Harleston Magpies get the better of Cambridge City in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Division One South
Harleston Magpies I moved up to fourth in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Division One South standings thanks to Saturday’s 2-0 home victory over Cambridge City.
Magpies headed into the contest having lost their two previous league fixtures without scoring, but they started this contest in positive fashion, pinning the visitors back into their own half.
Speedy runs down the wings from Charlotte Harrison and Lara Taylor supported the forward line of Lucy Whiting, Olivia Thomas and Jess Bloom, who worked hard to create chances to break the deadlock in the early stages but the scoreline remained goal-less.
Cambridge came into the contest as the half progressed and carved out a couple of openings, yet the teams headed into the interval with neither goalkeeper being beaten.
However, within three minutes of the restart the home side managed to edge themselves in front.
Some clever play from Jess Bloom saw her pick out team-mate Charlotte Harrison, who showed good composure to fire her shot into the bottom corner.
And just before the end of the third quarter Magpies extended their advantage with Cherry Seaborn converting a penalty corner from the left post to put her side in control.
Cambridge stepped up their press in the final phase, which caused Magpies to retreat into their own half.
Nevertheless, the defensive line – led by field captain Katrina Sitch and supported by the midfield – stood strong and soaked up the pressure from the away side.
In the closing minutes of the contest, Magpies goalkeeper Megan Brown pulled off an impressive reflex save to ensure that the home side’s clean sheet remained intact.
The – Magpies’ third of the campaign – has moved them level on points with their beaten opponents, who sit a place higher in third by virtue of their superior goal difference.
Magpies will aim to make it back-to-back victories on Saturday when they travel to face bottom of the table St Albans I (1pm), who have lost all six of their matches so far in 2019/20, conceding 21 goals and scoring just three.
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