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Harleston Magpies Men's first team beat Cambridge University in the East Men's Hockey League


By Sport Diss


After a stuttering start to the season, Harleston Magpies Men’s I chalked up their fourth win in a row on Saturday by beating Cambridge University I 1-0.

The early exchanges saw Harleston allow their young visitors to keep hold of possession in their own half, from where they struggled to pose any threat.

As the half wore on hosting Magpies started to gain a foothold on proceedings and they almost took the lead from a short corner.

Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053019)
Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053019)

Simon Hipwell was the player that went close with a high drag flick that was just turned away by the Cambridge goalkeeper.

Encouraged by that, Magpies won another short corner after defender Andrew Bedwell beat two Cambridge players before sliding in Richard Larkin, whose ball across goal found a Cambridge foot.

From the resultant corner a well-worked routine resulted in captain Tom Ridley firing into the net from close range to give the home team the lead.

Magpies continued to dominate before and after the restart, but despite creating a number of openings, they were unable to add to their tally.

Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053021)
Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053021)

And they were almost made to pay when, during a rare foray forward, Cambridge created a good opportunity that ended up striking the foot of one of their players.

As the encounter wore on Magpies had a couple more chances to seal the game, but Jack Hobbs fired wide, while leading goalscorer Dave Gilbert was smartly denied by the away goalkeeper.

Skipper and goalscorer Ridley, who was voted Man of the Match, said: “It was a very mature performance. Every man put in a shift today.

Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053023)
Weybread, Suffolk, UK, 27 October 2018..Hockey action from Harleston Men's 1 v Cambridge University...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5053023)

“I was happy with my goal as scoring more is something I am trying to add to my game.

“Ultimately though it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we get the win.”

The result has left Magpies third in the East Men’s League Premier A standings, five points adrift of leaders St Albans I.

Ridley’s side will look to rack up a fifth straight victory in the league tomorrow when they travel to take on ninth-placed Cambridge City (11.30am).



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