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Mixed fortunes for Harleston Magpies Ladies in Investec Women's League Conference East double-header

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There were mixed fortunes for Harleston Magpies in their Investec Women’s League Conference East double-header over the weekend.

AMONG THE GOALS: Emma Lee-Smith (centre) is congratulated by a team mate after scoring on Saturday
AMONG THE GOALS: Emma Lee-Smith (centre) is congratulated by a team mate after scoring on Saturday

On Saturday, Magpies welcomed Bedford to Weybread and completed the double over them with a 4-1 victory.

The start of the game was pretty even and both teams created opportunities in their attacking half.

After 10 minutes, Emma Lee-Smith received the ball at the top of the D and managed to get a reverse tick shot towards goal, which was deflected in by Jess Bloom.

Bedford continued to attack, but the Harleston defence held strong. Just before half time, Lee-Smith again received the ball and drove towards the goal, went round a couple of defenders and slipped the ball home.

In the second half, Bedford came out strongly and pressured the Magpies defence, who tried to absorb the attacks, but eventually the visitors found the target from a short corner striker from the top of the D.

This gave Bedford some confidence and they continued to try to find the equaliser, but Magpies capitalised on the break twice, with another goal from Lee-Smith, and a goal from Lottie Summers sealing the points for the home side.

The next day, Magpies travelled to league leaders Hampstead and Westminster and, with most of the squad having played the day before, and with some injuries, the squad were going to be stretched to their limits.

The game started off fairly evenly, but Hampstead soon started putting the visiting defence under pressure.

Magpies then conceded a corner and the hosts went for the deflection, which unfortunately hit a Harleston defender on the line.

Hampstead converted the flick, which goalkeeper Megan Brown was close to saving.

After going behind, Magpies managed to create some chances, but could not find the equaliser.

The second half started fairly equally again, with the visitors knowing they were still in the game and continued to try to carve out opportunities to score.

Lee-Smith struck a short corner just wide, while at the other end the Harleston defence continued to work hard and keep out Hampstead’s attacks.

But the table-toppers did manage to find the target again, to wrap up a 2-0 win, which leaves Magpies in fifth place in the Conference East table with six games to go.

Next up for Magpies is a home clash with sixth-placed Horsham at Weybread this afternoon (1.30pm).

The squad will be looking to build on the positive results from last weekend and cement their place in the top half of the Conference East table.

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