Magpies hold firm to take a point off of leaders Slough

ON THE BALL: Lauren Barber looks to retain possession during Harleston Magpies Ladies 0-0 draw with Slough
ON THE BALL: Lauren Barber looks to retain possession during Harleston Magpies Ladies 0-0 draw with Slough

ENGLAND LEAGUE

CONFERENCE EAST

Harleston Magpies 0

Slough 0

Harleston Magpies Ladies returned to outdoor action, welcoming league leaders Slough and claimed a promising point following a goalless draw.

Magpies knew this was going to be a tough game as Slough had only lost one game all season, and that was to Harleston.

The game started with both teams attacking and trying to create chances. Towards the end of the first half, Slough put Magpies under pressure, but the team held together.

In the second half, Magpies continued their high press, not letting Slough out. This created more chances and short corners, but nothing could beat the Slough goalkeeper. Slough continued to look dangerous on the attack but Magpies kept these to a minimum.

Overall, Magpies gained a hard-earned point and can take a lot of positives out of the game into this week.

The team congratulated Molly Redgrove on making her National League debut, and said goodbye to Sophie Sunderland, who is leaving to travel.

Magpies: Lucy Belsey (capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Molly Redgrove, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Sophie Sunderland, Emma Lee-Smith, Susan Wessels, Charlotte Harrison, Abby Gooderham, Lizzie Clymer and Lauren Mickleburgh.

Magpies will be hoping to build on the momentum of the promising point against Slough when they host Chelmsford tomorrow (2pm).

Harleston are currently in seventh place in the League three points ahead of Chelmsford.

Earlier in the season Magpies lost 2-0 away against Chelmsford in a game where Harleston were on top for a large parts of the match.

Squad from: Lucy Belsey, Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Molly Redgrove, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Susan Wessels, Charlotte Harrison, Abby Gooderham and Lizzie Clymer.

n Meanwhile, in Empresa Norfolk Womin’s League Division Three, Harleston Magpies Ladies VII suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against Hornets.

Magpies battled hard in the first half but despite the best efforts of forward Karen Hunt, they could not find a breakthrough as Hornets took a slender 1-0 lead into the interval.

Magpies had a couple of short corners but were denied, while a the other end, Hornets doubled their advantage with a spectacular individual effort.

The momentum continued with the Hornets who wrapped up the victory with a third goal from a short corner routine.