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Brighton and Hove 2 Harleston Magpies 2
Harleston Magpies twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils against Brighton and Hove.
The opening exchanges saw both sides take a cautious approach, before Andrew Bedwell’s horror tackle, which resembled one of Richard Larkin’s a few weeks prior, resulted in a yellow card.
Brighton took advantage of the ill-discipline of Bedwell and took the lead after a fortunate deflection off of Leigh Sitch.
Despite being down to 10 men, Magpies still looked the better side and had numerous counter attacking opportunities to get back on level terms.
And after a number of near misses, Toby Price converted the rebound off the Brighton goalkeeper.
However, the visitors continued to make hard work of what was in front of them, as Mike Burney regained Brighton’s lead before the break.
Andy Hipwell then got Magpies level again as he converted a cross from Price on the right hand side, after taking several touches he converted the chance to make it 2-2.
From then it was all Magpies as chance after chance came and went for them, and they were just unable to find that third goal which would have given them the lead.
Neither injuries to the likes of Stuart Leate, nor the ill-discipline, helped Harleston’s cause, with both Hipwell and Samuel Rowe spending two minutes in the sin bin.
In the final stages Brighton were themselves down to nine men, but the visitors could not take advantage in the short time remaining.
Magpies may feel it was two points lost rather than one point gained, but after losing 4-0 to Brighton earlier in the season it did show the team have improved in recent weeks.
Harleston host Conference East leaders Richmond on Sunday (2pm) in their last game before the winter break, with the team then returning to action with a trip to Southgate on January 30.