Much needed Men's Hockey League Conference East victory for Harleston Magpies
Harleston Magpies I picked up their second Men's Hockey League Conference East victory of the season on Sunday as they triumphed 4-3 at Old Loughtonians.
Both sides started the contest strongly, with the home side breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute thanks to a close-range finish.
However, Magpies retained their composure and soon drew themselves level when James Gray converted a short corner.
The visitors then took control and produced some good attacking play which Old Loughtonians managed to repel until a well worked routine enabled Magpies to gain the lead, scored thanks to a deflection from the injector Ben Gowing.
Magpies also started the third quarter in positive fashion, only for the hosts to pounce on some loose passing to level up the scoreline once again at two goals apiece.
Nevertheless, the away team continued to push forward and they were rewarded within a matter of minutes as Gowing scored his second goal of the contest.
A fourth – and what proved to be decisive – Magpies goal arrived in the final quarter via a Tom Dunnett flick from a short corner, and while that prompted a bit of an onslaught from Old Loughtonians, they managed to score just once as Harleston held out for a much-needed win.
The victory has moved Magpies up to third from bottom in the table ahead of next Sunday's home encounter against Cambridge City I (2pm).
The visitors have made a good start to the season, losing just once to currently occupy second place.
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