on the balance of play, Harleston were disappointed they were not able to retain their lead.
The Conference East table is very tight going into the winter break, with only four points between third and seventh place in the standings.
Saturday’s point moved Harleston up to sixth in the table, with their next scheduled league game at home to Slough on February 6 (2pm).
n Harleston Magpies Ladies II stretched their unbeaten run to three games after drawing 1-1 with Bromley and Beckenham on Saturday.
After taking a point off of fourth place Bedford in their previous outing, Harleston were hoping for a similar result when they hosted second place Beckenham.
Magpies were denied an early goal when Ellie Tennant was deemed to have converted Tor Findlay’s cross with her foot, with Bromley then breaking the deadlock themselves after numerous short corners.
However Harleston fought back, and another great ball from Anna Tighe found Tennant to net the equaliser.
A sightly scrappy second-half saw a number of cards being awarded, and after Magpies had some good opportunities to go in front, they were grateful to keeper Megan Brown who kept the visitors at bay.
The point keeps the ladies ninth in the East League Premier Division table.