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Harleston Magpies move into the Investec Women’s Hockey League Division One South's top three after beating St Albans




Harleston Magpies I are up to third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Division One South following Saturday’s 5-1 victory at bottom-of-the-table St Albans I.

It is now back-to-back wins for the Magpies, who last time out got the better of Cambridge City.

However, they actually fell behind at the weekend early on to a well-taken strike.

Harleston Magpies Ladies I 2019/20 (21880716)
Harleston Magpies Ladies I 2019/20 (21880716)

That provided the struggling hosts with some momentum but Katrina Sitch, Fran Burrell, and Lauren Barber, along with a number of great saves from Megan Brown in goal and two goal-line clearances from Barber and Cherry Seaborn, kept Magpies only a goal behind.

The visitors eventually regrouped and got themselves level through Georgie Gardens before Lizzie Clymer took her chance to put them into the lead for the first time.

Leading 2-1 at the break, Magpies approached the second half with confidence and they soon extended their advantage when Lucy Whiting swept home Annie Nunn’s cross.

Player-coach Emma Lee-Smith put the game out of St Albans’ reach by making it 4-1 with a first time shot, finishing off some strong linking play from Bloom and Seaborn, with the scoring being completed by Charlotte Harrison.

Magpies will aim to keep this momentum going into the weekend’s double header away at ISCA (Exeter) and Trojans (Southampton), who are ninth and seventh in the table respectively.

* In the Empresa Norfolk Women’s Hockey League Division Three, Harleston Magpies VIII suffered a 3-1 reverse from their trip to Watton III.

The hosts were the dominant side for much of the first half and helped themselves to a couple of goals.

However, Magpies ensured they remained in the contest at half-time courtesy of Olivia Evans’ individual effort.

Magpies felt that an equaliser was not beyond them heading into the second half, but once again Watton were on top and they eventually made it count with a third goal to seal a 3-1 win.

Sixth-placed Magpies, who have seven points this term, will play host to Carrow Ladies II (4th) tomorrow (3pm).


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