Relegated Mapgies hit for five by Cambridge
Harleston Magpies 1
Cambridge City 5
Already-relegated Harleston Magpies, played host to Cambridge City in their last home game of the National League season on Sunday afternoon.
Cambridge, who began the encounter in fifth position, started the better of the two sides as they pushed Harleston back into their own half.
Despite having the majority of possession, Harleston looked comfortable defensively and always looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
Harleston were even able to carve out a couple of chances, but they could not take the lead.
However, Cambridge broke the deadlock from a deflected short corner.
The bad luck continued to fall Harleston’s way, as Cambridge extended their lead through two further contentious short corners which came before half-time.
As they have done all season, Harleston came out fighting in the second half.
They pulled a goal back when Ben Wright applied the finishing touch to a perfectly-weighted cross.
Nevertheless, Harleston’s top scorer decided not to celebrate against his former team.
Despite pulling a goal back, the momentum was quickly passed back to Cambridge and they scored their fourth goal following sloppy Harleston marking at the back post.
Ill discipline cost Harleston and they played out the remaining 15 minutes of the game with nine players.
The visitors from Cambridge went on to make the most of their numerical advantage by scoring their fifth and final goal in the closing stages.
The result means that bottom-placed Magpies have still won only one league fixture all term.
n The curtain will come down on Harleston’s campaign with a trip to West Herts I, on Sunday (2pm).
The hosts, who beat Sevenoaks 2-1 last time out, are currently sixth in the table and have won six of their 17 outings this season.