Magpies look to get winning habit back

Harleston Magpies Ladies are back in action after a blank weekend, hosting Horsham tomorrow (12.30pm), bidding to get back to winning ways.

Their last game, a 1-1 draw at Old Loughtonians, was one they should have won, having a late score disallowed following protests from the home side, and the result saw them lose top spot to Sevenoaks.

It’s vital for Magpies to put that disappointment behind them and get back to winning ways. Matches against Horsham have always been difficult. Last season Horsham deservedly won at home 2-0. In the return the result was a 1-1 draw with Magpies squandering their chances.

Both teams have made a much better start to the season than last year. Magpies are in second place with 15 points while Horsham are fifth with 11 points.

Hayley Toleman returns to the first team squad while Siobhan Cleeve makes her first team League debut for Magpies.

Magpies: Harrison, Miller, Warnes, Greenacre, Campbell, Cleeve, Francis, Butler, Barber, Brook, Wilford, Wheelhouse, Toleman, Lee-Smith.



Harleston Magpies Ladies II 1 Bury St Edmunds 0

Both sides went into this game unbeaten. Magpies started the stronger, having the majority of possession and spent most of the first period camped in Bury half. Ten minutes in Frances Taylor’s short corner strike deflected in off a defender’s foot, but the goal was disallowed.

In the second half quick passing and hard work from Jess Howland and player of the match Lucy Whiting saw constant pressure on the Bury defence. Magpies created many chances, but were denied by the Bury goalkeeper. Magpies got the winner with a slip left to Lauren Barber finding Emily Brown on the right post to score. Bury did not have a shot on goal all match.



Harleston Magpies Ladies III 2 Diss Ladies 1

Harleston remined as league leaders following a hard fought victory over a spirited Diss side.

Somewhat against the run of the play, Magpies opened the scoring, but Diss responded immediately and equalised when Lucy Kershaw smashed home Liv Cates cross to send the sides in level at the break.

The visitors came out with a renewed vigour but they were made to rue a number of missed opportunities when a quick counter attack saw Magpies snatch back the lead.

A number of further chances then came and went for both sides as Magpies clung on for victory.



Harleston Magpies Ladies V 3 UEA II 0

The confidence gained from Magpies’ first win of the season the previous week was obvious.

Magpies dominated early on, but stout defending by UEA kept them out. Midway through the half Sophie Long scored a fine goal. Hattie Underdown, Emily McClusky and Nicole Eaves worked hard in midfield.

Sophie Long, Jose Tibbenham and Issy Knowles worked well together, forcing consecutive corners, Jose Tibbenham deflecting the third in.

UEA came out hard in the second half and Lucie Gooch and the defence had to keep on their toes. An excellent cross from Anna Harrod just minutes from the end found Sophie Long unmarked in the D to coolly slot home.